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Sunday February 24, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 39
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Political Column
  JVP-UNP in battle over India
  By Our Political Editor
  The ongoing Eelam War IV notwithstanding, some 1,800 policemen and 800 soldiers were deployed to provide security to a gala event, the Carlton Motocross, in the southern city of Tissamaharama for three days beginning February 15.A sprawling 485-acre farmland became a racing track for motor cars and the venue of an exhibition for the Motocross.
5th Column
  I shall always be with you dear, my most prized matador!
  By Rypvanwinkle

Mahinda aiya summoned Chamal, Gota and Basil. He had a problem to deal with-he wanted to know what should be done about Mervyn…

Situation Report
  Eelam War IV spreads far and wide
  By Iqbal Athas
  The idyllic snow covered Holmenkollen Park Hotel outside Norway's capital of Oslo, where the Sri Lanka Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) once agreed in December 2002 to explore a federal structure to end the ethnic conflict, formed the setting.
The Economic Analysis
  The spectre of inflation will not simply go away
  By the Economist
  The most recent warning of the Central Bank that the rate of inflation would increase this year is more realistic than its previous assessment that it would decline gradually.
Thoughts from London
  Free speech or death of democracy
  By Neville de Silva

Last week a local newspaper carried an interesting view on the meaning of democracy. Headlined “We are a democracy, Mervyn can say anything”, Champika Ranawaka of the Jatika Hela Urumaya (JHU) adumbrated the opinion that democracy equates to an unsanctioned right to say what you will and I suppose, when you will.

Focus on Rights
  Rebutting a defence of the Sansoni Commission
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

A dull Tuesday afternoon this week was somewhat enlivened by a heated response sent by Mr Tissa Devendra to last Sunday's column. As all 'good' Secretaries of Commissions of Inquiry are wont to do, Mr Devendra has taken exception to my criticism of the Sansoni Commission.

  The right man in the wrong place at the wrong time
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
  Procrastinate on an issue long enough and leave it to die a natural death. That has been the attitude of this Government towards many an issue that it has been confronted with in the past two years be it the issue of human rights violations, cost of livng, devolving power and now the appointment of the Constitutional Council (CC).
Inside the glass house
  After Kosovo, what next?
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  NEW YORK - The unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) by the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo -- and its instant recognition by the veto-wielding United States, France and the United Kingdom in the Security Council last week -- has opened a political can of worms.
  Child soldiers: What the Govt. report did not report
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
  Earlier this week, the media highlighted government’s plan to present the report of the Committee to Inquire into Allegations of Abductions and Recruitment of Children for Use in Armed Conflict (CIAARC), at the sessions of the UN Security Council on Thursday. What transpired at the sessions was not known at the time this article was written.
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