SLFP infighting may benefit UNP

Many younger members of the SLFP are less enamoured of the Bandaranaike clan’s continued dominance of their party’s top-flight positions.

India expands European ties

Delhi places multi-billion dollar orders for European airliners and submarines as nuclear collaboration and security alliances are proposed.

Antagonism deepens in Batticaloa-Amparai

Antagonism between the Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lankan security forces the restive Batticaloa-Amparai region deepened this week amid a continuing cycle of violence.

A road map for US relations with rest of world

Washington’s amendments to the UN summit agreement is an assertion that US interests should almost always take precedence over the search for compromise with an international community.

Kurds win in Baghdad

Iraq’s Kurds regard the new constitution as but a way station on a journey to eventual independence.

Sinhala suspicions over UN role

The visit to Sri Lanka by a senior United Nations official sparks speculation that Colombo may be looking for a way to replace Norway as peace facilitator with the UN.

Marking or silencing the enemy?

The spate of attacks on the Suderoli newspaper could be linked to Sinhala nationalists' mobilisation in the run up to Presidential elections or their efforts to promote the political ambitions of the renegade LTTE commander, Karuna.

Presidential candidates pursue alliances

As the two main candidates for Sri Lanka’s forthcoming elections launched their campaigns in earnest, the customary horsetrading with other political parties also got into full swing.

Strengthening homeland security

The LTTE is building a citizens’ militia that can provide a measure of protection for their own villages, particularly against Army-backed irregulars, and could be drafted into relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters.

Iraq’s constitution faces stiff challenges

Feelings run high among Iraq’s communities over the country’s draft new constitution as the United States urges for greater accommodation