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July 20, 2009

The Boston Globe : Clinton’s architectural plan
…When it comes to regional issues, Clinton should make the case that the expanding US-Indian relationship gives Indian leaders more strategic flexibility. They can stop trying to match their Chinese counterparts in backing regimes, such as those in Burma and Sri Lanka, that have committed gross human-rights abuses against their own people. If a shared respect for democratic values forms the foundation for the burgeoning US-India partnership, Indian leaders should be able to heed any such counsel from Clinton.

She could tell her Indian interlocutors that friends don’t let friends become the enablers of abusive neighbors.

Inner City Press : IMF Says on Sri Lanka, Int’l “Views Will Be Considered,” Spends on Honduras But Dodges Question
When the International Monetary Fund’s Executive Board finally meets on Sri Lanka’s application for a $1.9 billion loan, IMF spokeswoman Caroline Atkinson told the Press on Thursday, “all of the international community’s views will be considered.”

…United Kingdom officials have made statements, which they have not retracted, that Sri Lanka’s application for an IMF loan is “not moving,” that the conditions are not right.

World Socialist Web Site : Sri Lankan president postpones “political solution” with Tamil elite
In a lengthy interview with the all-India English newspaper, the Hindu, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse declared that his so-called political solution—a promised deal with sections of the Tamil elite after his government’s war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)—would not be announced, let alone implemented, until after he was elected for a second presidential term.

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