Political Column

Lanka defies UN, EU, US

On the international front woes for the Government continued for a second week. Despite the frenzied diplomatic efforts in the past year or so, the Government was not successful in its efforts to stall two major issues that have dogged it.
5th Column

Winning hearts, speak louder than winning votes!

I thought of writing to you because you have been in the news recently for rather surprising reasons-opposing Mahinda maama’s plans to go for a third term of office, thereby trying to better even JRJ’s record.

The Economic Analysis
Re-nationalizing: New economic policy
The Rajapaksa Government made it very clear during its first term that it was against privatization of state enterprises and halted the process of privatization. The policy of the government was to retain ownership and management of "strategic" enterprises such as state banks, electricity and utilities and make them profitable. Making public enterprises profitable has remained an impossible task.
Not issued with this week
Focus on Rights
State sovereignty versus Citizens sovereignty
I do not think that there is a thinking person among us who will deny that international criminal justice targeting egregious human rights violators across national boundaries, is more often arbitrary if not capricious. This is a fact of international realpolitik though international law may blissfully teach us otherwise.
Talk at the Cafe Spectator
Kohona's role corners Lanka
Did UN officials in New York trap Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative in a ploy to embarrass Sri Lanka by asking him to serve as head of a three-member Special Committee on Israel's alleged human rights abuses in occupied territories?


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