Ending violence means urging dialogue

To deny militants political space and to try and isolate and demonize them and disempower their discourse is the wrong way to resolve the conflicts they are engaged in.

Keeping an eye on the opportunity of Gaza

Whilst media attention is focused upon the movement of the settlements in the Gaza strip, there no attention is being paid to the expansions of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

On Tamils’ economic, social and cultural rights

It is indeed a pity that a natural calamity that should have brought the two nations closer, has, on the contrary, driven a wider cleavage between them.

SLFP under stress ahead of election

The SLFP feels the consolidation of Sinhala nationalist and left wing votes is necessary to beat the UNP. But it cannot hope to win with a brazenly communal agenda either.

Rajapakse's dilemma: balancing rival demands

No candidate can win a Presidential election mainly or solely on the support of the Sinhalese electorate.

Kumaratunga is neither down nor out.

Mahinda Rajapakse’s selection as the SLFP’s next Presidential candidate is not necessarily inimical to Chandrika Kumaratunga’s ambitions for power

A nation reduced to pessimism

Sri Lanka is slipping down the precipice politically, economically and socially.

Just the end of the beginning

Debt relief alone won''t relieve third-world poverty, argues Joseph Stiglitz, professor of economics at Columbia University and a Nobel laureate.

Niger need not have starved

It was heartbreakingly easy to prevent this tragedy in Africa happening and with relatively tiny sums of money

Relief groups create unintended chaos

As was the case during Sri Lanka’s protracted civil war, in the wake of the tsunami, international NGOs are generating an economy all their own, writes John R. Van Eenwyk, in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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