Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

YAHAPALANA AND THE ‘GENEVA RESOLUTIONS’ Part 1

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 16.12.17 The government of Sri Lanka defeated the LTTE in May 2009, and the Eelam War IV came to an end. Soon after, the separatist movement went into its next phase of attack, which was UN action against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was to be punished for defeating the LTTE and the […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ‘GENEVA RESOLUTIONS’ Part 1 (Revised)

Monday, December 11th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The government of Sri Lanka defeated the LTTE in May 2009, and the Eelam War IV came to an end. Soon after, the separatist movement went into its next phase of attack, which was UN action against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was to be punished for defeating the LTTE and the LTTE was […]

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SAITM, CRICKET AND YAHAPALANA

Monday, December 4th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana government   has gone out of its way to upset the public and send tempers high. The SAITM issue is one example. This issue which should have been solved internally was allowed to escalate, observed Dr. Susirith Mendis, who teaches in the Medical Faculty, Colombo. Business Times and Research Consultancy Bureau (BT-RCB) […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ PT 6

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS (Revised) The   Yahapalana image is starting to crumble.  It is now known that both  Sarath Fonseka and Maithripala Sirisena had contested on the New Democratic Front  ticket, headed   by Shalila Moonasinghe, who  was arrested for receiving foreign currency stolen from Taiwan’s Far Eastern International Bank recently. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has come in […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ARMED FORCES

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay looks at the Yahapalana government‘s attitude to the armed forces of Sri Lanka.    It does not deal with the Geneva resolution on Eelam War IV. Perhaps no other country has ill treated its disabled service and police personnel in a more shameful and despicable manner than Sri Lanka, said an Island […]

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ARRESTS, THUGGERY AND YAHAPALANA

Monday, November 27th, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The Yahapalana government, as soon as it came to power, started arresting or fining people for all sorts of offences. I found  traffic police  in Colombo charging drivers for  various traffic offences, One offence, for which cars were regularly stopped, was for turning right just  before the Tunmulla roundabout at the end of […]

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 4

Friday, November 17th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana eagerly compared its foreign policy with that of former President Rajapaksa. ‘During the last regime the Lankan mouse from its peephole was roaring at India Instead of fostering relations with India’, said Don Manu. India slammed the door in their face, similarly America, England, France, Germany and the rest of the powerful […]

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 3

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Before taking Sri Lanka into war, the US has to somehow loosen China’s grip on Sri Lanka. Since India is unpopular in Sri Lanka, the US has entrusted this task to Japan. In Oct 2015 Japan and Sri Lanka   signed a comprehensive partnership agreement. Japan will work with India on the Trincomalee port […]

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 4

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana eagerly compared its foreign policy with that of former President Rajapaksa. ‘During the last regime the Lankan mouse from its peephole was roaring at India Instead of fostering relations with India’, said Don Manu. India slammed the door in their face, similarly America, England, France, Germany and the rest of the powerful […]

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 2

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana is linking heavily with the US and its satellite countries. India is today the main partner of the US in the Indian Ocean. Yahapalana is pursuing India and offering it ports, (Trincomalee) airports, (Mattala) oil tanks, (Trincomalee) and industries (shoes).  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe   said Apita indiyawath oney, Oi. Apita Indiyawa tharaha […]

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND YAHAPALANA Part 1

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana government   has   decided to move away from Sri Lanka’s much respected policy of ‘non-alignment’ and is showing a very clear pro-American tilt in its international relations. There have been three rounds of American influence in Sri Lanka, each more powerful than the one before, climaxing in today’s US-Sri Lanka relationship. Critics say […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 6

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS (Revised 07/11/17) This essay lists some new developments in China which are of interest to Sri Lanka .Firstly, China has successfully tested a high-altitude spy drone which could help it dominate a region of the Earth’s atmosphere known as ‘near space’. Scientists are trying to develop a durable ‘near space’ vehicle capable of […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 5

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay looks at the current relationship between Yahapalana government of Sri Lanka and the United States of America. From a triumphal, highly visible start in 2015, with prominent visits by Secretary of State John Kerry and other high ranking officials, the USA has now decided to go into low profile. Visits from […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDIA Part  6

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS At one time, relations between India and the United States were not good. In 2011 former Indian President Abdul Kalam was   searched twice at US airports. On one occasion airport officials had boarded the plane he was in and taken away the shoes and jacket he was wearing to screen for explosives. When […]

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AGRICULTURE, ENERGY AND YAHAPALANA

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS One of the prime goals of this government is to strengthen the agricultural sector, said Yahapalana. There isn’t a single project of this government which would help agriculture, replied critics. The first agricultural sector to get hit by Yahapalana was paddy farming .Farmers found around February 2016 that they could not sell their […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 6

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS ‘We will revitalize the manufacturing sector by introducing a clearly defined industrialization strategy,’ said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his budget speech in 2017. ‘We must encourage the entrepreneurs to diversify our exports. Other middle-income countries such as Thailand and Vietnam are exporting a more diversified range of high-value products such as automobile […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 5

Monday, October 9th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS China is, at the moment, leading in the Big Power war. It is keeping India, Japan and US at bay. India tried to have a confrontation with China over the Doklam plateau in Bhutan in August 2017. After ten weeks, the Indian army pulled back from Doklam border, but the Chinese army remained. […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 5

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS President Maithripala Sirisena   is firmly ensconced in his seat as President. It is will not be easy to tip him out, whatever his opponents think. But the media is not always admiring towards President Sirisena. Colombo Telegraph   under the headline Entire Sirisena Family At The UN”   said, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that President […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 5

Friday, October 6th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED ESSAY. Yahapalana has an ambitious economic plan for Sri Lanka. Here is the plan taken from Vision 2025, published in 2017.  Our vision is to make Sri Lanka a rich country by 2025. We will do so by transforming Sri Lanka into the hub of the Indian Ocean, with a knowledge-based, highly […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 4

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Any military activities which would hamper US control of the Indian Ocean had to be firmly squashed.  Local maritime services, which were navigating the Indian Ocean, using sea marshals, combating pirates, protecting ships and so on, had to be removed. One high profile casualty was Rakna Lanka and Avant Garde. The foreign handlers […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 3

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana government said that it wants to convert the Sri Lanka armed forces into a professional body quipped with modern technology and knowledge of warfare. In December 2016 it was reported that Yahapalana was going to buy multi combat aircraft. The ‘entire cabinet’ had approved the purchase of multi combat aircraft which could […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 2

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana government has suddenly discovered the Indian Ocean, which has been there for centuries all round us. Several international conferences on the Indian Ocean have taken place in Colombo. These conferences, we are told, are to discuss   global trade in the region and the need for regional cooperation, but it is clear […]

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YAHAPALANA AND “WORLD WAR III” Part 1

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS ‘An irresistible rising China is on course to collide with an immovable America,’ said Harvard scholar Graham Allison. When a rising power, in this case China, causes fear in an established power, in this case USA, the result is usually war, he said. He called this the ‘Thucydides Trap’ after some Greek war […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 4

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Yahapalana election is still in the minds of the Sri Lanka public. Analysts see a clear connection between the 2010 election which featured Sarath Fonseka and the 2015 election which ousted Rajapaksa. They say that there has been US interference in these two Sri Lankan elections. The US intervention, in 2010 was […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 3

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS There is deep dissatisfaction with the Yahapalana government. People are asking what kind of change have we got, observed Sinharaja Tammita Delgoda in January 2017.  He reports the reaction of one dissatisfied voter. Sisira had been driving a bus for the last 15 years. Although he was from the deep south, he had […]

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INNOVATIONS IN YAHAPALANA ADMINISTRATION

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

KAMALIKA  PIERIS The Yahapalana ‘regime change’  was intended to bring the island under western control and get the administration to run the way the west wanted. The existing government institutions were not suitable for this task, therefore new agencies were needed. The first of these was the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM), chaired by […]

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YAHAPALANA AND INDIA Part 5

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS India sees itself as a future world power. But unfortunately, the world does not see India in the same way. The world considers India to be a badly run, badly divided country. India appears to be a country that is unable to fulfill the just demand of its citizens, said one critic. Kuldip […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 4

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

 KAMALIKA PIERIS China values its relationship with Sri Lanka and takes China-Sri Lanka activities very seriously. Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies had a seminar on ‘Contemporary China- Sri Lanka relations: current trends, future projections’ in May 2017. For this half day seminar, China sent the President of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) and […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 4

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS REVISED 28.8.17 USA emerged as a super power after World War II, with the Marshal Plan which created NATO in 1949 and the Korea war of 1950. American power is based on alliances not colonies. US has some 60 treaty allies. It tops the list in number of embassies, consulates and missions as […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 4

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana was planning to push China firmly out of Sri Lanka and hand Sri Lanka over to India and America. Yahapalana thought    that it would be easy to shake off China because Yahapalana was under the secret protection of USA. But Sri Lanka owed China money and USA could not cough up the […]

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