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Sunday December 16, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 29
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Political Column
  Politics of suspense and skulduggery
  By Our Political Editor
  The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which had outsmarted the opposition United National Party (UNP) to become the bitterest critics of the Government in recent months, on Friday helped its declared foe to remain in power.
5th Column
  So long my Prince! One love has to lose....
  By Rypvanwinkle

"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedera asked, "are the government's troubles over now?"

Situation Report
  Showdown in the sky
  By Iqbal Athas
  Residents living around Katunayake and some in the City of Colombo and suburbs panicked. Telephones began to ring on Wednesday night as they asked one another whether Tiger guerrillas had launched yet another air attack. It took a while for the story to unravel.
The Economic Analysis
  The stumbling block to economic growth
  By the Economist
  The war and the security situation in the country is the most serious stumbling block to achieving the economic potential of the country.
Thoughts from London
  Departing diplomat tells some chilling home truths
  By Neville de Silva

This column has not always agreed with the departing British High Commissioner Dominic Chilcott. It is not his style of diplomacy (the new diplomacy?) that irked but the substance of what he says. Naturally, as a representative of his country he tends to minimise, if not conveniently ignore, political shortcomings and the moral lapses of his own country.

Issue of the week
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  Telling truths and political brinkmanship
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

So we are told that national institutions supposed to ensure accountability for human rights violations are working well, (even if not perfectly well for which perfunctory condescension we must, I suppose, be thankful), and that all which is required is a little more resources directed that way.

  A requiem for a downtrodden people in Parliament
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
  When a group of ruling party members placed a floral wreath in front of the seat of Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe soon after the government secured a comfortable victory in the Budget vote, it seemed a befitting end to a month-long session of Parliament which would best be put to rest, never to be repeated again.
Inside the glass house
  Should Lanka fight UN or quit the world body?
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  NEW YORK - At a meeting of the now-defunct UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva in the mid-1980s, Sri Lanka was being threatened by a proposed European Union (EU) draft resolution aimed at "condemning" our human rights violations following the riots of 1983.
  Will words of a diplomat be put into action?
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
  The move to topple the government was lost with the abstention of the JVP when the crucial vote on the third reading of the budget was taken. However, the lessons learnt are important. The calculation of those who expected the JVP to vote with the opposition was pinned on the assumption that the party was prepared to make .....
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