“City of London” is not part of England ” it is a separate state

January 15th, 2014

If ever a country has been referred by many names it has to be England. What is the difference between United Kingdom, England, Great Britain and moreover why is the ‘City of London’ a Corporation and not part of England, having its own laws?

 First, let us run though some of the names used for UK. Before the 17th Century ” there was no such word as British, 4 separate ‘countries’ prevailed comprising people who had their own identity, language and history ” English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish.

By 18th century the word British was used. Rule Britannia song was composed and Union flag created.

 British :

  • To be called British is not English only. British are Scottish, Welsh and Irish (living in Northern Ireland) Scottish and Welsh prefer to refer to themselves as Scots and Welsh instead of Brits.

United Kingdom

  • Formed on 1 January 1801 (2nd Union Act)
  • Official name of UK is ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” (UK = Great Britain + Northern Ireland) created in 1927
  • United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Comprises total land area of 244,100 square kilometres
  • Only Northern Ireland is part of UK
  • Capital of UK is England (capital of England is London)
  • Capital of Scotland is Edinburgh
  • Capital of Wales is Cardiff
  • Capital of Northern Ireland is Belfast (Separate since 1922)
  • The UNION JACK flag represents England, Scotland  and Northern Ireland

 Great Britain

  • 1st Union Act in 1701 formed Kingdom of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)
  • 2nd Union Act in 1801 formed United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
  • 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty created Northern Ireland
  • Wales and England was one country under Tudors in 1543 (Scotland and Ireland ran separate kingdoms and Parliament)
  • GB has been ruled by UK Government since 1707 (Scotland lost its independence by force in 1652 because of Oliver Cromwell)

 England

  • Is a country in the United Kingdom comprising 2/3 of Great Britain
  • The total area of England is 130,410 sq km (50, 352 sq mi).
  • 84% of UK population live in England
  • English language derives from England (Scotland and Wales have their own language)
  • British Royal Family live in London
  • England and Wales was one country during Tudor Times (1543)

 City of London (is a separate sovereign State located in the heart of greater London and not subject to British law) It is a Corporation.

 Here’s where things get complicated.

 City of London and London City is not the same. In fact City of London does not belong to UK, England, Great Britain or Britain. 

 The City is not a part of England, just as Washington is not a part of the USA. The City of London is a privately owned corporation operating under its own flag, with its own constitution and free from the legal constraints that govern the rest of the country

 (King William III of the House of Orange in 1694 privatized the Bank of England, established the City of London, and turned control of England’s money over to an elite group of international bankers. Actually a Committee comprising 12 banks headed by Bank of England (Rothschild).

 England is however the financial oligarchy run by the “Crown” = City of London (Not the Queen) The Queen has to take permission to enter this private sovereign state from the Lord Mayor at the Templar Bar (4 Inns of Court – Middle Temple, Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn and Gray’s Inn ” all secret societies). The Bar Attorneys of the US owe their allegiance and pledge their oaths to the Crown (City of London). All Bar Associations throughout the world are signatories and franchises to the International Bar Association located at the Inns of Court of the Crown Temple. (Rense.com)

 The City of London is 677 acres. It is a financial district ” but not part of UK.

 Population of the City of London is 7000 but over 300,000 commute in and out daily.

 Population of Greater London is 8.1million

 The ‘City’ is run by the Bank of England ” it is a private corporation.

 Those who own the City of London are the Financial Oligarchy and are the power behind the Windsor Throne. They think they are the heirs to the Venetian oligarchy. Members of this oligarchy are mostly Jews (wealthiest of the mercantile class)

 But the Bank of England dictates to the UK Parliament.

 The Crown Colonies belonged to the City and were not subject to British laws though British citizens were used to conquer nations as well as pay for them. The British, Scottish, Welsh and even Irish are people simply serving the interests of the Crown or The City.

 The British Empire was an extension of the Banker’s Financial interest. The Bankers are part of a network known as ‘Club of the Isles” (informal gathering of European royalty including Queen) and has $10trillion in assets including – Royal Dutch Shell, Imperial Chemical Industries, Lloyds of London, Unilever, Lonrho, Rio Tinto Zinc, and Anglo American DeBeers.

 The Club of Isles dominates world supply of petroleum, gold, diamonds and other raw materials.

 The City dominates the world’s markets ” raw material extraction corporations, finance, insurance, transportation and food production and thus are able to create ‘chock points’ as well.

 The Club of Isles wishes to reduce population and bring the total world population down to 1billion (world population is 7billion) http://members.tripod.com/~american_almanac/fallhous.htm

 The Bank of England assumed control of the US during Roosevelts administration (1901-99) after its agent J P Morgan took control of 25% of American business.

 Americans think they own the land they purchase in the US ” it is far from so. they have merely purchased real estate by contract. A Warranty Deed has no value against a Land Patent.

 The Crown was granted Land Patents in North America by the King of England. The US Declaration of Independence is said to have been signed to pacify the populace who objected to being taxed by the Crown (City of London).

 The validity of the Declaration of Independence comes into question because the signatories on both sides were agents of the Crown (5 Templar Bar Attorneys under solemn oath to the Crown signed the American Declaration of Independence ” this means that when a single party signs as both first and second party it has no lawful effect)

 From 1694 onwards the ‘Crown’ in reality were the bankers. The Crown controlled 90% of the world’s trade controlled by British ships. The rest of the 10% of ships had to pay Commissions to the Crown for using the world’s oceans. By 1850, Frederick Morton estimated that the Rothschilds Bank of England exceeded $10billion.

 What is surprising is that the Bank of England is protected by its Royal Charter status and the Official Secrets Act ” that means no one knows who the shareholders are and who owns the company that carries out Central Banking in the UK.

 What is even more surprising is that the Bank of England is entitled to issue cash, lend cash, and even charge interest to the government ” while remaining a private business.

 This is no different to the US Federal Reserve Bank of America ” it too is a privately owned bank as are all central banks of the world including the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Switzerland ” where heads of 32 central banks shift billions of dollars at the stroke of a pen.

 The world’s financial crisis are moments of opportunity for those controlling these banks.

 The Bank of England has played a prominent role in wars, revolutions and espionage as well as business panics.

Vatican City and Washington DC are also sovereign City States.

Prosecute the prosecutors

January 15th, 2014

By Nalin de Silva

Enough is enough. Stephen Rapp the prosecutor came to Sri Lanka as an official of the USA. He visited the Northern Province with the ambassador in Sri Lanka for USA and gave a judgment. It was a case of the prosecutor becoming the judge, aptly described by the Sinhala saying “naduth hamuduruvange baduth hamuduruvange”. The embassy of USA in Sri Lanka tweeted that Sri Lanka forces had used cluster bombs and also engaged in chemical warfare. In fact they had identified St. Anthony’s ground in Pudumathalan, as the place where people had died as a result of shelling by the Sri Lankan armed forces in January 2009. The Bishops Rayappu Joseph of Mannar and Saundranayagam of Jaffna told the Americans of chemical warfare and cluster bombings. This reminds one of allegations of chemical warfare by the Americans and the English before they attacked Iraq. The governments of the UK and the US lied to their own people in order to attack Iraq.

The US and England have lied to the world throughout history in order to attack other countries and maintain their Anglo Saxon Christian hegemony for centuries. Thus the charges of chemical warfare, cluster bombings, shelling of civilians against Sri Lanka does not come as a surprise and the only question that has to be answered is why it took so many years for the Americans and the Bishops to come out with the charges. If somebody had thought about it before May 2009 the US could have attacked Sri Lanka on the pretext of the armed forces engaging in chemical warfare. If Sri Lanka had resorted to chemical warfare, cluster bombings etc., surely the Catholic Bishops would have come to know of it then, and they would not have refrained informing the west of such horrendous acts. Then why did the LTTE keep silent during that period? It is clearly a fabrication and it is known that the Sri Lankan armed forces were not in the vicinity of St. Anthony’s ground area during that particular time in January 2009.

All knowledge is created by people and in the case of charges against Sri Lanka there is a further dimension. We have been saying for years that the west is determined to take revenge against the President and the Defense secretary for defeating their ally and pet LTTE. They wanted the President to stop the operations and applied pressure to the government. The president was not in the country during the last few days of the operations, and it was known that the west wanted to send a ship to rescue Prabhakaran and his cohorts. Now more than four years after the event, the minister DEW Gunasekera has come with the information on how USA, England had given telephone calls to the government to stop the humanitarian operations, and how the President resisted all those demands. The interesting fact is that all these charges on violation of human rights of the civilians began after the defeat of the LTTE.

It is clear that these stories on human rights have only one objective. That is to remove the “Rajapaksa Regime” in the words of the pundits and Ranil Wickremesinghe, and send the Rajapaksa brothers Mahinda and Gotabhaya to the guillotine. We have been telling this since 2009 and by the time of the Presidential elections in 2010 we suggested that Sarath Fonseka in spite of his services rendered to the Sri Lanka Army, should be arrested for his “sudu kodi kathava” (white flag story), the first step in war crime charges. Though Fonseka was the commander of the army towards the end of the humanitarian operations his name is never mentioned in connection with “war crimes” by the west.

The west never thought that the LTTE would be defeated, and they had thought by applying pressure to the government, they could rescue Prabhakaran, and work towards establishing an Eelam in exile during the last week of the operations. Had they knew that the LTTE would be defeated, the west would have brought charges on “war crimes” during the operations, and as in Iraq would have attacked Sri Lanka on bogus charges. The war experts never thought that the LTTE would be defeated and we were spared of drones without pilots. The pundits never believed us when we said that the LTTE could be defeated by the Sri Lankan armed forces, and what they lacked was a determined political leadership, which was finally provided by the President Rajapkse.

Now, the story tellers are working overtime to take punitive action against the Sri Lankan government to effect a “regime change” and send the two Rajapaksas to the guillotine. The visits by Navi Pillais, Stephen Rapps and others are for reciting stories with the assistance of some clergy from the Catholic and Christian churches. We could expect economic sanctions and other “punishments” for keeping the SLFP led UPFA in power, but unlike few “educated” ignoramuses in Colombo, Kandy and few other towns who are grouped into various “enlightened” fora, the vast majority of the Sinhalas do not consider these threats of punishment for worth of two cents, and would not allow a “regime change” to the dismay of the England led west, Ranil Wickremesinghe and the educated ignoramus. We should expect more stories in time to come and should not be much concerned with what England and USA are up to in Geneva. All that we have to do is to defeat their resolutions if possible with the assistance of non western countries and pave the way for a strong organization of non western countries.

We should never try to appease the west or India by promising to implement the thirteenth amendment or inquiring into the so called violations of human rights of the civilians during the humanitarian operations. Rapp has now extended these “violations” to January 2009 and soon they would be talking of the entire period of operations against the LTTE not confining themselves to the last two weeks. They are so desperate for a “regime change and the west would be directly involved in achieving their objective. Rapp is only the forerunner of the change of policy by the west.

Though we should never agree to any investigation internal or external (so-called international) investigation on “violation of human rights” we need some other investigation by a committee consisting mainly of Sinhala educated people including Maha Sangha. The educated ignoramuses should be shunned out from this committee as they would be only the mouthpieces of the western theorists. (Incidentally a seminar on “western science is pattapal boru ” blatant lies” will be held on 23rd January in Kandy where leading members of some enlightened fora reside). The committee should come out with a report on what action should be taken regarding the story tellers on human rights violations. The two Bishops, Rapps and others should not be allowed to escape with these “war crime” stories without providing evidence. They hide behind anonymous eye witnesses, and the prosecutors take the easy path of becoming the judges themselves. We know that one of the Bishops gave the statue of Holy Mary in Madhu to the terrorists depriving many Catholics the opportunity of going on pilgrimage to Madhu and praying there. Defamation of individuals is a punishable offence even under the Roman Dutch Law, and when it comes to the defamation of a country, a nation and the leader of state, the law as handed over to us by the colonials seems to be silent. The prosecutors should be forced to come out with a list of so-called eye witnesses and they should not be able to say that the information would be provided after twenty years. What is at stake is the honour of the nation, the state, the armed forces and the Commander in Chief, and if the law lags behind in these matters, it is necessary to bring in legislation to punish the self appointed punishers. Let the prosecutors be prosecuted.

SRI LANKAN CRICKET-VICTORY DUE TO UNITY AND DETERMINATION OF YOUNGSTERS

January 15th, 2014

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

The commitment of the Sri Lankan Team to beat Pakistan in a foreign tour  convincingly was largely due to unity.   Politics has played its game for many years in Sri Lankan Cricket.  Today we witness Marvan Atapattu, Hashan Tillekeratne, Chaminda Vaas  with Sanath Jayasuriya on the same bench managing the future leaders of Sri Lankan Cricket.   It is an eye opener for everyone determined to make success in any field.   Sri Lanka’s astonishing victory against Pakistan cannot be attributed to a single person, but to  unity of cricketing legends and the determination of youngsters.

The Management Team  comprising the Chief Selector Sanath Jayasuriya ought to be given more flexibility and authority to make decisions.  Sanath has proved that he is a consultative decision maker.   Marvan Atapattu and Hashan Tillekeratne are as good as Gold.   We expect within next two years, Sri Lanka will have one of its own  products with an illustrious and  colourful Marvan Atapattu as our Head Coach.

Having won the match,  Sri Lankan Cricket Management must use the potential of the current squad in UAE as a platform  for future.  Going into the third test, we should not get ahead of ourselves.  As Russel Arnold correctly pointed out maintaining short targets per session, will prevent over- confidence.  Rameez Raja  as a commentator was shocked by the defeat, as  most Pakis  expected that beating Sri Lanka was a walk in the park.

Judging by both  first and the second tests, it is evident that Pakistan has more work to do to win the third test and square the series than Sri Lanka to win the series.  Pakistan relied heavily on Saeed Ajmal but Sri Lanka did not rely heavily on any of its bowlers.  Pakistan is continuing to have poor performance in wicket keeping whereas Sri Lanka has a world class wicket keeper Prassana Jayawardena.  Pakistan had two slow bowers, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez.  Sri Lanka had Rangana Herath without a second spinner.  Pakistan had Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali and Bilawal Batti for its pace attack.   Sri Lanka had Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep and expected Angelow Mathews  to support the fast bowing team.  Angelow Mathew was restrained by a nagging injury.  Therefore on the balance, Pakistan should have won the match  with their experienced bowling attack.  But Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne had other ideas to negotiate with a world class team such as Pakistan to play genuine first class Test Cricket.  Mahela, in spite of his injury, has supported the youngsters and win the match and man of the match award.

The commentators are arguing that Sri Lanka need  to drop Nuwan Pradeep and bring in either Dilruwan Perera or Vishwa Fernando.  This strategy  is valid if this is a five test match series.  Having only one more match,  the risks of changing the winning combination as against going back to cut and chop policy, ought to be mitigated.  Russel Arnold himself was a past victim of the cut and chop policy.  If Angelow Mathews is unable to bowl in the third test, that is distinctly an impediment to win but he has proved his leadership skills in using the available stock in trade to generate results. Assuming Mahela Jayawardene not fully recovered to bowl, Karunaratne, Sangakkara and Chandimal could be positioned  in between to provide time and space for full time bowling team.

Sri Lanka has largely worked out how to play Saeed Ajmal, which is a great plus. Sri Lanka’s strengths far outweigh  its weaknesses compared with Pakistan.  Sri Lankan Test Team is stronger than Pakistan Test Team in terms of batting, fielding and wicket keeping.  If there is any imbalance in the bowling department, the Sri Lankan batting should lift its game instead of making ad-hoc changes to the winning team.  This may be the best chemistry for sometime in Sri Lankan Test Cricket.

NEW ZEALAND’S PARLIAMENT RECEPTION ACCORDED TO AHMADIYYA KHALIFA.

January 15th, 2014

by A. Abdul Aziz.

 During his recent tour to Far East Tour, the World Head and Fifth Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered an historic address at New Zealand’s National Parliament in Wellington on 4 November 2013. 

 In front of an audience of Parliamentarians, Ambassadors of State, academics and a range of other guests, the Khalifa advocated the urgent need for justice as a means to develop world peace in the face of increasing tensions and conflicts in various parts of the world. Indeed, His Holiness deemed the establishment of world peace as “the critical need of the time”.

 Speaking about the disastrous consequences of modern warfare, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

  “The means of today’s wars include aerial bombardment, poison gas and even chemical weapons and there is also the potential use of the most horrific weapon of all – the nuclear bomb.  Consequently, the wars of today are entirely different to those of the past, because today’s wars could potentially wipe mankind from the face of the earth.” 

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad emphasised that diplomacy should always be the preferred route in seeking to solve international or national disputes.

 His Holiness said:

 “Certainly, it is a requirement of loving one’s nation that if it is ever attacked, it is the duty of a citizen to be ready to give every sacrifice for its defence and to liberate the nation. Nevertheless, if the conflict can be resolved in a cordial or peaceful way through negotiations and diplomacy then one should not needlessly invite death and killings.”

 His Holiness spoke at length on the dangers facing the world in light of the Syria crisis. 

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 “There is no doubt that a conflict between a government and its people can escalate into a much broader international conflict. Already, we find that two blocs amongst the major powers are forming. One bloc supports the Syrian Government, whilst the other is supporting the rebel forces. And so clearly this situation is not merely a grave threat to the Muslim countries but is also a source of extreme danger for the rest of the world.” 

 Continuing to underline the importance of diplomacy, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad praised the recent efforts of Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in preventing the escalation of the Syrian war.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 “Russia’s President made efforts to hold back some of the other major powers from attacking Syria… He said that if the requirements of justice were not met and if other nations went to war independently then the United Nations would suffer the same sorry fate as the League of Nations. I believe that he was completely correct in this analysis. I wish only that he had gone one step further and said that the right of veto power held by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council should be ended once and for all so that true justice and equity could prevail amongst all nations.” 

 His Holiness explained the methods by which Islam teaches Muslims to spread peace around the world. The Khalifa said that for true peace to prevail, the highest standards of justice must be established. He said the Quran required for absolute justice and equality at all levels.

  After the keynote address, other dignitaries also addressed the event.

 Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, MP, said:

 “It is our privilege to have His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad here in New Zealand’s Parliament and to listen to have his wisdom and to listen to his thoughts.”

 Dr Rajen Prasad, MP, said:

 “It is a pleasure to welcome His Holiness to the New Zealand Parliament. I have always been very impressed at how Ahmadis live their lives as citizens of the nation and practice their message of peace.”

 Upon the conclusion of the event, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad met with various dignitaries including the Ambassadors of Iran and Israel. His Holiness was then given a tour of Parliament by Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi MP and thereafter His Holiness led the Zuhr and Asr prayers at the Parliament.

 The proceedings of the Event ” the video link of which is:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYZIDlI0WXs&feature=youtu.be

Rayappu ‘Goebbels’ Joseph ” a viper in the underwear of the local Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

January 14th, 2014

Mario Perera, Kadawata

 In a recent commentary I referred to the declaration by Mr.Rapp the visiting US ambassador at large that hard core LTTE’ers should have been prosecuted and not rehabilitated.  Now, as is well known, there is a section of them who have neither been prosecuted nor rehabilitated. A key figure of this number is Rayappu Joseph who has been duly tagged ‘Rayappu Goebbels’. I wish also to make reference to the public utterance over the BBC during an interview, by Gota that had General Fonseka made the white flag comment he would be hanged because it is treason.
 
What Rapp and Gota have stated are legal remedies available to a State under those dire circumstances. What would have been Gota’s reaction if a Sinhalese had come public with the declaration that the army used chemical weapons against the Tamils and tried to convince a visiting empowered enquirer of that fact? Gota would, as he did with reference to Fonseka, have said: I will hang him high. Now this is precisely what Rayappu ‘Goebbels’ has done. How come he is immune? Are we not thereby accepting the reality that Tamil criminals of the North are of a different jurisdiction? We are compelled to accept the fact that between the ‘south’ and the ‘north’ there is, to say the least, some separation ” if not ‘de facto’ then at least ‘de jure’. They are under an international ‘white power’ government fuelled by their diaspora which MR is bending backwards to please.
 
Rayappu Goebbels told Rapp in other words that the army used chemical weapons against the Tamils. Considering his unwarranted, prejudicial, pernicious and destructive repeated intrusions into the political and diplomatic arena I suggested that the State has the right to demand the removal of Rayappu from his administrative function within State territory. This is quite a normal procedure of the State against any NGO functionary spreading seditious ideas within the country, and the Church is a glorified NGO. In this respect Rayappu is no different from Gordon Weiss or similar.
 
For national purposes the title ‘bishop’ in itself has no more sanctity than that of ‘poosari’ or ‘lebbe’. They can call themselves what ever name they want, give themselves all the powers they want, and rig themselves up in all the colours of the kaleidoscope, all that is their matter. What matters is that no Sri Lankan citizen or any other as a matter of fact, engaged in treasonable and seditious practices should be allowed to continue in his functions with impunity within national territory.
 
Now how did the peers in religion of the Tamil Goebbels react to the latter’s utterance? They did so with innuendos that still suggest the culpability of the State! They said: that is his opinion, indicating that he has a right to his opinion. They conveniently side-stepped the real issue which is one of truth and falsehood, of right and wrong.  
 
With reference to the question of Rayappu’s removal from his present functions it has been stated in these columns that Rayappu’s appointment was made by the Pope. This is true. Yet such appointments they are nevertheless not made ‘in vacuo’ or on a papal hunch. Candidates for bishoprics are scrutinized, and so to say placed under the microscope of papal diligence and concern.  Candidates for bishoprics do not advertise themselves. They are proposed by the body of local bishops the head of whom is the cardinal. The recommendation of the bishops’ conference, the local governing body of the church is an absolute prerequisite. The head of this body is once again the Cardinal although they seemingly share the honours among themselves as regards the chairmanship of that body as a sign of their fraternity: a sort of I tap your back and you tap mine. The cardinal nevertheless remain the ‘primus inter pares’ ” the first among the equals. Therefore if the removal of a bishop from his charge is in issue, there too the opinion and advice of the bishops’ conference and its head will have great weight, even the conclusive weight, as the Vatican (the pope) will not act on his own personal initiative and will bow to legitimate national constraints.
 
Now what is the ‘Local bishops’ conference’. It comes into question because of what the cardinal said: that Rayappu’s opinion is not that of the bishops’ conference. The body referred to is a consultative and deliberative assembly of all the bishops of the country. It is true that the two Tamils did not make their declarations at one such sitting. Yet, Malcolm Ranjith’s assertion that the view aired by the two Tamils of the North is ‘their opinion’ and not that of the bishops’ conference amounts to splitting hairs. The bishops’ conference is an assembly of all the bishops, the two Tamils included. If the subject was dealt within the ambit of an official get together, that the two Tamils would nevertheless have stuck to their guns is a foregone conclusion. The bishops’ conference need not assemble in a plenary session to know that. Whether gathered together or isolated, all the bishops are, whether individually or collectively, members of the bishops’ conference. They must therefore take collective responsibility for each others statements on matters that profoundly affect the life of the nation. How can there be ‘WE’ and ‘They’ factions within that unity? The simple truth is that the bishops are divided to the core on ethnic lines. It is also the simple truth that the two Tamils concerned are die-hard LTTE’ers and separatists and toed the LTTE line all long with all the Tamil clergy with them throughout the thirty year war and are doing the same now.
 
Also the statement of the cardinal, that the bishops’ conference (meaning the Sinhala bishops) does not hold itself responsible regarding the opinion of the two Tamil bishops with reference to their accusation of the use of chemical weapons by the army against the Tamils, puts the cardinal in a very dubious light. What the nation and the Catholics in particular want to know is whether, in the judgment of the Sinhala bishops, that opinion is right or wrong: whether what Rayappu and his ally said is true or false. On this the Sinhala bishops remain as silent as church mice. The cardinal does not at any time decry or denounce that accusation as the Sinhala Catholics would expect. Truth is not a matter of opinion but of conviction. The silence of the Sinhala bishops speaks volumes of their own positions. They take resort to innuendos thereby casting doubt as to their own loyalty to the nation. By putting the truth in doubt the Sinhala bishops are giving weight to the Tamil opinion or the Goebbelian lie.
 
The issue regards the bishops themselves and not elements outside. The condemnatory fingers of the two Tamils continue to point at the entire body of bishops, putting them to the test with the assurance that they will never be contradicted or brought to book. Did not Emmanuel say Prabha was Jesus Christ in person and get away with it? What is at issue is truth and falsehood which is beyond the scope of volatile opinions. What is in question is the guilt or non guilt of a nation. It is irrelevant that the utterance in question was not made at a sitting with all bishops present at a round table called the bishops’ conference. Must issues be raised at the round table for the Sinhala bishops to stand up to the truth and condemn falsehood?
 
By washing his hands of the matter instead of being a ‘witness to the truth’, the cardinal is doing what Pontius Pilate did to Christ.  It is the royal ‘We’ of Pilate that opposed the ‘They’ of the Jewish mob. The net result was that Christ was crucified.  The two individuals the bishops are leaders of the Tamil mob seeking the crucifixion of the Sinhala nation and the Sinhala bishops have washed their hands of their involvement. Pilate said: I have nothing to do with this man. The Sinhala bishops are saying: we have nothing to do with this issue.
 
Foes within and without are pushing for this country to be condemned at the international forum at all costs. The Tamil bishops are playing a leading role in pushing for this condemnation. The Sinhala bishops say they are perfectly free to think as they do without voicing their own stand on the issue. In other words what the cardinal and his Sinhala colleagues insinuate is that the two Tamils might be right! What more can one expect from a group that upheld the Tamil homeland theory before the LLRC.
 
The message that the Catholic hierarchy is giving to this nation is clear: we are washing our hands in the matter of your eventual condemnation before the Geneva assembly. The truth or untruth of the matter raised by our Rayappu, our man in the north, is for you to debate. We are not concerned. We have no convictions as regards the honesty and integrity of your State. We have only opinions, and as regards opinions one is as good as the other. Both Rayappu and we are appointed by the same source and there lies our dependence and loyalty. Accordingly as a multi-national and supra-national body, why should we influence his removal for a cause that does not concern us?
 
Can Catholics find fault with the Buddhists, laity and monks, who accuse them of being anti-national? The hierarchy does not care a red cent about the well being of Catholics in this country. They have the Vatican as their refuge leaving the Catholic laity in the lurch to face the brunt. This has been their attitude since time immemorial. Just think of the School Take over issue of 1961. The Catholic hierarchy led their devotees to the brink and let them fall over while ‘they’ pulled out into safety at the last moment behind the back of a cardinal sent by the Vatican and imported from Mumbai. The Catholics of Sri Lanka are like ‘the boy who stood on the burning deck’ when all but he had fled.
 
Though quite late in the day, it is still time for Catholics to have a representative lay body empowered to take decisions for the Sinhala Catholics on national issues and concerns. It is time they distance themselves from this unreliable and anti-national body called the bishops’ conference so similar to the duplicitous oracle of Delphi. They have only this country to live in and no places of refuge to run to should that need arise. It is time to draw the dividing line between the robed elite motivated by their own concerns and the laity with diametrically opposed imperatives on crucial national issues.
 
Mario Perera
Kadawata

Finally the British are taken to the ICC for War Crimes in Iraq

January 14th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

 When we had been thinking that the ICC was created to put on trial only African and other Third World leaders a 250 page dossier on Britains war crimes in Iraq has been submitted on 11 January 2013 to the ICC by Birmingham-based Public Interest Lawyers and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR.). Knowing the scale of lies the West resort to the possibility that Britain’s case at the Hague is to show that the ICC is unbiased cannot be ruled out as well. Nevertheless, the fact that a dossier detailing some of the crimes often kept hidden gives the rest of the world the opportunity to shame leaders like David Cameron who thinks he can descend on nations to shine ‘human rights’ and humiliate the hospitality accorded to him. Every time Britain has been accused of war crimes it has always been brushed aside but the dossier gives a leverage now over those pointing fingers. Professor William Schabas, human rights law expert says that “What this application does is throw down the challenge to the court to show there are no double standards.” We await the day that happens. Double standards in international criminal justice must end. When Sri Lanka’s President declared ‘people in glass houses should not throw stones’ Cameron should have taken note ” now the light has shone on Britain’s SYSTEMATIC War Crimes in Iraq. 

 The country pressing for ‘international investigations’ are now in the thick of an international investigation that is likely to boomerang on other nations of the First World especially NATO nations who have also been part of the War Crime Consortium in all of the bogus humanitarian interventions now taking place. The US however has ensured none of its troops would be taken to any international court for any offence ” so literarily they are above all laws in existence.

 Dossier Title : “The Responsibility of UK Officials for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse in Iraq from 2003-2008”³,

 Dossier Charges: The 250 page document charges that “those who bear the greatest responsibility” for alleged war crimes “include individuals at the highest levels” of the British Army and political system.

 Some of the names of the people being accused : two former Defence Ministry supremos, Geoff Hoon and Adam Ingram, Defence Secretary and Minister of State for the Armed Forces, respectively, under Tony Blair’s premiership, during the planning and invasion of Iraq and for most of the UK’s occupation. General Sir Peter Wall, head of the British Army

 Witness testimonies : 400 Iraqis

 Allegations of abuse covered : brutality combined with cruelty and forms of sadism, including sexual abuse, and sexual and religious humiliation”, with widespread use of “hooding”, prisoners forced into excrutiating “stress positions, sleep deprivation, noise bombardment and deprivation of food and water.” (All such techniques were banned under the government of Edward Heath in 1972, after being used in Northern Ireland)

 The modus operandi of these War Crimes Consortium headed by US has been to

  • ·         Line up a series of false allegations or create false flag situations using their local stooges (these allegations are often the same ” cooked up civilian casualties, accusations of rape, use of cluster bombs and other chemical weapons, targeting of hospitals/schools…..etc)
  • ·         Document these and have them sent to the UN apparatus as well as other UN authorities and foreign missions as ‘grievance’ ‘discrimination’ etc.
  • ·         Make maximum use of the globalist media under their wing to promote all the lies, the false images, the false photos, fund documentaries that are screened across the world and even awarded global prizes ” repeat these false accusations enough times using the Goebbels theory (lies repeated often enough becomes truth)
  • ·         Get their UN stooges holding plum portfolios to descend on nations and engineer another set of reports that would provide the basis for a theatrical vote system held at the UN Human Rights where a call is enough for countries to place their vote against nations being targeted. Get officials to repeatedly land in these targeted nations and make already written statements denigrating the nations and their leaders.
  • ·         Then comes the big wigs in the form of the big shot leaders and their officials who will call for ‘international inquiry’ ‘international tribunals’. The accusations will attempt to strike fear of Moses into the leaders so as to make them commit themselves to allowing these nations to make investments in their countries (which is the ultimate goal) or face sanctions, asset freeze and other such threats like a UN Team based in these countries (who do no such humanitarian role but are working towards creating the foundation for a future invasion)

This merry go round has been going on for far too long.

 This was why 54 nations of the African Union threatened to remove itself from the 2002 Treaty of Rome of which 34 African nations are signatory. Their accusation has been that the ICC has chosen to indict individuals in poorly documented cases while ignoring high profile war crimes committed on a global scale by US, Britain, France, Israel and their surrogates. The Africans are questioning why the ICC has not prosecuted George Bush and Tony Blair despite hundreds of well-documented charges brought against them. Many of these charges revolve around 9/11 and the use of that incident to declare a “War on Terror’ that led to bogus invasions on Iraq and Afghanistan for purely corporate interests. What is interesting is the timing of the ratification of the 1998 Treaty of Rome ” it was just after 9/11 and Clinton did not ratify it proves more than coincidental and falls well in line with Wesley Clarke’s statement that 7 nations were targeted to be invaded in 5 years well before 9/11.

 Ironically the very country promoting INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR OTHER COUNTRIES now comes out to say there is NO NEED FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR UK WAR CRIMES.

 A country that once ruled 90% of the world the colonial crimes committed in each of these nations should also be investigated and the systematic criminal past must officially be disclosed to the world. The country that parrots the word ‘reconciliation’ has forgotten its own past misdeeds or simply wants to annihilate these crimes from history. If more public interest lawyers emerge a history of over 500 years of torture, murder, genocide, plunder can be brought out that would be doing a great service to ALL of the nations that were once under colonial rule.

 Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done

Joseph Vaz ” Did he take part in the Goa Inquisition?

January 14th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

What Christianity/Catholicism cannot deny whatever modern day twists their biased historians and followers spin is the fact that western colonial crusaders travelled to foreign lands in Asia, Africa and North and South America to invade, subjugate and convert the indigenous natives by hook or by crook. This reality is etched in stone and cannot be erased. The pages of European Christian history are blood stained and the victims and descendants of victims of Christian rule and bigotry are now no longer prepared to remain silent and keep quiet. They are calling for accountability and settling of scores. These calls can no longer be ignored or dismissed.  

 This dramatic development has today led to a series of efforts by Christian establishments and modern day missionaries using NGO funded historians and local surrogates to defeat these campaigns seeking honesty and truth in history by recreating history by re-writing what never existed and showing fiction as truth and people who have little time to research or double check on the lies being perpetrated are falling prey and believing these lies much of which is now being directed to hide or whitewash the genocidal legacy of the Christian Church i.e. both Roman and Calvinist. 

 The Portuguese Inquisition in Sri Lanka in particular remain without an apology and compensation and we question how the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka and its head Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith can morally call for National Reconciliation when they refuse to acknowledge the massive Portuguese sponsored crimes and apologize and pay compensation and return Buddhist Temple lands taken by force during the Christian colonial era.  

 These moral obligations of the former colonial  powers based on established historical facts continue to be swept under the carpet. Blaming the Mahawamsa for Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim ire in respect of crimes and injustices committed during Christian colonial rule constitutes a red herring. Much of the evidence on this subject is derived from the writings of Portuguese historians themselves like Fernao de Queyroz, Friar Paulo da Trinidade, Joao Ribeiro, and Diogo de Coutoamong others. 

 The Catholic Inquisition 

 The Roman Catholic Church spent the first 900 years or so hunting the heretics. Then the Church commenced the Crusades against the Muslims in the 12th century wherein the Pope sent out armies to throw out or convert the Muslims inhabiting the Holy Lands. Then the inquisition was launched in Europe ” technically the Inquisition remains to this day as an ongoing affair. From 1233 when Pope Gregory IX announced the beginning of the Inquisition people were given only one month to confess their beliefs and embrace Christianity or face death. 

 The Abigensian Inquisition was the first major operation of the sort put on by the Catholic Church in France against the ascetic living Christian sect called Cathars. That crusade annihilated all Cathars or the secret society of Knights Templar.

 The Spanish Inquisition in the late 15th century was based on the notion that Jews and Muslims were pretending to convert to Catholicism in a bid to undermine the Church in Spain. The practices during this Inquisition were no different to that of their predecessors. The Spanish Inquisition went on for 300 years ” going after ‘fake’ Catholics till 1834.

 Another fact often hidden is that the orders of the Pope were often motivated by the lust for wealth and lands ” the Crusades, Inquisitions and the like never hid the lust for wealth or political power.

 A Church, that under the Inquisition kept the famed scientist Galileo Galili under house arrest for 9 years for claiming that the Earth moved round the sun, formally apologized for the arrest only 350 years after his death i.e. in 1992.  

 The Holy Office of the Inquisition still remains very much in Vatican City but to hide its murderous past it has been rechristened in 1965 under the name Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith which is headed by Cardinal Josef Ratzinger of Munich (often referred to as the Black Pope).

 Goa Inquisition 

 The Goa Inquisition was the Portuguese Inquisition in India and throughout the Portuguese Empire in Asia which included Ceylon.

 The Inquisition under the Portuguese colonial administration meant

  • Enactment of Anti-Hindu laws to encourage conversions to Christianity
  • On 7 February 1575 Governor Antonio Morez Barreto issued orders to confiscate properties of Hindus whose ‘presence was prejudicial to Christianity’ ” obviously the Governor forgot the Christian doctrines of love, forgiveness and sharing.
  • Portuguese Government orders on 31 January 1620 that ‘no Hindu, of whatever nationality or status he may be, can or shall perform marriages in this city of Goa, nor in the islands or adjacent territories of His Majesty’. In 1625 Governor Francisco Barreto issued orders to ‘bar Hindus from seeking employment’ in the Portuguese held territory.
  • Hindus were banned from public worship
  • Hindus had to assemble in churches to listen to preaching or to refute their religion
  • Hindu pandits and physicians were disallowed from entering the capital city on horseback or palanquins
  • Christian palanquin-bearers were forbidden from carrying Hindu passengers.
  • Christian agricultural laborers were forbidden to work on lands owned by Hindus

 These bans were no different to the manner Jews were treated under Nazi rule in Europe.

 In case we have forgotten it was the Portuguese who invaded India and it was these invaders who were telling the Indians they did not belong to the land of their birth unless they had converted.

 In Ceylon the Inquisition by Portuguese meant that Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam were all prohibited.

The Portuguese destroyed all Buddhist, Hindu temples and Muslim mosques in Portuguese controlled areas of Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

 The Inquisition guaranteed ‘protection’ to ONLY those Hindus who converted to Christianity ” thus a wave of baptisms of Hindus took place.

 According to Teotonio R de Souza an Indo-Portuguese historian, grave abuses took place in Goa ” the Inquisition was a Tribunal, it had a judge answerable only to the General Counsel of the Lisbon Inquisition who sent by Portugal to Goa. The palace where the Inquisition was conducted was known as the fearful Big House.

Viceroy Antonio de Noronha issued in 1566 an order applicable to areas under Portuguese rule:

 “I hereby order that in any area owned by my master, the king, nobody should construct a Hindu temple and such temples already constructed should not be repaired without my permission. If this order is transgressed, such temples shall be, destroyed and the goods in them shall be used to meet expenses of holy deeds, as punishment of such transgression”.

 By 1567, 300 Hindu temples were destroyed in Bardez.

  • From 4 December 1567 laws prohibiting rituals of Hindu marriages were enacted (sacred thread wearing and cremation too)
  • In 1620, an order was passed to prohibit the Hindus from performing their marriage rituals.
  • In 1583 Hindu temples at Assolna and Cuncolim were destroyed through army action.
  • All persons above 15 years of age were compelled to listen to Christian preaching, failing which they were punished.

“The fathers of the Church forbade the Hindus under terrible penalties the use of their own sacred books, and prevented them from all exercise of their religion. They destroyed their temples, and so harassed and interfered with the people that they abandoned the city in large numbers, refusing to remain any longer in a place where they had no liberty, and were liable to imprisonment, torture and death if they worshipped after their own fashion the gods of their fathers.” wrote Filippo Sassetti, who was in India from 1578 to 1588.

 Suppression of the Konkani language

In June 1684 an order was issued to suppress the Konkani language. Speaking Portuguese was made compulsory and laws dealt severely with anyone using local language.

It also meant that all non-Christian cultural symbols and books written in local languages were sought to be destroyed.

In 1812, the Portuguese prohibited children from speaking in Konkani in schools

In 1847, the Portuguese ban extended to seminaries

In 1869, the Konkani language was completely banned in schools (this meant that Goans could not develop a literature in Konkani which used scripts of Roman, Devanagari and Kannada). Konkani eventually became spoken only by the servants!

That was how the Church eliminated an entire language!

 Francis Xavier ” Brains behind the Goa Inquisition

 Francis Xavier, in a 1545 letter to John III of Portugal, requested an Inquisition to be installed in Goa. It was Ignatius Loyola of the Jesuit order (to which the present Pope belongs) under the direction of King of Portugal who first sent Francis Xavier to land in Goa in 1541. Francis Xavier was instructed to carry out the Inquisition in Goa when conversions failed. The key take from this is that the Church adopted the Inquisition after Conversion methodologies failed. It took just 4 years for Francis to indulge in religious persecution and crimes against humanity stating that “their (Hindu) gods are black….rubbed over with oil as to smell detestably, and seem to be as dirty as they are ugly and horrible to look at’. This was the memo he wrote to Rome. 

 What happens thereafter not many Christians would like to discuss or admit but what did happen was that the Viceroy’s building was transformed into a Torture chamber with 200 cells in 1560 and orders were given by Viceroy Constantine de Braganca to throw all Hindu Brahmins out of Goa and other areas under Portuguese control.

 This was a case of native Indians being thrown out from their own lands of historic habitation by invaders. Next the Third Concilio Provincial adopted a resolution asking the King of Portugal to give permission to banish from Goa ‘the Brahmins, physicians and other infidels’ who are an obstacle to the Church and to convert ‘heathens’ to the ‘only true faith’. This happened in 1585.

 For his leadership and contribution towards converting and murder of Hindus/Muslims who refused to give up their traditional faith for an imposed foreign religion, Francis Xavier was rewarded posthumously and made a Saint in 1622.

 The Goa Inquisition remains the most violent inquisition ever executed by the Portuguese Catholic Church and it lasted from 1560 to 1812 (in Europe it ended by 1774).

 When these Church Leaders accuse other nations and religions they must remember that the CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS YET TO APOLOGIZE FOR THE GOAN INQUISITION.

 Eye witness accounts of the Inquisition reveal the horrors committed by the Church:

  “..The inquisition, this tribunal of fire, thrown on the surface of the globe for the scourge of humanity, this horrible institution, which will eternally cover with shame its authors, fixed its brutal domicile in the fertile plains of the Hindustan. On seeing the monster everyone fled and disappeared, Moguls, Arabs, Persians, Armenians, and Jews. The Indians even, more tolerant and pacific, were astounded to see the God of Christianism more cruel than that of Mohammed, deserted the territory of the Portuguese …”

 ””Memoirs of Judges Magalh£es and Lousada: (Vol 2, Annaes Mar­timos e Coloniais, page 59)

 ” … The terrors inflicted on pregnant women made them abort … .Neither the beauty or decorousness of the flower of youth, nor the old age, so worthy of compassion in a woman, exempted the weaker sex from the brutal ferocity of the supposed defenders of the religion..”

 “..There were days when seven or eight were submitted to torture. These scenes were reserved for the inquisitors after dinner. It was a post-prandial entertainment. Many a time during those acts, the inquisitors compared notes in the appreciation of the beauty of the human form. While the unlucky damsel twisted in the intolerable pains of torture, or fainted in the intensity of the agony, one inquisitor applauded the angelic touches of her face, another the brightness of her eyes, another, the volluptuous contours of her breast, another the shape of her hands. In this conjuncture, men of blood transformed themselves into real artists !!”

 ””Alexandre Herculano, Famous writer of 19th century in his Fragment about the Inquisition

 What is striking about the Goan Inquisition is the present day witness mechanism. During the Goan Inquisition the witnesses were never brought face to face with the hapless accused, all kinds of testimonies were accepted even lies ” it looks so much similar to how nations and people are being charge sheeted even by UN bodies to this day. Secret trials, denial of a right to an attorney, denial of due process are just a handful of modern day illegalities roots of which are found in the Christian Inquisition conducted by the Catholic Church ” not surprising, virtually all were found guilty ” reminds us of the kangaroo trials taking place today under ICC, UNHRC, EU, and USA sponsorship in Iraq, Hague and Africa.    

One would not expect the Church to permit humans to face inhuman treatment given Christian rhetoric but that is just exactly what happened. Yet, it is the same Church that carried out the Inquisition that prevails to this day.

 Inquisition ” the most diabolical institution ever created by humanity

The Inquisition was simply the most diabolical institution ever created by humanity, and shows the depravity of the Christian church and the Pope. The Inquisition might arguably be considered an even worse evil than the Holocaust of the Jews which lasted for only a few years but which neither the Vatican nor Roman Catholic leaders and Church officials condemned nor did anything positive to prevent its continuation.  The torture methods employed were:  

 1. The Judas Chair: This was a large pyramid-shaped “seat.” Accused heretics were placed on top of it, with the point inserted into their anuses or genitalia, then very, very slowly lowered onto the point with ropes. The effect was to gradually stretch out the opening of choice in an extremely painful manner.

 2. The Head Vice: Pretty straightforward concept. They put your head into a specially fitted vice, and tighten it until your teeth are crushed, your bones crack and eventually your eyes pop out of their sockets. 

 3. The Pear: A large bulbous gadget is inserted in the orifice of choice, whether mouth, anus or vagina. A lever on the device then causes it to slowly expand whilst inserted. Eventually points emerge from the tips. (Apparently, internal bleeding doesn’t count as “breaking the skin.”)

 4. The Wheel: Heretics are strapped to a big wheel, and their bones are clubbed into shards. Not very creative, but quite effective.

Convicts had to march alongside a ‘godfather’ in a procession till they reached the Church of St. Francis where at the altar sat the inquisitor and his councillors, the viceroy and his court. After the sermon, sentences were served and the condemned were directed to be burnt at the stake! Other methods of execution were SAWING – hung upside-down andsawed apart down the middle, starting at the crotch. DISEMBOWLEMENT – A small hole is cut in the gut, then the intestines are drawn out slowly and carefully, keeping the victim alive for as much of the process as possible.  

 None of the Indian civilization religions Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism have in their religious scriptures ever advocated punitive treatment of humans or even animals in this barbaric manner. This is essentially a legacy of Abrahamic religions to the world.

 In the land that they were living in foreign invaders had come, taken over and then had decided that Hindus should die for practicing their religion and Muslims had to either flee or be killed too. To be converted and then persecuted by the Church from 1560 to 1812 is no small number of years. We are talking of 252 years of persecution and death. For prohibiting a man, woman or even child to say their own prayer or to keep an idol in their own home at the risk of imprisonment and torture surely must deserve an apology by the Church? Why has it not been forthcoming and if this apology is not forthcoming how can the Church or its emissaries call on others i.e. non – Christians, to adhere to TRUTH, MORAL AND LEGAL ACOUNTABILITY, AND STRIVE FOR NATIONAL RECONCILIATION?

 Isn’t this a blatant display of unabashed hypocrisy?

 For placing these irrefutable historical facts in the public domain, does one qualify to be labeled a ‘Sinhalese Buddhist’ chauvinist?

 Joseph Vaz ” Did he take part in the Goa Inquisition?

Joseph Vaz, (21 April 1651, Benaulim ” 16 January 1711, Kandy) was a Catholic Oratorian priest from Goa. He is called the ‘Apostle of Ceylon’ by the Catholic Church. On 21 January 1995, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Colombo.

 Father Joseph Vaz smuggled himself to Ceylon incognito in 1687 (145 years after Francis Xavier travelled to Goa to carry out the Inquisition under the direction of his Jesuit leader Ignatius Loyola and 182 years after the Portuguese had first set foot in Ceylon).

 Joseph Vaz came to Sri Lanka ostensibly to save the local Catholics from Dutch Calvinist persecution. It was also a period when the Goa Inquisition was at its peak. Hindus, Muslims, Jews and even some local Christians were subject to it.  

 Joseph Vaz who is hailed as Asia’s greatest Christian missionary in respect of whom even Portugal had issued a commemorative Postage stamp on the 300th anniversary of his birthday could not have been unaware of the unrelenting Portuguese persecution of non ” Christians and the inhumane practices of the Portuguese Inquisition in Goa. 

 The well ” known aphorism ‘Charity begins at home’ applies to Joseph Vaz as well. Why did he not remain in his home town Goa to save his fellow Goans from the persecution of his Portuguese co – religionists instead of coming to Ceylon to save the converted Sinhalese and Tamil Catholics from alleged Dutch Calvinist persecution?

 Was he a passive spectator of these crimes or accomplice to the Portuguese inquisition of the innocent Goan people who were not prepared to submit to Portuguese pressure to change religion or become Rice Christians. This tendency to embrace another religion purely for inducements  was a well known practice in Sri Lanka and many other Asian countries that were subject to Western Christian colonial rule and it carried the derogatory epithet ‘ Rice Christianity’.   

 In the interest of historical truth and probity, this is a valid question and honest answers must be supplied by those who hero – worship Joseph Vaz. 

 When people in one’s own town are in trouble and need to be saved from brutal torture and being burnt at the stake (a common practice of the Catholic Inquisition), it is morally indefensible for a supposedly public spirited padre to travel to another region or country to save people in trouble there, while at the same time ignoring the plight of his own town folk. 

 There are three possible answers to explain the conduct of Joseph Vaz vis ”a- vis the Goa Inquisition:

 1)     He knew of the abominable crimes being committed ( like the manner in which the Germans are being accused of their failure to stop Nazi abuses under the Third Reich) but lacked the interest or moral courage to speak out against such crimes, or

 2)     He was complicit in these crimes directly or indirectly, or  

 3)     He was fanatically loyal to his Catholic faith and any abuses committed in the name of the Holy Church and Jesus Christ did not register in his mind as unlawful or unacceptable.

 The French Philosopher Voltaire said:

” Goa is sadly famous for its inquisition which is contrary to morality as well as to commerce. The Portuguese monks deluded us into believing that the local population was worshipping the Devil, while in reality it is these monks who serve him (the Devil)”.  

 Did Joseph Vaz visit Ceylon in a state of mental delusion thinking that the Portuguese inquisition in Goa being carried out by his co ” religionists was appropriate and just and that the Pope and the Catholic Church were infallible and can do no wrong?

 In Sri Lanka the Jury is still out on Joseph Vaz.

Mahavamsa Buddhism of Wigneswaran and Sharmin S

January 14th, 2014

C. Wijeyawickrema

 Introduction

            Lankaweb readers need to surf Colombo Telegraph (CT) website to get an idea of the crazy things taking place on the other side of their world. It is full of examples reminding us the Sixteen Dreams of the King Kosol. Recently, I saw two news items on CT. First was by one Sharmini Serasinghe, who on her own words “was Director Communications of the former Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) under Secretary Generals Jayantha Dhanapala and Dr. John Gooneratne, with over thirty years in journalism in both the print and electronic media” says the late Ven. Piyadassi of the Vajirarama taught her so many things as a child including the habit to sit at the table with him. The second CT story (Jan 8, 2014) reports, “against this background, Wigneswaran referred to an article published in the Colombo Telegraph, titled ‘Mahawamsa- An insult to the Buddha’ by the Sinhalese journalist Sharmini Serasinghe, saying it was an exceptional article that portrays the truth.

            CT goes on, reporting “…Speaking at the inauguration, of the SOS Children’s Village in Jaffna last Sunday 5th January, Wigneswaran said that Sinhalese Buddhist propagandists, were claiming that Sri Lanka was a Sinhalese Buddhist country, and therefore other communities must live according to how the majority community wished……He further pointed out, that these propagandists needed to be reminded, that the Tamils were always here, as the majority of the North and East of the country. He said that this was acknowledged in a letter to Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam, by illustrious personalities such as E A Samarawickrama, and Sir James Peiris, way back in 1919……He added that, these Sinhalese Buddhist propagandists were using, the 6th Century AD Pali Chronicle- the Mahawamsa, to create ill feeling against Tamils, by portraying them as aliens……Wigneswaran warned that, if the country’s distorted history is continued to be taught in schools, trouble will inevitably ensue. Therefore he suggests, for a panel of Sri Lankan and foreign experts, to be entrusted with the task of re-writing Sri Lankan history impartially, from the earliest times, to that of independence from British rule, in 1948. (The story above is based on the report filed by PK Balachandran‘s to Indian Express).

It was after the second story by Wignes that I decided to read the first story by Sharmini S. I record here what I thought about these two crazy stories.

 Mahavamsa Buddhism

             Sharmini S (SS) says she is a Sinhala Buddhist refined or cleaned by the St. Bridget Convent and trained as a child by the late Ven. Piyadassi, including such new habits like sitting at the same table with monks. One wonders why she lists think kind of habit in public writings (I think, she thinks that she discloses a pure, logical and rational Buddhist (Kovur-Carlo Fonseka type?) living within her by this incident).  The only thing I can remember a female sitting at the same table with a monk was between Buddharakkitha and Wimala Wijewardena having dinner together, implicated in killing SWRD in 1959.

             Why this SS who says she is pure and genuine SB from her mother’s and father’s side despise all kinds of customs and practices by Buddhists in Sri Lanka and elsewhere? We all know there are Hindu influence in Buddhist worship patterns and living patterns. Is she going to start a crusade against them now in 2014? In the past Buddha was remembered in temples by a rock. But in later years the erection of statutes etc. began, especially after the Greek arrival in the Gandhara Region. Now about one-third of the sacred space of a Buddhist temple is devoted to Hindu gods and goddesses.  This influence can be seen so clearly when one considers the custom prevailed with regard to the donation of male infants to the Dalada Maligava by the Kandyans. The infant was placed inside the Relic room and redeemed by making a donation. This custom was not allowed in case of a female infant. But everybody forgot that the Dalada was brought to Sri Lanka by a woman hiding it on her hair on the head!

             Those who live in western cold climates know how important it is to have a temple environment full of shrines, Bo trees and Naga trees etc. where intelligent, very intelligent, not so intelligent, average and even foolish devotees felt calmness, cool or hot breeze and rain and sunshine on temple lands, day time or with full moon. This is why SS warns her CT readers in her essay: “… Caution- The following is more suitable for the broad-minded and the wise. Others are kindly advised to pass!  ….. Wonder if ours might have been a wiser, and a more ‘humane’ society, had our ‘ancient’ history, been based on Aesop’s Fables, instead of the Mahavamsa. For if not for the Mahavamsa, the Sinhalese may not have been endowed, with the reputation, of “Sinhalaya Modaya (The Sinhalese are Fools)”!”  Yes, Buddhism can be on a CD rom and in a library so Einstein kind of people can use it. Why temples and customs and habits?

             Surely, SS is badmouthing. SS should know that the real purpose of offering flowers is to remind people that life is temporary like the flowers are temporary. Everything in the world is impermanent, like the beauty of a young woman. In anything we think bad there is good. SS suggests that the study of religions should be compulsory for all children. This is a wonderful idea. She should convince Wigneswaran to start this in NP schools. She can even develop a course for university students, titled, “Come and examine, not come and believe.”

 Historian Wigneswaran

                         Wignes (W) picked up what he wanted from what SS wrote. SS was confused between the Mahavamsa and the Tripitaka. This is why SS says Mahavamsa was an insult to Buddha! Mahavamsa is a history book, and it was never taught in Sunday Temple Schools as part of Buddhism books. The only connection it had with Buddha was that it was written by a Buddhist monk.  As a history book it helped British historians in mid 1800s to identify King Asoka in India. There were other history books before Mahavamsa and nobody said Mahavmsa was another Bible. It recorded Tamil invasions, Sinhala kings having matrimonial alliances with South Indian kings, using Tamils as hired army etc., but it does not report a Tamil kingdom established in the island. It even gives an impartial account of the temporary Tamil king Elara. By careful study modern historians saw in it how the king Dutugemunu’s war to oust Elara was so well strategically planned by his father.

             Mahavamsa was neutral about W’s claim of two nations. Actually, W’s problem is that he cannot locate any canal, tank or monument to link with his Tamil nation. Yes there were Tamils, but no Tamil nation. They and Muslims lived as Sinhala king’s minority subjects. Not satisfied with this historical reality W began the history of Sri Lanka from 1919, by his famous Thantia talk, which was his debut to TNA politics soon to commence. In a previous essay, Wignes: New Tamil Moses, I discussed this plan of W. “…..Taking a similar stand, Wigneswaran is also cutting out history. His history begins only from 1921 with a James Peiris and a Samarawickrema, not with Elara, Dutugemunu or a Vijayabahu I. This is plain and simple dishonesty on his part. W based his right for a separate country on the agreement two Sinhala Christians made accepting Tamils as a separate nation in the Island!

             …….During 1921-23 there was a conspiracy to make the majority Sinhala Buddhists a legislative minority, by making the combined number of Tamil and Muslim representatives equal to the total number of Sinhala representatives. Wigneswaran is referring to this coup promoted by the then British governor, but flatly refused by the London establishment. The coup was between two Sinhala Christians, and Tamil and Muslim agents….”

             Tamils in Sri Lanka got all a minority group wants to live as equals in Sri Lanka. But W is not happy with it. May be he wants a situation like Quebec in Canada: two national flags, two national anthems and the like. W has become MahindaR’s albatross. He now wants to distribute gifts to Prabhakaran prisoners in jail on the Thaipongal day! He will have a party after the March 28 Geneva victory. He will then has his group to re-write history of Sri Lanka with foreign editors as he wished.

             Folks, two games are going on. W is massaging the Tamil separatist ego with projects like prison foods and re-writing history. This is W’s beggar’s wound. MahindaR has his beggar’s wound in W and Geneva threat. He will use this to win PC elections. The game will go on until Sri Lanka is finished as a Muslim country or an appendage of Tamil Nad. It is time to begin the overland bridge that Ranil W wanted to erect linking Tamil Nad and Mannar!

 P.S.  By the way CT also has even a few objective-minded readers. See the comment below. When Wignes read the SS essay if he also read this comment just below it, perhaps, he would not have praised her essay.

This (SS essay) is an evangelist-sponsored project. Cant one see that from the language/arguments used -no different from what the Evangelists are teaching children in their Baby classes at Polonnaruwa are asking, as some one remarked ” and the popularity rating of near 775 responses received, just like in best sportsman of the year or best website contest. It is all part of the game/the pop. quiz et al. There is nothing new said here except recycling old hat. The missionaries used this language she has spoken/arguments used for over three centuries in this country.The Portuguese Bishop in Goa even pulverized in a crucible, an alleged Tooth Relic of the Buddha when the King of Burma had offered handsomely for its possession. It is not what is said that is important but the cheer crowd. That is the new strategy. Just as the missionaries did in the 19th century Ceylon, buy tapping the rich and the influential,including a few Buddhist Bhikkus like the one who came to be known as David Silva and became a spokesman for the Christian religion, today’s Evangelists know whom to tap. In Africa they first converted the prostitutes and through them their clients. Clients were satisfied:God was honoured! No difference here. They have known whom to tap. Though the writer may not have the academic learning of a David Silva, she has other attractions, notably communication skills, all round. That is far more important today. She [Edited out] That is where the crunch is. Don’t blame the Buddhist extremists. Extemism begets from challenges like this, whether it is in the form of BBs or Ravana Balaya,or Vadamal Thailaya. That is how Arumuka Navalar was produced in the Jaffna society and Anagarika Dhemapala among the Sinhalese Buddhists. it is the “Challenge and Response” as the Historian said. Next time, Why does not she write about the “Immaculate Conception’ of the Christians, or the Hindu women tonguing/or rubbing against stone male stone Linga (penis); or the Gay rights? Will she try to get away saying, No I am no Christian, or stone Linga -grabber, nor Gay. What happened to those within the the Christian fold who questioned the Immaculate Conception. Ex-communicated? or sent to oblivion like one of our own fathers. What about the gay supporting Christain priests? What happened to the popularly exhibited French film “Nun for Christ”? Did the film makers get away easily? Does her claim to some Buddhist connection make her the right choice -the medium -for on going bashing of last vestiges of Buddhism remaining in the form of ritual, belief system etc? the game is clear enough. the writer is playing ball with anyone who pays. A former Director General of SLBC, who was declared Buddhist in his days at lest openly went over as a Christian propagandist and that for money. Why doesn’t she declare herself, likewise?.

 

US accuses countries forgetting its own use of Cluster Bombs and WMDs

January 13th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

“Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” ” Henry Kissinger.

 America cries ‘bring down dictators’ little forgetting that they vote for Presidents who do not think twice about ordering use of chemicals upon entire villages and wiping out the natives of nations they invade on fictitious allegations that they have become masters at cooking up. While US falsely accuses countries of possessing ‘weapons of mass destruction’ America conveniently hides its use of depleted uranium and cluster bombs but has the audacity to send officials to sovereign nations and denigrate these nations purely based on allegations most of which they know are concocted with their connivance. With all these criminalities staring at America, the country creates portfolios to cook up war crime charges against other nations and these officials are now asking us to ‘seek truth’ and quoting a whole list of other terminology that is part of the bandwagon of lies and like the US tweet falls well in line with the modus operandi of how US and other globalists function.

 So our most recent visitor has been US State Dept investigator for ‘war crimes of other nations except US’ and he will be or would have already drafted parts to be inserted into the 3rd Resolution against Sri Lanka in March. Who is making the allegations that the US will take as witness? Father Rayappu Joseph, Bishop of Mannar who declared open the ‘Embassy of the Tamil Eelam’, the Eelam House in London and allowed LTTE to use the Madhu Church and even fired from the Church to provoke the army to fire leaving the army with a Hobson’s choice and the Bishop never so much as issued a single statement demanding LTTE to leave or even complained to Church superiors overseas. It was a question of whether they all knew about the LTTE usage and did not mind.

 The discussion is on America’s use of weapons of mass destruction which are divided into 3 broad types ” nuclear weapons, chemical weapons and biological weapons.

 There is nothing to be surprised that US remains the ONLY country to have used nuclear weapons in combat ” secretly developed under the ‘Manhattan Project’ in the 1940s.

 US did not think twice of the implications of using nuclear on civilian populations ” in fact it was the objective when it used nuclear weapons TWICE on Japan (Hiroshima and Nagasaki). These two bombings killed 140,000 Japanese and injured over 130,000 people continue to still suffer the consequences. First was on 6th August 1945 and the next was on 9th August 1945 ” knowing what happened on 6th August, 3 days later the US repeated the horrendous crime.

 The occasions of US using chemical and other biological weapons are too many to list and their usage have covered the following list of nations US has militarily being involved in since World War 2.

1.       JAPAN 1945

2.      CHINA ” KOREA 1950-53 (KOREAN WAR)

3.      GUATEMALA 1954

4.      INDONESIA 1958

5.      CUBA 1959-1961

6.      VIETNAM 1961-73

7.      GUATAMALA 1960-1964-1967-69

8.     BELGIAN CONGO ” 1964

9.      LAOS ” 1964-73

10.  PERU – 1965

11.   DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1965 -66

12.  CAMBODIA 1969-70

13.  NICARAGUA 1981-90

14.  EL SALVADOR 1981-92

15.   LEBANON 1982 – 84

16.  GRENADA 1983-4

17.   LIBYA 1986

18.  IRAN ” 1987-88

19.  LIBYA 1989

20. PANAMA ” 1989-90

21.  IRAQ ” 1991 (PERSIAN GULF WAR)

22. KUWAIT – 1991

23. IRAQ 1991-2003 (US/UK ON REGULAR BASIS)

24. SOMALIA 1992-94

25.  IRAQ 2003 – PRESENT

26. IRAN ” 1998

27.  BOSNIA 1994-1995

28. AFGHANISTAN 1998

29. SUDAN 1998

30. YUGOSLAVIA-SERBIA 1999

31.  AFGHANISTAN 2001 ” PRESENT

32. YEMEN 2002

33. IRAN 2003

34. PAKISTAN 2007-PRESENT

35.  SOMALIA 2007-8

36. YEMEN 2009

37.  YEMEN 2011

38. SOMALIA 2011

Some of the crimes committed by the US in these countries are given below.

IRAQ

  • 2004 – US used white phosphorus in the Iraqi city of Fallujah (White phosphorous is a chemical that burns when exposed to oxygen and when touching the skin causes severe burns which can extend down to the bone. The use of white phosphorus is illegal as an incendiary weapon but legal in its use for smoke screening to cover troops.  The U.S. originally denied allegations but later admitted to them claiming their use of white phosphorus was in line with international laws. The use of white phosphorus in Fallujah not only killed enemy combatants but innocent civilians, including women and children who were burned alive. )

IRAN-IRAQ War

  • Under the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush the U.S. sold Iraq anthrax, VX nerve gas, West Nile Virus germs, brucella melitensis, which causes organ damage and clostridium perfringens, which causes gangrene. US also communicated locations of Iranian forces to Iraqis via satellite imaging. t is estimated that 20,000 Iranian soldiers died directly from the use of chemical weapons while tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians suffered illnesses from chemical exposure. About 100,000 Iranians receive government compensation today for injuries and illnesses resulting from Iraq’s use of chemical weapons. According to declassified documents, the U.S. was aware of Iraq’s atrocities against both Iranian forces and Kurdish populations.

VIETNAM

  • Vietnam was a chemical war for oil, permanently contaminating large regions and countries downriver with Agent Orange – environmentally the most devastating war in world history.
    • Between 1962 and 1971 during the Vietnam War the U.S. dumped 20 million gallons of herbicides over Vietnamese crops and forests, feeding and concealing opposition forces. 11.4 million gallons consisted of Agent Orange in addition to 8 million gallons of Agent White, Blue, Purple, Pink and Green. 4.8 million people were exposed to Agent Orange, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, in addition to 500,000 babies born with birth defects. Throughout the war Agent Orange destroyed 5 million acres of forest in addition to 500,000 acres of crops. Dioxin, a chemical laced in Agent Orange, which has been persistently linked to cancer, birth defects and other disabilities continues to affect generations 40 years later. The U.S.’s indiscriminate use of these chemicals in combination with the bombing of urban concentrations, killing countless civilians, constitute major war crimes by the U.S.

KOREAN WAR

The South Koreans have filed over 60 large scale killings by US Military during the Korean War. US had adopted a policy of shooting refugees approaching US lines. The mass killings include:

  • Sept. 1, 1950 ” opening fire on a refugee encampment on a beach near the southern South Korean port of Pohang. Survivors say 100 to 200 refugees ”” mostly women and children ”” were killed.
  • Aug. 10, 1950 – U.S. troops and aircraft fired on villagers who had sought shelter from fighting in a large family shrine in Kokan-ri, 83 killed mostly children. Declassified documents reveal orders to shoot civilians found in the war zone was given 2 weeks before.
  • Jan. 20, 1951 ” US drops napalm firebombs where civilians were sheltering. Declassified documents reveal US troops were directed to attack large civilian groups on suspicion they harbored infiltrators.
  • Declassified documents (origin July 6, 1953 ” declassified in March 2006) also reveal that US used biological weapons during Korean War but lied about pushing for probe. The Memo reveals US did not conduct a probe because it would reveal its use of unconventional military operations. In 1952, Commission of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers revealed that US planes used asphyxiating and other gases/chemical weapons.

LAOS

The U.S. government funded an illegal, covert bombing campaign that killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians and left the small nation of Laos burdened with a deadly legacy that lives on today. Between 1964-73 US released 2.1 million tons ordnance (UXO) over Laos repeatedly. It was a direct violation of the Geneva Conventions on war to protect civilians and the 1954 Geneva Accords and 1962 Geneva Agreements that prohibited the presence of foreign military personnel or advisors in neutral Laos. US bombing missions were every eight minutes, twenty-four hours a day, for nine years. The United States dropped more bombs on Laos than it had dropped on all countries during World War II. After the war ended, up to 78 million unexploded cluster bombs and other ordnance remained, posing a constant threat to civilian life. In June 2007, a speech made by U.S. State Department official Richard Kidd – The U.S. government acknowledged that no other country in the world had suffered the long-term harm from cluster bombs that was inflicted on the people of Laos. UXO continues to kill or injure close to three hundred people each year and poses a major impediment to economic development. Laos remains one of the poorest countries in the world.

Depleted Uranium

US Maj. Gen. Chuck Wald admitted that US jets were firing ‘depleted uranium’ bullets in Yugoslavia (BBC 5/7/99) A10 carries 30mm seven-barrel cannon capable of firing 4200 rounds of DU tipped bullets per minute. In a single minute 234kg of DU can be released. DU is highly toxic.US has in excess of 1.1billion pounds of DU waste.

Cluster Bombs

U.S. admitted to using cluster bombs in Yugoslavia but it has claimed the right to do so after a supposed misfire during which cluster bombs hit a crowded market in Nis and killed 15 civilians. “The bombs struck next to the hospital complex and near the market, bringing death and destruction, peppering the streets Serbia’s third-largest city with shrapnel and littering the courtyards with yellow bomb casings” (“NATO Attack Misfires ” 15 Civilians Die.” Chronicle News Service, San Francisco Chronicle 5/8/99).

“The hospitals pathology clinic was damaged, and its walls were pockmarked with small craters that appeared to have been caused by shrapnel. About 10 yellow canisters with parachutes attached were visible on the street near the hospital” (Reuters. “Serbs Say 15 are Killed at Hospital and Market,” New York Times 5/8/99).

Paul Watson in an article for the Los Angeles Times 4/28/99 exposes the indiscriminate nature of cluster bombs and their widespread use in Kosovo. During five weeks of air strikes witnesses here say, NATO warplanes have dropped cluster bombs that scatter smaller munitions over wide areas.

When cluster bombs are used: Each cluster bomb is composed of 200 to 700 bomblets. When each bomblet explodes it fragments into about 300 pieces of jagged steel – sending out virtual blizzards of deadly shrapnel. People are decapitated, arms, legs, hands and feet are severed from their bodies – anyone and anything alive in the immediate vicinity is shredded into a bloody mess.

The United States stockpiles over one billion submunitions in weapons currently in service. Nearly three-quarters of this stockpile of submunitions are contained in MLRS rockets and 155mm artillery projectiles. 

The use of cluster bombs has been admitted by both the U.S. and British military. (Human Rights Watch “U.S. Misleading on Cluster Munitions” 25 April 2003)

The U.S. Department of Defense has acknowledged using nearly 1,500 air-dropped cluster bombs.

The U.S. even boasted that they used “for the first time in combat history” a new version of this banned weapon, the CBU-105. (“US drops new high tech cluster bomb in Iraq” -http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s823003.htm)

Stephen Rapp ” may like to comment on 2003 Iraq, cluster weapons used in Hilla hospital and ask why US embassy did not send a tweet on these crimes Robert Fisk of the Independent wrote: “Terrifying film of women and children later emerged after Reuters and the Associated Press were permitted by the Iraqi authorities to take their
cameras into the town. Their pictures – the first by Western news agencies from the Iraqi side of the battlefront – showed babies cut in half and children with amputation wounds, apparently caused by American shellfire and cluster bombs. Much of the videotape was too terrible to show on television and the agencies’ Baghdad editors felt able to send only a few minutes of a 21-minute tape that included a father holding out pieces of his baby and screaming “cowards, cowards” into the camera. Two lorryloads of bodies, including women in flowered dresses, could be seen outside the Hilla hospital.” (The Independent April 03, 2003)

The US used cluster munitions in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam (1960s and 1970s); Grenada and Lebanon (1983); Libya (1986); Iran (1988); Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia (1991); Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995); Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo (1999); Afghanistan (2001 and 2002); and Iraq (2003).

An October 2004 report to the US Congress by the Department of Defense provides details on a stockpile of 5.5 million cluster munitions containing about 728.5 million submunitions. In November 2009, a US Department of State official said, “The current stockpile is huge; the Department of Defense currently holds more than 5 million cluster munitions with 700 million submunitions. Using our current demilitarization capabilities, it will cost $2.2 billion to destroy this stockpile.”

  • US is the only country other than Somalia that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • US is one of only seven countries-together with Iran, Nauru, Palau, Somalia, Sudan and Tonga- that has failed to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
  • US has yet to ratify protect some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
  • ·         US has yet to ratify the UN Framework Convention on Climate Control (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol
  • US has yet to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
  • Signed and ratified in 1972, US unilaterally withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty on Dec. 13, 2001
  • Signed April 10, 1972, ratified March 23, 1975, US the draft proposal for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) in June, 2001.
  • The US remains the only member of NATO besides Turkey, and the only state in the Western Hemisphere besides Cuba, not to sign the Mine Ban Treaty.
  • In 2002, the US made the unprecedented move to “unsign” the treaty establishing the ICC. Since then, the US has systematically undermined the ICC by signing bilateral agreements with states to exempt US military and government personnel from the court’s jurisdiction.

TO REALIZE WHAT DAMAGE SUCCESSIVE US GOVERNMENTS HAVE DONE TO HUMANITY AND THE WORLD THIS SINGLE GALLERY WOULD SHOWCASE TO THE WORLD THE HORRIFIC CRIMES COMMITTED BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - http://www.whale.to/b/nguyen.html

It is not just the lives of foreign civilians that US has ruined. The Department of Veterans Affairs claim that the “Gulf-era veterans” now on medical disability since 1991 number 518,739, with only 7,035 reported wounded in Iraq in that same 14-year period. The US military are on drugs, anti-depressants or suffering some sort of malignancy and the number of personnel committing suicide is also shocking.

Yet, wars/conflicts/invasions and occupations are taking place and governments are committing troops because these leaders are puppets of a group of conglomerates who are motivated to make money through wars and plunder. Thus, the bombing targets are generally non-whites, those in the Third World or Muslim nations except of course for Yugoslavia where bombing white European Christians qualified the term ‘equal-opportunity bomber’! It also showed that even Orthodox Christians are now targets and reveals the invisible minds behind the history of bombings.

There is a significant reason why we say US has no legal or moral right to point fingers given America’s horrific track record of WMD criminalities. Whether the US likes it or not they have to accept this hometruth. As for the UN its entire purpose of existence is on the line and it is today nothing but a sham and officials nothing but stooges told to create reports to legally authorize what is illegal.

The lies of the US led West and the hypocrisy of the UN is best revealed in the Nuremberg Tribunal – “war is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression therefore is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole”. 

If the UN was created to prevent war, aggression, make illegal crossing borders (except in self-defense) what is it doing endorsing attacks when none of these countries provoked or even attacked the US/West?

USA and its globalists are daily crossing borders illegally and attacking countries covertly, overtly and now on supposed ‘official’ capacities which are all against the UN Charter and to top it off the US has brought in legislature so that none of US crimes or its soldiers will ever get tried in any international court for the crimes committed or being committed.

How many are keeping silent of US war crimes and watching the farce of Rapps being sent to cook up charges when US is blind to its own crimes?

Surely the Americans themselves and the citizens of the West must now wake up to realize that they too have been made fools of over the years

 

 

The pursuit of happiness?

January 13th, 2014

By Shelton A. Gunaratne  professor emeritus in communication, lives in Moorhead, Minn.

 Tracy Frank’s story titled “The pursuit of happiness?” in the Sunday edition of The (Fargo, N.D.) Forum’s She Says section (Jan. 12, 2014) drew my instant attention because it was the exact topic of our monthly Buddhist Discussion Group on Saturday.

However, after I read her story, I failed to extract a satisfactory answer to the question, either implicit or explicit, on why chasing the American dream has failed to create happiness among the large majority of Americans.
The sidebar to Frank’s story says: “Americans have grown continuously more depressed over the past half-century and behavioral researchers say it has to do with unrealistic expectations of the American dream””the perfect house, spouse, kids and career.”

But Frank’s secular journalistic approach in the forthcoming articles on the components of the American dream is unlikely to help solve the problem of widespread unhappiness.

Frank’s articles are probably not intended to find the root causes of unhappiness in our society. And without knowing the causes, it’s impossible to control or remove them.

This is where Buddhist phenomenology can help us. It asserts that the path to happiness starts from an understanding of the root causes of suffering, which includes both physical and mental states. Buddha discovered that desire and attachment engendered by ignorance (of the world as it really is) and defilements such as greed, ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and anxiety, and doubt were the reasons for unhappiness.       

Then, the Buddha prescribed an eightfold proactive course of treatment called the Middle Path to achieve supreme bliss or happiness better known as enlightenment or nirvana.

The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths explain the existence, causation, cessation and the path leading to the cessation of unhappiness.

 The prescribed path has three dimensions: ethical conduct (right speech, action, and livelihood), mental cultivation (right effort, mindfulness, and concentration), and wisdom (right understanding, and intention). Mental cultivation, today known as psychotherapy, specifies three steps of meditation, which are vital to liberate the mind from defilements.  According to the Buddha, compassion and wisdom must be developed jointly for the individual to gain liberation.

The Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda points out that happiness is in the journey, not in the destination. He says that modern life is a struggle to acquire monetary gains, comfort and luxury. This lifestyle produces anxieties and stress, instead of happiness.

Almost anticipating the American dream of the perfect house, spouse, kids and career, Dhammananda says that some think that a “good and congenial life partner” [spouse] is a source of happiness. Others think that children [kids] are another source of happiness. But none of these provide stable conditions. All are subject to anicca (the law of impermanence), anatta (insubstantiality) and dukkha (unsatisfactoriness)””the three marks of existence. They can bring in short-term pleasure, but not happiness.

Happiness “cannot be found in the material things about us, such as wealth, power or fame.” Pleasure is a passing show and does not offer lasting happiness. Pleasure can be bought, but not happiness.

The Forum articles are not aimed at helping its readers to clean their minds of the defilements that have caused so much unhappiness. These articles could serve the readers better by projecting happiness as a state of consciousness that does not depend on their physical appetites and passions.   

Dhammananda clarifies: “Happiness is a mental state which can be attained through the culture of mind. External sources such as wealth, fame, social position and popularity are but temporary sources of happiness. The real source is the mind. The mind [that] is controlled and cultured is the real source of happiness. The opinion that mental tranquility is unattainable is not true. Everyone can cultivate inner peace and tranquility through the purification of the mind.”


UNHRC SESSIONS IN GENEVA IN MARCH 2014

January 13th, 2014

Chanaka Bandarage

(i)                An International Commission of Enquiry against Sri Lanka?

 At the next UNHRC sessions in Geneva in March 2014, there is the possibility that an International Commission of Enquiry can be set up to investigate the war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka, in relation to the final stages of the war against Tamil Tigers.  

 Though they may think it will be easy, setting up of such an International Commission of Enquiry  against Sri Lanka will not be an easy task for the adversaries of Sri Lanka.

 It is true at UNHRC in Geneva we have failed twice ” in 2012 and 2013.   India voted against us on both occasions.   Last time (in 2013), 13 countries voted  in favour of  Sri Lanka, but 25 countries voted against us.  9 countries abstained from voting. 

 I belive the vote this year (2014), will be too close to call. 

 The current membership (47) of the Human Rights Council  of the UNHRC is as follows:

 Algeria, Argentina, Austria , Benin , Botswana , Brazil, Burkina Faso , Chile, China, Congo, Costa Rica, C´te d’Ivoire , Cuba, Czech Republic , Estonia, Ethiopia , France , Gabon, Germany, India , Indonesia, Ireland, Italy , Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait , Maldives, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan , Peru , Philippines, South Korea , Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia , Sierra Leone , South Africa, Macedonia, UAE, UK, USA, Venezuela and Vietnam

 Judging the current membership, most Asian and African countries may want to vote in favour of Sri Lanka, otherwise they may abstain from voting.  India is again likely to vote against us.  The misfortune for us is that the EU countries will cast a block vote, and their votes will go against Sri Lanka.  The US and UK will put undue pressure on some African and Latin American countries to vote against us.  It is interesting to watch how Japan and South Korea would  vote this time.

 It is prudent for Sri Lanka to be ready for any adverse outcome that may arise out of Geneva.

 Whatever machinery that the Government would put in place  in the next two months to investigate the alleged  war crimes allegations (currently it seems the Government intends  to do the investigation through the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission with foreign members also appointed), in March 2014, our adversaries in UNHRC may say that  such machinery was not good enough.  It is obvious that  our adversaries will demand a full judicial enquiry than the Government’s current quasi-judicial enquiry.  Even if the Government  announces a full judicial enquiry  – to be conducted by a judicial Commission/Tribunal that has punitive powers, it is likely that Sri Lanka’s enemies will still not be satisfied with that.  To the writer, they seem hell-bent on conducting their own enquiry. 

 Given that Sri Lanka too has strong support in UNHRC, there is a possibility that  UNHRC may give Sri Lanka another chance to set up a full scale judicial body  with the UNHRC stipulating the terms of reference for the Commission/Tribunal, and they may agree to assess the position again in late 2014 or in 2015.  Comparatively, this would be a good outcome. What the UNHRC will actually do in March 2014, it is difficult to predict now, much  depends on the attitude of the member countries.  If India again decides to vote against us (likely), it will certainly not help us.  Due to India, some Asian and African countries may be unwilling to assist us.

 Given that Ms Pillai will still be at the helm of UNHRC and the recent rhetoric of Messrs Cameron, Harper, Singh, Rapp  et al., as stated before,  we should be ready for any scenario, even an adverse outcome – UNHRC may pass a resolution to set up its own International Commission of Enquiry against Sri Lanka.  It is difficult to believe they will seek other punishments such as imposing  economic sanctions/travel bans on the country’s leaders.-

 ii) Effects of an UNHRC resolution to appoint an International Commission of Enquiry  on  Sri Lanka

 The UNHRC in Geneva can make resolutions as it likes by way of majority vote, but they   are not binding on the member nations.  Even last year there were resolutions passed against Sri Lanka such as requesting us to fully implement the LLRC recommendations.  But Sri Lanka is not bound by them, so Sri Lanka can  disregard them and do nothing (Sri Lanka almost fully complied with the last year’s resolutions).  Except the bad publicity, nothing will happen to Sri Lanka from a UNHRC resolution.  UNHRC resolutions do get wide publicity and no country wants a resolution passed against them.  For example, so many resolutions have been passed against Israel and nothing has happened to Israel.

 Like Israel, nothing will happen to Sri Lanka, unless the matter is raised in the UN Security Council.

 Israel is more fortunate than Sri Lanka.  There have been more than half a dozen resolutions passed against Israel in UNHRC, and Israel ignored all of them.  The  UN Security Council has never made a referral  of Israel to the ICC or imposed sanctions against it.  Israel is safe, it knows the UN Security Council is unlikely to make sanctions against it.  This is because Israel is always protected in the UN Security Council by the US.  Very recently, the retired UK Judge Goldstone made adverse findings against Israel in his UN report on Israel’s attack on a flotilla of boats to Gaza where innocent people were killed.  When the matter was raised in the UN Security Council, the US blocked any resolution being brought against Israel.

 iii). Sadly assuming that the worst case scenario happens – an International Commission of Enquiry is established against Sri Lanka in March 2014,what would be the consequence of such a Commission on Sri Lanka?

 Then, the Commission will promptly conduct its investigations. It is likely that Sri Lanka may co-operate with the Commission to some degree, but, it is likely it may not allow the Commission to conduct sittings in Sri Lanka.  The Commission may sit in Geneva.  It is unlikely that any Sri Lankan leader (political and military) will give evidence in the Commission’s proceedings.  It will  not be mandatory anyway.  The Commission’s role  I believe will  only be to conduct committal proceedings ” making a finding whether or not there is strong evidence for individuals to be charged for war crimes, to refer them to the International Criminal Court  (ICC) in the Hague.  The writer believes that Channel 4, Gordon Weiss, Mr Darusman and his team, Stephen Rapp (the latter allegedly collected evidence in Mulatiwu during his travel this time), Tamil  Diaspora, TNA, Northern Tamils (people like Ms Sasitharan, Rayapppu Joseph  and hundreds or possibly thousands of other Tamils) will adduce evidence before the Commission.  True, that most of the evidence against Sri Lanka  will be dubious, due to limited or no participation of Sri Lanka at the enquiry and veracity of the evidence against Sri Lanka being very high,  it is  likely that the Commission will make a finding that criminal proceedings should be initiated against certain Sri Lankan political and military leaders and soldiers (the Commission will name them), for alleged war crimes.  This will be a real blow to Sri Lanka.

 The referral of Sri Lankan nationals to the ICC must be determined by the UN Security Council.

 Note that after an International Commission of Enquiry, the political leaders of Kenya (including its President and the Vice President) are currently facing  charges in the ICC for alleged crimes committed during and after the 2007 Kenyan Presidential election – The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta ((ICC-01/09-02/11).  The UK actively demanded this pathway. 

 (iv). UN Security Council

Sri Lanka is not a member of the ICC.  Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe, when Prime Minister, refused to join the ICC (even the US is not a member).  The approval from the UN Security Council is required to send a non-member to the ICC.  Kenya was then a member (not any more).

 We have good friends like China and Russia in the UN Security Council, but it is na¯ve to think that China and Russia will come and rescue us all the time  Note the recent Chinese Government statement about Sri Lanka’s human rights record. 

 It is true Russia strongly protected Syria at the UN Security Council.  The Russian President Mr Putin  personally congratulated our President on his appointment as the President of the Commonwealth.  Will Russia come and rescue  Sri Lanka at the UN Security Council (or whether or not both Russia and China will protect Sri Lanka at the UN Security Council), they are  difficult predictions to make at this stage.

 When the UN Security Council approved the referral of Mr Omar Al Bashir of Sudan to the ICC in the Hague, his best friends, China and Russia abstained from voting ” they did not veto against the proposal.  After he was indicted by the ICC (ICC-02/05-01/09; The Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir), Mr Al Bashir agreed to hold a referendum  to determine whether or not Sudan should be divided into two.

 When Mr Al Bashir’s matter was raised in the Security Council, China was investing in Sudan more than any other African country.  But, China did not intervene to save its friend.  The same  situation arose in relation to Libya, to overthrow Gadhafi.  Both China and Russia abstained from voting  in the Security Council, so the West was able to send planes to bomb Libya.   In 1990, both Russia and China consented to sending UN forces to Iraq.

 Therefore, it  is an illusion  to think that either China or Russia (or both) will definitely come and rescue Sri Lanka in the UN Security Council if an adverse finding is made against Sri Lanka by the International Commission of Enquiry, a body (to be) created by the UNHRC,  that our political and military leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes in the Hague.  After an adverse finding by the Enquiry, it is possible that lesser number of countries may  come forward to help Sri Lanka in the UN Security Council.

 Like in Sudan and Libya situations, it is possible China and Russia  to finally abstain at the crucial Security Council voting against Sri Lanka, resulting  the referral of Sri Lanka to the ICC (ie, certain Sri Lankan political and military leaders). 

 Again, if our leaders and military commanders are referred to the ICC in the Hague to face war crimes charges, this will be a tremendous  blow to Sri Lanka.  In ICC, quick indictments will be issued against them and warrants will be issued for their arrest if they do not turn up for court proceedings in the Hague.  This is how the ICC acted in relation to Sudan, Kenya and former political and military leaders of former Yugoslavia, Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina.

 In regards to the former Sierra Leon leader, Charles Taylor, the ICC imposed a 50 year custodial sentence upon him.  He is scheduled to be moved to a British jail.

 (v). Real motive of the West in establishing  the International Commission of Enquiry against Sri Lanka ” a referendum to create the Tamil Eelam?

 After the emergence of South Sudan, the West has shown no interest to pursue Mr Al Bashir in the Hague.  Mr Al Bashir who is on an international warrant for arrest, was in China and also in Egypt some time ago, in December 2013 he was in Kuwait , no one was really bothered to arrest him.  This shows the West’s ulterior motive ” what they wanted was Mr Al Bashir to agree to hold the referendum,  not the actual prosecution of him.

 The West basically achieved what it wanted ” create the Christian South Sudan. 

 By asking for a war crimes investigation against Sri Lanka and then referring the  leaders to the Hague as a result of the findings of the Enquiry, one could say that the West is using the same Sudan tactic against Sri Lanka.  The West is heavily indoctrinated with false accusations against Sri Lanka by the most powerful Tamil Diaspora.  Now, both the West and the Tamil Diaspora  desperately want the Tamil Eelam, and they know the best way to achieve it is by way of exerting pressure on Sri Lanka, so that a referendum will eventuate. 

 This referendum will be limited to the North and East (not islandwide) .  If the referendum is held, the Tamil Eelam will be dawned, I  believe sometime between 2016 – 2018.

 Once that happens (once the Tamil Eelam is dawned), the current adverse international focus on Sri Lanka may  stop.  The West will donate large sums of money to Sri Lanka to keep it happy.  Our political and military leaders and soldiers may not be strenuously  hounded down on the Hague pathway.  Both Sri Lanka and Tamil Eelam will learn to co-exist, for the Sinhalese there will be no other choice anyway.  Of course, the Sinhalese will lament the loss of 1/3 of the land mass (best lands of the country) and 3/4 of the coastal area, but they will learn to accept the fact.  It may be that they will eventually be satisfied that the war did come to an end in 2009, Prabhakaran is dead, and everyone has managed to live in peace and harmony in the two respective countries.  I believe Mr Wigneswaran’s TNA will impose strict travel restrictions on Sinhalese to travel to Tamil Eelam and the Sinhalese who live in Tamil Eelam (like the Nawatkuli Sinhalese who have lived in Jaffna for generations) will be forced to return to the south ” to Sri Lanka.  Tamils who live in Sri Lanka will continue to live there.

 Initially, our patriotic leaders of the nation will not agree to hold the North/East referendum, but, the pressure that will be put on them will be so severe (like in 1987, there will be bogus threats of  military intervention in Sri Lanka etc, eventually like Mr Al Bashir , Sri Lanka may agree to hold the referendum.  India will always take the side of the West.  It is strongly advised that whatever the pressure put on Sri Lanka, it must not consent to hold a referendum in the North and East. We should not repeat the stupid acts of Sudan and Indonesia (the latter, in relation to East Timor) to hold referendums to divide our country.

 Messrs Wigneswaran and Sampanthan are now Mandela type world figures (it is we who created such statures for them!). They have more acceptance in the West than for our President.  Once the Tamil Eelam is created, it will not be a surprise if both of them become joint recipients of the Nobel  Peace Prize.  Our President will continue to rule Sri Lanka.

 vi) What should Sri Lanka  do now – to avoid an adverse resolution being passed against Sri Lanka, such as setting up of the International Commission of Enquiry  in March 2014? (Given that this is a do or die moment  for Sri Lanka, as a matter of urgency it must do everything possible to win the UNHCR vote in Geneva in March 2014)

1). Sri Lanka must establish its own Commission of Enquiry (must be judicial), preferably with acceptable foreign members on the panel as soon as possible, definitely before the Geneva sessions in March 2014

 Mr David Cameron asked Sri Lanka to hold its own war crimes enquiry.  He stated  if not, he will recommend that the international community (ie, UNHRC) will conduct its own enquiry.  To conduct its genuine enquiry, the Sri Lankan Government  after it has established its own Commission will need to make a formal worldwide request  for witnesses to come forward to give evidence before the Commission.  The Government must ask the West to provide it with a list of victims of the war, if the victims are dead, names of the family members to become witnesses etc.  But, it is unlikely that the West will do this.  Channel 4 has stated they will not divulge their sources of information to Sri Lanka.  Mr Darusman has uttered the same.  Neither the Tamil Diaspora nor the TNA will file complaints with the Sri Lankan Government about the matter, they want to give evidence only before an International Commission of Enquiry.  This is creation of a ‘Catch 22′ situation for Sri Lanka.  The West especially the UK should not encourage this. Without complainants/witnesses, it will be impossible for Sri Lanka to establish a war crimes Commission/Tribunal and conduct proper hearings.  Mr Abbott, the Australian Prime Minister stated in relation to the controversy over Australia’s live cattle exports to Indonesia that it was wrong for the former Australian Government to formulate policies based merely on an ABC TV documentary.  The same rationale applies to the allegations made against Sri Lanka by Channel 4.  Mr Cameron and the West blindly believe that Channel 4 documentaries are true when Sri Lanka has stated (unfortunately, not very convincingly) that Channel 4 videos are unauthentic (and findings of the Darusman Report are also wrong).  Thus, the West demands that Sri Lanka must conduct its own Enquiry into the alleged war crimes  as highlighted in the Channel 4 videos. Their demand has no substance if they do not actively assist Sri Lanka to properly conduct its own Enquiry (investigation).  Effectively, they are laying another trap for Sri Lanka to fall into.

 2) Sri Lanka should obtain assurances from its 2 friends in the UN Security Council – China and Russia, that they will veto any proposal to refer our political and military leaders to the ICC, if such a proposal is brought before the UN Security Council, after the making of adverse findings  against Sri Lanka by the International Commission of  Enquiry

 3). Sri Lanka should initiate a massive campaign to win over the moderate members of the UNHRC – especially those who are likely to abstain from voting on the proposed adverse resolution to be brought against Sri Lanka, (most likely by the US) and Sri Lanka should lobby other countries at .large.  Sri Lanka must ask its friends and those countries that will definitely vote for it in Geneva to canvass  more votes for Sri Lanka.  These actions must start immediately.

 We must stress to the world that  we did not commit war crimes and the accusations brought against us are mostly dubious and fraud.  This can be done, provided that the Government starts a robust, sensible campaign to rebut the most serious allegations that have been made against Sri Lanka.  We should use expert technical analysis to prove that Channel 4 videos are unauthentic.  Sri Lanka Support Group (the writer is the President) is in possession of such expert analysis.  The writer who once received instructions to initiate legal action against Channel 4 (but, a cause of action against Channel 4 was not initiated), has identified 38 blatant errors/untruth in the ‘Sri Lanka Killing Fields’ video; he now says there are more.  The 1st Channel 4 video that alleges that the Sri Lankan Army shot dead a number of Tamil Tigers extra-judicially, in pointblank range is a total fabrication.  It is now proven that that video was prepared by the LTTE in Tamil language much earlier than end of the war in May 2009.  Channel 4 concealed this from its  viewers.  The background of this video does not resemble  that of Sri Lanka but a Balkan or a Mediterranean country.  The people in the video  resemble Mediterranean type of people (of olive complexion). The 3rd and 4th videos are also full of inaccuracies.  The Channel 4 videos contain number of sub-videos that have been highly edited, thus are extremely dubious.  Channel 4 stated that the original videos provided to them were proper records of  the battlefront and the videos were taken using mobile phones.  Expert technical analysis very well show that some of the videos have been made using sophisticated video cameras that have zoom lenses.  Everyone knows that mobile phone cameras do not have zoom lenses.  It is highly believed that some scenes of the ‘Sri Lanka Killing Fields’ (the 2nd and  the most controversial video) had been shot in Thamilnadu using Tamil actors.  Sri Lanka Support Group  is in possession of evidence against Channel 4 and they are many. The writer has prepared comprehensive reports about  the Channel 4 inaccuracies.  There are many other patriots around the world who have worked tirelessly on these areas.  These works must be properly collated and used in defence of the country.  All these must be presented to UNHRC members, Mr Cameron and the West in a meticulous, methodical, comprehensive and professional manner. 

 4). Patriotic Sinhalese groups must travel to Geneva well in advance of the UNHRC sessions in March and meet with delegates of the member nations, legislative members of the European Union, various NGOs and also with Ms Pillai.  They must work as one coherent group. They must run a permanent  stand at UNHRC in Geneva manned by volunteers and must also participate in media briefings, press conferences, conduct workshops, exhibitions, lectures, public meetings, street theatres, film shows etc at UNHRC premises, its surroundings and in Geneva City (all peacefully).  Like in the past, the Tamils will do similar lobbying and propaganda work. The Sinhalese patriots (hundreds of volunteers  who are required to travel to Geneva from various parts of the world) will have to regularly write to Geneva based newspapers and participate in radio talkback  shows.  They may conduct peaceful demonstrations with banners/placards clearly depicting the unfair  and unjust treatment meted out to Sri Lanka by the West. Where possible they must attend radio and TV stations and talk to journalists to explain the real, true situation in Sri Lanka.  These Foregin government representatives of UNHRC, EU, NGOs etc have an obligation to meet with our Sinhalese representatives,  given that they afford much time to  meetings with separatist Tamil groups. 

 5) Sinhalese groups in the UK must demand a meeting with Mr Cameron, who frequently give appointments to Tamil groups to meet with him. The Sinhalese groups  must make him aware that there are more Sinhalese voters in the UK than Tamil, and the Sinhalese in the UK are very unhappy with the harsh stance that Mr Cameron has thus far taken against Sri Lanka.  Similarly, Sinhalese groups in Canada need to meet with Mr Harper, another harsh critique of Sri Lanka.  If we continue to avoid them, there will be no one that will be able to explain them the real truth. Patriotic Sri Lankans in Australia, including Sri Lanka Support Group, will continue to positively lobby Australian parliamentarians.  

 6). The Sri Lankan Government  will need to highlight the alleged frauds perpetrated by Channel 4 and others against Sri Lanka to Western Governments, Western Media, UN and its agencies and NGOs.  So far, the Government has done some work but not enough.  It appears that the Government does not have capable persons to do the job in its armoury. Now, as a result, the country’s leaders are at risk of facing serious war crimes charge and the sovereignty of the country is at grave stake.

 7). In the next 2 months, if we can convince the 47 members of the UNHRC, not excluding the UK, US, Canada, Norway and the EU about the Channel 4 forgeries and Tamil Diaspora lies/frauds; if we do a very good job (emphasis added), we may be able to avoid an International  War Crimes Enquiry being mounted against Sri Lanka.  This means we will be able to fix the problem permanently.  If the West is defeated in Geneva this year (ie, if we win!), it will be impossible for the West to bring another resolution against Sri Lanka ever again. Some may say it is useless talking to these countries, and they have already prejudged  Sri Lanka.  There is a truth in having such a negative belief about these powerful Western powers, but, we must not give up.  Sri Lanka’s case is different to that of Sudan and Kenya.  Sri Lanka did not  commit war crimes during the last stages of the war.  We must not be scared to say this and we must not admit to crimes that were  never committed.  If horrendous isolated war crimes were committed , they should be investigated internally (locally), not internationally,  and the perpetrators after due trials should be punished (the Government has already stated it will embark on this pathway).  The Government has already sent to jail few ex-soldiers for committing war time atrocities (isolated crimes during cause of the war). But, we must try to stop the International Commission of Enquiry being appointed against us in March 2014 at any cost. It will simply be the opening of a huge Pandora’s  Box for Sri Lanka.

 8). In the next 2 months, the Government must send fine emissaries to Western and other countries.  They must be people who can sit on an equal footing with Western leaders like William Hague, John  Kerry and  John Baird etc and meet with other world leaders and explain them that due to  the alleged frauds associated with Channel 4 and other dubious sources of information like the Darusman Report, it is necessary that they give deference to our side of the story as opposed to that of our opponents.  Given the current difficult predicament that  we are in, we must try everything possible to prevent the International Commission  of  Enquiry being established.  Professor  GLPeiris is well suited  for the task; he needs a good, intelligent, vibrant  team.  If the Government can spend millions of dollars on a useless CHOGM conference, surely it should be able to spend some money on this matter – a matter that goes to the very heart of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  But, like in the past, it will be foolish for the Government to pay millions of dollars to foreign consultancy and law firms to do public relations (PR) work for the Government.   The money paid to the foreign firms before was a sheer waste.

 9). One example (there are many examples) of false war crimes accusations that have been made against Sri Lanka ” that Sri Lanka killed 40,000 innocent Tamils in the last stages of the war.  The contradictions in the evidence put forward against Sri Lanka are overwhelming.  These anomalies should be brought to the personal attention of people like Messrs Obama, Cameron, Harper, Abbott, Key, Kerry, Hague, Baird, representatives of the 47 UNHRC Member states etc.  Sadly, the Government has so far not carried out  these representations effectively.  Let us undertake to give wide publicity to the following in the next 2 months:

 i. During the war Mr Gordon Weiss (the then UN Spokesman in Colombo) stated that up to 7,000 people were killed (this was also a high number and the Sri Lankan Government  denied this high number).  Mr Weiss waited for 9 months after the end of the war to state that the actual number of deaths may be 40,000.  He wanted to sell his book; the writer confronted Mr Weiss at his book launch in Melbourne in 2010 as to how he came up with the figure, Mr Weiss was baffled and could not answer.  The London Times also picked up the 7, 000 figure and later published a big headline story that Sri Lanka killed 40,000 innocent Tamils.  The news travelled like wildfire.  Channel 4 later produced a number of dubious videos.

 ii. Mr Darusman went ahead and wrote the report based on such hearsay (inadmissible) evidence.

 iii. Up to now, no one has been able to say where these figures have come from.  They cannot do this because Mr Weiss and the London Times  plucked the 7,000 and  40,000 figures respectively from thin air.

 iv. Now the whole world (ie the West) want  to prosecute Sri Lanka for a crime it did not commit.

 v.The TNA MP, Mr Sumanthirian stated about 5 months ago that the Sri Lankan Army killed 75,000 Tamils.  According to Stephen Rapp thousands were massacred in St Anthony’s Park in Padumathalan.  He made this ‘finding’ solely on the basis of hearsay evidence,  when no investigation into such a massacre has been conducted by anyone including himself.  This is the first time that such an allegation has been made against Sri Lanka (the alleged St Anthony’s Park massacre). With time to come, it is possible for enemies of Sri Lanka to increase the dead figure, say to a  more comfortable 200,000 or 300,000, so that immense pressure can be brought forth upon our leaders forcing them to eventually agree to hold the referendum in Sri Lanka, to create the Tamil Eelam.  As stated before they can still be sent to ICC in the Hague for criminal prosecution after creating the Eelam.

 vi. It is estimated that since end of the war at least 7,000 Tamils migrated to Australia illegally in boats.  Many thousands of Tamils fled to other European countries like Italy, the UK, US etc.  Without disclosing these facts Channel 4 and the Tamil separatists say  that since end of the war thousands of Tamils have disappeared in Sri Lanka.  Those people who migrated in boats illegally are counted as missing ( disappeared) Tamils of Sri Lanka.

 vii. If Sri Lanka killed so many innocent Tamils during last stages of the war (intentionally or recklessly), would India, or for that matter Tamilnadu (located only 30 km away from the war zone), maintained a silence at that time?  Then, India offered full support for the war.

 viii. If 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in such a small area of land (the no fire zone was less than 3 sq. km), where were the dead bodies buried, what are the names of the dead 40,000 people, who are their relatives, why cannot the TNA/Tamil Diaspora., ordinary Tamils in the North give the list of the victims’ names to the Government?

 ix. People like Messrs Weiss, Sumanthirian  etc who come up with fanciful allegations against Sri Lanka also agree that Tamil civilians were killed by the LTTE weapons and  thousands of Tamil terrorists were legitimately killed by the Sri Lankan Army. They should be included in the dead Tamil numbers (during last stages of the war, the Tamil Tigers deliberately killed Tamils who were fleeing the no fire zone.  Even Mr Weiss agreed in his book that the LTTE were holding heavy armory inside the no-fire zone and they fired at the civilians who fled it.  The number of civilians died from LTTE gunfire amounts to few hundreds, not thousands.  Then, about 12,000 Tamil Tigers were killed by the Sri Lankan Army and about 5,000 Army soldiers also died.  So there were ‘legitimate’ killings happening in the war areas.  But, even these  killings did not reach the very high 40,000 mark as alleged by the country’s adversaries).

 x. To save civilians, Sri Lankan Army did not fire at the no-fire zone, thus, large numbers of Sri Lankan soldiers got killed as a result of  the Tamil Tiger gun/artillery fire.  This shows the waging of a ‘just war’ by Sri Lanka.  It was called a humanitarian operation than a war. Mr Weiss, Channel 4, The London Times, Mr Sumanthirian or other enemies of Sri Lanka would not admit this truth.  This is because then they cannot a create a bad impression about Sri Lanka worldwide.  Just because of that the West should not set up an International War Crimes Enquiry against Sri Lanka.

 xi.  During last stages of the war thousands of Tamils in North died due to natural and other causes (non-war related causes).  It is believed these people are also included  the 40,000 figure.

 Mr Cameron was misled by the Tamil Groups in the UK.  It seems he believed every lie uttered to him by the Tamil groups whom he met in London just prior to his visit to Sri Lanka.  Unfortunately, Mr Cameron acted like a child in relation to Sri Lanka, he did not act like a statesman.  Mr Abbott did show statesmanship.

 Mr Cameron should have learnt a lesson from Mr Muraltharan, the world famous cricketer. He, a Tamil, uttered that Mr Cameron was misled by the Tamil Diaspora and Channel 4 about  Sri Lanka.

 In relation to the war, it is the desire of all patriotic Sri Lankans that truth must prevail at any cost, even so belatedly  – after more than 4 years of ending the war.  The Government is obliged to use all its resources to show to the world the real truth – Sri Lanka fought a just war that no recent Army has fought (especially compared to how the US and UK fought the 2nd war in Iraq). 

 If we can effectively ‘market’  the truth to the world, we may be able to escape the War Crimes charges to be made against Sri Lanka in March 2014.  Sri Lanka organised the CHOGM so well.  The conference was a success.  It is now time for Sri Lanka to  conduct another efficient operation to safeguard its good name and reputation.  If we lose this ‘war’, it is possible that our political and military leaders may end up in the Hague; it will also  be the  end of One Sri Lanka.

 In the current UNHRC scenario, it is not a major point to show that the LTTE was a brutal group and it killed so many innocent civilians – both Sinhalese and Tamil.  Also, the fact that the LTTE killed so many democratically elected politicians including President Premadasa of Sri Lanka and Prime Minister Gandhi of India. The LTTE is a spent force.  All of their leaders are dead and gone.  The international community accepts that the LTTE was a terrorists group. Mr Rapp questioned the Government as to why it did not prosecute the captured LTTE cadres. Currently, unfortunately the spotlight is on Sri Lanka ” that the democratically elected Government  of Sri Lanka massacred its own citizens – innocent minority Tamil women, men and children in many thousands. This is a very serious accusation to be made against a nation. The West will not accept that any Tamil civilians killed during the war amounts to collateral damage (ie, negligence on the part of Sri Lanka).  They allege that any Tamil civilian death may have been deliberate or reckless.  That is why they demand an International Enquiry (if a local enquiry failed).  The West’s policy on Sri Lanka is contrary to the standard that is applied in other wars.  The international community (the West)  obviously wants that a very high standard of care be applied to Sri Lanka,  in relation to its conduct during final stages of the war. The US, UK are not hounded down for their alleged war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries, but only Sri Lanka is hounded down. This shows sheer Western hypocrisy. The US and UK will not admit they committed war crimes in their  recent wars.  Like for Sri Lanka, no country seems interested in demanding  investigations against these very powerful nations (super powers) for alleged war crimes.  At the moment it is Tamil Diaspora that is exerting pressure on the West to hound down Sri Lanka, on bogus charges.  Due to enormous Tamil power worldwide, the West seems have no other alternative but to carry out the Tamil demands.  This is also the reason why India has become hostile to Sri Lanka (due to enormous Thamilnadu power).  It is important we learn this reality and try to come out of the mess by relying on the truth and stressing to the world of this truth.  Sri Lanka fought a just war and it did not kill thousands of innocent Tamil civilians indiscriminately.  The West does not currently believe this.  If we manage to convince them (and also the world)   as to exactly what happened,  despite the West’s  extreme prejudice against us, we may be able to come out of the huge mess we are currently in, with minimum fuss.  If large numbers of Tamil civilians were not killed by our forces (ie, thousands of Tamil), then there will be no need for the world to ask for a war crimes investigation against Sri Lanka. To convince this to the world, it is paramount that all patriotic forces work together, irrespective of petty differences.  We will then be able to  rescue and safeguard our beloved mother country, Sri Lanka, from the deadly crisis that she is currently  unfortunately in.

 srilankasupportgroup@bigpond.com

 

Two shades of immunity

January 13th, 2014

Kishore Mahbubani

The writer is dean and professor in the practice of public policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore-Courtesy The Indian Express

Devayani

As we move away from a monocivilisational world of Western domination of world history to a multicivilisational world, our minds must begin retooling themselves. We have to develop the capability of carrying competing, if not contradictory, narratives and understand that both may be correct, even if they contradict each other. We will have to learn to shed black and white judgements in favour of multi-hued, complex assessments.

A perfect example of equally correct but contradictory narratives is provided by the case of Devyani Khobragade, an Indian consular officer arrested by US authorities on December 12. In American eyes, it is a clear, black and white case. She had signed an agreement to pay her domestic help, Sangeeta Richard, $9.75 an hour. Instead she paid her only $3.31 an hour. As Khobragade had violated US laws, it was both legal and legitimate for the US attorney, Preet Bharara, to have her arrested and charged. Reflecting mainstream American opinion, The New York Times editorialised that “India’s overwrought reaction to the arrest of one of its diplomats in the United States is unworthy of a democratic government”.

This American narrative has a point. Khobragade has her rights. So does Sangeeta Richard, the employee. Richard was clearly the underdog in this exercise (even though by being employed in America, her wages increased 25-fold). Indeed, the traditional American concern for the underdog is one of the strongest aspects of American society. So is the egalitarian spirit of American society, which has gone much further than any other human society in removing and eradicating all traces of feudal culture. In my first book on America and the world (entitled Beyond the Age of Innocence), I praised the American doormen who would look me in the eyes and treat an ambassador like me as an equal, and not act in a submissive manner like any Asian doorman would.

Shekhar Gupta has waxed eloquent on the egalitarian virtues of American society. He noted that barely within a year of leaving office as deputy secretary of state, Strobe Talbott had to scramble for a taxi in New Delhi like any other commoner. More amusingly, he told the story of a famous Indian film actress who refused to marry and settle down in America because Indians in America refused to allow her to cut a supermarket queue, even after they had recognised her. The good news for our world is that this American egalitarian spirit is gradually infecting other societies, including Asian societies, and therefore making them less feudal.

Ironically, however, even as this American spirit of egalitarianism infects the world, American government officials continue to insist on feudal-type privileges while serving in other countries. It is normal for American diplomats to receive diplomatic immunity. Rather abnormally, the American government expects that even its non-diplomats should receive immunity. In some cases, they have literally, not metaphorically, gotten away with murder. Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor, was whisked away from the Pakistani judicial system after shooting and killing two Pakistani citizens. In the ancient days, only feudal lords stood above the laws of the land. Today, American government employees also enjoy feudal immunities overseas (even though most of them are law-abiding citizens while working overseas).

Sadly, few Americans are aware that the American government practices double standards in the application of laws. It allows no foreign government officials, including a powerful person like Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then head of the International Monetary Fund, any immunity from American laws. Yet it expects its government officials to be ”” in theory and in practice ”” immune from other countries’ legal courts. Whenever any US government official faces the threat of prosecution in a foreign legal court, he or she is quietly whisked away, as few governments can withstand bilateral pressure from the US government. Since many Americans are puzzled by the Indian outrage, they should know that Indian society was deeply shocked that a senior Indian official was subject to a strip search. This created a deep sense of cultural outrage, similar to the outrage that Americans would feel if a black citizen is called a “nigger” today. Any Westerner who cannot understand this analogy will be unable to absorb a multi-civilisational perspective.

All governments in the world are aware of this schizophrenic attitude of the US government (which, I must stress, reflects the views of the US Congress). On one hand, the US government is second to none in defending the rule of law at home. On the other hand, the US government is second to none in defending immunity for its officials from all foreign legal courts and judicial procedures.

When the International Criminal Court (ICC) Statute came into force on July 1, 2002, the US government undertook a massive campaign to get over a hundred foreign governments to sign what have been called “article 98 agreements” or “bilateral immunity agreements (BIAs)”. These agreements stipulate that these countries would not send US citizens to the ICC. Similarly, the US Congress has developed a long-standing practice of extra-territorial application of its domestic laws on other countries and their citizens. But it is extremely reluctant to allow the extra-territorial application of other countries’ laws on its own territory.

This schizophrenic attitude of the US government explains why virtually every other government in the world was quietly cheering on the Indian government as it insisted on total reciprocity in the treatment of Indian and American officials. Few governments in the world have the geopolitical heft or the moral legitimacy to look the American government in the eye and demand such absolute reciprocity. India does. Hence, even India’s biggest detractor in the world, Pakistan, is quietly cheering on India. They hoped that India would finally succeed in persuading the US government to accept a level playing field in dealing with other countries.

The Indian government’s success in persuading the American government to allow Khobragade to return home and not face charges in an American court will therefore be cheered all around the world. Most countries realise that they would not have had the weight to shift the US government. India is one of the few who could do so. And in doing so, India has also enhanced the rights and standing of other foreign diplomats on American territory.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, India may have actually done America a favour. Why? The former American president, Bill Clinton, has wisely counselled his fellow citizens to prepare for a world “that we would like to live in when we’re no longer the military political economic superpower in the world”. His wise advice indicates how the two contradicting narratives can come together: Americans should work hard to create binding international law regimes that would apply equally to American and non-American officials and citizens. In the final analysis, a level playing field in this area would demonstrate that the American egalitarian spirit is influencing international law too.

Kishore Mahbubani

The writer is dean and professor in the practice of public policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore
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A Rural Renaiussance in the Offing

January 12th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne

My travel to Kataragama in December 2013 took me to the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa Airport and via the new road that is being built through Lunugamvehera Tank to Kataragama.  .

I have worked stationed within Hambantota for over a year working in the Agrarian Services and Marketing Department and have covered Hambantota from Matara for another two years working on the Paddy Purchasing Scheme of the Agrarian Services Department and the Vegetable and Fruit Marketing Scheme of the Marketing Department. .  I lived in a chummery with  Vet Surgeon Balachandran and Assistant Commissioner Nanayakkara. We had to have a bath under the street tap at night or have a swim in the sea. Hambantota was easily the worst district I worked in.  There was hardly any decent restaurant other than the Rest House . That District has to be developed. The travails of the colonists at Meegahajandura detailed in my novel “Mukulita Piyumo Ayi Vana Meda Me”(Godages) and the poverty of the fishing settlements the subject of my novel “Landa Liyange Sihina Atare”(Godages) have to cease someday

My work has taken me to remote areas covered by the paddy purchasing unit- the cooperative societies that were seething with life. In my eighteen years’ of life in the Administrative Service I have seen the pulse of the people in the Dry Zone marching from a peasant economy to a commercial economy but the neglected areas were many. While the Mattala Airport has the capability of breathing life to the Hambantota District in particular  and the entire South,  the Lunugamwehera- Kataragama Road will breathe life to a section of villages that were hitherto away from communication links with the rest of the country.

To me the manner in which President Rajapaksa has dealt with foreign aid- in using it to fund development projects- like the Mattala Airport, the Hambantota Port  the Lunugamwhera Road- the massive highways tells me of a shift in the manner of using foreign aid. Hitherto, since the IMF took over the development of our country in 1977 and dictated us to follow the freemarket and the liberalization of foreign exchange, taking away the handling of foreign exchange that comes into the country from the hands of the sovereign government into the hands of the banks, the multinationals and their salesmen.  Instead of using  the foreign aid and the  foreign currency that we earn  for the development of the country and its masses we used it since 1977 to import everything  for the rich in terms of luxury imports, to fund the education of the rich children overseas, for luxury cruises and endless foreign travel for the rich. The foreign aid and foreign income was used to satisfy the luxury craze of a miniscule section of our population instead of being use for the masses. The new Strategy of President Rajapaksa  heralds to me a shift in the use of foreign exchange.

Since 1977  foreign aid was not used for the masses except in  the Mahaweli Project, the brain child of the LTTE assassinated Minister Gamini Dissanayake.

Driving along the Lumugamvehera- Kataragama mud track- which was being built, I saw mangoes in  plenty on the trees and the people, dressed in rags  in their attempt to get some income  chased behind my car with a few mangoes for sale.  It was a sheer attempt to find an income.

Every year I spend a few months in the motherland I love. At Katunayake Airport  I slump into a roadworthy rental car sent to the Katunayake  Airport by King Rent a Car at Battaramulla and clock a few thousand miles driving down the roads I drove once as an administrative officer.  Then I had the ability to listen to the people and do something for them. In  charge of the Tripoli Market, the headquarters of the Vegetable and Fruit Marketing Scheme I often ordered a fleet of lorries to Producer fairs where the entire produce was bought. In Colombo Oswald Tilekeratne another Assistant Commissioner in charge of the Cannery turned Red Pumpkin  into Golden Melon Jam, Ash Pumpkin into Silver Melon Jam. Now I listen to them and write about them in my endless Papers and novels, hoping that my writing will reach the eyes of someone in power who will be spurred to action.

My recent travel tells me that easily half the crop of mangoes goes waste today.  The Marketing Department Cannery established by us, when I served as an Assistant Commissioner, enabled that Department to offer  floor prices for Red Pumpkin and Ash Pumpkin. Mangoes and Oranges were used to make fruit juice. Now the Cannery  came under the axe of the IMF in 1978 by  the executioner of the Third World, the IMF that decided that the Public Sector should not do commerce and  the Cannery was privatized. The people of the Dry Zone that drew high incomes for their produce now cannot sell their produce.  I have repeatedly suggested that Canneries be opened in Tissamaharama and Dambulla and Anuradhapura to make fruit juice. We have melon in plenty and tomatoes that go waste. Now we import fruit juice, tomatoe sauce and jam from Developed countries like the USA, Australia. Wall this while our produce is wasted our people have no incomes. The IMF strategy is for structuring the Third World to contribute to the Developed Country  and we have to follow the IMF because we are an indebted country. That was the legacy of the UNP that accepted the Structural Adjustment Programme of the IMF.  Why do we not realize the folly of following the IMF following it so far for over three decades.

Let me hope that this Writing gets to the eyes of someone in power, The building of the Port, the Airport and the Highways is the first part of progress. Let me hope that Canneries will be set up to bring incomes to the masses that produce. Let me see Sinharaja Water for sale in Colombo.The development infrastructure of Canneries, Small industries that was all abolished by the IMF from 1977 by the United National Party has to be set up once again.

This can be done fast- in a few months if the Government Agents are activated. We established The Matara Mechanised Boatyard that made 40 foot seaworthy fishing boats and  Coop Crayon, a crayon  factory that supplied high quality crayons for a tenth of our requirements in 1971 within  three months. Our administrators can do that job. They are used to it. There was one of us that made Paper at Kotmale. Now we export Waste Cardboard some 30,000 tons every month to India and buy Paper in return.

That senario must cease to bring employment and incomes to our people. It is heartening to note that the 2014 Budget  is emphasizing import substitution, to make everything imported in Sri Lanka bringing employment and incomes to Sri Lankan youth and not creating employment and incomes to people in countries like the USA and Britain who are ranged against us to take our leaders to the War Crimes,  Coop Crayon, the Crayon factory that I as the Government Agent and Sumanapala Dahanayake the member of parliament struggled and established in Deniyaya in 1971 tells us that we can succeed in import substitution. The quality of the crayons made by Coop Crayon equalled the quality of Crayola and when I and Sumanapala showed the crayons we made to the then Minister of Industries Mr. Subasinghe he was surprised and readily volunteered to preside at the ceremony to open sales. That art of making crayons was unearthed in the science lab at Rahula College. Matara  in 1971 by  my Planning Officer Vetus Fernando working with science teachers. That success itself tells me that Sri Lanka can succeed in import substitution. But the full blast of the IMF and their lackeys the Pathfinder Foundation in Sri Lanka and their mouthpieces the economists shout from the tree tops that import substitution will derail our economic effort.(See Sunday Times 29/12). Let us asl any of them whether they have ever established any industry, import substitution or otherwise in their entire life. Let them tell us of what industries they have established before advising.

They all the economists as well as the IMF forget the man at the helm , the personage of extreme courage who delivered Sri Lanka from terrorism, a task that every Superpower  said we could not ever achieve.

Let me live in hope that President Rajapaksa will now take full charge of the economic development of Sri Lanka. As the Head of the Commonwealth he can herald development in the entire Commonwealth. He can easily show the world that Sri Lanka is the Wonder of Asia.

Garvin Karunaratne
Former Government Agent, Matara District

Indian Diplomat Khobragade’s ‘human rights’ treatment shows how grateful US is to India

January 12th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

Firstly, what must be said is that if Devyani Khobragade did wrong whether she is an American, an Indian or a diplomat a wrong is a wrong. Both India and Ms. Khobragade has to accept this. Therefore, the question of her innocence is not what is being argued. What is under discussion is for forging a document did the Indian diplomat have to be strip searched, cavity searched and DNA swabbed. How does stripping clothes of a diplomat have anything to do with a forged document? Given that the authorities decided to arrest because they had sufficient proof all that needed to be done was to arrest her, inform the Indian mission and question her, charge her and send her back. If every person arrested in the US are privy to this type of high standards of US human rights treatment, India in cahoots with US drawing resolutions together should really have nothing to complain about. We do recall the human rights nods that other allies of the US received ” Gaddafi was dragged out of sewer and killed ‘humanely’, the US President and entire Military watched unarmed Osama being murdered, Saddam had his tooth plucked out with virtually the whole world watching and then a kangaroo court tried him and he disappeared ” so with India proud of being an ally, it has nothing really to complain about. Now that the video of the diplomats strip search has been released and the entire world is privy to the high standards of human rights treatment US demands other nations to follow, all we can say ” No thank you, our ‘uncivilized’ methods look far nicer than the way the video shows how even diplomats are treated.

 US Supreme Court allows strip searches

In 2012 the US Supreme Court ruled that officials may strip-search people arrested for any offence however minor. So that rests our argument about Devyani’s forged document warranting a strip search! In the US people may be strip-searched after arrests for driving without a license, failing to pay child support, driving with a noisy muffler, failing to use a turn signal or even riding a bicycle without an audible bell. Even a nun had been strip-searched for trespassing during a demonstration. Even an 85 year old granny had been strip searched! This means minor or major ” strips searches are allowed in the US. That leads us to the next question was George Zimmerman accused in the murder of black youth Travyon Martin also strip searched… not really and he was found ‘not guilty” of the murder too. There you have US justice!

 Here is the video of the search which is going viral through social media. US says the video is a hoax and if so it just shows that the US has got a taste of its own medicine ” lying over social media! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjcQwuhcnmg

 What needs to be said though is that even if the person on video is not the Indian diplomat it shows all viewers how they are likely to be treated in the US if arrested whether guilty or not. This is why New York City Defense Attorney Ron Kuby said “Everybody is treated in exactly the same disrespectful, casually brutal and arrogant fashion.” This is how human rights happens in the US of A.

This is the official chargesheet against the Indian diplomat http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/December13/KhobragadeArrestPR/Khobragade,%20Devyani%20Complaint.pdf

 As for India, woken up from being mesmerized by America’s ‘ally syndrome’ India’s reactions to the treatment of its diplomat was to retrieve all IDs of US diplomats in India, demand salary details of Indians working for US diplomats and families, removing the barricades outside the US embassy, ordering the cessation of any commercial activity inside US embassy compound, closing the Embassy Club to non-diplomats, downgrading privileges for US diplomats,

When India’s External Affairs Minister Khurshid says “we expect a friendly country like the US to what a friendly country does’ ” surely he could not have forgotten what happened to America’s one time friends Osama, Gaddafi, Saddam, Noriega and scores of other leaders… so who is Devyani Khobragade to be given treatment that the US did not give these leaders!

India is insisting on a formal apology from the US and the withdrawal of the charges ” but what happened to Devyani is just standard procedure in the US. This however, means that India would gain a leverage politically over the US and if that is the direction that India should exert pressure, India must now realize that the incursions by the US into Asia is going to be a very dangerous scenario in time to come whether US comes in as a friend or not.

India must now decide which direction India wishes to take geopolitically and in the interest of the entire region. However, modern Indian servility has become a bane to India. A handful of Indian ruling elite are so mesmerized in ‘belonging’ to the West’s ‘inner circle’ that are creating for India the exact replica of what happened to Yugoslavia. It is a matter of time that India will become balkanized and it has itself to blame for in going behind the West it has jeopardized its own territory and distanced itself 

For the rest of the world watching the theatrics taking place we have to wonder whether any of it is being stage managed given that we are well aware of the lies, false flags and hypocrisies taking place.  

Foolish antics of MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Comments of MP Paul Dewar

January 12th, 2014

 Mahinda Gunasekera Tambrook Drive Agincourt, Ontario anada

By E-mail    
January 10, 2014

 Hon. Thomas Mulcair, MP, Leader of the NDP

Leader of the Opposition

House of Commons, Ottawa

 

Dear Mr. Mulcair,

Re: Puerile Antics of MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Comments of MP Paul Dewar

I am writing to bring to your attention the foolish antics of MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan on her recent visit to Sri Lanka as reported in the media, which I trust you are fully aware of. She is a caucus member of the NDP and the Deputy Whip of your Party, and should know better how she should conduct herself on a private visit undertaken by her to that country. She had travelled there on a tourist visa without disclosing the fact that she was a Canadian parliamentarian ignoring accepted protocol of informing Sri Lanka’s mission in Ottawa, and try to engage in the internal political affairs of Sri Lanka during her stay there. 

We are aware of her hostile actions against Sri Lanka both within the House of Commons and outside, and also her links to the proscribed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from pictures displayed in her facebook since eliminated.  Her meetings with politicians in Sri Lanka who still advocate the break up of Sri Lanka and the creation of a separate state exclusively for the Tamil community were reported with pictures in the Tamilnet, a propaganda website of the Tamil separatist bloc. She was obviously representing herself to them as a Canadian parliamentarian from the NDP. What I and other Canadians would like to know is whether she was tasked by the NDP to carry out an anti-Sri Lanka agenda to prop up the Tamil separatists, or was she pursuing an agenda based on her ties to the Tamil Tiger rump in the diaspora who are seeking to punish Sri Lanka for defeating their military and terrorist wing?

Following the mass scale demonstrations carried out by the supporters of the Tamil Tigers in 2009 in the major cities of Toronto and Ottawa disrupting the prevailing peace and good order, I remember how the NDP and the other federal political parties like all good opportunists jumped on the band wagon to eke out some political advantage by backing the demands of the demonstrating mob to call the military action against the terrorist tigers as a ‘genocidal act’ and calling for the immediate halt to the fighting.  The Canadian politicians were basing their assessments on the wild charges being made by the pro-Tamil Tiger groups which were nothing but unsubstantiated allegations which are being used as a weapon against Sri Lanka.  It was the Tamil Tigers who launched attacks on both the security forces and the civilian population from December 2005 and thrust the war on Sri Lanka when they forcibly cut off irrigation and drinking water to 30,000 farming families at Mahavil Oya (Mavilaru) in August 2006. ( Refer Human Rights Watch report of March 15, 2006 wherein they spoke of large scale extortion of members of the Canadian Tamil community and the rest of the diaspora in western countries by pro-Tamil Tiger groups to launch their final war of liberation. )

Mr. Asoka Weerasinghe has in his letter to you referred to aspersions cast by your Foreign Affairs Critic, MP Paul Dewar on the Sri Lankan authorities in a statement by him to Huff Post to the effect that MP Rathika S was being closely followed and asked to take care in whom she meets with on her private visit. As far as the Sri Lankan authorities are concerned, MP Rathika S did not cross their radar, whilst it was the Tamilnet which covered her various meetings. Mr. Weerasinghe has also referred to MP Paul Dewar as a Sri Lankan basher who has little knowledge of Sri Lankan affairs.  I was associated with Mr. Weerasinghe when we jointly made presentations to the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, that MP Dewar left the table without responding to Mr. Weerasinghe’s submission that it was a humanitarian exercise by Sri Lanka’s security forces. 

The Sri Lankan forces were not only tasked with the goal of defeating the armed Tamil Tiger terrorists and regaining the usurped territory illegally held by the LTTE, but also rescuing the nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians who were being exploited for their labour, forcibly conscripted to replace fallen cadres, and also used as a human shield at gun point.  They accomplished in rescuing 295,873 internally displaced Tamil civilians who were cared for in welfare camps and resettled in their villages after demining the land of over a million and a half anti-personnel mines and other munitions planted by the Tamil Tigers, putting infrastructure in place and repairing/rebuilding their homes within a short space of three years.  Defeating the Tamil Tigers also upheld the vitally important ‘Right to Life’ of all of her citizens from all communities (Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Malay, Burgher, etc.) who were constantly targeted for the past three decades by the planting of bombs in buses, trains, shopping centres, and subjected to claymore mine attacks, suicide bomber attacks, midnight machete attacks, etc. by the Tamil Tiger terrorists who were supported by Canadian Tamils including Rathika as proven by her facebook pictures with funding to carry on the carnage in Sri Lanka, in pursuit of an exclusive separate state for the Tamils to be carved out of Sri Lanka’s sovereign territory by force of arms. Success of the humanitarian military operations against the Tamil Tiger terrorists resulted in the dawn of peace in Sri Lanka, and a period of rapid economic development along with programs to heal the wounds of conflict and bring about reconciliation and harmony within the country.

The NDP and the other federal political parties can either continue to echo the unproven wild allegations being made by the active rump of the Tamil Tigers in Canada and the western world to receive any benefits from vast funds earned by them through illicit activities and extortion of members of the expat Tamil communities, and in the hope of winning their votes in the Greater Toronto Area. You could play along with MP Rathika Sitsabaisen’s antics and badger Sri Lanka with the likes of MP Paul Dewar and the rest of the blundering Sri Lanka bashers who will only earn the wrath of the Canadian public. Alternatively, you could help Sri Lanka to build on the existing peace and fully recover from the devastating 30 plus years of conflict. 

 Yours sincerely,

 Mahinda Gunasekera

SPECIAL RECEPTION TO MARK OPENING OF MASROOR MOSQUE IN BRISBANE

January 12th, 2014

By A. Abdul Aziz.

 During his recent Far-East Tour, Ahmadiyya  Khalifa delivered the key-note address at a Special Reception held to mark the opening of the Masroor Mosque in Brisbane, Australia. Various non-Ahmadi dignitaries and guests, including Members of Parliament and Queensland’s Commissioner of Police, attended the event. 

 In his keynote address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad reassured the local people that the new Mosque would be a centre of peace; he said that true worship required high moral standards at all times and he spoke of the humanitarian efforts made by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. 

 Speaking about the new Mosque, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 “All of the people who enter this Mosque will be completely law-abiding. All of the people who enter this Mosque will have a genuine and absolute love for this country and will believe that this love for their nation is an essential part of their faith. And all of the people who enter this Mosque will be those who fulfil the rights of their neighbours, rather than cause them any harm or discomfort” 

 The Khalifa also spoke about how true worship could only be achieved when Muslims also fulfilled their responsibilities to the wider community and humanity at large.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 “From every possible perspective the worship of God is intrinsically linked and interwoven with fulfilling the rights of mankind. This bond is so strong that if they are ever separated, man cannot fulfil the purpose for which God created him.” 

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad elaborated by saying that worshipping at a Mosque is rendered ‘entirely meaningless’ if the people offering prayers did not treat their fellow human beings with love and compassion.

 The Khalifa said that in an effort to please God and to relieve the suffering of those in need, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was undertaking humanitarian projects in various parts of the world.

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community endeavours to serve mankind throughout the world due to its love for humanity. Thus, it is carrying out various humanitarian and educational projects in an effort to help poor and deprived people irrespective of religion, creed or colour in various parts of the world. Our sole motivation and guiding light are the real teachings of the Quran that have been explained to us in this era by the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community – the Promised Messiah.” 

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad also thanked the Mosque’s neighbours and local authorities for allowing the Mosque to be built, which he expected to become ‘an outstanding symbol of love, brotherhood and compassion’.

 The Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community also made an appeal for all world governments to follow the path of justice and equality.  

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 “I pray that all governments fulfil the rights of justice and become those who establish peace in the world. Otherwise, there is little doubt that the world is rapidly heading towards disaster, as a devastating world war seems to draw ever closer… To save the world from such horrors, the people and government of Australia should also fulfil their responsibilities and play their respective roles.”

 Earlier in the evening a range of dignitaries also addressed the audience.  Representing the Aboriginal Community, Aunty Robbie Williams said:

 “This Mosque in Logan will allow us to come together and will allow us to learn about each others cultures and traditions.”

 Deputy Mayor of Logan City Council, Russell Lutton said:

 “The Ahmadiyya Community is one that regularly gives back to the city and community. Your members have a clear and devoted love for Australia and this is the type of warmth and love that the world stands in need of.”

 Federal MP, Hon Jim Chalmers said:

 “It is not every day an area like this has the opportunity to welcome such an esteemed leader as Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. Knowing the influence and status he has in the world means it is very special for us to have him here in our city.”

 State MP, Michael Latter said:

 “Your Holiness, let me say that your peaceful message and commitment to serving humanity is alive and well and indeed is thriving here in Australia.”

 Ian Stewart, Commissioner of Police, Queensland said:

 “It is great to have a man of such stature as Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad here in Brisbane. To have a man of his class here is truly wonderful. Treating all people with equity and fairness is a symbol of your community.”

 State MP, Michael Pucci said:

 “What an honour to have His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad here in Logan. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a major part of our Community. Ahmadis are terrific ambassadors not just for their faith but also for our Community. I am proud to have this Mosque in my constituency.”

 The proceedings of the event ” the video link of which is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGPpZH7fiGc#t=162

Kashmir ” Paradise turned Hell

January 12th, 2014

By Latheef Farook

“Indian brutalities meant that India may have lost Kashmir”, Said Late Minister Rajiv Gandhi. India  dispatched troops and occupied Kashmir on 27 October 1947. Kashmiris observe 27 October as BLACK DAY.
 
Kashmir which continues to bleed today under Indian atrocities has  often been described as “Emerald set in Pearls”, “Jewel of Asia ” and ” Heaven on Earth”.
These enchanting beauties provoked the famous Persian poet Urfi Shiraz to say that” if roasted fowl is brought to Kashmir not only shall it come to life, but shall be on its wings again”. In his first visit to Kashmir, the founder of Mogul Empire, Emperor Zahiruddin Bahar said” if there is a paradise on earth, it is here”.
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Such is the indescribable beauty of the snow clad mountains of Kashmir with all its delightful flower beds, luscious green forests, lakes and canals.
Kashmiri Muslims like Palestinians in and around Jerusalem before the advent of Zionist Jews, have been one of the most gentle and peaceful people in this planet. However they were an oppressed and exploited lot by foreign dynasties which rued them one after the other.
 
The British Empire which brought Kashmir under its control sold Kashmir to Raja Gulab Singh, a Hindu warlord of Dogra family in Jammu for Rs 7.5 million under the illegal and immoral 1846 Treaty of Amritsar.
 
Kashmiri Muslims opposed the sinister sale which placed them under a forced Hindu ruler. 
Kashmiris rose up. Their uprising was brutally crushed by the Maharaja with the support of the British. More than 200,000 Kashmiri Muslims were killed and around 300,000 fled to the Pakistani side of Kashmir.
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Maharaja’s favorite past pastime was persecuting Muslims including skinning them alive. Unable to put up with Maharaja’s  sadistic anti Muslim policies his  Prime Minister Albion Bannerji, a Bengali Christian, resigned .In a public  statement he stated that Maharaja treated Muslims like dump driven cattle ,press was nonexistent and the economic conditions were appalling”.
 
This situation continued until 1947 when during the partition of the Subcontinent the Hindu maharaja, once again fraudulently ceded Kashmir to India without consulting the Kashmiri people who fiercely resisted this move.
 
However years of political frustrations, political maneuverings of New Delhi, rigging of elections in 1987, and later in 1996,   economic problems and poverty combined with many other factors led to 1989 uprising which has become the crucial point in Kashmir Muslims freedom struggle New Delhi responded by unleashing violence to silence the Kashmiri Muslims.
 
Indian armed forces, mostly Hindus with  often hate filled mindset towards Muslims, were given free hand under numerous Indian draconian laws to arbitrarily arrest, indefinitely detain under inhuman conditions, brutally torture and kill Kashmiri Muslims whose only crime was their demand for freedom and justice.
Raping women have been an integral part of the atrocities committed by the Indian armed forces since early 1990. Here are some of the comments by leading human rights organizations and independent …………………..Read full article from www.latheeffarook.com

Fat is a necessary part of our diet; however we need to know our limit.

January 12th, 2014

Dr Hector Perera      London

When choosing the best foods for a healthy diet it is important to not completely eliminate fat. Omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats are considered healthy fats. Healthy fats differ from unhealthy fats because healthy fats are responsible for numerous bodily functions, where unhealthy fats are empty calories which have no nutritional value.

Before looking at the different types of healthy fats, it is important to understand the bodily functions that healthy fat is generally responsible for. The human brain is made up of 60 percent fat. Fat is essential for brain functions such as memory, learning capability and mood.

Additionally, fat serves as a cushion and insulator for body organs and nerves and helps the heart to function regularly, because 60 percent of the heart’s energy comes from burning fat. Individual cells use fat to build membranes and the presence of fat helps cells to remain flexible. Healthy fat also plays a role in the proper function of lungs, eyes and the immune system.

Healthy fat is also important for the digestive system. Fat helps to slow down the rate of digestion, which allows for the absorption of nutrients and provides a constant level of energy to the body. Consumption of healthy fat will also help to satisfy hunger for longer periods of time.

The first type of fat is polyunsaturated fat, which is found in vegetable oils such as corn, sunflower, safflower, cottonseed and soy. They are also found in nuts and seeds. Lowered blood pressure and triglyceride levels are two benefits that polyunsaturated are responsible for.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat that are known as the healthiest of all fats. They are found in salmon, mackerel, sardines and other fatty fish. Omega-3’s are also found in flax seed, flax seed oil, soybeans, walnuts and canola oil. The primary function of omega-3’s is their responsibility in reducing incidences of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In addition to fighting CVD, omega-3 fatty acids are believed to be a possible prevention and treatment for liver cancer, depression and dementia.

The third type of healthy fat is monounsaturated fat. These fats can be found in olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, avocadoes and nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts and pecans. Monounsaturated fats are believed to lower the bad low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, while possibly increasing the good high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol. Additionally, monounsaturated fats may help lower blood pressure and improve insulin sensitivity.

Unsaturated fat is one of the three main types of fats, the other two being saturated fat and trans fat. These unsaturated fats are perhaps more commonly known as vegetable oils, since they are almost always plant-based, although there are some naturally unsaturated fats in certain meats. This type of fat remains in a liquid or oily state at room temperature, and is thought to be the healthiest option of the three types of fat; some examples of unsaturated fat include corn oil, olive oil, canola oil, and peanut oil. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are two types of unsaturated fat, the main difference between them being how many double bonds occur in their structure.

 There are four major types of fats:

Monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, saturated fats and trans fats.

Monounsaturated good fats are as follows:

Olive oil, Canola oil, Sunflower oil, Peanut oil, Sesame oil, Avocados, Olives, Nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews), Peanut butter.

 Polyunsaturated good fats are as follows:

Soybean oil, Corn oil, Safflower oil, Walnuts, Sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds, Flaxseed, Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout, sardines), Soymilk, Tofu.

 Bad Fats or saturated fats are as follows:

High-fat cuts of meat (beef, lamb, pork), Chicken with the skin, Whole-fat dairy products (milk and cream), Butter, Cheese, Ice cream, Lard (pig fats).

Bad fats or trans fats are as follows:

Commercially-baked pastries, cookies, doughnuts, muffins, cakes, pizza dough, Packaged snack foods (crackers, microwave popcorn, chips), Stick margarine, Vegetable shortening, Fried foods (French fries, fried chicken, chicken nuggets, breaded fish), Candy bars.

 Saturated fats versus unsaturated fat.

This word unsaturated hydrocarbon is not something new even to a GCSE student so if I used these kinds of words in my explanations, one cannot say it’s too much. Unsaturated and saturated fat are essentially composed from the same raw ingredients, including carbon and hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats, such as the fat formed in animals, contain chains of carbon atoms with single bonds to hydrogen atoms; because the chain of fat contains all the hydrogen it can hold, it is considered to be fully saturated with hydrogen. The result is a solid fat product, like butter or lard or pig fat, which studies have shown can lead to heart disease if eaten in excess, yes if eaten in excess. While it may be unwise for some people to eliminate all saturated fat from one’s diet, using unsaturated fat alternatives, such as olive or canola oils, may be beneficial.

Unlike saturated fat, fat that is unsaturated usually contains an unstable amount of hydrogen atoms; the result is a chain of fat that is lacking hydrogen atoms. Due to the lack of hydrogen, the fat chain is generally unstable and ripe for attack from oxygen atoms, which may cause it to turn rancid. This form of fat is considered to be unsaturated, because it has not taken on all the hydrogen it can hold, and the fat will remain liquid at room temperature because of its incomplete bonding process. The liquid form is also what makes cooking oils ideal for certain recipes and cooking processes, since they do not solidify as easily as saturated fats.

 Trans fat versus unsaturated fat

Through a process called hydrogenation, a new form of fat is formed called trans fat, or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Hydrogenation can occur because unsaturated fat still has room to accommodate hydrogen atoms; by bubbling pure hydrogen gas through tanks of unsaturated fats, trans fat can be made. This new form of fat combines the stability and solidity of saturated fats with the cost benefits of unsaturated fats, but is also responsible for increased plaque formation. Consumers seeking a truly healthy diet should avoid trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils, altogether and limit daily fat intake to less than 30% of the total calorie count. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, or medium chain triglycerides also known as MCT. MCT are different from the commonly used long chain triglycerides or LCT, found in animal saturated fat sources. LCT are typically stored in the body as fat, while MCT’s are quickly digested and used for energy, and are not readily converted to stored fat so eating coconut oil is not that bad.

Greedy temptation

Let me put in other words that means try and limit eating these things on daily basis and on large scale. Sometimes, we cannot pick and choose foods but certainly we can cut down the greedy temptation to eat these things on regular basis also in large portions. These are the commercially-baked pastries, cookies, doughnuts, muffins, cakes, pizza dough, Apart from that, packaged snack foods (crackers, microwave popcorn, chips), stick margarine, vegetable shortening, fried foods such as French fries, fried chicken, chicken nuggets, breaded fish) and candy bars.

Simple ways to reduce saturated fat

Eat less red meat (beef, pork, or lamb) and more fish and chicken.

Go for lean cuts of meat, and stick to white meat, which has less saturated fat. When making minced beef they always add any waste such as fat than throwing them away so be careful in eating minced meat, actually better to stay away by eating minced beef. Bake, broil, or grill instead of frying. Remove the skin from chicken and trim as much fat off of meat as possible before cooking. Even on bacon cut off the white skin before frying because it has nothing but fat. In eating fried chicken also get rid of the skin even they have fried with the skin. I know for fact they wrap the skin around a mixture that taste nice so you are tempted to eat, am I correct? Again let me say, try and avoid breaded meats including chicken and vegetables and deep-fried foods.

If possible choose low-fat milk and lower-fat cheeses like mozzarella whenever possible; enjoy full-fat dairy in moderation. The supermarkets have low fat and full milk with blue and green tops on the plastic container, so easy to find which one has full or low fat. Most of the times use liquid vegetable oils such as olive oil or canola oil instead of lard, shortening, or butter. I know when making fried rice most people use butter or lard but try and avoid.

I know it’s not easy but try and avoid cream and cheese sauces, or have them served on the side or eat moderately.

 Some advantages

Health experts are quick to point out the advantages of unsaturated fats over saturated or trans-fats when following heart-healthy diets. The reason why unsaturated fat is considered healthier than the other types of fat is due to the nature of the fat molecules once they reach the bloodstream; saturated or trans fat molecules have a natural tendency to bond with each other on contact, which eventually leads to the formation of artery-clogging plaque. Unsaturated fat, however, contains larger molecules that tend to slide past each other in the bloodstream, which results in little to no plaque build-up; some studies have shown that unsaturated fat can help improve a person’s blood cholesterol levels. By the way when did you check the cholesterol level, perhaps get the medical attention.

 Some disadvantages

One major disadvantage of unsaturated fats, such as olive oil or canola oil, is that they will eventually turn rancid as oxygen molecules from the air mix with the hydrogen and carbon atoms in the fat. As a result, most commercial food producers do not use many unsaturated fats in their products. Products typically made with unsaturated fat, such as cookies or fried snacks, would only last a few days on store shelves; however, using unsaturated fat to make these same products is okay if they will be eaten within a relatively short amount of time. Also, while unsaturated fat may be considered the healthiest of the three types of fat, it is still unhealthy if eaten in excess or without other necessary nutrients. That means need to watch out for our greedy eagerness in eating anything, try and know your limits. I know it’s not easy but you can always try.

Your comments are welcomed perera6@hotmail.co.uk

A black-white plan to salvage Sri Lanka

January 11th, 2014

C. Wijeyawickrema

Dayan Jayatilleke of the 13A + fame has come up with his latest proposal to save Sri Lanka from the March 2014 UNHRC Geneva trap. He no longer talks about Indian MIGs moved to South Indian air fields ready to face Sri Lanka or the American Navy ships. He said Wigneswaran was the best thing that had happened for the Tamils and became silent after one or two letters, warning W to be patient and moderate (or not to become another Vyatharaja Perumal). W has no agenda to accommodate Dayan’s soft path, and instead W wants to re-write Sri Lankan history removing the Mahavamsa Buddhism. Dayan took such an about turn in his warning letters that ome pro-Eelam writers thought that Dayan was trying to get MahindaR’s attention to get a UN posting again!

Dayan still boasts that he got 2009 Geneva victory while 2012 and 2013 were losses. Without even informing Sri Lanka, Dayan added 13A to his 2009 submission and he should explain why he could not get a unanimous approval for his 2009 thing because that was what America, UK, EU and Japan wanted all along, the 13A path to Tamil Eelam. Unless, MahindaR decided to remove 13-A and empower people at the village level (GSN) by a Jana Sabha system with a 10 member people’s committees elected on a non-political party basis for GSN units demarcated on an ecology based boundaries, he will not be able to stop the American plan to nail him down using the UN system. America (corporate US establishment) will go on this path if it cannot see MR’s regime is ousted from power sooner and they can wait and wait the same way they waited to USSR derailed or to get the WTO installed (40 to 50 years).

Now Dayan who is a Christian-Marxist proposes 3 things. (1) Appoint an independent commission of inquiry to look into war crimes headed by 1 or 2 from the list below. (2) Dayan wants a dialogue between Wigneswaran and MahindaR on how to make NPC work and (3) Create a mini-cabinet on foreign affairs with people 3-8.

1. C. G. Weeramantry- Christian

2. Desmond Lorenz de Silva- Christian/Burgher

3. G. L. Peiris ” Buddhist/Package dealer/federalist

4. Sarath Amunugama- Buddhist, JRJ loayalist/federalist

5. Dew Gunasekera- Marxist/federalist

6. Rajiv Wijesinha- Christian/federalist

7. Milinda Moragoda- Christian/federalist

8. Vasantha Senanayake- Buddhist

It is waste of time to write on Dayan 3-prone plan of attack on the American strategy.  For example, America can buy UN member country votes just like Sri Lankan politician by vote or MR gets UNP MPs to his side. If Pope says not to vote there are tiny Christian countries ready to listen to him. Within Sri Lanka there must be hundreds of brown spies feeding the embassy with all kinds of information. Imagine 5000 dollars can do to a person in Sri Lanka. As Wimal Weerawansa pointed out Raap and Michelle already published pictures of the sites where war crimes took place! So, commission or no commission, there will be charges just like Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Noriega or others. There is a solution to this war crime charge: a total clean-up of the present corrupt system, and empower people at village level, so that the people are behind the government.  If anybody thinks UNP or Sarath F or JVP or Ven. Maduluvawe Sobhita or a combination of them is the solution they have forgotten what UNP gave them in the past. Either, MR has to come out of his emperor’s clothe and give up his multi-religious and multi-cultural talk or else, there has to be a Third Force supported by Buddhist organizations such the Bodu Bala Sena. The country needs a new constitution, period.

           So let me look at the names list provided by Dayan. I have nothing against these persons, personally. But in a so-called Sinhala Buddhist country, where Buddhism is to be given the foremost place etc. etc. and with a president who would have been in the jail after 2005 election if not for the Sinhala Buddhist village vote, rejuvenated by the Ven. Soma ghost power, think how a black-white is treating the Sinhala Buddhists? Is it any different from the Tissa Vitharana’s APRC majority committee which had even Christian husband-wife members?

1.      Weeramantry ” Nobody would object to his name

2.      Desmond de Silva ” What does person in London Lords’ crowd know about Sri Lanka, simply because he was George E de Silva’s grandson. All he could remember, if at all, would be how his grandpa overcame caste prejudice against him in Kandy or how A.E. Gunasinghe, the labour leader’s daughters had difficulties in getting married due to caste prejudice.

3.      G. L. Peiris ” This person who addressed Anton Balasingham as “His Excellency,” is a 2002 CFA owner and all out for federalism and beyond. During CBK’s time with Neelan Thiruchelvam he gave birth to several package deals. If not for the fact that Sri Lanka is protected by some divine power Sri Lanka would have become another Lebanon, Palestine or Ethiopia.  He must waiting for the next jump from the MR ship when signals are clear.

4.      Amunugama ” he is another federalist and with crazy ideas such as hoe to charge fees from illicit liquor dealers.  He showed his true colors during JRJ days as man controlling news.

5.      Dew ” Marxist coming from 50-50  Sama Samaja days. Devoted to federalism and Mrs. Chandrika package deals. Cannot win 1000 votes in an election.

6.      Rajiv- Christian/federalist and a Dayan buddy.

7.      Milinda ” Christian heritage with an American wife, federalist, whiter than a white.

8.      Vasantha- 40 years old, Robert Senanayake’s grandson. Dayan thinks he is an expert on foreign affairs.

So out of Dayan’s list I can say only Weeramantry is qualified.  All what I ask is where was S. L. Gunasekera, Gomin Dayasiri, G. H. Peiris, Nalin Silva, Gunadasa Amarasekera or the well informed writer Shenali Waduge. The black-whites are still in control, it did not change in 1931, 1948, 1956 or in 2005. No wonder Wigneswaran wants to re-write history. There are people ready to do that. And some people say Bodu Bala Sena is wrong!

40, 000 Civilian Deaths In Sri Lanka ” David Shearer D’Post 6/1/14 -Fact or Fiction?

January 11th, 2014

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokeperson, United Sri Lanka Assn. Wellington NZ

Prime Minister John Key was right   not to refer to the allegation of 40,000 civilian deaths of highly questionable credibility, in the last months of Sri Lanka’s war of liberation from Tiger Terror, at the  CHOGM in Colombo in November , and David Shearer is wrong for being critical of this  (Opinion Dompost 6th Jan). Thisbecomes evident when one traces how this figure evolved and the evidence against such a high figure.

The Tamil Net made the first claim of the number of civilian deaths at around 7000, allegedly based on UN sources, soon after the end of the war in May 2009.  Sir John Holms the then  UN under secretary in charge of humanitarian operations , was quick to clarify that it was only an estimate and was not comfortable with it as it was not based onevidence as the UN was not on site at the end of the war. Thereupon The Times London , who had earlier had it’s reporter expelled from SL  accused the UN of collusion with SL , in making a low estimate, an accusation vehemently denied by the UN. The Timeswent on to escalated the figure to 20,000 based on “estimate of thousand deaths a day” and “analysis of areal photographs”. This drew criticism from many including The Guardian & BBC and even more vehemently from the UN.

Gordon Weiss , a UN employee in Colombo at the time, with a newly published book on the war  ” The Cage ” to sell, raised the figure to 40,000 based on “sources” he refused to divulge. The UNSG’s Darusman commission concurred that civilian deaths could “range up to 40,000” again based on sources not available for divulging for thirty years. Gordon Weiss , subsequently reduced his estimate of civilian deaths to 10,000   , under intense interrogation at his book launch in Australia in June 2011.

However, well known human rights advocates   like Amnesty International,  who have been showered  generous donations by the  Tiger Diaspora  and UK Channel 4  have orchestrated this figure of 40,000 with vigor since.  Consequently it has gained currency with many   including the ill informed    whose passion for protecting human rights make them vulnerable to being mislead by   poorly substantiated allegations of their violations.

The lack of plausibility and logic to this claim was apparent from the very start . If this claim of 40,000 civilian deaths from Sri Lanka forces fire was true, would nearly three hundred thousand of these Tamil civilians,  herded as human shields by the retreating Tigers,  stream into the arms of these very forces the moment the Tiger builtembankment to prevent them from doing so was breached? This streaming is a  fact as it happened in full view of the world media.

If killing civilians was the aim of the soldiers, why did they so rescue them  without shooting at them. Instead they tended to them and  erected shelters and facilities  to accommodate  this vast influx,  in a very short  period of a few days,  no mean an achievement . Further, if the soldiers were ill disposed towards  these civilians, why did they spend the next one to two years  demining the homes of these civilians at great personal risk, to resettle them in their homes as they have done.

In the documentary “Lies Agreed Upon”, easily accessed on U tube , about 50 Tamil civilians representing this three hundred thousand, six Tamil doctors  and a Tamil member of parliament who were all a part of their human shields herded by the retreating tigers, have,  to a person only had the highest praise for the conduct of the security forces. They  confirmed that the only directed firing at them came from the tigers to prevent the loss of their human shields. In January 2014 , one of these doctors has confirmed these revelations under oath.

A SL government census conducted  by  Tamil teachers  in Feb /March 2012 in the war zones has established that the number of war related deaths was 7432 very similar to the first estimation released by the UN  and quoted by the Tamil net. Given that the security forces lost about 4000 in the last days of this war , it would be reasonable to estimate that, of the 7432, a similar number would have been Tiger fighters, reducing the non combatant civilians still further to around 3000. A far cry from the 40,000 and quite consistent with collateral damagegiven their deliberate exposure as human shields , by the Tigers. However, the estimation of the Tamil doctors referred to above , of the dead civilians they encountered, was 7-800.

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The Escaping Tamil Civilian Human Shields Streaming Into The Arms Of The Sri Lankan Forces, Seen Tending To Them

Further, the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was set up among others   to hear evidence in support of this type of allegation as was the Army commission to investigate civilian deaths thougharmy action. However , nothing was forthcoming regarding the alleged 40,000. This is the basis of Sri Lanka’s reluctance for even more commissions which it rightly feels would retract from the current momentum that has seen impressive gains in ethnic reconciliation and post war reconstruction that is evident to any visitor to Sri Lanka and acknowledged by all of the CHOGM attendees.

Given these uncertainties and contradictions related to the allegation of 40,000 civilian deaths , Prime Minister John Key along with Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia demonstrated wisdom in steering clear of this poorly founded and contentious allegation, despite disappointing David Shearer .

This tempered stance   of Prime Minister Key provided a sharp contrast to the authoritarian ultimatum delivered by Britain’s David Cameron to little Sri Lanka to have further inquiries into these allegations. This delivery would have served as a chilling reminder to many CHOGM attendees from ex colonies,  of   the oppression & repression experienced under   their former colonial master, in yesteryear. Such a breaking of ranks   with their traditional ally UK,   is as good as one could get in demonstrating New Zealand’s capability of taking an independent stand on international issues, enhancing it’s credentials no end, to be in the UN security council.

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Pictures Showing Leaders of BTF & TGTE In Company of Tiger Leader Prabakaran andAddressing Under The Tiger Flag.

If there is any HR violation   issue   in   relation to Sri Lanka that has alluded investigation,  it is on how,  the alleged international  funders of  Tiger Terrorism, that threatened the most basic human right , the right to life  for 20 million Sri Lankans  for three decades,  now enjoy unquestioned and unfettered access to the west  with their blessings , most particularly in the UK . These funders are the Tiger Diaspora that have reinvented themselves as the Global Tamil Federation (GTF) and the Trans National Government of Tamil  (TGTE) to circumvent the proscription of Tigers as terrorists in many countries. They are at the heart of many conspiracies to undermine SL. They have congregated   in the British House of Commons, in   March for the past three years to celebrate their   reinvention, so rubbing salt into the wounds of their millions of victims.

If  Mr David Shearer wants , as he says to see “NZ  take a stronger stand on human rights” a good starting point would be a call for and ensuring an investigation into,  the role of these alleged  funders in funding  one of the gravest and longest violations of human rights in modern times & how despite this possible complicity they have come to enjoy this unquestioned welcome in the UK .

 

http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=Vanni_Pocket_in_Refutation_of_Channel_Four_20140108_06 – The Sworn Affidavit Dr V Shanmugarajah, One of The Tamil Doctors Referred to Above

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM

Spokeperson,

United Sri Lanka Assn. Wellington NZ

Lower Hutt.

Mannar Bishop Rayappah Joseph lies to Ambassador Rapp

January 11th, 2014

P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne

It is no secret that Rayappah Joseph was a mouth-piece of the terrorists when the North was under the control of the LTTE. Now he is a candle holder to the LTTE rump and had been undermining Sri Lanka and accusing the govt of war crimes. It had been reported, that at a meeting with Ambassador Stephen Rapp, he had said that the Sri Lankan Air Force had used unconventional weapons and targeted hospitals at Pundikudiruppu, Dharmapuram and Puthumalu killing patients and civilians. He had said this at the meeting, as if he had been an eye witness. He had also added that 200 students had been killed when Vallipuram school was bombed. Then, he had accused the army of killing 500 youth at Chettikulam, and so on.

Years ago, when the Army went to rescue Madu Church from the terrorists, Rayappah Joseph took the Shrine of Our Lady Madhu from the church and went to the thick of the jungle with the LTTE fighters, who were occupying the church. He preferred the LTTE controlling Madhu area. So, his alliance to the terrorists is well known. Ambassador Rapp is in Sri Lanka to collect material against Sri Lanka for the next UNHCR meeting to be held in March. And here among other LTTE acolytes, we have a Catholic Bishop, making bogus allegations against Sri Lanka. The irony is that the Catholic Church is silent over the Bishop’s link to the LTTE rump. May be because, the Church as well supported the LTTE, as the claim made by the terrorists was that they were fighting against the Buddhists. The Church, ofcourse would like to see a divided Sri Lanka. Because, it would weaken the Buddhists and Buddhism in general, as Sri Lanka is foremost among Buddhist countries.

Barrack Obama a haughty man of high sounding words, Mahinda Rajapakse a friendly man of determination and hard work.

January 10th, 2014

By Charles.S.Perera

 Barrack Obama knows how to use words making  phrases which are beautiful  and inspiring. However, his words do not match his deeds.

 He had said, ” And when I am President, we will end this war in Iraq and bring our troops home; we will finish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan; we will care for our veterans; we will restore our moral standing in the world; and we will never use 9/11 as a way to score up votes, because it is not a tactic to win an election, it is a challenge that should unite America and the world against the common threats of the twenty-first century: terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease.”

 He brought back the troops from Iraq  but increased US Troops in Afghanistan, and ordered more drone strikes in Pakistan. After nearly one and a half million Iraqi deaths due to US Invasion in Iraq,  he withdrew the US troops with only a promise to reconstruct the country.

 The socialist worker.org reported: Obama’s claims about America’s “extraordinary achievement” in Iraq are Orwellian. In reality, the U.S. war and occupation further wrecked an already devastated country, left it in a shambles instead of the promised reconstruction, and stoked sectarianism between Iraq’s three main groups–Kurds, Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims. “

 Barrack Obama got Oussama Ben Laden  killed under questionable  circumstances.  He divided terrorists into two categories those who attack America and its allies as terrorists and terrorists elsewhere as freedom fighters.  In Sri Lanka the terrorists that massacred children, men and women, killed a Prime Minsiter of India and a Foreign Minister and  other Ministers  and Officers and wounded an Army Commander  are only  freedom fighters for Obama Administration, who still seek to accuse Sri Lanka for war crimes for eliminating terrorism.

 Barrack Obama  ran his election campaign with money coming even from terrorists from other Countries. Tamils for Obama who campaigned for Barrack Obama  are a group of Tamils in America who funded,  and continue to fund terrorism in Sri Lanka. Tamils for Obama is a terrorist group supporting the Sri Lanka terrorists  designated as a foreign terrorist group  in USA.  Now Barrack Obama is obliged to them and take their advice to accuse Sri Lanka for war crimes.

 He captured the American voters with his  speeches inspiring them with  slogans “Yes We can,”  and “Change and Hope”.  His promise for  hope and change to the American people,  and peace to the world, propelled him  to the White House as the 44th President of USA on 4 November,2008 at 47 years of age.

 Thereafter, he became very popular and gave the Americans and the world lot of hope.  He continued his beautiful speeches in different Capitals in the world  promising peace and equality. His idea of peace was apparently  not different from what American Administration had always proposed.  Peace through threat,  peace through recognising  terrorists as freedom fighters, peace through regime change in developing countries, and peace through bombs. That is what America always believed. 

 American legal system is a shame.  Barrack Obama could have at least changed it to fit into a modern democratic system. A person arrested is immediately treated as guilty of the offence. Recently an Indian woman diplomat was arrested in front of the school where she had come to drop her daughter, on a question of paying a low salary to a domestic help. The diplomat was handcuffed and taken to the police and subjected to a humiliating body check.

 Barrack Obama’s first act  after being sworn in as the President of USA was to sign an Order to close down the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camps,  of which he had  said , ” In 2006, Senator Obama spoke on the Senate floor in support of an amendment to restore habeas corpus rights to individuals at Guantanamo Bay. He argued that holding people in Guantanamo without habeas corpus is un-American, tyrannical, unnecessary to fight Terrorism, a potent means for stoking anti-Americanism and fuelling Terrorism, a means of endangering captured American troops, Americans travelling abroad and Americans generally, and a violent betrayal of core centuries-old Western principles of justice.”

 But nothing came of that promise and the Act he signed, ” In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that detainees at Guantanamo Bay were due habeas corpus rights. Three months after the Supreme Court’s ruling, four Afghan citizens being detained at Bagram tried to challenge their detentions in U.S. District Court in Washington. 

 After Barack Obama took office, a federal judge in Washington gave the new administration a month to decide whether it wanted to stand by Bush’s legal argument. In a two sentence response, the Obama administration sided with the Bush administration in declaring that those detained in Iraq and Afghanistan had no right to habeas corpus. “Having considered the matter, the government adheres to its previously articulated position.”  

 Barrack Obama had to give in to what it had been under Bush Administration.  That was  his  “yes we can” claim.  Barrack Obama could not bring the United States of America to the surface from the depth of the American Administration mire into which it had sunk. The Administration of USA is  marked by  a blind ” greatest Nation pride” and  authority coming from military power at its command.  The President Barrack Obama had to sink into the same depth as the USA Administration to keep himself alive.  He is adopting a mere survival tactic.

Now let us turn to President Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka, a simple man of the people. He was sworn in as the President of Sri Lanka  in November,2005 at 60 years of Age.

 He was worst off than Barrack Obma when he took over the Presidency of Sri Lanka.  He inherited a Sri Lanka  burdened with an on going terrorism that had continued for over two decades.  All development work had halted.  The economy was at its lowest.  People living in fear of terrorism seemed doomed to suffer .  In addition to that the East Coast of Sri Lanka was hit by  a tsunami in which more than 40 000 people lost their lives and devastated land and property.

 The President  Mahinda Rajpakse knew that it is not the high sounding  words as those of President Barrack Obama that was needed to give assurance to his people.  Mahind Rajapakse spoke slowly, but he spoke  words rich in  meaning giving  hope and confidence to the people that there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel of suffering they were trudging  through. Mahinda Rajapakse’s speeches  were not empty words that flowed through his lips,  but they were meaningful , frank and assuring words that came  from the depth of his heart.

 Barrack Obama could not make such speeches.  Barrack Obama though he used a  flowery language and delivered his speeches in correct diction they will remain just great speeches made in English language and go down history as such, but  what good  have those speeches done?  Did those speeches Change the lives of the American people ? Did they contribute to help the welfare of poor developing Nations ? Did he change the  American Administration  from being an aggressive, manipulating system, using threat against developing Nations who do not follow American political views ?

 Even to give the American people an affordable health care facility he had to overcome an enormous opposition.  American political hierarchy wants American Leadership in the world , but not under a black President, hence  Barrack Obama with all his stimulating  speeches  cannot change any thing . His slogan “yes we can”  was a bluff.

 Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka on the other hand contributed vastly to enhance the living condition of the people and take a country , assaulted by terrorism, suffering from underdevelopment, and  divided  by conflicting interests of Tamils and the other Communities, towards development and progress in the right direction.

 Mahinda Rajapakse when he campaigned for the Presidential elections was aware of  the priorities he had to attend to  if he were to be the President and had a  workable pragmatic plan of development to take the country forward. When Mahinda Rajapakse was  sworn in as the President of Sri Lanka he promised the people that he would seek to settle the decades old terrorism in peaceful negotiation with the terrorists, failing that he said he would employ a military solution. 

 Thereafter he said he will develop the country and reconcile the communities.  Mahinda Rajapakse true to his word having failed to get the terrorists for a negotiated peace settlement resorted to military operations forced by the terrorists who had forcibly closed the sluice gates of Mavil Aru water reservoir depriving access to  water to thousands of farmers. 

 Mahinda Rajapakse’s determination to end the nearly three decade old terrorism resulted in complete elimination of terrorists in May, 2009.  Within four years thereafter he organized the government and the people and developed the country rebuilding the much neglected infrastructure- roads, communication, water supply, electric facilities, and building schools, hospitals, banks, post offices, harbours and airports.

 Then the Tamils in the diaspora who had been supporting the terrorism in Sri Lanka by collecting funds, and buying arms and ammunitions for the terrorists were  discouraged by the unexpected elimination of the terrorists by the government Armed Forces. They began a publicity campaign against the Government of Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces accusing them of violation of human rights and war crimes.

 This terrorist rump spend lavishly the funds they had collected and continue to collect to support and reintroduce terrorism in Sri Lanka, to buy the Western Media, American Senators, Members of Parliament in Western Countries, Amnesty International and other human rights activists demanding them  to send an Independent  International  Committee to Sri Lanka to investigate violation of human rights and war crimes committed by the Government Armed Force in the elimination of terrorists, and help the Tamils to set up a separate Tamil State. 

 These pro-terrorist Tamils in USA formed into a group calling themselves Tamils for Obama. The USA President and his State Department  depending heavily on the complaints made by the  Tamils for Obama against  Sri Lanka   and its Armed Forces for violation of human rights and war crimes , presented resolutions against Sri Lanka at the UNHRCouncil Sessions.

 Barrack Obama the President of USA  faced a serious financial crisis, which he has still not been able to surmount.  He has also failed to bring back  all of the American troops as promised. He is therefore  loosing fast the confidence of the American people, and  is unable to continue to make the American people believe in an American leadership in the world.

 Barrack Obama therefore turned outwards in search of a solution to rebuild his popularity amoung the American people.  He turned his attention to bring back  the developing countries now turning away from the American influence  and reaching out to  China and Russia- two countries which are more generous than America ever was  to developing countries, and willing  to help them unconditionally to come out of their state of underdevelopment.

 Barack Obama in his effort  to reaffirm the American leadership in the world which it has lost to China and Russia is turning towards developing  countries with political strategic interest, and other oil rich countries with economic interest , along with  the Western Allies to  destabilise them , and change regimes by putting in place West friendly  puppet regimes, or bring them  under their control using the UNHRC, which seems to have become a part of the USA State Department, and other Human Right Agencies.

 In the new search for America’s place for leadership in the world, Barrack Obama’s Administration  along with its Western Allies search for dissidents, and terrorists in the developing countries  who have taken arms against the governments in power, and arm them as rebels (freedom fighters) to fight against the government forces with the backing of the USA and its Western Allies. It happened in Libya, it was nearly happening in Iran , and  an American led war in Syria was avoided just in time due to a fortuitous intervention of Russia to make America and its allies see the reality of their folly.

 Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka unlike Barrack Obama the President of USA has his feet well grounded in Sri Lanka and indefatigably search for the development of his country and bring together the Communities .  In order to satisfy the Tamil Community he declared that there is no more minority and majority in Sri Lanka, and made the country a tri lingual Nation.  Unfortunately the Tamil community is continuously kept apart from the rest of the Communities by a self  seeking ambitious set of  Tamil politicians.

 The Tamil Community in Sri Lanka is suffering from a deep inborn inferiority complex which makes them “think” that they do not measure up to the Sinhala Majority Community, hence to assure themselves that they are better than the Sinhala Community, they continually oppose every move of the Government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse to reconcile the communities to bring the Tamils into the common fold of a Sri Lankan Nation. 

 The Tamils of Sri Lanka opposed to any reconciliation with the Sinhala Community demand a province reserved  only for the Tamils or a separate territory for themselves as a  Tamil State, so that in an  environment  which is exclusively Tamil they will be able to shed their inferiority complex.

 The Barrack Obama’s Administration and the Western Governments who cannot understand this “inferiority complex bias” of the Tamils, accept the Tamil version of the  discrimination of the  Tamils in Sri Lanka by a Sinhala majority government. 

 Barrack Obama belonging to the American Black Community knows very well that the Black Community in America has asserted its  rights not by seeking to be a separate community but by seeking to be integrated into the majority white community, which the Sri Lanka Tamils if they are intelligent and not self centred should follow.

 But, that claim of discrimination by the Sinhala majority against the Tamils is an opportunity for the USA and the Western Countries whose parliamentarians depend on the vote bank of the expatriate Tamils living in their countries, to implement their ” regime change manoeuvres” on Sri Lanka- a country of  strategic value against Chinese and Russian domination of the Indian Ocean. 

 That is the reason why USA and the West  are going all out to discredit and destabilise the Government of Mahinda Rajapakse by passing resolution at the UNHRC in Geneva against the Government of Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces for violation of human rights and war crimes in the last phase of the elimination of terrorism .

 The President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse, not having the ambition of Barrack Obama for a world leadership claim, remains calm and unperturbed following a middle path between assertion of his power of being a popular President of a large majority of his people , and giving into unjustifiable arm twisting of the Tamils and the USA and its allies. 

 Mahinda Rajapakse’s ambition is to bring together  all the communities of his country into one great Nation of Sri Lankans.  In that commendable aspiration he seeks to establish diplomatic relations with divers Nations, from Asia, to Africa, Middle East to Eastern Europe while trying to maintain diplomatic relations, and  cooperate as much as he can with USA and the Western countries despite their constantaggressivity and unfriendly moves against Sri Lanka.

 Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka has thus built close relations with many nations through dialogue and friendly visits. “Welcoming the first Sri Lankan head of the state to visit Israel despite long existing diplomatic relations with the state since 1956, President Peres commended his Sri Lankan counterpart as a great leader for eradicating the three decades long terrorism and bringing peace, reconciliation and restoration to the country which is not a small achievement.”

But Barrack Obama the President of USA does not believe in friendly dialogue.  He prefers to look at  the Leaders of  Sovereign States  of developing countries with his head raised high taking a superior attitude, while reasserting his equality with Western Nations. 

Barrack Obama uses his country’s military capabilities, and  his command over the Western Nations to threaten developing Nations and impose on them “trade embargoes and sanctions.  Cuba is under a commercial, economic and financial embargo imposed by USA in October, 1960.  USA has sanctions against, Burma since 1997, Iran since 1979, Libya since 2011 ( against parties closely associated with former Gaddafi regime) North Korea since 1950, Sudan Since 2002.

Jayalalitha said after meeting with Hillary Clinton, that  “She recalled a US congressional committee voting to ban aid to Sri Lanka unless it showed `accountability` over the `bloodshed` in the final stages of the conflict in 2009”.

We are in 2014, it was in 2009 that the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka eliminated  terrorism for good from Sri Lanka.  Since then Sri Lanka has successfully  marched forward becoming a middle income country from being a developing country . If Sri Lanka’s  progress is unhampered by the “jealousies” of the West, it would even  step into being a developed country.

But while Sri Lanka is gradually progressing into  2014,  Barrack Obama  and his State Department are still  living in 2009.  Barrack Obama has sent Stephen J.Rapp,  The United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, in the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the Department of States to study  Sri Lanka’s justice, accountability, and reconciliation processes.  Stephen J.Rapp had told reporters that, The US will seek an international probe into alleged rights abuses in the final months of Sri Lanka’s civil war against the LTTE under a third resolution at the UNHRC.”

In the meantime Barrack Obama also sends his Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal who had warned that if Sri Lanka doesn’t make meaningful progress in addressing the accountability issues, the patience of the international community on Sri Lanka will start to wear thin and urged Sri Lanka to take some “concrete steps” to address the issue of human rights, accountability and reconciliation process. 

 Barrack Obama is not short of threats and warnings to this small Island of  Sri Lanka which has a land mass of only   62,700 sq Km,  and a population of  20 million people. But Sri Lanka under Mahinda Rajapakse is doing far better than even USA in its  economic and social development.  Barack Obama the President of USA who visited India refused a visit to Sri Lanka.

 Even his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  who visited the Indian State of Tamil Nadu to meet the Chief Minister Jayalalitha a decadent brainless old film star,  did not have the politeness to visit Sri Lanka.  That shows how much more respect and trust  the President Barrack Obama and his State Department has on the pro-terrorist Tamils expatriates in  USA the pro-terrorist Tamils for Obama , than to a popular President of Sri Lanka a Sovereign State which has a documented history of over 3000 years.

 USA with such undiplomatic , ungenerous, inhumane threats and warnings  will only keep away the developing countries from coming under its influence, preferring the warm, friendly, generous  nations such as, China, Russia, Iran, Vietnam, and others outside  USA’s periphery of influence.

 Barrack Obama quite unconcerned about Sri Lanka’s hard task ahead for its development and progress has rejected Sri Lanka’s plea for exemption from the oil embargo on Iran and…” has asked the Government to dissociate itself from some 30 companies, including banks and shipping firms. The Sri Lankan Government’s request had been prompted by rising costs to import refined fuel products. Petroleum Industry Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa had sought some concessions for Sri Lanka to overcome the effects of the sanctions on Iran, but the request had been turned down.”

So much for  Barrack Obama’s generosity to help developing countries, despite his  ” change-Yes We Can”

On the other hand Mahinda Rajapakse, the President of Sri Lanka goes on to make friends with other nations extending his hand of friendship and generously offering  as much as he can afford for the welfare and the  goodwill  of the people of  other Nations.

 On the 7 January,2014 President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse  opened a Vocational Training Centre funded by the Government of Sri Lanka in Betunia, in Palestine, and also donated books and computers to the Betunia Municipal Library.

 In Palestine, the Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Maliki speaking at the opening event said .  “You’re contributing to the livelihoods of Palestinians and for building a good future for them so thank you very much for that, It’s remarkable to see a president of another country dedicate so much of his energy to another cause.” 

 Calling President Rajapaksa “a special, special, special guest,” the Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister said the President’s visit is “historic in all its dimensions. It reflects a milestone in the special relationship between Sri Lanka and Palestine, Thank you for your solidarity, your support and your love for Palestine.” 

Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka recently hosted the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka, where a very undiplomatic event took place with   the head of the Government of Great Britton David Cameron who made his invitation to attend the Meeting,  made it an occasion to visit  the Provincial Council of the North on a fact finding mission to attack  Sri Lanka for violation of human rights and war crimes  at the last phase of military operations to eliminate terrorism,  and visited a pro-terrorist Tamil Press office, known for its false media reports against the Government and the President of Sri Lanka.

How ever in his speech as the Chairman of the CHOGM Mahinda Rajapakse the President of Sri Lanka said, “….If the Commonwealth is to remain relevant to its member countries, the association must respond sensitively to the needs of its peoples and not let it turn into a punitive or judgemental body………We must also collectively guard against bilateral agenda being introduced into the organisation, distorting Commonwealth tradition and consensus…”Our deliberations in Colombo must lead to the greatest practical benefits for the peoples of a renewed Commonwealth, one that is engaging, collective and unifying, rather than prescriptive and divisive.” 

Those are the differences between the friendly President Mahinda Rajapakse of  not so rich and not so powerful Sri Lanka,  and the haughty President Barrack Obama of  rich and powerful USA.

Rathika Sitsabaiesan & Paul Dewar on Sri Lanka

January 10th, 2014

 Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

10 January 2014

Hon. Tom Mulcair, MP, Leader of the NDP
Leader of the Opposition,  House of Commons, Ottawa

cc. Paul Dewar, Foreign Affairs Critic for NDP;  Rathika Sitsabaeisan, Deputy Whip for NDP

Dear Tom Mulcair:

Re: Your Caucus Members, Paul Dewar and Rathika Sitsabaiesan ”          

As  Prime Minister-in-Waiting, it is imperative and crucial that you try to understand  the harm  that these two members of your caucus are presenting to your party being a “brainless” anti-Sri Lanka  bashing Tag team.  I certainly could christen this Tag Team as the S.Bison & D’War Sri Lanka Bashers.  As that’s what they are.

Permit me to explain my concerns:

  1. It was in November last year that  NDP’s Foreign Affairs critic, Paul Dewar indicated in an article published in a leading newspaper that Canada is in a position of authority on Sri Lanka when he stated that the Canadian Government can and should do more to defend democracy and human rights in Sri Lanka.  He was obviously speaking for the NDP, the Party-in-Waiting to govern Canada.

Such ‘brainless’ chiding of Sri Lanka should be a concern to you and your caucus.   The fact remains that when it comes to international politics and Sri Lanka in particular,  neither he as the NDP’s Foreign Affairs critic nor Canada are in any position to defend democracy or human rights in Sri Lanka because Canada was indeed part of the problem of Tamil Tiger terrorism, as it supported  surreptitiously by aiding and abetting them with financial support to destroy a working democracy, letting the Tamil Diaspora stuff two million dollars a month for 13 years into the Tamil Tiger War chest to buy sophisticated arms to  fight and kill.  And also when a couple of Liberal Party Cabinet Ministers (Paul Martin & Maria Minna) and several Liberal back benchers patronized a Tamil Tiger $60-a-plate fund raising dinner in Toronto in May 2000.   Canada  backing the most ruthless terrorist group in the world to destroy a democracy, Paul Dewar has no right to suggest that “Canada can do more to defend democracy and human rights.”   This MP of yours is day dreaming to the point that he has reduced himself as your Party Joker on Sri Lankan Affairs which he seems quite concerned about, and he thinks he knows much.

 2.   When I represented myself a few years ago at the Canadian Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Foreign Affair to present my views on the then on going Eelam war,   Paul who was a Committee Member did ask me a very pertinent question.  “Mr. Weerasinghe”, he said, “The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka says that the escalating Eelam war is a humanitarian war.  What is your view on it?”

 And I responded thus. “Mr. Dewar, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka is absolutely right.   But I will go one step further.  It is not only a humanitarian war it is also a Liberation War, to liberate the peoples of Sri  Lanka, especially the Tamils in the North and also the territory that the Tamil Tigers are controlling illegally as a de facto Tamil  state, Eelam.”

 “I know where you are coming from, but I don’t agree with you,” said Paul. He got up and walked out of the room and never returned for the rest of my presentation.

 Well, Tom, I could tell Paul Dewar now through this letter to you.   “Well Paul, I know you had difficulty to accept anything positive said by me  about Sri Lanka that afternoon, because you seem to be wearing blinkers during any positive presentation on Sri Lanka by anyone, because you are an inherent Sri Lanka basher.  Right, Paul!”

  Paul, if you had told me that afternoon, “You think you are a soothsayer, aren’t you Weerasinghe?”   My response to you Paul today will be, “Not that I think that I am a soothsayer, I am indeed a soothsayer.   By the end of 19 May 2009, the  Sri  Lanka Prime Minister’s armed soldiers, did liberate 295,873 Tamil refugees who were held as a human shield by Rathika’s Tamil Tigers for 30 months.    Raise your glass and make a toast to my prediction, Paul, as I was right on to the very dot.  You might think I am cocky, Paul.  No I am not, but I am just being honest.  I have been so since August 1983, on this Sri Lanka file.   And not a single Tamil has challenged me so far.  Not even your Sri Lanka bashing tag team partner, Rathika Sitsabaeisan (S.Bison).”

 This strange statement by Paul Dewar proves positive that he is ready to support his Sri Lanka Bashing Tag Team partner S.Bison, by keeping his blinkers on and rushing with his strange statement in defense of Rathika’s presence in Sri Lanka.

The Huff Post of 2nd January 2014 says:  “New Democratic MP Paul Dewar, who has spoken to Sitsabaiesan, said Wednesday his caucus colleague had been followed and closely monitored by Sri Lankan authorities during her stay.

“As soon as she arrived it became clear that the authorities were keeping a close tab on her.  And then she started to receive warnings that she should be careful of whom she speaks to, where she goes.

“This is a pattern we’ve seen with the Sri Lankan government.”

 Tom, this caucus member of yours, Paul Dewar, hallucinates no sooner he hears the word “Sri Lanka”.  All what he had said in the Huff Post is a load of poppycock, and Paul knows it.

 Here are the facts for you to discern and be judge and jury.

When your MP Rathika Sitsabaeisan arrived at the airport, she was given a Tourist Visa after questioning why she was in Colombo. If not for her Canadian official passport, she would have been recognized as another Tamil woman returning home from the Middle East having finished her contract as a domestic, perhaps in a Saudi home.

At that point it was a question of  Rathika Who?   The Government authorities did not know who she was until a motivated element, one of her gang members from the Tamil Diaspora, informed the Canadian media that she had been  “placed under house arrest ” in Jaffna.

The Sri Lankan Government authorities even did not know about Rathika’s single previous claim to fame about her famous photoshop cleavage controversy.   That would have gone well with the Sri Lankan ogling eyes, but it didn’t as they did not know of the incident which was tied to NDPs  MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan.

She might have expected to see a string of ogling Sri Lankans following her,  the Canadian Tamil  politician Queen Bee with that famous revealing exposure of her d©colletage.  To her disappointment it did not happen, and then Plan B kicked in to action.

 For Paul Dewar to assert that “as soon as she arrived it became clear that the authorities were keeping a close tab on her….” is unfortunately a sick fairy joke fit for the Monday morning green bin.

           So, the Canadian parliamentarians being a bunch of foolish  Tamil vote haggling politicians getting sucked into Tamil tricky ploys were taken one more time down the cynical  Hiiii….haaa…..garden path.

This smart but cunning move started to snow ball, and every Canadian news paper gave Rathika Sitsabaeisan the break of her life, by plastering her portrait with the story that she is under house arrest in Sri Lanka tarnishing Sri Lanka’s image.

So Rathika Who? became a household word overnight.  “Oh, that Tamil woman in parliament who was under house arrest in Sri Lanka.  Bad  Sri Lankan people!”

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner was absolutely right when she said in her Press Release that “Canadian Tamil MP was attempting to embarrass Sri Lanka Government.”  I am not sure whether she managed to embarrass Sri Lanka but she certainly did embarrass the Canadian parliamentary establishment.

I think  the time has arrived for you to rein this woman in, rap her knuckles for this well orchestrated diplomatic fiasco getting higher-ups in the Canadian Government to get involved  in this caper and making a fool of themselves ” John Baird, Foreign Minister;  Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs;  Tom Mulcair, Leader  of the NDP and the Leader of  the Opposition;  Shelley Whiting, Canadian High Commissioner in Colombo and also Chitranganee Wagiswara, the Sri Lanka High Commissioner in Canada who reluctantly got roped into this crazy, lying fairy tale.

 What has been established is Rathika, the Canadian tourist, did not soak in the Sri Lankan sun on a Jaffna peninsula  beach to get back her lost tan after 27 Canadian winters, met a few of her family members, but  also met the anti-Sri Lanka politicians in a big way contravening the Sri Lankan Immigration laws and regulations..  These meetings were well recorded and publicized in the Tamil media like Tamil Net displaying the photographs of these meetings.

Rathika Sitsabaisan, the Canadian  on a tourist visa during her politicking met the following anti-Sri Lankan politicians:  Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Minister of Fisheries B. Deniswaran; Roman Catholic Religious leaders of  Mannar; Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Sivagnanan Sritharan; NPC member Ananthi Sasistharan and so forth.

 Rathika in her Twitter message from India says, “I am safely out and in India now.  Thank you everyone for your love. Details to come in recent future.”

Hmmmm… sounds ominous, Tom.  What is important for you to note is that Rathika is in her delusions as always.   Her presence in Jaffna, unfortunately for her and her supportive Tamil Diaspora was not hailed as of a Canadian parliamentary Tamil Tin-Goddess. The visit did not register the political Richter scale in Colombo at all.  This must be rankling her, Paul Dewar and her Tamil Diaspora followers.

If she is planning to walk down the War Path against Sri Lanka again after her CHOGM disappointment, please be judicious and request her not to and to take a step outside that War Path.   The non-Tamil Sri Lankan-Canadians , present NDP supporters and possible future supporters are not going to take her lies kindly. And it is the NDP that will take the negative fall out from all this stupidity.

What should be recognized and should be clear is that her political mandate is to help her local riding Tamils and other ethnic groups in Scarborough-Rouge River, as she was not voted in to support the Tamil separatist cause 20,000 miles away.  What a waste of energy when she could focus that energy to upgrade the quality of life of her constituents and get voted into parliament the next time around.

 Here’s the soothsayer predicting again.  Tom, make note that Rathika Sitsabaiesan is a bad dream and a liability for the NDP, unless she cools off on Sri Lanka and stop poking her nose into Sri Lanka’s internal affairs, which is no business of hers.

I am a Sinhalese-Canadian and a Buddhist to boot.

 Sincerely,

Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.)

Buddhist Psychotherapy

January 10th, 2014

Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.

Renowned Psychologists like William James, Carl Jung, and Eric Fromm saw much of value in Buddhist philosophy and its positive impact on mental health. The modern mental health clinicians have found incomparable therapeutic efficacy in Buddhist psychotherapy. Buddhist psychotherapy has become a major complementary therapeutic strategy in mental health. Recent research has highlighted the importance of Buddhist psychotherapy in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, factitious disorders, addiction disorders, medically unexplained symptoms and various other psychological ailments. Buddhist psychology is increasingly informing psychotherapeutic practice in the western world (Kelly, 2008).

Psychotherapy is generally defined as a means a treatment of emotional, behavioral, personality disorders based primarily upon verbal or nonverbal communication. Buddhism is a method of mind training (Bullen, 1994). In the Buddhistic approach, situational, and psychological states are viewed more holistically (Hall & Lindzey, 1978).  As Sherwood (2012) underlines Buddhist psychotherapy is based on the Buddhist model of the cause of mental suffering (the noble fourfold truths) and the notions of attachment, permanence and clinging to notions of self as the perpetrating forces of mental suffering.

Buddhist psychotherapy mainly deals with self-knowledge, thoughts, feelings and actions to minimize the psychological distress.  Neale (2012) views Buddhist psychotherapy as a novel approach to the clinical practice of mental health and it combines aspects of conventional psychotherapy with traditional Buddhist psychological theory and practice. According to Neale (2012) the objective of Buddhist psychotherapy as just being mindful of one’s momentary experience without judgment have failed to understand the crucial role that wisdom and action   play in the process of healing and change.

Buddhism and Western Psychology often overlap in theory and in practice. Over the last century, experts have written on many commonalities between Buddhism and various branches of modern western psychology like phenomenological psychology, psychoanalytical psychotherapy, humanistic psychology, cognitive psychology and existential psychology (Aich ,2013).

Mind and Mental Factors in Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion that deeply discusses human mental process. Human mind has a special place on Buddhist philosophy and it has gone in depth to analyze the human mind. The Buddhist philosophy talks about the human mind and its pathological and non-pathological segments. In Abhidhamma ” which is the higher teaching of the Buddha profoundly analyses human mental process. In Abhidhamma man is described as a psycho-physical being consisting of both mind and matter, and it gives a microscopic analysis of the human thinking process (Narada, 1956). In Abhidhamma the Buddha describes consciousness as a flowing stream intensely interconnected. These words were echoed by William James and in his theory of mind (1890) described that conscious mental life flows continuously like a stream. William James further illustrates the consciousness and writes thus – “the transition between the thought of one object and the thought of another is no more a break in the thought than a joint in a bamboo is a break in the wood” (James, 1988).

DSM and Buddhist Jathaka Stories

The Buddhist Jathaka story book deeply touches the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) based mental illnesses (Jayatunge, 2013). The Jathaka stories are a voluminous body of narratives that were compiled in the period, the 3rd Century B.C. to the 5th Century A.D. According to Professor Rhys Davids who conceptualized canonical Buddhist writings in terms of psychology in the early 20th Century, Jathaka   stories are one of the oldest fables. Most of the DSM based mental ailments are vividly described in the Jathaka stories. These Jathaka stories discuss profound psychological themes. For centuries these stories helped the people to view individuals with mental illnesses with a compassionate eye.

Empathy in Buddhist Psychotherapy

Some contemporary psychologists identify empathy as an automated, involuntary, biologically-inbuilt reaction. Nonetheless empathy is a part of social and emotional development. Goleman (2000) characterizes empathy as one of the key components of emotional intelligence.  Rogers (1961) indicates that empathy and unconditional positive regard for the client create a growth promoting climate.  Rogers thought that accurate empathy was one of the three core conditions of effective psychotherapy (Dowd & McCleery, 2007). Empathy strengthens the therapeutic alliance.   Vyskocilova and colleagues (2011) highlight that empathy helps to understand both emotional reactions and the meanings of experience for the client.

Buddhism is a practical philosophy that advocates providing empathic responses to humans as well as other living beings.  In Buddhist psychotherapeutic approach empathy has a special status. Buddhistic empathy is a state of mind that is filled with wisdom, tolerance and loving-kindness. According to Buddhism, compassion is an aspiration, a state of mind, wanting others to be free from suffering. It’s not passive — it’s not empathy alone — but rather an empathetic altruism that actively strives to free others from suffering (Dalai Lama, 2005).

Psychoanalytic Technique and Buddhist Psychotherapy

In his famous lecture series at the Clark University in 1909 Sigmund Freud highlighted that psychoanalysis is a method of treating nervous patients medically. In classical psychoanalysis, unconscious defense mechanisms such as denial, splitting, and projection are identified as preventing psychic equilibrium and the genuine expression of self. In this method, defenses are made conscious, rendering them superfluous and health is achieved when one develops new, more appropriate ways of accessing validation, love, and connection (Neale, 2012).  Safran (2012) describes psychoanalysis as a new way of looking at inner life.

The psychoanalytical components in Buddhism have been emphasized by many scholars like Martin Wicramasinghe D.Lit, Laurence W. Christensen etc.  (Jayatunge, 2011).  Some contemporary psychologists see parallels between the Zen Buddhism and psychoanalysis. The primacy of experiencing for both disciplines, particularly concerning the experiencing subject’s momentary state of consciousness, forms a central theme for both Zen and psychoanalysis (Cooper 2001).

Eric Fromm suggests that Zen Buddhism has a prolific influence on theory and technique of psychoanalysis.

“…[W]hat can be said with more certainty is that the knowledge of Zen, and a concern with it, can have a most fertile and clarifying influence on the theory and technique of psychoanalysis. Zen, different as it is in its method from psychoanalysis, can sharpen the focus, throw new light on the nature of insight, and heighten the sense of what it is to see, what it is to be creative, what it is to overcome the affective contaminations and false intellectualizations which are the necessary results of experience based on the subject-object split” (Zen Buddhism and Psychoanalysis Eric Fromm p. 140).

The psychoanalytical module in Buddhism is very much evident. Buddhism provides psychological methods of analyzing human experience and inquiring into the potential and hidden capacities of the human mind. According to Buddhism mind precedes its objects. They are mind-governed and mind-made. The verse 37 of the Dhammapada   explains the dynamics of human mind thus

The mind is capable of travelling vast distances ” up or down, north or south, east or west ” in any direction. It can travel to the past or the future.

Existential-Therapy and Buddhist Psychotherapy

Buddhism and Existential-humanistic psychology share common grounds with realm of representation, realm of action and reality of self. Both psychotherapies are based on mindful awareness and directed towards growth potential. Both consider the human condition as a whole.

Existential Psychotherapy is aimed to enhance self knowledge and search for meaning. Frankl (1946) believed that man’s main concern is not to seek pleasure or to avoid pain, but rather to search meaning in his life.  Search for meaning help individuals to construct connections, find wisdom and experience healthy transformation when dealing with trauma. Individuals surviving a traumatic event often demonstrate a need to create meaning around events to make sense and regain coherence to their lives, thereby reestablishing the biographical continuity which had been lost (Abernathy, 2008). Search for meaning is parallel to Buddhist philosophy. Buddhist psychotherapy encourages clients to search for meaning hence allowing posttraumatic positive growth. Tedeschi & Calhoun (1996) define Posttraumatic growth (PTG) as positive psychological change experienced as the result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances. Buddha’s Eight Fold Path encourages to search for meaning of life, death, and suffering.

CBT and Buddhistic Approach

In general terms Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic  approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors and cognitive processes and contents through a number of goal-oriented, explicit systematic procedures. According to the Buddhist point of view, suffering is not caused by external, traumatic events, but by qualities of mind which shape our perceptions and responses to events. These same words were repeated by the Psychologist Albert Ellis in 1953 when he introduced his action oriented therapeutic approach ” Rational Emotive Therapy. According to Ellis not the event that causes psychological distress but the belief held by the client. He further argues that one’s emotional distress is actually caused by one’s catastrophic thinking in appraising stressful events. Rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT) argues that irrational beliefs result in maladaptive emotions leading to reduced well-being (Sp¶rrle et al, 2010).

The Buddha often used Insight-oriented dialog and Socratic Method to give awareness to his disciples. Insight-oriented dialog is similar to the methodology of cognitive therapies. In Buddhist Psychotherapy  therapist and patient work together to identify dysfunctional mental patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that stem from a patient’s identification with their traumatic narrative. Once these specific issues are recognized, patients are prepared to use the healing relationship as an emotional corrective and employ meditation techniques to counter their particular cognitive-affective-behavioral habits (Neale, 2012).

Buddhist Meditation

Meditation is a synchronized mind body technique and conscious effort that helps transforming the mind.  In Buddhism meditation is regarded as the second category of the Eight-Fold Path. Buddhist meditation interventions have been integrated   in to contemporary psychotherapy.  Research based evidence supports the therapeutic use of meditation in a range of psychological ailments.

Oshita and colleagues (2013) indicate positive outcome following Buddhistic meditation and the subjects benefited from meditation and showed significant increases in their sense of coherence, self-esteem and purpose in life. A number of studies have shown that meditation activates and deactivates certain brain regions. Brewer and colleagues (2011) report that deactivation of posterior cingulate cortex (which has a prominent role   in pain and episodic memory retrieval) during a number of different types of meditation.  Tsai and Edds (2013) found increased alpha and theta activities in electroencephalography (EEG) during various forms of meditation.

The concept of mindfulness is based on Vipassana, a Buddhist meditation technique (Delgado-Pastor et al., 2013).  Mindfulness has been described as a practice of learning to focus attention on moment-by moment experience with an attitude of curiosity, openness, and acceptance (Marchand, 2012). As Tusaie & Edds (2009) indicate the practice of mindfulness is increasingly being integrated into Western clinical practice within the context of psychotherapy and stress management.

Numerous research concur the therapeutic effects of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy is strongly recommended as an adjunctive treatment for unipolar depression and anxiety (Marchand, 2012). de Zoysa (2013) reports successful use of  Buddhist mindfulness practice in the treatment of a case of obsessive compulsive disorder. Smith and colleagues (2008) reveal mindfulness-based stress reduction helps in reducing somatic pain. Winbush, Gross and Kreitzer (2007) highlight that increased practice of mindfulness techniques is associated with improved sleep in mindfulness-based stress reduction research participants. According to the research finding by Cahn and colleagues (2013) suggest that Vipassana meditation evokes a brain state of enhanced perceptual clarity and decreased automated reactivity.

Methha Meditation or Loving-kindness Meditation is widely used in Buddhist Psychotherapy.  Loving-kindness meditation is a practice designed to enhance feelings of kindness and compassion for self and others. Loving-kindness meditation appeared safe and acceptable and was associated with reduced symptoms of PTSD and Depression (Kearney et al 2013). According to Hofmann, Grossman and Hinton (2011) neuro-imaging studies suggest that loving-kindness meditation (LKM) and compassion meditation (CM) may enhance activation of brain areas that are involved in emotional processing and empathy. They hypnotize that loving-kindness meditation and compassion meditation may provide potentially useful strategies for targeting a variety of different psychological problems that involve interpersonal processes, such as depression, social anxiety, marital conflict, anger, and coping with the strains of long-term caregiving.

Anapanasati meditation or ‘mindfulness of breathing is the first subject of meditation expounded by the Buddha in the Maha-Satipatthana Sutta, the Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness (Ariyadhamma, 1994). Mindful breathing increases oxygen intake and has stress reducing impact. Feldman, Greeson and Senville (2010) point out that mindful breathing may help to reduce reactivity to repetitive thoughts.

Conclusion

Buddhist concepts have profound influence on Western Psychotherapy. Buddhist psychotherapy is based on the Buddhist model of the cause of mental suffering and deals with self-knowledge, thoughts, feelings and actions to minimize the psychological distress.  Buddhist Psychotherapy has a positive impact on mental health and it can be used to treat a wide range of mental illnesses.

Correspondence:

Email:  ruwanmjayatunge@gmail.com

Acknowledgements

1)    Rev Bandagiriya Sirinanda – Toronto Maha Vihara – Toronto Canada

2)    Dr. Patricia Sherwood -Honorary Senior lecturer – Edith Cowan University  Australia

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Forbear to judge us, for U.S is the worst sinner

January 10th, 2014

Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe

We are in the middle of yet another visit by a US government official, Stephen J. Rapp, an Obama political appointee apparently supervising the unusual US version of “Global Criminal Justice”. The grandiose description of Rapp as an “ambassador-at-large”, appears to have been designed by the US state department – who seem to take it for granted that they are ruling a global empire – to exude an air of almost UN-like legitimate authority. But Rapp is just a US government agent who has no legitimate powers to seek information on the Sri Lankan government’s handling of war-related or reconciliation matters.

The so-called “Office of Global Criminal Justice” Rapp represents is an internal administrative unit within the US State Department that is supposed to advise the US Secretary of State and others on their countries’ responses to alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity, accountability for mass atrocities and genocide ‘by other countries’.

The world will have ‘no beef’ with Rapp’s job within their own government arrangements, to the extent that he does not try to peer in to the internal affairs of sovereign countries, pretending to have some kind of imprimatur to conduct such investigations globally. Also, Rapp’s job description of coordinating the US diplomatic, economic, military, and intelligence tools to “help expose the truth” about war crimes and accountability ” appears to have been included for the provision of comic relief to the world, considering the disgraceful, hidden US record of war crimes in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq alone.

Anti-Sri Lankan forces

It is no secret that Rapp is here to serve the plan of his neocon masters to table an anti-Sri Lankan resolution at the UNHRC in March by gathering ‘dirt’ from anti-Sri Lankan forces within the country.

It is natural that most Sri Lankans are scornful about Rapp’s visit to our shores with the air of a Viceroy intending to launch an investigation in a colony – it is clear that Rapp and his neocon masters stubbornly refuse to believe that the world rejects their self-proclaimed authority to manage world affairs, least of all to make allegations of war crimes on other countries, due to the gaping ‘moral deficit’ between their own words and deeds.

The timing of Rapp’s intrusion in particular – during the crucial period leading up to the March UNHRC gatherings in Geneva where the US and UK have threatened us of unfriendly ‘action’ against us – has led many Sri Lankans to suspect that the real purpose of his visit is to search of ‘dirt’ from increasingly desperate opponents of the government.

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Protesters outside the US embassy in Colombo.
Pictures by Thushara Fernando

Rapp would have heard echoes the results of USAID financed projects in Sri Lanka at many interesting “working dinners” the US embassy had organised for him – with people such as M. A. Sumanthiran, Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, J. C. Weliamuna and others – by way of worn-out phrases like the rule of law, freedom of expression and freedom of civil society to operate etc.

In the meantime, Sri Lankans are asking the perfectly legitimate and logical question as to how a foreign official dares to enter their country with the stated objective of “meeting with a broad cross section of government officials and political and civil society leaders on a range of issues focusing on Sri Lanka’s justice, accountability, and reconciliation processes.” Their anger is based not only on the surreptitious methods the US embassy in Colombo has used to organise meetings with dubious NGOs and opponents of the government for Rapp, but the underlying lack of legitimacy of his visit.

Rapp cannot seriously expect the people and the government of Sri Lanka to treat his mission seriously, in view of the extremely shoddy credentials of his own country on war crimes and crimes against humanity. Adding to Rapp’s lack of credibility is the scandalous history of his country, and himself in his official capacity, to undermine the attempts of the genuine “international community” to establish a global mechanism to address alleged war related crimes through the International Criminal Court (ICC).

A disgraceful history of US undermining of global efforts to address war crimes

The disgraceful US reaction to thwart international action on war crimes goes back to the five-week diplomatic conference in Rome convened by the UN General Assembly 1998 June, aimed at establishing the ICC, following years of negotiations. The US showed its all-too-familiar duplicity and hypocrisy on crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide at the meeting, by voting against it in the 120 to 7 result.

The US under Bill Clinton, stood out among the seven countries as failing to match their powerful rhetoric on democracy and global justice with the deed of instituting international action on illegal transgressions. The spurious arguments they threw against the ICC’s statute, accountability, and jurisdiction drew derision from the international community.

In 2000, in a policy performance akin to his public admission of marijuana smoking without inhalation, Bill Clinton signed the treaty, but indicating that he would not recommend that his successor George W. Bush submit it for Senate ratification. The ploy was designed to prevent a legally binding commitment. After the Rome Statute reached the requisite 60 ratifications in 2002, the Bush administration informed the UN that the US no longer intended to become party to the Rome Statute, renouncing all legal obligations.

US military personnel

Neocon objections to an ICC did not stop there – in 2002, Congress passed an Act – dubbed the “Hague Invasion Act” by the international community – permitting the president to authorise military force to free any US military personnel held by the ICC. They also made “Bilateral Immunity Agreements” with a number of countries, prohibiting the surrender to the ICC of current or former government officials, military personnel, and US employees (including foreign contractors).

In addition, the US threatened to veto the renewal of all UN peacekeeping missions unless its troops were granted immunity from prosecution by the ICC. It was only after the pictures of US troops abusing Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib emerged in 2004, that the demand was withdrawn.

Rapp devises a novel way

Our self-appointed ‘investigator’ Steven J. Rapp was the architect of a typically deceptive US policy under the Obama administration. The Obama policy is one of “intent to cooperate” with the ICC “without participation” is typically hypocritical in that it is designed to give the world the appearance of the US being ‘genuinely concerned’ about war crimes of other countries, without subjecting themselves for ICC scrutiny – Rapp who put together the policy elaborated in a media conference in 2009 that he would find “creative ways” to cooperate with the ICC.

Rappe also attempted to wipe the record of Bush Jr. clean by pointing out that the Bush administration supported trials for Rwanda, East Timor and the indictment of Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir, (null and void due to Sudan is not a signatory to the Rome Statute). Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN, in her first address to the Security Council, expressed US support for the Court’s investigation in Sudan. They also offered to “assist” the ICC investigation and prosecution of leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) of Uganda. But no signing or ratification of the Statute of Rome!

Clandestine activities

Rapp led a US delegation to an ICC annual conference in The Hague for the first time, as an observer. In an astonishing display of his apparent treatment of the US as the centre of the universe, he stated – “there’s nothing in (the US) law that prevented the US from dealing with Charles Taylor of Liberia, or Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia with heinous crimes”. Strange logic indeed!

The current US position on the ICC is ridiculous to say the least – while their law prohibits any financial dispensation to the ICC, Congress has enabled payments up to $5 million for “information” leading to the arrests of fugitives in atrocity. They have also undertaken to publicise lists of names of the court’s wanted fugitives in their home countries and other clandestine activities such as witness protection, providing DNA data and forensic assistance. It is clear that all such measures are based on vested interests rather than on genuine concerns about war crimes.

Rapp’s interest in war crimes is part of neocon political manoeuvring

As of December 2013, 122 sovereign states have signed and ratified the Rome Statute that established the ICC, and 31 more countries have signed and not ratified. The global self-appointed policeman against war crimes is still not on the list of signatories!

The reasons are obvious – the US does not want to be held accountable at the ICC to countless war crimes they have committed globally. They continue to hide behind bogus domestic constitutional issues and contrived legal grounds to avoid coming under a universal code of conduct under the purview of the ICC. They even invoke violation of US national sovereignty as an objection against ICC participation, strangely for a country that tries to interfere with the sovereignty of other countries on a daily basis.

During the last ICC Review Conference in Uganda in 2010 – that gave it a positive bill of health – the US pursued its own agenda by “pledging to build the legal capacity of individual countries to prosecute atrocity crimes themselves”, clearly aimed at undermining the ICC. They co-sponsored a side event with Norway on building the capacity of the judicial system of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to address war crimes.

The US also picked a quarrel with the ICC on amendments to the definition of “the crime of aggression” forcing the attachment of “a set of detailed understandings to the resolution adopting the amendments”. Under the US amendment the ICC will be unable to prosecute individuals of a non-state party (read NGO) and second, state- parties (read the US) will have the opportunity to opt-out of aggression jurisdiction if they so wish.”

Currently there is bipartisan consensus in the US that they do not intend to ratify the Rome Statute. They also continue to undermine the ICC under the policy put together by Rapp, while assisting the ICC on pursuing their ideological and political opponents on their terms.

War crimes

It is clear that the US interest on alleged war crimes and other atrocities by other countries, without being a member of the Statute of Rome, is aimed at extending its tentacles to other countries’ affairs for political reasons. But the deception is bound to unravel – a true test of US support for the ICC will come when the Palestinians lodge their first case against Israeli war crimes in Gaza, and others on Iraq and Afghanistan, including the treatment of prisoners during the “war on terror”.

Sri Lanka, as a non-signatory state to the Rome Statute for its own valid reasons,” is not answerable to the ICC. Rapp has no legal grounds to pursue Sri Lanka on allegations made by the Tiger-friendly TNA, the US paid NGOs, without a valid sanction, such as of the UN Security Council. He is welcome to test his luck at the UN Security Council. The threatened resolution in Geneva will be a lot of ‘noise and smoke’ for the same reason.

The bottom line is the US has no moral standing that allows them to make allegations of war crimes against other countries, or to attempt politically motivated “investigations” on such baseless allegations. If they are genuine, they could start by signing and ratifying the Statute of Rome and subjecting themselves to ICC trials of the illegal wars on Afghanistan and Iraq and its treatment of prisoners.

On the eve of his departure from our sunny shores to the frozen “hell” of Washington soon, we can only recommend that Stephen J. Rapp get familiar with the Ode by Ralph Waldo Emerson probably the only American ever who got close to becoming a philosopher -

“United States! The ages plead – Present and past in under-song,

Go put your creed into your deed – Nor speak with double tongue”. 

- See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/features/forbear-judge-us-us-worst-sinner#sthash.HO9rSwd1.dpuf

Ambassador Rapp tells Defence Secy:‘Instead of rehabilitating terrorists, you should have prosecuted them’

January 10th, 2014

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island

Sri Lanka’s post-war rehabiliation project to reintegrate former LTTE combatants into society has come in for criticism from the United States. The US has faulted President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government for releasing those who had fought for the LTTE without prosecuting them. 

Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Criminal Justice, Stephen J. Rapp has told Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that LTTE terrorists should have been prosecuted instead of being rehabilitated.

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The meeting took place at the Defence Ministry on January 6. He was accompanied by Michele J. Sison, US ambassador in Colombo.

Ambassador is on his second visit to Colombo since the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009.

The army captured nearly 12,000 LTTE cadres during the final phase of the Vanni offensive east of the Kandy-Jaffna A9 road. Of them over 11,000 were released in batches after rehabilitation.

A senior Defence Ministry official told The Island that the government had decided to release, after rehabilitation, the vast majority of those who had surrendered or been captured on the Vanni front or arrested in the South in a bid to reassure the Tamils. He said the government had involved the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in the rehabilitation project, the official said.

Asked whether any other country had objected to rehabilitation of ex-LTTE cadres, the official emphasised that many countries including the Netherlands, Norway, Japan and UK financially backed the initiative. Responding to a query, the official said that the US had never faulted Sri Lanka’s rehabilitation project before. In fact, many US officials had appreciated the project though the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was largely silent, he said.

US asked SL to use cluster bombs against Tigers

January 10th, 2014

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island

Even though the US recommended that the Sri Lankan government swiftly acquire cluster bombs to target the LTTE, the country never felt the need to do so, an authoritative official told The Island.

The US made the recommendation in the wake of the Oslo arranged Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) between the then Premier Ranil Wickreme-singhe and LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. It was among a series of recommendations made to the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force to strengthen their capabilities during the CFA.

Although Sri Lanka hadn’t been signatory to an international convention that prohibited the use of cluster bombs, the government refrained from acquiring the capability in spite of US recommendations, he said. Asked whether Sri Lanka had the required ability to deliver such munitions, the official said the Israeli built Kfirs, Russian MiG 27s and Chinese F7s were equipped to deliver them.

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The government was responding to a call for an international war crimes probe by Bishop of Mannar Rev. Rayappu Joseph and Bishop of Jaffna Rev. Thomas Saundar-anayagam to find out whether government forces had used cluster munitions and chemical weapons in populated areas during eelam war IV. The call was made during a meeting with Stephen J. Rapp, ambassador-at-large with the Office of Global Criminal Justice of the United States on Wednesday.

The recommendation that the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) acquire Cluster Bomb Units (CBUs) for ‘unarmoured area targets’ was made by USPACOM (United States Pacific Command) assessment team following a study conducted during Sept 12-2002 to Oct 24, 2002. USPACOM was acting on the instructions of the Department of Defence in the wake of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe seeking the intervention of US President George W. Bush.

The US advice was meant to prepare the armed forces to face any eventuality in case of the Norwegian peace initiative coming a cropper.

Having closely studied the capabilities as well as the weaknesses of the SLAF, the US suggested that the service deploy CBUs, guided weapons for Russian Mi-24 helicopter gunships and Kfirs, multi-role combat aircraft in service since January 1996. The US stressed that guided weapons were necessary as they had to engage LTTE targets situated close to friendly forces.

Military sources said that one-time AP Bureau Chief in Colombo Ravi Nessman alleged the deployment of cluster bombs on the basis of a statement attributed to Alan Poston, a UNDP technical advisor supervising mine clearing operations in the former war zone. The New Delhi based Nessman had been AP Bureau Chief for South Asia at the time the allegation was made. The then Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya told The Island that Poston had failed to substantiate his claim though the army requested him to furnish whatever evidence he could provide.

When confronted, Poston admitted that he had never informed the SLA of the recovery.

Army headquarters emphasised that the SLA and other privately funded groups engaged in mine clearing operations in the Northern Province had never come across evidence of cluster bombs. Those injured on the Vanni east front during the final phase of the offensive were brought under the supervision of the ICRC to Pulmoddai, where Indian military/medical personnel treated them.

Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke yesterday told The Island that the SLAF never used cluster bombs, though it was in a position to launch attacks.

US, UK, EU and UN are a bunch of liars using office to push military interventions

January 10th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

 The ‘civilized’ world is shamelessly showing us how uncivilized it is by the extent of hypocrisies they commit and the lies they tell without even batting an eyelid. To cap it off they think they are God’s gift to mankind and doing the world a favour. Their lies have led to millions of people either dead, displaced, without the likelihood of ever returning to their homes, sick with ailments that have no cure, fertile grounds made infertile and now they are even targeting their own citizens back home. The world needs to finally wake up and say enough is enough. The immoral levels that these lies are being formulated, framed and executed in a bid to reign supreme over nations and people by a handful must now stop. National Governments and their leaders are forced to run with the hounds but are earmarked to be hunted in the end. It is not that national Governments have not been warned but by courting these nations they innocently thought they would be let off the hook now with Rapp in town the gameplan is all too clear but Sri Lanka has been fooled to signing off investments that would next target the nation and its people starting with the leaders.

 Their mantras across international media are the prostituted words of ‘credible’ ‘accountable’ ‘transparent’ but none of their crimes ever gets near even a local court. They have found their illicit partners in handfuls of local traitors ever ready to hand over the nation and commit an entire populace to either foreign invasion or foreign interference ” a thin line separates the two. Sections of the minority/majority are clueless of what happens to countries that are militarily invaded or run by puppet governments, the pockets of locals which include religious entities paid to lie by foreign organizations are taking Sri Lanka on a dangerous road that would lead Sri Lanka to a scenario no different to the sufferings of the people in Kosovo, Libya, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Haiti, East Timor. The puppets that the US/UK and others handled in nations eventually were all eliminated because they were witnesses to their lies. Those that think that by aligning with these treacherous Western nations ‘belong’ to their inner circles are daydreaming. They will be paid for their role and then kicked out thereafter. People are just used so long as they can deliver.

 Sri Lanka’s is being held accountable for defeating TERRORISTS (defined by they themselves).

 Sri Lanka’s statistics/arguments/facts presented have landed up only in the waste paper basket without a single line read because the plan of the US, UK, EU and UN cares not whether we killed terrorists, did not kill civilians or whatever they are putting on the table as allegations or accusations. These are all sham coverups that have been time-tested to frame charges and these nations with their corrupt officials are now veterans at framing charges. They don’t need to even visit the places, view the analysis, go through the forensics ” just like the doctor paid by C4 who looks at a picture and says the Sri Lankan Armed Forces killed the person lying on the floor. They have already derived at their conclusions ” the visits are just a mockery to rub salt into the already wounded nation.

 Yet we are stupid enough to grant them VIP entrance, garland them with flowers, provide whatever comforts they want when all they are ordered to do from wherever they come from is to pick up bits and pieces that would take Sri Lanka to the gallows. Rapp is doing just that meeting Church leaders who were part of LTTE, meeting people who were very much LTTE, going to graveyards, hospitals and do not be surprised that the same lies used in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya will also be used in Sri Lanka…. Rajappu Joseph has set the ball rolling with the allegation of cluster bombs being used, 15 ex-combatants were spoken to in a case of terrorists taking a democratic government to court.

 Just for the records, for the people who are brainwashed into thinking that these foreign delegates, their visits, their reports are a work of honest and credible investigations these lies should put to rest the level of perversity these officials representing these bully nations and the UN have gone to by using the media which they own to spread lies and completely humiliate nations. Now these very entities are turning their guns on their own citizens and a closer look at the new laws, regulations, cameras, spying scandals, even firing honest military personnel and drugging the rest as well as poisoning the citizens with chemicals will show.

 The LIES of the US, UK, EU and UN

LIES that led to Invasion and Occupation of IRAQ

  • Accusing Iraq of 9/11 
  • Accusing Iraq of links with Al Qaeda (Al Qaeda is created by US, Osama was created by US)
  • Accusing Iraq of seeking uranium for nuclear programs
  • Accusing Iraq of importing aluminium tubes to develop nuclear weapons
  • Accusing Iraq of possessing WMDs
  • Accusing Saddam of developing smallpox (Colin Powell even lied to the UN Security Council)
  • UN weapons inspector Hans Blix saying Iraq had 10,000 litres of anthrax (UK MP Jack Straw) ” UN conducted 400 inspections over 300 sites (these were not for WMDs ” the officers were no weapons inspectors but secret service agents)

These lies led to :

  • 29,200 bombs and missiles in the 1st month killing tens of thousands of civilians
  • 650,000 Iraqis had died by 2006 (Epidemiologists) that figure is said to have reached 1million by 2008 (were these all insurgents? No they were Iraqi civilians and Iraqi children)
  • Brainwashing US troops into linking Iraq with 9/11 in order to take revenge on Iraq
  • US rules of engagement were ‘360 degree rotational fire’ on streets packed with civilians
  • Systematic torture in US prisons included excruciating, deadly forms of hanging; extreme heat and cold; sleep deprivation; starvation and thirst; withholding medical treatment; electric shocks; rape and sodomy; beatings with all kinds of weapons; burning; cutting with knives; injurious use of flexi-cuffs; suffocation; sensory assault and/or deprivation; and psychological torture such as sexual humiliation and threats against family members.
  • Article 54 of the Geneva Convention prohibits attacks on “drinking water installations and supplies and irrigation works.” ” US and NATO did exactly this. They destroyed Iraq’s drinking water and sanitation facilities because US knew that sanctions would prevent Iraq from rebuilding and epidemics would lead to death.

 AGGRESSION was called the ‘SUPREME INTERNATIONAL CRIME’ and US, UK, EU and all other NATO nations should stand trial adapting the Nuremberg Laws for their crimes.

Is it not an AGGRESSION to falsely invade, occupy and kill the citizens of the countries that have been invaded?

 The Iraq Inquiry in the U.K. has declassified documents showing that Tony Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw were warned consistently and repeatedly that  invading Iraq would be a crime of aggression, which their legal advisers called “one of the most serious offenses under international law.”

 If the UN Charter expressly prohibited the use of military force by any country against another. That prohibition has not been repealed AGGRESSION still remains a CRIME so what is the UN doing about the DRONE strikes which are acts of aggression on countries that have not declared any threat to the US.

 If anyone has doubts about America’s Crimes Against Humanity just read Nick Turse’s book, Kill Anything That Moves, that documents America’s SYSTEMATIC slaughter in Vietnam where the orders were to ‘kill everything and anything that moved’. President Nixon promised to pay $3.3billion in reparation ” that has been completely forgotten and not a cent has been paid to Vietnam.

 Panama’s leader General Manuel Noriega was a CIA asset since 1960s. Then US decided to bring ‘democracy’ and defend ‘human rights’ to Panama using 27,000 US troops and invaded it in 1989. Noriega was released from US prison in 2007, was extradited to France, he was returned to Panama in 2011 where he remains in prison.

 “From the 1940s to the 1990s the United States used various parts of Panama as a testing ground for chemical weapons, including mustard gas, VX, sarin, hydrogen cyanide and other nerve agents in … mines, rockets and shells; perhaps tens of thousands of chemical munitions.” (William Blum: Rogue State, 2002.)

 Lies on Yugoslavia:

The lie to liberate Kosovo with false civilian deaths was to tap into the 10 trillion worth of “inexhaustible” minerals in the Trebca mines. Kosovo’s mines containing 77,302,000 tons of coal, copper, zinc, lead, nickel, gold, silver, marble, manganese, iron ore, asbestos and limestone “to name a few” all went to private foreign groups.

 Kosovo ‘liberation’ took 87 days of non-stop bombardment that systematically destroyed communications centres, fuel depots, airports, traffic communications, trains, markets and even the Chinese Embassy (NATO claimed it had the wrong map), the media centre was destroyed killing journalists inside. 

 US State Dept also lied alleging that the Yugoslav army had two kinds of poisonous gasses while US and NATO had been training the Kosovo Liberation Army for years and the world false told it was a ‘civil war’.

 Lies on Libya

Libya under Gaddafi became the top of the Human Development Index for Africa but US/NATO alleged his people wanted to be liberated from Gaddafi.

 There was NOT one rape committed by Gaddafi forces ” the Viagra mass rape stories were all lies

 Libyan fleeing homes were all fabrications

 10,000 deaths in Benghazi by Gaddafi forces were lies

 No rapes, no African mercenaries, no helicopter gun ships or bombers, and only 110 ten deaths prior to the launch of the NATO bombing campaign. According to the Libyan Red Crescent Society, over 1,100 civilians have been killed by NATO bombs including over 400 women and children. Over 6,000 Libyan civilians have been injured or wounded by the bombing.

 Gaddafi foolishly thought he could win the West’s approval thereby losing his friends Russia and China.

 Lies on Afghanistan

Afghanistan is where US now makes its profits through drugs!

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was planned long before 9/11 and minerals and gas pipeline is why the US/NATO forces are stationed there.

 The LIARS have broken EVERY LAW in the Book

The UN Charter

  • The Charter specifically prohibits the use of force to topple foreign governments.
  • All national and international laws forbid the killing of non-combatants (i.e. arguably all Afghanis)
  • In 17 December 1984 the UN General Assembly passed a resolution “that all States take no actions aimed at military intervention and occupation, forcible change in or undermining of the socio-political system of States, destabilization and overthrow of the their Governments and, in particular, initiate no military action to that end under any pretext whatsoever and cease forthwith any such action already in progress.”
  • “The Charter is based on the belief that international law should not be enforced at the expense of international peace.”
  • Article 52 of the UN Charter restricts regional agencies, including NATO, to activities consistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations. So the NATO resolutions cannot override the provision of the UN Charter.

 The US Bombing Qualifies As Terrorism 

The Convention to Suppress Terrorist Bombings (58 signatories, 29 parties) has been signed and ratified by the UK. Canada and the US have signed, 12 January 1998 and have not ratified. The Convention to Suppress Terrorist Bombings defines in Article 24 a terrorist bomber as a person who:

“…unlawfully and intentionally delivers, places, discharges or detonates a bomb, explosive, lethal or incendiary device in, into or against a place of public use, a state or government facility, a public transportation system or an infrastructure facility with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury or the destruction of such a place resulting in major economic loss.”

This definition would appear to include the person(s) bombing Afghanistan. The US led attacks on Afghanistan highlight one of the critical reasons for defining terrorism; to preclude the use of war to combat terrorism.

The International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (25 February 2000) by Article 2 makes it an offence to directly or indirectly provide funds to be used to carry out:

“…any other act intended to cause death or serious bodily injury to a civilian, or to any other person not taking an active part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict, when the purpose of such act, by its nature or context, is to intimidate a population, or to compel a Government or an international organization to do or to abstain from doing any act.”

Every time US/NATO kills civilians it is brushed aside as ‘collateral damage’ however the law is The Law: Cannot Use Weapons That Hit Civilians By Mistake.

The various laws forbid “excessive force.” What is “excessive force”? In its Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or use of Nuclear Weapons (1996), the International Court of Justice held in paragraph 78: “States must never make civilians the object of attack and consequently never use weapons that are incapable of distinguishing between civilian and military targets.”

NATO Law Cannot Be Used To Go Beyond UN Law

Articles 5 and 6 of NATO’s “Washington Treaty” are more war-friendly, They allow for a vague interpretation of an enemy, and allow other nations to join in. However, article 52 of the UN Charter restricts regional agencies, including NATO, to activities consistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations. So the NATO resolutions cannot override the provision of the UN Charter.

There is little point in telling these LIARS what the Government has been doing during the conflict or even after. They have a plan just like all their plans to invade/occupy nations through a new concept called R2P and they are well on track. The visits of foreign delegates, UN officials are just smokescreens and the handful of pat on our backs are just to keep the country fooled until they go in for the kill. We have fall lock, stock and barrel for these lies without using our time at these international forums to question the duplicity, the lies and the hypocrisies. Why have we not asked US/UK, EU and UN about their crimes against humanity over centuries and the crimes that are being committed without any regret or remorse in knowing that they are planning to kill, maim, injure and totally ruin nations and their people simply to amass wealth.

 These entities may have fooled the Government but the people of Sri Lanka are not fooled. The leaders must now wonder whether they are walking into the same traps that Saddam, Noriega, Gaddafi fell in TRUSTING these LIARS. 

 Karmic justice must prevail for these liars and all those locals who are party to their lies and hypocrisies. 

Letter to Stephen Rapp

January 9th, 2014

Warna Hettiarachchi Toronto, Canada

Mr. Stephen Rapp,

Here are some questions for you:

1. How many terror suspects do you currently have imprisoned  at Guantanamo Bay?

2. How long have they been incarcerated for?

3. Where is the investigation of US military abusing prisoners of war (POW’s) at Abu Gharib Prison in Iraq, where terror suspected were subjected to inhumane extreme humiliation, torture, killing and  denigration?

4. Where is the investigation of US AH-64 Apache helicopter gunship killing two Reuters journalists and ten other innocent unarmed  civilians including children in Baghdad during invasion of Iraq?

5. Where is the independent investigation of US War Crime of using highly radioactive Depleted Uranium Shells in Iraq, exposing both the US military and innocent unarmed Iraqi civilians to dangerous levels of ionizing  radiation? This tantamount to a crime worse than using chemical or biological  weapons, as the half-life of Uranium is very long and it will kill Iraqi  civilians in those areas for generations to come… Does the US think they can  do whatever suits them at their own convenience, no matter how ghastly a war  crime can be?

6. Where are the independent investigations of the US, UK  military bombing unarmed Iraqi and Afghan civilians, including schools while in  session? How many millions did you kill in Iraq and Afghanistan under the disguise of War against Terror?

7. After more than a decade, how many US troops still occupy Iraq and Afghanistan?

8. Why did the US force UK’s Chilcot inquiry / report NOT to be published and its content were secretly hidden away from publicity?

    What do you have to hide? In your legal expertise, did the US not commit any war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    Do you say what happened during the US’ forceful invasion of Iraq with UK’s support was perfectly TRANSPARENT?

    How many Iraqis were ACTUALLY killed to this date?

    How many innocent, unarmed civilians were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan separately, by the invading US and British military forces,

    including “in the line of fire” and “Collateral Damage”?

    Is America afraid of all the garbage it tucked under the carpet would be exposed and its stench and stink be released?

    If you are fair and play by the rules and if the US of A has fought wars according war conventions, then you got nothing to hide or be  

    concerned about a report by Mr. Chilcot. UK will soon release this report through tabloids… Perhaps Edward Snowden may tell

    us about it. Its the law of Karma that eventually prevails in the Universe. Not American  Law.

    In fact, America has no shame of guilt. It will shrug its shoulder and plan for the next invasion to destroy more nations and kill more people. 

    Humanely or inhumanely.
Mr. Rapp, can you go to sleep at night in peace, KNOWING the absolute truth in your heart? You can speak the lie, you can act the lie and you can even smile the lie just to please your masters back home, who in turn expect kickbacks from Tamil Diaspora in votes and millions of dollars worth campaign and other funds…But your inner conscience, Mr. Rapp: it knows well what you and the US is doing to Sri Lanka. You cannot lie to your inner conscience. Many Americans still respect their ethics and absolute truth, not the convenient truth or controlled truth in the mainstream media that your colleagues directed last night to support your objectives.

Now, think about how the whole world look at the United States of America today! Does Americans have respect they had in the 70’s and 80’s? America should walk the talk. Not dance to the tunes of liars and dirty politics.

Sri Lanka fought and WON one of the hardest wars of our planet… much more protracted and hard fought and destructive than Vietnam war, which you lost. It was not conventional guerrilla warfare… Tamil Tigers had a four-dimensional fighting mechanism, thanks to European and Canadian raised funds feeding its war machinery. Their front line was decorated with kidnapped and brainwashed little children of 10-16yrs forced to wear a cyanide capsule and carry heavy weapons. LTTE had a powerful naval wing, an air force, submarines, world-wide well-orchestrated shipping mechanism to smuggle contraband, drugs, money laundering, human trafficking, weapons and artillery, gun running, and they had a vicious army with more powerful weapons that would take a small country down in a day. They smuggled explosives and invented SUICIDE JACKET. They killed innocent civilians no matter what their ethnicity, religion or cast or creed.. mainly killed Sinhalese and Muslims to ethnically cleanse the north-east parts of SL. the list of their destruction is all too well known to you, the State Dept, FBI and the CIA.

And Finally our army saved tens of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians who were forcefully herded like animals by LTTE to form a human shield. You have seen the satellite photos. SL Govt gave them sufficient time to lay down weapons and surrender, and release the civilians trapped. It was SL military that saved those civilians while LTTE fired at them and even attacked them with suicide bombers. Our military gave these innocent folks shelter and gave them their rations to eat… then they cooked for them and fed them..until proper resettlement after mines were cleared and infrastructure was restored.

Mr. Rapp, These criminals killed one of our elected Presidents, killed a Prime Minister of India, our truest statesman Mr. Kadirgamar, several Tamil leaders, our cabinet ministers, destroyed the airport, burned oil storage tanks, rammed explosives-laden trucks into buildings.. killed Buddhists worshiping at temples… Why are you not subjecting Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam and GTF to independent investigation of ALL THESE CRIMES, for which we have REAL PROOF AND EVIDENCE?

Why are you not prosecuting Adele Balasingham, the Tamil Tiger woman from the UK who was in charge of abducting children, training them as child soldiers and directing them to bite the cyanide capsule? Is not subjecting children (minors) to such torture, violence and abuse a crime punishable by law? Does the silence of US that barks on human rights reflect political agenda? Are these not violation of human rights? When is the UN prosecuting her?

Just as LTTE leadership on terror front in Sri Lanka was wiped out, its legacy continues overseas through TGTE, GTF, Tamils for Obama, Etc.. Why doesn’t your itinerary include investigating them for crimes against humanity? Is it not a bit suspicious why this one-sided finger-pointing, Mr. Rapp? Come on, now, you are a legal expert. You know its not always the real criminal that gets punished, right? The richest client, with the most cunning lawyer wins the case and gets declared not guilty. No further questions, Mr. Rapp.

‘Have you ever addressed accountability issues in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan?’ Gotabhaya asks Ambassador Rapp:

January 9th, 2014

by Shamindra FerdinandoCourtesy Island

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that the US was undermining the post-war reconciliation process by strengthening the hands of those who had been propagating unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka.

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J. Rapp

The US had made common cause with them for some strange reason at the expense of US-Sri Lanka relations, Defence Secretary Rajapaksa said.

An irate Defence Secretary Rajapaksa told The Island that he really couldn’t understand the US interest in alleged accountability issues here when its own conduct in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya was under heavy fire.

Even a decade after the illegal invasion of Iraq the US and its allies were yet to explain how their intelligence services had come with reports on non-existent weapons of mass destruction, the Defence Secretary added.

Asked whether he intended to raise those issues with the US, Defence  Secretary said that he had the opportunity to point out Western double standards in dealing with the issue when US Ambassador-at-Large at the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice Stephen J. Rapp met him on Monday (Jan. 6). Ambassador Rapp was accompanied by US Ambassador in Colombo Michele J. Sison. It was Ambassador Rapp’s first meeting after his arrival in Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Rapp is visiting Sri Lanka from January 6-11. It is his second visit since the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009.

Recollecting the circumstances under which former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had been captured, tortured and executed in Oct. 2011 at Sirte, Defence Secretary Rajapaksa asked Ambassador Rapp whether the US had conducted an investigation into that killing. The Defence Secretary urged Ambassador to peruse detailed accounts of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) during the final phase of the Vanni offensive. The Defence Secretary said that OCHA reports would give a clear picture of measures taken by the government to address humanitarian issues on the Vanni east front.

Responding to a query by The Island, Defence Secretary said the then US ambassador in Colombo Robert O. Blake, too, had been involved in the monitoring process and Ambassador Rapp could access all required information without any difficulty.

The Defence Secretary pointed out that those who had been pushing for an international war crimes probe here had conveniently forgotten the then US Defence Attach© here Lt. Colonel Lawrence Smith declaring in June 2011 in Colombo that there had never been organised surrender by the LTTE fighting cadre.  The Defence Secretary alleged that Ambassador Rapp could interview Lt. Col. Smith as no one else could have given a better briefing than he.

The Defence Secretary has told Ambassador Rapp that the government had received a huge mandate from the people and was fully capable of managing its affairs.

The Defence Secretary said that some US officials were blind to the ground situation here. The Gajaba Regiment veteran told The Island that Sri Lanka had cooperated with the US in its fight against terror. He recalled that a previous government had handed over a top Al Qaeda suspect arrested while hiding in Sri Lanka to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in accordance with what the US media called extraordinary rendition.


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