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Sunday, February 25, 2007
Vol. 41 - No 39
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Political Column
  President gets list of 22 'Mangala' men
  By Our Political Editor
Even if President Mahinda Rajapaksa had not tasked him as "peace envoy," Plantation Industries Minister, D.M. Jayaratne chose to meet his one time cabinet colleague Mangala Samaraweera to learn what had gone wrong.
5th Column
  Never trust Clowns for they are just a joke
  By Rypvanwinkle
My Dear Avamangala,
Situation Report
  Media victories, military victories and realities
  By Iqbal Athas

Unlike in the movies where coming attractions are heavily advertised, it is just the opposite when it comes to the military.

The Economic Analysis
  Poverty reduction inadequate and uneven
  By the Economist

The World Bank has just released its latest report: Sri Lanka Poverty Assessment Engendering Growth with Equity: Opportunities and Challenges. It has both good news and bad. The gist of the findings is that overall poverty has declined in the last decade but inadequately.

Thoughts from London
  Britain can ill-afford all this moral posturing
  By Neville de Silva
  If the British High Commission wishes to exorcise its ghosts back home it should look elsewhere and not to this newspaper. Within hours of The Sunday Times reaching its readers last week the British High Commission working overtime on the Sabbath issued a press release innocuously......
Issue of the week
  Not published with this week issue
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  Challenging powerful states when citizens’ rights are in issue
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

The specious logic that the domestic State and its institutions are the ultimate arbiters of how rights are protected takes us back to positively Third Reich thinking whereby ‘tinpot’ Hitlers reveled in their notion of ‘just law’. It is a weary recollection that the Nazi atrocities of the World War era were, in fact, justified on existing law.

  COPE report: Just another means for political blame game
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
  You would expect all the 225 legislators in Parliament to speak in one voice when an issue like corruption is under discussion, but when the much anticipated, controversial COPE report was taken up for debate, it became more a blame-game than a united call to put an end to the rot that has set in at state-run institutions.
Inside the glass house
  Bush’s coalition of the willing crumbling
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  The Bush administration's inept foreign policy — long characterized by political arrogance and dubious double standards — took a severe beating last week.The Brits say they have decided to trim their forces in Iraq while the Danes and the Lithuanians have announced plans to withdraw all of their token troops from the military inferno in Iraq.
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