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Sri Lanka: What to do about the Thirteenth Amendment?


Paper No. 5291                                           Dated 12-Nov-2012

Guest Column by Dr Kumar David

The national question has dragged on unresolved for 65 years since independence. The country has lived through a brutal civil war where thousands perished; Tamils have suffered pogroms which saw arson, rape and murder; political distrust between communities never ceased and Tamils have fled Sri Lanka in hundreds of thousands never to return. The national question festers on like an open wound.

Obama’s Tricky Visit to Myanmar

Paper No. 5290                                        Dated 12-Nov- 2012

By B. Raman

In his first foreign visit after being re-elected, President Barack Obama will be in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand from November 17 to 20, 2012. His visit to Cambodia is to attend the East Asia summit. The brief visits to Myanmar and Thailand will be bilateral.

China: Message of Defiance from Tibet to CPC Congress

Paper No. 5288                       Dated 10-Nov-2012

By B.Raman

“We shall not give up our struggle for preserving our ethnic, religious and cultural identity. We shall not give up our reverence for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We will not lose hopes of his returning to our homeland one day and guiding us again. We are Tibetans and we shall prevail.”

Sri Lanka:Eastern Diplomacy: TNA is sent to Guangxi

Paper No. 5287                           Dated 10-Nov-2012 

Guest Column: By Ravi Sundaralingam.  (The views expressed are his own)

Immense excitement and euphoria followed among the Tamil Expatriate Communities when the LTTE was given the status of being the Lankan Tamil Leadership and taken to the capitals of Western Countries by the Norwegians.

China: PLA Generals and CMC Vice-Chairman Back Hu's Report

Paper No. 5286                                   Dated 10-Nov-2012       


Senior PLA Generals and the Vice-Chairmen of the newly-expanded Party Central Military Commission (CMC) have in panel discussions praised the record of Mr.Hu Jintao, the outgoing General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and his report to the 18th Party Congress submitted on November 8,2012, and underlined the CPC’s absolute leadership over the Armed Forces.

Mao’s Thoughts Haunt CPC Congress

Paper No. 5285                                      Dated 9-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

The 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) began at Beijing on November 8, 2012, with the traditional inaugural statement by the outgoing Party General Secretary, Mr. Hu Jintao.

My take on Obama’s Victory


Paper No. 5284                                        Dated 8-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

To be fair to President Barack Obama, one cannot deny that he inherited a bad economy from his predecessor Mr. George Bush. It became worse partly due to lack of energetic handling by his economic team  and partly due to the global economic melt-down during his first term.


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