Ukraine: Don’t blame us says Russian Ambassador to EU

March 1st, 2014

During an interview at New Europe Studios, Ambassador Chizhov described the relationship between the European Union and Russia

During an interview at New Europe Studios, the Head of the Russian mission to the EU, Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov  accused foreign forces of helping the Ukrainian opposition which he described as having fallen into the hands of right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis.

We all know that the European Union at one point developed its Eastern Partnership Initiative which included Ukraine. From the outset it did not include Russia and we never sought a place among those focus countries” of the Eastern Partnership. Though we viewed the whole initiative with an open mind and were prepared to look at possible specific projects that might be of equal interest to the EU, focus countries and Russia. Unfortunately, the EU never came up with a single such project in all those years.

President Yanukovich had second thoughts, because evidently he understood the possible implications of the entry into force of this agreement on the dire economic situation in Ukraine, which since then has only worsened. That was his choice.

Those who immediately started blaming Russia and still continue to blame Russia are totally unfair and incorrect, because Russia did not interfere in this situation. The only thing we did was to outline to our Ukrainian colleagues the implications that association with the European Union would have for the Ukrainian economy and its relations with other countries, including Russia.

Even schoolbooks were changed to promote association with the European Union, and of course those people who came out to protest against that particular decision by President Yanukovych were eager to see Ukraine closer to the European Union. Most of them had no idea what the Association Agreement is all about. I would claim very few people had read it. They mostly thought that immediately after signature they would have a visa-free regime, which was never intended. That the EU will open up its limitless coffers and pour huge amounts of money into Ukraine, which was never the intention. But eventually those protests evolved into something different. If you compare pictures from the Maidan square, the Independence square in Kiev, in the first days and weeks to what happened towards the end of the sit-in, they look completely different because the popular protest was sidelined and then almost eliminated by thuggish-looking armed people, well-equipped with steel helmets, with flak jackets, with bats, and ultimately with firearms. The flags that were seen were no longer EU flags, but those red and black flags of the ultra-nationalists, and the portraits were not of Van Rompuy or Barroso, not even Ashton. They were of Stepan Bandera, a well-known Nazi collaborator and war criminal who is still considered a hero among the ultra-nationalists.

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http://www.neurope.eu/article/ukraine-don%E2%80%99t-blame-us-says-russian-ambassador-eu

CHIEF MINISTER VIGENESWERAN’S SUGGESTION TO GRANT DUAL CITIZENSHIP TO TAMIL DIASPORA HAS A SINISTER MOVE

March 1st, 2014

Malin Abeyatunge

 There is some hidden agenda in Northern Province Chief Minister Vignesweran’s suggestion of granting of Dual Citizenship to the Tamil Diaspora to encourage them to invest in Sri Lanka. It sounds okay on the face of it but there is some sinister move under this suggestion. This is a very subtle ploy by the TNA and pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora (a) to get the LTTE activists among the Tamil  Diaspora back in to Sri Lanka to start another separatist war (b) to allow free  flow of illegal funds to fund another separatist war. The demand by TNA to close army camps in the North appears to be directly linked to this suggestion. Closing of army camps will be one of the proposals made by UNHRC in March Sessions. LTTE rumps  flocking back to Sri Lanka thro dual citizenship claims,  free flow of illegal funds to oil another terrorist  war machine and removal of camps in the North will eventually make an easy path for them to restart another terrorist war.

 It’s a known fact that the LLTE rump had been collecting funds thro dubious fronts in USA, UK, Canada, EU Countries, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia promising to help the Tamils in the war stricken North & East but hardly used those funds to improve the living standard of the Tamils in the North & East  but used to oil the LTTE war machine for almost 26 years. They may still have millions of funds left with certain pro-LLTTE organisations spread in the above mentioned countries  and these funds they will use to fund another separatist agenda by buying politicians, media personnel in both print and electronic media, film manufacturers (not producers as there was no creativity in some of the films already in the public domain)  for propaganda. If the Tamil Diaspora wants to help the Tamils in the North & East, they can still do so by building hospitals, getting state of the art medical equipment, building schools, other basic amenities like water & electricity, projects to increase employment if any after the end of the war.  The Sri Lankan expatriates mostly Sinhalese who are living in the western countries have been helping Sri Lanka irrespective whether it’s the North or South thro various voluntary organisations over the years in building schools, equipping remote hospitals, providing drinking water, rehabilitating abandoned tanks, helping the needy remote villages etc. I am quite aware of an organisation in Victoria who had undertaken to completely rehabilitate a very remote village in the NCP with housing, schools, hospitals and other basic amenities. There are Sinhala organisations which I personally know who have under taken overall rehabilitation of villages and housing for the poor mainly in the villages in the North and the East. These projects are funded by not only the people with dual citizenship (It’s a small in numbers) but many of them carry citizenship of their adopted country but who still loves Sri Lanka and its people. I am sure Vignesweran is aware of a fact that a moderate Tamil Australian  who is rebuilding his own village with his own money. So as CM Vignesweran thinks, one needs not be a dual citizen to help Sri Lanka but instead  let his brethren living in these affluent countries follow what the Sinhala expatriates are doing to Sri Lanka even to the North & East over the years.

 But of course, there will be problem when evaluating the qualification for dual citizen ship.  The majority of the Tamil Diaspora after 1983 sought political asylum by humiliating the Sri Lanka image saying that they have been persecuted, tortured etc. to get the sympathy of the western countries to qualify for refugee and asylum status. They are not only Tamils, but Sinhalese, Muslims, Sinhala & Tamil journalists who had obtained citizen ship in the western countries saying that they have been persecuted in their home country Sri Lanka. If the Sri Lankan Governments have been persecuting them, do they have a moral right to go back to Sri Lanka or for that matter request for dual citizenship? The Government should not entertain any request for dual citizenship from those people who have obtained citizenship in the western countries thro refugee and asylum claims. The Sri Lankans who told the adopted countries that they have been persecuted and tortured will not have any moral grounds to obtain dual citizenship. That’s why I said that CMVs proposal has a sinister move to launch another separatist war in Sri Lanka.

 On another note, the responsibility of protecting our borders lies with the Government and the Customs. TNA members who is planning to attend the UNHRC Session may attempt to smuggle out information, videos and other harmful materials to humiliate Sri Lanka at the next UNHRC session in March and the Government & the Customs should take every precaution that such thing will not happen.

PROLOGUE:HOW SRI LANKA CAME TO BE MANIPULATED BY CATHOLIC CHURCH – (Part III)

March 1st, 2014

Mahinda Weerasinghe

  Part III of the series took some time to formulate, due to several reasons! Partly personal, partly strategic, but mostly; as lot of crisscrossing topics should be juxtaposed and that was an intimidating task.

 Above all, I should attempt to make this tale hang together, also in order to make it, concise, economic and lucid, so that any global reader will grasp its essence effortlessly.

On the other hand if the tale is to be told in its entirety, it would take tomes to encapsulate.  In essence compiling two centuries of clandestine historical great game tactics was, no simple task. Though each issue by itself was well documented in isolation, yet no one dissected how the crafty British hood winked the entire world for such a long period.

Indeed in order to maximize my efforts I decided to do the next best thing!

To Caption this prologue; that was the best way forward, prior to the presentation of Part III.

 The prologue will present obvious references and documentation of a general nature, so any one keen to do research can do so through the Internet on basis of the prologue! 

And when I present the part III, it will be a simple straightforward tale; of manipulation, duplicity and deceit! It would be; clear and concise!

The saying that ‘the world is full of suckers’ is very true, or how else could they have hidden this gambit for so long.  Indeed I am certain some of the main actors were not aware that they had been stage-managed and made use of.  Only exception being; Mahatma Gandhi.

If the British were devious he was a connoisseur of this art of sagacity, which he exploited to its very hilt.

For an example rev. Wilberforce the father of the anti slavery fame genuinely believed that he won a VICTORY when the Parliament voted for doing away with slavery in 1803(mark the year). But he was absolutely and totally a pawn and whether he canvasses for a vote against or not anti slavery it still would have been voted in at the time it did. For vital reason!

Indeed by 1800 British Empire was the sole owner of India proper. And they have planned to break the backs of all other slave exploiting nation. In such a manner British Empire ended as the solo super duper power, as they landed s the top of the heap as the only coli Tamil slave using nation! They had Indian, collie slaves and they had their Uncle Tom Jaffna Tamils who were ever ready to lick the white man’s ass.

 So when you position this prologue and Part III side by side; hugs vistas open up, and end up one been enlightened. In such a manner I

 will be able to make my talk, walk!

In essence the question of the Catholic Church manipulating will be suspended in this part and  instead show how anglicized Jaffna Tamil Catholics gave their full cooperation to the British Raj to exploit coli India and use  their cousins as slaves.

Indeed I am dedicating this part to those Indian collie slaves whose lives were destroyed by the Jaffna Tamil Catholics, and   ended their lives in misery, pain and anonymity.  

I must say from what I know today of Mohandas Gandhi, makes him a colossus. Any day I will bow down in front of his loin cloth, than to a Jaffna Tamil Catholics in a monkey suits. Indeed he knew exactly what he was doing and executed the implosion the British Empire singlehandedly and elegantly.  

It is time we expose this game of duplicity. It took almost 3 decades for Indian coli slaves as indentured laborers to replace the dearth of slaves taken out from Africa.  By that time only other power around was French. Came the First World War and Ottoman Empire crumbled and fell; and through the League of Nations British and French divided the booty. Only positive thing Lloyd George did at that point of history was he gave Jews a place in pastime.

In fact living in Oslo at the final phase of Elam war IV (May 2009) of the racist organization LTTE, Jaffna Tamils were agitated, they were screaming at the Norwegians on the TV debates you promised us, you promised us”! Promised them what?

Indeed what is that they the Norwegians could not deliver? After all Norwegian people cannot be held responsible, unlike British. Norwegians did not own plantations which Jaffna Tamils unashamly supplied Indian Tamil Coli slaves and helped exploit them as middle man Kankani.  On the contrary Sinhalese will demand compensation for financing and unlashing upon them the most ruthless terrorists!

In the final Part III, I would attempt to show how Tamils were rewarded for their labors of supplying the Indian coolie slaves to prop up the British Empire’s plantation industry.  What they have received in return; Mauritius, Surinam, Fiji Seychelles Madagascar to name a few. Somehow the Jaffna catholic thirst was never quenched, for they lusted for the plum, which is peal of the Indian ocean”; and the extermination of its Buddhist guardians.  Which means the British Colonials must have assured Jaffna Catholics this but failed to deliver.

And believe me they will never receive it now for a vital reason!

In such manner the Catholic Spanish Empire was busted and so did the Portuguese catholic nation which became a 3rd rate power subsequently. So did the Dutch trading empire which was primarily built on slavery. Indeed the Germen the Danish powers too were left behind. And we have seen complete destruction of Ottoman Empire by the end of the world war I

Behind this great game we find the Russian left behind as they were not relaying on slaves but their own surfs.

 In order to get the larger prospective we have to dabble in various subtle themes such as:

Slavery verses Anti slavery   

 http://reformationsaorg.win07.glodns.net/articles/William%20Wilberforce%20-%20Campaign%20to%20End%20Slavery.htm

 Two hundred years ago, on March 25, 1807, the British Parliament outlawed the trans-Atlantic African slave trade. Eventually, in 1833, Britain was to make slavery itself illegal throughout the Empire.”

The Indian indentured coli labor:

Opium wars against china”;

Divide and rule policy of the British.

Gandhi’s great game and how one man could have carried it off.

Mahatma Gandhi Reportedly Depicted As Bisexual, Racist in New Biography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Empire”.

 See also: British Raj

 An 1876 political cartoon of Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881) making Queen Victoria Empress of India. The caption was “New crowns for old ones!”

Rivalry with Russia

Main article: the Great Game

During the 19th century, Britain and the Russian Empire vied to fill the power vacuums that had been left by the declining Ottoman EmpireQajar dynasty and Qing dynasty. This rivalry in Eurasia came to be known as the “Great Game“.[98] As far as Britain was concerned, defeats inflicted by Russia on Persia and Turkey demonstrated its imperial ambitions and capabilities and stoked fears in Britain of an overland invasion of India.[99] In 1839, Britain moved to pre-empt this by invading Afghanistan, but the First Anglo-Afghan War was a disaster for Britain.[79] When Russia invaded the Turkish Balkans in 1853, fears of Russian dominance in the Mediterranean and Middle East led Britain and France to invade the Crimean Peninsula in order to destroy Russian naval capabilities.[79] The ensuing Crimean, which involved new techniques of modern warfare,[100] and was the only global war fought between Britain and another imperial power during the Pox Britannica, was a resounding defeat for Russia.[79] The situation remained unresolved in Central Asia for two more decades, with Britain annexing Baluchistan in 1876 and Russia annexing KirghiziaKazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. For a while it appeared that another war would be inevitable, but the two countries reached an agreement on their respective spheres of influence in the region in 1878 and on all outstanding matters in 1907 with the signing of the Anglo-Russian Entente.[101] The destruction of the Russian Navy by the Japanese at the Battle of Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05 also limited its threat to the British.[102]

Cape to Cairo

 The Rhodes ColossusCecil Rhodes spanning “Cape to Cairo”

The Dutch East India Company had founded the Cape Colony on the southern tip of Africa in 1652 as a way station for its ships travelling to and from its colonies in the East Indies. Britain formally acquired the colony, and its large Afrikaner (or Boer) population in 1806, having occupied it in 1795 in order to prevent its falling into French hands, following the invasion of the Netherlands by France.[103] British immigration began to rise after 1820, and pushed thousands of Boers, resentful of British rule, northwards to found their own—mostly short-lived—independent republics, during the Great Trek of the late 1830s and early 1840s.[104] In the process the Voortrekkers clashed repeatedly with the British, who had their own agenda with regard to colonial expansion in South Africa and with several African politics, including those of the Sotho and the Zulu nations. Eventually the Boers established two republics which had a longer lifespan: the South African Republic or Transvaal Republic (1852–77; 1881–1902) and the Orange Free State (1854–1902).[105] In 1902 Britain occupied both republics, concluding a 

History of Indentured labor!  

 South India, because of its favorable geographic position and the importance of its colonial ports, was to take on a very special significance within this new system of indenture, a form of debt bondage, by which perhaps two million Indians were transported to various colonies of European powers to provide labor for the (mainly sugar) plantations. It started from the end of slavery in 1833 and continued until Recruitment to the French sugar colonies continued via the French ports in India without knowledge of the British authorities and by 1856 the number of laborers in Réunion is estimated to have reached 37,694. It was not until 25 July 1860 that France was officially permitted by the British authorities to recruit labor for Reunion at a rate of 6,000 annually. This was extended on 1 July 1861 with permission to import ‘free’ laborers into the French colonies of Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana (Cayenne). Indenture was for a period of five years (longer than British colonies at the time); return passage was provided at the end of indenture. (Not after ten as in British colonies) and Governor-General was empowered to suspend emigration to any French colony if any abuse was detected in the system1920.

Raw Indentured labour in fact was worse than slavery as far as the collie and the nation he was sent to.

 https://sites.google.com/site/dnscbaspnet/britishslavery

http://ashbrook.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2010-Brown.pdf

 Using foreign mercenary

During the early decades of the 19th century, while Great Britain was establishing its supremacy in international exchanges, slavery was being progressively limited in the empire, until finally in 1843 all slaves were freed. The lack of the slave labor which the British had installed on the tropical plantations (producing sugar, coffee, to bananas, tea, . . .) quickly made itself felt, and international migrations of free laborers replaced the recruitment of slaves. Countries whose economy had depended on the continuous importation of slave such as Spain Portugal Holland Denmark and obviously the

Troops from different parts of British Empire to suppress rebellions,

Using the minorities of a nation to control the majority.

Newly given out Darwin’s theory and the Survival of the fittest 1859.

And parceling off other people’s countries.  

The fall of the Ottoman Empire.

And the secret but vital information as vast resources of oil   under Saudi desert of the coming of the industrial revolution and placing of Jewish nation to match and contain the Arabs 1832.

Indeed the enlightened English likes to  boast that the sun never sets  in the British empire”, which  needed a another  clever Sinhalese  to put in prospective ; indeed Colvin R De Siva Adlibbed, that this been  a fact for  indeed God  would never trust the English in the dark!

Fiji is a classic example and can be set Patten where countries where natives has been disprocessed and disenfranchised and fighting a losing battle from their inheritance.

 Indians with racism runs in their veins

Five years on from the third coup to afflict Fiji since 1987 we find rebels armed with military weapons, had seized Korovou in support of local boy George Speight who was holding hostage the government of Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry of Indian ancestry “.

AS a local quipped Before, it was called the paradise of Fiji, now it has become the darkness of Fiji.”

Indo-Fijians are mostly descendants of indentured laborers brought in by the British to work on CSR Australia-owned sugar plantations. Between 1879 and 1916, around 60,000 [indentured Indian laborers] came.  In the 1966 census, Indians accounted for 51 percent of the population, Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics says. Indigenous Fijians were just 42 percent – the rest made up of Chinese, Europeans, Rotumans and other Pacific Islanders.

In Fiji, no one knows for sure what is happening.  Just as the Sinhalese in hill country they             unaware what was happening!

London colonial masters feared Indians would take over the country and in a long and complicated process –ensure indigenous Fijians would never lose their land in the way the Maori had in New Zealand, and that their political supremacy would remain intact. But that is what exactly what happened. Fijians were given the bible and whiskey and put them into a slumber, And using slave labor were carrying on till the independence. Cooem Independence and Jijiyans are a minority and theier loosing their rights

. British Indian indentured labor transportation by country.

Colonial Indian indentured labor importing colonies

Name of Colony

Number of Laborers Transported

Mauritius

453,063

British Guiana

238,909

Trinidad

143,939

Jamaica

36,412

Grenada

3,200

St Lucia

4,350

Natal

152,184

St Kitts

337

St Vincent

2,472

Reunion

26,507

Surinam

34,304

Fiji

60,965

East Africa

32,000

Seychelles

6,315

Total

1,194,957

 Kandyan wars British would have never got hold of Kandy if not if not native betrayers, who helped them enter Kandy and helped seize the Tamil king of Kandy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Wars

 The First Opium War (1839–42), also known as the Opium War and as the Anglo-Chinese War, was fought betweenGreat Britain and China over their conflicting viewpoints on diplomatic relations, trade, and the administration of justice for foreign nationals.[3]

Prior to the conflict Chinese officials wished to end the spread of opium, and confiscated around 20,000 chests of opium (approximately 1.21 million kilograms or 2.66 million lb)[4] from British traders. The British government, although not officially denying China’s right to control imports of the drug, objected to this seizure and used its military power to enforce violent redress.[3]

In 1842, the Treaty of Nanking—the first of what the Chinese later called the unequal treaties—granted an indemnity to Britain, the opening of five treaty ports, and the cession of Hong Kong Island, thereby ending the trade monopoly of theCanton System. The failure of the treaty to satisfy British goals of improved trade and diplomatic relations led to the Second Opium War (1856–60).[5] The war is now considered in China as the beginning of modern Chinese history.[6][7]

 U.S, following 100 year old British Strategy

The military strategists of the British Empire have long had an actual plan for the military conquest and enslavement of the entire planet, and this plan for global conquest was based on the military realities which they believed any would-be world conqueror would encounter. The British strategic plan for world conquest and the military perspective which it is based upon both predate World War One, and both probably existed long before that. The earliest known statement of this plan for world conquest was expressed by imperial strategist Halford Mackinder, who outlined the central global strategic problem in 1904 in a letter to the British Royal Geographical Society. The letter was entitled, “The Geographical Pivot of History.” The most pertinent part of this letter is quoted later on, and requires only a minimum of reading between the lines.

The most recent significant restatement of this plan for world conquest was made by Zbigniew Brzezinski, who asserted that world domination would require the conquest of the center of the Eurasian landmass. They also believed that if they did not seize the Eurasian interior, whoever was in possession of it would have the global strategic edge, and would thus likely ultimately go on to conquer the world.

Here’s why they formed this military perspective. Britain was a naval power, and therefore, as a rule of thumb, they could apply military force with relative ease near the shores of the oceans anywhere on the globe. That was the good news. The bad news was that the further from the coast their military objective was, the harder it was to apply force to it. The invading British armies were tethered to their fleets, because their armies needed the re-supply and the firepower support of their navy.

Look at a map of the world. You will see that the area furthest from any ocean is the deep interior of the Eurasian land mass. The British reasoned that if they could conquer the Eurasian interior, they would then be able to apply force from this region against the neighboring countries while the British fleet would attack as usual against their coastal regions. Thus Russia, China, India and all of Europe would be forever under British military dominance, and thereby be eliminated as competitors in the struggle for world conquest. They reasoned that the remainder of the globe was a far lesser military challenge, which could be managed with relative military ease by the British fleet, and thus easily accessible coastal regions of the remainder of the world were not the focus of their military plans as was the absolutely vital Eurasian interior.

One of the agenda items of the British Empire is the culling of most of the people on the planet Earth. They also intend that the mass of the remaining population will be reduced to peasant social status, and kept in perpetual ignorance so that any revolt against their overlords will be impossible. By these means they intend to establish a global empire which will rule the world for all time without any possibility of being overthrown, either by any competing empires, which will all have been eliminated, or by the peasants, who will be held in perpetual bondage and therefore likewise unable to rise up against the oligarchs.

The following quoted passage is from a letter written by British imperial strategist Halford Mackinder to the British Royal Geographical Society. The letter was entitled, “The Geographical Pivot of History.”

“As we consider this rapid review of the broader currents of history, does not a certain persistence of geographical relationship become evident? Is not the pivot region of the world’s politics that vast area of Euro-Asia which is inaccessible to ships, but in antiquity lay open to the horse riding nomads, and is today about to be covered with a network of railways. There have been and are here the conditions of a mobility of military and economic power of a far-reaching and yet limited character. Russia replaces the Mogul empire. Her pressure on Finland, on Scandinavia, on Poland, on Turkey, on Persia, on India, on China replaces the centrifugal raids of the steppe-men. In the world at large she occupies the central strategically position held by Germany in Europe. In conclusion, it may be well expressly to point out that the substitution of some new control of inland area for that of Russia would not tend to reduce the geographical significance of the pivot point. Were the Chinese, for instance, organized by the Japanese, to overthrow the Russian Empire and conquer its territory, they might constitute the Yellow Peril to the world’s freedom.”

The following passage is quoted from the book, “The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives,” which was written by Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1997.

“”In that context, how America ‘manages’ Eurasia is critical. Eurasia is the globe’s largest continent and is geopolitical axial. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world’s three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa’s subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral to the world’s central continent. About 75 per cent of the world’s people live in Eurasia, and most of the world’s physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60 per cent of the world’s GNP and about three-fourths of the world’s known energy resources.” (p.31)

Other statements in his book make it clear that Brzezinski’s geographic focus is on the new Islamic nations of South Central Asia that were formed out of the Breakup of the Soviet Union. Note that Brzezinski even used the name “Oceania” to refer to the British Empire.

The British plan for world conquest also called for the de-industrialization of all other nations so they would not be able to build modern weapons to fight back against British attacks. All major nations of the world were industrializing in the years prior to World War One, and the British Imperialists decided that all other nations must be both de-industrialized and depopulated so that they would never again be potential rivals for world domination.

The British reasoned that Russia was their primary rival for world dominance, partly because of it occupied much of the strategic heart of the Eurasian land mass, and partly because it huge population and abundant natural resources gave it vast military potential. Other smaller potential rivals such as France, Germany and Japan would be crushed later and reduced to depopulated puppet states with plantation economies. America, was not considered an immediate potential rival because it was effectively re-colonized and under British control, and had been since the assassination of President McKinley by British design in 1901.

The British planned to provoke a war between Russia and Germany so that Russia would be crushed and forced to accept a British-controlled puppet government that would de-industrialized Russia, and thus make it unable to defend the Eurasian heartland. The British also hoped that Germany would be exhausted by all the fighting, and would thus be an easy opponent in a subsequent war which would likewise result in its de-industrialization and depopulation. It didn’t really matter to the British strategists which side Britain would be on in the war; their primary goal was the destruction of Russia industry, and the weakening of Germany as a hoped for bonus. The British imperialists didn’t care much about the form of the new Russian government. The British didn’t care if the new Russian government was communist or fascist or whatever; all they really cared about was that the new Russian government would suppress industrialization.

The British imperialists both planned and instigated World War One, but unfortunately for them, their primary goal of de-industrializing Russia was not achieved. Russia was defeated, but the post-war communist government instituted a program of industrialization and re-armament under both Lenin and Stalin. The post World War One situation looked exactly like the pre World War One situation as far as the disappointed British Imperialists were concerned. Russia was still the number one rival because of its dominance of Eurasia, and because it still had its huge population, and worst of all because it was still industrializing. Their other potential rivals were likewise still industrializing, just exactly as they were before the war.

The British imperialists planned and instigated World War Two in order to achieve the exact same strategic goal they had failed to achieve with World War One, and they used the exact same plan because in their eyes the strategic situation had not changed at all. The British imperialists therefore instigated World War Two between Russia and Germany in order to achieve the exact same goal, and once again they failed. Post war Russia continued to industrialize, and they were still in possession of the heart of Eurasia.

The Geostrategic situation is pretty much the same today as it was both before and after the two world wars that the British instigated, and all the evidence indicates that the British strategic plan for conquering the world remains exactly the same today as it was prior to World War One. The British and their puppet ally America have established military bases deep in the heart of Eurasia in the Islamic states that were formerly part of the old Soviet Union. They have invaded Afghanistan and are preparing to invade Iraq.

They will not abandon their campaign of looting of Eurasia, and they will not stop their callous slaughter of Asian people unless they are defeated militarily. If they succeed in their criminal aggression, they will be forced by their own imperial logic to go on and instigate similar wars of aggression against all their remaining potential rivals. Both China and India are now immensely powerful and growing in economic might and military capability. Both Britain and its puppet ally America are declining relative to both China and India in economic ability and military might. The Anglo-Americans have lost their nuclear monopoly. The Chinese will develop missiles capable of reaching America and Britain.

Time is working against the Anglo-Americans in both economic and military terms. The longer Britain waits to attack China and slaughter it back to the stone age, the harder the task will be. The British and their American stooge ally will not be able to defeat China if they wait another twenty years. Their own logic tells them that it is now or never as far as the British Empire is concerned. Britain will either conquer the world within the next few years, or Britain and its stooge ally America will slide first into insignificance, and then both will be torn apart in starvation-induced internal wars because they will no longer be able to extort the resources of the world at gunpoint.

In conclusion, it is clear that the century-old plan of the British for the conquest of the world is still in effect. It also seems undeniable that the culling of most of the world’s population is a necessary and therefore built-in part of their plan to conquer the world. The exact role that vaccinations and other devices of mass murder [E.g. chemtrails] will play in this blueprint for the coming global slaughter is still unclear. The British aristocracy regards this as their last throw of the dice to achieve world domination. From their perspective, it is now all or nothing. By their own perspective and by their own logic, these aristocrats will be compelled to use every device at their disposal, especially those of mass destruction . The British aristocrats fear that if they fail, they will be overthrown because they are utterly useless parasites, and the British people will rise in the wake of so many of them being used up in a war whose only goal is to preserve the dominance of the useless aristocrats.

Their hatred of humanity and the wickedness of their envisioned global and eternal police state should prepare us to expect them to employ every weapon at their disposal no matter how horrible. The recent media-friendly terrorist attack was the latest bit of theater in their final bid at world conquest. We can expect more such incidents, including even a nuclear detonation on American, which will precede the erection of a complete police state here in America, without which their plan for global conquest will not succeed.

The British aristocrats are not the daffy, absent-minded twits depicted in the mass media. These British aristocrats and their banker bedmates are the worst collection of cold-blooded gangsters and cynical mass murderers ever assembled. They will use diseases, revolutions, starvation, planned economic disasters, civil wars, concentration camps, nuclear bombs, and mass murder by vaccinations both here and abroad until such time as they win, or until they are removed from power. This broad outline of their plan for world conquest will provide a framework for understanding events as the world plunges toward this very real Armageddon unfolding in Asia

Buddhist countries are natural allies of Sri Lanka

March 1st, 2014

by Senaka Weeraratna

 Sri Lanka’s foreign policy must tilt towards extracting the maximum support and assistance from countries that have a shared Buddhist heritage, because these countries are natural allies of Sri Lanka. A shared past acts as a powerful reminder of a sense of duty to one another particularly in times of crisis. This is true in human affairs. It is equally true in international affairs and underlying religious ties and loyalties must be activated to gain maximum advantage. The unity and solidarity that underlies the formation and functioning of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) work on this simple formula – common faith and shared religious heritage.

 The dynamics that come into play from a common religion and shared religious heritage is best illustrated in the formation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations and has a membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and committed to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world. It has its headquarters in Saudi Arabia

Even Sri Lanka which is a predominant Buddhist country (70% Buddhist) has made an application to be granted Observer status of the OIC in 2008 to attend Muslim Summit Conferences. Unfortunately there is no equivalent International Buddhist Organisation on par with OIC or comparable Buddhist Summit Conferences for leaders of predominant Buddhist countries to attend. This is a glaring lacuna in the multilateral relationships of Buddhist countries that needs to be addressed and corrected and Sri Lanka in terms of its Constitution (Article 9) with a mandate to not only protect but also foster Buddhism is duty bound to play a pioneering role within the framework of the Buddhist religious tradition to create the necessary climate for discussion and take forward the decisions made towards final implementation in collaboration with the rest of the Buddhist world.

 We must find solace and comfort from the pioneering role played by Dr. Gunapala Malalasekera who founded the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) in 1950 in Colombo, Sri Lanka purely on the premise of Buddhist fellowship.   The proposed summit body for Buddhist nations takes the idea much further – to address challenges to Buddhism and protect Buddhist nations, communities, territories and space, and provide a global moral voice for Buddhists that is sadly lacking to date.

 Religious affiliation govern States’ conduct

There is a further illustration of the proposition of religious affiliation governing states’ conduct in the international arena in the form of the repeated rejection of Turkey’s application to accede to the European Union (EU) despite a geographical situ in Europe.  Turkey is a predominant Muslim country unlike the rest of Europe which is predominantly Christian with a shared past and common Christian civilization. The large mass of Europeans have not erased from their collective memory the bitterly fought wars (Crusades) against the Arabs in the Middle East and more importantly a historical fact closer to their home territories i.e. armies of the Ottoman Empire (predecessor of modern Turkey) twice laid siege to Vienna in 1529 and 1683 which served as a bulwark for Christian Europe against Islamic incursions.  In December 2011, a poll showed that as much as 71% of the participants surveyed in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK were opposed to Turkey’s membership in the European Union.

  Buddhist Asia

Buddhist Asia includes Buddhist heritage countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Bhutan and Mongolia. There are a number of other countries in Asia that have a significant Buddhist population such as India( Hindu), Indonesia( Muslim), Bangladesh( Muslim), Malaysia (Muslim), Nepal (Hindu), and there is a small Buddhist minority even in Philippines. Certain regions of Russia (e.g. Kalmykia, Buryatia) have predominant Buddhist populations. Kalmykia is the only predominant Buddhist region in Europe.

 Australia is another continent separated from Asia’s land mass but now tends to be closely associated with Asian related discussions, Conferences and joint conduct. There is a growing and active Buddhist population in Australia.

 The estimates of the total global Buddhist population vary significantly.  The most widely accepted estimates range from 550 million practicing Buddhists to estimates that exceed 1 billion.

 According to one source the number of Buddhists around the world is grossly underestimated. The statistics found in nearly all encyclopedias and almanacs place the number of Buddhists at approximately 500 million. This figure completely ignores over one billion Chinese people who live in the People’s Republic of China.

Currently there are about 1.4 billion Chinese living in the People’s Republic. Surveys (Gach-Alpha Books, U.S. State Dept. report on China, Global Center for the Study of Contemporary China, BBC News, China Daily, and a report by Christian missionaries in China) have found that about 80% to 90% of Chinese in mainland China identify with Buddhism as one of their religions.

Refer

http://www.thedhamma.com/buddhists_in_the_world.htm

The total number of Buddhists whether counting from the lower end or upper end of the estimates are nevertheless significant and in turn Buddhist influence should be brought to bear on the global decision making process. Buddhist representation or Buddhist organizations should be co-opted as Associate members or Affiliates of UN sponsored international organizations. The current reality is that Buddhists are highly under-represented in International organizations and sometimes the subject of discrimination in staff recruitment of UN and UN related bodies. There is no effective Buddhist leadership at the international level nor lobbying at any serious level to influence change or reform. The grievances of Buddhists are dismissed or taken lightly and the Buddhist countries are no match to powerful cabals such as the EU or OIC, which have the power and muscle to outmaneuver weaker Buddhist countries such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka and even Thailand.

Asoka’s legacy in uniting Asia under umbrella of Buddhism

The Indian Emperor Asoka established the world’s first welfare state in the third century BC upon embracing Buddhism. He renounced the idea of conquest by the sword. In contrast to the western concept of ‘ Rule of Law ‘, Asoka embarked upon a ‘policy of piety or rule of righteousness’. The basic assumption of this policy of piety was that the ruler who serves as a moral model would be more effective than one who rules purely by strict law enforcement. The right method of governing is not only by legislation and law enforcement, but also by promoting the moral education of the people. Asoka began by issuing edicts concerning the ideas and practice of dharma, dealing with universal law and social order. Realizing that poverty eroded the social fabric, one of his first acts was to fund social welfare and other public projects. Asoka’s ideals involved promoting policies for the benefit of everyone in society, treating all his subjects as if they were his children and protecting religion. He built hospitals, animal welfare shelters and enforced a ban on owning slaves and killing. He gave recognition to animal rights in a number of his rock edicts and accepted state responsibility for the protection of animals. Animal sacrifice was forbidden by law.

 An important aspect of Asoka’s governance was tolerance. In one of his rock edicts, Asoka calls for religious freedom and tolerance, and declares that by respecting someone else’s religion, one brings credit to one’s own religion. The idea of religious tolerance only emerged in the West in 1689 with the publication of John Locke’s book ‘ A Letter Concerning Toleration’. The Inquisition which commenced in Europe in the 12th century and lasted for over 600 years stands in marked contrast to any form of religious tolerance. Difference of religious opinion or heresy was punishable by death including burning at the stake.  

Purely from a Buddhist perspective, politics of governance under a Buddhist ruler can be summed up by the Sanskrit word ‘‘cakravartin ‘ (the wheel turner), which means a king or political ruler who protects his people and the Buddhist teachings. Asoka was the prototype of this ruler whose political ideas were to inspire a countless number of other Asian Emperors and rulers. One enthusiastic follower of Asoka in Japan was Prince Shotuku. (574 – 622 AD). An ardent believer in Buddhism, Shotukti drafted a 17 Article Constitution (the first Buddhist Constitution of Japan), which was promulgated in 604 AD. Shotuku appeals neither to ‘self-evident truths ‘ (as in the American Constitution) nor to some divine right of kings as the basis of law. Instead he begins pragmatically by stating that if society is to work efficiently for the good of all, then people must restrain factionalism and learn to work together.

A key feature of this Japanese Constitution of Prince Shotuku is the emphasis placed on resolving differences by appeals to harmony and common good, using the procedure of consensus and dialogue. This approach is in marked contrast to the western view that factions can be controlled only legally by a balance of powers. Decision making by discussion and consensus is a significant characteristic of Japanese society. Every effort is made to ensure that minority dissident factions are not allowed to lose face.

 International organisations under Western domination

What we see today in western dominated international organisations such as the United Nations, and related bodies such as the UNHRC, ICC and the like are proceedings conducted on an Inquisitorial footing i.e. witch hunts aimed at devastating the target country or individual usually of non – European descent thereby perverting the course of justice. No quarter is given to the other party until it submits to the political will of the bullying nations. It is a shameless display of brute power making a mockery of institutional rules and procedure. The targeted country is assumed to be guilty right from the start ruling out any mitigating circumstances. It is virtually a re-enactment of the Inquisition under the auspices of the United Nations rather than the Catholic Church as in the days gone by.

 Clean Hands Doctrine

There is a maxim in equity which says He who comes into equity must come with clean hands ”. This maxim is not a principle of moral persuasion but an enforceable rule of law.  The clean hands doctrine of equity though applicable in municipal law should have resonance in international fora. How many of the bullying countries accusing Sri Lanka of crimes against humanity and war crimes have clean hands? Or a flawless record?  Issues of this nature are too complex to be resolved by finger pointing, naming, shaming and embarrassing the other party in front of an international audience comprising representatives of countries from four corners of the globe.

 The Japanese approach advocated by the Buddhist Prince Shotuku to use the method of consensus and dialogue, and not allow the accused party to lose face is a far more enlightened approach to resolution of complex human rights issues than the ‘ burning at the stake’ inquisitorial approach of the West.  It is the employment of double standards and devious methods to achieve ulterior political ends of powerful Western actors that have resulted in the moral collapse of the UN and related agencies.

 Buddhist heritage countries must not allow a fellow Buddhist country with a shared past and with bonds based on common religious heritage to be ‘thrown to the wolves’ at the UNHRC in Geneva. Japan in particular has been the beneficiary of goodwill of Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) at the San Francisco Conference in 1951.

 The Treaty of Peace with Japan (commonly known as the Treaty of San Francisco, Peace Treaty of San Francisco, or San Francisco Peace Treaty), between Japan and part of the Allied Powers was officially signed by 48 nations on September 8, 1951, at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, United States. It came into force on April 28, 1952.   

Ceylon’s defense of Japan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_San_Francisco

 Wikipedia reports as follows:

 A major player in providing support for a post-war free Japan was the delegation from Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka). While many were reluctant to allow a free Japan capable of aggressive action and insisted that the terms of surrender should be rigidly enforced in an attempt to break the spirit of the Japanese nation, the Ceylonese Finance Minister J.R. Jayawardene spoke in defence for a free Japan and informed the conference of Ceylon’s refusal to accept the payment of reparations that would harm Japan’s economy. His reason was “We in Ceylon were fortunate that we were not invaded, but the damage caused by air raids, by the stationing of enormous armies under the South-East Asia Command, and by the slaughter-tapping of one of our main commodities, rubber, when we were the only producer of natural rubber for the Allies, entitles us to ask that the damage so caused should be repaired. We do not intend to do so for we believe in the words of the Great Teacher [ the Buddha] whose message has ennobled the lives of countless millions in Asia, that ‘hatred ceases not by hatred but by love’.” He ended the same speech by saying “This treaty is as magnanimous as it is just to a defeated foe. We extend to Japan the hand of friendship and trust that with the closing of this chapter in the history of man, the last page of which we write today, and with the beginning of the new one, the first page of which we dictate tomorrow, her people and ours may march together to enjoy the full dignity of human life in peace and prosperity”

 For the ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY J.R. JAYEWARDENE
LEADER OF THE DELEGATION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CEYLON (SRI LANKA) / at the San Francisco Conference on the Treaty of Peace with Japan

 Please refer

 http://www.d7.dion.ne.jp/~tomoca/nettaigo/address_jr_e.htm

for the full speech

 

Senaka Weeraratna

Statue of Ambedkar to be raised in Sri Lanka

March 1st, 2014

Dilshan Boange Courtesy: The Sunday Nation

On February 22, 2013 at the Maha Bodhi Society premises in Maradana Colombo, a discussion was held towards creating new channels of Lanka-Indo relations initiated by Buddhist activists from both here and India who have opened a dialogue as private citizens, hoping to strengthen bonds of amity between the two countries on the basis of shared Buddhist heritage.

The initiative was the culmination of a successful goodwill tour of Sri Lanka, recently, by a delegation of Indian Buddhists, consisted of both clergy and laity. The eight member Indian Buddhist delegation led by Ven. Dr. Bhadant Rahula Bodhi Maha Thera met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Kandy on February 22, which speaks soundly of the government’s recognition of the group’s endeavour to build bonds on the basis of a common Buddhist heritage.

Dr BR Ambedkar to be monumentalized in Sri Lanka

The Buddhist delegation consisted of Indian Bhikkhu Sangha’s United Buddhist Mission president, Ven Dr Bhadant Rahula Bodhi Maha Thera, former member of parliament (MP) Ramdas Athawale, World Fellowship of Buddhist, India vice president, Avinash Kamble, India United Buddhist Federation president, RL Tambe, Tambe Education Society College, Mumbai, principal Sachchidanand Fulekar, Nagpur Dr Ambedkar Law College principal, Sachin M. Moon, India Lord Buddha Television, Managing Director, Ven. Bhadant Rewat Bodhi, high priest, Bhikkhu Niwas Gedam layout, Nagpur, India and director, HR & IR, Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai, Vishwas Sakru Sarode.

The importance of cultural symbolism for diplomacy and bond building has been long understood by people who reach out to form intercultural harmony. The symbols of Buddhist affinities between India and Sri Lanka in the more modern context was brought out in the course of the presentation discoursed by Ven Dr Bhadant Rahula Bodhi Maha Thera on the lines of modern figures who are seen as symbols of Buddhist revivalism. One of Sri Lanka’s foremost national figures of Buddhist revivalism during the last stages of British colonialism, Anagarika Dharmapala holds a place of esteem amongst Indian Buddhists according to the venerable Thera. And the quintessential symbol of Buddhist revivalism in India is none other than the erudition who is revered as the father of the Indian constitution Dr BR Ambedkar.

What was propositioned by Ven Dr Bhadant Rahula Bodhi Maha Thera is the installation of a life-size statue of Dr Ambedkar as a public monument to mark symbolic bond between the Buddhists of India and Sri Lanka. The Thera emphasised that India has thousands of monuments commemorating Dr. Ambedkar and that there are monuments dedicated to Anagarika Dharmapala as well, although Sri Lanka has not yet recognised Dr. Ambedkar with a public monument.  And the bronze needed for this monument will be gifted by the Buddhists in India stated the Thera.

Speaking on the schema of Buddhist iconography that represents Buddhism through Indian symbols of State, the Thera pointed out that the State emblem of India has the lion of the Buddhist Emperor Asoka, as well as a version of the Dharma Chakra on the Indian flag. The Brahmin people in India were angry with Dr. Ambedkar for making Hindus to become Buddhists. He converted more than half a million Hindus to Buddhism in a single stroke in 1956. Never has it been recorded of such a feat in any country where such a great number of people entered the Buddhist fraternity,” said the Thera.

Sri Lankans and Indian Buddhists are brothers.” Emphasised the Thera stressing that the nearly 70 million strong Indian Buddhist populace will hold Sri Lanka in great affection if the hero of the Buddhist revivalism in India is recognised with a public monument being raised on Lankan soil. If the project is given recognition by the Rajapaksa government, the Indian Buddhist lobby will ensure the participation of either the President or Premier of India at the unveiling ceremony declared the Thera.

Ven Banagala Upatissa Thera from the Maha Bodhi Society declared that space for erection of the monument can be committed by the Maha Bodhi Society which will provide space within its premises. The idealness of this location was further stressed on the grounds that the Maha Bodhi Society which is a pivotal institution to the Buddhist lobby in India was after all founded by none other than Anagarika Dharmapala.

Ven. Rahula Bodhi Thera of India stressed that India’s Buddhists are very much for a united Sri Lanka and outlined what he believes to be identifiable results of the future installation of an ‘Ambedkar monument’ in Sri Lanka. A tidal rise in the numbers of Indian arrivals to Sri Lanka was cited as an initial response. The Indian government’s appreciation of Sri Lanka will grow for honouring one of India’s greatest sons noted the Thera, stating further he believes millions of Indians who are ardent followers of Dr. Ambedkar and people who admire him around the world will view Sri Lanka favourably. As stated by the Thera Dr. Ambedkar’s vision for India was that of Emperor Asoka’s, which was to create a Buddhist country.

This initiative which is presently being spearheaded by private citizens from both India and Sri Lanka to strengthen bonds between the two countries is now coming to fruition after Senaka Weeraratna a Sri Lankan Buddhist activist advocated, early last year, the idea for a commemorative stamp to be issued by Sri Lankan postal authorities to honour Dr. Ambedkar, which gained attention amongst like minded people. Time will surely show how great a flame may grow from a spark of thoughtfulness to build bridges across nations and cultures in pursuance of ideals of international amity.

Cut the Bull on Human Rights, Amnesty International

February 28th, 2014

 Shenali D Waduge

Globally over 50,000 NGOs (international and local) enjoy $10billion fund allocations. Who funds them and what they do with the funds raises more questions than answers.  For too long we have mistakenly fallen prey to organizations that have pretended to be the spokesmen for world human rights. In reality they function as mercenaries disguised as human rights champions. World policies are dictated by corporate-financiers and their interests which take place through powerful Western Governments and a new breed of mercenaries like Amnesty International.

  • When Amnesty International USA runs a campaign titled Free Pussy Riot – Help Amnesty International send a truckload of balaclavas to Putin” and moreover seeks DONATIONS for this campaign from the American public does that depict UNBIAS, FAIRPLAY and ETHICAL PRACTICE?

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/amnesty-international-is-us-state-department-propaganda/32444

When Amnesty International gets students to carry placards with Russia, stop arms transfer to Syria” does that now show political bias? There were no placards asking US/UK or NATO to stop arming and training rebels.

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When Amnesty places on bus stops in Chicago hoarding that reads NATO, Keep the progress going” does it not convey a hidden meaning?
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  • When Amnesty International says it is ‘Independent’ of Governments and Corporate interests, is this not contradicted with the appointment of Amnesty International’s Executive Director, USA (Susanne Nossel) who was directly drawn from the US State Department given her role behind US State Department-backed UN resolutions regarding Iran, Syria, Libya, and Cote d’Ivoire.
  • When its Executive Director Suzanne Nossel was a former Assistant to Richard Holbrooke as well as functioning as Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intenrational Organizations at the US State Dept as well as working for Human Rights Watch where is the credibility of Amnesty?
  • When Amnesty International says “Amnesty International is funded mainly by its membership and public donations. No funds are sought or accepted from governments for investigating and campaigning against human rights abuses. Amnesty International is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion” – Is this not a lie in the light of the following statement by Amnesty International itself “The Directors are pleased to acknowledge the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Oak Foundation, Open Society Georgia Foundation, the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Programme, Mauro Tunes and American Jewish World Service. The UK Department for International Development (Governance and Transparency Fund) continued to fund a four year human rights education project in Africa. The European Commission (EuropeAid) generously awarded a multi-year grant towards Amnesty International’s human rights education work in Europe.”? Does this not prove that Amnesty International takes money from both Governments and Corporates? George Soros’s Open Society is connected to both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch illustrating how these two bogus human rights entities have been fooling the masses with their human rights crocodile tears.
  • When Tom Cartalucci of InformationClearing House declares Amnesty run by US State Department representatives, funded by convicted financial criminals, and threatens real human rights advocacy worldwide.” Is he wrong?
  • What a sham Amnesty International reports are in the backdrop of its connections to Western Governments and Corporate financiers.
  • Can Amnesty International deny making a payment of UK £533,103 to its out-going Secretary General Irene Khan when her annual salary was only £132,490.while the deputy secretary general – Kate Gilmore who retired the same year (2009) received an ex-gratia payment of only £320,000
  • Can Amnesty International deny its racial bias concentrating mostly on non-white non-western nations only as seen by its annual reports and other promotional material?
  • When former Amnesty International Board Member Prof. Francis Boyle during the 1980s-90s claims that Amnesty International policy is closely aligned to foreign policy interests of US and UK does this not seal Amnesty International’s lies and hypocrisy? Boyle even says that 20% of AI’s international budget comes from AI USA which inadvertently means the US State Department?
  • Did Amnesty International not reply on Syria without even setting foot in the country?
  • Can Amnesty International deny its role in telling lies during the Gulf Far? Amnesty International in a 1991 Press Release accused Iraqi soldiers of killing ”scores of civilians, including newborn babies, who died as a direct result of their forced removal from life-support machines.” This was used by President George Bush to justify US actions. Prof. Boyle has admitted that Amnesty International did not establish how the babies died, they had only see the graves – these were unverifiable evidence which Amnesty International claimed was evidence. How many other ‘press releases’ have had unsubstantiated accusations which may have led to powerful Governments taking action?
  • Sri Lanka has not forgotten Amnesty International’s dirty games played during the cricket 2007 World Cup. Amnesty International launched a campaign titled Sri Lanka, Play by the Rules”. Amnesty International may recall that the GOSL even accused Amnesty International of siding with the LTTE.

The examples are many and it simply showcases the fact that foreign governments have leveraged their espionage activities and outsourced it to a new group of people who can take cover under the globally protected maxim of ‘human rights’. Just mention the name and from UN Secretary General down there are protective mechanisms to enable them to be used to drag targeted nations to the gallows.

The mischief these organizations have got up in Third World nations are no small number backed by the Western media and their local stooges that act as the 5th column happy to take hefty remunerations to sell one’s own country and compromise the integrity of the nation simply to serve the needs of white imperial rule. They are nothing but mercenaries who have sold their souls just to live a good life while thousands and millions suffer and the world is torn up in strife – is this why none of the world conflicts can ever see an end?

These are the very organizations now being used to through their local surrogates penetrate society, fool the masses, manipulate them and bring them to the streets to create ‘democracy’ that would lay the foundations for the West and their corporates to descend and plunder nations in what is a remaking of colonial rule under a new nomenclature.

‘Tensions rise between the US and Sri Lanka over HR – Ronak D. Desai

February 28th, 2014

Mahinda Gunasekera  Tambrook Drive Agincourt, Ontario Canada 

By E-mail
February 27, 2014 

Ms. Cathryn Cluver
Interim Executive Director
India and South Asia Program
Belfer Center, Harvard University 

Dear Ms. Cluver,

Article: ‘Tensions rise between the US and Sri Lanka over HR – Ronak D. Desai

I refer to the above article written by Ronak Desai, Non Resident Fellow, on February 26, 2014, and write to point out
several incorrect assumptions and errors contained therein.

The writer has wrongly assumed that the report published in 2011 by a so called Panel of Experts had been commissioned
by the UN, whereas it was one appointed by the UN Secretary General for his own guidance in dealing with conflicts similar

to the one concluded on May 18, 2009 by the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), aka “Tamil Tigers by
Sri Lanka’s security forces.  The UNSG appointed persons from outside the UN without the sanction of the UN General
Assembly, UN Security Council or the UNHRC , exceeding the authority granted to him by the Charter, to inquire into the

internal affairs of a member country.  This unofficial report was leaked from the UNSG’s office which Navi Pillai the High
Commissioner for Human Rights violating established protocol and principles attempted to include it in the agenda of the
UNHRC. 

Furthermore, the three person Panel of Experts located in New York looked at evidence presented by persons
linked to one side of conflict which obviously is a prejudiced source, to come up with what they termed “credible
allegations”, none of which were proven in their own words. The panel stated that their report did not meet with the high
standards required of a UN report, and also took the drastic step of locking away the evidence for the next twenty years.

Oddly, the panel confined their report to the last five months of the conflict ended in May 2009, whereas the conflict
dates back to 1976, during which period the country had faced a terrorist insurgency in pursuit of a mono ethnic racist

separate state for Tamils to be carved out of Sri Lanka’s sovereign territory in the north and east of the island where the
resident Tamil population was less than five (5) percent of the total population. The citizens were constantly targeted
by the Tamil Tigers with the planting of bombs in public transit, claymore mine attacks, unleashing of 388 suicide bombers,
truck bombs, midnight machete attacks, ethnic cleansing massacres, assassination of political leaders and two heads of
state, and much more, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives and destruction of an inestimable amount of valuable
property. Contrary to the writer’s assertion, there is a greater degree of peaceful coexistence and harmony among the
various ethnic and religious groups in Sri Lanka than in most parts of the world.

 Is the US, UK, India and their allies planning to condemn the Sri Lankan authorities for having eliminated a
ruthless terrorist group, and for rescuing 295,873 Tamil IDPs forced to move with the retreating Tamil Tiger cadres to
be
exploited for their labour, conscripted to replace fallen cadre and form a human shield, whilst restoring the ‘Right
to
Life’ of her 21 million citizens, based on a skewed one sided report by the UNSG’s panel which contains
unsubstantiated allegations (also called the Darusman
report) which covers just the latter five months of this three
decade long conflict?  The wild guesstimate of 40,000 civilian deaths assessed by the panel in the latter five months is
without substance and is completely out of line in comparison with number of 7,721 reported by the UN Resident
Representative’s office in Colombo, which latter number  too was deemed unverifiable by Sir John Holmes, the UN Under
Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs stating that the UN did not have a presence on the ground to verify same.
Sri Lanka carried out a census in the war affected area using Tamil school teachers and public officials as enumerators
who arrived at a number of 7,432 war related deaths, whilst the Tamilnet which is a propaganda unit of the Tamil Tigers
reported a total of 7,398 deaths.  None of these casualty numbers distinguish between civilian and combatant deaths
leaving one to conclude that close to 3,000 Tamil Tigers cadres died in battle which is roughly equal to the number of
Sri Lanka soldiers killed in action in the same period, while yet others pressed into battle by the LTTE who fought in civilian
attire too has to be left out, which will necessarily reduce the number of genuine civilian deaths to around 2,500.  The
panel should not be allowed to get away with such preposterous estimates when they do not have any clear evidence
to support such claims.

One is led to wonder if the intention of focusing on the latter five months, the sponsors of the resolution are attempting
to shield their co-sponsor of the latter two UNHRC sessions, i.e. India, that was responsible for training, arming and funding
the Tamil militants including the Tamil Tigers in Indian military camps in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s, and the serious
war crimes and HR violations committed by the Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) when they operated in the north of Sri
Lanka from 1987 to 1990.  One cannot ignore the pain and suffering of the victims of Tamil Tiger terrorism and the extreme
excesses of the IPKF if the main aim is to determine the accountability of the perpetrators, in order that justice will be fully met and
finality reached by those who have lost their near and dear ones as a result of violence relating to the prior 32 years and
7 months of the same conflict.

Sri Lanka on the other hand appointed her own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in March 2010 which
heard both oral and written submissions numbering over 1,800 in open court, and published its report in November 2011.

This report was presented to Parliament in December 2011, translated to the national languages of Sinhala and Tamil before
final release in July 2012.  The government of Sri Lanka drew up a National Plan of Action and proceeded to firstly implement
the recommendations which did not require a political process or special approval of the people at a referendum, based on a
scheme of restorative justice instead of a retributive system. Within the short space of three years, Sri Lanka succeeded in

demining 6,200 sq. km. of land that had been contaminated with landmines and IEDs planted by the LTTE, put in necessary
infrastructure including housing, roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, irrigation reservoirs, fisheries harbours, power and water
services, etc. and resettle the 295, 873 Tamil IDPs with livelihood assistance, rehabilitate and release to society nearly 11,800
former Tiger combatants including 594 child soldiers, which no other country in a similar conflict situation could boast of. Not
one conflict related violent incident has taken place since May 18, 2009. Local government and provincial council elections
have been held allowing the resident population to elect their legislators bringing about a great deal of normalcy. The economy
of this conflict affected region recorded a post-conflict growth of 27 percent whilst the rest the country registered a growth of
only 7.2 percent. 

Sri Lanka is an independent, sovereign nation with equal membership in the UN, and has the capacity to investigate and deal
with any wrongdoing that has taken place in the long drawn out conflict which took place within her own territory.  She alone
has jurisdiction in respect of all internal matters just like any other sovereign country.  There is no need for an external probe

as Sri Lanka is a country with a 2,500 year civilization which is quite capable of handling her internal affairs in an open and
righteous manner.  All that Sri Lanka seeks is the time and space to enable her to conduct her own investigations into matters
which are entirely internal issues, and allow her home grown process to make the necessary findings and deal with them in
accordance with the laws of the land.  By the very fact that there has not been any conflict related violence after the conflict,
the regular inter-community interactions taking place, the extension of democracy and the rule of law to areas previously
controlled by the fascist forces of the Tamil Tigers, has helped in great measure to heal the differences and bring about
reconciliation combined with rapid economic growth.  Please do not impose foreign probes and interventions as it would
certainly disrupt the ongoing reconciliation that could allow divisive forces and hidden Tamil Tiger agitators living amongst
the overseas Tamil diaspora communities to recommence hostilities which will no doubt be counter productive.  Leave Sri Lanka
alone and allow her to resolve her internal issues with the inherent wisdom acquired in her history of over a two and a half
millennial period.  I trust you would publish this in your esteemed journal, so that your readers may have other related facts and
an alternative point of view by a person of Sri Lankan origin.

Yours sincerely,

Mahinda Gunasekera

11 Senators tell US Government, international community HELP SRI LANKA WITH A DOMESTIC PROCESS

February 28th, 2014

Their resolution goes against Obama policy SL of great strategic importance

Calling on the United States Government and the international community to assist the Government of Sri Lanka, ‘with due regard to its sovereignty, stability, and security, in establishing domestic mechanisms to deal with any grievances arising from actions committed by both sides during and after the civil war in Sri Lanka’, Senator James Inhofe tabled a resolution in the US Senate on Thursday, on behalf of 11 Senators.

The resolution is totally opposecd to President Barack Obama and the US Government’s stand on Sri Lanka asking for an international inquiry, as articulated by Secretary of State John Kerry.

The said resolution notes that “Sri Lanka seeks to be a key partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism and Indian Ocean.’

The document expresses support for internal rebuilding, resettlement, and reconciliation within Sri Lanka that is necessary to ensure a lasting peace and had stated unequivocally that ‘Sri Lanka Government by holding elections has allowed the people of the North of Sri Lanka to exercise their political rights that had been withheld from them for more than 20 years by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and resulted in a clear victory for the provincial wing of the Tamil National Alliance.’

The Resolution also has underscored the fact that “Sri Lanka is enjoying rapid economic growth as an important hub for shipping transport, technology, and tourism in the South Asia region’ and stressed that Sri Lanka is of great strategic importance to the United States, due to its location, deep-water ports, and proximity to the world’s busiest shipping lanes, ‘an importance noticed and pursued by other significant powers.’

The resolution has recalled for benefit of those concerned “that May 19, 2014, marks the five-year anniversary of the end of the 26 year civil war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Government of Sri Lanka and the people of Sri Lanka had suffered greatly as a result of this conflict, the impact and aftermath of which has been felt by all, especially by women, children, and families.

The resolution has also made reference to the establishing of a ”Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission” (LLRC) by the Sri Lanka Government to report whether any person, group, or institution and aftermath of which has been felt by all, es directly or indirectly bears responsibility for incidents that occurred between February 2002 and May 2009 and to recommend measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents in the future and promote further national unity and reconciliation among all communities.

The resolution goes on point out that “the LLRC report was presented to the Sri Lankan Parliament on December 16, 2011, and officially translated into Sinhala and Tamil on August 16, 2012, has acknowledged the important events and grievances that have contributed to decades of political violence and war in Sri Lanka and makes constructive recommendations on a wide range of issues, including the need to credibly investigate widespread allegations of extrajudicial killings; enforced disappearances; intentional targeting of civilians and noncombatants; demilitarizing the north and the country as a whole; reaching a political settlement with minority communities on the meaningful decentralization of power; and promoting and protecting the right to freedom of expression for all through the enactment of a right to information law and additional rule of law reforms.

The resolution explains further the steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka. It says that the SL Government developed the National Plan of Action to implement the recommendations of the LLRC and has made significant progress within limited time in the implementation of the National Plan of Action, notably in the areas of de -mining, rehabilitation of ex-combatants, resettlement of displaced persons, improvements of infrastructure and social services in the North and East, as well as investigations into complaints regarding persons who have disappeared during the war.

The September 21, 2013, elections in Sri Lanka for the Northern, Central, and North Western Provincial Councils were an important step in fulfilling this commitment. These elections were made possible through a sustained effort by the Government of Sri Lanka to restore infrastructure in the North and put in place a system for the conduct of the elections.

- See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/local/help-sri-lanka-domestic-process#sthash.dIm1v2rn.dpuf

TNA antics and killing Rajiv Gandhi a second time

February 27th, 2014

By Janaka Perera

 Soon after Tamil Nadu’s decision to free Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins, a Sri Lankan (Sinhala) newspaper had a cartoon showing the ghost of former Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene telling the ghost of Rajiv Gandhi:

If I knew this was going to happen I would have never punished the sailor who almost hit you on the head with a rifle butt.”

Naval Rating Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni – however misguided his action may have been – did so during the Guard of Honour for Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 out of patriotism whereas the three convicted of killing Rajiv committed the foul deed did so not out of any such sentiments but to serve the objectives of a separatist terrorist outfit now banned in India.

During a press interview a couple of years ago Vijitha Rohana said that he had no personal hatred for Rajiv and even sent a condolence message when the LTTE assassinated him on May 21, 1991. According to him the Indian Government was pleased with the message and had even announced it on the media.

In every country there are unprincipled politicians but none can beat the political ‘chameleons’ in Tamil Nadu. In 1991 Jayalalitha mourned Rajiv’s death and insisted that Sri Lankan Tamil refugees should leave TN. Thirty of the refugees had already been hacked to death in ‘retaliation’ in the wake of the assassination according to press reports, including the Sinhala daily Divaina of May 25, 1991. (SLBC Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe referred to this massacre a few days ago).

Now this same woman wants Rajiv’s assassins released, ‘killing’ Rajiv Gandhi for a second time!

We wonder whether any recognized Indian political party in any Indian State wanted one of Indira Gandhi’s two assassins Satwant Singh and co-conspirator Kehar Singh also to be pardoned ( they were executed in January 1989).

Even funnier is Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran telling the media on February 19 that he was happy with the Tamil Nadu Government’s decision to release the three convicted in Rajiv’s killing.

Rajiv Gandhi’s fate was sealed on the day his government decided to directly intervene in the Sri Lanka crisis in 1987 – a crisis in which India already had a hand.  It is reminiscent of the way his mother made a fatal decision to launch Operation Blue Star by sending Indian troops to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to flush out the Sikh separatists holed up in it in 1984.

On the day of President J.R. Jayewardene’s departure to attend Indira Gandhi’s funeral, a senior official present at the VIP lounge recalls he overheard JRJ’s words which revealed that the latter (having already known that Rajiv was going to be the next Indian PM) was toying with the idea of involving RG in the Sri Lankan imbroglio one way or the other, although he may not have foreseen Delhi imposing the Indo-Lanka Accord on the island through force of arms.

When it happened Sri Lanka had no way out of it. So a different strategy had to be worked out. Eventually JRJ and Minister Lalith Athulathmudali succeeded in their plans to ferment a confrontation between the Indian Peace Keeping Force and the LTTE which had never agreed to the Accord in the first place.

Despite all what happened since then Tamil Nadu however has still not ceased trying to play the role of the tail trying to wag the dog.  Small wonder that India’s Bharathiya Janatha Party Leader Subramaniam Swamy has called upon the Indian Central Government to impose Presidential rule on TN in the event Chief Minister Jayalalitha persists in the move to release those convicted of assassinating Rajiv Gandhi.

Subramanian Swamy’s call is food for thought to Sri Lanka in the context of demands for full implementation of the 13th Amendment. Already the Northern Provincial Council has openly challenged the Government, demanding that the NPC should be given control over ports and aviation in the North and East. The proposal which the Government has already rejected was made by Prabhakaran’s relative M.K. Sivajilingam.   This proposal comes in the wake of Jayalalitha calling for a referendum in her election manifesto on a Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka!

Despite the absurdity of such demands the possibility of these lunatics trying to push Sri Lankan Tamils into another crisis cannot be entirely ruled out.

World Peace rests on UN Members demanding action against ‘foreign-imposed’ regime change.

February 27th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge Sri Lanka

 A Global Call is needed. It is time the world and its people woke up to some ground realities, known but ignored for far too long. In pursuit of wealth, profit and power over nations and people, a handful of nations have seen fit to use force and aggression deploying fictitious and varied manipulative systems using UN mechanisms to descend upon nations and cause chaos. Divide and Rule a feature of colonial rule is taking a new form today. There are no wars today, there are internal conflicts which have everything to do with foreign sponsored regime change programs. These covert/overt agendas are planned not by governments but by a handful of invisible industrialists who get powerful governments and their leaders to do the dirty work. If this is the scenario, it can easily be stopped so long as the world and its people are ready to stand up and say ‘no more’. It is now time for the nations of the world and their people to realize that the world is getting nowhere and none of the UN’s ‘peace initiatives’ will hold water when they know and we know that beneath the façade of peace terminologies a handful of nations are plotting to overthrow democratically elected governments and create chaos in these nations.

 The United Nations was formed not to take over nations. The Preamble states its objective as being explicitly to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, to protect people from conflicts and to solve conflicts. What is also clearly stated is the policy of non-intervention.

 UN Resolutions are getting abused. Libya’s case is a good example. NATO intervened in Yugoslavia without any UN Security Council resolution. However, Article II para 4 of the UN charter legally rules out the use of violence (threat and/or aggression).

 

UN is to function as moderator. UN bodies are meant for reasonable and peaceful settlement – why is the UN Human Rights Council and in particular the High Commissioner acting in contravention of these golden rules? She is currently adopting a cane approach and that too only to selected nations? Who has given her this authority? On what grounds is she abusing her position to issue arrest warrants, this is not how the UN was mandated to function by its own Charter? Members of the UN system need to immediately address this. Simply because their nation is not the target they should keep silent. If the world is to become a better place people need to stand up and be counted when wrong is happening. The UNHRC is doing great damage to world peace and only Members of the UN can stop it before the High Commissioner ends up further abusing systems and precedents that are being newly created outside of the mandate.

The examples of foreign-imposed regime change are many:

 Hawaii, 1893 — U.S. forces invaded the island kingdom of Hawaii and forced the surrender of the ruling Queen Lili’uokalani as she secretly worked on a new constitution that would restore power and influence to native Hawaiians. Power had shifted to non-native sugar planters and businessmen via a “Bayonet Constitution” imposed in 1887, though the royal family continued to preside. After Lili’uokalani surrendered, local business interests pushed for annexation by the United States, which occurred in 1898. Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state in 1959. To this day, however, a few Hawaiians still dispute the validity of U.S. rule.

 Colombia/Panama, 1903 — President Theodore Roosevelt was unable to reach a deal with Colombia to build a canal through its isthmus of Panama, so the United States took advantage of a revolt in the region and quickly recognized Panama as an independent country. The diplomatic recognition was followed quickly by a deal to build a U.S.-run canal. America ran the canal and a surrounding zone until turning it over to Panama in 1999.

 Japan, 1945 — Japan surrendered to World War II’s allied powers on Sept. 2, 1945 (atomic bombs dropped by US on 6th and 9th August 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki), and soon was placed under allied control administered by U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur. According to the U.S. State Department’s Internet site, “U.S. objectives were to ensure that Japan would become a peaceful nation and to establish democratic self-government supported by the freely expressed will of the people.” A new constitution took effect in 1947 and Japan — now a U.S. ally described by the State Department as “a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government” — gained full sovereignty in 1952.

 Iran, 1953 — U.S. manipulation helped lay the groundwork for the overthrow of elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadeq, Mossadeq had incurred the wrath of Britain by nationalizing the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, and U.S. President Eisenhower reportedly feared Iran was unstable and its oil might fall under the Soviet Union’s sphere of influence. In Mossadeq’s place, the pro-American Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi installed a puppet prime minister, reasserted his power and effectively ruled for decades. However, his regime was so brutal and unpopular that it is seen as a prime reason for Iran’s vehemently anti-American Islamic revolution in 1979.

 Guatemala, 1954 — A CIA-supported coup by Guatemalan exiles invaded from a base in Honduras and overthrew the democratically elected, but leftist regime of President Jacobo Arbenz, who was engaged in controversial land reform measures that transferred corporate land to farmers. Until Arbenz resigned during the coup, code named “Operation Success” by U.S. intelligence, CIA plots to assassinate him and other Guatemalan officials were under consideration, published reports on declassified government records say. U.S.-backed Col. Carlos Castillo Armas replaced Arbenz as president, but a decades-long civil war ensued, causing an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 deaths or disappearances during the rule of strongmen friendly to the United States.

 Cuba, 1961 (failed) — The United States trained a force largely of Cuban exiles to invade Cuba and topple its Communist leader Fidel Castro. However, the so-called “Bay of Pigs” invasion failed, as did numerous subsequent U.S.-sponsored attempts to kill Castro.

 South Vietnam, 1963 — President Ngo Dinh Diem and secret police chief Ngo Dinh Nuh, his brother and chief adviser, were assassinated while trying to escape the country during what historians believe was a U.S.-sanctioned coup.

 Chile, 1973 — The Nixon administration provided covert funding and the CIA conducted operations to weaken democratically elected, socialist government of Chilean President Salvador Allende and pave the way for a military coup, according to reports on U.S. government documents declassified during the Clinton administration. Thousands of people died or disappeared under the subsequent 17-year rule of Allende’s successor, Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

 Grenada, 1983 — Bernard Courd, a leftist friendly to Communist Cuba, seized power after a series of coups on this Caribbean island nation where about 1,000 American medical students studied. President Reagan, saying the medical students were in jeopardy, soon ordered an invasion, dubbed “Operation Urgent Fury,” which defeated the Marxists and resulted in a pro-U.S. democratic government.

 Panama, 1989 — The United States already had indicted Panama’s leader, Manuel Noriega, on drug-trafficking and racketeering charges in 1988, when it launched “Operation Just Cause” at the end of 1989 — invading Panama, seizing Noriega, and later putting him on trial in Miami. Panama turned to anti-Noriega leadership chosen in an election that Noriega had annulled months before, and continues to operate under democratically elected leaders. Noriega, who allegedly at one time was a paid CIA informant, was sentenced to 40 years in a U.S. prison in 1992 after a controversial trial, though a judge later reduced the sentence to 30 years. In 1999, the United States turned over control of the Panama Canal to the democratized government of Panama.

 Haiti, 1994 — With a U.S.-led multinational invasion force poised to attack and restore democratically elected leaders under a United Nations mandate, military leaders on the poverty-stricken Caribbean island of Haiti stepped down. They had seized control in 1991 from the elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was restored under the protection of the multinational force. U.S. peacekeeping troops quickly pulled out as Aristide consolidated power. However, Haiti’s financial troubles continue, it has been criticized for its human rights record and subsequent elections were widely denounced as corrupt and undemocratic.

 The custodian of international justice is said to be the International Court. However, we are a little puzzled that with the involvement of US in a series of global regime change including assassinations of elected foreign leaders, the UN and ICC should simply watch US and allies descend on and destroy nations.

In the case of Libya, the ICC delivered an indictment against Gaddafi that he was not fit to be leader of Libya and was to be arrested and brought to the Hague.

 ICC also indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for his alleged responsibility in perpetrating genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur and ICC viewed that he too was not fit to lead.

 We recall the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) indicted Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. The former ICTY prosecutor who issued the arrest for Milosevic is Louise Arbor now head of International Crisis Group. Her argument is that If a state launches a massive criminal enterprise against its people, why should ‘all necessary measures’ fall short of disabling those responsible, including by forcibly removing them from power?”

If the ICC is meant to function for justice why would it align itself to political prerogatives proved by its actions which came immediately after UN Security Council referrals in the case of Libya and Sudan.

 We need to go back to the ICC case when Nicaragua took US to court in 1984 over sponsoring terrorism. Naturally, the U.S. sponsorship of a Nicaraguan group displays a transnational paradigm within state sponsored terrorism. The use of proxy organizations has been to keep the sponsors invisible. There are 4 ways to identify such

1.    Sponsorship support is political or moral for a groups ideological stance

2.    Logistical and technical support involving direct provisional support for a group/groups (supplying materials/military hardware)

3.    Foreign-state assistance to group to achieve goals

4.    Joint operations – foreign state directly engages with proxy in operational affairs (US/Allies aligned with rebels throughout Arab Spring operations)

 Initially, in 1981, the CIA’s aim was to feed, clothe, arm and supervise the contras (Hamilton & Inouye, 1987). As the Reagan doctrine was developed. This is exactly what India did by arming and training various Sri Lankan Tamil groups in India. Sri Lanka certainly has a case against India and the evidence against India is fool proof.

 US established the National Security Decision Directive 17 in 1982. This provided the CIA with $19 million in military aid that was to be utilised in recruitment and support (Huggins, 1987). Between 1979 and 1991 this aid amounted to over $6 billion (Gareau, 2004). The Reagan administration attempted to portray the support that the U.S. gave the contras as humanitarian ‘counter-terrorism’. 

 USA is today calling for international inquiries when it forgets that in 1998 US was happy to take any country to court for war crimes and hold everyone to standard except USA. What kind of morals does US function with?

 The Court ruled, in 1986, that the U.S. government had broken international law through its support for the Contras, and ordered the United States to pay reparations. The amount was not specified, but estimates ran as high as $17 billion dollars at the time which the US did not pay,

 The Third World has yet to discover how imperialism works. Africa’s leaders are targets. For Kenya’s William Rutu and Uhuru Kenyata escape may look a distant dream. The likelihood of them being frisked away or ending up as dead as Osama is a possibility that cannot be ruled out. There is also the possibility of making them fugitives. Capturing the two is not an impossibility for Kenya is filled with white presence. Once the President and his Deputy become fugitives, what the Americans will need is just a Resolution from the UN Security Council to the effect that both Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto surrender to the ICC or face the consequences with all options being left open” to capture them. These are examples that could happen to any Third World nation leader.

 Third world leaders need to now pool together. They must rid themselves of the fascination they have over been ruled by the whites for in essence everything boils down to just that. . It is easily visible in the corporate sector as well. In multinational companies the white CEO is likely to always get higher perks/privileges and even salary. In the hotel industry how many top slots are given to non-whites with on par remunerations? Compare the salaries of the new set of non-whites holding top global spots and there is a major difference.

 However, it has now come to a time when the people of the Third World must now rally together. We must show solidarity with fellow nations victims of regime change – Venezuela, Syria, Thailand and Ukraine the newest victims and the likelihood of other nations falling cannot be ruled out. The simple lesson is there is no bargaining and the leaders who attempt to bargain end up first to fall. To fall with dignity has to be a better option and it is one that would at least guarantee history’s respect.

 The leaders of the Third World need to rally together – they must use the podium of the UN to not be party to bringing down fellow Third World nations. If it is economies that rule the day – surely the Third World can build up their own by isolating the handful of nations that are acting as bullies. Countries need to realize that these First World bully nations cannot survive without the Third World, they are not self-sufficient and they need the Third World, their bounty is built on the interests charged for non-visible money sent as loans but money given back to them as interest from Third World nations.

 People now must begin to open their eyes to the charade taking place in global politics and global economy. If Russia, China and India cannot provide leadership to bring out the Third World from becoming flogged and destroyed the 3 nations must realize that the rest of the world are simply dominoes for the handful of bullies who are eyeing Russia, India and China. We shall leave out India at this juncture for India is at present acting as a vassal for the West yet, hopefully India will realize it has a bigger role to play without stooping to the low levels it does to please white nations.

 The fact of the matter remains – regime change is taking place all around us. The local agents that have been co-opted include media, legal fraternity, segments of youth belonging to elite families, trade unions, opposition parties and political leaders – mass protests, false flags, lying media, religious entities representing the West, journalists paid to distort news become part of the general apparatus for regime change.

 If movements against governments find their roots to foreign nations who are funding, sponsoring and even training these groups the world needs to accept that these are illegal and immoral practices and condemn them.

 The people of these nations need to be forewarned.

 

Documentary On Sri Lanka Shown In British Houses Of Parliament Confounds Critics.

February 27th, 2014

Sunny Sunil’s Column Of Critical Analysis

February 27th 2014
The following item courtesy of the “Ceylon Daily Mirror” could not have come at a better time for Sri Lanka as the UNHRC sessions in Geneva are due to begin soon.
While it is an independent Sri Lanka made documentary which portrays the other side of the lies and innuendo by the likes of Gordonn Weiss it also depicts a degree of credibility accepted and approved by many British parliamentarians where the likes of British PM the Hon.Mr. Cameron who had so much adversity and animosity directed towards Sri Lanka in the not too distant past is probably dumbfounded over the effect it appears to have had on his colleagues who have attested to the reality that this surely is the other side of the story  the real one which needs to be told and re-told many times over to establish the credibilities of the Government of Sri Lanka and the Armed Forces.
It is extremely well presented towards accuracy and confounds much of the lies and cooked up material  designred to discredit the GOSL and muffles the rhetoric of the likes of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  Navi Pillai and her brigade of sympathy for the Tamil Tigers as well as the Tamil Diaspora and perhaps a deterrent towards their ambits to create further mayhem over the issue.
The British Parliamentarians named here are very prominent and unbiased which lends much credibility to the GOSL by their responses as Sri Lanka fights on to maintain justification of the conflict as a legitimate one where the evil was perpetrated by the Tamil Tigers who needed to be put down.

 The Last Phase

copied from the “Ceylon Daily Mirror” with all due credits
acknowledgements and courtesies.
‘The Last Phase’, a documentary film depicting the life story of a former female LTTE cadre during the final stages of the humanitarian operation in Sri Lanka was screened in the Westminster Houses of Parliament, London on Monday.

The event was hosted by Lord Naseby, Chair of The All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka, supported by Conservative Friends of Sri Lanka.

The documentary revolves around the life of a former LTTE female cadre who grew up at ‘Senchcholai’, the LTTE run orphanage for Tamil children. ‘Jayawadanee’ was brought up in an environment that was deliberately planned to portray the other side as the necessary evil.

The Defence Ministry said that it was the first time that an independent Sri Lanka produced documentary about the War had been shown in the cradle of Britain’s democracy and seen by parliamentarians from all sides of the Houses of Commons and Lords. Ian Paisley MP, who attended the meeting commented that it was refreshing to see an alternative perspective about the Sri Lankan war, and this event clearly demonstrated that the international community did not have a monopoly on the truth in relation to Sri Lanka.

Apart from Mr Paisley, the other parliamentarians who attended the event were Baron West of Spithead (former First Sea Lord) and the following Members of Parliament, Brian Binley, Mark Durkan, Bob Blackman, James Wharton, Laurence Robertson, Andrew Turner, Nick De Bois as well as Foreign Office and Parliamentary researchers and assistants.

Lord Naseby introduced a distinguished panel, comprising Professor Paul Moorcraft and Mr. Richard Mundy, who was the narrator on “The Last Phase” to discuss the war and current developments in Sri Lanka.

Professor Moorcroft spoke of the events at the end of the war from a military perspective. He explained that in all his experience, having investigated wars in other countries, that the Sri Lankan Army conducted themselves very professionally in comparison to other armies. His observations and opinions were formed after visiting Sri Lanka and having had access to all the workings of the armed services as well as with surviving Tiger cadres. The total civilian casualties in the final days of the war, he observed, could not be ascertained with accuracy, but based on the figures of those injured, the estimate of 40,000 civilian deaths quoted by Gordon Weiss in his book and thereafter repeated by many others, including by the Darusman Report and Channel 4, is a gross exaggeration, which he confirmed should not be relied upon as being accurate.

Dr. Chris Nonis, High Commissioner addressed the issues pertaining to the Government of Sri Lanka. In a robust delivery he stated that there was never a Civil War in Sri Lanka and that it should be instead correct to understand it as a war against terrorism. He said that people from all communities and religions lived side by side in all parts of the country, and that for example, the demography of the capital Colombo was 30% Sinhalese, 30%Tamils, 30% Muslims. He maintained that many external politicians were making unwarranted pronouncements about Sri Lanka with understanding basic demographics and that it was long and complex war story, which needs to be understood by visiting and experiencing the country’s committed efforts at post-war progress first-hand. He made a passionate plea for supporting the country’s reconciliation processes via the LLRC and appealed to all expatriate communities to work towards this goal. His appeal to the international community was for greater understanding of Sri Lanka’s achievements and stated that all communities are playing a substantial role in the economic and social progress of the country. His address was well received by all those present.
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Triumph of the Sinhala Buddhist voter – 1931, 1956 & 2014

February 27th, 2014

C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.

Erase Sri Lanka’s Sinhala Buddhist foundation

            Two recent phenomena indicate the new recognition of Sri Lanka as the country of the Sinhala Buddhists (and poor Sinhala Christians).  One is the decision by a collection of Marxists, Christians and Eelamist (13A +) local and foreign agents to promote a Buddhist monk as a single issue presidential common candidate to defeat the all-powerful MahindaR. The other is the decision by MahindaR himself to deploy JHU (Udaya Gammanpila) as the main party to handle the WPPC election in March (65% of people in Colombo are minorities and its hinterland is Sinhala Buddhist (SBs)). These two decisions have deeper meanings and are ironically, so intertwined.

Sobhita Thero Saranam Gachchami

            Rosie Senanayaka presents the UNP theory that the Sinhala Buddhist foundation of Sri Lankan society should be erased (so far UNP did not deny or opposed this view). Another Christian, Dayan Jayatilleke presents the same view from a Marxist-Cuban angle.  The Cardinal says this differently, by promoting a Tamil homeland in the island. All of them shouted opposing Buddhist monks getting into politics. But then suddenly, kabaragoya became a talagoya, a secret and open process took place to use (or abuse) Ven. Maduluwave Sobhita as a single issue presidential candidate. If the statement alleged to have made by Ven. M to a Tamil newspaper is correct he could end up as a repeat of the Sarath Fonseka drama; good soldier, bad-mouth politician vs. monk with a patriotic history, but bad sponsors.

Interfaith-pluralism president

            In 2005 MahindaR won by a razor thin margin because of the Sinhala Buddhist (SBs) vote. His own SLFP was mostly against him. SBs did not vote for him to discriminate against minorities. All what they expected was to be a reasonable president to all citizens. But this does not mean that SBs expected him to be an active sympathizer of the interfaith (Palli Nikaya) or the agents of pluralism. He and his PM became prisoners to these two new colonial mechanisms (his government is actually an ex-UNPers government), and SBs were wondering what was going on. A president elected by SBs is not reasonable if he invites Pope to visit Sri Lanka, because Pope’s mission is to Christianize Asia/Sri Lanka.  All he needs to do is let Vatican and the Cardinal handle those deals themselves. It appears that touting minority vote (Muslim, Christian) is his priority rather than doing what is reasonable and just for the country. SBs got so dissatisfied that they were ready to act as their own police, because the president was not willing to pass at least minimally, laws to prevent unethical conversion or illegal church/mosque erection.  

Aanduwa Saranam Gachchaami

            Sinhala Buddhist majority was the suffering segment of Sri Lanka since Don Juan Dharmapala, became the only Catholic king (1551-1597) in Sri Lanka.  But those who came to power after 1948 have forgotten this fact and thought that only a minority community could be a discrimination-prone material.  This was why DS Senananayaka, on the advice of Sir Ivor Jennings, told the Buddhist delegation that there was no Fourth Refuge in Buddhism called Aanduwa Saranam Gachchami. With the bahubootha JRJ thing and the EP job that made all those who held it go lunatic (except DB Wijetunga), MahindaR has been acting lately as if he was another Rajasinghe II, ignoring Buddhist monks and SBs. For example, the Sinhala Ravaya had to force him to consider importing beef for the Christian and Muslim market as a reasonable solution to the gava ghatana pinkam that Alevi Moulana was talking about. Allowing Pakistani Christians and Maldives Muslims to immigrate to Sri Lanka were never heard of in Sri Lankan history! His decision to use JHU, which is also losing face among the SBs because it (JHU) could not get anything done by the MR government, is an indication that MR got the message that he cannot ignore SBs anymore. So ironically, the reverse of what DSS said in 1950 is now taking place in 2014.

SBs are like the proverbial kind-hearted woman

            The reason for this change of heart by the Christian-Marxists and MR respectively, were strategic reactions. Both got rattled by the meteoric rise of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) that began just two years ago.  All what BBS tells is come and discuss with us, we have issues.” With this approach, BBS showed to the country that not a single discriminatory law enacted before 1948 injuriously affecting SBs were removed or modified by the fake SB ruling party crowds, blue or green.  Instead, what they did actually harmed SBs. Take the destruction of Vidyodaya and Vidyalankara Pirivenas or Poya-pre poya weekend holiday joke or nationalization of schools that killed Buddhist schools while Muslim and Christian schools could thrive. So BBS has made it clear that the bogus SB politicians of green or blue can no longer take SBs as milk cows to come to power and then discard. One Cardinal has  become more powerful than ten Mahanayakas.

            BBS is a movement that came to fill the vacuum created by the elimination of Ven. Gangodawila Soma. What Ven. S said that will happen to SBs has happened and politicians even the JVP used pirith nuul to benefit from Ven. S’s dowry. Today one can gauge how corrupt a politician by the thickness or width of the pirith nuuls on his wrist. BBS exposed this game.  What Ven. S said was what the Anagarika Dhramapala predicted in the 1940s as the fate of SBs. This means BBS has a leading role to play in SB politics in Sri Lanka. Thus when it says that if a monk contests presidential election without a Cardinal behind the scene, it will support him, all kinds of politicians including MR needs to pay attention. If SBs of the UNP, SLFP, JHU, MEP get together including even SBs in JVP, nobody can touch that force. Even Sarath Fonseka could join this force, if he gives up revenge against MR or GR. The country is more important than a politician in power on a temporary basis. The only basis that MR had as a winner of the war is degraded so much with mismanagement that what had happened to Winston Churchill can very well happen to MR. It was RanilW, Ravi K and L Kiriella who will never receive pardon from SBs for what they said about the war, and the 13A plus path MR is now following can end his war capital. The question is whether SBs unite to save the country and save MR as a side issue. Unless the moral decay taking place is not stopped there will not be a Sri Lanka for the SBs.

Razor blades to monkeys -1931

            The status given to SBs by their enemies (one can call it the Anti-Mahavamsa movement) and the recognition of the power of SBs by MR in 2014 had precedents in the past, for example in 1931 and 1956. The respective SB leaders at that did not realize it or did not have power or faced sabotage by the Christian black-white power within the government machinery.  A discussion of those two past episodes can be useful to understand how easy or difficult the task ahead. In 1931 SBs were compared to monkeys with razor blades, not qualified to use votes intelligently. Ironically in 1956, in Sir John’s words, those who were climbing coconut trees got elected as MPs. He even kicked M.S Themis in the butt.

            In 1931 SBs got power for the first time after 1815 (imagine that the Tamil kings were never considered as Hindu Tamil kings. Only their wives were Hindus). Since 1832 communal representation gave Tamils and Sinhalese equal membership and the Sinhala member, for 70 years or so, was from a Christian family. So much so he opposed making Vesak a public holiday stating that one week of holiday for the Christmas was enough for all!  Even the colonial governor was embarrassed.  Since voting right was based on property, income or education Tamils always had an advantage because colonial master preferred them (next to Burghers) and American mission schools began in Jaffna and Batticaloa a few years after 1815. Sinhala Buddhists, on the other hand, had to wait until the 1880s for the arrival of Col. Olcott, the first white Buddhist in the world, to begin a program of English medium Buddhist schools.

            By 1923 Tamil leaders realized that they were not going to be the future ruling class of Ceylon, and vehemently opposed the territorial representation based on universal suffrage.  With Madras influence a movement began to ask for a separate country. Tamils, Christians and even so-called Buddhist leaders opposed universal suffrage, the only exception being A. E. Gunasinha, the labor leader.  If one looks at the list of state councillors’ elected in 1931 or 1936 it is clear that except for one or two all happened to be black-whites and feudal remnants that got enriched by spying for the colonial master. These people had two first names, one Christian for the office, one Buddhist for the kitchen. This black-white Sinhala-Tamil crowd opposed any people-oriented welfare measure including the free education proposal. Anagaraika Dharmapala was branded a radical and efforts by Ven. Kalukondayawe Pragnasaara with his Crime eradication and village development movement were sabotaged. The Marxists were anti-Buddhist another set of black-whites. With no Buddhist leader the period from 1931 to 1956 was a time of SBs suffering under the Christian control, not knowing that was what was going on. It was a period that Tamils realized they cannot run the affairs of the island protecting their colonial privileges,

Ape Aanduwa in 1956

            SBs got a second opportunity in 1956, and during a short period of April 1956-September 1959 so many things had happened to create a political resurgence of SBs in Sri Lanka. SWRD was only a midwife of this silent revolution which was led by the Vidyalankara monks. The control of the country by a small crowd of English-speaking Christians was challenged, but G. P. Malalsekera, L.H. Mettananda or F.R. Jayasuriya were no match in the face of black-white power. These forces used JR Jayawardena (UNP-Christian) and NM Perera (Marxist-anti Buddhist) to sabotage the empowerment of SBs. Buddhists monks got highly demoralized when anti-SB forces used two monks as cat’s paws to kill SWRD. The killing of SWRD (first attempt was to give him a glass of milk with cbra venom which CPde Silva drank) was by the same forces that floated a police-navy coup in 1962 or the Lake House coup of bribing ministers and MPs in 1964. In the world scene Burma faced a coup and Patrice Lumumba in Congo was murdered.

            When police officers prevented villagers to enter the parliament chamber, SWRD told them, Let them come in.” This and the people sitting in police jeeps telling these are our jeeps- our money, some police officers who joined the 1962 Coup got offended as reported in a later book on the mindset of the coup officers. By sitting in the speaker’s chair in 1956, people had a feeling of our government” for the first time after 1551. The inability of the SB leaders and monks to prevent the attempt by black-white Christian powers to divert a Buddhist-Christian conflict into a Sinhala-Tamil language fight was severe blow to SBs that they could not recover ever since. SBs became pawns in the hands of cunning politicians who used the SB label just to come to power and doing things such as constitution-making to stay in power. Each party leader thought that her/his party was check-mating the opposition party in this game. But UNP learned the worst lesson in this regard with its bahobootha thing. MR has used the bahubootha thing to kill UNP like what Parakramabahu the Great did in the past. That king was great in invading even India and Malaysia but he killed all his local opponents to stay in power and thus ended the kingdom itself with no leader to rule the country after his death!

Ven. Gangodawila Soma’s dowry – 2014

            There was a time in Sri Lanka after 1978 that a Buddhist was afraid or ashamed to say he was a Buddhist, and Ven. Soma came to rescue SBs from that world. He said he had nothing to lose if he was killed. Politician men and women were so scared of death from those in power or from Prabakaran.  He gave hope to SBs and his Buddhist approach demonstrated how Christian and Muslim extremist activities will destroy SBsin the island. He was actually proving what the Anagarika Dhramapala said in the past. Ven Soma became a real threat to Colombo black-white political crowd when he said he will contest to become the president of the country and he was killed by a Christian plot.

            After his murder Mrs. Chandrika and JVP tried to benefit from his death-dowry. SU/JHU was another beneficiary.  But it was MahindaR who finally hit the pot of gold. He never said this war was not winnable,” but he was always for a negotiated settlement. He was forced by GotabhayaR and the Buddhist monks such as Ven. Elle Gunwansa and the younger monk Galabodaatte Gnanasaara to end Prabakaran.  Ven.  EG was even at the battle front boosting the morale of soldiers. Ven. GG was confronting Kumar Rupasinghe and Mervyn Silva in Colombo attacking their peace facades in Colombo when soldiers were fighting to open the Mavil Aru anicut.

            But after the end of the war MahindaR made so many mistakes in handling Tamil separatism. He got surrounded by his former enemies and yes men. Prabakaran could have got his Eelam via 13A if he was smart. Now MR has given it to Wigneswaran and TNA as if MR is given a mandate by people to do so.  After the war he was expected to make Sri Lanka a happy place for its people, but there is no difference between what he is doing and what UNP had done. The country is rapidly becoming a corrupt, morally decaying pit surrounded by a few impressive-looking roads and constructions. For example, the capital city of Sri Lanka should have been taken to somewhere inside a triangle of A’Pura, Vavuniya and Trinco.  He should have thought of empowering people at GSN level. A new constitution was needed. There is not a single item of daily life or state craft that is not a mess. Basic administrative, managerial, accountability rules are violated and already symptoms of sickness are appearing of a Chicago style criminal corrupt society.

            The SBs were the most affected by this decay and as JHU was failing to deliver a new movement arose called the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). Who is opposing BBS is a good way to understand how relevant BBS has become in dealing with Sri Lanka’s present plight. If domestic matters are handled in a Buddhist way Sri Lanka has nothing to fear about Navin Pillay or Michelle Sisson or David Cameron.  Sri Lanka will not get another MR and MR can help Sri Lanka if he can get rid of yes men and tap the talents available in plenty.

            The recent disclosure by Sarath Fonseka’s media coordinator Sanjeeva Smarasinghe that at his third meeting with her Mrs. Chandrika told SF that only she can defeat MR, makes it more appropriate that BBS support a monk as a candidate for president, because SBs cannot depend on MR or UNP for justice for the mother Lanka. The removal of any incentive that helps separatists must be priority number one. Prevention of further moral decay, eradicate corruption, crime and inefficiency in the country should become a new war in Sri Lanka.  See a simple example of how what should not has become a problem in Sri Lanka. I know a poor mother of two small girls who has to find a school for her elder daughter because she is in grade five.  This is near Horana. She has to pay Rs.10, 000 to get the child admitted to a school. She talks about English medium too. What is this lunacy in the country? Who created this; Rajiva Wijesinha or CBK- friend, Tara de Mel? All what Sri Lanka need is teaching English as a compulsory subject from grade 3 by teachers who know how to teach English as a foreign language. Let them learn history and chemistry in Sinhala or Tamil, but give them a working knowledge in English. How many ministers, officers and millions of dollars wasted on this English craze?  So what is there to talk about Dengue or Kidney failure? For the country these are the bread and butter issues, not Geneva March.

Life Abroad – Part 68: CONTROVERSY OVER VINAYA RULES

February 27th, 2014

Dr.Tilak Fernando (Continuing from episode 67)

Sepala Moonasinghe’s contemporaries at Trinity College included Chandra Monerawela, Jayantha Dhanapala, Sarath Amunugama, Ananda Pilimatalauwe, SML Markkar, etc. He has been a regular visitor to the London Buddhist Vihara at Ovington Gardens, Knightsbridge from about 1959.

Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi who looked after  Ven. Dr. Saddhatissa

In 1926 Anagarika Dharmapala established LBV (London Buddhist Vihara) as the first Buddhist Theravada monastery outside the continent of Asia to disseminate Dhamma (original teachings of Buddha) with resident monks from Sri Lanka throughout, except during the World War II.

Ven. Hamallawa Saddhatissa, educated in Benares, London and Edinburgh, became the Head of the LBV from 1957. The Venerable was proficient in Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhala and Hindi. He obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1963.

Dr. Ven. Saddhatissa also forged very close contacts with The Pali Text Society; an organisation based in Oxford with persons like Ms. I.B. Horner – an eminent English authority in translating, editing and publishing the Theravada Canon into English.

Commemorative stamp for Ven. Dr. Hamallawa Saddhatissa

During this period devotees to the Vihara had the privilege of meeting with members of the venerable Buddhist clergy visiting and residing at the Vihara such as: Venerable Narada, Madhihe Pannasiha, Ven Piyadassi, all from Vajirarama: Ven. Hawenpola Ratanasara, General Secretary of the Eksath Bhikku Peramuna, which was responsible for bringing in the village votes to catapult SWRD Bandaranaike to power in the 1956 general elections.

The LBV, when in Knightsbridge, was well managed, respected and many Sri Lankans as well as foreigners supported it.

|Ven Dr. H. Saddhatissa went out of his way to attract English Buddhists into the Vihara and spread Dhamma within the UK as well as outside in Western Europe. Eminent scholars like Christmas Humphreys, a member of a scholarly English family with roots into the English legal establishment visited the Vihara regularly as the President, English Buddhist Theosophical Society; also Herr Hungerleider, the then President of the Vienna Buddhist Society.

Business visits

Sir Cyril de Soysa and Moonasinghe Snr, being devout Buddhists and sharing a common interest in Omnibus Companies, were close buddies. When Sir Cyril made numerous business visits to the UK, he made it a point to look up the young Munasinghe (who had been introduced by his father to Sir Cyril in Colombo) when Sir Cyril was the President of the Senate.

Once Sir Cyril accompanied Sepala Munasinghe to the LBV and introduced him to Dr. Saddhatissa with the hope of the venerable keeping an eye on the young man, no doubt, to prevent him going astray!

Every time he visited London, Sir Cyril would contribute a great deal of funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the Vihara. The LBV was constantly visited by ‘Ceylonese’ as well as others who came to worship there and it was managed by a Vihara Management Committee appointed by the Anagarika Dharmapala Trust in Colombo who appointed the resident Dhammaduta Bhikkhus; the Vihara Management Committee reported directly to the Trustees. Sir Cyril, as Chairman of Associated Motorways, on visits to London would stay at the Whites Hotel in Lancaster Gate or at Park West flats in Edgware Road. On an invitation to visit Sir Cyril at Whites Hotel young Sepala was once dressed informally with a scarf round his neck. Sir Cyril was entertaining three senior Directors from Leyland Motors. Having introduced Sepala to his guests as the son of another bus operator, who had also bought Leyland Comet buses, Sir Cyril hurriedly took Sepala to another part of the lounge.Sir Cyril than proceeded to give Sepala a sound lecture on ‘how to dress well’ sternly reminding him that Sepala’s father was sending him sufficient money to buy proper clothes! Sepala was very grateful to Sir Cyril because he had an extra 20 Pounds in his next remittance from his family!

Next time Sepala saw Sir Cyril was at a Sunday luncheon hosted by the great man at Park West. Taking his sartorial advice seriously Sepala was attired in a three piece suit – only to find all his guests informally clad!

The Buddhist abode moved to Chiswick during 1964 when the Anagarika Dharmapala Trust of Sri Lanka purchased the freehold property at Heath field Gardens, Chiswick, SW London.

Finally Dr. Ven. H. Saddhatissa was to retire, probably due to ‘ill health’. Maha Bodhi Society in Colombo appointed Ven. Vagiragnana as his successor to the UK when hairline cracks started to appear and caused a split between two groups of Dayakayas – one favouring Ven. Saddhatissa and the other going against the Ven. Vagiragnana!

Indecorous fracas

This led to an indecorous fray and the atmosphere became unpleasant even for Ven. Dr. Saddhatissa which compelled him to spend much of his day time at the London University Library and return at night to the LBV only to rest. The two priests, Galayaye Piyadassi and Balangoda Mangala, who were duty bound and looking after the welfare of the Senior Ven. Saddhatissa, were allegedly labeled as ‘supporters’ of Ven. Saddhatissa’.

The unpleasant atmosphere continued which more or less forced the two young priests to leave the LBV.

The battle amongst Dayakayas went too far and ended up as a legal battle at Courts thus tarnishing the good name of the LBV, the priests and the Buddhism as a whole! When matters became so critical to a point that the Charity Commissioners in England needed legal Advice as to the ‘Vinaya rules of succession and who exactly owned the Vihara’. Being a civil matter, and at that time Sepala Moonasinghe being registered at the Bar Council of England, as an expert on Sri Lankan law, he was briefed by the Treasury Solicitor to give such Advice.

Fortunately, Sepala Moonasinghe had acquired some knowledge of Buddhist Temporalities laws having worked as a junior to T. B. Dissanayake – one of the most respected lawyers in Hultsdorf at that time and an undisputed authority on laws relating to Buddhist Temporalities.

The matters given to him by way of instructions in his Brief greatly saddened him. In the end the succession took place according to the Vinaya rules of Sisyanu Shishya Paramparawa. As to the ownership of the Vihara, the best being that Sepala Moonasinghe continued to remain unspoken.

Proliferation

Suffice to say that due to all such happenings it sorrowfully led to a proliferation of Buddhist temples in London while some of those Dayakayas who contested the legal battle becoming homeless, having had to part with their houses and property to raise money to pay the cost of the long drawn lost legal battle. Their lives became fully shattered, perplexed and they were infuriated.

Seemingly, Ven Dr. Saddhatissa became very much frail and his health started to deteriorate rapidly. Frequent visits by many to the Vihara became less and less being disappointed at the goings within the Vihara amongst the priests and the Dayakayas relating to succession of the ailing Nayaka priest and ownership” of the Vihara.

Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi, who was looking after the welfare of Dr. Ven. H. Saddhatissa at the LBV during the trouble period, was housed later at new premises at Denzil Road, Willesden Green, London North West 10, with the participation of a few Buddhist philanthropists.

Once settled at Denzil Road abode, Galayaye Piyadassi looked after Ven Dr. Hamallawa Saddhatissa up to the time of the venerable’s demise.

In 1994 the London Buddhist Vihara moved again to its new spacious premises at The Avenue, Chiswick, London W4 (near Turnham Green London Underground station) .

New abode

As a mark of recognition for the social and welfare work done for the community in London, Venerable Galayaye Piyadassi was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II by conferring on the Ven priest an MBE, thus becoming the first Sri Lankan Buddhist priest to be recognised in this way by the British Royalty.

Finally Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi moved into a separate abode at Kingsbury NW London and with the assistance of Ven. Balangoda Mangala initially, and the Dayakayas developed and improved the temple over the years to a prominent standard incorporating social, spiritual, cultural and inter-faith activities.

Kingsbury Buddhist abode was later named after the late Ven. Dr. Hamallawa Saddhatissa calling it Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre, to bring to mind the name of Ven. Saddhatissa perpetually worldwide.

It was sad indeed that Ven. Dr. Hamallawa Saddhatissa did not live to see, or spend at least even one single night, at Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre.

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THE GREATEST SON OF INDIA NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE Part-1

February 27th, 2014

Senaka Weeraratna

This is a slide show movie on NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE. With exclusive images of NETAJI. Must watch all the parts of this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSyGjun_tgc

Comment

This is a must watch video.

This is the India that one will not usually see on Bollywood films.

Both visuals and music are stirring and inspiring.

This is the India that Subhas Chandra Bose wanted to establish that will not be subservient to Western imperialism or act as a poodle of the West.

India that will give dignity to its own people and the people of Asia.

India that will protect the people of Asia and particularly the people of its neigbouring countries from Western imperialistic aggression and not sacrifice their freedom shamelessly for local /  regional  electoral gains. This is not statesmanship. Neither Gandhi nor Nehru nor Subhas Bose would have ever contemplated such a course of action as we see today under the current Indian Government.

If Sri Lanka gets closer to China then the responsibility for the push factor must be borne by India and any other Asian country contemplating voting against Sri Lanka at UNHRC in Geneva in March 2014.

Japan and South Korea must seriously consider their loyalties to Asia and not vote against fellow Asian countries at Geneva at the instance of Western colonial countries that have not lost their appetite for re-colonization of Asia and Africa.

Monsanto’s Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease, new study suggests

February 27th, 2014

Courtesy RT

A farmer tills a rice paddy field on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds)A farmer tills a rice paddy field on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds)

A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found.

The new study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Researchers suggest that Roundup, or glyphosate, becomes highly toxic to the kidney once mixed with hard” water or metals like arsenic and cadmium that often exist naturally in the soil or are added via fertilizer. Hard water contains metals like calcium, magnesium, strontium, and iron, among others. On its own, glyphosate is toxic, but not detrimental enough to eradicate kidney tissue.

The glyphosate molecule was patented as a herbicide by Monsanto in the early 1970s. The company soon brought glyphosate to market under the name Roundup,” which is now the most commonly used herbicide in the world.

The hypothesis helps explain a global rash of the mysterious, fatal Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology (CKDu) that has been found in rice paddy regions of northern Sri Lanka, for example, or in El Salvador, where CKDu is the second leading cause of death among males.

Furthermore, the study’s findings explain many observations associated with the disease, including the linkage between the consumption of hard water and CKDu, as 96 percent of patients have been found to have consumed hard or very hard water for at least five years, from wells that receive their supply from shallow regolith aquifers.”

The CKDu was discovered in rice paddy farms in northern Sri Lanka around 20 years ago. The condition has spread quickly since then and now affects 15 percent of working age people in the region, or a total of 400,000 patients, the study says. At least 20,000 have died from CKDu there.

In 2009, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health introduced criteria for CKDu. Basically, the Ministry found that CKDu did not share common risk factors as chronic kidney disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and glomerular nephritis, or inflammation of the kidney.

Based on geographical and socioeconomical factors associated with CKDu, it was assumed that environmental and occupational variables would offer clues to the disease’s origins – or in this case, it came from chemicals.

The new study noted that even the World Health Organization had found that CKDu is caused by exposure to arsenic, cadmium, and pesticides, in addition to hard water consumption, low water intake, and exposure to high temperatures. Yet why that certain area of Sri Lanka and why the disease didn’t show prior to the mid-1990s was left unanswered.

Researchers point out that political changes in Sri Lanka in the late 1970s led to the introduction of agrochemicals, especially in rice farming. They believe that 12 to 15 years of exposure to low concentration kidney-damaging compounds” along with their accumulation in the body led to the appearance of CKDu in the mid-90s.

The incriminating agent, or Compound X,” must have certain characteristics, researchers deduced. The compound, they hypothesized, must be: made of chemicals newly introduced in the last 20 to 30 years; capable of forming stable complexes with hard water; capable of retaining nephrotoxic metals and delivering them to the kidney; capable of multiple routes of exposure, such as ingestion, through skin or respiratory absorption, among other criteria.

These factors pointed to glyphosate, used in abundance in Sri Lanka. In the study, researchers noted that earlier studies had shown that typical glyphosate half-life of around 47 days in soil can increase up to 22 years after forming hard to biodegrade strong complexes with metal ions.”

Scientists have derived three ways of exposure to glyphosate-metal complexes (GMCs): consumption of contaminated hard water, food, or the complex could be formed directly within circulation with glyphosate coming from dermal/respiratory route and metals from water and foods.

Rice farmers, for example, are at high risk of exposure to GMCs through skin absorption, inhalation, or tainted drinking water. GMCs seem to evade the normal liver’s detoxification process, thus damaging kidneys, the study found.

The study also suggests that glyphosate could be linked to similar epidemics of kidney disease of unknown origin in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and India.

Recent investigations by the Center for Public Integrity found that, in the last five years, CKDu is responsible for more deaths in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, AIDS, and leukemia combined.

HISTORIC CONFERENCE OF WORLD RELIGIONS HELD AT GUILDHALL, LONDON

February 27th, 2014

By A. Abdul Aziz.

  God is a Living God and so world should turn towards Him says Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad

 According to our Press Department, U.K., the World Head and Fifth Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, delivered the keynote address at the historic ‘Conference of World Religions’ on 11 February 2014. 

 The conference was organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK, as part of its centenary celebrations, at the famous Guildhall in the City of London. The theme of the much anticipated event was ‘God in the 21st Century’.

 Around 500 delegates attended the conference, including faith leaders from various countries, politicians, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, academics and representatives of various NGOs. The conference also received messages of support from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Prime Minister David Cameron and several other dignitaries.

 During the event the various faith leaders considered what role religion could play in today’s world and whether religion continued to be a force for good. The keynote address delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad sought to answer these questions in light of Islam’s true teachings. 

 The Khalifa highlighted that all the major religions of the world taught the worship of God and love and compassion for mankind in their original form. His Holiness said that if these original teachings were upheld today it would lead to a harmonious society, free from conflict and war. He also condemned governments across the world for prioritising defence and military spending above and beyond social welfare and humanitarian projects.

 Speaking about how the Founder of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) responded to the most horrific and sustained persecution, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 When the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gained victory over the sworn enemies of Islam, who in the past had left no stone unturned in their efforts to destroy the religion, he responded with peace and forgiveness.’” 

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said there was no contradiction between Islam’s peaceful teachings and the fact that some wars were fought during the early years of Islam. He said that those wars fought had been defensive wars, fought not only to protect Islam, but also to protect the people of all religions.

 Citing the example of the Battle of Badr, where 300 ill-equipped Muslims defeated a much stronger army comprising 1,000 soldiers, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 Where on the one hand this was a victory for Islam, it was also a timeless triumph for every person who desires for peace to be established in the world. It was a victory for every person who desires for human values to always be preserved and it was a victory for all people who believe religion to be a force for good and for establishing peace in the world.”

 His Holiness clarified that any wars fought during the era of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) or his four Rightly Guided Successors were entirely defensive in nature and fought only to end cruelty” and establish peace”.However, later wars fought during the eras of certain Muslim monarchs were fought to expand kingdoms and gain power.

 Commenting on this, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 Those wars fought to expand kingdoms and to increase power were not in any way fought in accordance with the teachings of Islam as taught by the Holy Quran.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that Ahmadi Muslims believed the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, to be the Promised Messiah and Mahdi and that he had come to end all religious wars, to bring mankind towards its Creator and to draw the attention of the world towards fulfilling the rights of one another.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad appealed for the people of all religions to work together towards creating a just society based on mutual respect and tolerance.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 I hope and pray that we, who are the representatives of different faiths and religions, and who have gathered here today to practically demonstrate these loving teachings, all strive towards worshipping the One God, by treating His Creation with justice and by fulfilling their due rights. Certainly these are the original teachings of all religions. We should utilise all of our resources and capabilities to foster a better society, to help God’s Creation and to spread love, affection and peace at every level. The urgent and critical need of the world today is to establish peace and faith in God.” 

 His Holiness called on the leaders of all nations to prioritise social welfare above and beyond unnecessary militarisation.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 The urgent and critical need of the world today is to establish peace and faith in God. If the world understood this reality then all countries, whether large or small, would not, in the name of defence spending, allocate millions and billions of dollars to expand their military capabilities. Rather, they would spend that wealth to feed the hungry, to provide universal education and to improve the living standards of the developing world.”

 The Khalifa concluded by reiterating the fact that God is a Living God” who continues to listen to the prayers of mankind: 

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 In order to protect ourselves and to save mankind we need to turn towards God Almighty and we need to attach ourselves to that Living God who did not forsake the Prophet Moses and his people and nor did He forsake the Prophet Jesus and his disciples. Nor have true Muslims been deprived from attaining the blessings of God and seeing their prayers accepted.”

 Earlier in the evening, a range of faith leaders and dignitaries took to the stage to highlight their respective beliefs. All of the speakers also took the opportunity to express their gratitude to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for organising such an event that promoted inter-faith dialogue.

 Rabbi Jackie Tabick, Joint President of the World Congress of Faiths said:

 We should be supportive of one another in our spiritual lives and be true to our own faiths whilst understanding and valuing the oneness amongst us.”

 Umesh Sharma, Chairman of the Hindu Council UK quoted sacred Hindu texts highlighting the peaceful teachings of the Prophet Krishna. He also said that Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad leads by example” in his efforts to develop peace in the world.

 Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, the Attorney General said:

 The right of individual conscience is the basis of everything and so it is essential that people are free to practice their religions without coercion of any kind. I would also like to thank Your Holiness (Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad) and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for its astonishing contribution to the United Kingdom.”

 Geshe Tashi Tsering, read a message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which said:

 Virtues of love and altruism are the basis of all religions and so a respect for all religions is essential. All religions are a means of inner-peace. I give my full heartfelt support to the Conference of World Religions.”

 Prof Kwaku Danso-Boafo, High Commissioner of Ghana read a message from the President of Ghana, which said:

 This Conference will be a means of helping to bring peace in the world.”

 Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, Spiritual Head of the Druze Community of Israel said:

 All the great religions agree on the Unity of God… Let us all come together and join hands together against violence.”

 Dr Katrina Lantos-Swett, Vice-Chair United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, said:

 I am always uplifted and moved by the spirit amongst Ahmadi Muslims. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is living proof that religion can be a means of peace.”

 Dr Lantos-Swett also acknowledged the role of the late Sir Chaudhry Zafrullah Khan Sahib in negotiating the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the fact that he signed it on behalf of the State of Pakistan. 

 Baroness Berridge, Chair of the UK Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom outlined the work of the Parliamentary Group and said that its objective was to prick the conscience of Governments” towards establishing religious freedom.

 Archbishop Kevin McDonald, representing the Roman Catholic Church, spoke of the World Day of Prayer for Peace organised by the late Pope John Paul II in 1986 and said that today’s conference is another moment of the coming together of the people of different religions in peace and justice.” The Archbishop also read a message of support from Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice.

 The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister of State at the Foreign Office, said:

  It is testament to the openness, the pragmatism and the humility of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community that their flagship global event celebrated all faiths.” 

 Rabbi Professor Daniel Sperber, representing the Chief Rabbi of Israel addressed Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad as the ‘Khalifa of Islam’ and said:

 Humankind in the world are not its masters but its custodians. Let us return to the simple notion of faith and the sanctity of God.”

 The World Conference concluded with a silent prayer led by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. Earlier in the evening, His Holiness held a series of private meetings with dignitaries and delegations from various countries and he also led the Maghreb and Isha prayers at the Guildhall.

 The full text of the message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, also included in the following link.

 The proceedings of the event – the video link of which is:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPfs1FWzFzE&feature=youtu.be

Sri Lanka responds to Pillay-NO INT’L PROBE

February 26th, 2014

Pillay relentlessly pursuing Sri Lanka Working to politicised and prejudiced agenda

The Sri Lankan government has rejected the call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay to establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law and monitor any domestic accountability process in Sri Lanka”, claiming it gives scant or no regard to the domestic processes ongoing in Sri Lanka within the framework of the LLRC NPOA, and is politicised in premise”.

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Envoy in Geneva conveying the Sri Lankan Government’s response to Navi Pillay stated that the UN High Commissioner’s recommendations, reflect the preconceived, politicised and prejudicial agenda which she has relentlessly pursued with regard to Sri Lanka”, since just a week following the defeat of terrorism in Sri Lanka, on May 26, 2009 at the 11th Special Session of the UNHRC on Sri Lanka, and at subsequent sessions and reports. It is noted that the reference in the current report that the High Commissioner is adamant about an independent, international inquiry demonstrates her persistent efforts against Sri Lanka.

The Permanent Mission filing Sri Lanka’s response to the UN in Geneva stated: It is pertinent to question the factual basis for the High Commissioner’s initial formal call to the HRC for an independent, international investigation in May 2009 and its continuation, in order that the international community not be misled”.

The government submitted these observations in comments” made in response to the draft report of the High Commissioner on February 12, ahead of the High Commissioner’s (HC) final report on Sri Lanka to the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) which was placed on the OHCHR website on Monday.

Although on the last occasion when the HC reported on Sri Lanka to the 22nd Session of the HRC in March 2013, the Sri Lankan government’s comments” were placed as an addendum to the report, ensuring the integrity of the HC’s report and the Sri Lankan government’s comments, and also that they were equally visible, the government’s request this year that its comments be published as an addendum to the HC’s Report has been refused, and have instead been placed at a separate link under Communications from Governments” which contains an assortment of correspondence from governments on a broad range of matters of specific concern to respective governments.

In its comments” the Sri Lankan government noting its non-recognition and categorically rejected of resolution 22/1 that mandated the HC’s report”, observes that it has nevertheless continued to make significant progress in its own reconciliation process, and has continued to regularly update the Council on such progress.

In this context, the Sri Lankan government rejects, without prejudice to its position of non-recognition of resolution 22/1, the High Commissioner’s claim that most of the recommendations made in her previous report to the Human Rights Council remain unimplemented”.

The Sri Lankan government has also reiterated its categorical rejection of the conclusions and recommendations contained in the HC’s Report, which reflects bias and is tantamount to an unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state”. In its detailed point by point comments” on the HC’s report, the Sri Lankan government has regretted that the HC had raised concerns regarding a range of issues based on information of questionable veracity and arrived at conclusions in a selective and arbitrary manner”.

It added that this included many she had raised during her August 2013 week long visit to Sri Lanka, where the Sri Lankan government had requested the High Commissioner to provide factual evidence to substantiate allegations” and to refrain from making general comments without a degree of specificity which would allow the GOSL to investigate and respond in a comprehensive manner”, which however had not been forthcoming.

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Indian Politics In Tamil Nadu Sullied By A Bunch Of Actresses,Circus Clowns and Would Be National Leaders With Little Direction Towards Reality!

February 26th, 2014

Sunny Sunil’s Column Of Critical Analysis

February 27th 2014
A perfect reflection of what transpires when, clowns, actors and street singers take to politics has suddenly manifested itself in neighbouring India as the days of intellectual leadership with  charisma, foresight and sensitivity seems to be fast on the decline  and in danger of becoming extinct primarily because of what emerges from the State of Tamil Nadu in India the State of dirty politics run by a bunch of grossly negligent individuals calling themselves political leaders who are no more than a bunch of stage actors with unattainable dreams as their objectives to a greater part.
While it is not the best thing to maintain the image of India the trend probably was started by the likes of MG Ramachandran  in the ’50′s now deceased who was a huge crowd favourite of the masses with little or no political savvy yet ruled the roost as he held the attention of his screen audiences even as a politician for all the wrong reasons. Perhaps during his tenure in Tamil Nadu it was his motley inspirations that gave wings to some of what transpired with the terrorist movement of the LTTE in Sri Lanka while aiding and abetting the misery which was inflicted on a Sovereign Nation simplty because a miniscule minority of Tamils were foolishly inspired  to attempt overthrowing the incumbent majority Sinhala regimes and what followed were decades of horror and misery that was eventually put down by a very assertive and forceful Administration that still controls power in Sri Lanka today quite admirably.
Following closely in the footsteps of the infamous playboy actor turned politician another clownish movie personality from ~ not Hollywood by any stretch of the imagination but ` the Indian movie industry before Bollywood, seems to be ruling the political roost in TN and seems to be evoking much laughter from assertive and discerning observers around the globe who is presently on a campaign much in the tone of her predecessor MGR but this time her intentions seem more deadly and serious albeit lucid and impervious to reality towards de-stabilising Sri Lanka through her manoeuvrings and rhetoric which seems to have sent a world audience into titters especialy as she has proclaimed an interest in becoming the next prime minister of India with hardly a claim, credentials or the wherewithal to such a privilege  yet emphasizing the folly of would be political leaders  whose egos by far exceeed their entitlements.
This seems more than emphasized by what The ruling AIADMK party in Tamil Nadu led by J Jayalalitha has, in its election manifesto for the 2014 elections, promised to move the UN for holding a Referendum amongst Tamils in Sri Lanka and displaced ones across the world for formation of a separate Eelam (homeland) State. which seems not only a brazen disregard for Sri Lanka’s Sovereignity and territorial Integrity but a rank display of ignorance of International law as well as the related protocols portraying the tiny mindedness of her perception of  regional politics of South Asia  with emphasis on Sri Lanka which has commanded respect from far superior and better educated individuals than herself as Indian Leaders yet her distorted ego somehow seems to take precedence over her sanity as her mumbo jumbo continues!
Perhaps it’s good to have ambitions and float on a wave of adulation from impoverished masses who do not see beyond their penury and pathetic means of existence in a nation of the richest and poorest living side by side~ the latter category quite neglected by the hierarchy and The AIADMK, decides to play on their sympathy to sustain their political survival with ambitions towards seeing the four-time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister as the country’s next Prime Minister in a pipe dream kind of scenario yet perhaps plausible in the eyes of a blinkered area of persons in the sub-continent who would in all probabilities believe in anything where necessity is the mother of invention.

All the hoopla and hype relative to this seems to have been released with fervour through their election manifesto a day after party candidates for all 39 Lok Sabha Seats in Tamil Nadu besides the lone Puducherry constituency were announced by Jayalalitha, Indian media reports said.
We have spelt out many policies and promises to implement many schemes and aims not only for the development of Tamil Nadu but also for the progress of the entire nation,” Jayalalitha told reporters after releasing the manifesto.

What Jayalalitha does not seem to realise is that based on her capacity to mislead the masses who have blindly voted for her to sustain their meagre existences for whatever length of time, it is not foreseeable that the same equation will apply to all of India which will invariably reject her ambitions to the privilege of national leader as the stupidity and emboldened ignorance of such an ambition becomes plainly visible.

India per se has always respected Sri Lankan Sovereignity, banned the Tamil Tigers who were on a similar path as Jayalalitha where consequently her political future could be much in jeopardy unless even hypothetically Tamil Nadu separates from India where she could continue her somewhat lopsided policies and objectives and in which case she could invite the miniscule minority of Tamils who no longer want to align with the Sri Lankan Administration to join her and her cronies to live happily in a state of Eelam set in place in Tamil Nadu rather than talk gibberish sounding rhetoric about setting up a State of Eelam and having a UN backed referendum in Sri Lanka towards this as it would simply not happen if she were to open her blinkered eyes and align with reality!

In this respect she could perhaps invite the Tamil National Alliance theTNA  an LTTE proxy as many identify them as being ( rightly so perhaps), as well as the Tamil Tiger Rump known as the LTTE sympathetic Global Tamil Diaspora to join her ranks as they too appear to be hell bent towards acheiving Eelam and secession in Sri Lanka and what better way to begin a campaign towards a separate breakaway state in TN and reaching their objectives as there is no capacity nor proviso for this in Sri Lanka.

Then there are some who believe she should give up politics and go back to acting  where new fangled Bollywood just might consider her re emergence on the silver screen while taking the rest of  her entourage of  clowns and  street singers etc etc. with her.

Life Abroad – Part 67: ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PHILANTHROPY

February 26th, 2014

Dr.Tilak Fernando

Good Heavens! I am taken by surprise by the fact that those seniors who are living abroad writing back to me saying how the series rekindle their ‘memories of home country and the many Sri Lankans they met in London’. I am thankful to Faith J Ratnayake, wife of Dr. Hema Ratnayake (BBC Sinhala Service ‘Sandesaya’- 1959 to 1965) who has worked in many places and with the FAO Colombo for 25 years, for writing to me last week in appreciation.

Sir Ernest de Silva

It’s very rare to find many individuals (still living!) with interesting past events and equally who are able to remember and relate such experiences during their ‘life abroad’. In that respect I raise my hat to Sepala Munasinghe, an erudite Barrister, whom I have been able to convince (with greatest difficulty), to decipher some of the interesting and valuable information of the past, worthy of note, for the benefit of readers like Faith Ratnayake to take them back along their memory lane.

Departure

Young Sepala was sent to England by his parents in 1958 to read law and qualify as a Barrister. After qualifying, he returned to ‘Ceylon’ in 1963. At the time Barristers had to pass in two subjects, Law of Property and Civil Procedure to meet the criteria and practice as Advocates, according to the prevalent regulations of Council of Legal Education of Ceylon.

In 1964 Sepala Munasinghe took oaths as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Ceylon before Hema Basnayake, then Chief Justice of Ceylon, and established as a practicing Advocate at Hultsdorf being a junior to Vernon Wijetunge QC; also worked in the Court of Appeal in many cases as junior to, inter alia, H. W. Jayawardene QC, HV Perera QC, G.T. Samarawickreme Q.C, TB Dissanayake, etc.

After practicing for approximately nine years in Ceylon, he got married, produced two daughters and returned to the UK to educate the children in 1972. When ‘Ceylon’ became a Republic, the two professions of proctors and advocates were fused into Attorneys in 1972 and all lawyers were described as Attorneys. In London, he was in practice as a Barrister in Chambers in Middle Temple from 1973 until he retired in 2002.

Antecedent

Sepala’s father, Lairis Appu Munasinghe (City Mudalali) was a renowned entrepreneur who owned the Green Line Omnibus Co. Ltd. During nationalisation of bus companies, Green Line Omnibus Company had a fleet of about 200 buses or more along with the area monopoly to operate the town bus service in Anuradhapura. Green Line bus services also covered all over the NWP including routes such as Kurunegala to Anuradhapura, Putlam, Chilaw, Narammala, Wariyapola, and Nikerwaritiya etc.

By then Sir John Kotelawala, who entered the State Council in 1931 with the help and support of Lairis Appu Munasinghe, was the Minister of Transport and Works (before he became the Prime Minister).

Ministry of Transport was responsible for allocating routes to ‘bus Companies’ at that time, and all bus companies had to become registered as Limited Liability Companies with Nelson bus bodies (circa 1950) to obtain an operator’s licence.

In that respect Sir John Kotelawala was able to display his gratitude to Lairis Appu Munasinghe, for his facilitation in coming into Sri Lankan politics through the State Council in 1931, by being munificent and granting Green Line Omnibus Company numerous bus routes as a mark of appreciation. The Green Line Bus Company operated under the City Bus Service symbol, hence Lairis Appu Munasinghe became fondly known as City Mudalali; his friends called him ‘City’.

Prior to bus companies’ registration procedure as ‘limited liability companies’, bus owners plied their busses according to their whims and fancies and anywhere they liked in competition, at times challenging their rivals and becoming almost murderous! (Similar to what is happening today within allocated routes!)

Defiance and providence

In the course of his professional practice of law, Cyril de Soysa came over to Kalutara. Providence paved the way for his life-long service to the cause of Buddhism at a time when Kalutara Bodhi Tree was in controversy and the Government Agent had deployed security officers to chase away devotees, who visited the sacred place!

Defying the decrees of the Government Agent, young Cyril de Soysa, invested his personal funds and took charge of the shrine to upgrade the temple. Ever since the Kalutara Bodhi Tree has become the zenith of his glorious service towards the cause of Buddhism where millions make offerings to the Buddha shrine and the sacred Bodhi tree today, irrespective of peoples’ different faiths.

Sir Cyril de Soysa

When financial constraints nearly throttled the building effort of the Colombo YMBA building, Cyril de Soysa approached Sir Ernest de Silva, a business magnate, banker, barrister and a renowned philanthropist and a philatelist, for assistance. Sir Ernest gave him a stamp, saying; “Cyril, take this to that particular stamp dealer. He will give you Rupees One-hundred thousand for it.”

When Cyril de Soysa’s business enterprises developed and the South Western Bus Company emerged he became the Managing Director; simultaneously he held the post of Chairman of All Ceylon Motor Bus Company’s Association, which was a sorority of all the bus magnates of Ceylon. At the same period, Lairis Appu Munasinghe was the Managing Director of Green Line Omnibus Company.

Nationalisation

Nationalisation of bus private bus companies gave birth to the Ceylon Transport Board when SWRD Bandaranaike advocated ‘nationalisation as part of the mandate’ he sought from the electorate in the 1956 election. There had been an agreement with Cyril de Soysa that, ‘if he could deliver the bus magnates without a conflict and hostility through The All Ceylon Motor Bus Company’s Association, SWRD Bandaranaike would then appoint him as President of the Senate’, the ultimate result being ‘Sir Cyril managed to sell the bus owners down the drain by agreeing to deliver the bus owners without any competition or protest to SWRD Bandaranaike’.

Sir Cyril became President of the Senate, SWRD Bandaranaike was assassinated in 1959 and W. Dhanayake became the Prime Minister. At that time Sir Cyril’s brother V. T. de Soysa became the Managing Director of South Western Bus Company.

Friendship

Lairis Appu Munasinghe was a close friend of Sir Cyril de Soysa because of their business interests in Omnibus companies and Sepala Munasinghe came to know Sir Cyril when his father took him to Sir Cyril’s residence in Melbourne Avenue, Bambalapitiya, and introduced Sepala to the great man prior to the young man’s departure to England. When young Sepala was a student, reading for ‘A’ levels, at a “cram shop” in South Kensington, he managed to see Sir Cyril on numerous occasions whenever the latter visited London.

Through Sir Cyril’s friendship with other bus magnates, such as Sir Leo Fernando, Jayasena Madhanayake, B.J. Fernando, B.H. William et al, Sir Cyril was able to raise funds for many Buddhist projects including the London Buddhist Vihara and Kalutara Bodhi.

The latter became Sir Cyril’s pet project – the Bodhi by the bridge across Kalu Ganga at Kalutara South. Today the Kalutara Bodhi stands in all its glory as a fitting tribute to Sir Cyril’s generosity and the tremendous efforts he, as a devout Buddhist, had put into propagating the Dharma and making it possible for thousands of devotees to worship at the Kalutara Bodhi in such splendid and serene surroundings with a massive Pagoda and a ‘museum’ underneath.

For many travellers passing through Kalutara it has become somewhat of a ritual (even for non Buddhists) to stop at the Kalutara Bodhi and insert coins to ‘pin petti’ (charity Boxes) to seek the Buddha’s blessings and protection during their journeys before they proceed towards south of the country.

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PS. Sir Cyril and the London Buddhist Vihara in next episode.

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The TNA, An Apparent Tamil Tiger Proxy Needs To be Dealt With Before Responding To Their Apathetic Clarion Calls!

February 25th, 2014

LankaWeb Weekly Editorial, February 24th  2014

TheTamil National Alliance (TNA)  clarion calls demanding that” war criminals must be punished for there to be real reconciliation in Sri Lanka following the end of the war.” seems  apathetic as well as never ending laced in bias as well as an emboldened audacity given the role they played towards supporting the Tamil Tigers.
To the discerning, it was their accountability towards supporting the most dangerous terror group in the world through their fronts and proxies that was blatantly obvious not only in Sri Lanka but in many other parts of the world where their accountability in all probabilities by far exceed those of the Government whose right it was to fight and overcome the terrorists with no thanks to the TNA and Tamil Nadu who now pretend they were not linked to the terrorists.

 They could in fact be  war criminals themselves if their role in supporting the LTTE could be proved tangibly where there is much evidence to support this where Sri Lanka in defending Sovereignity and Territorial Integrity did nothing provably wrong and protected  all citizens including the Tamils who were used as human shields towards the latter part of the insurgency which is often misnomered as a “war” to justify the mindset of terorist supporters where the Armed Forces played an admirable role as much as they could given the circumstances and the villany of the LTTE but an internal armed insurrection with help from outside it certainly was undeniably.

 In this respect it is totally misleading to portray the actions of the Armed Forces as war crimes as they were in fact fighting a combined force of war criminals which included any supportive groups including the TNA and in a broader sense the LTTE supporters based in Tamil Nadu. (including the IPKF)

Some of these deadbeats  have even gone as far as setting up an Eelam Government in proxy where it is a joke when such mindless morons ask for accountability which is truly theirs to show and none other! Their chorus is often echoed by  a long list of out of tune songsters of Tamil Nadu political infamy often presenting a pack of lies and cooked up innuendo similar to the compositions of the likes of Channel Four where some of the international community appear to be impressed(hoodwinked)  albeit perhaps towards their own agendas where the terms tangible evidence and proof seem to be unimportant as these presenters of falsified documantaries get away scot free although realistically their liabilities too could be and should be taken to task for criminal liability hinged on misrepresentation of facts and jeopardising the integrity of the credibilities of Sovereign Sri Lanka whose actions during the decades long insurgency continue to be commended by those without conflicts of interest or those vested towards sympathies of the global Tamil Diaspora now acting as it appears to be another front for the LTTE despite being defunct .

 The  Tamil media report  which has quoted TNA leader R. Sampanthan as saying that the Government must put forward a final political solution acceptable to all communities seems to have overlooked the fact that there have been more than one attempt to resolve the issues linked to displaced Tamil people in Sri Lanka where there appears to be a very positive move in the direction of closure although this would seem unfavourable to the likes of the TNA as it does not coincide with their objectives of secssion and the more turmoil they create it appears to be to their advantage in a very rational perspective from the viewpoint of many logically thinking and perceptive political analysts which does indeed attest to why the TNA are so adamant about their calls to indict Sri Lanka despite how meaningless it might be .

 What seems to be an overwhelming puzzle on this entire issue is why the Government of Sri Lanka has not confronted sources such as the TNA reminding them that all the issues including a response to the Truth and Reconciliation based on the South African model and investigations into the conduct and actions of the Armed Forces have been set in place regardles of their viability as what transpired in S Africa and Sri Lanka  comparatively were hardly related as Apartheid there was a monstrosity shameful to all humanity inasmuch as slavery and Naziism was earlier whereas the Tamil Tiger insurgency in Sri Lanka was one which needed to be responded to, dealt with and forcefully conducted towards wlimination despite the resulting casualties which to a greater part was incurred by the majority Sinhalese in defence of territory, sovereignity and national identity which appears to be now blown out of proportion by enemies of the State who have joined in a worthless attempt to discredit SrI Lanka!

The irony of it all is that, had there been no Tamil animosities against the Sinhalese which fomented and grew over time and had the Tamils responded supportively towards building a united Sri Lanka like some Tamils have decided to to in present day Sri Lanka the story would have been an entirly different one with Sinhala/Tamil Unity an indestructible one but sadly a mere dream at the present although what the future may hold towards this unpredictable as the tiny entity of Sri Lanka supportieve Tamils could grow in the best interests of the nation and an inherant right of all Sri Lankans..

   It is however heartwarming to note that despite unsurmountable odds created mostly by the insurgent attacks of the LTTE and the wretched attempts by global Tamils dispersed and scatterd during the Tamil Tiger insurgency to discredit and disrupt proceedings in Sri Lanka today, the Nation is flourishing in her incredible build up towards the future and posterity where despite the attempts of the TNA and the rest of her adversaries who have failed miserably she is fast becoming the showpiece of South Asia.

And all Sri Lankans do need to thank the present Administration and its leadership for this great acomplishment where the TNA must surely be seen as enemies of the State and an secession seeking LTTE proxy by virtue of all their actions and rhetoric towards impeding the Government.

They need to be dealt with accordingly and within international law as a source disruptive to Sri Lanka’s progress before any responses towards their worthless calls are taken seriously by a few blinkered Pro-LTTEnicks who even now are attempting to justify them.

Yet as the world has seen,  those who believe in mirages in quest of water in desperation  continue to push on for their Oasis often never finding it. 

Buddha’s Universe of Devolution and Evolution Cosmologically Compatible

February 25th, 2014

Prof. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri, (US Fulbright Scholar writing from Canada)

 1. Overview of  the Breakthrough Research in Popular Format

 Encountered Evolution recently? No, not the Darwinian.   I mean the real one – evolution of the universe!  If not, don’t worry. The Buddha has done it for you.

            It’s in the Agga¤¤a Sutta (Digha Nikaya, # 27).           

            Western Science has long been  looking at the evolutionary process, and so wouldn’t it   make sense to  see how  the Buddha’s characterization fares with the Western Scientific understanding?      And I did. So what did I find? That indeed   the Buddha’s characterization is not only compatible with Western Science,  but improves upon it! More than one western scholar sees satire and parody in it. But I found no   satire here, but hard, objective science.

            And the evidence? Here’s then a Chart that shows the reality up-front. Don’t panic. I’ll guide you through:

1

2

3

4

Agga¤¤a Sutta

PHASE

 

Agga¤¤a Sutta PHYSICAL EVOLUTION

Agga¤¤a Sutta

SENTIENT

EVOLUTION

Western Science

EVOLUTIONARY YEARS

MAJOR:

Devolution 

 

This world devolves”

 

             

          _

Appearance of

âbhassara Beings

Evolution I

13 +  billion years ago:  

Big Bang

 

MAJOR:

Evolution I

 

This world evolves”

 

No moon-sun; 

 

 

All water”

 

Leaving âbhassara body” , Beings come to be in ‘the present state’

 

No female-male …

Evolution II

9  billion years ago:

Post-Big Bang ,

cooling off phase

MAJOR:

Evolution II

 

‘This world evolves again

 

Appearance of Earth;

 

Appearance of

moon & sun,

day & night…

Beings feeding  on

‘Earth savour’;

 

Resulting change

of skin colour &

 body  coarseness

Evolution III

4.55 billion years ago

 

Formation of earth

 

SUB-:

Evolution I   

 

for a very long stretch of time”

‘Earth savour’

          

 

 

       

Continue feeding  on

‘Earth savour’

 

Continuing change

of skin colour &

body coarseness  

Evolution IV

575 million years ago: 

Oldest animals

 

500 million years ago: 

Plants evolving

 

SUB-:

Evolution  II  

 

for a very long stretch of time”

Ground-pappañaka

(mushroom-type)

 

Badàlatà

creepers

feeding  on

Ground-pappañaka

 

Further change of skin colour / coarseness;  

 

Feeding  on

badàlatà

 

Evolution V

225 million years ago

 

Plant variegation;

Vertebrates

 

SUB-:

Evolution III

 

 

for a very long stretch of time”

Rice

                   

Continuing to feed

on badàlatà

 

Further  Change of colour / coarseness   

 

Appearance of

Rice

 

Female  sexuality & male sexuality > intercourse

Evolution VI

150 thousand 

years ago

 

Anatomically modern humans”

                        CHART: Evolutionary Phases and Sub-phases in the Buddha’a

                                    Agga¤¤a Sutta in relation to Western Science

Do you note the two MAJOR phases, Devolution and Evolution  in Col. 1, Rows 1 to 2?  And the third , also showing Evolution.  Now taking our eyes all the way to Col. 4, what does Western Science show in 1 to 3? Changes taking billions of years, the Buddha’s  wording, back in Col. 1 being ‘this world devolves’, ‘this world evolves’ and ‘this world evolves again’. What shows at the third? Earth (Col. 2), confirmed in Western Science (Col. 4).

            But you’ll note that Western Science shows all three phases to be part of Evolution. It begins with The Big Bang, 13.5  billion years ago (bya, for short – let’s get a little scientific here, eh!).  That for the Buddha is Devolution (samvaṭṭa‘turning in’), followed by  Evolution  (vivaṭṭa  ‘turning apart’)  ( 9 bya).  Next for him is ‘Earth’, with the ‘moon & sun’ – yes, that’s the order in the text, appearing (4.5  bya).  

            Before looking at Col. 3, let’s continue down along Col. 1, Rows 4 to 6. SUB-phases within Evolution. Take your eyes to Col. 4. Rows 4 & 5. We now see that the  count is in ‘Millions and 6 in ‘Thousands’.  Our  text shows each of these sub-phases as lasting for a very long stretch of time”.  No mention of evolution.

            So then while the Buddha identifies no specific time, he makes clear the distinction between  the relatively long vs relatively less long.   A Buddhist calculation might  be in mahā kappa and  kappa, each very long.

            So far so good? Good!

            Row 1 under Western Science  shows the Big Bang.  So what’s that? Here’s what you’ll find in the Wikipedia: At this time, the Universe was in an extremely hot and dense state and began expanding rapidly.” Although in the Agganna itself  the Buddha says nothing about it,  elsewhere,   in the Anguttara Nikaya,   he  talks of the ‘seven suns’ drying up all water and burning up  everything else – land, plant life and animal life.  Hm!

            After the initial expansion [Big Bang], the Universe cooled ” (Wiki).  What  does the text say? Yes, ‘All water’ (Col. 2). Right on! It adds that ‘no moon and sun’ were to be seen either. The smoke of the Big Bang was thick enough to shut it out,  making it ‘pitch dark’.

            When we read in Row 3 under Western Science ‘formation of the earth’, Buddha tells us how ‘a savoury earth spread over the waters’.   Not only. Moon and sun appear, too. And day and night. Magic? Noooo..  As the dust cloud of the Big Bang expands and settles down, the sun appears,  and voila, there’s sunshine and daylight. Of course, the day ends with the night, when the moon appears.

            575 million years ago (mya), Western Science tells us (Col. 4, Row 4),   ‘Oldest animals’ appear with  ‘Plants evolving’500 mya  and ‘Plant variegation’ 225 mya, along with vertebrates. Looking at Col. 2, we see no one to one match in the text. However, we’ll note that the Buddha talks of  plant variegation of three types. The first is ‘ground pappataka’, a ‘mushroom’ like plant.  Next is a creeper: badalatà – note the term ‘latā’? (Reminds you of nārilatā ‘human creeper’?) The label could mean ‘wish-fulfilling creeper’. But there’s no wondering about the last type: sàli, meaning ‘rice’. Could well have been a type of kurakkan (Sinhala) ‘finger-millets’, with a  variety of names in Indic languages (e.g.,  Ragi  in Karnataka). ‘Seed on seed’, the text says.

            Sure, not enough variety  to fill a supermarket, but not bad, eh, for an emergent plant life.  

                Now Western Science says nothing of what happens to the animal types that emerge alongside   plant life. The Buddha, however, is specific. As the Beings begin to enjoy the food, ‘for a very long stretch of time’ (translation: mya) in relation to each type,  two things happen. They become coarser, and their skin colour changes (down Col. 3). Both can be linked to new cells beginning to grow. 

             Let’s note that, at the beginning,  there were ‘no females or males’ (yes, listed in that order) (Col. 3, Row 2). But when Western Science introduces us to Anatomically modern humans” 150 thousand  years ago (last Row), the Buddha introduces  us to  ‘females and males’  getting their  ‘linga’,  and  let’s hear this one, engaging in intercourse! For how else can there be a continuity of the species? Well, here’re his words:

‘The female  linga appeared in the female, and the male linga in the  male The female looked at the male just so long as did the male at the female.  Looking at       each other for long, passion arose in them,   burning all round entering their bodies.     Because of this burning, they indulged in  sexual behaviour. Those  other Beings, seeing them indulging in sexual behaviour,  threw earth (at them), some  ash,  others             cow-dung, (saying) “Away with your filth, away with your filth!”, [adding further] “How             could a             Being do such a thing to another Being?”’.       

            Sexual evolution! Or should we say ‘sexual revolution?  This, then, is how   Evolution appears, in the Buddha’s characterization,  at  the doorstep of  the human being.

          But how did it all begin?  Taking our eyes back up  Col. 3,   Rows 1 & 2, the text introduces us to ‘âbhassara Beings’ in the Devolutionary phase, continuing to be in the Evolutionary ‘present state’.

            Oops! You haven’t  met âbhassara Beings, have you? Alright, let’s meet them then.

            Here’s   the Buddha introducing  them to two  Brahmin youth   looking to be ordained under him:           

There comes a time, Vàseññha,   when somehow  or other, at times, after the passage  of a long time beyond,   this world  devolves. In this devolving world,    as is the norm,     ‘There happens  to be existing in this devolving world  âbhassara-Beings’.  There they remain mind-based, self-luminous, moving through space, feeding on rapture ….,  for a very long stretch of time.  Somehow or other, after the passage of a long time beyond, Vàseññha, this world evolves. In this evolving world, as is the norm,   having passed away   from their âbhassara-bodies   Beings come  into the present state.  Here  they remain,   mind-based, … for a very long stretch of  time.

            But, you ask, who the dickens are these âbhassara Beings? Now now, let’s watch our language. Let’s be respectful. But that’s exactly what I asked myself reading the Sutta in Pali. âbhassara Beings are humans whose meditation has taken them to the level of the second jhāna. Upon death, they end up as âbhassara Brahmaloka. 

            But where?  Remember how they are said to be ‘mind-based,  self-luminous, moving through space’? Exactly. In the sky. Being mind-based means they are sentient beings, with a mind and body. But, how, up there?

            You now owe me a million dollars. For that is the million dollar question I’ve answered. An âbhassara Being is  nothing but a photon!

            A what?

            Oh sorry. Photon is an electric energy  in space but with no mass, and if you ask Einstein, he’ll define it as a ‘quantum of energy’, quantum, of course, meaning ‘packet’. So how come I packet this packet into a photon? Oh, that was easy. All I had to do was brush up my Pali, and break up the word âbhassara. You can do it, too. So let’s do it together. Here we go: â  + bhàs + sara.

            â-  = ‘hither’

            -bhàs = shine

            -sara = arrow.

In plain English, ‘Hither-bound shining arrow’. If you’re reminded of a shooting star, you got it right.  Let’s note the Buddha’s line, ‘In this evolving world, … having passed away   from their âbhassara-bodies,    Beings come  into the present state.’ Exactly! So these are beings that have come to ‘this  world’, meaning this Evolutionary Phase, from an earlier world of a Devolutionary phase.

            Now  these Beings  land on  earth when the earth appears in the new Evolutionary phase.  Photon-the-sky-being now becomes  land-being.  These Beings  may not be at your dinner table, but  they do have to have their food. ‘All beings are food-based’  doesn’t the Buddha tell us?  Remember from the chart the three  types of food that appear over the millions of years: pappaaka, badalatā and rice? This, then, is  their  food.

            You’ll remember something else, too,  from the Chart. As they eat these different types of food, their   bodies get ‘coarser’. Read that to mean that they are putting on fat and muscle to support the growing bones, and getting an increasingly complex body structure. It is the final product of this process of growth over millions of years that the Buddha now introduces to us as human beings, having sex.

          This brief overview, then, suggests the following: 

 

1.      That  the universe goes through a cycle  of Devolutionary (samvañña) and Evolutionary (vivañña) Phases.

2.      That  there was sentient  life in the universe prior to the existence of the earth.

3.      That   the origins of such sentient life vis-a-vis the earth of the present Evolutionary phase was   in space!

4.      That with the appearance of the earth there came to exist conditions conducive to sentient life.

5.      That over time, to be counted in billions, millions and thousands  of years, sentient life culminated in human life (and society, as later in the text).

            So now, how’s all that for accuracy, huh!  While Western Science is specific as to numbers – billions, millions and thousands of years,  the Buddha is more detailed in terms of plant life and human life.   The reason is obvious. The Buddha’s description of  evolution of the physical universe   is only as a backdrop to    the story of how âbhassara Beings ends up as human beings. 

            Complex enough? But I hope that by now you have  an idea, if still foggy,  of the Buddha’s view of the process of evolution of the universe, from Devolutionary phase to Evolutionary phase, the growth of beings in relation to food types and the beginning of family life. So we can       see that the Buddha is not talking about evolution just for the sake of explaining the universal flow, but to set in motion the evolution of man in his relationship with nature.

            If  you’re still in a dizzy, just close your eyes, take a deep breath, return to the Chart, and take the eyes through the Columns and Rows, in measured step. The picture will appear before your eyes before you know it.  

            Not only do we, then,  see  the  Buddha as scientist, but also that he goes beyond Western Science,  which  begins with the Big Bang, a first cause.  Though not said in so many words, isn’t a creator God   implicit in it?        

            Now imagine that for an objective science!

            Should that surprise us? After all, beginning with all the way back from Greek times, up to the time of Einstein, western scientists believed in God, and what they were trying to do was figure out God’s secrets. By contrast,  the Buddha gives us a cyclical universe, with no beginning, no end.  Here then is the improvement on Western Science.  

            For the original scholarly version (87 pages), please type in  Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies. Or here’s the URL: http://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/cjbs

            If you like to contact me, here’s my email: suwanda.sugunasiri@utoronto.ca.

2. A Few More Comparative Details

            We have seen above the parallels between the Buddha’s lay of the land of  the evolutionary process  and that of Western Science, but in broader terms.  Let me then share with you  some more details.

            It was noted that  the Big Bang in Western Science is    the Devolutionary phase  for the Buddha. By definition, of course, a Devolution suggests and earlier Evolutionary phase.

            Not  much  said about the Devolutionary phase, however,in the Agga¤¤a Sutta. But luckily for us,  we find the Buddha talking about it elsewhere (Anguttara Nikaya, IV 101):   

There comes a time, Bhikkhus, when rain does not fall for many years, for many hundreds of years, for many thousands  of years, for many hundreds of thousands  of years. When rain does not fall, seed life and vegetation, medicinal plants, grasses, and giant trees of the forest wither and dry up and no longer exist. (Bhikkhu Bodhi translation, 2012, 1071-3).

            Next he speaks of a ‘second sun’, again ‘after a long time’, when  ‘small rivers and lakes dry up and evaporate  and no longer exist’. Moving along through the 3rd to the 6th sun, he eventually comes to the seventh sun:

With the appearance of the seventh sun, this great earth and Sineru, the king of mountains, burst into flames, blaze up brightly, and become one mass of flame. As  the great         earth    and Sineru are blazing and burning, the flame, cast up by the wind, rises even [up] to the brahma world… 

            Here, then, we have the end of the Devolutionary phase in the Buddha’s thinking.. And,  let’s note here for future reference, that the blaze goes only ‘up to’ or ‘as far as’ the Brahma world, i.e., leaving it unscathed. But before we move into the Evolutionary phase, let us see if Western Science has anything to say.

       The Sun does not have enough mass to explode as a supernova. Instead it will exit the main sequence in approximately 5.4 billion years and start to turn into a red giant. It is calculated that the Sun will become sufficiently large to engulf the current orbits of the solar system’s inner planets, possibly including Earth.

    Even before it becomes a red giant, the luminosity of the Sun will have nearly doubled, and the Earth will be hotter than Venus is today. Once the core hydrogen is exhausted in 5.4 billion years, the Sun will expand into a sub-giant phase and slowly double in size over about half a billion years. It will then expand more rapidly over about half a billion years until it is over two hundred times larger than today and a couple of thousand times more luminous. This then starts the red giant branch (RGB) phase where the Sun will spend around a billion years and lose around a third of its mass.   <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun#After_core_hydrogen_exhaustion>

          While this is not literally seven suns, but a single sun getting much bigger and hotter, it speaks to  much of the effects of the process: over about half a billion years until it is …  a couple of thousand times more luminous.” And engulfing … the earth”. 

          In this  Devolutionary phase, says the Buddha:  There happens  to be existing in this devolving  world âbhassara-Beings”.

            Oh”, you ask, But didn’t everything go up in flames under the scorching of the seven suns”?

            Glad you asked. ‘No’ is the answer. Ending up as the âbhassara Beings means they come to be in the âbhassara Brahmaloka. The seven suns, as noted,  stops at the boundary of this Brahmaloka.  So  the âbhassara Beings can be said to come  in their shining armour, ‘energy’ being the shine.

If the phase is said to last about six and a half  billion years, as in the above lines (you can do the math), we may note the Buddha’s words, This world evolves again”.  Decay is what we have here, under the principle of ‘change’ (anicca), or as in Western Science,     ‘entropy’,  ‘a driving force for physical and chemical changes (reactions)’ <http://www.science.uwaterloo.ca/ ~cchieh/cact/applychem/entropy.html>.                                            

Continuing with our text, we’ll remember that  the Buddha   says   that the âbhassara Beings are ‘self-luminous’ and   ‘sky-traveling’. So clearly, it can’t be in a human form that âbhassara Beings  exist.  Interpreting them as ‘Hither-come-shining-arrows’, they have been identified by us  to be photons – ‘quantum of light’, ‘quantum of energy’.                            

Let us now turn  to Western Science to see if we could get some understanding of this sky-born and self-luminous Being called âbhassara. We begin with electrons, a sub-atomic particle.

                        Electrons somehow jump” between specific orbits, and as they do,  they appear to absorb or emit energy in the form of light, i.e., photons”, (italics added), say scientists             Kafatos & Nadeau (1990, p. 31), in their book, The Conscious Universe. As for ‘absorbing’, Einstein argued that the energy of light is …. concentrated in small, discrete bundles …      or ‘quanta’, of energy. … It is the energy of the individual quanta, rather than the brightness of the light source, that matters.”   

                        So it appears, then,  that a case may be well made that  the shine-emitting/absorbing  âbhassaras are indeed ‘photons’. Further,  

             If photons could not crowd together in the energy of light,  the light energy that fuels          quantum mechanical process that lead to the evolution of chemical structures, including          what we call life, would not  exist”.

      So we could take the âbhassara Being  to be a variation of (a form of) photons, in some primordial version. We may now see the connection between the Devolutionary phase ending up burning  under the seven suns (as above) and the shining âbhassara-Beings. They can be  said to be survivors of the burning hot Devolutionary phase, looking for a home in the newly emerging Evolutionary phase.                                                                                                                    But the point is that there is no earth to step on to! So how does the earth come about?. In the text, at the time of the Being coming to be in the Evolutionary phase, it is, as we remember,  all water”.Then, as   this world evolves again”,     a savoury-earth  spread itself  over the waters”.  

                Western Science explains the appearance of water when the initial burst of energy of seven suns comes to be dissipated, gradually cooling off. To begin with, the sun itself contains 87% Hydrogen. Explains the UK-based Prof. Cyril Ponnamperuma, Of every hundred atoms in the universe, ninety-three are hydrogen atoms.” Further, when our planet was formed  from the primordial solar nebula, the cloud of hydrogen which enveloped it, as it revolved with the dust particles in orbit around the central dense mass, played a vital role in determining the kind of molecules present”. The oxygen present, interacting with the hydrogen, would have yielded water” (42).                       

             A cooling process begun, ultimately ending up in ‘water’, there now emerges the earth  -  ‘savoury earth  spread itself  over the waters’. ‘after the lapse of a very long  time beyond’,  suggestive of the billions of years prior to the forming of the earth some 4.5 billion years ago  as is the current calculation for the age of the earth. This, then,  is where the Beings now come to be. How do we know? Because now they begin to taste the savoury earth, and in due course, three vegetation types.

            But how did these earth food types come to be?

            It was noted how the sun was the most powerful source of energy for the earth.   Ponnamperuma (51-61) points out how the varied energy sources – electrical discharges in the form of lightning, radioactivity, heat energy, solar heat, shock waves generated by meteorites passing through the atmosphere, etc., would have been responsible for much organic synthesis in primeval earth conditions”.  

            The pappañaka, creepers and rice could, then, be seen as the early products of such  organic synthesis. In this connection, it is interesting to note certain developments in relation to the primitive earth that are suggestive of the three types.

            Let’s do an experiment  here. Say the word pappañaka.  Again. Ground- pappañaka.  How does it sound? Does it sound sort of  ‘crusty’. Let’s see what Ponnamperuma has to say: During the early stages of the earth’s formation, volcanic activity was probably rampant throughout its surface. As the embryonic earth began to take shape, the gravitational forces caused contractions in the crust.” So would it be surprising that the nutritive  outgrowths of a crusty earth  would also be crusty?  It is of interest to read in the Sutta that it is pieces of the ground that the Beings first eat.

            The ground pappañaka is described as ‘snake’s parasol’. It is with interest, then, that we read about The strange umbrella-like shape of Kakabekia umbellata which  flourished in the Pre-Cambrian era” (Ponnamperuma), understood to be prior to 1.8  bya going all the way back to the formation of the earth 4.5 bya, as scientist Prof. Karl Zimmer,  notes.

            Now how about the ‘bound-creepers’ (badàlatà).  Again in Western Science, we   note with interest thread-like assemblage of bacteria”,  the reference being  to the fossil algae,  said to be two million years old (Ponnamperuma). But there is nothing to say that the beginnings of thread-like plant life did not originate much earlier, when the earliest evidence of chemical life” appears in 3.8 bya  (Zimmer).       The bound creepers   are also said, in the Sutta,  to be  ‘bamboo-like’.  Now  what do you make of the  rod-shaped bacteria” dating back to two billion years  (Ponnamperuma), that may be related to the modern iron bacteria”?        

          So we now have:

·         four food types: earth-crust, ground pappañaka , badàlatà  and rice;

·         continuing physical changes  in colour and coarseness;

·         new physical development: appearance of  female    & male sexuality;

·         new human activity: intercourse, this last relating to continuity of the species.

Thus is shown the emerging complexity in the last stage of evolution. We may note that this is the phase in Western Science when ‘anatomically modern humans’ appear.

            So we now have a few more details. But even in the segment discussed,  left out are other dimensions. One is the evolution of language. The other  is the emergence of sentient characteristics such as craving (when eating), and   anger and hatred ( Those who were good-looking despised those who were ugly: ‘We are better-looking than they are; they are uglier than us!’”). In broad terms, they show the beginnings of lust, hatred and ignorance (ràga, dosa, moha). 

      A third is how the social classes   – Brahmins, Kshatriya, Vaisya and Sudra, have come to emerge. This latest  actually come to be linked to the wider issue  of the Sutta, namely the claims of the Brahmins to be the ‘chosen people’. The Buddha shows  how this is one big fat lie, a joke. While they claim to be ‘born of Brahma’s mouth’, the Buddha minces no words in telling it like it is – that Brahmin women, wives of Brahmins,  menstruate, become pregnant, have babies and give suck”!  

            What you see in this paper is admittedly  my own understanding and interpretation  of how life comes to be, based in the Sutta, Abhidhamma and Western Science.   A closer look at what Western Science has marvelously  come up with painstaking research shows that the devil is in the detail. That is to say that when it comes to the detailed timing  in relation to the evolution of plants, animals and humans, etc.,  there are devils waiting to take you on. However, it is difficult to ignore two factors – first,  the division between Major and Sub, as distinguished by billions of years to millions to thousands, and second,   the similarities of the shapes and features of the various forms of pre-Cambrian organic matter.  Too close to be coincidental. Of course, while Western Science is working at the micro level when it comes to the physical universe and life,  the Buddha is dealing at the macro level. But I hope that I have danced with the devils successfully.  

            But I   know that, as I keep ringing in the good news,  I’m in for  a sound thrashing from two quarters. First from Scientists, Western and  Eastern.  The nerve of a mere Pali student, who can perhaps barely spell the word Science, if that, daring to invade Science? And from the other side is the earful from the traditional Buddhist, and Buddhist scholar, for a different reason. It is  blasphemy!  Why need Western Science to prove the Buddha right?

            I can understand the sentiment. But, as for myself, I don’t need proof that the Buddha is right. I’ve known it all my life. But consider this. Western scholars doing extensive studies of the Aggañña have seen  it as  ‘satire’ (Prof. Collins, U of Chicago) or  ‘parody’ (Prof. Gombrich of Oxford). So the only way I have been able to see it as an  objective and   accurate picture  of the universe is reading it from the perspective of Western Science.  Only by stepping out of the box, into Science, funny enough, that I don’t know,  have I been able to outbox myself.  My exercise   shows  me the importance of going outside of your own narrow discipline and look for cross-disciplinary study. Fools rushing to where angels fear to tread? Or am I exonerated or am I exonerated!

            But there’s another reason for getting out of the box. Buddhists know and respect the Buddha. The knowledgeable West takes him to be another religious teacher, which, of course, he is. But only. No ear will be lent to hear him out for what more he is – discoverer, a discoverer of the truth, of superior intellect,  empirical and objective to the core. And so, if his teachings can be introduced in an idiom  Western Science speaks, then, perhaps there is a chance that they just may, just,  hear his words. Good enough reason?  Wish me luck!         

            Given in particular that I come with no background in Science at all, my analysis may be full of holes, in which case I invite your valuable kind and critical comments.  Please be my kalyāna mitta – honest, and brutal,  yet intending no harm but only good.  Thank you.

            For the original scholarly version (87 pages), here’s the URL: http://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/cjbs.

            You may contact me at  <suwanda.sugunasiri@utoronto.ca>.

Author Bio

(The researcher, with degrees from London, Philadelphia and Toronto, is an intradisciplinary student and author of a popular treatment of the Abhidhamma,  You’re What You Sense: Buddha on Mindbody, 2001 (Sri Lanka: Buddhist Cultural Centre; also online: <https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/handle/1807/4328>). An earlier (2012) breakthrough research of his is Arahant Mahinda as Redactor of the Buddhapåjà in Sinhala Buddhism  (also online <https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/handle/1807/33767>, and on Utube).

           

Sri Lanka in a Panic Mood.

February 25th, 2014

By Charles.S.Perera,

 The Sri Lanka Government seems to be running like a dog having  got its paws burnt as the old saying goes, sending in a hurry delegations to South Africa in search of  a  report of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

 The USA government’s over zealous  ballyhoo against Sri Lanka for violation of human rights, and war crimes, is a gimmick to frighten governments of developing countries to show them what USA and its allies are still capable of doing despite their losing their economic leadership panache to China –Russia.  There is no need to panic USA and its allies will be there again at the next UNHRCouncil presenting another resolution against Sri Lanka, as they can think of nothing better to do.

 USA and its allies are only capable of leaving  behind them desolation and destruction.

 Perhaps this resolution against Sri Lanka is of double interest to USA-  it marks the 11th Anniversary of  the Invasion of Iraq by USA on the 19 March,2003.  It also marks  the beginning of  a  war without bombs- a war nevertheless to destabilise Sovereign States of  the third world.

 China -Russia is a combined emerging world leadership which  is  popular for its generosity and their ability to evaluate problems of nations with a democratic attitude, without  demonising  a government in power, getting dissidents  to agree on  a dialogue laying down arms.  Both China and Russia are a more acceptable leadership for the developing countries as they are neither aggressive, nor do they come with destructive motives.

 USA and the Western forces rallying together like wild wolves, frighten emerging nations, and force them to take distance from them .  Their power is in the likes of NATO Forces and the weight  of their bombs and the number of them which  could be  dropped in one raid on a developing nation in each take off of  their bomber planes.

 They call this humanitarian bombing”.

 In 1999, the U.S. national security state — which has been involved throughout the world in subversion, sabotage, terrorism, torture, drug trafficking, and death squads — launched round-the-clock aerial attacks against Yugoslavia for 78 days, dropping 20,000 tons of bombs and killing thousands of women, children, and men. All this was done out of humanitarian concern for Albanians in Kosovo. Or so we were asked to believe. In the span of a few months, President Clinton bombed four countries: Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq repeatedly, and Yugoslavia massively. At the same time, the U.S. was involved in proxy wars in Angola, Mexico (Chiapas), Colombia, East Timor, and various other places. And U.S. forces are deployed on every continent and ocean, with some 300 major overseas support bases — all in the name of peace, democracy, national security, and humanitarianism. (1) (http://americanpartyoflabor.org/publications/press-room/statement-on-the-bombing-of-libya)

 USA and its allies bombed Libya saying it was to save the Libyan people from their Leader Colonel Gaddafi.

 ”All NATO’s targets are military in nature and are directly linked to the Gadhafi regime’s systematic attacks on the Libyan people,” said Rear Adm. Russell Harding, deputy commander of Operation Unified Protector. “Given the escalating use of naval assets, NATO had no choice but to take decisive action to protect the civilian population of Libya and NATO forces at sea.”

 Their peace is like a doubled aged sword.  Hence the people of a country whether they are for or against their elected government should be warned to  unite to fight against USA and their forces the greatest enemy of emerging Nations amoung the developing countries.

 The USA and the West are a  force with waning power, now climbing on the shoulders of  dissidents of developing countries. In  Sri Lanka  they have climbed on to the shoulders of  the  anti Sri Lanka Tamil Diaspora, National Tamil Alliance in Sri Lanka with a wife of  a former terrorist Ananthi Sasitharan,  to make their rallying call to defeat the aim of Sri Lanka to become a Nation of a united people.  USA and its allies  rally  to  change regimes  and balkanise developing Nations.

 They accept any false evidence, as valid such as the Video footages and Documents by UK Channel 4 which no decent Nation would accept, if it serves their purpose to bring accusations against the  Government of Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces  that defeated a ruthless terrorism to bring peace to the country and to the people who suffered for 30 years under terrorism.

 USA as it did in the past with its CIA,  infiltrate into countries to create chaos within and force a peoples’ uprising to make the Government and the Leaders to step down.   They did it in Iran against Mosadeq, in Chile against Salvadore Allende , in Congo against Lumumba. They did that in Yugoslavia, Egypt, then in Tunisia. They are doing the same thing in Syria,  Ukraine, and Venezuela.

 USA and its Allies are now trying to do that  in Sri Lanka as well, using Human Rights and War Crimes as their new arms.  They are trying to fool some of the  delegates , attending the UNHRCouncil Sessions in Geneva,  presenting  them the  resolution against Sri Lanka  asking them to vote in favour of it.

 They are doing that accusing Sri Lanka,  to  show themselves as the saviours of humanity   not  showing  the  blood marks left on them from  the innocents they have killed, in  Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, and Yugoslavia, not to speak of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

 So why should Sri Lanka be on a panic mood, now  running to South Africa  to study  Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report of that country.  It has no relevance what-so-ever to Sri Lanka. It is really a short sighted move which  shows Sri Lanka’s weakness, rather than its strength.  What has South Africa achieved with that Reconciliation Commission ?

 In South Africa today the economy is still in the hands of the rich white South Africans.  The black South Africans are still poor, with a highly increasing criminality amoung them.

 In South Africa it was a White minority who set up a white man’s regime pushing the natives black Africans  into ghettoes. From 1948 onwards public life was marked by a strict segregation that was enforced by massive policy powers. The segregation aimed at ensuring the rights and privileges of the white population and at providing cheap black labour.

 The introduction of so-called homelands (officially independent tribal areas of the blacks) like Transkei, Ciskei, Venda and KwaZulu was supposed to bring racial segregation to perfection. By establishing these huge ghettos, where only black people were allowed to live, the South African government tried to completely abdicate from its political, economic and social responsibility. ”

 There was nothing like this in Sri Lanka the Sri Lanka’s majority community did not treat the Tamil community differently. Even today the Sinhala community has opened them selves to the Tamil people.  But it is the Tamil Politicians of the TNA and the anti Sri Lanka Tamil diaspora that is separating the Tamil people from the rest of the Communities in Sri Lanka .  There is therefore no apartheid in Sri Lanka and there never was.  Why should we then look for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa ?

 Even Mandela knew what USA is capable of, When Mandela was taken to the ruins of Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, which was bombed by the Reagan administration in 1986 in an attempt to murder the entire Gaddafi family, he said:

No country can claim to be the policeman of the world and no state can dictate to another what it should do. Those that yesterday were friends of our enemies have the gall today to tell me not to visit my brother Gaddafi. They are advising us to be ungrateful and forget our friends of the past.” (http://thepowerhous.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/mandela-and-gaddafi-the-myth-of-the-saint-and-the-mad-dog/)

 USA and its allies proposes an International investigation in Sri Lanka to study what happened when the terrorists were finally eliminated.  But  in reality  some among the 47 delegates representing the 47 countries at the UNHR Council Sessions should move that before presenting the resolution against Sri Lanka USA and its allies should first consent to an international investigation about their own violation of human rights and  war crimes in Iraq , Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yugoslavia, and also those civilian deaths in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Vietnam.

 The problem with the LLRC for USA and its allies is that the Commissioners  were all local black Sri Lankans. They were learned highly qualified  people.  Most of them were eminent judges; some were Diplomats.  Some of them Studied in Foreign Universities as well. 

 But only disqualification for USA and its allies is that they were coloured locals, therefore they are not accepted as honest.  If there was a white man amoung the Commissioners even if he was half educated the Commission would have been acceptable to the USA and the West.  Therefore,  the demand for an International Investigation in the USA resolution against Sri Lanka.

 What is strange in this is that the USA and the West accepts all false stories concocted by Ananthi Sasitharan the wife of a terrorist as the truth, because it suits them.

 Sri Lanka Government instead of being in a panic mood behaving like a dog whose paws have got burnt, should start a campaign of information  every where in Sri Lanka to make the people aware of the scheming of the USA and the West, in countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, and Venezuela, where their Agents the CIA and NGOs  infiltrated into the towns and villages and bought the people tempting  them with promises they never keep to rise up in groups and masses against the elected Government. 

 Inform the people that USA and the West , once their objective achieved set up a puppet Government  which does things according to their bidding and  leave the country, poor , underdeveloped depending on hand outs from USA and the West.

 They are planning such an uprising to make a situation where they could intervene with ntheir own armed forces and bomb Sri Lanka shattering into rubble the five years of infrastructure developed by the President Mahinda Rajapakse and his Government.

 Let the people of Sri Lanka be informed in mass meetings  that the time is ripe for all people to bury their political differences and rally round the President and the Government to show America and its Western allies that they cannot do in Sri Lanka what they did in Egypt, Tunisia, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, or Venezuela.

POST-CONFLICT EFFORTS BY GOSL AND ARMED FORCES-Facts and Figures

February 25th, 2014

POST-CONFLICT EFFORTS BY GOSL / ARMED FORCES

   

 

DEMINING  
 
  • 1,319sq.km cleared out of 1,419sq.km in the North
   
Basic Infrastructure
 
  • Rs.4.4billion (US$39.63million) spent by Ministry Economic Development)
   
Resettlement Package per family
 
  • 6 months dry rations
  • Initial grant of Rs.5000 part of total grant of Rs.25,000
  • Rs.4000 per acre land preparation cost
  • Non-Food-Relief Items – mosquito nets, jerry cans, kitchen sets, towels, plastic mats, bed sheets, plastic basins, GI buckets
  • Additional NFRI on need basis – clothing, coconut scrappers, slippers, food containers, arpaulin kits, plastic sheets (4mx5m) nylon ropes
  • Hygiene packs per UNICEF standards
  • Return tool kits – crow bar, axe, rake, heavy carpenter hammer, shovel, mammoty, hurricane lamp, jungle knife
  • Provisions of seed paddy (4 bushels / 2 acres per family)
  • Roofing sheets – 12 nos per family
  • Cement bags (8 nos per family)
   
Water supply / Sanitation
 
  • Nearly 15,000 wells cleaned and renovated
 
  • Rs29.9billion allocated
   
Electricity
 
  • 9 mega projects in operation / Rs.13.2billion
  • Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts are receiving electricity for the 1st time in 30 years.
  • Revenue from electricity supply has risen from Rs.1644million in 2009 to Rs.2182million in 2010
  • Consumers have increased from 132,331 in 2009 to 142,611 in 2011
   
UN / INGO/NGO assistance
 
  • Between 2009-2012 UN system has provided US$437,942,702 assistance to the Northern province for relief, humanitarian efforts
  • 39 INGOs supported livelihood projects
   
Health services
 
  • 161 preventive care institutions and 102 curative care institutions in North
 
  • Rs.2135million spent on healthcare between 2009 and 2011
   
Education sector
 
  • 1021 schools and 12 educational zones in the Northern province majority which were damaged throughout the conflict
 
  • Since 2009, 1630 school buildings repaired by GOSL costing Rs.1.341million
 
  • 990 schools are functioning with 13,967 teachers catering to 260,582 students in the Northern Province
   
Housing
 
  • Target 78,144 permanent houses  – 27,983 houses completed.
  • The Sri Lanka Armed Forces have completed 3780 new houses, over 3000 temporary houses, repaired over 3000 houses,
   
Roads/Railways
 
  • Total investment for road sector – Rs.75,071million
 
  • Number of motor vehicles registered in North increased from 47,031 in 2009 to 62644 in 2011.
 
  • 3 major bridges destroyed by LTTE reconstructed – Mannar Bridge, Sangipidy Bridge, Aruvi Aru Bridge.
   
Agriculture
 
  • 80% Northern population involved in agriculture
  • Every resettled family given seed paddy and subsidized fertilizer
  • 212,722 metric tons of paddy recorded during 2010-2011
   
Irrigation Network
 
  • Over 2000 irrigation tanks of major, medium and minor categories in the North
  • 147 completed / 139 in progress
  • 189,000 acres of land under irrigated agriculture
  • Rs.6333.9million commitment by GOSL
   
Fisheries
 
  • 2nd economic activity in the North
  • 1/3 of coastline in North – annual production of fish 75,000 metric tons
  • Fishing fleet is now 11,225
  • Fish production in North arisen from 15,250 metric tons in 2007 to 48,520 metric tons in 2011
   
Banking
 
  • 20 state banks and private banks operating in North
  • Loans amounting to Rs.4614million granted to 36,000 beneficiaries by the Central Bank by 2011.
   
Private investment
 
  • 23 projects approved by BOI with total investment of Rs.68,268.7million

 

 

  • The following points negates the propaganda that Tamils are discriminated

 

RECRUITMENT OF TAMILS TO SRI LANKA POLICE (2007 TO 2013) = 1266

 

THE TOP 20 INVESTORS IN THE COLOMBO EXCHANGE (ETHNICITY)

SINHALESE = 10

TAMILS = 6

MOORS = 2

OTHERS = 2

 

40 LEADING INVESTORS IN SRI LANKA (ETHNCITITY)

SINHALESE = 11

TAMILS = 23

MOOR = 4

OTHER = 2

 

 

THE GOSL HAS ALSO RENOVATED AND REHABILITATED RELIGIOIUS PLACES IN THE NORTH

TAMIL KOVILS = 11 (COST OF Rs.35million)

CATHOLIC CHURCHES = 3 (COST OF RS. 30.4million)

MOSQUES = 27 (cost of Rs.833million)

BUDDHIST TEMPLES = 2 (Nagadeepa and Dambakolapatuna)

 

In addition the GOSL/Sri Lanka Armed Forces have

  • Renovated 67 Government hospitals
  • Carried out 20 Dengue campaigns
  • Conducted 9 health campaigns
  • Conducted 4 eye campaigns
  • Conducted 1 blood donation campaign
  • Repaired 1 cemetery ground
  • Constructed 8 sports grounds
  • Constructed 3 childrens parks
  • Constructed 10 community centres
  • Conducted 35 community development projects
  • Provided 3062 bicycles
  • Supplied 2313 lamps
  • Supplied 1050 cookers
  • Supplies 50 telephones
  • Supplied 90 tents

New ICRC paradigm on ‘the use of force in armed conflicts’

February 25th, 2014

By Neville Ladduwahetty  Courtesy Island

Confusion on how to categorize Sri Lanka’s conflict has a direct bearing on how the issue of accountability is handled. If categorized as an Armed Conflict the scope and nature of the accountability exercise would take a certain prescribed trajectory that is defined by internationally accepted provisions of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). On the other hand, if categorized as “eliminating terrorism” the accountability exercise would be defined by Domestic Law Enforcement where provisions of Human Rights Law apply. Thus, categorizing it as one or the other or a combination of both has a direct bearing on the nature and scope of investigations into issues of accountability.

In a new document titled “THE USE OF FORCE IN ARMED CONFLICTS: INTERPLAY BETWEEN THE CONDUCT OF HOSTILITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT” (ICRC, November 2013) the ICRC categorizes the use of force during conflicts as “Hostilities paradigm” or “Domestic Law Enforcement paradigm”. This document states: “The paradigms of the conduct of hostilities and law enforcement find their international legal basis in the legal regimes of IHL and human rights law. The IHL basic rules governing the conduct of hostilities were crafted to reflect the reality of armed conflict. They are based on the assumption that the use of force is inherent to waging war because the ultimate aim of military operations is to prevail over the enemy.” This is the Hostilities Paradigm (pp 6-7).

Continuing, the above cited document states:” Human Rights Law is based on different assumptions. It was initially conceived to protect individuals from abuse by their State. Its rules on the use of force in law enforcement essentially provide guidance on how force can be used by State agents when it is absolutely necessary in self-defence; to prevent crime, to effect or assist in the lawful arrest of offenders or suspected offenders; to prevent the escape of offenders or suspected offenders and in quelling a riot. In brief, human rights law regulates the resort to force by State authorities in order to maintain or restore public security, law and order. The essence of the principles governing the use of force under law enforcement in human rights is that lethal force may be used only as last resort in order to protect life, when other available means remain ineffective or without any promise of achieving the intended result”(ibid).

Therefore, the categorization of the conflict in Sri Lanka is critical in determining whether International Humanitarian Laws or Human Rights Laws applies, and thus which of the two ICRC paradigms applies, with regard to the nature of violations alleged or real, committed by the Government and the LTTE. This would then set the trajectory of the nature and scope of any investigations pertaining to the conduct of the war.

CATEGORIZING the CONFLICT

The conflict in Sri Lanka clearly met the threshold of a Non-International Armed Conflict as defined by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia of 1995 (ICTY) in the Prosecutor v. Tadic case. The Tribunal stated: “…we find that an armed conflict exists whenever there is a resort to armed force between States or protracted armed violence between government authorities and organized groups or between such groups within a State. International humanitarian law applies from the initiation of such armed conflict and extends beyond the cessation of hostilities until a general conclusion of peace is reached; or, in the case of internal conflicts, a peaceful settlement is achieved. Until that moment, international humanitarian law continues to apply in the whole territory of the warring State or, in the case of internal conflicts, the whole territory under the control of a party, whether or not actual combat takes place there” (Definition first cited by me in a article titled “International Humanitarian Law in the Context of an Armed Conflict”, The Island, March 13, 2008. The UN appointed Panel of Experts also cited this definition in their report of March 2011 (3 years later), and categorized the conflict in Sri Lanka as an Armed Conflict.).

In addition, unlike most other armed dissident groups in other countries, the LTTE had a command and control structure within its ground, naval and air cadres all in distinguishable uniforms, and supported by land, sea and air capabilities and territory recognized as “LTTE controlled areas” from which sustained attacks against the Sri Lankan state were carried out, augmented by acts of terror. These attributes backed up by the opinion of the ICTY (1995) cited above and other criteria established by guardians of IHL, the ICRC, should be the basis to categorize the conflict in Sri Lanka as an Armed Conflict up to the very end in May 2009.

On the other hand, if the conflict was between the Government of Sri Lanka and a terrorist group Domestic Law Enforcement paradigm and Human Rights Laws would apply. Since acceptable RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR DEALING WITH TERRORISM DO NOT EXIST under the Domestic Law Enforcement paradigm, Governments are expected to meet an UNDEFINED HIGHER THRESHOLD in respect of responsibilities than the terrorist group they deal with. This interplay between the two paradigms has caused many commentators to be confused; as evident from statements that even if the conflict in Sri Lanka was an Armed Conflict, the Government should act more responsibly than the LTTE. In fact, the forces did act more responsibly even though they were not required to do so per IHL.

One could say that such cut and dried categorizations do not exist. However, since it cannot be denied that until the very end the conflict in Sri Lanka was an Armed Conflict, International Humanitarian Law should apply, the consequence of which is that the Government and the LTTE should be held EQUALLY responsible, and the accepted standards and guidelines should be provisions of Customary Law that come within the scope of the Additional Protocol II of 1977. Equal responsibility in the conduct of the conflict is separate and unrelated to political arrangements.

The prevailing confusion is evident from the call by the Tamil diaspora and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for an international investigation. The understanding among them is that ONLY the conduct of the Government should be investigated or evaluated, and not the violations by the LTTE. Such distorted understandings persist because of the lack of appreciation of the interplay between the Hostilities paradigm and the Domestic Law Enforcement paradigm. The consequence of this is to hold ONLY the Government accountable and not the LTTE. On the other hand, if the conflict is categorized as an Armed Conflict, both the Government and the LTTE would be EQUALLY accountable, making it very unlikely that LTTE sympathizers would opt for any form of investigation regarding the conduct of their heroes.

IMPACT OF INVESTIGATIONS

Conflict categorization has a direct bearing on the scope and nature of the investigations called for in hopes of establishing the “Truth”. The 3 charges made: Establishment of No Fire Zones, Indiscriminate Shelling; and Shortcomings in Supply of Humanitarian Aid would be different under the two paradigms.

Under the Hostility paradigm, No Fire Zones exist ONLY if a written agreement existed between the Government and the LTTE. That such an agreement did NOT exist means No Fire Zones did not legally exist. As for Indiscriminate Shelling, the right to respond to attacks of artillery fire, on grounds of self-defence exists, albeit in a proportionate manner. On Underestimation of Humanitarian Needs, the provisions of the Hostility paradigm ONLY require that access be provided for others to provide humanitarian aid; NOT that the aid itself be provided.

Under the Domestic Law Enforcement paradigm however, the Government would have been obligated to act under Human Rights Laws, placing a heavy burden on the Government without any obligations on the part of the LTTE. Consequently, under Domestic Law Enforcement the scrutiny would mostly be on the Government with relatively little focus on the actions of the LTTE.

How these investigations would be received by those in the South and the North of Sri Lanka would depend on the choice of the paradigm. Outcomes of investigations would cause disappointment and resentment depending on how their respective heroes are portrayed. The end result would be to further polarize the society with dire consequences on reconciliation. Therefore, the Government has to carry out a concerted campaign to bring to the attention of those calling for investigations, that the inevitable outcomes would be a setback to Sri Lanka’s efforts to build a stable society.

CONCLUSION

A new ICRC communication cited above states that the conduct of conflicts find their international legal basis in the legal regimes of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, and categorizes conflicts under a “Hostilities paradigm” or under a “Domestic Law Enforcement paradigm”. Therefore, how the conflict is categorized is critical to the scope and nature of possible investigations on Accountability.

The facts presented above clearly warrant Sri Lanka’s conflict to be categorized as an Armed Conflict. The lack of understanding of the interplay between the paradigms of Hostilities and Domestic Law Enforcement has caused commentators to add to the confusion by first acknowledging that the conflict in Sri Lanka was an Armed Conflict, and then expecting the Government to fulfill responsibilities which are not required of the LTTE in ignorance of the fact that the cornerstone of Armed Conflict is that both the Government and the LTTE are EQUALLY responsible. Awareness of such fundamentals would deter those calling for investigations because the inevitable outcome would be to expose the conduct of the respective heroes of the conflict; leading to reviving much resentment and bitterness. This would result in ONLY polarizing the communities with drastic consequences on reconciliation.

The outcome of investigations under Domestic Law Enforcement paradigm would be to hold the Government and the LTTE accountable to varying degrees based inevitably on so called “credible evidence”, without the participation of the primary actors from both sides as happened in South Africa. Investigations therefore would ONLY result in a catalogue of atrocities committed without any verifiable evidence. Consequently, investigations would NOT lead to any meaningful conclusions as evident from the experiences of “Truth” Commissions in other countries, judging from the material cited below. The only tangible outcome is to rekindle bitterness without giving a chance for healing and reconciliation.

The outcome of “Truth” Commissions in other countries were:

“Argentina, in most cases, the commission was only able to determine the status of those disappeared, rather than being able to name the victimizers;

Brazil, the commission will issue a report with its findings. The group will not have, however, the obligation to disclose everything they discover;

Canada, The Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a currently active (as of October 2013) commission investigating human rights abuses in the Canadian Indian residential school system;

Colombia, aims to help victims to recover from the armed conflict;

Chile, the report of this commission was used by the government of Chile to give out pensions and other benefits to survivors;

Czech Republic investigated criminal acts from the period 1948-1989 which were unsolvable for political reasons during the Czechoslovak communist regime” (Wikipedia).

The way forward for Sri Lanka is to downgrade Accountability issues as they would be counterproductive to the all-important task of Reconciliation. The focus instead should be to expand the scope of reconciliation beyond that recommended by the LLRC to include a political solution that would empower the District as the peripheral unit with serious power sharing at the Center in an arrangement that would enable all communities to share Executive power at the Center, in ratio to their representation in Parliament. Focusing on Accountability is to live in the past. Focusing on Reconciliation is to engage in endeavours central to building an inclusive society and a stable future.

The Crisis facing the Buddhist World – The Buddhist World lacks an effective mechanism to help save a Buddhist Nation in Danger

February 25th, 2014

 Senaka Weeraratna

The crisis facing the Buddhist world is neither a decline in religious conviction nor an apprehension that truth underpinned by rational argument and new scientific discoveries will one day overtake and outstrip the core teachings of its founder which is a perennial fear bordering on despondency that characterizes several other competing religions, but the lack of an effective institutional mechanism that can lend support when a Buddhist institution, Buddhist community or even  a pre-dominant Buddhist nation is in danger. We see the lack of substantial networks of support driving threatened Buddhist nations or Buddhist communities into a sense of despair and hopelessness at times of an emergency. Traditional Buddhist countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Laos are now under severe pressure to distance themselves from extending state patronage to Buddhism and erase their Buddhist country identity and embrace a secular identity with no such pressure being applied to countries in other parts of the world such as the Middle East or the Catholic belt of Europe.

Despite a 2500 year old history that makes Buddhism one of the oldest religions in the world, a worldwide presence that makes it a global religion, and a way of life grounded in wisdom and compassion that attracts the envy of other civilizations, Buddhism still retains its biggest constraint i.e. lack of effective protections. It is a historical fact that Buddhism has lost more territory and space in Asia, its traditional homeland, in the last one thousand years than any other religion. It is also a hard fact that this process is on going with no sign of abatement and no effective measures developed to counter it.

Buddhism’s biggest appeal of being an eternally passive, non – confrontational, peace loving religion that lacks a central place to direct its affairs in the international arena unlike in the case of say the Vatican (sovereign state enjoying both temporal and spiritual power) or the World Council of Churches ( powerful and well – funded with influence reaching to four corners of the world) or the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation  (promoting Muslim solidarity in economic, social, and political affairs), has become Buddhism’s Achilles’ heel. Its organizational bases are relatively powerless when compared to the aforesaid entities. For example, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has a membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and committed to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world. It has its headquarters in Saudi Arabia.

Rising Challenges to Buddhism

The issue of rising challenges to Buddhism to the extent of undermining its very existence as the pre-dominant religion of a nation, hardly merits much attention in discussions of International Buddhist Organisations, International Buddhist Conferences, or among National Governments in countries with predominant Buddhist populations and corresponding state and constitutional obligations to protect and foster Buddhism.

Traditional Buddhist countries now find themselves force fed with ideas that are foreign to Asia, that had been given birth primarily in a Western setting and related to the interplay of dynamics of European societies but are nevertheless required to be uncritically accepted and transplanted in Asian societies without due consideration being given to the social tensions that would be generated in transplanting such ideas. To de-link state patronage to Buddhism is one such pressure brought on by various religious interests that during the heyday of colonialism enjoyed exclusive patronage from colonial rulers.

The solidarity that countries in Buddhist Asia showed towards each other in the distant past i.e. pre – colonial era, has greatly evaporated or become non – existent. The sense of kinship of being fellow travelers in a spiritual journey overarched by Buddhist precepts and bonded by common religious beliefs and foundations no longer act as a reference point to summon or render assistance even between Buddhist peoples based in neighbouring countries at times of need.

Recent events, for example, attacks on Buddhist Temples in Bangladesh or the crisis in Myanmar hardly drew concerted attention or action in other Buddhist countries in the form of assisting our co – religionists facing an existential plight.

Areas of growing concern

1)    Religious conversions

Countries preserving Indian Civilizational religions e.g. Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism etc. are seen as soft and easy targets for manipulation and religious conversion of their people, and in turn replacement of centuries old traditional culture with new cultures subservient to foreign interests. The resulting change in religious demography brings pressure on the State to disassociate itself with Buddhist values that underpin the stability of the society, legal framework and moral direction of the country.

2)    Mass Media

 The mainstream Mass Media in the English language in pre-dominant Buddhist countries which act as the window to the world hardly makes any contribution towards creating any Buddhist public opinion or provide a voice reflecting Buddhist concerns. Instead it acts as a group largely hostile to the creation of any such Buddhist opinion and thereby sacrificing the interests of the wider majority of the country’s people. One hardly reads newspaper editorials in support of a Buddhist cause. Instead Buddhists find themselves repeatedly fed with a regular and steady diet of lectures on ‘human rights’, ‘rule of law’ ‘democracy’ non – violence’ ‘peace and reconciliation’ despite no such intransigence on their part at a major level.

There appears to be a calculated move to place Buddhists, metaphorically speaking, in the ‘dock’, make Buddhists feel guilty of alleged crimes or misconduct and then extract more and more concessions totally out of proportion to what Buddhists enjoy as a religious minority in non – Buddhist countries.

3)    Status of Buddhism as an official religion

 Reciprocity is the norm that governs diplomacy or grant of religious concessions. Buddhism hardly enjoys official status as a religion in Europe or in the Middle East. Freedom of religion is honoured in the breach when it comes to acceptance of Buddhism as an official religion in these parts of the world. In Europe only Russia and Austria recognize Buddhism as an official religion.

4)    Hidden Agenda of ‘Secularism’

The proponents of secularism in Sri Lanka like in India are those clearly bent on repudiating the civilisational ethos of this country. Their main objective is to marginalize Buddhism from the public – political and social – life.  In the West we find that secularism had stood for rationalism, universalism and humanism. In Asia, secularism is being used as a smokescreen and a shield to push Indian civilizational religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism  away from the centre stage and replace them with religions and ideologies that were introduced much later in time to these lands.

In pre-colonial Sri Lanka there was never any conflict between the State and organized religion. It is essentially a European phenomenon. What we are now faced with is an increasing challenge to an ancient, indigenous Buddhist civilisation which is gentle, accommodative and pacifist by later introduced religious cultures that have a track record of intolerance and violence and close association with colonialism and a self-declared objective of world conquest. They use the language of human rights and freedom of religion but their goals are very much political and predatory. They support the country’s adversaries in the international arena to engage in the game of finger – pointing, naming and shaming our leaders and people. It is also a battle for the moral conscience of Sri Lanka which our people and rulers have worked so hard relentlessly to keep over many centuries as an expression of our indigenous religious beliefs and outlook.

League of Buddhist Nations

During the last five hundred years or so, since the beginning of the western colonial era, the governance and steering of the world was very much in the hands of powerful western nations using their mono religio- cultural framework as terms of reference in policy making and implementation of policy. That era is now drawing to a close. Sino – Indic civilizations will take over from euro-centric civilizations. The question is not whether but when. The old world will give rise to a new world and revert to Asia its traditional leadership role of the world.

Buddhism is well – integrated and deep seated in both the Chinese and Indian cultures. To the Buddhists in Asia the challenge is to develop new structures and institutions that reflect current realities. It would be feasible for countries with pre-dominant Buddhist populations to consider developing closer ties with each other in the spheres of economic, cultural, and trade and investment. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) provides a role model for the Buddhist world to adopt and establish at summit level an equivalent body to give voice and make representations on behalf of the Buddhists.

Buddhist heritage countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia, Laos, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka among others should engage in increasing close cooperation in international affairs and regularly meet like the European Union or the OIC in the form of a League of Buddhist Nations. Sri Lanka as a traditional Buddhist country with the longest continuing Buddhist history in the world is eminently well qualified to take an initiative in this direction.

Buddhist Television Channel on par with BBC, CNN and Al – Jazeera

The Buddhist voice is relatively speaking largely unheard in the international arena. Buddhist nations which are embattled or threatened by more powerful vested interests have to rely on International news agencies or foreign Television Channels such as BBC, CNN or Al – Jazeera which have different policy objectives and are largely unsympathetic or sometimes even prejudiced towards the Buddhist cause, to air their position. This is an unsatisfactory situation. The time has come for the Buddhist world to seriously consider the inauguration of a Buddhist Television Channel on par with the aforesaid major TV Channels.

Senaka Weeraratna

 

Senator Christine Milne -Your speech in the Senate on Feb 12, 2014 re HR in Sri Lanka

February 25th, 2014

Mahinda GunasekeraToronto, Canada

February 24, 2014

Senator Christine Milne
Leader of the Green Party
Canberra, Australia

Dear Senator Christine Milne,
Your speech on accountability for violation of Human Rights and International Humanitarian law on February 12, 2014 in Sri Lanka

I am in receipt of the annexed letter sent by one James Stewart on your behalf in response to mine of February 21, 2014 which is given below.

I regret to note that despite your being aware of atrocities committed by other parties in the 33 year conflict including the serious incidences of war crimes and violations of international human rights laws perpetrated by the Indian Peace Keeping Forces during their operations in Sri Lanka from 1987 to 1990 earlier  mentioned by me, and the horrendous record of atrocities of the LTTE from 1975 to  May 2009, you insist on focusing attention on the last few months of the military operation ended on May 19th, 2009.  That process would be skewed and unfair by the vast number of people who were killed or maimed by the actions of the IPKF and their protege the Tamil Tigers whom they trained, armed and funded on Indian soil before directing them to engage in terrorist acts to destabilize Sri Lanka.  Your logic of confining the investigations and inquiries to the last few months ended May 2009 ignoring the prior 32 plus years is difficult to comprehend especially when you claim to champion human rights of the people of Sri Lanka.

Reference has been made in your letter to a report published on February 1, 2014 by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre titled “Island of Impunity” which I glanced through briefly and noted several incorrect statements, especially, that relating to alleged shelling of Food Convoy 11 around January 21-24,2009.  The actual position relating to this incident which was subsequently inquired into by Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Disaster Management but not given due coverage by the UN or the media, is as follows:

“It appears that the UN spokesperson is basing his calculations on one single incident that had taken place in January 2009 when Food Convoy Number 11 made its way to the Vanni accompanied by two UN security officers (one retired Bangladeshi military officer and a Canadian Tamil) who had traveled without notifying the UN Resident Representative, Neil Buhne, and had camped out in Mullativu where they got some some Tamil civilians to dig a bunker for them to stay during the night.  Their presence in Mullativu was subsequently brought to the attention of the Sri Lankan Army which had to immediately suspend hostile actions in the region to ensure the safety of the UN personnelThey claimed they had gone there to try and negotiate the release of the UN’s local staff who were Tamil residents of the Vanni who obtained employment in the UN Agencies with the permission of the LTTE. The LTTE merely played games but would not release a single local employee.  As they camped out in this place which they assumed was one of the declared safe zones, they had the terrible experience of being bombarded with artillery shelling through the night. In the morning they discovered that 23 of the civilians who came to pass the night where the UN officers camped including children (or child) had been killed by the shelling.  They immediately assumed that the shelling came from the Sri Lankan Army, and this information was relayed to Gordon Weiss and ended up in the hands of the UNSG’s panel and the rights groups. These UN security officers managed to safely extricate themselves and reach Colombo.  Later, when the Sri Lankan authorities came to hear of it, they summoned the UN Chief Security Officer, Chris du Toit (who had earlier trained Joseph Savimbi’s terror group in Angola at the behest of the white South African Aparthied regime) and his deputy the Bangladeshi officer, and questioned them as to how they concluded that the artillery shelling came from the Army (see Rajiva Wijesinha’s blog) when the Army had suspended operations due to their presence.  They had then admitted that they could not figure out from which direction the shelling had come, but had identified some shell as having come from the LTTE.  This single incident resulting in 23 deaths was also extrapolated by Gordon Weiss into the estimated number of artillery duels to arrive at his unverified number of 7,000 civilian deaths, whereas the party responsible for the 23 civilian deaths was the LTTE. Even after the UN security officers admitted their erroneous assumptions to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Disaster Management, the wrong information relayed to Gordon Weiss gets planted in UNSG’s POE report and reports prepared by HRW, AI, ICG, etc., and is later quoted as fact by Frances Harrison to the Canadian House of Commons Sub-Committee.

I also note that Gordon Weiss was one of the five experts of the PIAC Report, and I wish to state here that his evidence has been somewhat shaky and partial towards the Tamil Tigers whom he possibly considered to be the underdog and sympathized with.  My observations of Gordon Weiss as submitted to Canada’s House of Commons Sub-Committee on International Human Rights is given below:

“The UN spokesperson in Colombo, one Gordon Weiss claimed at the end of April 2009 that the number of civilians killed was in the range of 7,000. His boss, Sir John Holmes, Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs rejected the number saying that the UN did not have a presence on the ground and could therefore not be in a position to ascertain accurate figures that could be verified.  Much later, after leaving the UN, Gordon Weiss published a book called the ‘Cage’ aimed at marketing it to the one million strong Tamil expatriates and with an eye to personal profit, where he went on to state that the final  number would run into tens of thousands of civilian deaths, padding it up to the figure of at least 40,000 killed.  Later, at a book launch in Canberra, when he was challenged about the number of casualties, he rolled back the figure to about 10,000 and claimed that the higher number shown was a printer’s error. When he was questioned by me at a panel discussion in Toronto about the accuracy of his guesstimate of civilian deaths, quoting his own words spoken at a book fair in Ireland where he said that his methodology to estimate the civilian deaths could be described as ‘scientific/unscientific’, he had no response to offer.  He has been described as an unreliable witness.

There are many references to the UN Secretary General’s so called Panel of Experts being referred to as the UN Panel of Experts which it is not.  The appointment of the Panel was solely made by the UNSG for his own guidance, and not one authorized by the General Assembly, Security Council or the UNHRC.  Two of those so called experts had publicly declared their views on Sri Lanka clearly bringing into question their impartiality. The Panel stated in their report that none of the allegations had been proven, and that it did not meet the high standards required of a UN report. They heard only from one side to the conflict which naturally was a prejudiced source. Furthermore, they went on to lock away the data presented to them for a period of twenty years. Strangely, this unofficial report meant only for the Secretary General’s purposes is leaked, and Navi Pillay the questionable High Commissioner for Human Rights places this unofficial document lacking the sanction of the UN in the agenda of the UNHRC.

The above are only brief comments relating to the PIAC report.  I would like to add that the Tamil civilians of the Vanni who were forced to move with the retreating LTTE forces were encouraged by the Bishops of the Catholic Church serving in the north of the island knowing full well that they would be exploited for their labour in the digging of ditches, building combat related defensive earthen walls, conscripted to replace fallen cadres and ultimately to serve as a human shield for the Tamil Tigers.  Although the Sri Lanka government unilaterally declared two 48 hour ceasefires in February and April 2009 to enable the civilians to move into government controlled areas for their safety, the LTTE prevented anyone from leaving by shooting those who attempted to flee from their control.  Two separate offers from the government calling on the LTTE to surrender too were ignored as the LTTE preferred to fight to the end hoping for a rescue by the major powers and asylum in a foreign land to resume hostilities once more. I did not hear any strong condemnation of the actions of the LTTE in herding the civilians into high risk areas, nor their placing of heavy weapons in the vicinity of civilian areas and hospitals to fire on the advancing army to attract retaliatory fire that could harm the civilians whom they took with them by the international community who are today attempting to browbeat Sri Lanka.  The civilians too had been trained in the use of arms and referred to as the LTTE’s “Makkal Padai” or people’s army, which brought into question their status of being genuine civilians or combatants.

Sri Lanka’s Army (SLA) had to not only fight the ruthless forces of the terrorist LTTE, but also ensure minimum harm to the displaced civilians that were being used as a human shield.  The  SLA abandone the use of heavy weapons around the third week of April 2009 and conducted an infantry action to defeat the LTTE who used their heavy weapons continuously to inflict heavy damage to the security forces causing the death of almost 60% of the total loss of 6,000 men in the 33 month military operation, which is more than the 3,423 lost by the US and her coalition forces combined in their 13 year war in Afghanistan.  The SLA not only succeeded in defeating the terrorist forces of the LTTE and bring an end to the three decade long conflict, but rescue 295,873 Tamils IDPs held hostage to form a human shield for the LTTE and also restore the Right to Life of Sri Lanka’s 21 million citizens from all of her constituent communities.

As stated earlier, Sri Lanka has the capacity to inquire into the alleged war crimes and violation of human rights if any in the case of an armed conflict that took place within her sovereign territory over which she alone has jurisdiction, just as much as Australia and other sovereign countries would investigate any wrongdoing within their respective countries.  All we ask of you is to allow Sri Lanka the time and space to deal with her internal matters based on her own Lessons Learnt amd Reconciliation Commission, and not disrupt the prevailing peace and ongoing reconciliation.
Yours sincerely,

Mahinda Gunasekera
Toronto, Canada

On 2/23/2014 10:45 PM, Milne, Christine (Senator) wrote:

Dear Mahinda,

Thank you for your email. I am replying on behalf of Senator Milne.

The purpose of Christine’s recent speech was to bring before Parliament the independent report Island of Impunity (which can be accessed here) the content of which provides further evidence of war crimes which supports Christine’s continued call for an independent investigation. You are quite right that many war crimes have no doubt been carried out prior to the close of the war and, no doubt, those crimes should also be investigated. However, as a starting point, the Greens hope that the allegations mentioned in the report should be investigated. Despite the weighty evidence, even this minor request has met with stiff resistance from many governments, least of all the Sri Lankan Government. Thankfully the US will now table a report with the UN to investigate these war crimes.

Christine is quite aware of crimes committed by other parties, such as the LTTE, and made mention of them in her speech: It is alleged that in the final years of the conflict war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed by both government forces and the LTTE.” And The report compiles a range of evidence that illustrates that an international investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity is warranted. The available evidence suggests strongly that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed. Although the evidence suggests that members of both the Sri Lankan security forces and the LTTE were responsible for serious violations of international law, including international human rights law, overwhelmingly the evidence gathered suggests the vast majority of crimes were committed by the Sri Lankan security forces.” You can read her full speech by following this link.

One of the reasons Christine focused on the role of the current Rajapaksa Government is because she is concerned that there is ongoing oppression of ethnic minorities and human rights activists in Sri Lanka even after the war has ended. It appears that many of these activities are sponsored by the Government. Therefore it is not surprising that Christine has focused on the offences of the Rajapaksa Government.

At the start of her speech Christine spoke of her love of Sri Lanka. It is because of the fact that Christine loves Sri Lanka that she wants to see these allegations investigated, and justice found for the victims, so that Sri Lanka can leave behind its violent past and look forward to a prosperous future. Christine is aware that the only way ethnic divisions in the country can be settled is through mutual respect and reconciliation. Continuing to instigate and oppress minorities in Sri Lanka will not lead to a happy future.

I hope that this email addresses some of your concerns.

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Memo to the US Congress and Senate regarding the UNHRC Resolution-Re: The Geneva UNHRC Resolution in March 2014 against Sri Lanka

February 25th, 2014

PatriotsForUnitedSriLanka@gmail.com

To:  The Honorable Richard Burr, The Honorable Robert P. Casey, The Honorable Benjamin L. Cardin,

The Honorable Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), The Honorable Robert Menendez, The Honorable Barbara Boxer

The Honorable Benjamin L. Cardin, The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen, The Honorable Christopher Coons, The Honorable Richard J. Durbin, The Honorable Tom Udall, The Honorable Christopher S. Murphy, The Honorable Tim Kaine,

The Honorable Edward J. Markey, The Honorable Bob Corker, The Honorable James E. Risch, The Honorable Marco Rubio, The Honorable Ron Johnson, The Honorable Jeff Flake, The Honorable John McCain,

The Honorable John A. Barrasso, The Honorable Rand Paul, The Honorable Edward R. Royce, The Honorable Christopher H. Smith, The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, The Honorable Dana Rohrabacher, The Honorable Steven Chabot, The Honorable Addison Graves Wilson, The Honorable Michael T. McCaul, The Honorable Ted Poe,

The Honorable Matt Salmon, The Honorable Thomas Marino, The Honorable Jeff Duncan, The Honorable Adam Kinzinger, The Honorable Mo Brooks, The Honorable Tom Cotton, The Honorable Paul Cook, The Honorable George Holding, The Honorable Randy Weber, The Honorable Scott Perry, The Honorable Steve Stockman, The Honorable Ron DeSantis, The Honorable Doug Collins, The Honorable Mark Meadows, The Honorable Ted Yoho, The Honorable Luke Messer, The Honorable Eliot L. Engel, The Honorable Eni F. H. Faleomavaega, The Honorable Brad Sherman,The Honorable Gregory W. Meeks, The Honorable Albio Sires, The Honorable Gerald E. Connolly, The Honorable Theodore Deutch, The Honorable Brian Higgins,The Honorable Karen Bass, The Honorable Bill Keating, Honorable David  Cicilline, The Honorable Alan Grayson, The Honorable Juan Vargas, The Honorable Brad Schneider, The Honorable Joseph Kennedy, The Honorable Ami Bera, The Honorable Alan S. Lowenthal, The Honorable Grace Meng,

The Honorable Lois Frankel, The Honorable Tulsi Gabbard, The Honorable Joaquin Castro

 From:  A Sri Lankan American Voter remaining anonymous for security reasons

 Re:  The Geneva UNHRC Resolution in March 2014 against Sri Lanka

 As a voting US Citizen of Sri Lankan origin, I wish to address all of you with concern and utter disappointment regarding the appalling rationale used in the upcoming resolution at the UNHRC in March 2014 proposed jointly against Sri Lanka.  This is a witch hunt against my people who have suffered enough with terrorism for nearly 29 years that we who live in the US do not understand.  The threat of a third resolution against Sri Lanka due to impatience, with unreal expectations of what you believe should have been accomplished in a short period of 5 years, fails to credit the work completed and currently in progress.   Demanding more that is humanly impossible in 4 years following a 29 year war of destruction is counterproductive to moving forward with the momentum gained so far.

I apologize for the lengthy expression of facts below.  It is because many legislators have reported that they rarely hear from those of us who speak for all citizens of Sri Lanka.  Therefore I have stated most of what I have to say to you. Kindly read all of it as the voice of a US citizen is sounded here at great personal risk.

The threat of economic and political sanctions is viewed by individuals and other nations as a death sentence to deprive civilians as we have seen happen in other countries with US imposed sanctions.  This is no way to protect human rights by taking away rights of other nations and its people.  Not all Tamils were terrorists but all terrorists were Tamils.  Pushing the agenda of a few will punish the very Tamil civilians among those who have chosen to make Sri Lanka their home.  They are not going anywhere.  The Sinhalese people who are a majority in the country viewed as the enemy of those pushing resolutions are in actuality a minority in the world.  Sri Lanka is their homeland with no other country that speaks their language or embraces their culture.  This effort of the UNHRC supported by the US under pressure from the pro LTTE Diaspora is an act of aggression against a world minority.

The UN gave its biased opinion that Sri Lanka’s  LLRC internal investigation was flawed in March 2011  long before the report was published in November 2011 in a premeditated plan to discredit the capabilities of respected professionals chosen to carry out its function.  It is not the role of the UN to hound a member country pushed by a group with pro terrorist leanings to drive a sovereign nation into disarray.  Reports based on evidence given by fictitious” witnesses whose identity is sealed for 20 or more years is a deliberate attempt to use false facts to destabilize a country, push an agenda that includes unrest, separation and a regime change. 

The push to investigate war crimes in a small window of the end of the war dictated by the pro LTTE Tamil Diaspora who are guilty of atrocities committed by terrorists against all citizens of Sri Lanka is gross injustice and disrespect to the thousands of lives destroyed by suicide bombings and killings for over two decades before the war ended.  It is like forgetting the 3,400 plus victims of 9/11 in determining the consequences of terrorism against the US in present times.

During the war, Sri Lanka sought the help of Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) who fought the LTTE with disastrous consequences to Tamil civilians. Later President Premadasa of Sri Lanka and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India were assassinated by the LTTE.   Sri Lanka’s most admired Tamil national Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar who could have been the Barak Obama of Sri Lanka was also killed by an LTTE sniper.   It should also be remembered that the LTTE was encouraged and provided training facilities on Indian soil prior to the escalation of the war that started in 1983.  They had the blessings of Indira Gandhi who was uneasy about the rapid development in neighboring Sri Lanka.  As gratitude, her son Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the LTTE.  However, the US is seeking the support of India (the source of terrorist training camps) against Sri Lanka its neighbor in bringing charges against Sri Lanka in an irrational choice of a window of time that exonerates the LTTE from all their brutality.   The informants are not revealed and the information that is unreliable and unverifiable is sealed for 20 years.  This is not about Tamil grievances.  This was a terrorist war and the rules of engagement applied only to the Security forces as a terror group is not held accountable to international conventions.  Unlike the struggles of the US against Al-Qaida terrorism where the perpetrators were on foreign soil, in this case with Sri Lanka you are led by the push from a pro terror group resident on US soil.  As a citizen of this country knowing what I know, it makes me uneasy about your alliance with such a group.

I would like to remind you that Britain took 10 years to resettle people displaced in WWII.  Sri Lanka resettled 300,000 its war displaced people within 3-4 years after a 29 year conflict having removed an inordinate amount of land mines from civilian areas forcibly taken by the terrorists.   How can the security forces be accused of targeting civilians when such large numbers were saved and resettled?  Collateral damage in a war is nothing new to the US and is inevitable in any war.  People in the war torn areas are now FREE!!! They have PEACE!!!  Roads, hospitals, homes schools have been built and businesses have opened and the people received assistance to rebuild their lives after LTTE repression. The former war torn areas are buzzing with activity and it is not yet five years since the war ended. The process of reconciliation and rebuilding must be given a fair chance because contrary to beliefs implanted by a few, all ethnic groups living in Sri Lanka do so amicably and are not agitating for the return to chaos sponsored internally or externally.    No government is perfect.  There are things remaining to be addressed.   I am not placing these facts before you as a vote bearing supporter of the current Sri Lankan government.  I am a vote bearing citizen of the United States of America that stood for justice in my eyes until it turned its back on my homeland when it needed the support of a fellow democracy most.  I am deeply saddened by the relentless pursuit by the US with half-truths and inaccurate facts.  The Sri Lankan people want to enjoy their peace and your push is getting in the way.

Also remember the pro LTTE Tamil Diaspora have discarded Sri Lanka and taken US, Canadian, and other citizenships.  They are foreign nationals dictating to foreign governments using the US legislature to take action against Sri Lanka.  Among them are individuals that had involvement in a terrorist movement proscribed in the USA and 31 other countries. If you examine the situation closely, some of them retain dual citizenship with Sri Lanka after gaining US and other citizenships claiming genocide.  They return to Sri Lanka with no compunction and enjoy the development and even own property without discrimination while supporting anti Sri Lanka sentiments directly or indirectly.  This is disregarded by the USA while it is my understanding that support for pro terror forces in any form on US soil is a violation of the Homeland Security Act.  It is time that prior to releasing unfair vengeance through resolutions against a member country of the UN, all of you take time to learn more about the people of Sri Lanka.  They do not hunt each other down based on ethnicity like barbarians.  Sri Lanka is a population with literacy rate of over 90% and receive free college education and healthcare open to all ethnic groups with no preferences or restrictions.  When one visits the country and observes the racial and religious freedom and harmony enjoyed by the people it will be a far cry from the picture painted by the pro LTTE diaspora.  All religions enjoy public holidays and every religion has access to places of worship mandated by the government and its constitution. Wrong impressions are promoted with misinformation and political contributions from questionable sources to buy support against a country they abandoned. The pro LTTE Diaspora have no loyalty to Sri Lanka or the USA due to their own agenda that comes first using anyone they can.  This is an agenda that some moderate Tamil people do not understand as they enjoy above average privileges disproportionate with ethnic ratios. 

Sri Lanka has a population of approximately 20 million people in a land space of 25,332 square miles the size of West Virginia.  In published data from the Department of Census & Statistics in 2012, over 74% are Sinhalese, about 11% people are Tamil excluding plantation workers making up 4% and about 7% are Muslim and the rest account for small groups of other minorities.  Although there is a push for separation for Tamils, about 40% of Tamils live outside the North with 49% of the capital Colombo occupied by land owning Tamils who live harmoniously among other ethnic groups enjoying the southern prosperity.  In terms of wealth 30% of Sri Lanka’s millionaires are from the minorities.  Minorities are represented in positions in the cabinet, the government, corporate sector, all professions, the legal system and more with no ethnic restrictions.  In the free education system, Engineering schools have been known to admit 24% of its places from the Tamil community.  Medical schools with free tuition admit over 22% of Tamil students.  In the Liberal Arts areas, about 17% admissions are from the minority ethnic group that is claiming discrimination.  All of the above being disproportionate with ethnic ratios while claims of discrimination are relayed to the world!

Impatience is not an excuse to drive a country to the brink through international pressure when there are other issues that go unabated and fail to gain attention as we see what is happening in Syria.  Syria’s death toll today is over 140,000 and there is no end in sight. Sri Lanka’s war was not a civil war. It was a terrorist struggle where suffering of the Tamil people was far greater as they lived under ruthless LTTE control.  When Sri Lanka’s death toll rose on a daily basis through suicide bombings for 29 years, the US, UK with other allies and the UN made no attempt to save my people.  Over 60,000 people of all ethnicities were killed by LTTE bombs and assassinations.  Forced conscription of Tamil children as young as seven were turned into killers when they should have been in school.  Forced Tamil women were trained and used as suicide bombers while the UN high commissioner turned the other way.

If the UNHRC’s attempts to destabilize the country, promote regime change and separation reversing the current path of reconciliation and rebuilding, the Sinhalese people who are a minority in the world will, with time become the victims of genocide.  The Tamil minority of 2 million in Sri Lanka share commonality with 70 million Tamil speakers in Tamil Nadu which is swimming distance from Sri Lanka.   The northern and eastern region of Sri Lanka were ethnically cleansed by the Tamil Tigers during decades of war. Their own people fled to the south or were sometimes gunned down or suicide bombed in places of worship, public buildings, and schools and in places that caused maximum loss of life.  The terrorist leader was a great admirer of Adolf Hitler and enjoyed viewing movies of their killing expeditions.  Need we say more?  Where was the UNHRC then?

Pushing the security forces of Sri Lanka for war crimes punishment contradicts the struggle of the US and the role of its security forces who are greatly admired for fighting terrorism. The weaponry for all the violence against the people in my country was financed by those who enjoy citizenship in western nations including the US where they received fast track immigration, financial assistance and supported terrorism that violated laws of the countries that hosted them.    Some found guilty are today in prison in the US.  You may not be aware that the suicide bomb jacket used to kill US and NATO forces was the creation of Sri Lanka’s LTTE, the supporters of whom you have embraced at our doorstep on US soil risking the safety of the American people.

It is far more advantageous for the US to support Sri Lanka to move forward with the rebuilding and reconciliation process that has already achieved a great deal in a small expanse of time.  The US can gain their strategic strength in the region with a legitimate government by the people, for the people as believed by us in the US rather than be aligned to pro terror groups.  We know only too well how Saddham Hussein befriended to fight Iran, Bin Laden of the Mujahidin supported to fight the Soviets ended up on a fast track to terrorism against the US.  Quoting the former Secretary of State Mrs. Clinton, she admits to the creation of Al Qaida through misguided alliances.   Why is the US repeating mistakes by their relentless push against Sri Lanka, one of the oldest democracies in the world using another misguided alliance? 

As a US citizen I believe President Obama is committed to protecting all citizens within the boundaries of the United States from terrorism.  Sri Lanka’s President exercised the same commitment to protect his people from terrorists. At the time 9/11 attacks took place, Sri Lanka had experienced terrorism for 18 years. It is hypocritical because Tamil civilians died in the hands of the LTTE which is the reason for the focus on a pinhole like view taken into consideration to exonerate them from their inhuman atrocities.  After the war ended the poor, weak and low caste northerners no longer suffer due to threats from their own who turned into terrorists.  The Government has assisted them to regain their lives.  In contrast, the pro LTTE Diaspora financed killing of their own people and no contribution was made to infrastructure development while claiming lack of opportunities.  Contributions for weapons could have been spent on development to create opportunities not fear and death.

The LTTE turned Tamil civilians into terrorists and the government reversed that situation by rehabilitating those that surrendered and today, they are in mainstream life.  They were not executed by firing squads.  At the end of the war, the human shield civilians used by the LTTE were Tamils of my country.  They too lived to tell the tale and the numbers quoted as disappearances do not add up considering the 300,000 civilians who as surviving IDPs were resettled by the government.  Why have such contradictory facts been used to discredit Sri Lanka?   The figures bandied around as disappearances” are exaggerated because they include over 4,000 members of the security forces and those who left Sri Lanka claiming they were refugees and asylum seekers in danger because the LTTE drove them to leave either to the south or overseas. It is not possible to verify those that have not disappeared but are very much alive in the USA, Canada, UK, and Australia where social programs supported them. 

To add insult to injury at the upcoming UNHRC, human rights are being discussed with the harshest criticism against Sri Lanka and North Korea.  Do you really believe that Sri Lanka can be placed on level with North Korea?  Sri Lanka eliminated the terror group declared by the FBI as the most brutal among the top three in the world.  A study by Canada’s Mackenzie Institute on terrorism, speaks volumes about the LTTE brand of terrorism.

I wish to respectfully remind the Senators and everyone in the Obama administration that the suicide bombs that killed thousands of US and NATO security forces were the invention of the Sri Lanka LTTE.  They continue to be used against US Security forces.  The FBI has credited the LTTE with more than that if directly quoted from the FBI website. 

Sri Lanka rehabilitated over 12,000 combatants.  They did not face a firing squad on surrender.  Isn’t that humanitarian consideration shown by the Sri Lanka authorities?  The LTTE strangely have no war disabled.  They were blown up because they were a liability to the leader of the LTTE and reports from relatives remain as clear evidence with eyewitness accounts.  Before they were misguided and conscripted, they were Sri Lankan civilians among our people.  Blowing them up is an act of Human Rights Violation your resolutions and arguments have excluded and not questioned. 

We are immigrants who respect the sovereignty of not only the USA but our home land Sri Lanka too.  We do not appreciate interference when it comes from the wrong quarter.  Your friends today do not respect the sovereignty of their land of birth.  Will they respect their adopted land?  Unlike others who turned against the US, many of these opportunists are on your soil. Please remember, support to anyone that speaks for terror groups endangers the American People” that includes me. Their financial contributions as political donations should not be the criteria to speak for them.  A fair and equitable US foreign policy matters more to a US citizen like me.

Give Sri Lanka the time, space and support to move forward.    The US will not have to regret being a supporter of the right side of Sri Lanka.

 PatriotsForUnitedSriLanka@gmail.com

Amnesty International lacks Moral Authority to Question SL on Human Rights Issues

February 25th, 2014

Dr.Chula Rajapakse MNZM

Mr Grant Blaydon,
Director Amnesty International
New Zealand.
 
Dear Mr.Blaydon,
 
Has AI asked for an   “ independent investigation and accountability ” from the US for it’s alleged violations of human rights in the same manner as AI has been doing with Sl and relentlessly pursued  it as AI has been doing with SL.
 
Further , as I have asked before , why is AI not questioning the role of leaders of the British Tamil Forum, Global Tamil Forum , Trans National Government of Tamil Elam, in funding three decades of threatening & violation of the most fundamental human right of all, the right to life for 20 million Sri Lankans , with Tiger Terrorism. Also, why is AI not questioning the role of Britain in permitting unfettered & unquestioned access of UK  to them  and access to their parliamentary premises once a year in March to celebrate their inauguration as they have done for three years so far.
 
These groups , though operating under new names were open supporters and funders of Tiger terror in Sri Lanka for three decades as stated and have simply assumed new names to overcome proscription of Tigers in many countries. They are the ones now instigating and engineering the “alleged human right violation”  vendetta against SL.
 
Also, why is AI not questioning Adel Balasingham’s unquestioned existence in UK given her well known role in adorning hundreds of child soldiers with a cyanide necklace and sending them to the front as cannon fodder.
 
Till AI has done these , with the US and the Tiger Diaspora as identified above, I don’t believe AI has any moral authority to question SL on human rights issues.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr.Chula Rajapakse MNZM
 

APFEJ expresses shock at self-immolation in Guwahati

February 25th, 2014

Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ)

Dhaka, 25 February: Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ) has expressed deep shock and sorrow at the self-immolation of a Guwahati city dweller demanding land-settlement and urged the authority to initiate due consultations to  resolve the issue amicably. The journalist forum also appealed to hundred thousand conscious citizens of Guwahati to take proper initiatives for safeguarding the reserve forest areas and wetlands inside city from unwanted human occupancy.

APFEJ, whose head office is based in Bangladesh, opined that an incident like self-immolation for a cause of land settlements is surprising and also unheard of in the history of Asia Pacific region.

Media reports pouring from Guwahati describe that Assam witnessed the first ever self-immolation in its history as a mean of agitation on February 24. The incident took place outside the Assam secretariat at Dispur, when one Pranab Boro set himself on fire demanding the land rights.

Pranab Boro, around 45 years old and a resident of the city set ablaze himself suddenly with inflammable liquid in the morning hours following which the police on duty immediately sent to Guwahati medical college hospital with severe burn injuries. The hospital superintendent Dr Ramen Talukdar informed that Boro was taken with over 95 percent burn injuries.

Boro, a carpenter by profession, left behind a family with his wife and three kinds. An active member of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS), an Assam based farmer’s body,  Boro died of burn injuries by the same evening in the hospital. Soon after the self-immolation bid by Boro, the KMSS blamed the Assam government led by Tarun Gogoi for it and declared the suspension of all protest programmes.

Mentionable is that the KMSS president Akhil Gogoi earlier declared ‘any kind of actions’ against the authority for the land rights to nearly 80,000 indigenous families who are living in various hills and abundant areas of the city. While demanding the State government to provide valid land papers to these settlers, the KMSS chief also threatened the government otherwise to face the ‘consequence’.

The chief minister Gogoi however disagreed to the activist’s demand arguing that the government would not allow ‘anyone to settle in forest reserves or wetlands’. “The wanton destruction of forests have had led to flash-floods resulting in heavy erosion rendering many homeless and affecting lakhs acres of agricultural land due to the siltation.  The encroachment on wetlands will also lead to an alarming situation and may result in drinking water scarcity, health and other problems,” asserted Gogoi.

The Assam cabinet had recently approved to offer land settlement papers to those indigenous families residing on the government land till January 28, 2001, but it clarified that the acquired land must not fall in forest reserves and wetlands. Accordingly Gogoi delivered land papers to 500 landless families of the city in a function held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakhetra on Monday. The first recipient of land patta was Purnima Saikia,  mother of Dipamoni Saikia who died in a bomb blast that took place in the city on October 30, 2008.

“We have started the process of distribution of land patta to those below poverty line, homeless and landless people who are occupying government lands for 10 years & above from today and it would be completed in due course of time,” informed Gogoi.

The chief minister termed the self-immolation attempt as very unfortunate and asked the hospital authority to take all necessary steps for Bodo’s treatment.  However Gogoi reiterated that the government would not ‘allow encroachment on forests and wetlands at any cost’.

Of course, the KMSS maintained its demands that all the landless tribal families who are dwelling in various hills and low-land areas of Guwahati till December 13, 2005 must get the settlements. The KMSS leaders initially tried to disrupt the chief minister’s program  at Kalakhetra but filed due to heavy security arrangements.

While appreciating the Assam government for its pledge to safeguard the hills and wetlands of Guwahati, the APFEJ in a statement issued by its chairman Quamrul Chowdhury, stressed that the government in Dispur must show its sincerity in recovering the arable lands already gabbed by big business groups in the city areas.

The APFEJ also requested the media, primarily the satellite news channels, to avoid repeatedly airing the visuals of burning as it may result in tremendous psychological implication on the children and young people.

Finally the forum has appealed to the agitators to make their point of views clear regarding the demand for the land settlement to city dwellers that may have gone against the environmental interest. However it insisted on city dwellers’ getting land rights in separate localities of the city, which do not fall under the eco-sensitive zone.

Warm regards from

Quamrul Chowdhury
Chairman

Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ)

 

Sri Lanka rejects High Commissioner Pillay’s call “to establish an international inquiry mechanism”

February 24th, 2014

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva

The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has rejected the call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navnanethem Pillay’s  ”to establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of IHRL and IHL and monitor any domestic accountability process in Sri Lanka”, saying “it gives scant or no regard to the domestic processes ongoing in Sri Lanka within the framework of the LLRC NPOA, and is politicized in premise”. The government said, the trajectory that has emerged with regard to the recommendation of the High Commissioner “reflects the preconceived, politicized and prejudicial agenda which she has relentlessly pursued with regard to Sri Lanka”, since just a week following the defeat of terrorism in Sri Lanka, on 26th May 2009 at the 11th Special Session of the UNHRC on Sri Lanka, and at subsequent sessions and reports. It is noted that the reference in the current report that the High Commissioner remains convinced” for an independent, international inquiry” demonstrates her persistent efforts against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka said, “it is pertinent to question the factual basis for the High Commissioner’s initial formal call to the HRC for an independent, international investigation in May 2009 and its continuation, in order that the international community not be misled”.

GOSL made these observations in “comments” submitted to the draft report of the High Commissioner on 12 February 2014, ahead of the High Commissioner’s(HC) final report on Sri Lanka to the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) which was placed on the OHCHR website today (24 February 2014).

Although on the last occasion when the HC reported on Sri Lanka to the 22nd Session of the HRC in March 2013,  GOSL’s “comments” were placed as an addendum to the report, ensuring the integrity of the HC’s report and the GOSL comments, and also that they were equally visible, the GOSL’s request this year that its comments be published as an addendum to the HC’s Report has been refused, and have instead been placed at a separate link under “Communications from Governments” which contains an assortment of correspondence from governments on a broad range of matters of specific concern to respective governments.

In its “comments” GOSL noting its “non-recognition and categorically rejected of resolution 22/1 that mandated the HC’s report”, observes that “it has nevertheless continued to make significant progress in its own reconciliation process, and has continued to regularly update the Council on such progress. In this context, GOSL rejects, without prejudice to its position of non-recognition of resolution 22/1, the High Commissioner’s claim that most of the recommendations made in her previous report to the Human Rights Council remain unimplemented”. GOSL has also “reiterated its categorical rejection of the conclusions and recommendations contained in the HC’s Report, which reflects bias and is tantamount to an unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign State”.

In its detailed point by point “comments” on the HC’s report, GOSL has regretted that “the HC had raised concerns regarding a range of issues based on information of questionable veracity and arrived at conclusions in a selective and arbitrary manner”. It added that this included many she had raised during her August 2013 week long visit to Sri Lanka, “where the GOSL had requested the High Commissioner to provide factual evidence to substantiate allegations” and “to refrain from making general comments without a degree of specificity which would allow the GOSL to investigate and respond in a comprehensive manner”, which however had not been forthcoming.

The full text of GOSL’s “comments” on the HC’s draft report submitted to the OHCHR is attached and the Link is given below;

 The HC’s draft report submitted to the OHCHR

Geneva

24 February 2014


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