December 2011 Archive

Chemical warfare agents in pesticides used in Sri Lanka?

By Dr.Channa Jayasumana The controversy regarding the presence of Arsenic (a heavy metal which is toxic to living beings) in pesticides available in Sri Lanka has now almost come to an ...

IRAQ: They came, they saw, then hell

A war that began with lies, damn lies and weapons of mass deception is supposed to have ended with another heap of lies. Lest we forget, the eight-year-and-nine-month long US military ...

Shipping containers: could they tackle the housing crisis for a growing population?

Sophie Laggan/The Ecologist With bricks and mortar proving environmentally unsustainable, a dearth of affordable housing available, and charity Shelter maintaining that homelessness persists, could shipping containers be a solution? If the UN’s ...

Evolution of hybrid rice varieties

A rice-bread story By Matugama Seneviruwan Fossilised rice seeds of various kinds have been unearthed during excavations carried out in China’s Yu Chien valley. These fossils, which are over 12,000 years old, ...

Preventing chronic ulcers

Owing to the dietary patterns and the general lifestyle, the South Asian region is increasingly vulnerable to diabetes, Sri Lanka being no exception. Furthermore, improvements in general health care have ...

The 13 Best Political Films of 2011

Looking back at the movies that moved us most. We Were Here Photo Credit: This year was defined by anxiety: the economy roiled, the GOP was increasingly hostile, the government careened towards ...

Politics sans policies and principles

In democracies the world over, voters are facing a dilemma. They faithfully elect representatives to their legislatures, by voting for a set of policies the candidates solemnly place before them ...

Euro crisis and the global economy

By Dr. Sirimal Abeyratne, Professor in Economics, University of Colombo Euro crisis is not just a problem of the Euro Zone. In any of the forthcoming days when you wake up ...

Did FDR provoke Pearl Harbour?

By Patrick J. Buchanan On Dec. 8, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt took the rostrum before a joint session of Congress to ask for a declaration of war on Japan. A day earlier, ...

Iran war: Act before it threatens all of us

Escalation of the covert US-Israeli campaign against Tehran risks a global storm. Opposition has to get more serious By Seumas Milne They don't give up. After a decade of blood-drenched failure in ...

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