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What did 1968 ever do for us?

Source: OXFORD ANALYTICA It is forty years since 'May 1968', a series of student protests in France. Rebellion was not confined to the cobbled streets of Paris's Latin Quarter that year; revolutionary waves also rippled across the streets of Prague, Belgium, Poland, Pakistan, the Philippines, Mexico, Kenya and Brazil. In the UK, women demanded equal pay and in the United States, students protested the Vietnam War and beauty contests. The spirit of '68, or the undermining of authoritarianism, is celebrated, exaggerated and exploited four decades on. Achievements There is disagreement over what les evenements in Paris and beyond achieved over the short and long-term: Peter Lennon believes the protests were about more than hippie youngsters railing against the 'heavy' establishment who had shuttered their cinematheques; he thinks the students effectively brought down a head of state. This is open to conjecture; the protests reached such a point that de Gaulle

AHMEDINEJAD'S VISIT: IN PERSPECTIVE

By B. Raman In response to an invitation issued by President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka during his visit to Teheran in November, 2007. President Mahmud Ahmadinejad of Iran paid a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka on April 28 and 29, 2008. 2. Since last year, Sri Lanka has been facing economic difficulties due to the drying-up of economic assistance from countries of the European Union (EU) such as Germany because of what they perceive as the indifferent attitude of the Rajapaksa Government to complaints regarding the violation of the human rights of the Tamils and its refusal to seek a political solution to the problem. 3. Instead of succumbing to the EU pressure on the subject, the Rajapaksa Government turned for increased assistance to other countries such as China and Iran, which did not raise human rights issues as a condition for such assistance. Assistance from Iran was of crucial importance to Sri Lanka because of the Government's inability to pay for its i