Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C7d

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS For seven decades from the end of the World War II in 1945, the US Seventh fleet dominated the Pacific area and provided much of its security said TIME.     US was  supported in this task, by the ‘Five Eyes’ a highly secretive  intelligence alliance of Australia, Canada, New Zealand,  United Kingdom and the […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C7b

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Today, the world is not interested in India’s politics or India’s economy. The world is interested primarily in India’s relations with other countries. It is interested in the possibility of war in the Bay of Bengal with India helping. That is because India has linked militarily with the war mongering USA. India’s initial […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C7b

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Economists agree that China has made a spectacular rise from a very poor nation in 1949 to very rich one in 2019. Chinese banks are among the largest cross border lenders in Asia, said Economist in 2019. Seven of the top 20 equity underwriters in Asia In 2018 were Chinese. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C7a

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS China has   stepped up its diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka after Pohottu government came in.  A very experienced Chinese diplomat Qi Zhenhong   arrived in November 2020 as ambassador to Sri Lanka. Qi Zhenhong was head of China Institute of International Studies, a premier international relations think tank in China. He has an excellent […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5g

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Central Intelligence Agency of the USA, the CIA has several front organizations, said critics. National Endowment for Democracy (NED) was one of them. NED is a grant-making foundation, distributing funds to private non-governmental organizations for promoting democracy abroad in around 90 countries, said Wikipedia.  NED played a role in supporting the Arab […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5f

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS  Here are some activities of the US before and after the Yahapalana puppet government came to power. American Bar Association American Bar Association (ABA) made repeated attempts to register a Branch Association of the ABA in Sri Lanka. The first request was in January 2018.  The Bar Association of Sri Lanka strongly objected. […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5e

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS EASTER SUNDAY BOMB BLASTS There is speculation that Western intelligence agencies had a hand in the well-coordinated, precision-timed Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, said Lasanda Kurukulasuriya.  How otherwise could a little-known group, ‘National Thawheed Jamaath’    have orchestrated such a feat. The Easter bomb attacks in Sri Lanka  are a part of  a […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5d

Friday, November 20th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS After the 2015 election, the US got into several critical sectors, the Sri Lanka‘s economy, Sri Lanka‘s Parliament and Sri Lanka‘s armed forces. ‘We want to see Sri Lanka as a truly democratic, prosperous, happy and reconciled country in the future,’ US said. . The House Democracy Partnership of the US House of […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5c

Friday, November 20th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Revised 21.11.10 US intervened in the two Presidential elections of in January 2010 and January 2015. US wished to somehow defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa and put a US puppet on the throne. It is well known that the US meddled in the Presidential elections of 2010 and 2015, said the media. US ambassador Michelle […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5b

Friday, November 20th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS When J.R. Jayewardene (Yankee Dickie”) became President, 1977- 1978 and 1978 – 1989, there was an open tilt towards the USA. JR paid a state visit to USA in June 1984, during his second term in office. This was the first state visit to USA by a Sri Lanka Head of state. It […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C5a

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS US replaced Britain as the dominant power in the world when World War II ended.  The baton was transferred from UK to USA.  For USA too, Sri Lanka was a highly desirable country. It had two military advantages, its location in the Indian Ocean and the harbor at Trincomalee.  However, Sri Lanka in […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8J

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay, which is the final essay of this set, summarizes the   reactions to the three agreements discussed, namely, ACSA, SOFA and MCC. All three agreements are with the United States of America  and all three were prepared by USA, In USA to benefit the USA. Of the three agreements, ACSA is already […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8I

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Those supporting USA defended the Agreements. The Colombo-Trincomalee railway link   which the public associate with the MCC, would not be dividing the country, it would be linking it more strongly, they said.  In Japan, there is a high-speed railway line between Tokyo and Nigata. The bullet train takes less than two hours to […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8h

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay lists four set of objections raised against the three US treaties, by four separate organizations in Sri Lanka. They are objecting from different perspectives and they all show opposition to US rule in Sri Lanka. In July 2019, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna held a news conference to protest against the two […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8g

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS TREATY OBLIGATIONS The Sri Lankan intelligentsia wanted clarification about these US Agreements. This was the first time that the Sri Lanka public had even thought about such matters.  Until now the intelligentsia had shown no interest in any Agreements that the government was signing.   They trusted the government .This time it was different.  […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8f

Friday, November 13th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Those opposing American rule in Sri Lanka have now woken up to the need to internationalize the matter.  In August 2019, a group of Opposition MPs handed over a letter to the High Commissioner of South Africa in Colombo, to be handed over to the Secretary-General, Indian Ocean Rim Association, Ambassador Dr. Nomvuyo […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8e

Friday, November 13th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT (SOFA) US and Sri Lanka had  an agreement  in 1995, by exchange of diplomatic notes, regarding the status of US military personnel and civilian employees of the Department of Defence  who may be present in Sri Lanka for exercises or official duties. The SOFA currently under negotiation seeks to […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8d

Friday, November 13th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS ACQUISITION AND CROSS SERVICING AGREEMENT (ACSA) The United States made an abortive bid, in 2002, to finalize an Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA), formerly known as ‘NATO Mutual Support Act’, with Sri Lanka. The attempt was made after the Ceasefire Agreement was signed on Feb. 21. 2002. Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements are […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8c

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS LAND DEEDS To accommodate the acquisition of land for this proposed economic corridor, two new laws, namely the State Land Bank bill and Land Special Provision Bill, were to be enacted. The State Land (Special Provisions) Bill was gazetted on 27.03.19.” This is a Bill to grant absolute title to state lands held […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8b

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Prime Minister office made a statement on the MCC project in June 2019. The statement was made public.     The statement said: The Government of Sri Lanka, with the help of the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University, conducted constraints analysis to identify constrains which hampered the economic growth in the […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C8a

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS TheMillennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a  foreign aid agency established by the U.S. Congress in 2004. The MCC Board is chaired by the Secretary of State. The Board members consist of the Secretary of the Treasury, US trade representative, four private sector representatives and a representative of USAID. MCC is  therefore not the […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C3

Monday, November 9th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The most significant fault line in USA, however, is not any of these. It is the racism shown to the African American.  When the African slaves were released from their cotton plantations in 1865, instead of freedom, the former slaves, found themselves less safe. Slavery was replaced by organized terror. Negroes were killed […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C2

Monday, November 9th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS There is violence in the USA. This is well known. There are about 50,000 gun deaths per year. There were at least   18 school shootings by February 2018. School children are now equipped with bullet proof backpacks, bullet proof hoodies. Classrooms have bullet proof windows and curved walls, said TIME in 2019. There […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 C1

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS The US is an exceptional country that is different from and superior to all other countries,   say admirers of the USA. I always thought that Europe and North America had it figured out. I saw them as Utopia,” a commentator from Buenos Aires told TIME. She changed her mind after the Corona virus.  […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 B2

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS China kept mum during the time of the general election of 2020. But soon after, China moved quickly to re-affirm friendly relations. The first high-powered Chinese business delegation to Sri Lanka to arrive was a  15-member business delegation  from Mianyang,   to sign agreements with Sri Lanka’s Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Industries […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 B1

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS After a long march, a great leap, a cultural revolution and ‘Tiananmen Square’, China is today emerging as the most powerful country in the world. China is the world’s first Communist state with a capitalist economy. China has managed to stay Communist while engaging in free market enterprise. This is considered unique and […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 A 4

Monday, October 26th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS India and Sri Lanka signed an FTA in 1998,  it was done very fast. Discussion started in August 1998and the FTA signed in November 1998 with just 4 consultations. The FTA became effective in 2000, but only the criteria were laid down not the procedures, observed critics.  A Joint Study Group (JSG) was […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 A3

Monday, October 26th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka is important to India, because of its location and India is determined to bring Sri Lanka under its control. India set up consulates in Hambantota and Jaffna in 2010. India has a long-standing consulate in Kandy. Critics wanted to know why does India want consulates in Jaffna and Hambantota. Consulates are […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 A 2

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS When India gained Independence as a sovereign state in 1947, it considered itself the natural leader of South Asia because of its size, its antiquity and its classy leader, Jawaharlal Nehru. It considered itself a regional power  and took a very arrogant attitude towards it neighbors. This haughty, aggressive policy only succeeded in […]

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THE POHOTTUWA GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA Part 2 A 1

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Part 2 of this series is on international relations. The series starts with India. Despite its impressive size, India is a very young sovereign state, dating only from 1947. Before foreign rule, India consisted of a number of separate kingdoms. These vanished under Muslim and British rule. The responsibility of creating the new  […]

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