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Power devolution to minorities in Lanka

By Namini Wijedasa

The devolution of power to the minorities is not something Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has stressed himself over since defeating the Tamil Tigers in battle. With the rebels gone and the state firmly in control of all territory, the notion of sharing political authority has become, well, passé.

It could have been different. The elimination of the Tigers gave President Rajapaksa a fine opportunity to engage with those representatives of the Tamil community that favored a peaceful settlement to decades of ethnic friction. Although the war was won by force, there was still stuff to talk about.

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If western powers push us we will transform this country as hub of political defiance against worldwide western interference

By Patali Champika Ranawaka

We are once again reminded that America (USA) can do whatever we set our mind to,” President Obama was reported to have said it in his address to the nation when he publicly declared the US forces’ killing of the leader of Al-Qaida, Osama Bin Laden. However, this statement could not be taken as “end of the war on terror.” They have done partly what we had comprehensively achieved in May 18, 2009. The killing of Osama Bin Laden should be welcomed. But, there have been a huge number of civilian deaths and collateral damages in the progress. Will there be a UNSG’s expert panel on accountability issues of the USA on their war against terror?

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