Polygamy and polyandry in Ceylon
Just as Robert Knox read his Bible unfailingly
during the time he was a captive here, I never fail to dip into the
book he wrote about Zeilone whenever I have the time. He is, as we
know, a cute observer using a cuter language - English, based,
according to Robert Boyle (Knox’s Words), on the style of the Bible,
the source that taught him, says Boyle, how to write the English
language. His cute observations were generally right, but sometimes,
of course, he went wrong and this article is about a few such
The U.N. Convention - ‘A Winning Road’
For two reasons 2008 is very significant. (i).
It is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. (ii). May 3, saw the first comprehensive human rights treaty
of this 21st century - the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (CRPD) come into force.
UN and New Multilateralism under Obama
With the election of Democratic Senator Barack
Obama as the next President of the United States, many observers and
diplomats believe the United Nations can look forward to stronger
cooperation with Washington — after eight years of often contentious
relations with the George W. Bush administration.