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The curse of non-abolition: No Party has a suitable presidential candidate



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For all the betrayals by the elected beneficiaries, the electoral victories of January 2015 and August 2015 can be credited with two positive outcomes. One, there has not been a single state-implicated or state-sponsored killing in the country in the last four years and four months – the first such period in, lo and behold, 48 years. I am counting from the 1971 JVP insurrection when it all began, even though a spate of the so called ‘emblematic’ state-sponsored individual killings occurred in the last ten years. The second positive development is the editorial and journalistic liberation of the Lake House newspapers for the first time after their ‘nationalization’ in 1973. There was a brief slide back to the sewers during the October-November constitutional coup last year, but they are now back in the sunlight of sensible independence. They even toe a critically neutral line in the power-bickering between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe. Last week’s (April 14) Sunday Observer had two news stories which are germane to the current kerfuffle over presidential candidacies and the subject of my article today.

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The Greatness of Women apart from their Beauty

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No Getting Inside the Dark Heart of the Mueller Report!

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Abigail Tracy, of Vanity Fair magazine, chose to disclose it up-front: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s secret counter-intelligence findings may be the key to fully understanding the Russiagate scandal and its implications for US national securit...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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