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

Superpower lite: US rethinks India

The visit to Washington this week by India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, symbolizes a change in the relationship between the world''s two largest democracies.

P-TOMS, ethnic politics and conflict transformation

For Sri Lanka to move forward towards peace, the Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim political forces need to stop making zero-sum ethnic calculations.

Premature opportunity stays immediate challenge

The stability of President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s government is assured because none of the other parties want an election at this juncture, the Jaffna-based Uthayan newspaper argues.

Open or closed is not the question

If our economic policies are based on fanciful ideas of non-existent bountiful natural resources, we are heading for disaster.

Nonentities hold main parties to ransom

In the on-going battle for political supremacy, the self-styled kingmakers will have to deliver as promised.

Will new war be in the east?

With tensions between the Sri Lanka military and the Liberation Tigers on the rise, Tamil Guardian staff writers examine popular thinking in the Tamil areas with regards to a renewed conflict.