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Sunday December 23, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 30
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Political Column
  Prorogation coming next month
  By Our Political Editor
  For most Sri Lankan parliamentarians, both in the Government and in the Opposition, it is migratory season. With the bickering over a lengthy budget debate now over, they have spread out to various parts of the world on holiday.
5th Column
  Please Santa, let’s have more of everything....
  By Rypvanwinkle

My Dear Santa Claus,

Situation Report
  Seasonal lull prelude to New Year battles
  By Iqbal Athas
  With the New Year only eight days away, the customary lull has returned to the battlefields of the North and East. In terms of both the military and the Tiger guerrilla calendar, the more than two decades of war has not seen any major encounters during the Christmas and New Year season.
The Economic Analysis
  Festivities for the few, hardships for the many
  By the Economist
  The soaring prices that characterised 2007 appear to have little impact on crowds shopping in Colombo. Despite the inflation that is encompassing the country there appears to be brisk shopping and preparations for expensive entertainment.
Thoughts from London
  Diplomacy that conveniently omits ethics
  By Neville de Silva

Departing British High Commissioner Dominic Chilcott’s Dudley Senanayake memorial lecture earlier this month roused contrary responses from the Sri Lankan public. Some strongly supported Chilcott’s criticisms of Sri Lanka’s style of governance, the corruption that seems embedded in the country’s politics and the deteriorating standards of political conduct.

Issue of the week
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  Women's demands for justice in Sri Lanka
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

Securing justice for women whose lives have been destroyed by conflict is an insuperably difficult question in Sri Lanka. The tactic resorted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in using women as suicide bombers following thorough mental and physical indoctrination, has resulted in women of Tamil ethnicity being placed in the centre of the storm as it were.

  Not issued with this week issue
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
Inside the glass house
  Fixation or friction? UN’s battle with Sri Lanka
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  When a senior UN official addressed a recent news conference on human rights violations worldwide, a reporter asked him about the incarceration of a UN human rights official, Sigma Huda, by the military-run government in Bangladesh. A native of Bangladesh and the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons,.....
  Washington's curb on military aid: What justifies war?
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
  An Associated Press report said that the Appropriation Bill for 2008 of the United States' Federal Government was withholding military aid to Sri Lanka. It said that despite certain shortcomings in their human rights records, allocations in the bill for military aid to Indonesia and the Philippines had been substantially approved .....
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