5 December, 2020

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Anti-National Agents Behind Sirisena To Reverse Nation’s Gains

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

When Bishop Rayappu Joseph, one of the most rabid and committed promoters and protectors of Tamil fascist tyranny, raised his hands that blessed Velupillai Prabhakaran in the past and placed them on the head of Maithripala Sirisena the other day, he was signaling, in an unambiguous political act, that he was blessing what he considers to be the second coming of Prabhakaran.

This symbolizes the peak point of the anti-national forces ganging up to embrace Maithripala Sirisena as their new Messiah, in the absence of Prabhakaran. This also means that Bishop Rayappu representing the Tamil-wing of the Catholic Church and Tamil extremism, the TNA and the other leading anti-national forces of the north and south have got behind Sirisena to reverse the gains of the post-Nandikadal victory. They are acting jointly in the belief that Sirisena will deliver, through the presidential-parliamentary process that is yet to be defined, at least a part of what was lost at Nandikadal. TNA is also hoping to collect a couple of ministerial portfolios in “My-3s” Cabinet, if he can form one.

R. Sampanthan, the leader of the TNA, too hinted at the possibility of accepting portfolios at the press conference that announced TNA’s support for ”My-3”. When Sampanthan was questioned about accepting ministerial portfolios he replied that it is “not contemplated now” but anything can change. Everything changes, he added, leaving the possibility of accepting portfolios wide open.

The fact that Sampanthan did not deny it outright confirms that a secret deal has been cut – the details of which are likely to come out once they start implementing, after January 8, 2015, the promises made in their secret deal. TNA, like any other political party, has thrown its weight behind “My-3” only on terms and conditions favourable to its political agenda. TNA is not jumping with both feet into “My-3’s” camp just to chew a stick or two of kotta-kelangu with Maithripala Sirisena.

Obviously, they would have asked, before joining, what’s in it for us. TNA’s bargaining would have aimed at proving to the Tamil voters that their investment in “My-3-pala-naya” has produced dividends. In the past the Tamil leadership has paid a heavy price for backing the wrong horse at the wrong time. But they are not that stupid to give away their votes for nothing. They will ask for their pound of flesh and this will be revealed after January 8, 2015.

When at last the TNA declared that it is for Maithripala Sirisena it cleared the unresolved questions and fuzziness of the political landscape and revealed fully the alignment of forces in the coming presidential election. The final endorsement of TNA and SLMC confirmed that it is the defeated anti-national forces that have gathered to back Sirisena.

The list of those who has joined Sirisena speaks for itself. They are : 1. the TNA, proxies of Prabhakaran, 2. SLMC which signed a deal with Prabhakaran, 3. NGOs the partisan and active agents of Prabhakaran who defended him in international and local fora in the name of promoting peace, 4. Bishop Rayappu and the Tamil-wing of the Catholic Church that never failed to bless Prabhakaran, 5. Mangala Samaraweera of the failed Sudu Nelum movement initiated as a confidence-building act to appease Prabhakaran, 6. Ravi Karunayake linked to Raja Rajaratnam, the American-based financier of the LTTE, 7. Rajitha Senaratne, a puppet of the NGOs, 8. Mano Ganeshan, the loudspeaker of Prabhakaran, 9.Vickrama Bahu, the rotten corpse trying to rise from the Marxist morgue located somewhere in a corner of his feudal Moladanda Walauwwa and 10) his straw scare-crow, Siritunga Jayatunga, the presidential candidate, who will get less votes than President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the Tamils. Last but not the least, there is Champika Ranawaka, the born-again, pavement hawker of yellow robes, (or is it the “yellow peril”?), carrying the pin-pet-tiya and the mull-watt-tiya as offerings to his newly ordained TNA hamu-duru-woes.

Of course, Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe, who are leading this anti-national movement, have been the pioneers who originally engineered their disastrous formulas – disastrous to them and to the nation — to appease Prabhakaran. Since the failure of Ceasefire Agreement of 2002 and the subsequent P-TOMS of Chandrika Kumaratunga they have been rejected by the people as monumental failures that dragged the nation into depths of despair. They know that they have lost the confidence of people. That is why they cannot appear on their own to lead the election campaign. They are taking cover behind Sirisena while they retain the strings to make him dance to their tunes.

This is what makes Sirisena an explosive time-bomb waiting to go off after January 8. The old failures have returned to lead the defeated forces and restore status quo ante Nandikadal. This is the biggest threat to the nation. Besides, the Kumaratunga-Wickremesinghe combination has cobbled up the “My-3” Coalition, consisting of diametrically opposed political opponents, who have no alternative constructive policy or programme to compete politically on the national platform with the constructive advances made by the Rajapaksas. Their tactic has been to join hands with the forces that were defeated and make it look like a new move for change. But anyone can see that it is nothing but old tala thel (gingely oil) in old Horagolla bottles.

Despite the many denials, it is now generally accepted in political circles that the secret deal was brokered by Chandrika Kumaratunga-Ranil Wickremesinghe combination. They were not alone. Behind them were the Western and Indian interventionists who were pressuring the TNA to go along with the “My-3 pala-naya”. And they did. In keeping with the secret deal the TNA kept their decision to back Sirisena under wraps for three weeks since the date of the elections was announced and declared their hands only at the eleventh hour. Bishop Rayappu stepped in only to seal the pre-arranged deal with his blessings.

This deal was predictable and made possible because of two main reasons: 1. the identical political forces of the south that produced the Norwegian-brokered CFA of 2002 (Ranil Wickremesinghe) and subsequent P-TOMS (Chandrika Kumaratunga) that handed over North and the East to Prabhakaran are now back in the driving seat of Sirisena’s political wagon and 2. a TNA–“My-3” deal provides the best opportunity for the TNA to reverse the historical gains of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and restore to the TNA, the proxies of Prabhakaran, the “little-now-more-later” demands of their political agenda. Examples: handing over Police powers, land, and withdrawal of the Security Forces from the North and the South and other powers linked to 13+ which they have failed to get through Mahinda Rajapakse.

All other issues can be dismissed as smoke-screen to hide the TNA–”My-3” deal for the anti-national forces to win the presidential election. In the final lap, this election has boiled down to a contest between national and anti-national forces. It was always that from the words go though it was disguised in irrelevant constitutional and political issues, most of which have been discarded even before the election could begin.

Earlier, the picture was somewhat muddled with endless speculation on who will be with whom on polling day. This guessing game ended once the SLMC and TNA revealed officially their hidden agenda. After that the final battle lineup has demonstrated unequivocally that it is a straightforward contest between the forces that saved the nation (first, from the Tamil Tiger terrorists and, second, from the international interventionists) and the forces that abused the powers of the state to sell the nation to its enemies without informing the President, Parliament and the people.

This election, fought on trumped up issues of changing the constitution, or restoring democracy, justice and clean administration, is, in reality, a battle to reverse the gains won at the end of the 33-year-old Vadukoddai War. What the Rajapaksas rescued at Nandikadal was the cherished history of the nation. With the anti-national forces surrounding Sirisena he has no option but to surrender to their demands of reversing the future history created by the Rajapakses.

Chandrika Kumaratunga, let the cat out of the bag when she opened her loose mouth and referred to the internationally banned terrorist, who had no compunction in slaughtering his own people, as “Mister Prabhakaran”. She is now seen as having sold the nation for a few cheers and votes from Jaffna. Besides, she is hailing Prabhakaran at a time when even Sampanthan is distancing himself from the Tamil Pol Pot of Jaffna. TNA is washing its hand off LTTE because it can’t be seen as a part of the internationally banned terrorist outfit. TNA is now seeking to present a clean image. In an interview with the Daily Mirror (3/1/2015) he declared (lying through his teeth) that he was never for the LTTE and he wants to find a solution within united and undivided Sri Lanka. But Kumaratunga goes to Jaffna and hails Prabhakaran as if he was her best machang.

How far can this cheap sell-out go to add credibility to her already ruined image? Doesn’t this reveal the real CBK and her brand of Dona Catherina politics? If she continues to hero-worship Prabhakaran as her “Mister” can she be trusted to protect or serve the national interests? Doesn’t it reveal on whose side she is on the issues facing the nation? Isn’t CBK already signaling that she is preparing to reverse history and hand over all the gains backs the proxies of her “Mister”? How is Sirisena going to balance “Mister” Prabhakaran’s dear mistress and the JHU which is crying for the reduction of powers of the Provincial Councils? Is Sirisena depending on this loose cannon to deliver good governance? As the power behind Sirisena what does this portend for the future of the (1) Coalition and (2) the nation? Only a half-wit like CBK would think of winning votes in Jaffna by throwing sops to a Tamil Cerberus without realizing that it is going to lose vote outside Jaffna.

At the same meeting in Jaffna Gen. Sarath Fonseka got booed when he tried make out that he fought a war causing the least amount of hurt to the Tamils. That is true. But that is not a vote-winning line in Jaffna. The gaffes of Kumaratunga and Gen. Fonseka have backfired just when they thought that everything was going fine for them. More of these are yet to come either before or after January 8. This is inevitable because the inherent contradictions in the “My-3-pala-naya” are irreconcilable. These contradictions will either implode or explode sooner or later. Can the inevitable clash of ideologies and personalities – most of whom can never agree on fundamental issues — produce a stable government or work together for long to achieve their promised goals?

As if there aren’t enough of anti-national forces in Sirisena’s unworkable Coalition they have – believe it or not! – thrown in representatives of NGOs to be a part of running the administration. Addressing the businessmen gathered at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Sirisena announced that in keeping with his promise to restore democracy his very next act which would take place on the following day of assuming office “will be to establish a National Advisory Council that includes representatives of all parties represented in Parliament as well as Civil Society organizations.” (The Island – December 28, 2014)

The inclusion of NGOs into the National Advisory Council (NAC) is hilarious, to say the least. Let us, however, assume that the NAC has some potential to serve as a useful body, though I believe it is bound to wind up as another expensive body full of windbags.

Let us also assume that representatives of political parties can also give some advice though it is a redundant body in view of the fact the Coalition government and the parliament as a whole consist of all the multiple parties in the field. Why duplicate parliament in an advisory body? Who is going to pay for this extravaganza?

But what is ridiculous and unacceptable is the inclusion of “Civil Society organizations” in the NAC. Though the NGOs talk glibly of good governance they can’t run their own foreign-funded institutions efficiently or free from corruption and abuses of their staff. For instance, investigations have revealed that NGOs like ICES and CPA are running mega-million organizations without properly accounting for the money they receive from their Western donors.

When the diddled accounts of ICES were investigated Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy washed her hands off saying that she merely signed what was put before her. Is that a qualification of “good governance”?   It was her counterpart in the Centre for Policy Alternative (CPA), “Paki” (Mister Corrupt) Saravanamuttu, who led the campaign against ICES exposing its shady deals. Of course, Mister Corrupt Saravanamuttu is no better. He is yet to account for the double-billing presented to his European donors to cover-up for the drinking bajau of CPA held at Galle Face Hotel. When charges were raised about CPA’s crooked deals he said he will reply in two weeks and fled to UK.

Mister Corrupt Saravanamuttu can’t even govern his CPA let alone advice the nation on good governance. When Sanjana (Foul Mouthed) Hattotuwa, his senior advisor in the CPA, abused a junior female staffer Mister Corrupt Saravanamuttu hushed up the affair by saying that it is an internal matter. Sirisena obviously will, no doubt, be influenced by Kumaratunga to appoint Mister Corrupt Saravanamuttu’s, her dancing partner, to the National Advisory Council. This inclusion may give Mister Corrupt Saravanamuttu a great opportunity to get closer to his dancing partner. But how can the nation benefit when his sole mission has been to go on foreign-funded trips abroad and run down Sri Lanka as a place worse than hell at every stop on the way? It is also possible that Jehan (Pacha) Perera too will be appointed to the NAC. He is another anti-national prevaricator who glorified the LTTE as state on par with the Sri Lankan state, particularly by conferring on O-Level Anton Balasingham with a doctorate which he never earned.

Does any government need these corrupt, lying, abusive, money-making mudalalis in any advisory capacity? But the pre-election decision to take them in guarantees that the “My-3-pala-naya” is going to be an alliance of all the anti-national forces. Remember, Mister Corrupt Saravanamuttu is the “moralist” who objected to Sri Lankans enjoying a piece of kiributh when the enemies were defeated at Nandikadal. Sirisena also enjoyed the triumph of Sri Lankan forces. Is he now going to vomit his kiributh because Mister Corrupt Saravanamuttu has branded it as “triumphalism”? Is Mister Corrupt Saravanamuttu fit to advice the nation on any subject, other than how to abuse women and make money by cooking the books? In any case, shouldn’t he first answer the charges of corruption facing him and his institution before advising the “My-3-pala-naya” to create “the ideal country”, as promised in the Manifesto?

What is crystal clear in all this is that Sirisena’s coalition is like Noah’s ark: a weird menagerie of political animals, ranging from Bishop Rayappu who can’t even protect one of the sacred images of Catholicism in his Church at Madhu, to Mister Corrupt Saravanamuttu who can’t protect the women working under him or the foreign donors money. The only qualification common to all of them is their political skullduggery to undermine and reverse the gains of nation’s history in the post-Nandikadal era.

So who can trust Sirisena to deliver good governance, democracy, justice and national security, territorial integrity when his administration is in the hands of the leading anti-national forces who had undermined the will of the people by selling it to the enemies of the nation, or foreigners, or their hired agents in the NGOs?

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    The whole article looks so cheap and disgraceful from a mature journalist whatever his agenda may be. What is wrong in some calling a idiot/murderer/thief as mister or mahathya? What is wrong in Sampanthan or one of his partymen joining the new cabinet? Is anyone coming strongly as a opposing candidate an anti-national? Then why have elections and the incumbent president could hsvd ruled for a long time. Mr.M…….pala does not realise we need a democratic set up with all citizens rights fully ensured and communalism totally eradicted.
    Why is he connecting Rev.bishop Rayappu Joseph and Saranavanamuthu, are they going to decide the fate of the elections? Please go to the street or villages where ordinary people live and you will realise their sufferings and feelings.

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      So very sad to see what has become of the once young and promising Mahindapala. His mentors must cry when they see what has become of him. Over the years he has changed his views more times than he has changed his underwear.

      Of course, he writes with fear in his heart these days, because there is a very good chance that if things do NOT turn out well on the 8th he will looking for a new job.

      Maybe emigrate?

      Maybe see the light, and change his views?

      Take pity on this ghost of the past.

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      dcn (presume abbreviation for dumb chunt nincompoop) answer the final question HLDM is asking at the end – “So who can trust Sirisena to deliver good governance, democracy, justice and national security, territorial integrity when his administration is in the hands of the leading anti-national forces who had undermined the will of the people by selling it to the enemies of the nation, or foreigners, or their hired agents in the NGOs?”

      Can you answer this question without resrting to abuse, you dumb doggie?

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        Email, you dumb doggie

        Could you define and name “anti-national forces”.

        How had the anti national forces undermine the will of the people by selling it to the enemies of the nation, or foreigners, or their hired agents in the NGOs?

        What had they sold to who?

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        Email
        We can see on the 9th as to how the public has responded to Maithree to deliver good governance, democracy, national security etc and you can wait till this day and all mudslinging, wrong accusations may have an answer.

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      This man Mahindapala should be blood related to nation#s most known Katussa (Chamelian) Dayan Jayathilaka.

      WHAT ARE THESE TWO MEN BUBBLING ?

      a) JHU was with Mahind until two months ago – there Mahinda praised them as real patriots – but today just because JHU vehemently opposed Rajapakshe abusive activies based only on blatant lies – JHUers have become anti national
      eeven 10 year old with healthy brains will get it easily but these two would not

      b) Justice minister was kept as a puppet not allowing him to react as MINISTER OF JUSTICE even at the time Aluthgama riots were at its height- today just because he finally joined the opposition being unable to bear the unrest anymore – he has become ANTI NATIONAL for Rajapakshe and their supporters

      c) All others inclu. CBK RANIL are anti national to MR today, calling themselves as very patriotic.. loving people – while go on with all violent agendas against opposition. The entire world is watchig at us..

      Ballige putha has to leave the nation in peace atleast after the 9th. All these culprits should be hung by their balls as to the very same manner the poster of meeharaka Rajapakshe is being displayed in the town today.

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        Has the Katussa forgotten that MR too was blessed by Bishop Rajappu JosephKatussa always stinks

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      Mahindapala and Dayan are very good at consuming the extrements of Rajapakshes ONLY for their selfish gains, but selfish gains.

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        Leelawathie

        Both M…….Pala, and DJ act as know it all.They both trying to locate themselves comfortably
        by following a hidden agenda.

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      Theauthor fails to see the real gains of the nation:

      President asks the North to forget the past and the South to remember the past!

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala –

      RE: Anti-National Agents Behind Sirisena To Reverse Nation’s Gains

      Looks like it is really, really hard to be Shill and White-washer for he Medamulana MaRa. Why not give up ans shilling and get back to your village and listen to Meamulana MaRa stories…

      Your Write-up, displays that..

      Tick, Tick, Tick.

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      dcn, who said that he is a mature journalist. From the days of Mr White Van Premadasa, he was a journalist prostitute. He had always supported the corrupt.

      During the reins of corrupt dictators of South America, one group survived – killers and assasins.This man is no better.he vomits filth, may be it is his domestic language.

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    dcn & others don’t make any comments to this racist bigots articles.

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      “What goes around comes back”

      I agree the so called journalists like M…….pala cough out communalism and try their best to divide the communities. In fact they have done irreparable damage to our society with their kind of journalism. They want to live in society where humanism is not relevant. We as public must resent these kind of people and chase them from the journalistic field.

  • 8
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    Old Man…..
    You have Day Dream.

    I thought you dead and gone….Still you are roaming like a ghost….

    Wait and see what will happen on Thursday the 08th of January…
    Please say good bye to Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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      Has the Katussa forgotten that MR too was blessed by Bishop Rajappu JosephKatussa always stinks

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      He has come from the dead. That is why his body and the mouth stinks like excreta that had not been cleared.

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      dcn, dayan dreams in his palm

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    The author dose not realize that the same
    Bishop kissed the stains hands of President.the S L M C too were with him until recently . And well noted Tamil Tigers too with him mamly K P,Karuna,Pilaiyan and many more.
    In short all the Tigers with the president.

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    Mahindapala is a purebred Doberman employed in the service of corrupt Rajapssa dictatorship.

    Please ignore Mahindapala’s BS!

    Cheers!

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    “What goes around comes back”

    I agree the so called journalists like M…….pala cough out communalism and try their best to divide the communities. In fact they have done irreparable damage to our society with their kind of journalism. They want to live in society where humanism is not relevant. We as public must resent these kind of people and chase them from the journalistic field.

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    Mahindapala:

    “This election, fought on trumped up issues of changing the constitution, or restoring democracy, justice and clean administration, is, in reality, a battle to reverse the gains won at the end of the 33-year-old Vadukoddai War. What the Rajapaksas rescued at Nandikadal was the cherished history of the nation. With the anti-national forces surrounding Sirisena he has no option but to surrender to their demands of reversing the future history created by the Rajapakses.”

    You can wake up a person who is indeed sleeping but can you do that with someone who is pretending to sleep? Just like the bluff buzzed around by the Rajapakse regime with cohorts like you, the myth of the zero civilian casualties had already crumbled the moment it was uttered and guys like you still have the face to talk about credibility. Not that MR was blessed by the “bloodied” hands of Bishop Rayappu any relevant, just that the mask gets worn off each time you try to keep such lies under wraps to suit your coat.

    The gun trotting KP is an angel shielded by the Rajapakses. What Ban Ki Moon remarked as he worst devastation he had seen is also not true. Running around with the human charter in one hand and the gun in the other is dotting your seasoned murderers of civilians. Pray tell me Mahindapala, how on earth did the soldiers shoot with the same hand that held the gun, since the other was already clasping the human charter firmly? Perhaps you were giving telepathic remote control guidance on where to shoot. What a hilarious joker you are.

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    Lackey, Puppet, You are truly disgusting. Haw can you write such rap and sleep at night.

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    Mahindapala is a Rajapaksha stooge; he will do anything to appease the “Ali Baba” and his 470 thieves…!

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    You are making a big fuss about Ex-Prez Kumaratunga referring to a person perceived to be a terrorist by some people as ‘Mister’. But you and your ilk have no qualms about calling a war criminal, ‘Your Excellency’!

    Also, foreign funded NGOs are only accountable to their donors; they are not obliged to reveal their accounts to the Sri Lankan citizens as the local taxpayers’ money is not utilized by these bodies.

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    Prof. Mahindapala, except for the destruction of the dreaded LTTE, what other progress have we made in SL? Please enlighten us with your infinite wisdom? Maybe Albert Einstein also known here as KA Sumanasekeram can also throw some of gold coated comments. Sumane, where are you? Please do stop by and throw your garbage in here.

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    Mahinda Rajapakse supporters are desperate. They talk like naked people.

    There are photos Mahinda Rajapakse Talking to Josepha Rayappu while MAhinda Rajapakse’s hand is on Rayappu’s shoulder. there are photos, that Mahinda Rajapakse is talking to Sambanthan while keeping his hand on Sambanthan’s shoulder. Recently, Mahinda Rajapakse has bought some TNA members with money.
    There are photos, Shiranthi Rajapakse talking to JAffna bishop, Another LTTE tiget, for votes.

    All these after this election.

    Mahindapala comes here talk something else.

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    If Mahindapala is honest, he should prove that MAhinda Rajapakse had never addressed PAbakaran as Mr.

    There are many occasions that MAhinda Rajapakse had addressed Velu as Mr. Pabakaran and Besides, when Mahinda Rajapske went to Nother Provincial council election he said that Pabakaran was a Tamil Hero.

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    Every one backed the Government against the LTTE.The general and the JHU and the sanga trained and motivated the Rana Viruvan.

    However during the Last stages of the war unacceptable practices were carried out with the General being sidelined. The general trained the Military to be disciplined. The excesses were reduced because the Army were trained to be professionals. But the decisions from the politicians were to win the War quickly.

    The World including China do not accept what happened. Free flow of grants, technology and low interest funds are not available because of this. We have invested heavily in Export oriented Industries around the ports to give us the return to repay our loans. China Sri Lanka balance of Trade is heavily weighted in China’s favor. All Sri Lankans are suffering because of this decision.

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    Modapala has done it again, written a load of crap while defecating. Dumbhead needs to have his head examined for viruses – CT, please do not publish this rubbish from this clown.

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    Without commenting on the authors’views, I reproduce below an article from Global Research on the naked intervention of the West in the politial affairs of third world countries in Asia and Africa. Having already destablized several African and Arab countries, the Americans and the West are trying their dirty tricks in Sri Lanka. What happened in Ivory Coast may happen in Sri Lanka if the result goes against President Mahinda Rajapakse. The jackals are out for his blood. It will be poor Sri Lankans who will ultimtely suffer.

    Source of article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/africa-2014-in-review-counterrevolution-neocolonialism-and-the-mass-struggle/5422728

    Mrs. Simone Gbagbo, the former first lady of Ivory Coast, made an appearance in court inside the country on Dec. 26. She is charged with alleged crimes in connection with the tenure of her husband, the ousted President Laurent Gbagbo, who is now under the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

    President Gbagbo was targeted by the former colonial power France and the United States for removal beginning in late 2010. French forces eventually put Gbagbo under siege and raided his hold-up residence in April 2011, taking him, his wife and other leading officials of the Ivorian government into custody.

    A politician and functionary of international finance capital, Alassane Quattara, had opposed President Gbagbo in the 2010 elections. A dispute over the outcome and a less than adequate resolution by the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), lead to a political crisis and the French-led counterrevolution that imposed the candidate who was favored by the imperialist s.

    Former First Lady Gbagbo, who has been held in northern Ivory Coast since the overthrow of the government, was transferred to the commercial capital of Abidjan for the court appearance. She sat in the dock alongside 83 other political and military opponents of the Paris-backed coup which extended over several months from late 2010 until April 2011.

    The trial conducted by the existing pro-imperialist regime is expected to last for a month. Reports say that nine jurors will be impaneled to hear evidence and make a decision with respect to her guilt or innocence.

    “If she is found guilty, she will get 20 years to life because we are talking about a crime against state security,” said prosecutor Soungalo Coulibaly.

    Nonetheless, even within the imperialist camp there is controversy surrounding the highly-politicized trial. The ICC ordered on Dec. 11 that the former first lady be handed over for trial in the Netherlands along with her husband and his chief aide Charles Ble Goude.

    In a judicial statement from the ICC it says that “After a thorough assessment… the Chamber concluded that the Cote d’Ivoire domestic authorities were not taking tangible, concrete and progressive steps aimed at ascertaining whether Simone Gbagbo is criminally responsible for the same conduct that is alleged before the ICC. (Dec. 11)

    Since the French-U.S. supported counterrevolution against Gbagbo in 2010-11, the security situation inside the country has worsened particularly in the northern region where rebels were used in the plot to undermine the former government. The existing security forces appear incapable of addressing the lawlessness despite their endorsement by the West.

    “People living, working, and travelling in northern Ivory Coast are being terrorized by armed men who appear to operate with little fear of being stopped, much less prosecuted,” Corinne Dufka, the West Africa director of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a press statement.

    According to an article published by the French Press Agency (AFP), “Buses, cars and homes were being targeted in near daily attacks by gunmen armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, among other weapons, the report said. Many victims had said they had ‘given up reporting attacks because of the lack of response’ HRW added.” (Dec. 15)

    Consequently, the counterrevolution against the Gbagbo government weakened the Ouattara regime’s ability to stabilize Ivory Coast as well as increasing the dependency of the post-colonial state. Only a reconsolidation of patriotic forces can provide hope for a better future.

    Post Gaddafi Libya and the Anomaly of the So Called “Arab Spring”

    At the same time that Washington and Paris were effectively destabilizing the West African state of Ivory Coast, the imperialists led by the Obama administration moved rapidly to launch a counterrevolution against the Jamahiriya in Libya. On Feb. 17, 2011, a rebel war was launched in Benghazi against the central government in Tripoli, seeking to undermine its authority.

    When the loyalist forces mobilized to repel the counterrevolutionaries, the U.S., France and Britain, engineered two United Nations Security Council resolutions. The first, UNSC 1970, placed an arms embargo on the government of Muammar Gaddafi but allowed large shipments of weapons and personnel through Benghazi and other areas that border waterways and contiguous states. The second resolution, UNSC 1973, provided pseudo-legal cover for the massive bombing of the North African country under the guise of establishing a “no-fly zone.”

    After the Pentagon and NATO along with their allies bombed Libya from March 19 to Oct. 31, 2011, the destruction of the country was sealed. Millions were displaced in the aerial bombardments, estimates claimed that 50,000-100,000 people were killed and the terror carried out by the western-backed rebels took on a decisively reactionary and racist character.

    Today Libya is in chaos with oil terminals being burned and population groups under direct assault from various rebel factions, two of whom are contesting the control of the capital and the coveted oil resources and revenues. The imperialist-recognized faction that has taken refuge in a Tobruk hotel after being driven out of the capital, have called in Egyptian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) warplanes which are carrying out airstrikes against the rival militias labelled as Islamists.

    Both Tunisia and Egypt, considered the birthplaces of the “Arab Spring” from Dec. 2010 to Feb. 2011, border Libya. Even after the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt which toppled the regimes of longtime western-allied dictators Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, the military regimes that preempted a genuine people’s revolution allowed their military forces to be utilized in the imperialist war against Gaddafi.

    Egyptian special forces were used as ground troops during the Pentagon-NATO bombings. Tunisian authorities allowed the counterrevolutionaries in Libya to take control of a key border crossing where arms and rebel forces were allowed to enter the theater of war.

    Absent of an anti-imperialist and Pan-Africanist approach to the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt both countries were bound to revert to a neocolonialist reconfiguration of domestic state power and foreign policy. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political organization, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), although elected in June 2012, made no fundamental changes in Cairo’s relationship with the U.S. and the State of Israel.

    Consequently, with the military overthrow of the government of President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013, the “Egyptian Revolution” had come full circle. Even the temporary suspension of the regime of Field Marshall Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi by the AU, which mandates that any military seizure of power must be rejected by the continental organization, as soon as the general took off his military uniform and secured the presidency through an election where the FJP was excluded, Egypt was immediately restored to full status within the successor to the Organization of African Unity (OAU).

    In Tunisia, the recent elections which saw the rise of a reformed party of Ben Ali, known as Nidaa Tounes (Tunisia Call), resulted in the ascendancy of 88-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi as president. The left parties, centrists and Islamists remained divided and unable to stave off the return of the career politicians who were stalwarts of the governments of Habib Bourguiba and Ben Ali.

    Even the BBC admitted in a recent article that “His critics say his election victory marks the return of the former establishment, pointing out that he served under President Ben Ali, and was also interior minister under the country’s first president Habib Bourguiba. Essebsi’s emphasis has been on maintaining western influence in Tunisia in alliance with France and the U.S.

    Lessons for 2015: From Uprisings to Revolutionary Pan-Africanism

    Despite these challenges that have been outlined in this series of articles on developments in 2014 and their socio-historical context, there are clear indications that neocolonial dominance is not effectively guaranteed. Events in Burkina Faso provide an illustration of the potential for people to rapidly mobilize to overthrow a military-turned-civilian dictatorial regime operating in the interests of imperialism

    In Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, who led a coup against Pan-Africanist and Marxist leader Capt. Thomas Sankara in Oct. 1987, remained in power for 27 years. His removal was swiftly countered with regional plans fostered by the West to derail any potential revolution led by the working class, farmers and youth of the country who had the most to gain in the uprising against the Compaore regime and its allies in parliament.

    The existing interim coalition government in Ouagadougou is designed to dissuade the people and channel their energies into a multi-party political electoral campaign in 2015 that will not provide solutions to the massive unemployment, poverty and repression characteristic of neocolonialism in Africa. Popular organizations which championed the legacy of Sankara during the Oct. rebellion must consolidate their forces into a revolutionary alliance of political parties and worker organization to seize power in the name of the people.

    Throughout the West Africa region, strikes have taken place over the recent period. In Ghana, public sector, educational and healthcare workers walked off the job during 2014 demanding better conditions of employment, the securing of their pensions and salary increases to guard against the social impact of the decline of the cedi, the national currency.

    Also in Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone, workers have struck and protested in the similar sectors as in Ghana. Many of these states where strikes and rebellions have occurred are being labelled as examples of phenomenal economic growth in Africa. Nonetheless, the profits accrued as a result of the foreign direct investment driven policies are not being shared with the masses.

    In Nigeria, which is now designated as having the largest economy on the continent, has not been able to effectively contain and eradicate the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast. The kidnapping of hundreds of high school girls in Chibok was indicative of the breakdown of the dysfunctional post-colonial political dispensation with regional divisions in the body politic that are reflected within the military and security forces.

    All of these struggles aimed at winning a decent standard of living for workers, youth and farmers; the ideological and political campaigns to battle reactionary ideas and movements; the quest for genuine all-African unity; and the revolutionary imperative for the empowerment of the majority of the people within society, should be at the top of the agenda of all progressive forces on the continent and their supporters internationally.

    With the decline in commodity prices on the global markets, many African states are already feeling the impact of this looming crisis. These post-colonial governments and the national bourgeoisies in these countries are more vulnerable than ever since they are largely dependent on the foreign exchange earnings from exports to ensure their dominance within these societies.

    It is quite obvious that the neo-liberal agenda in operation for the last three decades is running its course. The only real solution to the crisis is socialist reconstruction and planning within a continental and global Pan-African framework.

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    You Sir, are a pathetic masquerade for a journalist. Why don’t you write about your Catholic Pretend Sinhala Buddhist President geting CATHOLIC blessings from this same Tiger Bishop? Where is yours rage?

    A real Buddhist doesn’t needs god or gods and we believe we’re responsible for our fate and we alone are responsible for the consequences of actions.

    So make a Jackass of yourself and go smash coconuts with your backwater mentality. Your president even runs to the Vatican all the time.

    Is that really what a Buddhist does?

    So in your backwater Medamulane Matara logic President also has a Tamil Tiger Bishop blessing him. You must be desperate dude.

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