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Sunday June 08, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 54
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Political Column
  Pillars of democracy face danger
  By Our Political Editor
  The main opposition United National Party's (UNP) sound and light protest on the city streets last Tuesday may not have generated the same public enthusiasm like last year's Jana Bala Sena. Then, Opposition cum UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and one time Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, who had formed the SLFP-M chose to work under the umbrella of a National Congress.
5th Column
  A vociferous Opposition gives spice to life! ....
  By Rypvanwinkle

Thaaththa,” Bindu Udagedera asked, “what is all this fuss about a bullock cart race?”

Situation Report
  Situation Report will not appear this week.
  By Iqbal Athas
Thoughts from London
  Realising the importance of Asia Pacific region
  By Neville de Silva
  Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama’s address to the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore the other day raised some important issues, belated though they may be. This annual dialogue arranged by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies is more an occasion for those specifically involved in or concerned with security issues to discuss matters of regional and international security.
The Economic Analysis
  Rising inflation threatening economic stability and growth
  By the Economist
  The fuel price increases and increases in transport costs have already demonstrated the truth of our last week’s statement that there is no light at the end of the tunnel where price increases are concerned. We may in fact be at the threshold of further increases in prices. The hike in oil prices has come to such a level that the government is at last jolted to think of measures to curb, if not control, fuel consumption.
  Back to parliament with a bang!
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
A month long recess is not going to change the behaviour or attitude of our lawmakers. Hence when Parliament began its new session last Thursday, it was business as usual with more bickering and even worse dissension than when the House last met before its prorogation by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 6.
Focus on Rights
  Impunity and the rule of law
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena
Impunity is a contested term and may mean many things to many people. Basically however, the term 'impunity' means simply a fundamental failure of the legal system to address right violations consistently and systematically. It is obvious that such a situation leads to the failure of implementation of basic standards relating to the Rule of Law.
Inside the glass house
  Obama’s Israeli connection
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
It's an axiom in American politics that if you publicly criticize Israel or openly support the Palestinians, you are politically doomed either way. And this is more so in a presidential election year, where all candidates aspire to be more pro-Israeli than all of the inhabitants of Israel put together. Every US politician running for office has only one agenda cast in boulders: the survival of the state of Israel, irrespective of whether ...
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