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Sunday, August 05, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 10
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Political Column
  Thonda's threat: Mountain or a mouse?
  By Our Political Editor
Many times in the past, the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), the largest plantation sector trade union in Sri Lanka, has threatened to quit the Government where it has remained allies. These threats have all been akin to - a storm in a tea cup. Neither did the tea spill over nor the cup ever crack.
5th Column
  A hop-skip and a jump to the Green pond
  By Rypvanwinkle

My Dear Thonda,

Situation Report
  Emergency laws to curb LTTE weapons purchases
  By Iqbal Athas
Even if it sounded somewhat innocuous, the new Emergency Regulations promulgated last Monday appeared significant. Regulations gazetted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa under the ongoing State of Emergency seek to prohibit the procurement of a variety of weapons by Sri Lankans.
The Economic Analysis
  The signature tune does not matter much
  By the Economist
  Governor Cabraal wants us to dip into our pockets and look into the signatures on the notes to see whether his signature is on any of them. This brings to one’s mind an incident that occurred when a former Governor of the Central Bank was travelling around the country with a close academic friend of his.
Thoughts from London
  How to lose friends and anger others
  By Neville de Silva
  One of the great failings of this Rajapaksa administration is that it has not understood and appreciated the importance of international opinion and how to deal with it. Numerous examples of this failure and lack of appreciation could be cited. This inability to understand how important world opinion, whether that be the view .......
Issue of the week
  Not issued with this week issue
  By Ameen Izzadeen
Focus on Rights
  Abuses that remain whether the war continues or ceases
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

The prevailing situation of conflict in the country with its heightened emphasis on enforced disappearances and extra judicial executions has, in a sense, pushed the deceptively termed 'ordinary' practices of torture by custodial officers to the background.

  Not issued with this week issue
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
Inside the glass house
  Rice in West Asia: Rewarding dictators and oppressors
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
NEW YORK-- The Bush administration, which has vowed to preach multi-party democracy and rule of law to the outside world, continues to use different political yardsticks: one for its close allies and another for the rest of the world.
  Dealing with Lankan conflict: What UN should do
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
The visit to Sri Lanka of UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Sir John Holmes, is to commemorate an event his illustrious namesake in fiction, Sherlock, might well have been called upon to investigate: The killing of 17 aid workers in Mutur last year.
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