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Sunday, June 24, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 04
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Political Column
  Samaraweera's switch shifts scenario
  By Our Political Editor
  Though a few of the trusted were told, it still remained a closely -guarded secret. Ousted Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and colleague Sripathi Sooriyarachchi decided several days earlier they would join opposition ranks. The reasons were many.
5th Column
  The chosen path towards .....
  By Rypvanwinkle

My Dear Mangala,

Situation Report
  Heavy casualties as war intensifies
  By Iqbal Athas
  For many reasons than one, the ongoing undeclared Eelam War IV is assuming increasingly greater significance. In Geneva, last week, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Norway's peace facilitators that the Government's military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would continue.
The Economic Analysis
  Facing up to the challenges of an ageing population
  By the Economist
The latest projections of population confirm that the rate of growth of the population would continue to decline. The population would reach a peak 21.1 million in 2031 and stabilise around that figure. The population changes in the next twenty five years are a contrast to those in the second half of the last century.
Thoughts from London
  Envoy stands accused of torture – morally speaking
  By Neville de Silva
  Dear High Commissioner,
When I last wrote to you after your amusing interview in a local newspaper extolling that so-called debate on Sri Lanka in the Commons which had its Malvolian moments, I promised to write again soon.
Issue of the week
  The pros and cons of a peacemaker
  By Ameen Izzadeen
  Tony Blair wants to be a peacemaker. Last week this newspaper's late city edition on its front page carried a story which said Blair was offering his services as a peacemaker to solve Sri Lanka's 25-year conflict.
Focus on Rights
  Commissions of Inquiry and Eminent Observations
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

The fracas currently surrounding Sri Lanka's 2006 Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Grave Human Rights Violations was poignantly predictable; at the outset, some of us warned that this latest commission would only amount to a futile exercise.

  A criss-cross govt. faces mounting opposition
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
  It was clear that former ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Sooriyarachchi were trying to emulate the famous 1951 crossover by the founder of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, when they walked across the Well of the House on Tuesday and took their seats among the opposition members in Parliament.
Inside the glass house
  Palestine: Three states or no state
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  NEW YORK - The intra-Palestinian fighting in Gaza and the West Bank last week has triggered speculation of a three-state solution to the crisis in the region: Gaza, the West Bank and Israel. But the biggest single losers in the break up of Gaza and the West Bank, separated by Israeli territory, are the Palestinians.
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