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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 places.

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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.

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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.

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