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Sunday May 18, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 51
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Political Column
  Rumbling over eastern jumbling
  By a political correspondent
  THEN: The Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement of 1987 notwithstanding, then President, the late Ranasinghe Premadasa, declared war on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Eelam War II was in swing. One of the darkest chapters in the history of Sri Lanka during this phase was the killing of 600 Policemen near Batticaloa.
5th Column
  Let’s make no bones about it—he shall be crowned....
  By Rypvanwinkle

Mahinda maama summons Pillayan before the election.

Situation Report
  Situation Report will not appear this week.
  By Iqbal Athas
Thoughts from London
  Keep those diplomats away, please
  By Neville de Silva
  There appears to be some flap over a meeting between the Nissanka Udalagama Commission inquiring into 15 cases of killings and human rights abuses, and two foreign heads of missions. Criticisms-some of them quite strong- have been levelled at both, the Commission for entertaining the two diplomats believed to be the American Ambassador and the Canadian High Commissioner and the two diplomats themselves.
The Economic Analysis
  Remittances, the lifeblood of Sri Lanka’s economy
  By the Economist
  Remittances from abroad are the lifeblood of the economy. Without remittances the Sri Lankan economy would be in a perilous state. The balance of payments would be in serious difficulties, incurring a massive deficit that would have serious repercussions on the foreign exchange reserves and the exchange rate.
Focus on Rights
  Focusing on cynical collateral damage
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena
For the past several years, it has seemed increasingly surreal, (to use a much abused but still persuasively evocative term), to be writing on human rights. While the assassination of politicians has been met with varying reactions, (inevitably decreasing in intensity as the quality of Sri Lanka's political figures began gradually to plummet to the depths), it is vastly different where civilian deaths or injuries are concerned.
Inside the glass house
  Rights race: No show by Uncle Sam
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations

When the General Assembly meets next week to elect 15 members to the UN Human Rights Council, there will be a notable absentee on the ballot paper: the United States. A country which has persistently taken the moral high ground on human rights issues -- including rule of law, multi-party democracy, humane treatment of prisoners of war and protection of minorities -- the US continues to be challenged for its political hypocrisy and double standards.

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