COMPLAINT ON ABC TV PROGRAM 7.30 REPORT OF 25TH APRIL 2013

May 8th, 2013

Ranjith Soysa Spokesperson SPUR ƒÆ’-¡ (Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc)

ABC Audience Affairs

ABC PO Box 9994

Melbourne-Victoria

ƒÆ’-¡ COMPLAINT ON ABC TV PROGRAM 7.30 REPORT OFƒÆ’-¡  25TH APRIL 2013

We wish to refer to the above program and request youƒÆ’-¡  to investigate into the following issues based on the ABC Code of Practice and restore the integrity as a leading media organization.

We wish to draw your attention to the section 2ƒÆ’-¡  i.e.ƒÆ’-¡  Accuracy , of the Principles and Standards outlined in the Code of Practice especially to the necessity to ensure the gathering and presentation of news..ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’-¡ 

The subject of the program was the alleged torture of shadowy figure called Kumar byƒÆ’-¡  the Sri Lankan Army Intelligence Services.ƒÆ’-¡  The charges were made by Kumar who is alleged to have received injuries and other bodily harm.

ƒÆ’-¡ 

The ABC ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”730 Report AnchorƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Lee Sales and presenter Heather Ewart wereƒÆ’-¡  either biased or appear to have gulped the story told by Kumar hook, line and the sinker.ƒÆ’-¡  As a result the program bas unbalanced and inaccurate when considered by any recognized standard.ƒÆ’-¡  It also misled the Australian public and its leaders on a matter of national importance.

ƒÆ’-¡ 

The presenter failed to cross-examine Kumar and did not engage other relevant experts to verify the accuracy of KumarƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s story.

  1. She did not question why and how Kumar visited Sri Lanka inƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  December 2010 and July 2011 when he did not encounter any violence then? Kumar said that he was interrogated by the Army intelligence prior to 2008 and indicated that he left for Australia for that reason, inferring that he was a marked person.
  2. She did not get a medical officer to examine and advise the audience about the torture marks to make sure that these were inflicted in the month of April or thereabout.ƒÆ’-¡  (Kumar was in Colombo on 30th March and said that he was taken in a white van in about one week of his arrival in Sri Lanka and his ordeal took place on the ƒÆ’-¡ 4th day of his abduction and hence the incident would have taken place on 11th April).
  3. The torture marks were utterly unconvincing.ƒÆ’-¡  If these were deep fleshƒÆ’-¡  wounds it couldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t have healed within 2 weeks (11th April ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” 24th April?)ƒÆ’-¡  The highly linear pattern of marks indicate that the hot irons were placed carefully to create scars as visuals to promote his claim of being tortured and thereby enhance his claims for residence status (which is unlikely from his current 437 visa category due to the lack of skills).
  4. Medical evidence available to us indicates that deep flesh wounds not have healed so fast. The pictures indicate that they are only pre-planned burning of the surface skin forƒÆ’-¡  his claims in Australia. If they were wounds inflicted by the Intelligence Unit of the Security to torture Tamils by drunken soldiers would it be mere skin burns? Besides, the wounds ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-inflicted by 11th AprilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ would not have allowed him to travel from Sri Lanka as a fit person to have been accepted by an airline. This aspect was not probed by the presenter.
  5. ABC stated that Kumar was abducted three weeks ago which contradicts KumarƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s statement that the abduction took place on or after 11th April.
  6. KumarƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s friend ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”SamjeeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ was portrayed as an independent witness when his story was entirely hearsay.
  7. The false ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”anonymityƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ portrayed by the program is misleading the viewers if in fact the man had already travelled on a Sri Lankan passport and claims to have been interrogated by Sri Lankan authorities.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  If this was true, he and his relatives in Sri Lanka would already be known.ƒÆ’-¡  The program did not raise this obvious inconsistency.
  8. It was not questioned why a relatively low-levelƒÆ’-¡  LTTE operative would be abducted and tortured when more than 11,000 former LTTE members including hard-core members who were held in custody, have been rehabilitated and returned to their families and are living without fear or any form of harassment in Sri Lanka
  9. If the man was indeed missing and his abduction was known to his relatives as claimed, it is highly likely that his family and friends in Melbourne would have immediately gone to the Australian authorities instead of waiting for several weeks after his return.
  10. To verify the statements of Kumar it would be helpful for an independent source fully aware of local conditions to interview him. Is it possible for you to organise an interview of Kumar with a lawyer with his head covered, in your presence to get at the truth?
  11. The introduction of Trevor Grant (from the Tamil Refugee Council) and Gordon Weiss (who was a recent speaker at the pro-LTTE Global Tamil Forum), both of who are well known for their anti Sri Lankan activities, further distorted the program.

We appeal to the ABC to investigate this complaint and take remedial action to restore the credibility of the 730 Report.

ƒÆ’-¡ 

Ranjith Soysa

Spokesperson

SPUR ƒÆ’-¡ (Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc)

Reg: A003 0777 M

P.O. Box 4066, Mulgrave VIC 3170, Australia

Phone: (+613)ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  9795 7143ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Fax:ƒÆ’-¡  (+613) 9795 7142

Travels of a journalist: MAKE ADAMƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢S BRIDGE MORE ATTRACTIVE TO TOURISTS

May 8th, 2013

By Shelton Gunaratne, author of From Village Boy to Global Citizen (Vol. 2): The Travels of a Journalist (Bloomington, IN: Xlibris).

ƒÆ’-¡ I wanted to visit AdamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Bridge (or Rama Setu) straddling Talaimannar (on Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Mannar Island) and Dhanuskodi (on IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Rameswaram/Pamban Island) for a long time. The putative ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-bridgeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ is a 30-km long chain of 16 limestone shoals one-half of which belong to Sri Lanka. ƒÆ’-¡ Ramayana, the Indian epic, says that Rama built this ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-bridgeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ with the assistance of Hanuman, the monkey god, to rescue Sita from Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. Mahavamsa identifies Thambapanni, where Prince Vijaya, who became the first Sinhala king, and his retinue of 700 landed in the sixth century BCE, as the Mannar coast. Moreover, Muslims believe that Adam crossed this chain of islands to stand on one leg for 1,000 years on AdamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Peak (Samanala Kanda) as a penance for his indiscretion in Eden.

These stories associated with AdamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Bridge stimulated me to visit the venue. However,

I was unable to do so until my 10-day tour of the island, at the age of 73, in early April this year (2013).

We (my spouse and I) hired an air-conditioned car and an experienced driver to take us on an exciting travel adventure of Sri Lanka covering roughly 1,000 km. Our driver, Amal Chandrakumara, proved to be an inexhaustible storehouse of knowledge that enabled us to locate many of our friends and relatives whom we had not met for several decades. We traveled anticlockwise from Colombo to Galle on the Southern Expressway, and then continued on to Weligama, Matara, Hambantota, Yala National Park, Bandarawela, Haputale, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Vauniya, Talaimannar, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Kurunegala, and Negombo.

Early on the tour, we realized that we had chosen the wrong time of the year for exploring the island. The unbearable heat of the Bak (April) month exhausted us. Fortunately, our air-conditioned vehicle helped to lessen our discomfort. The abrupt transfer of our bodies from extremely cold Minnesota to the tropical heat of Sri Lanka was a bad idea. However, on the positive side, we had the opportunity to celebrate the Alut Avurudda with family and friends, and to enjoy the benefits of spending less on posh accommodation.

shelton

But despite the negatives, we managed to complete our adventure.

We reached Mannar (pop. 35,817) on April 7 (Sunday) afternoon straight from TrincomaleeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚a tedious drive of 154 km crossing the island from the east coast to the west. Just five years ago, this would have been a very risky task because the Tamil Tigers ruled the roost in this land. On this occasion, only stray dogs, cattle, monkeys, and drivers of ubiquitous India-made tuk-tuks (the sputtering motorized rickshaws) and gigantic lorries seemed to pose an immediate threat to our survival on the road.

We reached Talaimannar, another 55 km northwest of Mannar, in the late afternoon. To our dismay, we found the old pier on the northern tip of the Mannar Island occupied by the Sri Lanka Navy. In sheer frustration, we got off our vehicle and walked around the blocked area to the sandy beach and headed toward the rusty crumbling pier where the Navy personnel stopped us.

They called us to their operational quarters on the Thambapanni beach and informed us that they provided a boat service for tourists to explore the islands of the AdamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Bridge that belonged to Sri Lanka. Because it was late afternoon on a Sunday, they would charge us Rs. 3,600 ($ 29) for a boat ride to the No. 2 island on the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-bridge,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ even though we had only three passengers, including the driver. Normally, the fee per passenger was Rs. 600 as the receipts they gave us indicated.

Having come half-way round the world, we were in no position to argue with the Sri Lanka Navy and miss the only chance we had to land on AdamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Bridge. We agreed.

Two pleasant Navy recruits helped us to put on the required life jackets and get us onto the small boat. They steered us all the way to the No. 2 island through the rough wavesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚a literally bumpy ride that caused pain to our posteriors and splashed water on whatever we wore. And it was indeed a relief when they let us off on the barren shoal, 15 km away from the old pier, with only a single hut in the vicinity so we could enjoy the sandbanks and chase after the seagulls. For me, they all looked like the flock of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, the protagonist of Richard BachƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s novel published in 1970.

The vicinity of AdamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Bridge is also known for its population of dugongs, who feed on 120 varieties of sea grass inherent to the region. But not a single dugong came to our view during the tour.

In less than one hour we were back at the old pier somewhat disillusioned but not altogether disappointed with our view of AdamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Bridge.

The navyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s boat service to the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-bridgeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ commenced in April 2011.ƒÆ’-¡  Yet the navy has not succeeded in elevating it to world-class level.ƒÆ’-¡  I couldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t find any literature promoting the facility. Perhaps the air force could initiate a helicopter service to view the chain of shoals. Establishing a modern visitorsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ center a la American style in cooperation with Tamil Nadu would be a good beginning.

Talaimannar was the terminus of an Indo-Lanka ferry service to Rameswaram/Pamban Island as part of the Medawachchiya-Dhanuskodi railway line until December 1964 when a severe cyclone destroyed the Talaimannar Railway Station that served the pier. Now, with the end of the Tamil Tiger uprising, efforts are afoot to restore the abandoned Medawachchiya railway track.

After we left Talaimannar, we stopped in Mannar again to see the famous Baobab tree planted by Arab traders in 1477. The tree is shaped like a giant ball with a 19-meter circumference. It is, therefore, evident that Arabs preceded Columbus in geographical exploration.

Mannar is also well known for its fort, which the Portuguese built in 1560. The Dutch rebuilt it in 1658, but today its interior is pathetically run down.

Because this predominantly Tamil area still lacked adequate tourist facilities, our driver took us to a comfortable hotel in Anuradhapura, more than 93 km to the southeast of Mannar, to spend the night. Because we were so tired, we forgot to look to our right to catch glimpses of the northeastern boundary of the Wilpattu National Park, which we were passing.

AZATH SALLEYƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢S CALL TO ARMS HIS UNDOING

May 8th, 2013

Courtesy The Daily NewsƒÆ’-¡ 

* Sixteen complaints against Salley and sister

* Arrest based purely on allegations

* Started taking meals from Sunday

Former Deputy Mayor of Colombo, Azath Salley was arrested for inciting citizens to take to arms. In an interview to Junior Vikatan magazine on April 24, 2013, Salley had said the Sri Lankan Muslim community had no option but to take to arms. This report could also be accessed on website www.vikatan.com.

The public that accessed the report over the website had also complained to the authorities over the statement. The CID commenced their investigations based on a report by intelligence that Salley had made statements and given interviews to the print and electronic media that could lead to ethnic strife and inflame passions that could threaten the hard won peace in the country. His call to arms was serious, authorities stated.

Meanwhile, Media Centre for National Security Director General Lakshman Hulugalle said there were many complaints against Salley, concerning speeches inciting religious and ethnic discord and about financial fraud.

He said some were also trying to bestow a religious angle to the issue and added that the government had a number of Muslim ministers and politicians in its ranks and had the fullest support of the community.

Salley who was arrested last Thursday, following complaints received by the CID about speeches he made inciting racism, is also being investigated for several cases of financial fraud, Police Spokesman SP P M H B Siriwardene said.

SP Siriwardene said both Salley and his sister have 16 complaints of financial fraud against them.

Hulugalle said said five of the complaints which have a direct bearing on him are currently being investigated.

Answering questions from the media at a news briefing at the MCNS yesterday, Hulugalle said there was no truth to some reports suggesting that SalleyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s arrest was politically motivated.

He said SalleyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s arrest was purely based on the allegations levelled against him and added that certain elements with vested interests were trying to portray it as something else in an attempt to seek petty political mileage.

Hulugalle said such allegations wonƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t hold water as Salley was not a top rung politician either.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The government also has very strong ties with Muslim countries and their support for Sri Lanka was amply demonstrated at some recent world forums,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ he said.

Hulugalle said the alleged statements Salley is said to have made in Chennai and elsewhere recently were an insult to the Muslim community and an attempt to harm national unity.

Answering a question, he said Salley who was on a fast as a mark of protest over his arrest had also begun to take meals from Sunday.

Meanwhile, Police Spokesman SP Siriwardena said Salley was arrested following his failure to appear at the CID office despite several reminders to do so to investigate allegations against him.

He said a report has also been forwarded to the Attorney General in this regard, regarding investigations on Salley

Response of H. L. D. Mahindapala, former Editor of THE OBSERVER, to Chris Johnson, Political Editor of the SUNDAY AGE, an Australian newspaper in the state of Victoria. .

May 7th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala, former Editor of THE OBSERVER

ChrisƒÆ’-¡ Johnson is the Political Editor ofƒÆ’-¡ the SUNDAYƒÆ’-¡ AGE, an Australian newspaper in the state of Victoria. In his column last Sunday he was raising concerns about Australia handing over the chair of CHOGM for two years to Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  Here is the response of H. L. D. Mahindapala, former Editor of THE OBSERVER,ƒÆ’-¡ to Chris Johnson.

Dear Chris,

Even before the ink could dry in last Sunday’s AGE international events and facts were running against your conclusions on Sri Lanka. In your article you wrote: “The UK court gets it; Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper gets it; Amnesty International and the Australian Greens get it.” But the Lib-LabsƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ (mainstream Liberal and LabourƒÆ’-¡ parties) don’t get it. However, contrary to your expectations, the next day David Cameron, the British PM, announced that he will attend the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo. So will 53 out of 54 heads of CHOGM. Despite the massive media barrage Colombo will host the next CHOGM. So who is it who got it wrong?

The only odd man out is Stephen Harper. He is like the Greens — both are playing up to their respective Tamil vote banks.

As a seasoned columnist of THE AGE you would agree that this is not ethics but politics.

Cameron, of course, agreed to attend, after much dilly-dallying, not because of politics but because of economics. The deciding factor, according to media reports, is the mega billion deal for Rolls-Royce engines for the Sri Lankan airlines. So much for ethics in politics!

Besides, the Commonwealth, as you know, is not power bloc with a heavy political or economic clout. It is more a ghost of the imperial raj with a nominal (or is it a phantom ?) headƒÆ’-¡ ,ƒÆ’-¡  Elizabeth IIƒÆ’-¡ ,ƒÆ’-¡  who doesn’t even have the power of the Queen in Alice in Wonderland. So there you are! At best, CHOGM is pure political theatre which has no impact on mainstream global currents.

The moral posturing of the commentariat in the international media has come down to repeating the anti-Sri Lankan theme ad nauseam. There are some exceptional pragmatic assessments of CHOGM as in the leader of The Australian ( April 29, 2013) where it is argued that engaging Sri Lanka is a better approach than boycotting it. In the past Fiji and Pakistan were thrown out and Mugabe has quit altogether. What has been the impact? Does any one care?

Mark you, I am emphasising pragmatic and not moral considerations. Urging a principled stand you quote Amnesty International’s latest report slamming Sri Lanka. I was there at the last session of UNHRC in Geneva and quoting facts and figures I exposed the Canadian wing of the AI being funded by Canadian Tamil Congress, a front of the LTTE. The AI representative was rattled. The Canadian Ambassadress came to his rescue and said that in Canada anyone has a right to receive donations. I agree. But has AI the right to accept donations from the Mafia, Al Qua’ida, or the neo-Nazis, or the internationally banned LTTE? What does it reveal about the credibility and objectivity of AI?

It’s no better than the credibility of Gordon Weiss who was the UN representative in the last five months of 33-year-old war — the longest running war in Asia. The UN report held three parties responsible for the heavy casualties in the closing stages of the war which is not uncommon in any war. Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Dresden are three examples. There was no need for Chruchill to carpet bomb Dresden when Hitler was on his knees and the Allied troops were at the gates of Berlin. But “Dirty” Harry, the commander of the Air Force, who authorised it, was knighted. And when the Queen paid a visit to Dresden in the hope of reconciling with the inhuman past ( 300,000 non-combatants died) she was booed by the Germans. I don’t have to speak of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

But of the three accused in the UN report only Sri Lanka is pursued relentlessly. Why? What was Weiss doing? Was he busy collecting evidence to write his book, The Cage?

When he was located In Sri Lanka he said that the body count was 7,000. When he left the UN job and came to Australia he jacked it up to 40,000. When he was questioned in Melbourne he brought it down to 10,000. Does he know what he is talking about? Who counted the bodies for him? The commonly touted figure is 40,000. But it is universally accepted that both sides were firing. Undoubtedly, the Tamil civilians used as a human shield by Velupillai Prabhakaran, “the latest Pol Pot of Asia”, (James Burns of New York Times ) were trapped in the middle of firing from both sides. Does Weiss know whose bullet killed which Tamil civilian? Prabhakran was even shooting the Tamils who were deserting him and running into the arms of Sri Lankan Forces who rescued nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians held as hostage. But every Tom, Dick and Harry quotes the figure of 40,000 as if this total was the work of only the Sri Lankan forces.

Talking of human rights, you are also aware of what is taking place in Guantanamo Bay.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Why isn’t there a cry from you to boycottƒÆ’-¡ AmericaƒÆ’-¡ for holding people in prison without charges for years, or water-boarding, or torturing (the euphemism is “rendition’)ƒÆ’-¡ ? Isn’t international humanitarian law violated each time a drone strikes innocent children in Afghanistan? Why pick only on Sri Lanka? I am not saying that Sri Lanka is a five-star democracy though it is the oldest voting democracy in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia. Universal franchise came to Australia in 1967 after the referendum gave the Aborigines the right to vote. Sri Lanka had universal franchise from 1931.

That apart, I would dearly love to know of another country which conducted wars with roses and lilies. Or returned to normalcy within four post-war years.

I am attaching the editorial of The Australian to refresh your memory, just in case you’ve forgotten that there is a better alternative than repeating what The Australian called the propaganda of “the well-oiled Tamil diaspora in Australia and elsewhere.”

Your sincerely

Mahinda

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Editor, The Observer (1990 -1994)

President, Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association (1991 – 1993)

General-Secretary, South Asia Media Association (1993 -1994)

Glen Waverley,

—————————————————————-

Keep Sri Lanka in the fold

The Australian. [Editorial]. 29/04/2013.

FORMER prime minister Malcolm Fraser and Greens senator Lee Rhiannon are singing from the same song sheet as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but they are misguided in calling for a boycott of the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in November.

Making that nation an international pariah is no answer to the human rights issues that have arisen since the Colombo government’s 2009 victory over the ethnic insurgency led by the barbarous Tamil Tigers, described by the American FBI as “the world’s deadliest terrorist group, worse (even) than Hamas”.

Legitimate questions need to be asked about human rights in Sri Lanka. That is hardly surprising after a 30-year conflict that claimed 100,000 lives and tore the society apart. Attention remains on the alleged killing of tens of thousands of civilians in the last five months of the war. There is also concern about alleged human rights abuses widely publicised by the well-oiled Tamil diaspora in Australia and elsewhere – enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, religious discrimination and intimidation of the judiciary and journalists.

While Mr Harper has announced that Canada would not go to CHOGM, it is important to note that Foreign Minister Bob Carr is not convinced the Sri Lankan government is engaged in human rights abuses. He notes that “some of the stories that have been put to us, when we’ve checked them out, have not been sustained” and has spoken of an improvement in the human rights situation, with former Tamil Tiger terrorists reintegrated into society and reconciliation in former Tamil strongholds. The need, as he argues, is not for the country to be isolated but for it to be engaged with the international community.

It is unlikely, after September 14, that Senator Carr will have to make the final call on our CHOGM attendance, but his position is sound. After one of modern history’s most horrendous conflicts, Sri Lanka deserves better than the ill-considered calls made by Mr Fraser and Senator Rhiannon to boycott a gathering to which it attaches such huge significance in its post-war recovery. The Sri Lankan government has shown sensitivity and skill in dealing with asylum-seekers. Isolating it would be counter-productive, turning it inward and making it more defiant of world opinion, further compromising human rights.

How does the layman decide between expert- and pseudo-expert views?

May 7th, 2013

Chandre dharma-wardana

The ordinary man has often been misled by genuine experts as well as pseudo-experts, fear-mongering individuals and false prophet. Experts can be used by powerful people (governments. corporations, lobby groups) to disseminate their version of “the truth”. Also, conspiracy theories can be psychologically more appealing than the bare truth. Getting at the whole truth is very hard, and is the endevour of all research.

So the question “what should the layman do” (raised by Janaka) is very important and has to be answered carefully and in some detail.

When a problem has to be solved, and a social judgment has to be made there are two steps: (i) first of all about the facts (that is, decide what IS, what IS NOT). Then there is a decision to be made about (ii) what OUGHT to be done.

The first one, i..e., about facts can be settled by the scientific method if it is allowed to work without interference. The WHO-sponsored study of CKDU, in spite of its several short-comings, is the right way to go in getting at the facts.ƒÆ’-¡  The second, i.e., the OUGHT part cannot be done by scientists alone. Here we need a JURY of ordinary informed citizens who will decide what ought to be done.

As some one who has been studying the published data about kidney disease in the dry zone from a distance (so not directly involved in any of the protagonists or antigonists in the country), I think that the WHO study, and all the other reliable studies taken within the known error bars of the experiments rule out Arsenic, Cd, Pb, and such metal toxins,ƒÆ’-¡  toxic algae, or contaminated food as the primary cause of the disease. The human body is 95% water. if the toxins are not in the water table in any significant amounts, it is not contaminated water that is causing it. I have out lined my view of the cause of CKDU in my 12th Sept. 2012 Daily News article.

However, once the finger is pointed at some accused, and once the public takes that accusation as part of its urban wisdom, it is hard to correct that impression. People are ready to believe, with good reason, that excessive use of fertilizers and insecticides takes place and create environmental damage. So they are ready to jump to conclusions in every case even when the facts are pointing in other directions.
Looking at fertilizers and insecticides as the cause was/is a good hypothesis. It has become increasingly untenable.

It is a bit like the belief entrenched in the public mind that cell-phone radiation causes cancer and that people who hold cell phones near the head contract brain tumors. We have hadƒÆ’-¡  lots of cell phones for about 10 years in the world now, and there have been an estimated 6 billion used during this period. yet, NOT A SINGLE confirmed case of cancer due to cell phones has been rigorously established. If even one had been established, the US lawyers would have a bonanza with class-action cases against cell-phone companies. So, since we have have 6 billion cell-phone usages for 10 years withoutƒÆ’-¡  a single proven cancer case, we can conclude that the probability is less than 1 part in 6 billion that someone will get cancer from cell phones in the next ten years. Furthermore, Einstein proved in 1905, long before cell phones came into being, that such radiation cannot have an effect because energy comes in quanta.
Quite counter- intuitively, the power does not depend on the intensity of the rays, but the shortness of the waves, and that is Einstein’s law about the photo-electric effect.
AND YET, in spite of all the facts, the majority of theƒÆ’-¡  public falsely believes that cell phones are dangerous, but ignore far bigger dangers everyday in their environment.
I have listed these cancer sources inƒÆ’-¡  dh-web.org/health/cancer1.html within the context of my compilation of Sri Lankan plants and medicinal herbs listed in
dh-web.org/place.names/bot2sinhala.html

As for understanding fertilizers and insecticides, the best solution is for people to try doing some home gardening (and this is very feasible in a climate like Lanka), leave aside the more demanding balcony gardening as done by Japanese urbanites who have no garden space to speak of. Then they can do their own `organic gardening’. They will also learn at first hand how hard it is to protect their tomatoes, peas, and spinach, Okra ( Bandakka) etc., from snails, nematodes, flies, viruses and so on. Then people begin to `kill the bus’ƒÆ’-¡  using insecticides etc., and then we need to teach them that these bugs are also needed in the food chain, but at a controlled level. So even those who are not farmers need to know some thing about it and have first-hand knowledge.

Actual farmers need to be taught how to correctly use fertilizers and insecticides. Just calling for a ban on fertilizers and insecticides is like saying `lets get rid of the motorƒÆ’-¡  car andƒÆ’-¡  electrical house-wiring etcƒÆ’-¡  full of bad radiation’.

The growth of huge urban populations who have no experience in agriculture or biology (or chemistry, or physics, or electricity and magenitsm) and who live in technological societies ƒÆ’-¡  has also produced urban myths based on unrealistic expectations fed on incorrect incomplete data (i.e., partial truths).

How can we correct this? Perhaps two steps are needed. (1)ƒÆ’-¡  every one should have some hands-on experience in living like a simple agricultural peasant for one year. (2) every one should be given a basic knowledge of science, technology and mathematics/statistics, just as they needƒÆ’-¡  skills in language and literature to communicate.

Unfortunately, `common-sense’ is the most uncommon commodity in the modern world, even among experts.

CDW

 

Why the Northern Provincial Election Will be the Waterloo of UPFA

May 7th, 2013

Dilrook Kannangara

When 13A Nazis join Regime Change agents it creates real change. This is the latest ploy of the two and apparently a seamless one. It has the potential to work better than all previous attempts because it attacks the heart of the success of UPFA since 2004. UPFAƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s election success is no match to the UNPƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s 17 year rule. However, the common theme running in both is that ruling parties remained better than the opposition in national popularity. This can only be broken piecemeal, province by province.

Twenty Years Ago

After winning all national and provincial elections from 1977 to 1989, UNPƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s collapse started in May 1993 with the Provincial Council election. PA won the Western Provincial Council while retaining a commanding stake in North Western Provincial Council and the Southern Provincial Council. Soon the Southern Provincial Council collapsed as UNPƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Fransiscu abduction didnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t work. UNPƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s defeat was earth shattering and ignited a national wave that continued till November 1994.

However, it all started from the defeat at the Western Provincial Council election that proved to the voters UNP regime was not invincible. It was this perceived invincibility that saved the UNP regime for 17 years. It marked the beginning of the end of the UNP. Even if Premadasa survived the attack, UNP would have lost the election badly. In fact, had the UNP not got the sympathy votes it gathered in hundreds of thousands following his death, its defeat would have been far worse. It was 13A Nazis that pushed Premadasa into this trap and they are back. PremadasaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s prominent advisor of cock-and-bull theories is back advising the government the need to implement 13A. He has trapped the government to his 13A promise he made to UNHRC in 2009. He is on the verge of taking his second regime victim. No wonder he is the favoured regime change agent of the West and India.

Manipulating Premadasa

When the 13A was inserted into the Constitution, Prime Minister Premadasa was not a supporter of it. UNP parliamentary group voted for it in fear of President Jayawardena threatening to dissolve the parliament the very moment which would have ended not just the time in power but also the lives of most UNP MPs at a time when both LTTE and JVP were hunting them day and night. When Premadasa took over, he was no fan of provincial administration. He quickly introduced Grama Niladhari officers to decentralise power undercutting provincial councils.

Provincial Councils were introduced mainly for the benefit of the North and the East. But Preamadasa dissolved the North-East Provincial Council and never held elections for it. The lame argument of war doesnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t hold water as the NEPC elections of 1988 and 1994 were held amidst full scale war!

Premadasa was wise enough not to hold an election for the north-east. However, he was caught off-guard when a prominent advisor and 13A advocate advised him to hold provincial elections as scheduled. Buoyant by winning Local Government (LG) elections in 1991 despite the No Confidence Motion and David Gladstone affair, Premadasa ventured into provincial elections. People came to know the puffiness of the UNP by 1993 when it was getting extremely unpopular but few thought the main opposition was any more popular. Had Premadasa survived, UNP would have suffered even worse defeats. President Wijetunga was very efficient in turning back the unpopularity by large measure yet lost the 1994 election.

Unwinnable Northern Provincial Election

It is crystal clear the Northern Provincial election scheduled for September this year is unwinnable. Since 2009, TNA has strengthened its position further. At last yearƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Eastern Provincial election, TNA won almost all Tamil votes in Trincomlaee and Digamadulla districts. TNA votes percentage equalled the Tamil population percentage of each of these districts which basically means TNA has emerged the sole representative of Tamils in these two districts in 2012. In addition, TNA won all Tamil majority electorates where it contested in 2010, 2011 and 2012 local government elections.

UPFA was defeated not only by the TNA in past elections in the north. UNP and DNA also defeated it in 2005 and 2010 respectively when the best candidate was put forward by the UPFA. TNA and ACTC constituent parties have won the north at every General Election held since 1947 barring only the 1994 election which was only held in army camps in the north.

If a free and fair election is held in the north, where Tamil nationalism sells faster than any other commodity or ideology, with the participation of Tamil political parties, there is no doubt local versions of ADMK and AIADMK will win the poll.

Thereafter it will be difficult to contain the fallout of the UPFA from its invincible position. It is this fallout that injects hope to the now hopeless UNP and JVP for a strong comeback. UNP and JVP will consequently do well at other provincial elections that are due soon (Western, Central and North-Western).ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

This is what brought 13A Nazis and Regime Change agents together in Geneva in 2009. After winning the election, TNA, TULF and ACTC led Northern Provincial Council will be clamouring for all the provincial powers as stated in the Constitution (13A) which include land and police powers. In addition, rehabilitation, prisons, irrigation, relief services and agriculture are also provincial powers. Even a pro-government Chief Justice cannot creatively interpret the Constitution. He has to interpret it as it is, which may end his career too. Legal battles for power will attract international actors. Government response, whatever it may be, will be heavily criticised and unpopular in other provinces. It will further devalue the UPFA popularity.

All in all the Northern Provincial Election will be the waterloo of the UPFA. 13A will once again prove that it is still the best regime change tool around.

HRH PRINCE CHARLES CONFIRMED TO ATTEND THE COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING 2013 IN SRI LANKA

May 7th, 2013

Media ReleaseƒÆ’-¡  The High Commission of Sri Lanka London

The Royal Household today confirmed that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Heir to the Throne, will represent Her Majesty the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka this November. HRH Prince Charles has previously represented The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth in the past, including at the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Her Majesty celebrated her 87th Birthday this April, and unfortunately had to cancel her attendance at the Commonwealth Day celebration in March this year at LondonƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Westminster Abbey after many years, due to Her Majesty being indisposed, and having been recently hospitalised.

Prince Charles with DrCN - CHOGM 2007 Kampala

Buckingham Palace stated that this decision reflects the wish of Her Majesty at this time in her reign to limit her long distance travel.ƒÆ’-¡  In addition, several other members of the Royal Family represented Her Majesty on aƒÆ’-¡ number of long-haul visits to Commonwealth countries during the celebrations of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee last year.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has always taken an active interest in supporting and encouraging the Commonwealth and its values, and attended the 2007 CHOGM in Kampala, Uganda. Whilst paying enormous tribute to Her MajestyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s continuing dedication and deep sense of duty to the Commonwealth, Sri Lanka warmly welcomes His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, to Colombo, Sri Lanka, for CHOGM 2013.

The High Commission of Sri Lanka

London

A rebuke to Sri Lanka

May 7th, 2013

Asoka WeerasingheƒÆ’-¡ Kings Grove CrescentƒÆ’-¡  . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

7 May 2013

The Editor

THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

Sir:

Permit me to share my observations on your Editorial ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” A rebuke to Sri Lanka, of May 2.

In the body of that editorial you said;ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦the diplomatic equivalent of a slap in the face ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” is for the leader of one country to refuse to attend a high profile gathering hosted by another.ƒÆ’-¡  Well, Canada has just slapped Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

With Canada failing miserably to change the venue of the Commonwealth Summit from Colombo to another country, perhaps, to CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Markham in Ontario where 300,000 Conservative supporting Tamils live, and according to reverse logic Canada received a humiliating slap in its face when the Secretary General of the Commonwealth confirmed thatƒÆ’-¡  the Commonwealth Heads of Governments meeting will be held in Sri Lanka in November this year.ƒÆ’-¡  The Secretary-General Sharma also indicated that no member government has indicated even remotely that it wishes to change the venue of this yearƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s CHOGM meeting.

More to the point, with every Head of the Commonwealth Nations attending the Summit will be another 53 slaps in CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s egg-splattered face.ƒÆ’-¡  Surely, 53-nations of the Commonwealth cannot be wrong when they decided not to stand behind Prime Minister Stephen Harper who wanted to actƒÆ’-¡ the Pied Piper to have the Summit moved out of Sri Lanka to gain mileage when soliciting for the Tamil bloc-votes at the next Federal election.

AustraliaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Foreign Minister Bob Carr showed his intelligence inƒÆ’-¡  dealing with international affairs when he was right to say: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Our challenge is to keep the pressure on to see there are further improvements that it would be counter productive to skip the summit in Hambantota.ƒÆ’-¡  Any suggestion of a boycott would be counter productive.ƒÆ’-¡  It would simply isolate the country and render it defiant on international opinion.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

What is interesting to note is that Canada trying to isolate Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth of nations, has had a reverse reaction and has isolatedƒÆ’-¡  itself fromƒÆ’-¡ the 53 other nations.ƒÆ’-¡  That is unfortunate.

My hunch is that now that Prime Minister Harper and his Foreign Minister Baird have failed miserably on their act of pandering to the separatist Canadian-Tamils, they would still achieve their goal by pulling their next trick from under their sleeves.ƒÆ’-¡  Remove the Tamil Tigers from CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Terrorist List just before the 2015 Federal elections, and Bingo the Conservatives will receive every Tamil vote in theƒÆ’-¡  10 Greater Toronto Area Ridings leaving the NDP and the Liberal running ƒÆ’-¡ far behind.

Such is the ugly electoral politics in Canada in addition to the nasty attack advertisementsƒÆ’-¡  on TV.

Asoka Weerasinghe

Germany confirms October delegation to Colombo

May 7th, 2013

PRESS COMMUNIQUE ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE, SRI LANKA

As Sri Lanka and the leading economy of the EU, the Federal Republic of Germany, together mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the Eurozone leader is looking to enhance its profile in Sri Lanka significantly. And the race for Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s key strategic resource (rare earth elements and mineral sands) has just tightened with Germany too exploring this crucial domestic sector, which is poised for a boom. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I too believe that there is strong unrealised potential for trade and investment cooperation between the two countries as we arrive at the 60th anniversary of our bilateral relations. A top German investment delegation is now scheduled for Colombo this OctoberƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ revealed German Ambassador to Sri Lanka (HE) Dr. JƒÆ’†’¼rgen Morhard on 24 April.

(HE) Dr. Morhard who made a courtesy call on Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce) on 24 April was responding to the Minister at the EDB premises in Colombo.

SLGernman

On 25 February, RA Ekkehard Stein, Immediate Past President of DAW German-Asian Business Circle (Deutsch-Asiatischer Wirtschaftskreis e. V) announced that DAW is planning to send a representative team of German investors to study emerging opportunities in Sri Lanka. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The team could be visiting Sri Lanka this August or somewhat laterƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ he stressed, addressing the 2013 DAW Asia Pacific Forum on 25 February at Maritim Hotel in Frankfurt, where Minister Bathiudeen, representing Sri Lanka, was also taking part in the Forum.

(HE) Dr. Morhard, on 24 April did not specify the details of the October investment delegation. Nevertheless, it should be stressed that several notable German private sector giants were in attendance at the 2013 DAW Asia Pacific Forum on 25 February in Frankfurt, where Vietnam and Sri Lanka -the only two Asian economies invited to do so in the Frankfurt session- made country presentations to a keen group of potential high level German investors and business ventures seeking to expand to new destinations in Asia. Among the giants present were Eurex Frankfurt AG, Duetsche Borse Group, IVP Group Germany GmbH, Asico Handels GmbH, MAZARS GmbH, Adam Opel AG, SWB GmbH, LUTHER LLP, and VietinBank, and Rigging Service GmbH. Germany is the leading Eurozone investor in Sri Lanka with 170 investment projects currently in the country. German investments in Sri Lanka are protected by the bilateral Investment Protection Guarantee Agreement. Among leading German firms in Sri Lanka are BASF Finlay and Kramsky GMBH.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-On behalf of our government, I extend our thanks to the Deutsch-Asiatischer Wirtschaftskreis e. V and the German government for giving the opportunity to Sri Lanka to showcase its new upswing at the 2013 DAW Asia Pacific Forum. As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our bilateral relations, I realise that there is strong potential for trade and investment development between the two countries that we can jointly exploreƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ said Minister Bathiudeen, and added: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-We specially encourage German firms to invest in our rare earth elements and mineral sands. We like GermanyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s high industrial expertise and know-how that can, without doubt, enhance Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s mineral-sands sector. This is a sector we believe that urgently needs value addition capacity support, so that we can capitalize on the emerging global opportunities presented by this commodity.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-We too are exploring LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s REE & mineral sands sectorƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ revealed (HE) Dr. Morhard, and added: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I am already talking with a German firm regarding investing in Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s REE and mineral sands sector.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ (HE) Dr. Morhard refrained from elaborating any further. Not only top German mining groups such as Deutsche Rohstoff AG, but even leading German energy firms such as Siemens AG are keen consumers of REE and mineral sands in bulk.

On 01 April, ƒÆ’-¡ (HE) Wu Jianghao (China’s Ambassador in Sri Lanka), during his courtesy call on Minister Bathiudeen, stressed: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-We too want a more pragmatic trade relationship with Sri Lanka. China welcomes more export product diversity from Sri Lanka. The expansion (of Lanka-China trade and investments) to mineral sands (in Sri Lanka) will certainly help in this direction for quality ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Made in ChinaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ products.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

In 2012, Germany purchased 0.91 Mn of REE and mineral sands from Sri Lanka of which 92% consisted of graphite. In the same year, Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s overall rare earth & mineral exports to the world totalled $ 42.7 Mn, rising by a strong 30% from 2011ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s $ 32.86 Mn.ƒÆ’-¡  65% of Y2012 exports consisted of Mineral Sands followed by Silica & Quarts (20%), Graphite (10%), Mica (3%) and other Natural Sands (2%). China was the lead buyer of Lankan Mineral Sands in 2012. The lead buyer of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Other Natural SandsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ was India. According to the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka, bilateral trade volume between Germany and Sri Lanka stood at $ 771.69Mn in 2012.

According to the EDB, Germany is ranked as the 6th exporting partner of Sri Lanka representing 4.8% ($ 451.9 Mn) of LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s exports in 2012.ƒÆ’-¡  Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s main exports to Germany are apparel & clothing, solid tyres, Tea, gloves, rubber tyres, Natural rubber, fish and leather products while motor cars, electrical Machinery, Organo-sulphur compounds, Instruments and appliances used in medical surgical, and sounds recorders constituted major import items to Sri Lanka from Germany.

Lyden av en klappende hĮՠմnd.

May 7th, 2013

Mahinda Weerasinghe

Erik SolheimƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s ƒÆ’-¡«Politikk er ƒÆ’†’¥ VilleƒÆ’-¡» ble publisert 5 Mars 2013, manglet mye fakta og substans og var ganske mangelfullt for min smak. Hvis det var noe mann kunne fƒÆ’†’¥ fra det var det datoene pƒÆ’†’¥ forskjellige historiske hendelser. SpƒÆ’†’¸rsmƒÆ’†’¥let om hvordan og hvorfor fredsprosessen gikk gƒÆ’†’¦rent forblir uklart. Det er hvis en ser bort fra Solheim sine uformelle anklager av ThorbjƒÆ’†’¸rn Jagland som er for det meste ubekreftet sladder.

 

MWRajiv
Rajiv Gandhi

MWEricSolErik Solheim

Jagland var ikke hvem som helst. Han var statsminister (1992- 2002) utenriksminister (2005- 2009), og Stortingspresident (2005-2009). NƒÆ’†’¥ er han general sekretƒÆ’†’¦r I EuroparƒÆ’†’¥det (siden 2009). Han er ogsƒÆ’†’¥ formann i nobelkomiteen (siden 2009).

Til de som ikke vet om det store skjulte spillet, Įՠմ fremme sĮՠմnne anklagelser kan virke ondartet og misunnelighetsbasert.

Viktige spƒÆ’†’¸rsmƒÆ’†’¥l er oversett med vilje som for eksempel: hvor mange milliarder NOK var slƒÆ’†’¸set bort for den store ƒÆ’-¡«fredsƒÆ’-¡» initiativ. Kort sagt er boka akkurat som hans freds initiativer ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” manglende I innsyn, troverdighet og ansvar. Rart at akkurat de tingene han og hans bok mangler er det han og hans sjef Bondevik krever fra den Srilankiske regjeringen.

Solheim skriver at han ƒÆ’-¡«har vƒÆ’†’¦rt pƒÆ’†’¥ Sri Lanka for ƒÆ’†’¥ skrive en bok om Norsk politikkƒÆ’-¡» og er tilfeldigvis sammen med hans ƒÆ’-¡«gode venn og tidligere venstre partileder Arne FjotoftƒÆ’-¡». Arne, ogsƒÆ’†’¥ kjent som ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Jaffna KongenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢, har lagt fundamentet for ƒÆ’†’¥ introdusere Terrorist Tigrer til Norske politikere av alle slag samtidig som Srilankere lƒÆ’†’¥ i en dyp sƒÆ’†’¸vn.

Han ƒÆ’†’¥pner med Sri Lanka som tema pƒÆ’†’¥ denne mƒÆ’†’¥ten: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- 17 mai 2009 (den Norske Nasjonal dagen) Oslo var dekket med gloriƒÆ’†’¸s solskinn. Barnetog gikk mot slottet. Jeg smilte og vinket til min sƒÆ’†’¸nn AidenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦men den ekle fƒÆ’†’¸lelsen jeg hadde i magen sto i sterk kontrast til jubelen der jeg befant meg.

Krigen i Sri Lanka var ved sin siste brutale fasen. Titusener av folk har vƒÆ’†’¦rt drept i uken fƒÆ’†’¸r i et blodbad og media var i det minste bekymret med dramaet som utviklet segƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

Den Sri Lankiske regjeringen hadde restriksjoner pƒÆ’†’¥ media dekning I dette omrƒÆ’†’¥det, og tigerne hadde aldri vƒÆ’†’¦rt bekymret for media dekning. Krigen skjedde i skjul, og nƒÆ’†’¥ var det i sluttfasen der Tamil tigrenes dager vendte mot slutten. Regjeringsstyrkene var ved ƒÆ’†’¥ gjƒÆ’†’¸re omfattende angrep uten noen intensjoner ƒÆ’†’¥ etterlate overlevende.ƒÆ’-¡»

Til slut kom de fryktelige (gode) nyheter 19 Mai 2009; att hans helt ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Rajiv Gandhis morderƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢; Pabhakaran var tatt!

Fredsprosessen I Sri Lanka

Jeg mistenker at Solheims stƒÆ’†’¸rste frykt var at hvis Pabhakaran var fanget av Sri Lankiske styrker ville han innrƒÆ’†’¸mt hvordan terrorismen hadde vƒÆ’†’¦rt finansiert av Norge?

SĮՠմ hvis jeg var deg ville ikke sove i ro helt enda Solheim!

MWthob
ThorbjƒÆ’†’¸rn Jagland

Solheim skriver at ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”titusener var drept I uken fƒÆ’†’¸r blodbadetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ men hvor er beviset pƒÆ’†’¥ dette? Det er klart at Nazi-tyskland gasset millioner av jƒÆ’†’¸der under den andre verdenskrig, men det vanskeligste var ƒÆ’†’¥ fjerne alt beviset. Og Nuremburg domstolen gjorde alt beviset tydelig. En slik bevis-fjerning ville ha trengt flere bataljoner for ƒÆ’†’¥ gjennomfƒÆ’†’¸re.

Under Jaglands undertittel ƒÆ’-¡«Jaglands destruktiv EgoƒÆ’-¡», Solheim pƒÆ’†’¥stƒÆ’†’¥r at ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”fredsprosessen I Sri Lanka var ordentlig startet kun netter Jagland og andre fra arbeiderpartiet forlot regjeringen etter valget I 2001ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.

ƒÆ’-¡«Enda en forutsetning for fredsprosessen i 2001, paradoksalt nok, var regjeringsskiftet i Norge. VollebƒÆ’†’¦k startet fredsprosessen i 2000, ThorbjƒÆ’†’¸rn Jagland fikk den til ƒÆ’†’¥ bryte ned i 2001, men etter valgene i hƒÆ’†’¸sten 2001 var det Jan Pettersen som tok det opp igjen.ƒÆ’-¡»

Snodig nok, nevner han ikke Bondevik selv om han var statsministeren, sentrale planleggeren og initiativtakeren for hele greia!

Solheim forakter ThorbjƒÆ’†’¸rn Jagland ƒÆ’-¡«fordi han hadde en farlig tro pƒÆ’†’¥ at en person uten kunnskap kunne innta et omrƒÆ’†’¥de og gjƒÆ’†’¸re et forskjellƒÆ’-¡».

Selvsagt: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-han reiste til Sri Lanka som utenriksminister og var der I 13 timer I juni 2001. Det var den eneste gang han var der, fƒÆ’†’¸r eller siden. Jagland hadde ingen betraktelig kunnskap om Sri Lanka og fredsprosessen men trodde att han mestret alle sakene betydeligƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

Solheim videre argumenterer at ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Jagland sviktet hans egne (Norske), som skapte mer bry i fredsprosessen. Grunnen var at Jagland gjorde en avtale med den Srilankiske regjering uten ƒÆ’†’¥ involvere Tamil tigrene.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

En er nƒÆ’†’¸dt til ƒÆ’†’¥ stille spƒÆ’†’¸rsmƒÆ’†’¥let om ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”hvilken stor kunnskap Solheim hadde utenom hva de Tamil katolikkene og Arne hadde informert han om.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Jagland bƒÆ’†’¦ret ikke pƒÆ’†’¥ noe hemmelig som Bondevik og hans soldater Solheim og Wesborge gjorde. Jagland var ikke pƒÆ’†’¥ noe korstog, han var enkelt ute etter ƒÆ’†’¥ gjƒÆ’†’¸re det som var godkjent av verdiene i arbeiderpartiet som ga like muligheter for alle. Utenom det var han ikke gjort oppmerksom pƒÆ’†’¥ den katolske Eelam som den ultimate mƒÆ’†’¥let. Selvsagt kan man ikke beskylde mannen for noe han ikke vet.

SpƒÆ’†’¸rsmƒÆ’†’¥let er da; hva var det Jagland og Nordmenn I sin helhet uoppmerksom pƒÆ’†’¥?

For ƒÆ’†’¥ fƒÆ’†’¥ en tit pƒÆ’†’¥ en av verdens mest utarbeidet komplott i det siste ƒÆ’†’¥rhundre mƒÆ’†’¥ en se nƒÆ’†’¸ye pƒÆ’†’¥ rapporten som man finner link til nedenfor, utgitt av WAPS. I den forstand er det at en god indikasjon av hva Solheims bok ikke sier, og det rettferdiggjƒÆ’†’¸r bokens uklare pƒÆ’†’¥stander; men fremfor alt hvorfor Jagland er beskyldt for ƒÆ’†’¥ ha tapt freden.

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2012/02/05/pawns-of-peace-evaluation-and-lessons-unlearnt/

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”PAWNS OF PEACE-EVALueringƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ og, og ulƒÆ’†’¦rt lekse!

ƒÆ’-¡ 

Februar 5, 2012

Den historiske ankomsten av Helgesen til Colombo (spesielt med hensyn til tidspunktet da han kom 24.1.1999) var uklanderlig pĮՠմ flere mĮՠմter. Tamilenes propaganda stormangrep hadde fĮՠմtt hele Norges sympati ved 90-tallet. Hukkomelsen av mordet pĮՠմ den indiske statsminister Rajiv Gandhi av LTTE terrorister var begynt Įՠմ minke internasjonalt og i India.

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga var da president I Sri Lanka. Hun var fullstendig rƒÆ’†’¥tten. Omringet av ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”yes menƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ som var like dumme som henne! Hennes regjering var infiltrert av LTTE tilhengere.

Samtidig var tidligere vƒÆ’†’¥penhandleren i Jaffna, Jon Westborg, den norske ambassadƒÆ’†’¸ren i Colombo.

http://www.asiantribune.com/oldsite/show_news.

Interessant nok finner vi tidenes stƒÆ’†’¸rste quisling, Ranil Wickremasinghe, har tatt midtpunktet i Sri Lanka, som gjenvalgt statsminister.

Catholic action kontrollerte engelske nyheter I Sri Lanka samarbeidet med UD og hindret at fakta fant fram til Lankiske ƒÆ’†’¸rer. De innrƒÆ’†’¸mmet aldri at det hadde vƒÆ’†’¦rt et fullstendig propaganda krig mot Sri Lankere av Norge. Kumar Rupasinghe bƒÆ’†’¸r stƒÆ’†’¥ som vitne til dette siden han var en av tidenes stƒÆ’†’¸rste propagandister.

PĮՠմ den andre siden tror Sri Lankere at hele den norske nasjonen var ansvarlig for terror problemet i landet. Dette stemmer ikke.

De som var ansvarlig gjorde ikke noe Įՠմpenlyst. De hadde som mĮՠմl Įՠմ vise verden at den norske nasjonen klarte Įՠմ handle som en monolittisk helhet vis-a-vis Jaffna Tamiler. Det er klart at det fremsto som noe det ikke var, som om det ikke var kun noen fĮՠմ som kontrollerte situasjonen men heller hele Norge som var helt enig i handlingene.

Faktum er at de som hadde fant pĮՠմ plotten kunne man telle pĮՠմ et hĮՠմnd. Her mener jeg spesifikt Kjell Magne Bondevik, Erik Solheim, Jon Westborg og ikke minst Arne Fjotoft.

Kjell Magne Bondevik

Kjell Magne Bondevik binder hele greia sammen. Han fostret mulighetene, ga retning finansiering og talerstol til de andre involverte. NƒÆ’†’¥ har han sƒÆ’†’¸kt ly og later som han aldri hadde noe med det ƒÆ’†’¥ gjƒÆ’†’¸re.

Erik Solheim

Erik var begeistret for den massemord helten som han tilba. FƒÆ’†’¸rst sa han at han var Kristen, men sƒÆ’†’¥ mistet han troen fƒÆ’†’¸r han da fant den igjen.

Kan vi finne noen som helst kvalifikasjoner som gir Erik kunnskapen som trengs til ƒÆ’†’¥ fullfƒÆ’†’¸re en slik jobb som han hadde? Uten hans Jaffna katolske rƒÆ’†’¥dgivere, ville han vƒÆ’†’¦re en dƒÆ’†’¸d politiker, som han nƒÆ’†’¥ har blitt!

 

Jon Westborg

Han var tidligere ambassadƒÆ’†’¸r til Sri Lanka (1996-2003) i syv ƒÆ’†’¥r, ogsƒÆ’†’¥ ambassadƒÆ’†’¸r til India (2003-2007) i fire ƒÆ’†’¥r.

Avlytting: Norske ambassadƒÆ’†’¸r Jon Westborg og Pulidevan fra LTTE. I denne avlyttingen gir ambassadƒÆ’†’¸ren informasjon om kommunikasjonsutstyr og sier at Norge vil betale for de ekstra kostnadene. Dette avdekker en dialog mellom Westborg og Pulidevan om kommunikasjonsutstyr som har vƒÆ’†’¦rt ƒÆ’-¡«behandlet, forklart og ordnet med Bradman WeerakoonƒÆ’-¡».

Seks tonn med utstyr var levert til LTTE i 2002 med bla V-Sat utstyr for satellitt kommunikasjon. Westborg ber Pulidevan sende faks direkte til hans residens pƒÆ’†’¥ GregoryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Road og ikke til ambassaden.

Vi vet at Bondevik var en som manglet verdier, at han var naive, sĮՠմ hvordan skal vi da forstĮՠմ Jon Westborg i sammenlikning?

Men uten Bondevik ville han fortsatt skaffet vĮՠմpen til terroristene, her tykner plottene.

 

Westborg er noksƒÆ’†’¥ uvanlig I den Norske Utenriksdepartementet. Bondevik hadde bruk for han som et bindeledd mellom han og Prabhakaran. Dette gjorde den ukvalifiserte Westborg til den Norske ambassadƒÆ’†’¸r i Colombo.

Arne Fjotoft

Denne mannen er verre en alle de andre.

Vi mƒÆ’†’¥ gƒÆ’†’¥ ut ifra at nƒÆ’†’¥r han kom til Sri Lanka i 1967 var hans puritansk holdning dominerende. Her finner vi likhetstrekk med Bondevik som innebar en utdeling av ƒÆ’-¡«gode verdier og moralerƒÆ’-¡» til hedensk Sri Lanka.

FƒÆ’†’¸lgende tilfeller kan bli sett pƒÆ’†’¥ som faktum:

* Kjell Magne Bondevik, Jon Westborg, Erik Solheim og Arne Fjotoft var venner i krig, kjente hverandre godt, passet pĮՠմ hverandre og til og med kristne.

* De var i samarbeid med katolske Tamiler og hadde mƒÆ’†’¥let om ƒÆ’†’¥ ƒÆ’†’¸delegge den singalesiske, buddhistiske nasjonen.

Jon Westborg and Arne Fjotoft kjente massemorderen Prabhakaran personlig. Og hadde stadig kontakt med han. NƒÆ’†’¥ kommer den viktigste punktet som vil vise seg til ƒÆ’†’¥ vƒÆ’†’¦re sant. Det som er urovekkende er at ingen har sett denne forbindelsen.

Tsunamien slo Killinochi 25. desember 2004.

Hvordan kan Pabhakaran overleve I en underjordisk bunker nƒÆ’†’¥r hele nƒÆ’†’¦rmiljƒÆ’†’¸et ligger under vann?

SƒÆ’†’¥ den store spƒÆ’†’¸rsmƒÆ’†’¥let er da om han I det hele tatt var I Mullaitheevu. Var han i det hele tatt i Sri Lanka nƒÆ’†’¥r Tsunamien kom pƒÆ’†’¥ 24 desember 2004?

IfƒÆ’†’¸lge noen privat intelligens som jeg har, nƒÆ’†’¥r tsunamien slo Mullaithu var Prabhakaran i Oslo og feiret jul med Westborg og andre konspiratƒÆ’†’¸rer. I tillegg hadde avisen ƒÆ’-¡«the islandƒÆ’-¡» rapportert at en dyr kiste ƒÆ’-¡«for en LTTE topplederƒÆ’-¡» hadde vƒÆ’†’¦rt smuglet inn til nordlige tiger omrƒÆ’†’¥der i en kontainer med nƒÆ’†’¸dhjelp til tsunami offerer. (Denne informasjonen var det god grunn for ƒÆ’†’¥ ha lekket.)

UD trengte tiden til ƒÆ’†’¥ fƒÆ’†’¥ terror sjefen hemmelig tilbake til Mullaithu ellers ville konspiratƒÆ’†’¸rer i Norge bli avdekket. For ƒÆ’†’¥ smugle han tilbake trengte de minst tre uker.

Da lagde de en gjennomfƒÆ’†’¸rings plan. LTTE kjƒÆ’†’¸pte en dyr kiste fra Colombo og latet som om de skulle begrave en viktig LTTE medlem. De sa aldri hvem denne personen var, og det er fortsatt hemmelig. Alle trodde det var Prabhakaran. Dette var bare et tiltak som skulle fƒÆ’†’¸re bort oppmerksomhet og minske sannsynligheten for etterforskning.

Hvis man da ser helheten bak det her fĮՠմr vi et klart bilde av plotten.

Erik Solheim, Kjell Magne Bondevik, Jon Westborg og Prabhakaran mĮՠմ ha blit enig rundt 2000 om Įՠմ koordinere og samarbeide i sine aktiviteter for Įՠմ fĮՠմ Eelam i Sri Lanka.

Ved 5 desember 2001 var fundamentet klargjort.

Da kom LTTE ut med at de skulle igangsette en vƒÆ’†’¥penhvile den 19. desember. Ranil fƒÆ’†’¸lget kort etter med en en-mƒÆ’†’¥ned vƒÆ’†’¥penhvile fra den 24. Da, pƒÆ’†’¥ desember 27 ringte Ranil Kjell Magne Bondevik og ba offisielt om at Norge kunne vƒÆ’†’¦re med pƒÆ’†’¥ ƒÆ’†’¥ organisere denne vƒÆ’†’¥penhvilen. Slik ble det hele igangsatt.

Det var seks runder med samtaler og alle ventet positiv resultat:

1.) September 16-18, 2002 – Sattahip, Thailand

2.) Oktober 31ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚November 3, 2002ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚Rose Garden Hotel, Thailand

3.) Desember 2-5, 2002 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚Oslo, Norway

4.) Januar 6-9, 2003 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚Rose Garden Hotel, Thailand

5.) Februar 7-8, 2003 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ Norwegian Embassy, Berlin

6.) Mars 18-21 – Hakone, Japan

I ettersyn ser vi at Prabhakaran og Bondevik har spilt et farlig spill med den Sri Lankiske regjeringen. De skulle destabilisere den Sri Lankiske staten og frustrere lokalbefolkningen for grunner som ingen kjenner til.

Onkel Tom Ranil stolte pĮՠմ Bondevik ved Įՠմ ha gitt han stillingen som Leder i den kristne unionen. Han var ogsĮՠմ blitt tilbudt Nobels Fredsprisen sĮՠմ fort Eelam var i boks. Jeg tviler sterkt pĮՠմ om Bondevik og Prabhakaran noen gang stolte pĮՠմ Ranil med et reelt plan.

ƒÆ’†'”‚¦ fortsette med planen, pƒÆ’†’¥ 22, 2002, ambassadƒÆ’†’¸r Westborg, som fungerte som en ledd mellom Prabakharan og Ranil, signerte en avtale. Hurra for Bondevik.

Ved den tiden var Bondevik og co. I arbeid for ƒÆ’†’¥ vaske bort LTTE sin rykte som terrorist. Dette ville da inspirere EU medlemmer til ƒÆ’†’¥ erkjenne LTTE terrorister som en fredelig gruppe. Alt som UD gjorde da var i hensyn til et mƒÆ’†’¥l. Endelig var LTTEs terrorist merke blitt fjernet og LTTE fƒÆ’†’¥r respekt. Dette ville da ƒÆ’†’¥pne for muligheten ƒÆ’†’¥ sƒÆ’†’¸ke mandat pƒÆ’†’¥ en FN godkjent invadering av Sri Lanka, som Frankrike gjorde i Libya.

Herfra mĮՠմ vi gjette pĮՠմ en informert mĮՠմte pĮՠմ hvordan hver del av denne figurine bidro til en vellykket Eelam operasjon.

ƒÆ’-¡ 

ƒÆ’-¡ 

Bondeviks hovedfunksjoner

Eksklusiv prioritet var gitt av Bondevik til ƒÆ’†’¥ fƒÆ’†’¥ til en avdeling pƒÆ’†’¥ den norske ambassaden dedikert til fredsmegling. Vennen hans, Erik Solheim, var gitt stillingen som ƒÆ’-¡«the cheif peace facilitatorƒÆ’-¡». Det er klart at alle de viktige stillingene i denne nisjen var fylt av trofaste kristne venner. Ved formeringen av SLMM fƒÆ’†’¥r da disse venner mandat til ƒÆ’†’¥ destabilisere ƒÆ’†’ƒ”¹…”ya innenfra.

Denne nisjen var en regjering inn i en regjering, inn I en regjering. Uten noe transparens eller ansvar var noen gang erklƒÆ’†’¦rt.

Westborgs hovedfunksjoner

Hovedjobben til Westborg var ƒÆ’†’¥ vƒÆ’†’¦re et led til terroristen Prabhakaran. Han skulle ogsƒÆ’†’¥ bruke hemmelige midler i Rupier til ƒÆ’†’¥ bestikke strategiske hemmelige operasjoner og kjƒÆ’†’¸pe strategisk plassert byrƒÆ’†’¥krater. Disse pengene kan ha funnet veien til de hemmelige Eelamisten og til hemmelig Norske kontoer.

(SƒÆ’†’¥ fort det var bekreftet at Prabhakaran var dƒÆ’†’¸d, satt Westborg igjen med en haug med penger. Ved ƒÆ’†’¥ bruke de ressursene kjƒÆ’†’¸pte han blant annet en stor eiendom ved Victoria Golf Club. Dette vet jeg siden jeg er medlem pƒÆ’†’¥ denne klubben.)

NƒÆ’†’¥ skulle ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”EelamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ ha vƒÆ’†’¦rt en ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”fait accompliƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ fƒÆ’†’¸r 2005,

Westborg, som ambassadƒÆ’†’¸r i Sri Lanka kunne ikke forlenge hans oppdrag der men ble flyttet til nƒÆ’†’¦rheten i Inda for ƒÆ’†’¥ holde ƒÆ’†’¥pen lenken til Prabhakaran som han hadde.

SƒÆ’†’¥ finner vi ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”vƒÆ’†’¦rgudeneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ hjelper den Sri Lankiske folk, Fordi vi finner:

Mai 2003 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Landets verste flom dreper 200 og driver 4000 fra hjemmene sine.

Mars 2004 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Tamil gorilla leder Karuna splitter seg fram hoved Tamil gruppen og hjemmet seg med sine tilhengere.

SĮՠմ finner LTTE sjefen ut at han mĮՠմ begynne pĮՠմ nytt, some r selvmordsbombing, attentater og krenking av den Sri Lankiske befolkningen. Og i:

Juli 2004 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Selvmordsbombing smeller I Colombo ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” den fƒÆ’†’¸rste siden 2001.

Desember 2004 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Mer enn 30,000 er drept nƒÆ’†’¥r en tsunami, store bƒÆ’†’¸lger fra et underhavs jordskjelv, ƒÆ’†’¸delegger kyst samfunnet. 1/3 av terror kadrer var skylt bort. Etter tsunamien forsvant mye av Bondeviks makt og han mistet kontroll over Eelam prosjektet hans i 2005. Mahinda Rajapaksa var erklƒÆ’†’¦rt president 19 november 2005 etter ƒÆ’†’¥ ha vunnet valget.

Ranil Wickremasinghe hƒÆ’†’¥p om ƒÆ’†’¥ vinne var ƒÆ’†’¸delagt da LTTE bestemte at Tamil velgere, som ville ha valgt han, skulle boikotte valget. Hvorfor? Jeg tror at Norge og LTTE forventet ƒÆ’†’¥ fƒÆ’†’¥ Eelam fƒÆ’†’¸r 2005 valget, men Ranil gjorde ikke sin del. SƒÆ’†’¥ ba Prabhakaran Tamilene om ƒÆ’†’¥ ikke velge. AltsƒÆ’†’¥ ved 2005 ser vi at Bondevik er ikke lenger Statsminister og at til og med i 2007 kjemper han for ƒÆ’†’¥ vedlikeholde hans ƒÆ’†’¦re.

Da skjer det sluttspillet for LTTE og Prabhakaran i Mavil Aru 26. Juli 2006. Prabhakaran trodde at EU landene skulle redde han. Det ville de kanskje men turte ikke, siden Kina of Russland sĮՠմ over skuldrene pĮՠմ dem.

Mavil Aru var en snu punkt I den Sri Lankiske krig mot terrorismen. Ved 2007 sĮՠմ det dystert ut for Eelam skaperne og DU koordinatorer, for de mistet kontroll av en situasjon som ble bare verre.

Kina og Russlands evolusjon til verdensmakter, Rajapakse brƒÆ’†’¸drenes valgseier I 2005 og veggen mƒÆ’†’¸tt av konspiratƒÆ’†’¸rene var historisk. Under tilfellene skulle jeg ƒÆ’†’¸nske jeg kunne stilt Solheim bare et spƒÆ’†’¸rsmƒÆ’†’¥l: Var terrorsjefen Prabhakaran i Oslo med Hans Westborg nƒÆ’†’¥r Tsunamien slo Sri Lanka (den 25. Desember 2004)?

En enkel ƒÆ’-¡«jaƒÆ’-¡», ƒÆ’-¡«neiƒÆ’-¡» eller ƒÆ’-¡«vet ikkeƒÆ’-¡» hadde fungert bra! Og hvis tilfellen er at han var det da blir hele denne rapporten faktum!

 

MWciviSome of the Northern civilians held as human shields by the LTTE terrorists were rescued by Security Forces personnel

 

SOUTH ASIA -LeT: Augmenting Threat

May 7th, 2013

Sanchita Bhattacharya Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Emphasizing the Lashkar-e-TaibaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s (LeT) clout and survival capabilities in South Asia, Admiral Samuel Locklear, Commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM), observed, on April 9, 2013, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-LeT remains one, if not the most operationally capable terrorist groups through all of South Asia. LeT was responsible for the November 2008 attack in Mumbai, India, that killed over 160 people, including six Americans, and has supported or executed a number of other attacks in South Asia in recent years.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Significantly, the Combating Terrorism Centre (CTC) at the US Military Academy, West Point, published a paper, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The Fighters of Lashkar-e-Taiba: Recruitment, Training, Deployment and DeathƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, on April 4, 2013, based on the biographies of 917 LeT militants killed in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) between 1989 and 2008. Unsurprisingly, the report found that 94 percent of the selected LeT militants listed J&K as the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”fighting frontƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. The vast majority of the LeT fighters was from Pakistan and was killed in the Districts of Kupwara, Baramulla and Poonch in J&K. According to J&K Police data, out of 184 identified foreign terrorists killed in the State (a total of 568 foreign terrorists were killed in the State since 1998), more than half, (96) belonged to the LeT.

Partial data compiled by the Institute for Conflict Management indicates that a total of 1,791 people, including 1,305 terrorists, 274 Security Force (SF) personnel and 212 civilians died in 710 incidents of killing connected with the LeT, since 2001 (data till May 5, 2013). The group, along with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), has been responsible for the greatest proportion of violence in the State.

LeT has remained active outside Kashmir as well. Out of the 45 prominent terror attacks witnessed outside theaters of violence in J&K and the North East since August 14, 2000, the LeT was alleged to be involved in no less than 17 incidents, which resulted in at least 630 fatalities. Though the outfit had established linkages and operational capabilities across India much earlier, disclosures by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) suggest that the February 13, 2010, Pune German Bakery blast (in which 17 people were killed and 60 others sustained injuries) was the first act of terror in which LeT coordinated with the Indian Mujahiddeen (IM). Maharashtra ATS Chief Rakesh Maria observed, “We proved in court that the LeT and IM joined hands for the first time to create terror in India.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ IMƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s parent group, the StudentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) had, however, been cooperating and coordinating with the LeT, among other Islamist terrorist formations in India, since the late 1990s.

The LeT has also continuously attempted to make its presence felt elsewhere in IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s immediate neighbourhood, though primarily, in the past, with the aim of targeting India. Of late, however, the group has emerged as a force multiplier to militant outfits operating in Afghanistan. It has established bases in the Afghan Provinces of Kunar, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Wardak, Laghman, Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Kabul and Kandahar. The LeT has already been responsible for several attacks on Indian establishments, Coalition and Afghan Forces in Afghanistan. Indeed, on August 30, 2012, US Treasury Department designated eight LeT leaders ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Sajid Mir, Abdullah Mujahid, Ahmed Yaqub, Hafiz Khalid Walid, Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Amir Hamza, Abdullah Muntazir and Talha Saeed ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” as terrorists, holding them accountable for attacks on Coalition and Afghan forces in Afghanistan as well as for the November 26, 2008, (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra, India) attacks. Again, on April 15, 2013, Coalition and Afghan Special Operations Forces arrested a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-senior LeT leaderƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ (name not disclosed) in the Andar District of Ghazni Province. Sources indicated that he had “planned and participated in multiple attacks against Afghan and Coalition forces throughout Kunar, Kandahar and Ghazni provinces” and “was actively planning a high-profile attack at the time of his arrest.”

In October 2010, while cautioning India about LeT, the then Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta warned India about the increasing LeT presence in southern and eastern Afghanistan.

The LeT had also made inroads into Bangladesh and had primarily been using it as a launch pad for attacks against India. Several LeT cadres, who were operating in India and Pakistan and had taken shelter in Bangladesh, have been arrested by Bangladeshi enforcement agencies, but the degree of penetration the organization had established in Bangladesh was discovered by the April 8, 2010, arrest of the LeT organizer in Bangladesh, Mobashwer Shahid Mubin alias Yahia, a Pakistani national. Intelligence sources said Yahiya was recruiting local youths for LeT and carrying funds assigned by top LeT leaders for its activities in Bangladesh. Yahia reportedly also looked after the interests of different local and foreign militant organisations as an ISI agent. Significantly, the revelations by Pakistani American David Coleman Headley and Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana in the US had enabled Bangladeshi authorities to thwart a LeT design to attack the US Embassy and the Indian High Commission in the capital city of Dhaka in 2009. Meanwhile, stressing the outfitƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s role in the current turmoil within Bangladesh, the countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir disclosed, on February 27, 2013, that the LeT remained active in Bangladesh and law enforcement agencies were tracking down their networks and keeping them under sharp security vigil. “It is the moral and legal obligation of the Government to uproot them totally,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ he added further.

The LeT also has also established a strong presence in the Maldives. Various media reports suggest that the Pakistan-based Idara Khidmat-e-Khalq (IKK), one of the identities under which LeT operates, reached the Maldives in the wake of the December 2004 Tsunami under the guise of providing humanitarian aid to affected populations. In 2006, evidence emerged that Dhaka-based LeT ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”commanderƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Faisal Haroon had explored plans to use the islands in Maldives as a logistical base. February 2010 reports, quoting the Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB), claimed that the LeT had nearly 1,000 operatives active in the Maldives. Indeed, disclosures by a Maldivian national, Asif Ibrahim, arrested in Kerala as far back as in April 2005 indicated that a shadow outfit, Jamaat-e-Muslimeen, was working as a cover for LeT and operations connecting Maldives and Kerala were being carried out in the name of this front. Further, Moosa Inas ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” who had been charged in the case relating to the Sultan Park, Male, blast of September 29, 2007, in which 12 foreign nationals were injured ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” had travelled in connection with the Male explosion to Thiruvananthapuram in the Indian State of Kerala in December 2005.

Nepal has, for long, been a critical base for LeT operatives targeting India. Reconfirming the groupƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s presence in that country, arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal, on June 30, 2012, revealed that his arms training was started in Nepal in 2004 by LeT terrorist Mohammed Aslam alias Aslam Kashmiri, a resident of Rajouri District in J&K. On July 6, 2012, Jundal, further told interrogators that Abu Hamza had entered India through Nepal and executed the December 28, 2005, Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bangalore, Karnataka) attack and then escaped to Pakistan through the same porous route. Investigators also learnt that the Karnavati Express blast at Ahmadabad Railway Station (Gujarat) on February 19, 2006, failed due to insufficient training given to the LeT operatives in Nepal.

The LeTƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s presence in countries across South Asia has been acknowledged by US diplomatic sources. A January 3, 2009, secret cable sent from Islamabad (disclosed by Wikileaks in its November 30, 2010, release) quoted the then U.S. Ambassador in Islamabad, Anne W. Patterson, stating,

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦we believe there are still LeT sleeper and other cells in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, as well as many law enforcement leads which need to be pursued. To prevent another potential attack, we need to keep channels of cooperation and information sharing open. We are concerned that the Indians’ premature public dissemination of this information will undermine essential law enforcement efforts and forestall further Indo-Pak cooperation. Our goal is not only to bring the perpetrators of this attack [26/11 Mumbai attacks] to justice, but also to begin a dialogue that will reduce tensions between India and Pakistan.

On January 5, 2009, India shared a 55-page dossier of information with diplomats of 14 countries whose citizens were killed in the 26/11 attacks.

LeT linkages also existed with the now-defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has also been used by the LeT to target India. Based on research by the Presidential Research Unit, the Sri Lankan Presidential Secretariat, on July 3, 2009, disclosed that military links between the LTTE and the LeT went back to as early as 1992, when LTTE leader Sathasivam Krishnakumar alias Kittu had negotiated an arms deal with the terrorists based in Peshawar (Pakistan). The study noted that intelligence sources were aware that LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s links with LeT continued and there were ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”substantiated reportsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ of the LTTE and LeT exchanging terrorist expertise, LeT supplying arms to the LTTE, and both carrying out joint training. Investigators on June 29, 2012, revealed that LeT militant Faiyaz Kagzi, an accused in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, had given bomb-making training in the Sri Lanka capital, Colombo, in 2008 to German Bakery blast accused Mirza Himayat Baig. Baig was sentenced to death on April 18, 2013.

While all the South Asian countries thus register some presence and activities of the LeT, the group has entrenched roots in Pakistan, where it has flourished under the protection of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The CTC report inferred, on the basis of information gathered about the recruitment base of LeT cadres, that there is probability of an overlap between Pakistan Army recruits and LeT militants:

It is noteworthy that there is considerable overlap among the Districts that produce LeT militants and those that produce Pakistan army officers, a dynamic that raises a number of questions about potentially overlapping social networks between the Army and LeT.

Significantly, Abu JundalƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s disclosures confirm that the Pakistan Government has failed to take action against LeT because it remained loyally ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”pro-PakistanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.

Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, notes that LeT, in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, matured ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-from a Punjabi-based Pakistani terror group targeting India exclusively, to a member of the global Islamic jihad targeting the enemies of al Qaeda: the Crusader West, Zionist Israel, and Hindu IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. The LeT now constitutes an enduring threat, not only to India, but to the world at large. Unless coordinated action is undertaken by all countries afflicted or threatened by this terrorist formation, given the complexity and spread of its networks, it will be a difficult task to neutralize its growing menace.

 

SOUTH ASIA

LeT: Augmenting Threat
Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Emphasizing the Lashkar-e-TaibaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s (LeT) clout and survival capabilities in South Asia, Admiral Samuel Locklear, Commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM), observed, on April 9, 2013, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-LeT remains one, if not the most operationally capable terrorist groups through all of South Asia. LeT was responsible for the November 2008 attack in Mumbai, India, that killed over 160 people, including six Americans, and has supported or executed a number of other attacks in South Asia in recent years.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Significantly, the Combating Terrorism Centre (CTC) at the US Military Academy, West Point, published a paper, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The Fighters of Lashkar-e-Taiba: Recruitment, Training, Deployment and DeathƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, on April 4, 2013, based on the biographies of 917 LeT militants killed in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) between 1989 and 2008. Unsurprisingly, the report found that 94 percent of the selected LeT militants listed J&K as the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”fighting frontƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. The vast majority of the LeT fighters was from Pakistan and was killed in the Districts of Kupwara, Baramulla and Poonch in J&K. According to J&K Police data, out of 184 identified foreign terrorists killed in the State (a total of 568 foreign terrorists were killed in the State since 1998), more than half, (96) belonged to the LeT.

Partial data compiled by the Institute for Conflict Management indicates that a total of 1,791 people, including 1,305 terrorists, 274 Security Force (SF) personnel and 212 civilians died in 710 incidents of killing connected with the LeT, since 2001 (data till May 5, 2013). The group, along with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), has been responsible for the greatest proportion of violence in the State.

LeT has remained active outside Kashmir as well. Out of the 45 prominent terror attacks witnessed outside theaters of violence in J&K and the North East since August 14, 2000, the LeT was alleged to be involved in no less than 17 incidents, which resulted in at least 630 fatalities. Though the outfit had established linkages and operational capabilities across India much earlier, disclosures by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) suggest that the February 13, 2010, Pune German Bakery blast (in which 17 people were killed and 60 others sustained injuries) was the first act of terror in which LeT coordinated with the Indian Mujahiddeen (IM). Maharashtra ATS Chief Rakesh Maria observed, “We proved in court that the LeT and IM joined hands for the first time to create terror in India.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ IMƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s parent group, the StudentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) had, however, been cooperating and coordinating with the LeT, among other Islamist terrorist formations in India, since the late 1990s.

The LeT has also continuously attempted to make its presence felt elsewhere in IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s immediate neighbourhood, though primarily, in the past, with the aim of targeting India. Of late, however, the group has emerged as a force multiplier to militant outfits operating in Afghanistan. It has established bases in the Afghan Provinces of Kunar, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Wardak, Laghman, Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Kabul and Kandahar. The LeT has already been responsible for several attacks on Indian establishments, Coalition and Afghan Forces in Afghanistan. Indeed, on August 30, 2012, US Treasury Department designated eight LeT leaders ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Sajid Mir, Abdullah Mujahid, Ahmed Yaqub, Hafiz Khalid Walid, Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Amir Hamza, Abdullah Muntazir and Talha Saeed ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” as terrorists, holding them accountable for attacks on Coalition and Afghan forces in Afghanistan as well as for the November 26, 2008, (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra, India) attacks. Again, on April 15, 2013, Coalition and Afghan Special Operations Forces arrested a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-senior LeT leaderƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ (name not disclosed) in the Andar District of Ghazni Province. Sources indicated that he had “planned and participated in multiple attacks against Afghan and Coalition forces throughout Kunar, Kandahar and Ghazni provinces” and “was actively planning a high-profile attack at the time of his arrest.”

In October 2010, while cautioning India about LeT, the then Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta warned India about the increasing LeT presence in southern and eastern Afghanistan.

The LeT had also made inroads into Bangladesh and had primarily been using it as a launch pad for attacks against India. Several LeT cadres, who were operating in India and Pakistan and had taken shelter in Bangladesh, have been arrested by Bangladeshi enforcement agencies, but the degree of penetration the organization had established in Bangladesh was discovered by the April 8, 2010, arrest of the LeT organizer in Bangladesh, Mobashwer Shahid Mubin alias Yahia, a Pakistani national. Intelligence sources said Yahiya was recruiting local youths for LeT and carrying funds assigned by top LeT leaders for its activities in Bangladesh. Yahia reportedly also looked after the interests of different local and foreign militant organisations as an ISI agent. Significantly, the revelations by Pakistani American David Coleman Headley and Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana in the US had enabled Bangladeshi authorities to thwart a LeT design to attack the US Embassy and the Indian High Commission in the capital city of Dhaka in 2009. Meanwhile, stressing the outfitƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s role in the current turmoil within Bangladesh, the countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir disclosed, on February 27, 2013, that the LeT remained active in Bangladesh and law enforcement agencies were tracking down their networks and keeping them under sharp security vigil. “It is the moral and legal obligation of the Government to uproot them totally,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ he added further.

The LeT also has also established a strong presence in the Maldives. Various media reports suggest that the Pakistan-based Idara Khidmat-e-Khalq (IKK), one of the identities under which LeT operates, reached the Maldives in the wake of the December 2004 Tsunami under the guise of providing humanitarian aid to affected populations. In 2006, evidence emerged that Dhaka-based LeT ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”commanderƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Faisal Haroon had explored plans to use the islands in Maldives as a logistical base. February 2010 reports, quoting the Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB), claimed that the LeT had nearly 1,000 operatives active in the Maldives. Indeed, disclosures by a Maldivian national, Asif Ibrahim, arrested in Kerala as far back as in April 2005 indicated that a shadow outfit, Jamaat-e-Muslimeen, was working as a cover for LeT and operations connecting Maldives and Kerala were being carried out in the name of this front. Further, Moosa Inas ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” who had been charged in the case relating to the Sultan Park, Male, blast of September 29, 2007, in which 12 foreign nationals were injured ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” had travelled in connection with the Male explosion to Thiruvananthapuram in the Indian State of Kerala in December 2005.

Nepal has, for long, been a critical base for LeT operatives targeting India. Reconfirming the groupƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s presence in that country, arrested LeT operative Abu Jundal, on June 30, 2012, revealed that his arms training was started in Nepal in 2004 by LeT terrorist Mohammed Aslam alias Aslam Kashmiri, a resident of Rajouri District in J&K. On July 6, 2012, Jundal, further told interrogators that Abu Hamza had entered India through Nepal and executed the December 28, 2005, Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bangalore, Karnataka) attack and then escaped to Pakistan through the same porous route. Investigators also learnt that the Karnavati Express blast at Ahmadabad Railway Station (Gujarat) on February 19, 2006, failed due to insufficient training given to the LeT operatives in Nepal.

The LeTƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s presence in countries across South Asia has been acknowledged by US diplomatic sources. A January 3, 2009, secret cable sent from Islamabad (disclosed by Wikileaks in its November 30, 2010, release) quoted the then U.S. Ambassador in Islamabad, Anne W. Patterson, stating,

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦we believe there are still LeT sleeper and other cells in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, as well as many law enforcement leads which need to be pursued. To prevent another potential attack, we need to keep channels of cooperation and information sharing open. We are concerned that the Indians’ premature public dissemination of this information will undermine essential law enforcement efforts and forestall further Indo-Pak cooperation. Our goal is not only to bring the perpetrators of this attack [26/11 Mumbai attacks] to justice, but also to begin a dialogue that will reduce tensions between India and Pakistan.

On January 5, 2009, India shared a 55-page dossier of information with diplomats of 14 countries whose citizens were killed in the 26/11 attacks.

LeT linkages also existed with the now-defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has also been used by the LeT to target India. Based on research by the Presidential Research Unit, the Sri Lankan Presidential Secretariat, on July 3, 2009, disclosed that military links between the LTTE and the LeT went back to as early as 1992, when LTTE leader Sathasivam Krishnakumar alias Kittu had negotiated an arms deal with the terrorists based in Peshawar (Pakistan). The study noted that intelligence sources were aware that LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s links with LeT continued and there were ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”substantiated reportsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ of the LTTE and LeT exchanging terrorist expertise, LeT supplying arms to the LTTE, and both carrying out joint training. Investigators on June 29, 2012, revealed that LeT militant Faiyaz Kagzi, an accused in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, had given bomb-making training in the Sri Lanka capital, Colombo, in 2008 to German Bakery blast accused Mirza Himayat Baig. Baig was sentenced to death on April 18, 2013.

While all the South Asian countries thus register some presence and activities of the LeT, the group has entrenched roots in Pakistan, where it has flourished under the protection of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The CTC report inferred, on the basis of information gathered about the recruitment base of LeT cadres, that there is probability of an overlap between Pakistan Army recruits and LeT militants:

It is noteworthy that there is considerable overlap among the Districts that produce LeT militants and those that produce Pakistan army officers, a dynamic that raises a number of questions about potentially overlapping social networks between the Army and LeT.

Significantly, Abu JundalƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s disclosures confirm that the Pakistan Government has failed to take action against LeT because it remained loyally ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”pro-PakistanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.

Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, notes that LeT, in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, matured ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-from a Punjabi-based Pakistani terror group targeting India exclusively, to a member of the global Islamic jihad targeting the enemies of al Qaeda: the Crusader West, Zionist Israel, and Hindu IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. The LeT now constitutes an enduring threat, not only to India, but to the world at large. Unless coordinated action is undertaken by all countries afflicted or threatened by this terrorist formation, given the complexity and spread of its networks, it will be a difficult task to neutralize its growing menace.

Stephen Harper fights for Human Rights for Tamils in Sri Lanka , while he violates Human Rights of Canadian aborigine people- the First Nations.

May 6th, 2013

ƒÆ’-¡ By Charles.S.Perera

Why cannot ƒÆ’-¡ Stephen Harper give equal rights to Canadian First Nations, if ƒÆ’-¡ he has given equal rights ƒÆ’-¡ to the Sri Lanka Tamil Community in Canada ?

ƒÆ’-¡ If Stephen Harper has any sense of righteousness,ƒÆ’-¡  his first duty should be to ƒÆ’-¡ remove theƒÆ’-¡  Indian Act of 1876 to give ƒÆ’-¡ the Canadian First NationsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ freedom to move away from their confinement in the ƒÆ’-¡ Reserves.ƒÆ’-¡  Harper should thereafter build them houses, schools, hospitals and give them the ƒÆ’-¡ right to be educated in Universities and find respectable employment, and provide decent living conditionsƒÆ’-¡  and treat them as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-CanadiansƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.ƒÆ’-¡  They deserve it because they were the people who hasƒÆ’-¡  a history of living in Canada for well over ƒÆ’-¡ 12ƒÆ’-¡ 000 years.ƒÆ’-¡  But Stephen Harper ƒÆ’-¡ is instead obeying the demands of theƒÆ’-¡  250ƒÆ’-¡ 000 Sri Lanka Tamils in Canada who had been there for onlyƒÆ’-¡  50 years.

ƒÆ’-¡ Most of what is written in this article ƒÆ’-¡ is what other Canadians say about Stephen Harper-the Prime Minister of Canada who adulates the Sri Lanka Tamils, and asks all Prime Ministers ofƒÆ’-¡  the Commonwealth countries not to attend the CHOGM in Sri Lanka, in obedience to the demands of 250ƒÆ’-¡ 000 Sri Lanka Tamils who had come to Canada only after 1983. They say ƒÆ’-¡ to insult Sri Lanka, thatƒÆ’-¡  Stephen HarperƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s refusal to attend CHOGM in Sri Lanka is aƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- diplomatic slap to Sri Lanka”

A Journalist Rex Murphy wrote toƒÆ’-¡  National Post in ƒÆ’-¡ an article, ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- Rex Murphy:Vilifying Stephen HarperƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ in which he says:

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ThereƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s something about Stephen. His opponents have many names for him ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ the majority of which are, alas, neither flattering nor meant to be.

He is a taciturn schemer, a theocrat mole, loose at the top of the Canadian political system, determined to bend Canada to his grim and twisted design, to curb the liberties of Canadians, to push us and our country back into some fevered neocon darkness. Politically, he is Dick CheneyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s illegitimate son. George W. BushƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s half-brother. HeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s a lackey of the rich, and enemy of all that is good and Canadian. HeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s in the pocket of big oil. He hates baby seals.

My, how the spine chills when some people talk and write about Harper.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Rex Murphy adds:

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- Then there are the many ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-facesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ his enemies attribute to him, among them Conspiracy Harper, Vendetta Harper, Christianist-Harper ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”‚ hope of the hard line, Doomsday-waiting Evangelicals, Secret-Agenda Harper, Tool of Israel Harper, Anti-Democracy Harper, with perhaps a little space for Secret Alberta-Separatist Harper. The caricatures belong more to the old style of detective novel when the villains, projections of untethered fantasy, were eerie amalgams of malice, supernal powers, outlandish ambitions and utterly unbelievable. Harper as Fu Manchu, as it were.

Again he saysƒÆ’-¡ : ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- Hating, mistrusting or dismissing Harper is not a transient phenomenon. A poll as recent as this week, seven years after Mr. Harper took office (during which he has not, contra naturum, transformed Canada into a gulag or prison house for the poor, artists, liberals, greens or whomever he sees as his opponents) reveals a majority of Canadians think he still has that famous but, by definition, unseen hidden agenda. Even though he is Prime Minister and has a majority, many still believe he keeps that damn agenda up his sleeve.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’-¡ Query: WhatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s the point of a hidden agenda that stays hidden? Will it still be hidden when he leaves office? If so, what was or is its point?

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/12/08/rex-murphy-vilifying-stephen-harper/

ƒÆ’-¡ Less than 500 years ago in Canada there were only the aborigines the original inhabitants.ƒÆ’-¡  Today they call themselves the First Nations.ƒÆ’-¡  There are many groups of them. They spoke 53 different languages.ƒÆ’-¡  Scientists affirm that they had lived their for more than 12,000 years.ƒÆ’-¡  Today their populations is about 3.8% of a total of 31million Canadians of which 16.2 % are visible minorities and 80%whites.

ƒÆ’-¡ According to Wikipedia today ƒÆ’-¡ there are 704,851 First Nations (the original aborigines). 57%of them live in Reserves others in larger cities.

ƒÆ’-¡ These people of First Nations live in most pitiable conditions in their racial confinement inƒÆ’-¡  Reserves even without clean drinking water.ƒÆ’-¡  The government does not help developing the reservations into which they have been confined.

ƒÆ’-¡ AccordingƒÆ’-¡  to a reportƒÆ’-¡  by Martin Lukacs in Guardian.co.uk, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Canadians have often turned a blind eye, having been taught to see the rights of aboriginal peoples as a threat to their interests. Dare to restore sovereignty to the original inhabitants, the story goes, and Canadians will be hustled out of their jobs and off the land. Or more absurdly, onto the first ships back to Europe.

ƒÆ’-¡ This reminds of the British Colonial rulers pushing the Sinhala majority into the back ground and pandering to the minorities giving them important places in their Administration.

ƒÆ’-¡ Lukacs further says in his report, that Billions have indeed been spent ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” not on fixing housing, building schools or ending the country’s two-tiered child and services, but on a legal war against aboriginal communities. Every year, the government pours more than $100m into court battles ƒÆ’-¡ to curtail aboriginal rights ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” and that figure alone went to defeating a single lawsuit launched by two Alberta First Nations trying to recover oil royalties essentially stolen by bureaucrats.

ƒÆ’-¡ Cindy Blackstock is a young activist fighting for Aboriginal rights in Canada ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…” she has spent more than five years trying to hold Ottawa accountable for a funding gap on the welfare of aboriginal children in Reserves.

Instead of dealing with that funding gap, Ottawa has spent nearly as long searching for dirt on Blackstock. In total, it has spent more than $3 million trying to derail her bid to have the governmentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s funding policy ruled as discrimination against native children.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/20/canada-first-nations-new-alliance

ƒÆ’-¡ On the contraryƒÆ’-¡  the Sri Lanka Tamils that migrated to Canada after 1983; their numbers today have risen toƒÆ’-¡  250,000.ƒÆ’-¡  They have more opportunities allowed to them than the aborigines First Nations of Canada, who are still living inƒÆ’-¡  the Reserves which they cannot leave under terms of the racistƒÆ’-¡  Indian Act of 1876.

The vast majority of Tamils immigrated to Canada in the last 20 years. Canada is now home to the largest Tamil population outside of Sri Lanka. Within this short period of time, Tamils have established a mounting presence in multiple aspects of Canadian life: business, academic, political and social. The Tamil business community has grown in leaps and bounds, with over 2,000 Tamil-owned businesses in the GTA.

But for the First Nations, the original people of Canada opportunities are not provided by the government purposely forƒÆ’-¡  fear of them one day challenging the government of the Whites. In an article entitled CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s First Nations: A Legacy of Institutional Racism Claire Hutchings opens her article stating:

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Sadly, our history with respect to the treatment of Aboriginal people is not something in which we can take pride. Attitudes of racial and cultural superiority led to a suppression of Aboriginal culture and values.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-As a country, we are burdened by past actions that resulted in weakening the identity of Aboriginal peoples, suppressing their languages and cultures, and outlawing spiritual practices. We must recognize the impact of these actions on the once self-sustaining nations that were disaggregated, disrupted, limited or even destroyed by the dispossession of traditional territory, by the relocation of Aboriginal people, and by some provisions of the Indian Act. We must acknowledge that the result of these actions was the erosion of the political, economic and social systems of Aboriginal people and nations.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

http://www.tolerance.cz/courses/papers/hutchin.htm

It is always a man who has an unsavoury past much to hide who tries to show himself Angel white and pretend to defend people againstƒÆ’-¡  discriminations.ƒÆ’-¡  Stephen Harper falls into this category.

Nick Fillmore in his article ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Is Stephen Harper displaying fascist-like tendencies: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- states :

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.

The regimes viewed human rights as of little value and a hindrance to realizing the objectives of the ruling elite. Through clever use of propaganda, the population was brought to accept these human rights abuses by marginalizing, even demonizing, those being targeted. When abuse was egregious, the tactic was to use secrecy, denial, and disinformation.

Jack Etkin, The Bridge, B.C., March 2011: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Mr. Harper is very likely a war criminal. In Afghanistan, he has forced Canadian troops to give innocent civilians to the Afghan police to be tortured. That is a war crime, but it is never mentioned by the corporate media.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Finally Nick Fillmore, previously an investigative journalist and producer with the CBC, who is a freelance journalist and social activist based in Toronto. Asks:

So how does Harper tally up?

IƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ve ranked, on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 indicating how strongly HarperƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s fascist tendencies are), my own impressions of Stephen HarperƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s actions and policies. Please share your opinions and score in the comments section.

To keep things simple, just cut and paste the chart with my scores into the comments section and add your own scores.

1.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Nationalism: (Nick: 5)

2.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Human Rights: (Nick: 4)

3.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Enemies as scapegoats: (Nick 3)

4.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Supremacy of the Military: (Nick: 5)

5.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Rampant Sexism: (Nick 3)

6.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Controlled Mass Media: (Nick 3)

7.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Obsession with National Security: (Nick 4)

8.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Religion and Ruling Elite tied together: (Nick 0)

9.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Power of Corporations protected: (Nick 6)

10.ƒÆ’-¡  Power of Labour supressed/eliminated: (Nick 5)

11.ƒÆ’-¡  Disdain/suppression of Intellectuals: (Nick 4)

12.ƒÆ’-¡  Obsession with crime/punishment: (Nick 6)

13.ƒÆ’-¡  Rampant cronyism/corruption: (Nick 3)

14.ƒÆ’-¡  Fraudulent Elections: (Nick 4)

NickƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s total: 55

http://canadiandimension.com/articles/4486/

Where are all the human rights activists very active in Geneva to bring resolutions against Sri Lanka, which has no ethnic problem, which had only ƒÆ’-¡ been created by the pro-terrorist Sri Lanka Tamil Diaspora, the racistƒÆ’-¡  TNA and the anti government NGOs .ƒÆ’-¡  On the other hand in Canada there is a very serious problem of violation ofƒÆ’-¡  the human rightsƒÆ’-¡  and the denial of decent living conditions to its aborigines the Original people of the country.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group headed by a Canadian are apparently not as active as they are against Sri Lanka to put right the wrongs that are being committed by Stephen HarperƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Government against the Canadian First Nations.

However, the 2012 Annual report of the Amnesty International states, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-In October, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a hearing into a complaint brought by the Hul-qumiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢num Treaty Group, alleging violations of Indigenous land rights on Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia. A ruling was expected in 2012.

There was little progress in implementing the findings of the Ipperwash Inquiry, set up to examine the fatal police shooting in 1995 of an unarmed Indigenous man during a protest in Ontario. Incidents at the Tyendinaga Mohawk community in Ontario in 2008, in which provincial police pointed high-powered rifles at unarmed protesters and bystanders, and the failure to conduct an impartial review of these incidents, underscored the urgent need for implementation of the Ipperwash findings.

A Truth and Reconciliation Commission, mandated to document and raise awareness of the abuses against First Nations, MƒÆ’†’©tis and Inuit children, and broader harms caused by CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s historic residential school system, held sessions throughout the year.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/canada/report-2012

At the UN Human Rights Council in May, while much publicity was being given to US Resolution against Sri Lanka, the more serious case of Stephen HarperƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Canadian GovernmentsƒÆ’-¡  violation of human rights of the Canadian First Nations went un noticed. In a report under, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- Canada comes under fire at UN Human Rights Council Review it was stated ,

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦..We need to start addressing these things. We are guilty of human rights violations, we have a whole genocide of First Nations and we need to stop the arrogance and be open and critical to ourselves as to why this is,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ said Michelle Robinson, a political analyst.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-This is not democratic this is actually a dictatorship so we do not have the right to point fingers at other peopleƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s human rights violations, said Robinson.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

The Report further state:

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Recently, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was reportedly blocked from entering Canada by its Foreign Minister John Baird.

This comes, as it is reported that three to four million Canadians live in poverty, between 150,000-300,000 people are visibly homeless as well as almost four million residents experience hunger. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’-¡ http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/03/301653/uns-human-rights-council-raps-canada/

MichaƒÆ’†’«lle Jean, a former governor general, is calling for aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians to “pull together” to put an end to living conditions in some First Nations communities that she says are comparable to what she witnessed in Haiti.

In an interview with CBC Radio Montreal’s Daybreak, Jean spoke about the role she played as governor general, the Idle No More movement and the deplorable living standards in many of Canada’s aboriginal communities.

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who has been on a hunger strike since Dec. 11, says she is willing to die for her people and the First Nations people. (CBC)

Jean said she finds it troubling that so many aboriginal people take their lives because of a sense of powerlessness.

She told CBC’s Daybreak that conditions in aboriginal communities, such as a lack of fresh drinking water, are “unacceptable.”

“We have a Third World in Canada, and it’s with our aboriginal peoples,” Jean said.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/01/15/montreal-michaelle-jean-theresa-spence-hunger-strike.html

Despite all this ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-criminal actsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ of the Stephen HarperƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s GovernmentƒÆ’-¡  against the Canadian First Nations, John Baird the Foreign Minister of Canada, had made a strong accusation against Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s failure to be accountable.ƒÆ’-¡  He had said:

ƒÆ’-¡ “It’s not just Canada: the Commonwealth Journalists’ Association; the Commonwealth Human rights Initiative; the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association; the Commonwealth Legal Education Association; the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association; Human Rights Watch, the United Nations Human Rights Council ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” all of these people have come out and unanimously have said that not only has Sri Lanka not made progress, but in many instances, is getting worse.”

Baird appears to think all those Agencies he had mentionedƒÆ’-¡  are sacrosanct and are working on true eye witness evidence of Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s human rights violations.ƒÆ’-¡  But Mr. Baird, all these agencies are funded by the anti Sri Lanka pro-terrorist Tamil diaspora and there is no ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-grainƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ of truth in any one of their accusations. Only way to get at the truth is by visiting Sri Lanka and see the transformation the country has gone through after elimination of terrorism.

If you were to go to Sri Lanka ƒÆ’-¡ John Baird ƒÆ’-¡ you will see for ƒÆ’-¡ yourself how the Communities in Sri Lanka liveƒÆ’-¡  in ƒÆ’-¡ harmony with each other and how every area in Sri Lanka whether with a greater population of Tamils or with a greater ƒÆ’-¡ population of Sinhala and Muslims are being reconstructed and developed with out any discrimination against any ethnic group.ƒÆ’-¡ 

You will surely be ashamed John Baird, seeing ƒÆ’-¡ how Sri Lanka has dealt with the ethnic problem,.ƒÆ’-¡  Where as you, who speak so much against Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s violation of human rights, do not seem to care that you have not been able to take the Canadian First Nations out of their misery living in intolerable inhuman conditions in ƒÆ’-¡ the reservation allocated to them under India Act of 1876, forced to live ƒÆ’-¡ even without fresh water to drink.ƒÆ’-¡ 

John Baird if you were to go you will have lot to learn from Sri Lanka, to solve your own human rights problem with regard to the Canadian First Nations.

Further more you will see for yourself, that the information with ƒÆ’-¡ which your informants the Canadian Tamil Diaspora have been feeding you ƒÆ’-¡ have no iota of truth, and that they have merely taken you up the garden path, and there is absolutely ƒÆ’-¡ nothing for Sri Lanka to face censure by Canada or any other Nation in the World.

Baird has also had said ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- ƒÆ’-¡ the impeachment and sacking three months ago of the countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s chief justice and her replacement with a successor who is close to President Mahinda Rajapakse.” Both of those actions are appalling and they show that not only have we not seen an improvement, we’ve seen a deterioration in recent months and that is causing Canada great concern.”

John Baird in your latter statement you are really interfering in an internal matter of the country, without using your intelligence to understand the situation, but listening to yourƒÆ’-¡  worthless informants who know next to nothing about Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  The CJ is an Government Officer like any other, and if she commits any blameworthy act she has to be punished and in the case of a CJ there are special procedures to be followed ƒÆ’-¡ according to the Constitution of Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  Therefore with regard to the impeachment of the CJ, there ƒÆ’-¡ is nothing for any one to point their finger, as the impeachment had been carried out properly in terms of the Constitution of Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡ 

The President of Sri Lanka ƒÆ’-¡ has the right to appoint any one as the CJ provided he is qualified for the Office.ƒÆ’-¡  The fact that he is close to the President Rajapaksse is a most irrelevant point to raise, ƒÆ’-¡ as being a friend of the President cannot disqualify a person otherwise qualified for the Office.ƒÆ’-¡  The New CJ being Close to the President does not mean that the CJ is going to take directions from the President in his functions as the CJ.

We expect you and Stephen Harper to be more intelligent to take decision on your own without seeking the advise of the worthless ƒÆ’-¡ Canadian Tamil diaspora even if it is to ensure that their vote bank will help you toƒÆ’-¡  be in Government at the next election and thereafter.

Beyond collective egos: Our relational grounds of belonging and faith. -A reply to Sajeeva Samaranayake.

May 6th, 2013

Mario Perera, Kadawata

ƒÆ’-¡ In my opinion, this article (24 Apr, 2013 Sajeeva Samaranayake Colombo, Religion and faith) is an attempt to put India in the spotlight as the founder and sustainer of the Sinhalese Buddhist civilization, more specifically of Sinhalese-ness and Buddhist-ness.. The article comes at a time when the Sri Lanka-India relationship is plummeting to a new low mainly due to the Sri Lanka Tamil and Tamil Nadu factors. If the idea is to restore some equilibrium in that relationship then the attempt is acceptable. What however, seems to me as unacceptable, is the selective erroneous interpretation of history to that end.

ƒÆ’-¡ The author writes: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-For the Sinhala Buddhist today, regaining identity and faith is necessarily bound up with reclaiming a lost inheritance. This inheritance is our cultural relationship with India or Maha Bharata which shaped and moulded our broad sense of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Sinhalese-nessƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Buddhist-nessƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ for 16 centuries through a line of 134 monarchs up to Vijayabahu I (1055-1110 AD).ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’-¡ Indeed for the Sinhala Buddhist today, retaining identity and faith is necessarily bound up with reclaiming a lost inheritance. That this inheritance recalls to mind our cultural relationship with India or Maha Bharata is also true. But the sentence that follows claiming that that relationship: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-shaped and molded our broad sense of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Sinhalese-nessƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Buddhist-nessƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ for 16 centuriesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, is not a historical corollary.

ƒÆ’-¡ The Sinhalese nation was brought into being with a definite purpose which is the protection of the Sasana identifiable with the Sangha. The reply of Arahat Mahinda to King Devanampiyatissa is the ultimate light on the subject. He said: the birth of a son in Lanka of Lankan parents who becomes a monk in Lanka, studies the Vinaya in Lanka, and expounds it in Lanka. Only then would the roots of the Sasana be deep set. The Sri Lankan Bhikkhu Sasana began when Arahat Mahinda arrived in the Island and ordained as a bhikkhu the Sinhala youth Maha Aritta. The purpose of Sinhalese-ness is not living in the shade of India at whatever be the cost, but the protection of the Sasana identifiable with Sangha. That Sasana did not originate the day of Arahat MahindaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s arrival but on the day a son of Lanka became a monk in Lanka, studied and expounded the Vinaya in Lanka. Like the Bodhi tree, Buddhism was planted on local soil, nourished by that very same soil, cared for by local hands, mainly the Sangha.

ƒÆ’-¡ What also came from India was unparalleled death and destruction of that precious heritage. The authors himself puts this on record: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Within 30 years of his (VijayabahuƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s) death rajarata lay in ruins, destroyed by a usurper from Kalinga (modern day Orissa State in India) named Magha who ruled for 19 years from 1215 and brought a proud society to its knees. Lanka never recovered from the multiple losses that took place around this period. But traumatized and shaken by the terror of Magha a new breed of Sinhalese who re-grouped in Dambadeniya set their faces against this cultural relationship. As the centuries wore on the old sense of respect, connection and solidarity became more and more distant.

ƒÆ’-¡ He then adds: and the centre of Sinhalese culture moved from East to West ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” or remained suspended without finding a home in either.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ The center of Sinhalese culture was always Lanka and not a hypothetical EAST. Furthermore that it MOVED to the West is also fallacious. It never moved to the West. Also that culture always had a home, mother Lanka, and never remained suspended anywhere. It certainly did rub shoulders and benefit by western influences, but it never moved to the West as the author implies. It will be remembered that the eyes of the West really turned towards Buddhism after the Panadura Debate which was the exclusive effort of the Sinhala Sangha.

ƒÆ’-¡ There are other statements of the author that cannot go unchallenged. He writes: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-In the First Century BC the BuddhaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s path of freedom was converted to a religion of the book with the codification of the pali canon.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ The Buddhist teachings enhanced by commentaries were put down into writing due to dire historical necessities. Uninterrupted South Indian invasions made existence impossible for the Sangha. The codification of the pali canon was a necessity for the survival of Buddhism which depended entirely on the survival of the Sangha. which was in total disarray due to Indian invasions. It was to safeguard the authenticity of the doctrine that the original language or its closest approximation was used. It was for the same end that the monks perpetuated the learning of pali at great personal sacrifices, and not to show off their erudition. Naturally being the only ones who knew pali, the doctrine had to be expounded with reference to the pali canon. The authorƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s conclusion that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the word of the Buddha the Dhamma and Sangha became the preserve of scholars and priests rather than the living example and striving of practitioners and wandering mendicant monksƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ is a vast subject and exceeds the scope of this reply. What the author conveniently forgets is the role of history as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”magistra vitaeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.The Sinhalese Buddhist civilization did not sprout in a day. It is still flourishing after 2600 years precisely due to the lives and labours of the Sangha. Undermining them is a denial of history.

ƒÆ’-¡ The author goes on to say ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Buddha located the sangha outside society and established small groups of monks who would share close personal relations and perform their bi-weekly uposatha ceremony reciting the code of discipline within their common sima. Most importantly these monks would be a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”state withinƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ who would not share any racial or caste identities with their lay supporters. The Sinhalese located the Sangha within society with a great measure of economic security. They would follow the secular state in creating a hierarchical organization.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’-¡ Once again what is at issue is the misconception or self induced blindness of the author to the weight of ever unfolding history. Just look at how Jesus lived as a vagabond ascetic and how the Pope lives. The King, the Sangha and the Village formed the trilogy on which the Sinhala civilization was built. What has survived of the trio is only the Sangha. The Sinhalese was always a besieged nation, hemmed in by the Indians from one side and from the West on the other side. If the monks opted to live under Bo trees, what would have become of teachings of the Buddha? The author goes into ecstasy over what he considers as the Indian input in creating and fostering Buddhist-ness and Sinhalese-ness. Has he ever brought his mind to bear on what happened to AsokaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Buddhism and Buddhist-ness on that very Indian soil. It simply got wiped away. So the Indian link with Buddhist-ness is a blatant LIE.ƒÆ’-¡  All India did was what Asoka the Buddhist Emperor of India did, that is, transplant the doctrine and provide Lanka with the best known relics of the Buddha. What grew out of that historical and circumscribed concern was a Buddhist-ness and a Sinhalese-ness that has nothing to do with India but which are mainly the creation of the Sinhalese Sangha.

ƒÆ’-¡ The author writes: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Gandhi came closer to BuddhaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s message of peace and compassion than any Sinhala Buddhist has in centuries. Other Asians who trod his path ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Dalai Lama of Tibet, Aung San Sukyi of Burma and Thich Nhat Hanh of Vietnam have raised a standard that infused politics and social work with sanity and intelligence in an age of great arrogance, insanity and greed for power and money. An American preacher called Martin Luther King and the South African Nelson Mandela were all inspired by GandhiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s creed of non violence.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ He does not mention that GandhiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s efforts came to naught with the division of India, and the he died a violent death. So did Martin Luther King whose dream is apparently still on its way to realization with millions of blacks living below the poverty line and in ghettos. As for Mandela he spent 27 years in prison aborted in his attempt to create an armed insurrection. Dali Lanma lives in exile and Aung San Sukyi is only a figure head in the Burmese parliament.

ƒÆ’-¡ The authors declares that: The original and most powerful relationship (of Lanka) was with ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” and this influenced the Sinhala and Buddhist identities both positively and negativelyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ This influenced the Sinhala and Buddhist identities both positively and negativelyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦! Can a Sinhalese with even a rudimentary knowledge of LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s history express such unconditional thoughts? The sweeping statement that India influenced the Sinhala and Buddhist identity is sheer nonsense. Without going back to the mists of time, just think of Tamil separatism and the death and destruction it caused this country. Has the author forgotten IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s role in the 30 year agony this country went through? What they were undermining and trying to destroy was exactly the Sinhalese-ness and the Buddhist-ness which the author attributes to Indian benevolence.

ƒÆ’-¡ The author write: There is no permanent ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”SinhalaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ or ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”BuddhistƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ identity to be found, whether we look at the past or present ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” and there will not be such an identity in future. REALLY? Well wellƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦ He further states: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The attributes and qualities of identity have always been defined relationally and contextually.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ Obviously both religion and nationality, even ethnicity, are relational and contextual. As regards the Sinhalese and Buddhism the Mahavamsa places the relational and contextual in their correct perspectives. According to Mahawamsa the Buddha, on his deathbed, told the Chief among deities, Sakka, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Vijaya, son of king Sihabahu, is come to LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦.. In Lanka, O lord of gods, will my religion be established; therefore carefully protect him with his followers and LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. Lanka therefore is the land of Lord BuddhaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s religion and the land of the Sinhalese, It is the land of both Buddhist-ness and Sinhalese-ness. You may call it myth or whatever but that living message is ingrained in the core of the Sinhala nation, so much so that its vilification by Ponnambalam in Nawalapitiya provoked the first ever race riots of our modern history. He went so fare as to call the Sinhalese ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”a hybrid race of mongrelsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ and himself a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”proud DravidianƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. Tragically for him the hybrid race of mongrels turned the proud Dravidians over on their backs on the Nandikadal Lagoon.

ƒÆ’-¡ Yes, there is a Buddhist identity, just as there is a Hindu, Catholic, and Muslin identity. Furthermore the Buddhist identity is enshrined in our very Constitution. Has the author been to a place of worship of his religious denomination whatever it may be? Do not people flock to Hindu temples, to Catholic and Christian churches, to Muslim mosques and the Buddhist temples? They do so in fearless assertion of their religious identities. As long as the sentiment ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”I amƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ exists within us we will always remain a complex of identities. The author would do well to listen to AmaradevaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s patriotic song: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”sasana vasanaturu, nivan dakina turu, ran ketha hela lak derane yali ipathinnata, hetu vasana vewa, hetu vasana. It is the ardent yearning of every Sinhalese Buddhist to be born and reborn in Lanka and retain his Buddhist-ness andƒÆ’-¡  Sinhalese-ness. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-In Lanka, O lord of gods, will my religion be established; therefore carefully protect him with his followers and LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

The author is trying to deny to the Sinhalese what the Tamils preach from the mountain tops? Did not the infamous S.J.Emmanuel, leader of the GTF (whom Catholics still call ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”fatherƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢) publicly and repeatedly affirm with the full connivance of the entire Catholic hierarchy, that he was a Tamil before becoming a Catholic? What does the author think of the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”diasporaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Tamils? They are caught up in a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”TamilnetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢, arenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t they?

There are other aberrations to be commented on. He writes: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Again, while Buddhist revivalism in the 19th century followed a Christian protestant format with a controlled adversarial spirit the post war Buddhist activism of BBS seems to be taking the intolerant Islamic model of Arabian countries as its guiding model. Taking on the fundamental attributes of those whom we hate, resist and oppose seems to be the fate of all oppositional warriors in the end.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

What model did Duttu Gemunu rely on when he led his armies against the usurper Elara? Was it Protestant or Muslim? That Buddhist revivalism followed a Christian protestant format is the superficial assessment of the historical truth. That format was only for Western consumption. Neither the monks nor the overwhelming majority of Sinhalese had recourse to such models. The author could research for himself as to why Anagarika Dharmapala fell off with Olcott. It was precisely over this so called ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”formatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. Indeed the Venerable Miguettuwatte Gunananda adopted the same ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”formatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ as his Christian pastor opponent during the Panadura debate which goes to show that monks can ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”rise to the occasionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. As for the BBS, they are in the traditional role of Sri Lanka monks who will not leave a stone unturned to ensure that Sri Lanka remains the land of the Sinhalese and the Buddhists, where all others can live and cohabit together as they now do and have ever done, as long as they remember the basic irrevocable attributes of the land they call their home.

There are many other naƒÆ’†’¯ve attempts to make India shine in Lankan eyes. Why does the author not impress Tamil Nadu with those ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”historical relationshipsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ between India and Sri Lanka? They might desist from hammering our monks and pilgrims who only want to visit Bodhi Gaya, the holiest of holies of Buddhism. Does not our Buddhism and Buddhist-ness (leaving aside our Sinhalese-ness) owe their existence and continuance to the gracious patronage of India, as the author opines? It is unfortunate that India does not realize what appears to be dogma for the Sinhalese author.

ƒÆ’-¡ Indeed I too dream of a day when as W.S.Senior prophesized, all nations would be blended and the voice of strife be dumb: when all would rise to a single bugle and march to a single drum. But as for now, and as the French say: cƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢est pas demain la veille (its not tomorrow the eve).

ƒÆ’-¡ Mario Perera

Kadawata

MOTHER LANKA COMMITS HARA-KIRI

May 6th, 2013

Malin Abeyatunge

President Rajapaksa in the recent past has been telling the people that Northern Provincial Council(NPC) elections will be held in September under 13 Amendment. If NCP elections are held and the onetime LTTE proxy TNA wins (not if, they will most certainly will) on the very next day the patriotic tabloids if there are any, would carryƒÆ’-¡  the headlines asƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Mother Lanka commits hara-kiri (ritual suicide) being unable to bear the pain of seeing that she will be dissected into ethnic enclavesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

There is no doubt that TNA is going to win as unlike the Sinhalese, the Tamils will vote only to a Tamil whatever the party is. How much the Tamil population in the North is showered with milk & honey, houses, hospitals, schools, water, electricity, opportunities of employment and self-employment and building infrastructure by the Government, rescuing 283000 Tamils held hostage by the LTTE, still they will forget all good things done by the Rajapaksa Government and vote forƒÆ’-¡  TNA who did nothing to uplift their lives but instead supported LTTE to keep the Tamils under the jackboots of LTTE leaders. The government should understand this stark truth before having elections in the North. The UPFA should not take it for granted that the Tamils will vote for UPFA candidates leaving out TNA despite the excellent development taking place in the North for the upliftment of the Tamils.

Thousands of Sinhala Ranaviruwan sacrificed their lives and thousands became disabled from all forces in protecting the territorial integrity and unitary status of Mother Lanka. Whilst all Sri Lankan are enjoying the dividends of peace, their sacrifices would be in vain ifƒÆ’-¡  NPC elections are held under 13A and handover the NPC to TNA Eelamists on a platter. Same way when Varadharaja Perumal declared Unilateral Declaration of Independence in the Eastern ProvinceƒÆ’-¡  (though quashed), TNA will declare Unilateral Declaration of Eelam in the Northern Province next morning and implement police and land powers and opt for secession from the Government. They will get hundred precent backing from Tamil Nadu, India and the western countries who have vested interest with the Tamil Diaspora. If such a situation arises, is the government ready with a strategy to quell such situation? Can we have faith that if TNA wins that they will give up its clamour for a separate State? If we observe the behavioural pattern of the TNA over the past few years in domestic politics and in the international arena, they have been propagating separatism with the support of western countries like US, UK, Canada, some EU countries and India, we cannot expect TNA to give up PrabhkaranƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Eelam dream.

If the NCP elections are held under the present constitution, itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s the death knell of a one nation and its hara-kiri for Mother Lanka. This catastrophe can be avoidedƒÆ’-¡  only if (1) abrogate the 13 Amendment before the NPC election is held or(2) as an immediate measure, withdraw the police and land powers in the 13 Amendment-so that it will be a deterrent to declare secession and in such a situation the Government can interfere to quell such attempt.

Let us all get together and pray that the President will be blessedƒÆ’-¡  with extra courage and prudence to save Mother LankaƒÆ’-¡  from committing suicide.

 

 

The Buddhist world must rally around Burma (Myanmar)

May 6th, 2013

Shenali Waduge

ƒÆ’-¡ The roots of the worldƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s troubles lead to Britain

Colonial apologists are unlikely to agree but in looking deeper to understand the dynamics that continue to rip continents, regions and nations apart, it is the policies adopted by the British in all of the nations they conquered and ruled that are to be blamed. Myanmar is no exception. Its land was demarcated to the advantage of the British, it flooded Burma with foreign labor giving rise to the question of citizenship and controversy surrounds deaths of BurmaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s leader Gen. Aung Sun (father of Aun Sui ki) as in the case of CongoƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s martyr Patrice Lumumba and UN chief Dag Hammerskjold and probably many more foreign leaders. Now using media at its disposal and organizations that work to uphold the interest of the West, the entire agenda revolves round in blaming nations for the troubles the British created and the demands to re-enter these countries to create the second-phase of troubles. In all cases since Britain has escaped accountability for its crimes against humanity an International Truth Commission must be established to bring to light these sordid truths.

Scenario faced by Third World

The ancient bastions are falling, countries are being broken up or separated, people are coerced into treating friends as foes and arms are generously supplied to ensure a handful profit, cultures and ancient religions are being dehumanized all in pursuit of the re-entry of those that inflicted barbaric rule under colonial presence. The neo-colonials are returning to haunt the nations they plundered ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Burma is the next stop and Buddhists of the world cannot remain silent to BurmaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s plight. The Buddhist world must rally round Burma unequivocally.

BurmaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s history goes back to the 2ndƒÆ’-¡ century B.C. with the earliest inhabitants ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the Pyu who were all followers of Buddhism. The Burmese resisted efforts by British, Dutch and Portuguese traders to establish posts along the Bay of Bengal since 1612 resulting in 3 Anglo-Burmese wars first of which was in 1824.

Burma was annexed to India in 1886 creating a separate colony in 1937 with the Burma Act. In separating India from Burma the British did as they have done in all of its other territories ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” creating administrative boundaries that would ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-createƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ future troubles.

BurmaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s case was no different.

Thus the Chin, Kachins and Naga tribes were divided between the two nations of India and Burma (Chin Hills Regulation). This was made clear when in 1941, Sir Robert Reid declared ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-they (the Chin, Kachin and Naga) are not Indian in any sense of the word, neither in origin nor in outlook, and it is a historical accident that they have been taken into an Indian provinceƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. Nevertheless, dividing of these people has created political tensions between Indian and Burmese Governments. Even at Independence the British did not define IndiaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s and BurmaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s boundary and the 872mile boundary was only marked on 10 March 1967.

Then there is the 220km dividing Burma and Bangladesh. The Chittagong Hill Tracts (hereafter CHT), an area of 13,295 square kilometers, is the south eastern part of Bangladesh, bordering the Arakan and Chin States of Burma, and Tripura and Mizoram States of India ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” originally this was no so. The British annexed the CHT area in 1860 and created an autonomous administrative district known as “The Chittagong Hill Tracts” within the undivided British Bengal. British enacted the Regulation 1 of the 1900 Act in order to protect the Jumma people from economic exploitation of non indigenous people. The majority of Jummas in the CHT are Buddhists. When the independent state of Bangladesh was created in 1971 the Mukti Bahini (Bangladesh liberation) force began to attack the Jummas. In the late 1970s President Zia sponsored migration of Muslim Bangladeshi settlers into the CHT. This programme was not made public but sponsored migration is now acknowledged resulting in Bangladeshi Muslims making up 1/3 of the CHT population.ƒÆ’-¡ 

Al-Rabita, a Saudi government funded NGO, is the main Islamic missionary organisation rooted in Wahhbism which is active in the region, backed by the military, it is entrusted with the Islamisation of the region. In 1986, within a period of eight months 54 Buddhist temples have been destroyed and 22 Hindu temples were burnt down by the Bangladesh military. Since 1980s through 1990s there have been 13 major massacres all targeting Jummas. That is because the Chittagong Hill Tracts were once under BurmaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s topography until Britain decided to change that to its advantage under calculated annexations. Fears have foundations.

Similar historical ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-accidentsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ created by the British are many. ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

It was the British that brought Muslims as labor from India (Bangladesh) to Burma and it was on this ground that the Burmese deny citizenship to Rohingyas who cannot show ancestry before 1823 as there were no reference to Rohingyas in the census. The RohingyasƒÆ’-¡ are linguistically related to the Indo-Aryan peoples ofƒÆ’-¡ IndiaƒÆ’-¡ andƒÆ’-¡ BangladeshƒÆ’-¡ (as opposed to the mainly Sino-Tibetan languages of Burma).

Moreover, theƒÆ’-¡ term Rohingyas cannot be found in any historical source in any language before the 1950s.ƒÆ’-¡ The 500,000 Muslims in Burma in 1921 more than half were Indian Muslims. The Indian incursions to Burma were all encouraged by Britain with the purpose intent of creating discord. Riots did result in 1930 because British firms were employing Indians in Burma. Then in 1938 still under British rule was the anti-Muslim riots because of the favoritism which led to a campaign called Burma for Burmese Only.ƒÆ’-¡ Now the argument is ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” if the British brought these Rohingyas into Burma to create dissent it is Britain that must provide citizenship to all these Rohingyas in Britain for making their life hell as well as for Burma too. It is time Britain owned up to all its dirty tricks through centuries of manipulations. Why do the mainstream media and international human rights organizations refrain from making these realities known?

A hallmark of British rule throughout its colonies was selective economic prosperity that has inculcated a breed of colonial servants ever ready to function as sepoys (servants of a foreign occupier working against indigenous people). There are many citizens of post-independent colonies particularly in the Indian sub ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” continent who mentally prefer to live under white rule still and explains why they are directly and indirectly involved in destabilizing operations promoted and funded by the West, and publicly advocate re- colonization efforts by the latter.

It comes as no surprise that both Western nations and USA based Christian evangelicalƒÆ’-¡  organizations continue to supply funds and arms to various ethnic groups e.g. Karen tribes and Middle Eastern oil rich nations e.g. Saudi Arabia, support Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State in a variety of ways making these nations virtually ungovernable. Just like how CIA funds the American Society for a Free Asia that gives arms, military training, financial assistance and even air support to Tibet dissidents and training in the US. Can we blame ChinaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s caution when declassified US documents reveal that millions of US public funds have been given to Dalai Lama personally through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Similarly, BurmaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s opposition is supported through the US embassy in Yangon and assistance given through the Centre for Applied Non-Violence Action and Strategies that prides itself in overthrowing popular independent governments of non ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” aligned states.

Burma can pride itself as the only nation that refused to be subservient and servile to its colonial master when it refused to become a member of the British Commonwealth in 1947 as well as refuse economic handouts by World Bank ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the response to this was to use the international media to subject Burma to a dirty game of denigration, shaming and demonizing the countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s leaders and depicting nothing but brutality and the marketing of the slogan ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-democracyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” we saw the democracy that the West gave Iraq, Libya, Kosovo and Egypt! The angst against Aung San Suu Kyi is her proximity and close relations with the British and other former colonial countries, including USA, and her image as an embodiment of unashamed subservience to foreign corporate commands when Burma has been battling to be the master of its own country. When President Obama made his firstƒÆ’-¡ overseas trip to Burma and called Aung San Suu Kyi his ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-personal heroƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ there is little left for others to imagine where Burma will head and in which direction, and it is unlikely to be any different to India under Sonia Gandhi, the uncrowned (Italian born) empress of India.

It is amidst these controversies that speculation has been raised by the BBC investigation itself as to the complicity of Britain in the murder of Gen. Aung San, father of Aung San Suu Kyi in view of the close links between the convicted assassins, the chief Conspirator U Saw (leading Burmese politician and protƒÆ’†’©gƒÆ’†’© of British colonial authorities), and British officials who engineered a raid on the Burmese Army Ordnance Depot in Rangoon, and then handed over the weapons stolen i.e. Sten Guns and ammunition, to the would be assassins. This has been established by research conducted by BBC on declassified information released by the British Government.ƒÆ’-¡  How many other conspiracy theories are there involving the West in the deaths of Third World leaders – this means the killers are still at large or have died without being held to account for their crimes and an International Tribunal on Truth and Justice must be established to unearth the evidence and reveal the truth.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA808B2DDEBBCFEE7

It is distressing to note of the role of the international news media i.e. Western news agencies and press, and their unabashed agents in the local media scene, being engaged in deliberate distortion, fabrication and slantingƒÆ’-¡  of news stories and incidents taking place in third world countries with a view to advancing the interests of Western imperial agendas. This gives a totally wrong picture to the readers and creates further tensions amongst communities.

Not many people are actually aware that Rohingyas are originally from Bangladesh and it is the Bangladeshi Government that must take responsibility of them. However, the manner in which the British purposely carried Muslim labor into Burma to change the demographics of the country requires that Britain take sole responsibility. If Rohingyas are unhappy in Burma in view of the Burmese not wishing to accept them as indigenous people, then it is up to the British Government to admit their wrongs, apologise to the Burmese Govt. and people, and then offer Rohingiyas scope for immigration to the UK.

Far above all these remedies what is long overdue is the need for an International Truth Commission that would bring to light all of the dirty tricks and calculated manipulations committed in British colonies by the British East India Company and later by the British Colonial authorities and to finally award redress and compensation including an apology for the atrocities that resulted and continue to take place as a result.

In the current context, Sri Lanka as a fellow Theravada Buddhist nation needs to stand by Burma together hand in hand in its hour of need and must give leadership to rally all other Buddhist nations and Buddhist communities to offer their support for a nation that is soon targeted for either regime change or balkanization in view of BurmaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s border links to China. The collapse of Buddhist Burma may trigger a domino effect in what is left of the remaining Buddhist nations in Asia.

In times of trouble not long ago, Sri Lanka was in need of friends and we knew the difficulties that friends had to come to our aid ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” we should not cower any longer.

ƒÆ’-¡ 

 

Continuing the review of Dayan Jayatilleka’s book, Long War, Cold Peace — Part II- Searching for ethics in a five-month war

May 5th, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Of the many tangled and intertwining issues that are bound to sprout from the 33-year-old war there are only two serious questions worth asking for those pursing reconciliation, peace, justice, understanding the past and, above all, the ethics of the overwhelming violence that impacted on all communities: 1. was the war declared by the Tamil leadership in the Vadukoddai Resolution of May 14, 1976 necessary? and 2. what did the Tamil leadership, which insisted on waging war rejecting national and international offers of peace even on the banks of Nandikadal, achieve in dragging the Tamil people from Vadukoddai in May 14, 1976 to Nandikadal in May 18, 2009 — 33 years in all, give or take a few days?
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Of all the communities only the Jaffna Tamil leadership decided deliberately to go down the path of violence. Unlike the JVP uprisings which were confined to the south, the north-south conflict affected all communities cutting across all geographical boundaries. Any critical moral issue arising from the Vadukoddai violence that ravaged our times must necessarily begin from these two questions. The Vadukoddai violence determined the political landscape for 33 years. Every other issue is secondary to these two central questions in judging the Vadukoddai violence which they claimed were political and security imperatives needed for their survival. Opting for the military solution was the last resort they said and they stuck to their military solution to the dying days. After Nandikadal they have to ask whether Vadukoddai violence that reigned supreme under their quasi-state gave them the political and personal security which, they said, could not be found under “Sinhala governments”.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Since the military option was their calculated choice, when there were alternatives available in the mainstream to work out pragmatic compromises, they should also ask who should be held responsible for the unleashing of violence of the longest running war in Asia and its consequences. It was they who set their own political goals. They adopted the military solution. They mobilised their forces. They financed and directed their violence. They lost and it is “the Sinhala-Buddhist” governments that are blamed for their intransigent Vadukoddai violence and failure to achieve their political illusions.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Besides, Sri Lanka is facing the current international backlash mainly on this issue of the ethics of combating the Vadukoddai violence unleashed by the northern leadership. Oddly enough, the accusations against the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) are based not on the entire duration of the devastating war but only on the last five months of the 33-year-old war. Sri Lanka should go down in the Guinness Book of Records for being the only country in history that is judged on the last five months of any war. Picking five months out of a 33-year-old war makes no sense, particularly if the aim is to evaluate the ethics of the violence on all sides. Why were the preceding 32 years and seven months excluded from the political equation of the UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka? Why did India and the West, prime movers of the UNHRC resolution, set the agenda of judging GOSL only on the last five months of a 33-year-old war? What is the rationale? Where is the justification to exclude the preceding years, months and days? Who benefits from this time frame?
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Isn’t the focus on the last five months a devious attempt to blame only GOSL and exonerate all the other actors who were a part of the war, including India, that began with the Vadukoddai Resolution in 1976? There were, of course, sporadic killings like that of Alfred Duraiyappah in 1975. But the endorsement of Tamil violence against a democratically elected state was formally, officially and collectively passed by the Tamil leadership that gathered in Vadukoddai. And to this day it remains the guiding and critical point of reference for Jaffna Tamil politics.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Clearly, any rational attempt to examine the ethics of violence should begin from May 14, 1976. To limit any examination to only five months is a mockery. There could be several reasons for this arbitrary limitation. If it goes beyond the last five months will not India — one of the principal movers of the anti-Sri Lankan resolution — also be dragged in for the war crimes and the crimes against humanity committed by the IPKF forces in Jaffna? Will not the West that provided safe havens for the LTTE agents to collect funds ( $300 million annually, according Janes’ Weekly) also be found guilty of violating UN Security Council Resolutions (particularly 1373) that prohibited the funding, propagandizing, procuring arms in any part of the world for terrorism ? Isn’t this a deliberate attempt to avoid facing the critical issues that pins the blame on the Tamil leadership, as outlined in the two questions above?
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Tamil Tiger terrorism, like all other raging terrorist movements, could not have gone as far as it went, without the help of the international actors like India, the West and the Tamil diaspora. The UN report states that GOSL, the LTTE and the UN are responsible for what happened in the last five months of the war. Yet the finger-pointing in the UNHRC resolution is directed only at GOSL. There are no punitive measures or naming and shaming of the others on the same scale as the GOSL. So why is everybody picking on Sri Lanka only? Should not the finger-pointing be distributed equally to all involved, including India?
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ After the injection of militarism embedded in the Vadukoddai Resolution, together with the internationalising of Jaffna Tamil politics, Sri Lanka has been the victim of the diverse manipulations, interventions, plots and conspiracies to undermine its sovereignty and independence. The first massive assault on Sri Lanka’s sovereignty began with the unprincipled, imperialistic interventions of India, posing as our best friend and neighbour. It is universally acknowledged that the prime source of armed Tamil terrorism, on an organised scale, was India. TIME magazine was the first to expose internationally the Indian bases for Tamil terrorism in its one and only cover story on Sri Lanka. If Indira Gandhi did not activate the RAW to destabilize Sri Lanka then Sri Lanka would not be facing the Indian charges levelled at the UNHRC. India first creates the conditions for the violations of human rights and then accuses the Sri Lankan victims of its imperialistic provocations of betraying the international humanitarian law.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ India is the mother that bred the Tamil Tiger cubs. India exported two powerful forces to Sri Lanka: 1. Buddhism and 2. Prabhakaranism. Sri Lanka built a great civilisation based on Buddhism. But Prabhkaran was exported to destroy all that was built by Buddhism. So isn’t it morally outrageous for India to move a resolution in the UNHRC accusing Sri Lanka of not ending terrorism according to international humanitarian law? To begin with, what international law did it observe when it dropped parippu in Jaffna violating Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity? India’s claim to moral purity in foreign affairs, particularly in dealing with its SAARC neighbours, can be as credible and acceptable as their attempt to make the Indian excreta found in practically every street corner, running down from the bottom of Himalayas to the tip end of Tamil Nadu, smell like roses.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Confining moral judgement just to five months is counter-productive to peace and reconciliation. Can the victims of Vadukoddai violence that ran for 33 years be reconciled with an international inquiry that probes only five months? Besides, it is a blunt refusal to come to terms with our collective memory / history.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ The two questions (stated above) also relate directly to my friend Dayan Jayatilleka whose Ph D thesis was on the ethics of violence. He, of course, is more focused on the ethics of the revolutionary violence of “Saint Castro” (p.253) which, I believe, is elevated by him to be of superior kind than any other kind of political violence. It is not my intention to go into Castro’s saintliness now. Since the violence of the 33-year-old war is closer to our existential experiences he has a moral obligation to focus on the ethics of violence in our times in his latest book, Long War, Cold Peace, particularly the 33-year-old Vadukoddai violence which touched all our lives.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Dayan does touch on the intensity and increased casualties in the last stages of the war but only from one angle. He says: “Fascists launch a final surge before they lose wars” (p.248). So do democratically elected governments before they win wars. Wars intensify in the last stages because it is a matter of life and death for both sides. In fact, it is because the fascists (including the LTTE) launch their final surge that the governments are forced to retaliate with pulverising force as in Dresden and in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ I am not saying like Gordon Weiss, the UN representative in Sri Lanka in the last stages of the war, Frances Harrison of BBlC, Channel 4 and other anti-Sri Lankan media and academia that GOSL forces conducted the war in the last five months trying to do a Hiroshima or Nagasaki. On the contrary, the Sri Lankan forces were commended for their restraint by no less authorities than the American Ambassador Robert Blake and the ICRC head, Jacques de Maio. In a confidential embassy cable (Wikileak 09 COLOMBO 86) to Washington on January 26, 2009 Blake wrote that the Army has a generally good track record of taking care to minimize civilian casualties during its advances.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Later in July 2009 US Ambassador John Clint Williamson, Ambassador- at- Large for War Crimes, met and discussed the recent fighting in Sri Lanka with several INGO heads in Geneva, Switzerland. One of these heads was Jacques de Maio, the ICRCƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Head of Operations for South Asia. Whilst discussing potential violations of International Humanitarian Law, Jacques de Maio noted (as revealed revealed in Wikileak 09 GENEVA 584) that the Sri Lankan military was somewhat responsive to accusations of violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and was open to adapting its actions to reduce casualties. [...] He could cite examples of where the Army had stopped shelling when ICRC informed them it was killing civilians. In fact, the Army actually could have won the military battle faster with higher civilian casualties yet chose a slower approach which led to a greater number of Sri Lankan military deaths.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ In the same cable, Jacques de Maio had this to say about the LTTE and its strategies : On the LTTE, de Maio said that it had tried to keep civilians in the middle of a permanent state of violence. It saw the civilian population as a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-protective assetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬and kept its fighters embedded amongst them. De Maio said that the LTTE commanders’ objective was to keep the distinction between civilian and military assets blurred
This is culled from Introducing “Numbers Game” — A detailed Study of Eelam War IV, a thorough and compelling investigation into the myths of the final offensive, written by Michael Roberts. See http://www.scribd.com/doc/132499266/The-Numbers-Game-Politics-of-Retributive-Justice OR http://www.margasrilanka.org/

These objective reports confirm that the GOSL forces were not bent on bombing the Tamil civilians, locked by Prabhakaran inside his self-serving human shield, into the Stone Age. Besides, in the last stages there was undoubtedly a positive result that worked for the Tamil civilians: it was the retaliatory fire-power of the Forces that weakened the resistance of the LTTE and enabled the Tamil civilians to vote with their feet and run away from the grip of Prabhakaran. If the final offensive was not launched the Tamil civilians would still be prisoners of Prabhakaran with the I/NGO’s and other moralists blaming the GOSL for not negotiating a peace with intransigent Prabhakaran.

On any cost-benefit ratio it can be argued that the gains of ending the war in May 2009 saved more lives than halting it to save the lives sacrificed in ending the war. In any case, halting the war to save the lives would not have resulted in peace or saving lives for the simple reason that militaristic Prabhhakaran would never have accepted defeat in the battlefield and agreed to play second fiddle within a united Sri Lanka. Nor could he survive in non-violent, competitive politics in the democratic mainstream. As revealed in his past, from the time he killed Alfred Duraiyappah in 1975, he could maintain his authoritarian style of governing only on violence.

Clearly, the claims of saving lives by halting the last offensive would never have materialised as long as belligerent Prabhakaran was alive. At best it could have only postponed the inevitable show down where both sides would fight to a finish. The military situation had a reached a decisive peak and neither side was in the mood to return to barracks. What happened on the banks of Nandikadal is what has happened in all wars and what will continue to happen in all future wars. Irrespective of the pieties declared in the UN Charter, Geneva Conventions, R2P, the Treaty of Rome, and other instruments of peace nothing has contained the intensity of wars in the last stages and nothing is likely to do so. That is the inescapable law of war. So when US, India, I/NGOs, Tamil diaspora accuse GOSL of violating international humanitarian law in defeating terrorism they are resorting to the usual humbuggery of telling Sri Lanka not to do what they do but to do what they say.

ƒÆ’-¡ The only way to avoid such a catastrophic end is not to launch wars which the Jaffna Tamil leadership did in 1976. After all wars are waged to achieve what can’t be achieved through non-violent means. And if the war-mongers and their abettors fail to achieve their declared objectives through organised violence (i.e., war) who should be held responsible for the carnage? And also how fair is it to draw the ethics and the judgments by limiting the violence of a 33-year-old war to just five months?
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Probing the two questions stated above could go a long way to find the answers to peace, justice, reconciliation and the ethics of Vadukoddai violence. Of course, such a quest cannot be confined to the last five months of the war, starting from January 2009 to May 2009. But that is precisely what has happened in the post-Nandikadal politics cranked up by the high priests of morality in the I/NGOs and their paymasters in the anti-Sri Lankan Western governments. All relevant issues, together with the violence of the 33-year-old war, have been brushed aside and the issue of violence in the last five months alone has been raised within days of ending the war as if the preceding years of war were conducted by angels sitting on pin heads.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ After his role in the UNHRC in 2009 Dayan mission subsequently should have been to confront the issue of ethics in violence of the 33-year-old war confined to five months. The issue of violence in the last five months has been over-rated, exaggerated and blown out of proportion as if no other war had ever escalated violence in the last stages. Dayan could have rendered a great service to scholarship alone had he shone his searchlight on this critical issue and clarified the ethical content that has kicked up so much dust internationally.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Regretfully, he either skips or pussyfoots around the historical roots of the violent path taken by the Jaffna leadership, at a time when they were still in the democratic mainstream, hanging on to their seats in the Parliament, with one foot in the “Sinhala governments” and the other foot in the Vadukoddai violence. The path was always open for the Jaffna Tamil elite to follow the pragmatic leadership of the other two Tamil-speaking communities — the Muslims and Indian Tamils — eschewing mono-ethnic extremism and negotiating their way non-violently to resolve differences with the majority Sinhalese, avoiding the bloody Vadukoddai route.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Dayan too agrees that “there is a need for conceptual clarity on these different, yet intersecting, forms of political violence of non-state-actors.” (p.2), Unfortunately, instead of going directly into the roots of Vadukoddai violence he goes to dissect hairs of terrorism and liberation movements and gets lost in “treating terrorism as either a problem of criminal law or a problem law of war.” As usuay he tends to box Sri Lanka in Western categories without analysing the crisis within the Sri Lanka context. This is like Mao writing his famous Hunan report on the conditions of the farms in Yorkshire without going deep into the prevailing Chinese realities. Mao’s opening line reads: “During my recent visit to Hunan I made a first-hand investigation of conditions in the five counties of Hsiangtan, Hsianghsiang, Hengshan, Liling and Changsha.” Dayan talks of the interventions he made in Paris and elsewhere in debates with foreign lecturers etc. Mao, of course, was at an advantage because he never went out of China like Chou En-lai etc.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Like all left-wing intellectuals Dayan exposes his proclivity to repeat the cliches, slogans and propaganda, with a few variations, in his segment titled: Roots of the Crisis (p.34). I do not know whether it is intellectual sloth, sloppiness or a stubborn refusal to recognise the realities which contradict their anti-Sinhala-Buddhist dogma but they all either go for the mono-causal theory of blaming the south exonerating the north, or, like Dayan, state that it is not “either/or” but “and/and”. Of course, there is nothing original in recalling either stances. However, in the case of Dayan, after saying “and/and”, he blames D. S. Senanayake and S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike for breaking the Social Contract which has to be an Ethnic Contract in a polyethnic society (p. 37 — Long War, Cold Peace). Perhaps unwittingly, here he reverts to Tamil slogans repeating the “either/or” mantra.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ He says that “DS” sundered the Social Contract first by introducing the bill to define who Sri Lanka’s citizens should be — a task performed by every state that had to redefine the nation by defining its citizens first in the post-colonial era. He also admits that it was not done by “sinister ethnic motivations”. He, however, does not admit that it was done with the advice and consent of G. G. Ponnambalam, the acknowledged leader of the Jaffna Tamils of the time. If the recognised and elected leaders of all communities — G. G. Ponnambalam and T. B. Jayah — voted for the citizenship act how can it be a sundering of the Ethnic Social Contract?
ƒÆ’-¡ 
He also refuses to recognise that though Chelvanayakam objected and broke away from Ceylon Tamil Congress to beat his arch rival Ponnambalam and become the sole representative of the Jaffrna Tamils, the Indian government agreed to take back the Indian estate workers who did not qualify for citizenship as citizens of India. One significant factor ignored by Dayan is that Chelvanayakam was promoting his mono-ethnic extremist politics by pretending to be the champion of Indian estate workers. Though he championed the citizenship of Indian to increase the vote bank of the Tamils through his pan-Tamil-speaking movement (Thamil Payasoom Makkal), (p. 70 – S. J. V. Chelvanayakam and the Crisis of Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism, 1947 – 1977, A Political Biography, A.J. Wilson) which never took off, he would not give his daughter in marriage to an Indian “coolie”.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Dayan also does not concede that D. S. Senanayake was committed to multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society and laid the foundations for communal harmony by inviting and incorporating all ethnic leaders in his first Cabinet. And, just to take one example, “DS” set up a multi-ethnic committee (including Ponnambalam) to design the national flag which gave the highest place of respect and dignity to all major minorities, the Tamils and Muslims. He did not remove Section 29 which was introduced into the Constitution as a safety net for minorities. He did not threaten the ethnic composition of the public service — a domain dominated by the English-speaking Vellahla elite (p.140 – Wilson). In fact, “DS’s” Permanent Secretary, the highest office in public service, was Sir. Kandiah Vaithianathan. He did not introduce Sinhala Only legislation. He did not change the colonial adminstration one bit and, to all intents and purposes, he retained all the colonial traditions, including English language, which should not have caused any concern to any minority group.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ But one year after independence — on December 18, 1949, to be precise, and long before the Tamils’ bete noir, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike came on the scene — S. J. V. Chelvanayakam broke away from the Ceylon Tamil Congress, headed by G. G. Ponnambalam, and drove peninsular politics into mono-ethnic extremism by launching his Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (Tamil State Party) on the pretext of defending the franchise of the Indian workers. Like all Jaffna Tamil politicoes he saw every act of the centre as an anti-Tamil act. For instance, G. G. Ponnambalam, the father of the cry of discrimination, went before the Soulbury Commission and complained that the cooperative movement was set up to undermine the Tamil traders! Chelvanayakam painted the citizenship bill as an anti-Tamil act when the Marxists and the respected academics Dayan quotes agree that it was a class act. So what is the rationale for a “political scientist” like Dayan to blame “DS” for breaking the Ethnic Social Contract when he himself cites evidence to prove that it was a class act. I do not want to deal with the most distorted aspects of Bandaranaike’s policies which Dayan had swallowed hook, line and sinker. The tragedy is that he had swallowed it not out of ignorance but because he feels that it would undermine his dogged stance of blaming the “Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinists”.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ These historical and political inaccuracies devalues him and his book. He tries hard to balance his position between the two major contending forces. But the balancing in the generalised statements is contradicted in the details and, as they say, the devil is always in the detail. The worst is that he does not know he is eating his own words when the details contradict the generalisations. I must, however, concede that he excels in his analysis of the period when Tamil politics was dominated by Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Pol Pot of Asia.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ Dayan and I have been on the same page in the post-JRJ period. We both backed presidents Ranasinghe Premadasa and Mahinda Rajapakse. We both defended the nation against the terrorist onslaught of Prabhakaran. He defended from the left. I defended from the centre-right. I even defended him once when he was attacked by Anton Balasingham, the LTTE ideologue, who wrote under the pseudonym Bramagiani in his father’s magazine, Lanka Guardian. But we part company when it comes to his analyses of foreign policy (e.g, like “Saint Castro”) or his blinkered view of national history and politics. Nor do I agree with his mantras to solve or manage the north-south crisis. I disagree with him on the issue of 13th Amendment. He is wedded to it. I am not.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ That’s another issue that will have to wait till I deal with it in next article.
ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ To be continued

The nation waits for closure

May 5th, 2013

Nimal Fernando

ƒÆ’-¡  The nation waits for closure. Stepping back … and looking at the larger picture, it could be argued that this has been some decades in coming …. It could be argued, also, that Sri Lanka is closer than ever before, at this moment in time, to this long-elusive goal.

History tells us that such ‘moments in time’ for so many nations around the world, have not lasted long. Which is why time is of the essence for Sri Lanka to finally put the ethnic issue behind it. Doing so will decidedly demand an end to false starts and half-measures; appeasements and political expediency; tolerance of extremists anywhere; and shameful winks and nods to foreign interests.

It is easy to imagine that many Sri Lankan hearts — not Sinhalese, Tamil, Moor, Burgher or other hearts –but Sri Lankan hearts, must necessarily sink every time that larger picture is looked at. Because, among so many other elements, what it shows is how some well-meaning prime ministers and presidents tried half-hearted experiments; kept searching for misplaced political will; let themselves be held hostage by chauvinist elements.

In the final analysis, the only reckoner is political will. And fortunately for Sri Lanka, that same political will that others lacked, seems to be in ample supply among the Brothers Rajapaksa — especially the president and the defence secretary.

A report in Lankaweb bears ample testimony to this. A part of this report went thus:ƒÆ’-¡  [A foreign correspondent, who interviewed Gotabhaya very aggressively today, asked him why Sinhalese are settling down in predominantly Tamil areas, to which Gotabhaya reacted very appropriately and told him that any citizen can buy property and settle down anywhere in the country he wants. He then pointed out to him that many years ago, there were no Tamils in the Hambantota area but now there are. So why cannot there be Sinhalese in the North, to which the correspondent had no answer.

ƒÆ’-¡ MR has said officially that the LTTE, which failed to achieve its goal militarily, is now trying to achieve the same goal through different means. The fact that MR has realized that is in itself an assurance to the majority Sinhalese that constitute 75% of the nation. On the question of national security and respect for sovereignty, both MR and Gota have scored very heavy points. Now couple that with what MR had to say through his secretary about the part that India played in her conspiracy against Sri Lanka at a recentbook-launching ceremony. The result has been that we have received no more insults from India and they have stopped ordering us to take the initial step that will lead to the partitioning of the country. The government has scored heavily on these points.]

It is abundantly clear that the path to an enduring solution, to lasting peace and sustained development, lies in inclusion, not in any measure that sets the minority apart as the ‘other’. Such inclusion also demands that in being part of the mainstream — while being able to celebrate their ethnicity, language and traditions — Sri Lankan Tamils are never made to feel like the ‘other’. That a level playing field delivers equal opportunity; security, rights, an open market and everything else a citizen is guaranteed under the Constitution.

That is the ideal social setting in which the majority too, will not feel that its rights have been compromised inƒÆ’-¡  addressing any ‘grievances’ of the minority. Let’s get serious here: since we’re talking about the will of the majority in a democracy, surely all those democrats out there, particularly in ‘influencial’ parts of the planet, will not deny Sri Lanka’s majority its demand for the preservation of the nation’s territorial integrity and freedom of choice in all aspects of life, again, under a democratic Constitution?

In such a situation of normalcy, it is hard to visualize fertile ground for the sustenance of extremist elements anywhere.Getting there in the near-term calls for a national chorus of Sri Lankan voices — from village-level organisations and faith-based groups, to trade unions and focus groups representative of the intelligentsia — urging this government to do what needs to be done.

As Sri Lankans across the board have made clear, particularly in recent years: this nation will never tolerate orders or intimidation by India or any other nation that fancies itself in a position to do so; certainly not in a setting of new global realities.
This nation is eminently capable ofƒÆ’-¡  solving its internal issues to the satisfaction of all its people. And for the benefit of any simple minds that cannot still get it, all includes the majority Sinhalese …

The nation waits for closure.

Ambassador Sison and Asath Sali

May 5th, 2013

C. Wijeyawickrema

Breach of diplomatic protocol

Is US Ambassador Sison trying to make SL the next ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”hotspotƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢?

Sissonand asad

1. Michele J Sison (US Ambassador), 2. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Farisz MasterƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ (Head, YMMA), 3. Jazeer (Member, YMMA), 4. Nawaz (Member, YMMA), 5. Kamudeen (Treasurer, YMMA), 6. Amir (Mosque Representative), 7. Maharoof (Mosque Representative), 8. Registrar of births, deaths and marriages, Kinniya, 9. Bizer (Member, YMMA), 10. Naushad Abdul (translator)

ƒÆ’-¡ Source: The Nation, Sunday, 28 April 2013 02:18

Sison Damanaya (taming Ms. Sison)

Ms. Sison who came to Colombo with the job description of getting NP elections under 13-A has got an unexpected new job with the halal issue. So she went from picking up garbage on the Galle face beach to conduct a grievance hearing of Muslims in Trinco.ƒÆ’-¡  Does she know if they are Wahabis or Talibans or traditional Muslims?ƒÆ’-¡  The government is in such bad shape that I doubt it will censure her for this high handed act by a diplomat.ƒÆ’-¡  This is colonial time white manƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s (womanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s) humiliation coming back now in 2013.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Ms. Sison knows that there are groups in Sri Lanka who will support her behavior. Otherwise she will not embark on this kind of dangerous path.ƒÆ’-¡  It is unfortunate that UNP and other entities now rely on foreign people to do rescue work for them to help grab power if possible.ƒÆ’-¡  In this bad political climate Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) can help the country and tame the likes of Sison. I hope it will start creating committees of retired talent in Sri Lanka, people retired with lots of experience in various subject areas who can be used as resource pools in the face of incompetent, inefficient yes men and stooge officers in public service.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  BBS never advocated attacking shops. Throwing eggs at somebody on the other hand is a democratic right because the person wearing a face mask covering her face with only two holes for the two eyes knows in advance the risk she is taking.ƒÆ’-¡  Most these women have face masks like goni billas but often their buttocks are provocatively exposed as if almost naked, a conflict between a halal headƒÆ’-¡  and a haram buttocks! (I quote from a recent e-mail in circulation).

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  BBS invited and challenged others to come for discussions to thrash out issues and arrive at truth and reasonableness. To place facts before people is not provoking them to attack Muslim shops. There are crooks and conspirators in any society who will create trouble with various motives. Because such people are there BBS cannot stop its work.ƒÆ’-¡  But take this argument to what Ms. Sison did.ƒÆ’-¡  Did She provoke Asath Sali to make violence-generating speeches? There is no doubt that Ms. Sison gave a boost to unruly elements. If a Muslim youth group with wahabi training attacks a Buddhist temple because of Asath SaliƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s stupid encouragement then Ms. Sison can blame the government for creating Sinhala-Muslim clashes, no matter how it originated.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  May be unlike in Bolivia, Sri Lanka government cannot question Ms. SisonƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s naked abuse of her countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s power. But the government can question Asath Sali and send him to jail if he is found guilty. Ms. Sison cannot do anything to help Asath Sali who ate a dead-rope. Sadam Hussein once ate a dead-rope like that. The American ambassador told him clearly that if Sadam invades Kuwait USA would not get involved. Sadam stupidly gave his enemies an opportunity to use Muslim world against him!

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  There is also another lesson for Ms. Sison coming from the retired S.C. Judge Wigneswaran. He is clear in letting the cat out of the bag that Tamils do not want 13-A but self-determination of the Kosovo or Scotland type.ƒÆ’-¡  So USA will be openly working to break Sri Lanka into two by its demand in asking to hold NP elections. The election is the first step of a Sri Lankan Kosovo, that SJV ChelvanayagamƒÆ’-¡  wansted as far back as in 1952.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Asath Sali was playing a double game: he said publicly on TV that he is against halal certification project. But he sent secrent SMS to a mosque asking it to support halal certification project. Asath was also trying to use Geneva vote or international adverse opinion to keep the illegal hut used as a mosque at Dambulla ancient temple. Thanks to Ms. Sison, Asath got courage to show his true colors by promoting violence and got caught red handed.ƒÆ’-¡  No matter what Ms. Sison tells Asath must follow the Lichchavi principle of Buddhist India: Come and discuss, not take guns and bombs. Since BBS is following the Lichchavi principle, all kinds of mud ball thrown at BBS will not stick.

Cwije7@gmail.com

What have Center for Policy Alternatives, National Peace Council and Transparency International done with Rs.600million given to them?

May 5th, 2013

Shenali Waduge

When foreign nations like Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands, the EU and USA collaborate to donate 3 NGOs that are often quoted on international arena as the mouthpieces for ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-democracyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-transparencyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-truthƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ our next question unanswered thus far is what have these organizations being doing with Rs.600million given to them?

Rs.277million to the Center for Policy Alternatives headed by Mr. Pakiasothy, Rs.171million to the National Peace Council headed by Jehan Perera and Rs.174million to Transparency International now needs to provide answers as they are eternally seeking truth from all others.

The Rs.600million is only disclosed amounts of funds given to the three NGOs ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” undisclosed amounts are anyoneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s guess.

The manner in which foreign nations uses their agencies to fund various initiatives/campaigns, conferences etc are too many to list. Russia recently closed USAID as it was accused of interfering in political processes in Russia.

While we are unlikely to know exactly the nature of the monies being lavished upon NGOs in Sri Lanka are meant to do we can only speculate that chunks of these are perfect reason to win allegiance from even media personnel ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” so very few would even go the length to question what such funds are actually used for and in what ways destabilizing of Sri Lanka takes place.

In the meanwhile, these same people demand ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-freedomƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-transparencyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

ƒÆ’-¡ 

 

Have the Powerful Global BRICS Jettisoned India to the Mighty Chinese Dragon?

May 5th, 2013

Prof. Hudson McLean

ƒÆ’-¡ India seems to walk into its own cans of worms making a Comedy of Errors on its own way. The global association BRICS, consisting of Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa could not give a rats-arse about China entering Indian territory whilst there are vital global considerations boiling on the fire.

ƒÆ’-¡ There are several areas which India had treaded into, making itself an international joker.

ƒÆ’-¡ 1: Commercially, Indian corrupt, inept, inconsiderate, bureaucratic government “intellectuals” have created a backlash from some of the largest global MNC, Royal Dutch Shell, Vodafone, LG, Nokia and many others, by trying to blackmail them into paying upto US$10 billion in Income Tax.

ƒÆ’-¡ The giant companies are fighting back with vigour by using equally giant powerhouses like Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), KPMG, Ernst & Young etc, whilst questioning the safety and fairness of Multi National Corporate (MNC) investor security in India.

ƒÆ’-¡ The rumour has it that the Bribery & Corruption within the Indian government, Tamil Nadu Chennai, local Mafia, LTTE are some of the prime beneficiaries of this massive windfall. Commissions of minimum ten (10) % are talked about, enriching a group of parasites and blood-suckers in the government and in private sector, whilst the professionals such as PwC, KPMG, Ernst & Young are raking-in tens of millions of dollars in professional fees, paying good wages to their local Indian staff.

ƒÆ’-¡ In turn the local India staff are paying a (protection) commission to the LTTE Mafia and other scroungers and parasites.

ƒÆ’-¡ Concurrently, the Nokia-India Pte Ltd has announced the pre-mature resignation of Shiv Shivakumar CEO of Nokia -India, whilst the rumour of the big boss of Nokia Corporation, Stephen Elop CEO might receive the firing-stick, is doing its rounds. It is expected that Shiv may have sold his “know-how” acquired during his tenure at Nokia, to one of the big players in the IT industry.

ƒÆ’-¡ It is also a known fact that iPhone has made an aggressive marketing strategy to kick Nokia out of the expensive Smart Phones, whilst Samsung is attacking Nokia with both Smart phones and the low-end US$10-; handsets. India is a major market for Nokia Group of Finland.

ƒÆ’-¡ Indians have not realized that Nokia-Vodafone-Shell have a tight informal corporate relationship, where the previous Chairman of Nokia Jorma Ollila sits as Chairman of Shell, and Vodafone is a major customer of Nokia.

ƒÆ’-¡ Another rumour which is doing its rounds is that the Chief Minister of Chennai in cahoots with the Tamil Nadu Liberation Tamil Tiger Terrorists of Eelam are trying to buckle-up their depleting coffers for another assault on Sri Lanka. The projected revenue estimates are from Indian Tax windfall, as well as from gratuities rumoured to be donated by Apple iPhone, Samsung, HTC, HuaWei. Whether India likes it or not, the Chines have a strong commercial foothold in India.

ƒÆ’-¡ 2: The Chinese Military move into Indian territory is a carefully planned strategic affair. And India threatens to start-up a new “love affair” with USA to counter balance China.

ƒÆ’-¡ Chinese planners definitely took that possibility in their planning considerations.

ƒÆ’-¡ India has failed to observe that USA is economically tied to its eyeballs with China with trillions of dollars, and USA currently begging on its knees to garner Chinese help to counter-balance North Korean nuclear adventure.

ƒÆ’-¡ USA has managed to involve Russia, Japan, South Korea and several other nations to pay homage to China, to convince China to support USA and to prevent another global explosion in military action in Asia. USA has learnt its lesson from Vietnam, that another escapade with the tiny Asians midgets would be an expensive disaster both politically & economically.

ƒÆ’-¡ 3: Whilst global activity is going on at full speed,ƒÆ’-¡  a couple of Islamic amateur terrorists create havoc in Boston displaying the incompetence ofƒÆ’-¡  DHS, CIA, FBI, even after Russia and Saudi Arabia warned USA of an impending Islamic threat.

ƒÆ’-¡ Would any budding “Henry Kissinger” risk his “two cents” worth of advice to Barack Obama to jump into a hammock with India against China? NO!

ƒÆ’-¡ 4: The problem in India is India itself. The buck should stop at the feet of Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, who are both busy reading their Oxford University and Italian Bibles planning the continuation of the Gandhi Dynasty climbing on to the Hot Seat at the next General Election.

ƒÆ’-¡ Even if the Tamils agree to support Rahul, would any sensible soul trust the Tamils?

ƒÆ’-¡ However, Sonia Gandhi has made her pilgrimage to the powerful Tamil Nadu lobby seeking their support for her son Rahul, whilst the Tamils are busy as a swarm of bees sucking honey from everyƒÆ’-¡  single flower in Politi-Econo jungle from New Delhi to Chennai.

ƒÆ’-¡ 5: Has India got any friends?

The sub-Continent of India is surrounded by Pakistan, China, Bengal or building-bungling Bangladesh, which are not called friends to any degree. At the toe of India is Sri Lanka, a strategic point for maritime trade routes between the oil-rich Gulf States and ASEAN now in love with China.

ƒÆ’-¡ India has over the past 2000+ years been a “pimple of the back-side” for the tiny Sri Lanka’s existence.

ƒÆ’-¡ With all the wealth which India has, as well as a massive shore-line, why India wants Sri Lanka to be sub-servile is a good question. If that is the case, India might look at its own door-step why China forays onto Indian soil.

ƒÆ’-¡ Did the Government of Finland who failed to convince the Indian authority to be flexible to Nokia India being thrashed by the Indian Tax Authority, receive a positive nod from the new Chinese leaders who affordedƒÆ’-¡  a polite, courteous formal State Welcome to Finnish President, despite all the furore of a Nuclear explosion?

ƒÆ’-¡ Or did the Sri Lankan President turned a blind eye on any political sympathy for the Indians when the mighty Chinese Army of a dozen of soldiers, who crept in by truck & chopper, whilst the Indian Army was snoring?

Express Your Opinion – Read What Others Say!
The Independent Interactive Voice of Sri Lanka on the Internet.

Please visit -: http://www.lankaweb.com/

Way to Happiness!

May 5th, 2013

CompiledƒÆ’-¡  by Orpheus Perera

ƒÆ’-¡ Happiness

We now live in a world where everybody is rushing with high ambitions to get all the materialistic things in the world. Every day there are new things coming up and we keep on chasing them. In this endless chase we get into stressful conditions . We need to spend some time with our-selves .

We will realize that we can be happy with few of these materials.

Relaxing your body and mind can be achieved by your-self without much effort. This will naturally lead you to observe Sathi-PattanaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ meditation as taught in Buddhism.ƒÆ’-¡  For a practicing Buddhist this can be the first step in the path to Nibbana, theƒÆ’-¡  internal happiness. For the others, this may help to realize some of your wishes provided that you donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t wish for too many things.

What is Sathi Pattana?

The “four foundations of mindfulness” are canonically described bases for maintaining moment-by-moment mindfulness and for developing mindfulness through meditation. The four foundations of mindfulness are:

Mindfulness of the body

Mindfulness of feelings (or sensations)

Mindfulness of mind (or consciousness)

Mindfulness of mental phenomena (or mental objects).

Once you have mastered the relaxation meditation you may be able to heal your-self. In my experience so far I can get rid of muscular pains and aches caused by cramps.

The process of meditation will lead ƒÆ’-¡ you to clear your mind of Puncha Neevarana dharma, the mental objects that hinder the path to (nirvana) internal happiness.

They are as explained in Buddhist teachings:

ƒÆ’-¡ Sensual desire (kamacchanda)

Anger, jealousy, ƒÆ’-¡ ill will, cruelty and hatred (vyapada)

Sloth and torpor (thina middha)

ƒÆ’-¡ Excitement and worry (uddacca kukkucca)

ƒÆ’-¡ Doubt , and perplexity (vichikicca)

Other factors arising from the factors above are explained in Sallekha Sutta( The Discourse on Effacement) in Mujjihma Nikaya in Suthra pitakaya*.

*Suthra PitakayaƒÆ’-¡  is one of the 3 Buddhist texts. The 3 texts are Abidharma Pitakaya, Suthra Pitakaya and Vinaya Pitakaya

ƒÆ’-¡ The 44 items of Effacement

ƒÆ’-¡ 1) Others will be harmful; we shall not be harmful .

ƒÆ’-¡ 2) Others will kill living beings; we shall abstain from killing living beings

ƒÆ’-¡ 3) Others will take what is not given; we shall abstain from taking what is not given.

ƒÆ’-¡ 4) Others will be unchaste; we shall be chaste.

ƒÆ’-¡ 5) Others will speak falsehood; we shall abstain from false speech.

ƒÆ’-¡ 6) Others will speak maliciously; we shall abstain from malicious speech .

ƒÆ’-¡ 7) Others will speak harshly; we shall abstain from harsh speech.

ƒÆ’-¡ 8) Others will gossip; we shall abstain from gossip.

ƒÆ’-¡ 9) Others will be covetous; we shall not be covetous.

ƒÆ’-¡ 10) Others will have thoughts of ill will; we shall not have thoughts of ill will.ƒÆ’-¡ 

ƒÆ’-¡ 11) Others will have wrong views; we shall have right view

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 12) Others will have wrong intention; we shall have right intention.

ƒÆ’-¡ 13) Others will use wrong speech; we shall use right speech .

ƒÆ’-¡ 14) Others will commit wrong actions; we shall do right actions .

ƒÆ’-¡ 15) Others will have wrong livelihood; we shall have right livelihood

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 16) Others will make wrong effort; we shall make right effort

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 17) Others will have wrong mindfulness; we shall have right mindfulness.ƒÆ’-¡ 

ƒÆ’-¡ 18) Others will have wrong concentration; we shall have right concentration .

ƒÆ’-¡ 19) Others will have wrong knowledge; we shall have right knowledge.

ƒÆ’-¡ 20) Others will have wrong deliverance; we shall have right deliverance.

ƒÆ’-¡ 21) Others will be overcome by sloth and torpor; we shall be free from sloth and torpor.

ƒÆ’-¡ 22) Others will be agitated; we shall not be agitated.

ƒÆ’-¡ 23) Others will be doubting; we shall be free from doubt.

ƒÆ’-¡ 24) Others will be angry; we shall not be angry .

ƒÆ’-¡ 25) Others will be hostile; we shall not be hostile.

ƒÆ’-¡ 26) Others will denigrate; we shall not denigrate.

ƒÆ’-¡ 27) Others will be domineering; we shall not be domineering.

ƒÆ’-¡ 28) Others will be envious; we shall not be envious .

ƒÆ’-¡ 30) Others will be fraudulent; we shall not be fraudulent.

ƒÆ’-¡ 31) Others will be hypocrites; we shall not be hypocrites.

ƒÆ’-¡ 32) Others will be obstinate; we shall not be obstinate.

ƒÆ’-¡ 33) Others will be arrogant; we shall not be arrogant.

ƒÆ’-¡ 34) Others will be difficult to admonish; we shall be easy to admonish.

ƒÆ’-¡ 35) Others will have bad friends; we shall have noble friends.

ƒÆ’-¡ 36) Others will be negligent; we shall be heedful.

ƒÆ’-¡ 37) Others will be faithless; we shall be faithful.

ƒÆ’-¡ 38) Others will be shameless; we shall be shameful.

ƒÆ’-¡ 39) Others will be without conscience; we shall have conscience.

ƒÆ’-¡ 40) Others will have no learning; we shall be learned.

ƒÆ’-¡ 41) Others will be idle; we shall be energetic.

ƒÆ’-¡ 42) Others will be lacking in mindfulness; we shall be established in mindfulness.

ƒÆ’-¡ 43) Others will be without wisdom; we shall be endowed with wisdom .

ƒÆ’-¡ 44) Others will misapprehend according to their individual views, hold on to them tenaciously and not easily discard them; we shall not misapprehend according to individual views nor hold on to them tenaciously, but shall discard them with ease .

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Meditation

ƒÆ’-¡ Directing your-self to relax

1.First of all find a chair where you can keep your back straight and the legs strait, so that your feet areƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  resting well on the ground.

2. Close your eyes , rest your hands on your lap and hold your thumb andƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  first fingerƒÆ’-¡  both hands) in Vitarka Mudra.

Vitarka Mudra ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

ƒÆ’-¡ 3.ƒÆ’-¡  Concentrate on top of your head, be aware of the scalp and relax the scalp and the top of your head. Feel howƒÆ’-¡  your head become relaxed.

4. Once you feel scalp and the top of the head is relaxed move your attention to your forehead.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Feel the pulses on either side of the forehead. Now relax your forehead.

5. Once you feel that forehead is relaxed, gradually move your attention to your eyes. Be aware of the tiny muscles around the eyes. Relax all the tiny muscles and feel how the relaxations run all over you. Now relax your eyes and move your attention to your cheeks.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Feel the warmth of blood flowing inside your cheeks. Now relax your cheeks and then your jaws.

6.ƒÆ’-¡  Now move the attention to your neck. Be aware of the back of your neck front of your neck, left ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ side of your neck and the right side of your neck. Relax all these neck muscles.

7. Once the neck is relaxed move your attention to the shoulders. With your mind, feel the shoulder muscles and solderƒÆ’-¡  blades. Now relax your solder muscles and solder blades. At the same time you can relax your hands.

8.ƒÆ’-¡  Now move your attentionƒÆ’-¡  to your chest. Be aware of the expansion and contraction of your lungs as you breatheƒÆ’-¡  in and out. Maintain this mind fullness for about one minute. Now tell your-self ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I set my lungs to expand and contract in a rhythmic mannerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I relax my chest musclesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

9.ƒÆ’-¡  Now move your attention to your stomach. Be aware of the heart beating above the stomach. Now tell your self ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I set my hear to beat at a regular speedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. Now slowly move your attention to your stomach area it-self.

10. If you have a knowledge of the organs inside your stomach, imagine each and every organ inside. Now tell your-self ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- I set all the organs inside my stomach to function in a healthy mannerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. Then ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I relax my stomach musclesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

11. Now move your attention down to your thighs. Relax your thighs.

12 When the thighs are relaxed move your attention to your knees. Relax your knees.

13 Now ƒÆ’-¡ move the attention further down the legs,ƒÆ’-¡  to your calf muscles at the back of the leg below the knees.

13. Now relax your calves and move the attention to your ankles.

14 Relax your ankles and then the feet andƒÆ’-¡  your toes.

15. Tell your-self in your mindƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- Now my body is fully relaxƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

16 Move your attention from your toes up to your head, following the same path of your anatomy as above in reverse order.

If the meditation is for the sole purpose of reaching a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…” JhanaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ with the intention of working towards the Nirvana According to the opinion of Buddhist scholars this takes many life times), you can skip the nextƒÆ’-¡  3 steps.

17ƒÆ’-¡  Now let your mind wander off to a place you like ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ place such as a botanical garden or near a river). Visualize the environment. The birds, butterflies flowers. Listen to the birds singing and relax your mind. When your mind is relaxed, it is time to re-program your mind. Remove all the negatives put on you by others when you were very young. Think that you are great and you can achieve what ever you want. For example, if you like to travel, imagine that you are flying and going to see the places you like. Imagine your-self inƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  that place as you have seen in pictures or travel guides).

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Do not put a time frame.

18 At the end of the visualizations return to the environment and then to your-self .

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’-¡  Now you can open your eyes and end the relaxation or continue your meditation on aƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  selected topic.

The best meditationƒÆ’-¡  to continue after relaxation, is ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Ana Pana sathiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ awareness of the air going in and out of the nose as you breath in and out ( mindfulness of feelings ). AsƒÆ’-¡  for beginners it is sufficient to practice thisƒÆ’-¡  for about ten minutes a day.

Once you have managed to keep your mind and body together in one place be aware of your mind. Be aware of the thoughtsƒÆ’-¡  that come to your mind. At the same time you have to be aware of your surroundings and what you are doing.

ƒÆ’-¡ Meditation of loving kindness and compassion Maithri Bavana

This is a good meditation as per Buddhist teaching to clear oneself of two of the obstacles to Nirvana KamachChanda and Vya pahdha).

Generally this is a good meditation to practice controlling your anger, jealousy, ill will cruelty and hatred, which are bad karma for this life as a layman, to have progress in work place and general day to day life. Meditation ofƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”MeththaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ is a good anger management tool and as I wish of all the people in this world practice this we will have a peaceful world for us to live.

The best time of the day to practice Maithri Bavana isƒÆ’-¡  early in the morning. This will help you to get through your day without bad incidents.

If you can practice it just before sleep, you will have less or no nightmares.

ƒÆ’-¡ This meditation can be done seated in a comfortable position, not necessarily the lotus position and easier just after doing the Breathing breath out awareness meditation ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Ana Pana SathiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢), because by the time you will have your body and mind together.

ƒÆ’-¡ I clear my mind of Lust, anger, jealousy, ill-will, cruelty and hatred

My mind is clean, my heart is pure

Now I fill my clean mind with peaceful and sublime thoughts of loving kindness, compassion and sympatheticƒÆ’-¡  joy

At this stage you have to be aware of your body and your thoughts.

Repeat for nine times

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-May I be well and happy, may I be strong healthy and peaceful!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

After repeating the above thoughts for 9 times

While moving your attention from top of your head down to your toe think;

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Now I charge all the particles of my system with loving kindness and compassionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Now my body is fully saturated with loving kindness and compassionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Now I have elevated my-self, I have ennobled my-selfƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-May I be well and happy, may I be strong healthyƒÆ’-¡  and peaceful!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Now I create an Aura of loving kindness and compassion around my bodyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Imagine an aura around you.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-By means of this aura, I will cut off all the evil vibrations and IƒÆ’-¡  will protect my mind from anger jealousy, ill will cruelty and hatredƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Now , what I have achieved I give to othersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.

Now repeat the next step for nine times. Maintaining the awarenessƒÆ’-¡  of your thoughts asƒÆ’-¡  it moves away from your body. As you move your attention out imagine that the rays from your body is being emitted and ƒÆ’-¡ touch others .

Think of your family , neighbors, relatives, friends, associates, enemies , entire world, all the beings on the earth and then in the universe.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- May they be free fromƒÆ’-¡  anger jealousy , ill-will cruelty and hatred!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-May they be free from suffering!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-May they be well and happy!, May they be strong, healthy and peaceful!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’-¡ Awareness of the environment

There has never been a time when the politicians andƒÆ’-¡  academies have been so much aware of the environment.ƒÆ’-¡  The environment is polluted so much in the past , the rate of the increase of the danger to the life on this planet is accelerating. The environment pollution also contribute the global warming. There may be other factors suchƒÆ’-¡  as theƒÆ’-¡  change in the pattern of solar emission of heat. But we can do lot to slow down the dooms day.

The main culprits of this problemƒÆ’-¡  are the human beings, our fathers and grandfathers. I meanƒÆ’-¡  the people who lived in luxury and over used ƒÆ’-¡ the resources and pollute the environment.

ƒÆ’-¡ ***

Few decades ago we rarely met or heard about people suffering ƒÆ’-¡ from Diabetes, cancer or heart related ailments.ƒÆ’-¡  Majority of the people naturallyƒÆ’-¡  got their bodies to exercise, by walking to the bus stand , railway station or walking to the shops. Even the domestic chore provided the body some exercise to keep it healthy. We have come to stage that we donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t even walk to the TV to change the channels or turn the TV on and off.

ƒÆ’-¡ CompiledƒÆ’-¡  by Orpheus Perera

Congratulations On your decision

May 5th, 2013

ƒÆ’-¡ Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM FRCP/FRACP Spokesperson United Sri Lanka Association,

Rt Hon David Cameron

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Dear Mr Cameron,

We write to congratulate & thank you for yourƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ decision to ƒÆ’-¡ support the CHOGM in Colombo in November by attending. We agree with ƒÆ’-¡ you whole heartedly that the best way to promote change in SL for the better is by engaging with rather than isolating Sri Lanka.

We also note that Commonwealth and Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt as well as many UK Parliamentarians such as Conservative MP’s Ian Pasely Jn , & James Wharton who have visited Sri Lanka extensively in the past few months, ƒÆ’-¡ have ƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’-¡ confirmed especially ƒÆ’-¡ in the Parliamentary debate of the 8th of Jan 2012 that the impressive realities of Sri Lanka today in terms of ethnic reconciliation, post war reconstruction and upholding Commonwealth values, are quite different from the allegations of human rights violations originated and orchestrated by the Tiger Diaspora. They are best known for sustaining three decades of terrorism in Sri Lanka through funding and misinformation.

The Labor MPƒÆ’-¡ Siobhain McDonaghƒÆ’-¡ ,who moved the motion of the 8th of January 2012 , “ƒÆ’-¡ Sri Lanka and the United Nations responsibility to protect” to pour criticism on Sri Lanka, when asked conceded that she had never visited Sri Lanka and was depending on information provided , presumably by the tiger Diaspora. This is true for many vocal critics of Sri Lanka.

This includes the likes ofƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ theƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Canadian PrimeƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Minister Harper, arguably pitching for the three hundred thousand Tamil votes in marginal electorates in Canada, who continue to regurgitate these Tiger allegations ƒÆ’-¡ like Labor MP Siobhain McDonagh withoutƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ first handƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ verificationƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ and are now advocating boycott of the best opportunity to do so , the CHOGM .

Clearly there are improvements to be made in Sri Lanka. These ƒÆ’-¡ as you have indicated is unlikely to be achieved by boycotting the CHOGM but by engaging with Sri Lanka.

We in New Zealand are very pleased at the announcement that our PM John Key will follow the lead of the Australian government to support and attend the CHOGM. The Australian decision followsƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ extensive visits to Sri Lanka by manyƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ parliamentarians on different occasions, ( just like the UK Parliamentarians) led by foreign ministerƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ BobƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ CarrƒÆ’-¡ andƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ deputy opposition leader JulieƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ Bishop and well researched Australian TV documentaries, all confirming similar conclusions to those of the UK parliamentarians referred to above.

If the Diaspora of the ƒÆ’-¡ worlds most brutal terrorists are permitted to turn tables on their victims, using the CHOGM, it will only make a mockery of the CHOGM.

Thank you again for not permitting this to happen ƒÆ’-¡ by attending the CHOGM in Colombo.

Yours Sincerely

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM

FRCP/FRACP

Spokesperson

United Sri Lanka Association,

141 Knights Rd., Lower Hutt

New Zealand

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER CAMERON WILL ATTEND CHOGM IN SRI LANKA – DR CHRIS NONIS

May 5th, 2013

MEDIA RELEASE- The High Commission of Sri LankaLondon

British Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron, and Foreign Secretary Rt Hon William Hague, will be attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK confirmed. The Commonwealth biennial meeting in November this year, will be preceded by the Commonwealth PeopleƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Forum, the Commonwealth Youth Forum, and the Commonwealth Business Forum, and usually attracts several thousand delegates, and global media coverage. It will provide the opportunity for the 54 Heads to meet to discuss matters of global and Commonwealth concern, and agree collective policies and initiatives.

ƒÆ’-¡ Although there had been intensive lobbying in the past year by anti-Sri Lanka activist groups with collateral agendas, in particular in London, which is home to the Commonwealth Secretariat, they had not succeeded in their attempts to pressurize Commonwealth Nations to shift the venue, nor to pressurise the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to place Sri Lanka on its formal agenda.

ƒÆ’-¡ In that context, Dr Nonis reiterated the strong support that Sri Lanka enjoyed amongst the Commonwealth countries, represented by the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Secretariat, comprising the 54 London-based Commonwealth High Commissioners, during their regular deliberations at Marlborough House, in the spirit of unity and friendship. He also recalled the unwavering support of all except one Country, at recent meetings, which necessitates a depth and breadth of understanding that Commonwealth countries are at different stages of development, with a commonality of values and aspirations, as well as challenges and constraints, and it is precisely this rich and diverse tapestry that makes up the modern Commonwealth.

ƒÆ’-¡ Dr Chris Nonis also spoke earlier this week at the BBCƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s RADIO 4 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-TodayƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ Programme in London, the BBCƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢sƒÆ’-¡  flagship news and current affairs programme, which provides insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories throughout the UK. He articulated the comprehensive reconciliation, reintegration, and reconstruction programme underway in Sri Lanka in the post-conflict era, under the leadership of HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Questioned by BBC interviewers, he also pointed out the imperative for the international community to visit Sri Lanka and make an objective and impartial analysis of the reality of contemporary Sri Lanka, and extended an invitation to all those countries to experience Sri Lanka, the Host Nation of CHOGM 2013.

Tamil like Tories’ shift on Sri Lanka

May 5th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

ƒÆ’-¡ 4 May 2013

ƒÆ’-¡ The Editor

THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

ƒÆ’-¡ Sir:

The circus about Sri Lanka’s alleged human rights violationsƒÆ’-¡ and Canada boycotting the Commonwealth Summit is spinning storiesƒÆ’-¡ and swinging in its trapeze acts sansƒÆ’-¡ opinions from the Sri Lankan-Sinhalese community.

ƒÆ’-¡ Now I read comments fromƒÆ’-¡  the Canadian Tamil Congress spokesperson David Poopalapillai andƒÆ’-¡ theirƒÆ’-¡ acquired voice of John Argue of Amnesty International who were given $50,000 publicly by the Canadian Tamil Congress two Septembers ago in Toronto.

ƒÆ’-¡ TheƒÆ’-¡ Tamils are being discriminated by the majority SinhaleseƒÆ’-¡ they say and that is why they arrived in CanadaƒÆ’-¡ as refugeesƒÆ’-¡ by passing their Mother country Tamil Nadu in South India where 72 million Tamils live, they say.

ƒÆ’-¡ Go figure out why Maclean’s of April 29, 1996 said that more han 8,600 Sri Lankan refugees in Canada had applied for travel documents at the Sri Lankan High CommissionƒÆ’-¡ to visit Sri Lanka in 1992,ƒÆ’-¡  The following year the figure was 5,865.ƒÆ’-¡  These are the Tamil refugee claimants who feared persecution in their ‘home land’, Sri Lanka.

ƒÆ’-¡ Strange!

ƒÆ’-¡ Asoka Weerasinghe

John Baird says Sri Lanka is “Evil”

May 5th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

2 May 2013

Hon. John Baird, PC. MPƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 
Minister or Foreign Affairs for CanadaƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 
House of Commons, Ottawa

Dear John:

This letter to you is in response to four news articles which you have been quoted in reference to Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads Summit in November and Canada wanting to deny it happening because of the alleged human rights violations.ƒÆ’-¡  My response to it is ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-See who is talking?ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Phew! Canada has a mighty big ego with an attitude of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-We are Holier than ThouƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ to say that we are squeaky clean when it comes to Human Rights.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  That is a string of Byward Market baloney.ƒÆ’-¡  I will come to that later.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

The four articles are ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” 1.ƒÆ’-¡  Pressure Sri Lanka on political reforms, The Nation (UAE) Editorial of 30.4.2013;ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  2. The Colombo Page of May 1, 2013 – Canadian Government not to send full delegation to CHOGM in Sri Lanka;ƒÆ’-¡  3. The Ottawa Citizen of 1 May 2013 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Commonwealth failing on Sri Lanka, Baird says; and 4. The Ottawa Citizen of May 2, 2013 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” A rebuke to Sri Lanka.

For starters John, wipe out that Cheshire-cat grin off your face and stop gloating about the Ottawa CitizenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Editorial: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…” A rebuke to Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.ƒÆ’-¡  It said, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-One of the biggest insults a government can deliver to another ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the diplomatic equivalent of a slap in the face ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” is for the leader of one country to refuse to attend a high profile gathering hosted by another.ƒÆ’-¡  Well, Canada has just slapped Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Well John, the Ottawa Citizen wasnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t doing you, Prime Minister Stephen Harper or Canada any favours, as its reverse Logic saw Canada being isolated and 52 other Commonwealth Nations slapping Canada back for itsƒÆ’-¡  unprecedented stupidity as they all will be attending the Summit.ƒÆ’-¡  And I hope those 52 slaps did hurt Canada.ƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lanka being the host is the 53rd nation who has been watching and laughing at this Canadian fiasco and the out of step dance by Hon. John Baird, CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Foreign Minister, and isolating his nation.

John, it is very likely that Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s President Mahinda Rajapaksa will take the leaders of the other 52 nationsƒÆ’-¡  one early morning in luxury coaches to the shores of the Nandikadal lagoon where the Tamil Tigers were wiped out on 19 May 2009, to watch the sun rise from the east of the island and report back to you and Prime Minister Harper that the sunƒÆ’-¡  indeed rose over Sri Lanka from the east, and Canada not participating at the Commonwealth Summit, did not impact or shake Sri Lanka at all.ƒÆ’-¡  John and that is how the cookie crumbles.ƒÆ’-¡  And you can send Minister Jason Kenny to Toronto as your emissary to report back to the separatist Tamils that Canada did make an honest effort to stop the sun rising from the east of that island that they seem to hate, but you all unfortunately failed and not to penalize the Conservatives and beg for their bloc vote in the Greater Toronto Area at the next federal election.

John, if your intention was to bully the puny democratic island nation, Sri Lanka, with your brand of Canadian-Parliamentary-Terrorism, and along the way annoy non-Tamil Sri Lankans, you did an excellent job and since you got my goat I would give you an A+.ƒÆ’-¡  But getting the A+ doesnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t get you off the hook for being a huffing-and-puffing Canadian ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-HumbugƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ parliamentarian.

John, here lies my problem with you.ƒÆ’-¡  I being aware of your pit-bull persona, I know you would go to any length to achieve your partyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s policy on Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  The policy is ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” letƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s beat up Sri Lanka and make over the 80 percent of the 300,000 Canadian-Tamils who are Eelamists in the Greater Toronto Area happy and then pick their bloc vote at the next federal election and hang on to the Conservative majority in parliament.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Who cares about Sri Lanka! Right, John?ƒÆ’-¡  ItƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s a case of usƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦.usƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦usƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦and damn Sri Lanka which has come through a nasty 27-year war with the Tamil Tigers.ƒÆ’-¡  LetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s do more to cripple her and the Conservatives will govern Canada for the next 50 years with the separatist Tamil vote.ƒÆ’-¡  Right, John?

Continuing with that thread, John, do you really want me to take you seriously, when you are a politician who has difficulty to decipher between a classic text-book example of human rights achievements and that which is not?ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Stop challenging my intelligence by bullying me into believing that what you say about Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s alleged human rights violation during the last five months of the 27 year Tamil Tiger War is the truth and nothing but the truth.ƒÆ’-¡  I am afraid, John, you got that one wrong big time, as I donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t believe you nor do I trust you.

So just come off it John, and for PeteƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s sake get off that high-horse of yours as that thrown doesnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢tƒÆ’-¡ belong toƒÆ’-¡ political pit-bull con-artists.

When the UN reviews CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s records on rights the way we treat the First Nations peoples you have the gall to question Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s alleged human rights violations.ƒÆ’-¡  It is notƒÆ’-¡ I who is questioning this; itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s the Governments of Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sweden and Mexico who have submitted written questions in advance asking what Canada is doing to tackle their sordid human rights violations against the aboriginal women.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  That itself should penalize you going around the international political campus circuit questioning Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s human rights and speaking ill of that island saying they are ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, and when you come out of these meetings meet and shake hands with the Tamils the Tamil Tiger supporters and not with the Sinhalese as you did in London recently.ƒÆ’-¡  What a crock full of cods-wallop, John!

When you as the Foreign Minister of Canada havenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t as yet recognized Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s human rights achievements like giving back the basic human right of the right-to-life to 22 million of its peoples on 19 May 2009, by eliminating the most ruthless terrorists in the world, the Tamil Tigers, what moral right can you claim to question the alleged human rights violations during the last five months of a 27 year long war.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  That is not ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ John that is Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Buddhist compassion ofƒÆ’-¡  Metta.ƒÆ’-¡  I am a Buddhist.

ƒÆ’-¡ John what moral right have you got to question Sri Lanka on the unsubstantiated human rights violations whenƒÆ’-¡  Canada aided and abetted that war by allowing the Tamil Diaspora collect 2 million dollars a month for 13 years and stuffed it into the Tamil Tiger war chest to purchase sophisticated killing weapons to snuff out innocent Sinhalese and Muslims by the thousands.ƒÆ’-¡  That is what it is, John?ƒÆ’-¡  LetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s come clean with some honesty.

Is it because Canada is guilty and trying to hide from that fact, to having aided and abetted the Tamil TigersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ truck-bombƒÆ’-¡  assault which brought down the Central Bank Building in the Fort in Colombo on 31 January 1996,ƒÆ’-¡  killing 114 and maiming for life ofƒÆ’-¡  another 1,338.ƒÆ’-¡  If I was Judge and Jury I would charge Canada as culpable of this criminal act.

Do I hear you say, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Oh, No, we had nothing to do with that bombing and killings.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

And this will be my response. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-John, you were not in CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Tamil Tiger supporting political picture in 1994, so you wouldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t know.ƒÆ’-¡  It was during that year that the Tamil Tiger supporters cut a cheque for $7.5 million dollars from a bank in Vancouver to purchase 60 tons of RDX and TNT explosives from the Rubezone Chemical plant in the Ukraine.ƒÆ’-¡  It were these explosives bought out of Canadian dollars that brought down the Central Bank Building in Colombo,ƒÆ’-¡  on 31 January 1996.ƒÆ’-¡  And logic and association says that Canada was culpable of this criminal act.ƒÆ’-¡  Canada is no goody two-shoes, John.ƒÆ’-¡  Go after Sri Lanka as you do, much will be revealed and Canada will get fried as brainless and vindictive.ƒÆ’-¡  If you do your research well, you will keep your bully-hands off Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-EvilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, you called Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  Explain to me how you would equate ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ with the Sri Lankan armed forces liberating 295,873 Tamils from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers on 19 May 2009, who were used as a human shield for 30 months when the cockyƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”invincibleƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Tamil Tigers were retreating like rats with their tails between their legs.ƒÆ’-¡  John, I didnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t hear a whimper ofƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  protest from you nor from your boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, against the Tamil Tigers when the Tamil human shield was moved from the west coast to the east coast like a herd of unwashed cattle.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Where were you two when this was happening?

Surely John, I donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t have to twist your arm to have these Sri Lankan soldiers nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.ƒÆ’-¡  Do it John.ƒÆ’-¡  These guys deserve it.ƒÆ’-¡  They were not ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, when they chanced their lives when they carried frail Tamil grandmothers and grandfathers in their arms like babies to safety dodging Tamil Tiger bullets during the last phase of the war.ƒÆ’-¡  And these old Tamil folks kissed the Sinhalese soldiers cheeks and said ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Thurunuwan sarani PuthaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-MayƒÆ’-¡  the Triple Gem bless you Son.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡  John, these are facts and I doubt that you can be crass to call it acts of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.ƒÆ’-¡  These are acts of valour in compassion.ƒÆ’-¡  Where the hell did you get that notion of Sri Lanka being ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evil.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡  This cruel joke could only come out of the pit-bull persona of John Baird, and no one else.ƒÆ’-¡  Right, John?ƒÆ’-¡  And you seem to be proud of yourself.

John, I doubt you knew that Sri Lanka performed a human rights miracle during the months after the Tamil Tigers were wiped and the 295,873 Tamils were liberated from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers.ƒÆ’-¡  The Government prepared a million meals a day to feed these liberated Tamils three hearty meals ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.ƒÆ’-¡  I cannot see how you could equate this effort of compassion as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.ƒÆ’-¡  The majority of the people who prepared the food were from the Sinhalese community as they did not want the members of the Tamil community die of starvation.ƒÆ’-¡  And you call it ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.ƒÆ’-¡  You are a strange man, John, some sort of a Humbug.

Let me conclude this note to you by pointing out one more embarrassing incident by one of your Conservative colleagues trying to intimidate Sri Lanka.

Minister of Citizenship Jason Kenney goes to Sri Lanka and on January 7th sits with the Sri Lankan Government officials like a Laughing Buddha, and introducing himself as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I am the son of a Preacher-manƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and preach on Human Rights and how Canada is concerned about the alleged human rights violations in their island.

The stupidity of all this was that on that very day, a stoneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s throw away from his parliament office the First Nation peoples were demonstrating against the Canadian Government about the violation of their human rights, and their Attawapiskat ChiefƒÆ’-¡  Theresa Spence was on a hunger strike.ƒÆ’-¡  How stupid can Jason be to preach to the Sri Lankans that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-We are Holier than Thou,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡  when we are damn well not. What crap was that John?ƒÆ’-¡  Do you all really think that these Sri Lankans are a bunch of stupidsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.ƒÆ’-¡  And I am sure these Sri Lankans laughed Jason out of their office that day.

And Jason was lucky, that the Sri Lankan hosts were diplomatically polite, or else he would have beenƒÆ’-¡  told -ƒÆ’-¡  Minister get that arse of yours back to Canada and resolve your human rights problems as we are appalled the way you treat your First Nation peoples.ƒÆ’-¡  Once you get your act cleaned up, then you may want to come and preach to us about Human rights.ƒÆ’-¡  Until then keep your hands off Sri Lanka.

Well John, CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s stakes are high in the Commonwealth as we have isolated ourselves.ƒÆ’-¡  And as for Canada participating at the summit and Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotting the Summit, the Sri LankanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s couldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t care two prairie straws.ƒÆ’-¡  And I am certain that most Sri Lankans would want yours and Prime Minister HarperƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s feet kept off from their holy, sovereign kabook soil.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  I will let you into a secret JohnƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…”the Sri Lankan resent unfriendly people who want to hurt their much treasured island nation. And I donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t blame them either!

Sincerely,

Asoka Weerasinghe

Corruption, bribery at the Highest levels in the West, and stealing African money

May 5th, 2013

The following movie shows how:

1)Clinton, Bush, Blair, the king of Spain, Israeli politiciansƒÆ’-¡  and others seem to have been given access to

millions of dollarsƒÆ’-¡  from the convicted industrial crook and gangster who was also a top CEO of the

Copper multinational GenCore.

2)It shows how Switzerland has been in collusion with the multinational to defraud the power countries by

acting as a tax haven.

3)It shows how Mark Rich (a CEO who got caught and sentenced to jail) escaped to Switzerland how

the Swiss government refused to extradite him to the US.

4)Finally, he was pardoned by George Bush when Mark Rich made some very large donations to the Bush foundation etc.

5)It also shows how the IMF participated in the corrupt privatization of the Zambian copper mines hand in hand with the then Zambian president (Frederick ChilubaƒÆ’-¡  was a free-market-economicsƒÆ’-¡  president working for western interests).

6). The movie was shown on a Canadian Broad Casting channel. It is not surprising that the

Canadian prime minister is now taking steps to control CBC directly from Harper’s office!

Here is the movie:

Stealing Africa

How much profit is fair? (58mins) Long Film

http://www.whypoverty.net/en/video/34/

Canada Helping Evil Forces

May 5th, 2013

ƒÆ’-¡ Ira de Silva London, Canada

The Editor
Montreal Gazette,
Montreal, Quebec
ƒÆ’-¡ 
Dear Sir:
ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 
Canada has stated that it may not send a “full delegation” to the summit in Colombo whichƒÆ’-¡ I assume is diplomatic jargon to indicate that Mr. Harper and Mr. Baird may not attend. Good. It is Canada’s democratic right to go or not go. However, Canada does not have the right to harass or bully Sri Lanka or any other country and this has been clearly demonstrated by the other members of the CommonwealthƒÆ’-¡  not entertaining Canada’s strident, bullying, dictatorial attitude.ƒÆ’-¡ 
ƒÆ’-¡ 
As stated by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner, who incidentally is a “she” not “he”, Sri LankaƒÆ’-¡ was looking to all members of the Commonwealth to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-uphold principles of objectivity, understanding, mutual respect and the equality of sovereign statesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ which are the values of the Commonwealth. By its actions and belligerent attitude personified byƒÆ’-¡ Mr. Baird,ƒÆ’-¡ CanadaƒÆ’-¡ indicated that it thought it has the right to coerce, bully and intimidate other members confirmingƒÆ’-¡  that Canada was unprincipled, lacked objectivity,ƒÆ’-¡ had noƒÆ’-¡ respect for the opinions of other countries and did not believe in the equality of sovereign states. In other words, CanadaƒÆ’-¡  does not haveƒÆ’-¡  the values of the Commonwealth.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

BairdƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s spokesman, Rick Roth,ƒÆ’-¡ stated ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-our government has spoken loudly and clearly on the issue of human rights in Sri Lanka”.ƒÆ’-¡  Canada is certainly loud but not clear except in showing the world that it is unprincipled, biased andƒÆ’-¡ vindictive just to get a few Tamil votes.ƒÆ’-¡  Regarding human rights, if Canada is in fact concerned about human rights when is it going to deal with the violation of human rights in Canada? It has been faulted by the U.N. for many years about the deprivation of the human rights of it’s indigenous people and women but has done nothing.ƒÆ’-¡  Should it not do so before pointing fingers at other countries?ƒÆ’-¡  Does it not undermine Canada’s credibility? Why not practice what it preaches!ƒÆ’-¡ 

ƒÆ’-¡ 

Regarding the High Commissioner’s statement that hostile criticism and unfair targeting of Sri Lanka by Canada only serves to further strengthen the evil forces working against Sri Lanka and does not contribute in any manner to the ongoing rebuilding and reconciliation process in the multicultural society of the country, it is clear to other countries that Canada has adopted this attitudeƒÆ’-¡ to strengthen it’s appeal to Tamil voters inƒÆ’-¡ Canada.ƒÆ’-¡  It has confirmed that Canada’s policy on Sri Lanka is not based on principle butƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ onƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ winning elections in Canada. None other than the spokesperson for the leading Tamil organization in Canada, that is anti-Sri Lanka and supportive of the Tamil separatists, stated yesterday that “Baird has become the darling of the Tamil community”. That Canada’s policy on Sri Lanka is based on promoting the agenda of the Tamil separatist/terrorist supportersƒÆ’-¡ wasƒÆ’-¡  confirmed by Minister Jason Kenney when he stated to his Tamil supporters in January this year thatƒÆ’-¡ his government’s statements on Sri Lanka are based on “domestic policy”.

ƒÆ’-¡ While the government insists its position is not politically motivated can it explain it’s close alliance with the Tamil diaspora that supports the LTTE? Mr. Baird reinforced his governments “togetherness” and unholy alliance withƒÆ’-¡  terrorist supporters when he greetedƒÆ’-¡ and showed solidarityƒÆ’-¡ with the LTTE supporters in London on April 26th . Because of his governments policyƒÆ’-¡ he needed to showƒÆ’-¡ the Tamil voters in Canada that he is “their man”. To theƒÆ’-¡ rest of the world it clearlyƒÆ’-¡ identified CanadaƒÆ’-¡ as an enthusiasticƒÆ’-¡ ally of the supporters of the LTTE. Is it any wonder that they did not agree with Canada’s position?ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ 

ƒÆ’-¡ As for principles, Canada’s version of principles is that successive Canadian governments permitted and encouraged Canadian citizens to fund Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka for decades. Two millions dollars a month were sent by Canadian citizens to fund LTTE terrorism. Politicians even helped in that fund raising. The most high profile bombing was that of the Central Bank in 1996 which the RCMP confirmed was paid for by these pillars of democracy, the Canadian supporters of the LTTE and supported by the Canadian Government. Is Canada going to accept responsibility and be accountable to the dead and injured? It has not up to now but has strengthened it’s alliance with those responsible for this atrocity.ƒÆ’-¡ 

ƒÆ’-¡ Canada’s double standards, unprincipled politics, support of terrorism in Sri Lanka and it’s continued support for those whose goal is to divide Sri Lanka has been clearly broadcast and showcased to the world. For Sri Lanka, if Mr. Harper and Mr. Baird do not attend, itƒÆ’-¡ may be a relief because there is no guaranteeƒÆ’-¡  that Mr. Baird willƒÆ’-¡ not have another tantrum and as is his trademark,ƒÆ’-¡ spew hatred against Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lanka will be constrained because they will not be rude to a guest, a principleƒÆ’-¡ which Mr. Baird mayƒÆ’-¡ not understand. ƒÆ’-¡ Canada represented by a full delegationƒÆ’-¡  would only serve to remindƒÆ’-¡ Sri LankansƒÆ’-¡ of the horrors they suffered during the thirty years of LTTE terrorism fully supported by Canada.

ƒÆ’-¡ Yours truly,

ƒÆ’-¡ Ira de Silva

London, Canada

ƒÆ’-¡ 

John Kerry USA Secretary of State should take a lesson from ever present fear of terrorism in USA and leave Sri Lanka alone to traverse its own fortunes.

May 5th, 2013

By Charles.S.Perera

When will America learn that their foreign policies are out dated, self centred , andƒÆ’-¡  not progressive? Democrats have failed to change the Republican policies still embedded in their administrative System.ƒÆ’-¡  Be it Hillary Clinton or John Kerry , the changes to American Foreign policies are not forth coming.

What has Sri Lanka done to America ?ƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lanka is not promoting terrorism in America. Sri Lanka is only asking to be left alone to develop the country ƒÆ’-¡ which had been devastated by a terrorist war for three decades,ƒÆ’-¡  andƒÆ’-¡  reconcile the Communities psychologically wounded under terrorism.

Neither President Barack Obama norƒÆ’-¡  his State Secretary Hillary ClintonƒÆ’-¡  new about what happened , or what is happening in Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  They get information from the Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia Robert OƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢Blake, who comes from the Bush Administration, and who is a close friend of the Sri Lanka Terrorist leaders, which is no secret to any one in Sri Lanka. In the US State Department there is a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-government within the governmentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ Presidents may come and Presidents may go but the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-government withinƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ goes on.

The first order The President Barack Obama signed when he became the President was to close the American Guantanamo Torture Camp.ƒÆ’-¡  But who cared to carry out his order.ƒÆ’-¡  The Guantanamo Camp is still their giving more headaches to the President now with the inmates on hunger strike. But Human Rights, Human RightsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦.says the US State Department.

Robert OƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢BlakeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s contacts are the pro-terrorist elements in the Tamil diaspora and the anti government local NGOs, and the Tamil National Alliance which was a part and parcel of the Sri Lanka terrorists when Robert OƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢Blake was the American AmbassadorƒÆ’-¡  in Sri Lanka. ƒÆ’-¡ Therefore the Democrats now in power are acting on information fed to them from those who come from the Bush Administration with a Republican background.ƒÆ’-¡  How elseƒÆ’-¡  could John Kerry have got the information on which he made a most reproachable statement, not in keeping with the dignity of a ƒÆ’-¡ State Secretary of a supposed to be the Leading Nation of the world !

John KerryƒÆ’-¡  had said , ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The government (of Sri Lanka) is dominated by the PresidentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s family; two of the PresidentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s brothers hold key executive branch posts as Defence Secretary and Minister of Economic Development, while a third brother is the Speaker of Parliament. A large number of other relatives, including the PresidentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s son, also serve in important political or diplomatic positions,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

It is a despicable statement most unworthy of a Secretary of State who was once a Presidential Candidate.ƒÆ’-¡ 

If this is the stuff with which the President Barrack ObamaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s State Department is made ofƒÆ’-¡  there is no wonder America is sliding into an inevitable depth of political calamity from one to another.ƒÆ’-¡  In making that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-stupidƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ statement he ƒÆ’-¡ forgot that in America itself there were relatives of American Presidents in high posts.ƒÆ’-¡  President John Kennedy for instance appointed his brother Robert Kennedy as theƒÆ’-¡  Attorney General.ƒÆ’-¡  It is very fortunate if a President can haveƒÆ’-¡  family members, who could hold important positions in the government.ƒÆ’-¡  Because they are after all ƒÆ’-¡ the most trust worthy, and those who could be counted upon to do a job of work according to the Presidents political manifesto.

In case of the family members of the President Rajapakse,ƒÆ’-¡  his brothers, sonƒÆ’-¡  and nieces who are with him in the Government were elected Members of the Parliament except the Secretary of Defence who was the most qualified to hold the post and responsible for the elimination of terrorism through able coordination of the Armed Forces and getting essential arms and armaments in time to continue a non-stop military operations against the terrorists until they were finally and completely eliminated.

John Kerry when he took over the State Department from Hillary Clinton many expected a change , but only Hillary Clinton has gone but people like Robert OƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢Blake remain. Therefore
there want be any change in the American State Department in its relation with regard to Sri Lanka, even with John Kerry as the State Secretary.

But at least now, despite the mistakes the President Barack ObamaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s government had been doing , it is time his administration turns towards itself to set its own records correct with regard to human rights. It had been for many years using every trick possible to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-policeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ the world with aggressivity, threat and embargos.ƒÆ’-¡  The price it pays now for all that is enormous.ƒÆ’-¡  The child poverty is at its worst in South Dakota.ƒÆ’-¡  The US census bureau has reported that in 2012, more than 16 percent of the American population live in poverty .

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-There were about 643,000 sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons nation wide in January 2009. Almost two-thirds stayed in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program and the other third were living on the street, in an abandoned building, or another place not meant for human habitation. About 1.56 million people, or about 0.5% of the U.S. population, used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ (Wikipedia).ƒÆ’-¡ 

But yet Human RightsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦.Human Rights says the US State Department.

No body seems to be safe in America, despite its CIA, FBI and other Agencies like the Human Rights Watch, Lawyers for Justice etc.ƒÆ’-¡  They are all out accusingƒÆ’-¡  a small country like Sri Lanka for violation of human rights in eliminating a group of terrorists that made its people suffer for 30 long years, when in America even a five year old child takes to crime killing his kid sister with a gun he was given as a birthday present by his adorable parents.ƒÆ’-¡ 

Elsewhere in the US, President Obama has just spoken after the US senate blocked a bill to expand background checks on gun owners, despite support from 90 per cent of Americans. Flanked by victims of gun violence, a clearly angry Mr Obama said the vote represented a shameful day for Washington.

In another report John Kerry says, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-..On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I am eager to support the Sri Lankan people in this journey as you work to make progress on reconciliation and accountability four years after the end of the conflict which divided your country. The United States stands ready to partner with Sri Lanka and all Sri Lankans as you deal with these important issues,”.

But with the same breath , ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a 20 per cent cut in the American aid to Colombo, a move reflecting the unease in their ties over issues related to human rights, reconstruction and political integration in Sri Lanka after the end of the civil war.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡  .ƒÆ’-¡ 

The State Department of America depends on the American Embassy in Sri Lanka toƒÆ’-¡  provide confidential information with regard to the activities of the Government of Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  But the informantsƒÆ’-¡  engaged by the ƒÆ’-¡ Ambassador Michelle Sison ƒÆ’-¡ cannot be relied upon as they are mainly the political opponents to the Government of Mahinda Rajapakse and pro-terrorists local NGOƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s . ƒÆ’-¡ 

President Barrack Obama has similar experience with those who oppose his Democratic Regime. All progressive bills the President Obama has presented are vehemently opposed by the Republican opposition.

It is the same with the opposition to the President ƒÆ’-¡ Mahinda RajapkseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s government. The UNP, JVP or the TNA will not express appreciation of the considerable ƒÆ’-¡ work done so far by the Government of Sri Lanka for the development of the country and the reconciliation of the Communities.ƒÆ’-¡ 

Therefore, if the American State Department goes on these reports prepared by the American Ambassador Michelle Sison based on the informationƒÆ’-¡  she had got from the most undemocratic selfish opposition to the Government of Sri Lanka, America will naturally be acting against a popular government with a dedicated President at its helm in Sri Lanka.

But yet the ill informedƒÆ’-¡  Michelle SisonƒÆ’-¡  playing second fiddle to Robert OƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢Blake , dare say that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”She has pointed out that the government has had ample time and space to address a number of concerns, especially to address allegations of violations of human rights and international humanitarian laws.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢

American State Department is therefore unable to get objective information with regard to the Government of Sri Lanka and itsƒÆ’-¡  ground realities.ƒÆ’-¡  John Kerry should perhaps contact American Citizens who visit the country and help the people to ameliorate their condition, who not being interest in politics will give the State Department more important information than those he gets through the American Ambassador Michelle Sison.

One such American Citizen I think of is Ms. Amy Poirier from Staten Island , who in fact wrote both to John Kerry and the President Barack Obama, on real conditions existing in Sri Lanka gathered from ordinary people she mixes withƒÆ’-¡  in humanitarian activities ƒÆ’-¡ she has undertaken ƒÆ’-¡ in Sri Lanka, and expressing her surprise at the passing of a resolution against Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

After seeing the Boston Marathon Bomb blast Ms.Amy Poirier wrote , ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦What strikes me while watching the news during attacks now is that the people have no real idea how there lives have just changed. ƒÆ’-¡ There is a family who the father just completed the Boston Marathon, his 8 year old son ran up to him to hug him and on his return to his mother was killed, his younger sister and his mother had their legs torn off. ƒÆ’-¡ I simply cannot imagine the reality of these people lives now. ƒÆ’-¡ Then to take the thought even further this family is a true example of what others as in Sri Lanka had lived with for over 30 years. ƒÆ’-¡ 

Can John Kerry think the way Mme Amy Poirier thought after the Boston terrorist attack -ƒÆ’-¡  that terrorism is the sameƒÆ’-¡  where ever it happens ?

This accounts for ƒÆ’-¡ the double standard of American State Department, despite its continuedƒÆ’-¡  harassment of countries, aiding rebelsƒÆ’-¡  for regime change. Syria problem could have been settled by America if it wanted to by contacting the rebel groups to advice them that the bestƒÆ’-¡  means to solve the problem is to have a dialogue with the government with the intermediary of America, Russia and China, instead of arming rebels to attack the Syrian Government Forces.ƒÆ’-¡ 

President Barack Obama now, like the ƒÆ’-¡ former President Bush in respect of Iraq, ƒÆ’-¡ asserts that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad uses chemical weapons against his own people.ƒÆ’-¡  It may be a lie as it was with Iraq, as there are so many rebel groups sponsored by the International Community, which makes one pose the question, ƒÆ’-¡ who actually uses chemicals against the people ? It cannot certainly be the Government of Assad, as Syria had no capabilities of producing weapons of mass destruction.

It is time that Sri Lanka should stop to take stock of itself, Sri Lanka had been doing things to please the US and the West far too long. Nevertheless, the International Community will never be ƒÆ’-¡ satisfied and will continue to call for the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-pound of flesh.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

It is therefore essential to do what is good for Sri Lanka (not what is good for the West), as now is the time for it, ƒÆ’-¡ and this time will never come again. What would happen to Sri LankaƒÆ’-¡  after Mahinda Rajpakse is any bodyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s guess.ƒÆ’-¡  We cannot expect UNP, andƒÆ’-¡  least of all JVP, to do any thing better. They will only reverse what ever progress Sri LankaƒÆ’-¡  has made since 2005.

The American Ambassador Michell Sison is already acting as the Viceroy of Sri Lanka, and America has taken over the role of a police state, keeping tag on Sri Lanka, without contributing any thing to its development and progress.ƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lanka has been let down by the former colonialists , European Community and ƒÆ’-¡ its neighbour India.

Therefore, Sri Lanka should take its own protective measures to develop the country and reconcile the Communities. As long as TNA is allowed to keep their Parliamentary MembershipƒÆ’-¡  and allowed to exist as a political party despite high treason they are committingƒÆ’-¡  against theƒÆ’-¡  Country day in and the day out, reconciliation of the Sinhala Community and the Tamil Community becomes more and more difficult.

Therefore the Government should walk out of its ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-cocoonƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and take decisive action what ever the consequences would be.ƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lanka has defeated a most ruthless terrorist group without any bodyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s help.ƒÆ’-¡  It could therefore be able to face any consequences that would follow after taking essentialƒÆ’-¡  decisions in the interest of the country despite the USA and the West.

First and foremost, the 13 Amendment should be removed as it was accepted to facilitateƒÆ’-¡  the Indian Peace Keeping Force to move about the terrorist controlled areas in the North and the East. The IPKF left long ago and terrorism has since been eliminated therefore there is no reason to maintain the 13Amendment.ƒÆ’-¡ 

Secondly, legal action should be taken against the TNA which was a partyƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…- floatedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ by the terrorists to be their spokes men in the Sri Lanka Parliament.ƒÆ’-¡  The TNA should have been disbanded in May 2009.ƒÆ’-¡  It was a mistake to have kept them to represent the Tamils.ƒÆ’-¡  Even today TNA remains the voice of the terrorists and the pro-terrorist Tamil diaspora. The Government should demand a court order to disband TNA.

Thirdly, we should inform the UN and the UN Human Rights Council not to interfere with the internal affairs of the Country and that Sri Lanka wouldƒÆ’-¡  implement only thoseƒÆ’-¡  recommendations of the LLRC which Sri Lanka considers is important to build good Communal relations and allow the country as a whole to benefit from those recommendations without being selective.

Sri Lanka should strengthen the Military Camps in the North and the East and settle down the Sinhala IDPs, without further delay.

Fourthly, Thesavalamai should be withdrawn as a law of Sri Lanka, Shariah law should be forbidden.ƒÆ’-¡  The citizens of Sri Lanka should have one Law and that has to be obeyed by all.ƒÆ’-¡  Any body should be allowed to buy land and settle down in North and the East as it is happening in the South.

Fifthly, we should inform the Secretary of US State Department not to make damaging remarks about Sri Lanka. The fact that the Rajapakse brothers are at the helm of the Government Administration is no business of the US State Department.ƒÆ’-¡  What matters is whether the people of Sri Lanka accepts the situation ƒÆ’-¡ or not.ƒÆ’-¡ 

John Kerry is the US State Secretary and Sri Lanka is a Sovereign Democratic State, not a Dictatorship or a lawlessƒÆ’-¡  country of savages, and above all not a Subject Nation of USA.ƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lanka is not bound by the US Country Reports orƒÆ’-¡  US Congress Committee Reports.ƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lanka should not be threatened to do what it does not want to do.ƒÆ’-¡ 

Sri Lanka would like to remain aƒÆ’-¡  poor country but not a subservient country.ƒÆ’-¡  If the International Community proposes to march along with its NATO Forces against ƒÆ’-¡ Sri Lanka,ƒÆ’-¡  the USA and the International Community should take note that Sri Lanka is not alone, it has its friends to defend it, even if India were to once again turn a traitor to Sri Lanka.

The US State Secretary John Kerry instead of going by third party false accounts of Sri Lanka should beƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-manƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ enough to visit Sri Lanka, andƒÆ’-¡  judge the ground situation himself.ƒÆ’-¡  He should request the US Ambassador Michelle Sison not to act as the American Viceroy in Sri Lanka appointed to ƒÆ’-¡ overseer every activity of the Government of Sri Lanka, and confine herself to her Ambassadorial functions.

Sixthly Sri Lanka should inform the USA and the International Community which keeps Sri Lanka on the top of their red list of dangerous countries, that Sri Lanka has finished with terrorism and is answerable to no one for their elimination and ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-collateral ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-damages if there were any.

Lastly Sri Lanka should ask the white supremacist Stephen Harper to go and ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-fly a kiteƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and that we are least concerned whether he attends the CHOGM or not. Even if the CHOGM is not held in Sri Lanka it ƒÆ’-¡ would not be the end of the world.

AmarakeerthiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s female underwear

May 5th, 2013

C. Wijeyawickrema

Source: Anti-Sinhala Buddhist website Colombo Telegraph

ƒÆ’-¡ The writer Liyanage Amarakeerthi (Islamic Culture And The Challenge Of Buddhist Fundamentalism) is a senior lecturer at department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, and visiting scholar at university of Santiago, Spain

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  One can understand all out anger against Bodu Bala Sena from the English-speaking people. BBS is an idea, a plant or a germ, a paradox originated with a group of relatively unknown four Buddhist monks and a layman just one year ago. It spread like wild fire. One can understand a Christian Marxist like Dayan Jayatileke shouting against BBS, but how can a village boy like Amarakeerthi who got the opportunity to receive a higher education in USA, who cites Dhammapada claiming his Buddhist background talk of Buddhist fundamentalism and female underwear?

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  We expect such people, who think they are the cream of the university culture to be objective and reasonable. They should analyze data and be of balanced learned men. They should not get biased and thus get cheated on their own simply because there are websites like the Colombo Telegraph to use them.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Is Amarakeerthi an educated man?ƒÆ’-¡  On what grounds he says that BBS is Buddhist Fundamentalism? About his female underwear problem, does he not know that chemical contamination is possible, and a woman can be made barren by the use of contaminated underwear? In any case how can a Peradeniya university teacher who craves to tell the reader his Harvard links use this female underwear case to sling mud at the BBS movement?

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  It is AmarakeerthiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s right to praise and embrace Muslims or Islam culture. But can he ignore or try to bury all the cruelties of Islamic rulers did to other people?ƒÆ’-¡  One must be able to see both sides. Amarakeerthi speaks of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-savagely racistƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ speeches of BBS in Kandy.ƒÆ’-¡  I did not see any racist speeches. I saw facts disclosed and giving Muslim employer an opportunity to defend or disprove. Racist is the one who says Muslims are bad because they are Muslims. To disclose to the general public that a certain Muslim business man is exploiting poor Sinhala girls and boys is not racism.

ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  I have two simple reasonableness tests for this Amarakeerthi.

(1)ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Not eating pig meat or any meat is a good idea. But is it reasonable to ask non-Muslims to not eat pig meat by forcing a halal certification on them? Who wants to worry about whether a tooth brush or a comb has pig oil or not? When one group in society wants halal certification introduced what is wrong with another group affected by it wanting to remove halal certification. For example when Muslim MPs want the speaker to stop serving pork curry at the Parliament subsidized canteen, what happens to John AmaratungaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s or Rosy SenanayakeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s right to eat pork? ƒÆ’-¡ 

(2)ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  A woman can cover her whole body or part of the body as long as it does not become a public pollution or provocation issue. If a Muslim woman covers her face with a mask with only two holes for the two eyes, and begins this in Sri Lanka suddenly after 2009, can the state prevent it for security reasons? Under the gonibilla cover can be a Muslim wahabi woman, man or a terrorist or a rapist. If tinted car glass windows are prohibited why not the gonibilla cover in public? If the police is unable to stop this why not people demand it with rotten eggs after adequate warning. Are there any rights without duties? If a halal head (gonibilla cover) has a haram bottom (exposed bottom with clear cleavage), then does not halal become a political tool rather than a calm-meditative mind?

Because Amarakeerthi hates arrack, I must say I am for what NM Perera suggested in the 1960s to allow each household to make toddy from one coconut tree, just like in USA marijuana is becoming legal one state at a time. This is better than people drinking rat juice or battery acid brew illegally and secretly.

Cwije7@gmail.com

John Baird says Sri Lanka is “Evil”

May 5th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

2 May 2013

Hon. John Baird, PC. MPƒÆ’-¡ 
Minister or Foreign Affairs for Canada
House of Commons, Ottawa

Dear John:

This letter to you is in response to four news articles which you have been quoted in reference to Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads Summit in November and Canada wanting to deny it happening because of the alleged human rights violations.ƒÆ’-¡  My response to it is ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-See who is talking?ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Phew! Canada has a mighty big ego with an attitude of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-We are Holier than ThouƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ to say that we are squeaky clean when it comes to Human Rights.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  That is a string of Byward Market baloney.ƒÆ’-¡  I will come to that later.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

The four articles are ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” 1.ƒÆ’-¡  Pressure Sri Lanka on political reforms, The Nation (UAE) Editorial of 30.4.2013;ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  2. The Colombo Page of May 1, 2013 – Canadian Government not to send full delegation to CHOGM in Sri Lanka;ƒÆ’-¡  3. The Ottawa Citizen of 1 May 2013 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” Commonwealth failing on Sri Lanka, Baird says; and 4. The Ottawa Citizen of May 2, 2013 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” A rebuke to Sri Lanka.

For starters John, wipe out that Cheshire-cat grin off your face and stop gloating about the Ottawa CitizenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Editorial: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…” A rebuke to Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.ƒÆ’-¡  It said, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-One of the biggest insults a government can deliver to another ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” the diplomatic equivalent of a slap in the face ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” is for the leader of one country to refuse to attend a high profile gathering hosted by another.ƒÆ’-¡  Well, Canada has just slapped Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

Well John, the Ottawa Citizen wasnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t doing you, Prime Minister Stephen Harper or Canada any favours, as its reverse Logic saw Canada being isolated and 52 other Commonwealth Nations slapping Canada back for itsƒÆ’-¡  unprecedented stupidity as they all will be attending the Summit.ƒÆ’-¡  And I hope those 52 slaps did hurt Canada.ƒÆ’-¡  Sri Lanka being the host is the 53rd nation who has been watching and laughing at this Canadian fiasco and the out of step dance by Hon. John Baird, CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Foreign Minister, and isolating his nation.

John, it is very likely that Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s President Mahinda Rajapaksa will take the leaders of the other 52 nationsƒÆ’-¡  one early morning in luxury coaches to the shores of the Nandikadal lagoon where the Tamil Tigers were wiped out on 19 May 2009, to watch the sun rise from the east of the island and report back to you and Prime Minister Harper that the sunƒÆ’-¡  indeed rose over Sri Lanka from the east, and Canada not participating at the Commonwealth Summit, did not impact or shake Sri Lanka at all.ƒÆ’-¡  John and that is how the cookie crumbles.ƒÆ’-¡  And you can send Minister Jason Kenny to Toronto as your emissary to report back to the separatist Tamils that Canada did make an honest effort to stop the sun rising from the east of that island that they seem to hate, but you all unfortunately failed and not to penalize the Conservatives and beg for their bloc vote in the Greater Toronto Area at the next federal election.

John, if your intention was to bully the puny democratic island nation, Sri Lanka, with your brand of Canadian-Parliamentary-Terrorism, and along the way annoy non-Tamil Sri Lankans, you did an excellent job and since you got my goat I would give you an A+.ƒÆ’-¡  But getting the A+ doesnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t get you off the hook for being a huffing-and-puffing Canadian ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-HumbugƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ parliamentarian.

John, here lies my problem with you.ƒÆ’-¡  I being aware of your pit-bull persona, I know you would go to any length to achieve your partyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s policy on Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  The policy is ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” letƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s beat up Sri Lanka and make over the 80 percent of the 300,000 Canadian-Tamils who are Eelamists in the Greater Toronto Area happy and then pick their bloc vote at the next federal election and hang on to the Conservative majority in parliament.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Who cares about Sri Lanka! Right, John?ƒÆ’-¡  ItƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s a case of usƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦.usƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦usƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬¦and damn Sri Lanka which has come through a nasty 27-year war with the Tamil Tigers.ƒÆ’-¡  LetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s do more to cripple her and the Conservatives will govern Canada for the next 50 years with the separatist Tamil vote.ƒÆ’-¡  Right, John?

Continuing with that thread, John, do you really want me to take you seriously, when you are a politician who has difficulty to decipher between a classic text-book example of human rights achievements and that which is not?ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Stop challenging my intelligence by bullying me into believing that what you say about Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s alleged human rights violation during the last five months of the 27 year Tamil Tiger War is the truth and nothing but the truth.ƒÆ’-¡  I am afraid, John, you got that one wrong big time, as I donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t believe you nor do I trust you.

So just come off it John, and for PeteƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s sake get off that high-horse of yours as that thrown doesnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢tƒÆ’-¡ belong toƒÆ’-¡ political pit-bull con-artists.

When the UN reviews CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s records on rights the way we treat the First Nations peoples you have the gall to question Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s alleged human rights violations.ƒÆ’-¡  It is notƒÆ’-¡ I who is questioning this; itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s the Governments of Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sweden and Mexico who have submitted written questions in advance asking what Canada is doing to tackle their sordid human rights violations against the aboriginal women.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  That itself should penalize you going around the international political campus circuit questioning Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s human rights and speaking ill of that island saying they are ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, and when you come out of these meetings meet and shake hands with the Tamils the Tamil Tiger supporters and not with the Sinhalese as you did in London recently.ƒÆ’-¡  What a crock full of cods-wallop, John!

When you as the Foreign Minister of Canada havenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t as yet recognized Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s human rights achievements like giving back the basic human right of the right-to-life to 22 million of its peoples on 19 May 2009, by eliminating the most ruthless terrorists in the world, the Tamil Tigers, what moral right can you claim to question the alleged human rights violations during the last five months of a 27 year long war.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  That is not ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ John that is Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Buddhist compassion ofƒÆ’-¡  Metta.ƒÆ’-¡  I am a Buddhist.

ƒÆ’-¡ John what moral right have you got to question Sri Lanka on the unsubstantiated human rights violations whenƒÆ’-¡  Canada aided and abetted that war by allowing the Tamil Diaspora collect 2 million dollars a month for 13 years and stuffed it into the Tamil Tiger war chest to purchase sophisticated killing weapons to snuff out innocent Sinhalese and Muslims by the thousands.ƒÆ’-¡  That is what it is, John?ƒÆ’-¡  LetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s come clean with some honesty.

Is it because Canada is guilty and trying to hide from that fact, to having aided and abetted the Tamil TigersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ truck-bombƒÆ’-¡  assault which brought down the Central Bank Building in the Fort in Colombo on 31 January 1996,ƒÆ’-¡  killing 114 and maiming for life ofƒÆ’-¡  another 1,338.ƒÆ’-¡  If I was Judge and Jury I would charge Canada as culpable of this criminal act.

Do I hear you say, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Oh, No, we had nothing to do with that bombing and killings.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

And this will be my response. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-John, you were not in CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Tamil Tiger supporting political picture in 1994, so you wouldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t know.ƒÆ’-¡  It was during that year that the Tamil Tiger supporters cut a cheque for $7.5 million dollars from a bank in Vancouver to purchase 60 tons of RDX and TNT explosives from the Rubezone Chemical plant in the Ukraine.ƒÆ’-¡  It were these explosives bought out of Canadian dollars that brought down the Central Bank Building in Colombo,ƒÆ’-¡  on 31 January 1996.ƒÆ’-¡  And logic and association says that Canada was culpable of this criminal act.ƒÆ’-¡  Canada is no goody two-shoes, John.ƒÆ’-¡  Go after Sri Lanka as you do, much will be revealed and Canada will get fried as brainless and vindictive.ƒÆ’-¡  If you do your research well, you will keep your bully-hands off Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-EvilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, you called Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’-¡  Explain to me how you would equate ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ with the Sri Lankan armed forces liberating 295,873 Tamils from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers on 19 May 2009, who were used as a human shield for 30 months when the cockyƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”invincibleƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Tamil Tigers were retreating like rats with their tails between their legs.ƒÆ’-¡  John, I didnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t hear a whimper ofƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  protest from you nor from your boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, against the Tamil Tigers when the Tamil human shield was moved from the west coast to the east coast like a herd of unwashed cattle.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  Where were you two when this was happening?

Surely John, I donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t have to twist your arm to have these Sri Lankan soldiers nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.ƒÆ’-¡  Do it John.ƒÆ’-¡  These guys deserve it.ƒÆ’-¡  They were not ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬, when they chanced their lives when they carried frail Tamil grandmothers and grandfathers in their arms like babies to safety dodging Tamil Tiger bullets during the last phase of the war.ƒÆ’-¡  And these old Tamil folks kissed the Sinhalese soldiers cheeks and said ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Thurunuwan sarani PuthaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-MayƒÆ’-¡  the Triple Gem bless you Son.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡  John, these are facts and I doubt that you can be crass to call it acts of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.ƒÆ’-¡  These are acts of valour in compassion.ƒÆ’-¡  Where the hell did you get that notion of Sri Lanka being ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evil.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡  This cruel joke could only come out of the pit-bull persona of John Baird, and no one else.ƒÆ’-¡  Right, John?ƒÆ’-¡  And you seem to be proud of yourself.

John, I doubt you knew that Sri Lanka performed a human rights miracle during the months after the Tamil Tigers were wiped and the 295,873 Tamils were liberated from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers.ƒÆ’-¡  The Government prepared a million meals a day to feed these liberated Tamils three hearty meals ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…” breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.ƒÆ’-¡  I cannot see how you could equate this effort of compassion as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.ƒÆ’-¡  The majority of the people who prepared the food were from the Sinhalese community as they did not want the members of the Tamil community die of starvation.ƒÆ’-¡  And you call it ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-evilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬.ƒÆ’-¡  You are a strange man, John, some sort of a Humbug.

Let me conclude this note to you by pointing out one more embarrassing incident by one of your Conservative colleagues trying to intimidate Sri Lanka.

Minister of Citizenship Jason Kenney goes to Sri Lanka and on January 7th sits with the Sri Lankan Government officials like a Laughing Buddha, and introducing himself as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I am the son of a Preacher-manƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ and preach on Human Rights and how Canada is concerned about the alleged human rights violations in their island.

The stupidity of all this was that on that very day, a stoneƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s throw away from his parliament office the First Nation peoples were demonstrating against the Canadian Government about the violation of their human rights, and their Attawapiskat ChiefƒÆ’-¡  Theresa Spence was on a hunger strike.ƒÆ’-¡  How stupid can Jason be to preach to the Sri Lankans that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-We are Holier than Thou,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’-¡  when we are damn well not. What crap was that John?ƒÆ’-¡  Do you all really think that these Sri Lankans are a bunch of stupidsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.ƒÆ’-¡  And I am sure these Sri Lankans laughed Jason out of their office that day.

And Jason was lucky, that the Sri Lankan hosts were diplomatically polite, or else he would have beenƒÆ’-¡  told -ƒÆ’-¡  Minister get that arse of yours back to Canada and resolve your human rights problems as we are appalled the way you treat your First Nation peoples.ƒÆ’-¡  Once you get your act cleaned up, then you may want to come and preach to us about Human rights.ƒÆ’-¡  Until then keep your hands off Sri Lanka.

Well John, CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s stakes are high in the Commonwealth as we have isolated ourselves.ƒÆ’-¡  And as for Canada participating at the summit and Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotting the Summit, the Sri LankanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s couldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t care two prairie straws.ƒÆ’-¡  And I am certain that most Sri Lankans would want yours and Prime Minister HarperƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s feet kept off from their holy, sovereign kabook soil.ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡ ƒÆ’-¡  I will let you into a secret JohnƒÆ’-¡  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬”…”the Sri Lankan resent unfriendly people who want to hurt their much treasured island nation. And I donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t blame them either!

Sincerely,

Asoka Weerasinghe


Copyright © 2014 LankaWeb.com. All Rights Reserved. Powered by Wordpress