23 September, 2017

Callum Macrae Wakes Up…

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Meanwhile In A Parallel Universe Called Humility

I am Callum Macrae.  I am an award-winning film maker, writer and journalist.  The ‘journalist’ part is important because it allows me to fictionalize the truth and paint fiction as fact.  If you want me to explain, consider ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’.  That should do.

I don’t sleep much because the horrors of the world keep me awake.  The downside of this is that I can’t be woken up; no, not because I am awake, but when I pretend to sleep I cannot be woken up.  But I do take a nap, now and then, like a little while ago.  Now I am fresh and wide-awake.  So I can be fresh and frank.

I was really angry that the Commonwealth decided to let Sri Lanka host CHOGM 2013.  I am angry that Kamalesh Sharma doesn’t show any interest in returning my calls.  I said that allowing CHOGM to go ahead helps Mahinda Rajapaksa, who I said is suspected of being a war criminal.  I even said that the UN also suspects him of being a war criminal.  I finally said that could lead to the breakup of the Commonwealth.

Well, here’s the truth.  I am a film-maker who has acquired some journalistic credentials.  Now if someone expects me to abide by the basic ethics of journalism, that’s too much to ask.  Corroboration, verification of claims, reliability of sources and such are not things I concern myself with.  For me, it is all about ‘splash’, which is the only way that a non-journalist can make a turn nonentity to name.

My work on Sri Lanka for Channel 4 would show any impartial AND well-informed viewer that short-cut, innuendo, clever editing and non-disclosure of important facts are the main ingredients in the stories I cook up.  I’ve used LTTE and pro-LTTE sources and treated their ‘information’ as fact that requires no cross-checking.  I’ve glorified directly and through association the worst terrorists the world has ever known.  Sure, I indulge in occasional tokenism by inserting into script a censure-line on the LTTE, but that shouldn’t fool anyone.  It is like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch with their sporadic barbs directed at the USA; just gives ‘balance’ to make slant sound ‘investigative’ and ‘exhaustive’.

Now if CHOGM should not be held in Sri Lanka because some people suspect Mahinda Rajapaksa of being a war criminal, as I pointed out to the Commonwealth Secretariat recently, someone can ask me if I’m suffering from selective amnesia.  Yes, sadly, I am.  But I am wide awake now.  Commonwealth Heads of Government have met in countries with proven (not suspected) track-records of genocide and multiple crimes against humanity, war criminals all.  Heck, if we are talking Commonwealth here, the entire narrative is predicated on genocide, plunder, culture-erasure and other horrible things.

The official head of the Commonwealth is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.  Not too long ago, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister no less, acknowledged that the invasion of Iraq was illegal.  Britain has been party to war crimes in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  By tagging itself like a colony to the United States of America, Britain has made a case for expulsion from the Commonwealth.

Canada has hosted CHOGM.  Australia too.  The crimes against humanity perpetrated by governments in these country with respect to how they treat the first nations are well documented.

I think I should not ask why Sharma doesn’t speak to me, I should ask the logic of their being a job such as the one that Sharma has.  Maybe it should be turned into a brand name such as Channel 4, where truth and falsehood obtain weight and worth as per label attached and for reasons of political expediency.

All this is giving me a headache.  Right now I am wide awake and I just realized that I am shooting myself in the foot.  Better get back to pretend-sleep. Don’t try to wake me up, for that would be a futile exercise.

Ta-ta.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    This guy Malinda Seneviratne, the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ is a shame for journalism anywhere in the world.

    Is this how a chief Editor of an, if respectable, newspaper behaves?

    He writes fiction nowadays because people don’t buy his lies in support of the despotic MaRa junta any more.

    He can make fun of Macrae now, but when the criminals against humanity are convicted, he will tuck his tail between his legs.

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      By the way MS, don’t make the shill Sharma respectable after his hiding vital information against Sri Lanka violating Commonwealth principles, which would have disqualified Sri Lanka from CHOGM and its leadership.

      In other words you support and praise a wrong doer, because he got away with it. The same thing you do for your masters and their shills!

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        That lies on his genetics.

        He himself dares to write about Calum M. not trying see him in the mirror. Anyway, those who are near to MR or any other Rajapakshes can NEVER be intelligent : this any sane would notice at the first glance. This writer is also beating about the bush not focusing on the issue fearlessly. Even if prices were awarded to him, MS journalistic talents are not the best these days.

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          MS you should be educating the people on the WASTE of Funds that the Rajapassa Regime is engaged in by hosting the Commonwealth of Clowns.
          The Commonwealth has NO relevance, or purpose in today’s world. It is a British COLONIAL relic. Unlike other geopolitical and economic groupings for political or economic or cultural security like – G-8, G-12, ASEAN, OSCE etc. Commonwealth has NO FUTURE and ONLY a COLONIAL Past.
          Commonwealth today is a PLATFORM for third world dictators from Asia and Africa. It is a huge waste of funds and a circus that should be SHUT DOWN!
          This is the BOTTOM LINE, machan..

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            Agree with you.

            Rich nations in EU would not even consider CW summit as such world summit. UK is almost poor country in Europe. Some compare it with Greece and Portugal. Some predict if the economy of the UK would collapse, other EU nations have to donate billions as was the case with Greece last year. All these info are not clear to any common wealth states. Besides, over 90 % of CW states are poor afro states that would not have big voice while being among few developed members of it.

            Our people lacking the knowledge seem to do whatever the English would do, even after 65 years of independence. What could bring all these wastes to the poor man in SL ?

            Until today, I did know why MR^s recent visit to Belarus was focused on getting more flights to lanka – but their denial to do so proves again the vision and wisdom of the leader. It was surely to avoid the meeting with then visiting UN HR high commissioner to the country.

            If MR was intelligent enough, he could instead spend the colossal allocations the benefit of upbringing the quality of the life of poor of the poor who should be focus in such country like ours.

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        What bloody principles did the LTTE (Tamil) terrorist goons and supporters like you have during 20/30 years of war.

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      Why are you so mad with MS?For poking fun out of Macrae?I don’t think so.But i know that MS is jealous of Macrae!Know why?Because Macrae has loads of money provided by the defeated Tamil terrorists.No wonder Macrae sings like a canary on behalf of the defeated Tamil terrorists!Lucky guy this Macrae character is.

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        …loads of money…prove it.

        and then go research it yourself — you’d find there are many many people who could verify what’s in the film if they didn’t think that doing so would lead to them being killed

        anyway you all know its true — it’s just more satisfying the lash out an outsider because looking inward hurts too much

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          Prove it,eh?Well the defeated Tamil terrorists are experts in drug smuggling,human smuggling,credit card fraud,extortion etc.In fact some are behind bars in Europe and the USA.There’s nothing to prove,anyone with an iota of intelligence knows that this Macrae character is in the payoff of the defeated Tamil terrorists.In fact one of the big shots at channel 4 is married to a Tamil tigress terrorist.

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        Max Silva:

        You mean just like Rajapakses gifts to Sharma and Subramanian Swamy. Oh, by the way, have you received your laptop from the President? Malinda is keeping his close to his chest.

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          Yes i received my laptop.But without hard drugs things doesn’t seems to be all that interesting.I hope that the defeated Tamil terrorists will be kind enough to supply me with a regular supply of the stuff!

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        Max you Moron for you it is business as usua. It is open all hours.

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          Ever since that unfortunate incident at Nandikadal,business has been as usual for me.

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      Well said malinda, normally LTTE diaspora do not like if anyone go against their per Channel 4 journalist callum Mcrae

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    So the independent UN experts who corroborated the Channel 4 footage as being authentic are lying and dreaming too? The only ones wide awake and truthful are those esteemed officers on the military panel of inquiry into the footage authenticity?
    Balderdash.
    Callum Macrae might be dreaming Mr Editor of a government rag, but it is for your bosses that he is actually creating nightmares. Channel 4 has successfully turned the eye on Sri Lanka and people who had no idea where this country even was are now engaged with the breakdown of human rights in this country. It is thanks to Channel 4 that your boss has to face challenge after challenge internationally in Geneva and why his darling little summit is so gravely controversial.
    If anyone is dreaming it’s you.

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      UN experts? The panel was NOT officially UN and their bias against Sri Lanka has also been documented by NON SRI LANKAN experts. As for McRae his ranting has had very little effect except in Canada. The ‘controversy’ is just the big noise created by tiger supporters and NGOs who like vultures scavenge in conflict areas.

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        Brad:

        If you are so sure that SL did not commit any atrocity, let the UN guys come in and make an assessment. After all, isn’t it better to tell the truth and shame the devil.

        And for your short-circuited brain. Your leaders actually lied to you people. They told the people that they don’t recognise the Ban appointed experts – just like the way you bleat. They even did not let them inside the country. Even your hero Wimal Weerawansa staged a phony fast with the drama beautifully ending with the President offering him a solace drink. Now here is the juicy part. The President packed a group of his stooges in a neat box and parceled them to meet the panel of three experts at the UN itself to tell them MR’s bedtime stories. In short, they bluffed you people with a staged drama with all that ho ha but secretly did meet the “EXPERTS” after all.

        The best part is, the regime says it never recognises the resolutions passed at the UNHRC in the last two years but still goes there to justify the implementation. With all these missing information from your brain, what shall I call you then?

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          “If you are so sure that SL did not commit any atrocity, let the UN guys come in and make an assessment. After all, isn’t it better to tell the truth and shame the devil.”
          Don’t pretend as if you didn’t know,UNICEF,UNHCR AND RED CROSS have already done that. Their findings have been published but they don’t get the publicity they deserve because of the bias of the western media.
          If you think you are a reasonable person,can you justify how fair is it for the the western media to choose not to telecast “Madras Cafe” but telecast all the rubbish rolled out by Ch04.
          Don’t you think the freedom and the equality you guys talk so much about should apply to others as well. After all Madras Cafe was not a production of the government of SL or one even supported by them.

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    “because some people suspect Mahinda Rajapaksa of being a war criminal”- MS

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      By O/L qualified, JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA,

      “Meanwhile In A Parallel dream Called Zero Casualties wonderland “.

      I an Malenda Shen,a Harvard educated, a so called Journalist, going to be a self appointed war correspondent, who canot see what is right but a yes man looking for personal advantages which is a hereditary sickness, I think that I got from my ancestors,
      I am Doing, back scratching, Dish washing and back washing jobs under a contract to my Tsunami looting bosses, they, those who have looter’s genes from their malabari ancestors of Malabar,
      I am a proud what I am doing for them,
      Trying very hard to save my bosses who is doing the governance of this wonder land, pawning it to yellow skins and hindians.
      Even though, How hard I am trying to white wash them, these Traitors and other NGO Supporters, socialists, Marxists,anti democrats elements and
      Some people suspect Mahinda Rajapaksa of being a war criminal,[ Really is that true?] as I pointed out to the Defence Secretariat recently,
      someone can ask me, if I’m suffering from selective inferiority complex as I did not get any foreign assignments form the dictatorial governance of my looting uneducated bosses, like my friend B Js.
      Any Way,
      we are holding a carnival called CHAHOGOM,in next month in our future KAPITAL CITY, inviting some colonial Suddhas from the west, .
      [we hate them, but my bosses lick their asses behind SAATAKAYA]
      And few African pigmies from AUO who will come experts of looting and pilfering with Animal skins, computer Gilmart ATM breakers, and Asia Pacific Islanders with DRY FISH and HULA HULA Dancing oldest professions practitioners ,

      For our pride We recently Pawned a land near a Natural Harbour to Hindians to and gave contract to Hindians company with Good commissions to my bosses.
      And justice is the God like worshiping thing and flourishing with good governance of my Bosses.
      The funny thing is, out of 53 members rascals, Only 15 morons send their acceptance of invitation.
      See the respect the my human rights crusader bosses, Have?.
      Any intimidations, or harassments ,bullings and abductions are faraway dreams,
      we will never ever encounter, not even the past and we treated, treat political prisoners like gods of wander land.
      again and again they want to come to prisons t.o get sermons from prison Dayakayas
      Bye Bye,
      We will meet you in Press FOOL at CHAHOGOM, in Zero Casualties wonderland.

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        anney paw malinda is going to get hurt if you say such unkind things ;-)

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          What to do my friend????,
          He should get hurt of this,
          His Unfair, unjust, not right, Hosannas, he sings for his Adopted boss,
          IF This Harvard educated, PANDITHA, Malinda HAAMU canot understand, or Think what is happening in this Jarapassa wonderland.
          What about O/L passed JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA with a little knowledge???.
          For the faults they make and do, We all Sinhalese Get the barrages from other ethnicities.
          That is not fair for us to get blamed.
          just tell me, if I am not correct?.

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    Malinda, this is all rather besides the point – you repeat yourself ad nauseum and very pathetic indeed: A sorry tale of woe! I gather that like Macbeth you cannot sleep and are an anguished soul for all the hysterical lies that you produce!
    Babe, the task of the journalist is to SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER – NOT wed dictatorship..
    Please write us about the strange white washing of BRITISH COLONIALISM that the Rajapassa brothers who are I gather desperate to be accepted in the EURO-AMERICAN world that they PRETEND to despise but really fear and envy.. are engaged in at this time. Pretty much like you who had to DROP OUT from Connel University sometime back..
    Also please enlighten me: I am still astonished at the SILENCE OF THE LAMBS about the WASTE OF FUNDS on the VERY EXPENSIVE British Colonial CHOGM show of clowns headed by the Queen of England, to be held in Colombo in November and hosted by the COLONIALISM bashing Mahinda Rajapassa who loved Irans’ Ahmadinajad and Charvez and other haters of UK, US and Canada and Aussi – the WHITE COMMONWEALTH..
    MS, Pathala Champika of JHU and Wimal BaluWansa who all hate COLONIALISM and white people have not uttered a word about the MASSIVE WASTER OF MONEY we cannot afford on the CHOGM circus..

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      I have the feeling MR is well connected with a head hunter pharmaceutical company. You know why as you raise it – all those Champika, Udaya buruwa, Wimal Buruwa and the like ( salvage workers) stay very silent these days, for some reason that they discussed it secretly. That should be through medicine provided by highly corrupted MR co.

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        Dun, You have a real problem with SL identy. You hate Sri lanka & working as a slave in a western country. Most of the diaspora Tamils, mostly theis wifes work as slave to white people. The money they are earning were paying for 3rd class reporters like Callum Macrae. He will make Holliwood stayl video’s for money.But no one can fool Sri Lanka.Do not insult people you Dun,PARA BALLA.

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      Wrong! RAJAPAKSHA brothers know what has happened to UNP leader JR Jayawardena who was with the west ignoring China and India.When India air lifted Tamil Tiger leader to save him from advancing Sri Lankan army headed by Gen.Kobbekaduwa JR wanted west help him to slap India and the West replied “a big NO” to him.Then he wept with Time Magazine interviewer saying that “nobody helps us”.So MR and Gota knew how to handle India and West;China was the answer and now the western economies are colapsing one by one and USA is living on handouts from CHINA ( bloody 625 billion worth us dollar bonds bought by China from US and if it continues like this China will buy whole US!).So not a single country is envying the west or US anymore but frogs from wells who does not know about the outside world is thinking that still colonolism is the best.

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    We all should kick this guy of of his job boycot the nation Paper until the owners realise and sack him . I have already done that

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    United Kingdom is a highly degraded society now. CALLUM McRAE IS A MEMBER IN THAT SOCIETY.

    Callum Mcrae is another LOW IQ journalist who is trying to live his life by what ever the means available.

    Tamils living overseas are providing money to Callum Mcrae and Callum Mcrae is doing this MONKEY Dance, in fromt of Tamils, BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THAT HE CAN EARN A LIVING.

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      JimSofty

      MS writes:

      “The ‘journalist’ part is important because it allows me to fictionalize the truth and paint fiction as fact”

      Thats what MS does for living.

      “Callum Macrae Wakes Up”

      Because Malinda snores.

      As a journalist Malinda is supposed to be on guard duty 24/7/52. Often he is caught napping hence Callum Macrae Wakes Up to write what he perceives as truth after carefully considering all facts.

      Jimmy you too can go to bed.

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      This may be right.
      Allowing war criminals to host the CW summit alone proves the standandards of UK politicians.
      All non-cw countries but far developed than UK would not every talk about CW summit and UK politics today.

      This is the ground reality.

      What would be the example that CW summit passes to their far poor afro states by the upcoming summit.
      Rajapakshes are not far from understanding anything about sensitive diplomatic ties. So they cant know anything what the other member states would discuss about our nation today.

      Once upon a time, it was Bandararanayake ^s country- people spoke about us with pride and respect, but today, it has unfortunately become Rajapaske^s murderous paradise. Those who wanne to strengthen their future through crimes of all forms, Rajapakshes admin has well paved all ways to breed them. Today, respect and dignity of the life are not even among Buddhist monks, instead they even publicly speak and hold hate speeches to please Rajaapskses…. everyone that wants to survive has to obey Rajakakse LIFE guidelines.

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        Corrected:
        All non-cw countries but far developed than UK would not EVEN talk about CW summit and UK politics today.

        Rajapaksha are far from understanding anything about sensitive diplomatic ties. They have not learnt to do such jobs. So they cant know anything what the other member states would discuss about our nation today.

        I had the chance to listen one of the hate speeches lately. It was all LIES about unhygienic foods served by Muslims restaurants to their non-muslim (buddhist) customers. That saffron robed monk was holding the speech as if he experienced it by himself…. all these are just RASA KATHA… fairy tales similar to JATHAKA KATHA… in buddhist preachings. What these saffron costumed buggers would expect their listeners to get is nothing else than go against those muslims. If this kind of public speeches were the on any developed country on the west, particular monks would have been caught by country^s police and produced before the courts. But in our country…. UNDER MR regime, nothing like JUSTICE is there today. Even if pedestrians would have been attacked, nobody could see JUSTICE against the perpetrators.

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          If you please, one other thing to be corrected. You need to tell us where else one of these ‘once upon time country with pride and respect exists’ today.
          The world has changed and so have SL with it.I’m not saying it is good but that’s the reality.
          If one were to hold an international conference sans criminals there will be no hosts and no attendees.They all have their hands painted red.
          Especially those who crow about human rights, they are the worst violators.
          The founder owner of commonwealth, the British Raj is one of the main culprits and David Camaron speaks as if history began from the year 2009.
          AS for Macrea, the London Guardian gave a good certificate for his “Killing Fields” and if macrae has any self respect he shouldn’t be anywhere near a TV station!!

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    Malinda’s Bull Shit

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    Don’t expect more than this [Edited out] from bloody racist like Malinda [Edited out]. His job is writing to keep his family’s stomachs full, but how much this state suffer because of such selfish, racist projects. We need a French Revolution in Sri Lanka very soon…..

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    You are telling “please believe me – I am a Sri Lankan I don’t lie?”.
    It would have been better if you got this written by somebody else a non Sri Lankan. Well why didn’t you say that It snows in Sri Lanka and grass eat cows?
    The world knows who you are and who Callum McCray is. Have a look at a mirror not in a Sri Lankan one make sure take off your cloths so that you can see your brain if it exist.

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    @Malinda Seneviratne – You are simply a Sinhala writes in support of the alleged war criminal Rajapakse regime that is responsible for the disappearances of 35 Journalists since 2005 and murdering 17 French Charity workers in cold blood.
    Don’t you feel disgrace and shame for the continued state oppression, genocide, crimes against humanity and human rights abuses that the Sinhala Buddhists have committed against the minority?
    Don’t you feel anguish for the denial of rule of law, human rights, justice and impunity for the criminals?
    Time will come to pay for the crimes that now committed y the Sinhala forces, it can be bloody and the Sinhalese will run like the rats when the IPKF came to Eelam and Tamil Diaspora is determined to put an end to the Sinhala racist Apartheid madness.

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      Can you publish the list of journalists that disappeared.

      Most of them were Victims of LTTE violence.

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        If most of them are victims are LTTE crimes, why the Rajapakse regime is denying an independent international transparent investigation?
        Thousands of innocent people and surrendered POWs have disappeared and White Van abductions are committed by the state forces.
        You can’t fool all the people, all the time!

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    Malinda writes: “Well, here’s the truth. I am a (fill in the blank) who has acquired some journalistic credentials. Now if someone expects me to abide by the basic ethics of journalism, that’s too much to ask. Corroboration, verification of claims, reliability of sources and such are not things I concern myself with. For me, it is all about ‘splash’, which is the only way that a non-journalist can make a turn nonentity to name.”

    He never wrote a truer word (about himself)!

    Although it isn’t “..the only way that a non-journalist can make a turn nonentity to name”, he should have added the other methods he employs to this end.

    How pathetic can he get?

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      Alone acquiring some journalistic experience mean not necessarily that he should keep kirimati gilapu crocodile, fully ignored towards the national issues today. He should have learnt to react accordingly. Those who offered him awards would call them back if those committees are clear how MS has been performing today. If Medical docs would not treat his or her patients well, patient diagnoses will go wrong. Consequences are the harm for the health of patients. So ones those who have biased views should long leave saying good bye to sensitive journalistic topics. Latter should be common to MS too; he has failed to deliver balanced articles onto this platform so far – instead has always been like beating around the bush (the key focus should be away from being directly involved) – misguiding gawky,easily manipulative, vulnerable masses further. What is the main motive of his articles if not fall supportive to murderous, abusive performances of rulers. I have got to know numbers of good Journalists in Europe, they would not even seek their names and titles being wanted to be known to the masses, what matters for them is the substance of the topic being addressed by them. At the end of the day, they should feel – that did a good job.

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    Give Malinda a break will you people. He needs to get is share of the pie from MR.

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      His share – A bigger portion MR SHIT

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        Haha true. I have to agree.

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    Dont be angry with Malinda as he is just doing what he is paid to do just like you and me going to work.

    After all if he does not write like this who will put rice (or caviar) on malindas family table

    Let Malinda write and think he is super journalist with 100% ehtics after all each man is entitled to his dreams neda?

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      What brings the awards that a writer has won in his carrier life, if he cant address the issues without beating around the bush.
      For me, Dr. Asokas writing is very clear. His style is going to the hearts of any average ones easily. He compares law and order of a country as the role of a father in a family….. that I really like it.. I really did.
      Whenever paying visits to motherland, every time, I was speechless seeing and hearing things that I would not do the manner that people down there are used to. Most of among young generation are not taught respect elders today. They are even worst than youth in Europe. Most of them are only busy with their electronic devices. Just sms/e-mail exchanges sometimes for no reasons seem to make proud their parents since parents^knowledge sees it as some sort of progress of their kids :)
      At the time, Malaysia was raising its head, they worked very hard but respecting rule of law as it is given on the paragraphs. That kind of system should be introduced to lanka – if of course they want to develop the nation/country.

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    love it malinda . that is good stuff . keep them coming .

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      Keep them coming through the backend.

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      poor abaya gets excited now -)

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        Abhaya is almost like Leela ( Living in horana, former leepotter man, said to have a PhD, nearly 69 years now), Patriot and Banda.
        He would even do anything to please Rajapakshes.
        Sometimes, speaking about his achievements, but again bringing totally contradictory comments in the next input. I read somewhere, him saying about his great achievements, but failing to travel to lanka for the last 8 years or so… then again. For ones like me who travels to the country on a regular manner (at least twice / year) while travelling around the globe, I notice myself that our people have almost lost respect of life today. Apparently, Abaya would not even notice them… because he sounds to have hallucinated immediately putting the feet on there.

        Last time, I also spoke to TUTU drivers, skilled workers, shop keepers across the country to make me an own view about the country. Many among them were frightened to share me their own feelings except that three wheelers fearlessly said that the rulers are murderous. All these connected me with my own experience back in eighties.

        Anyway, these buggers would not see the issue clearly

        Main motive of them is to promote thuggish rule of Rajas.

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      Goth-abhaya,

      No Gotha after March 2014 it wont be coming. You will all be silenced. Have you heard even the Finance Minister Chithamparam has changed the Tune beacause he knows, him and the Corrupt Congress are going to be wiped out. Mr.Clean and the IronLady will be in charge and we will then prepare the Charge Sheet so book your ticket to the Hague now with a seating arrangement next to Malinda the Racist MORON

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    If Macrae can stoop that low where he could observe his rear from between his legs, why not permit Malinda to bend backwards once in a while.
    He has the right credentials to write.

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    Here we go again; instead of refuting Malinda’s arguments, most of you brandish your AK 47s (abusive words, slander, name calling etc) to silence him. The sarcastic message in his article is that Callum Macrae’s work as a journalist is highly questionable. His documentaries are a mélange of fiction and facts with bias towards the funding party (in this case, probably, the Tamil Diaspora). If an informed viewer sees these documentaries s/he would most accurately side with Malinda because Macrae has failed to strike the right balance and separate the fiction from facts as an impartial and objective journalist would and should do. Let’s take the main points again:
    1. short-cut, innuendo, clever editing and non-disclosure of important facts are the main ingredients in Macrae’s stories
    2. use of LTTE and pro-LTTE sources and treat their ‘information’ as fact that requires no cross-checking
    3. Glorifying directly and through association the LTTE, the worst terrorists the world has ever known; (with insertion into script a few censure-lines on the LTTE which shouldn’t fool anyone)
    Comparison is like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch with their sporadic barbs directed at the USA; just to give ‘balance’ to make slant sound ‘investigative’ and ‘exhaustive’.
    4. Commonwealth Heads of Government have met in countries with proven (not suspected) track-records of genocide and multiple crimes against humanity, war criminals all. Heck, if we are talking Commonwealth here, the entire narrative is predicated on genocide, plunder, culture-erasure and other horrible things. (Can you deny this fact)!
    5. Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg acknowledged that the invasion of Iraq was illegal. It means clearly that Britain has been party to war crimes in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Consequently, Britain has made a case by itself for expulsion from the Commonwealth.
    6. Canada and Australia have hosted CHOGM. The on-going crimes against humanity perpetrated by Canadian and Australian governments with regard to their treatment of the first nations are well-known and well-documented.
    The main question today is why this selective bashing? As we all know ‘human rights’ is a complex and complicated issue and every country has its own share in it. It has been alleged that Sri Lankan head of State and his armed forces may have committed crimes against humanity. (It is still an allegation and suspicion that occurred during the last phase of a brutal war. According to most reliable reports, luckily, it is not ‘genocide’ anymore; e.g. UNHCR High Commissioner’s recent observations) However, Sri Lanka sure had to deal with the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world. The LTTE made and used the suicide bomb, assassinated 2 heads of governments (SL President Premadasa and India’s ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi), SL foreign minister Kadiragamar, leading presidential candidate Gamini Dissanayake, Harvard law professor and Tamil rights activist Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvam,and a number of massacres of unarmed civilians who had nothing to do with their separatist war.We all know the list is too long to be mentioned here. The LTTE is also responsible for the expulsion of over 90,000 Muslims from Sri Lanka’s North with an incredibly short notice in Oct 1990 (exactly 13 years ago today). SL Government, with limited resources, had to take care of victims of all these terror acts perpetrated by the LTTE.
    Malinda’s main point is that Macraes’ journalism speaks only about one killer (probably the right killer) whereas the ‘ruthless’ mass killer (LTTE) is conveniently ignored. As readers we prefer a balance account of news and views since we too, like journalists, have only a limited time to inform ourselves.

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      No use engaging with tiger supporters and anti-government elements. Their skills of discourse are almost non existent but are blessed with a fertile imagination. It scares the hell out of them when the likes of McRae – who provides some consolation for the defeat of the tigers – are exposed.

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      Excellent factual analysis.

      Actually I strongly suspect that it is not so much the Tamil Diaspora that is funding Macrae’s propaganda as various UK extremist groups and individuals who have long admired the Tamil Tigers for their fanatical intransigence and ruthlessness. These frustrated revolutionaries live out their fantasies of what they would like to do in the UK, Australia and elsewhere by presenting the Tamil Tigers as heroic revolutionaries and putting them on a pedestal as an example of what they themselves really value. They are dreaming – “Ah, what noble people to make such sacrifices for their cause! If only we could do the same!”

      This is obviously true of certain journalists in the BBC and Channel 4 and on the Guardian newspaper who only ever present the Tamil Tigers’ side of the conflict and individuals such as Callum Macrae, Frances Harrison, Bruce Haigh and Gordon Weiss.

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        CANDIDLY, FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT LET’S CONCEDE THAT AS MALINDA CONTENDS THERE’S INNUENDO, clever editing and non-disclosure of important facts,use of LTTE and pro-LTTE sources etc. etc., etc.

        Let’ also say that there’s bias and a whiff of paid LTTE lackey blah, blah,blah.

        But did you know that all that Channel 4 video footage was funded by Jayalalitha, filmed on location in Trivandram, directed by a leading Sri Lankan film icon and that the entire cast comprised young Indian Tamils aspiring to Bollywood stardom?

        Ever heard of educated imbeciles ? No ? maybe guys like Malinda and you wear rose tinted spectacles when you take your morning shave.Take the blinkers off.

        There was an old adage ” Would some Pow’r the gift he gi’ us, to see ourselves as others see us”

        To intelligent, discerning minds, Gordon Macrae has told a compelling story.If… as you and malinda suggest it… he has embellished the truth, THAT’S JUST IT THEN, IS IT NOT ? HE HAS PRESENTED TRUTH. BUT, AS BOTH OF YOU SUGGEST,HE HAS ADDED ON INNUENDO AND THE OTHER STUFF YOU’VE BOTH MENTIONED.

        THE WORLD IS SATURATED WITH IDIOTS AND YOU TWO ARE THE ONLY INTELLIGENT BEINGS ON TWO LEGS EH ?.

        MY OH MY ! EXCUSE ME WHILE I PUKE

        EVEN ASSUMING THAT THERE’S ONLY AN IOTA OF TRUTH IN CHANEL 4’S ASSERTIONS I’D THINK THAT MALINDA AND YOU WILL NEED TO COME UP WITH MULTIPLE MOUNTAINS OF THE TRITE GARBAGE YOU TROT OUT TO COVER UP THAT TRUTH.

        GARBAGE OF YOUR TYPE IS LIKE GLASS ON LIFE’S ANVIL.tRUTH IS LIKE RAW STEEL.THE HAMMER OF TIME FORGES THE STEEL WHILE THE SPLINTERS OF GLASS RETURN TO THE MORAL DUMPS THEY CAME FROM.AND OF COURSE IT’S UNDENIABLE THAT MAGGOTS AND RATS ISSUE FORTH FROM GARBAGE DUMPS.EVER HEARD OF A GARBAGE DUMP AND ITS DENIZENS THAT SURVIVED THE TEST OF TIME ?

        I THINK NOT.

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    The work of Callum Macrae reminds me of the evil side of Sarah Palin. Shotgun speeches, Carefully worded speeches that cover the truth and attempt to show Sarah as the new discovery of the Republican Party.

    Where is she today. She was thrown to the wolves when she ran out of materials. Watch out Macrae, you too may be running out of materials soon.

    JP – USA

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    Have you heard of Malindo Pan Ho an Ancient Budhist King. This Jackass should be named Malinda ASS HO…

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    The comments to this column look like they are all written by the same person.

    Any truth in that belief?

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    Callum says “The responsibility can go to the very top” – well, when Osama was killed the very top were watching on a live link from the Oval office.

    Is Callum Macrae a journalist, a campaigner or a fundraiser?

    This is from the No Firezone fund raising appeal at Kickstarter:

    Pledge £1 – Our warmest thanks on our social media
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    Pledge £100 – You will receive all the above prizes but you’ll also get a DVD signed by the film team

    Pledge £250 – All the above PLUS 2 tickets to a screening of your choice anywhere in the world.

    Pledge £500 – Want the chance for a private Q&A session with the filmmakers? Get a twenty minute Skype session to ask your own questions about the film. Oh and you get the other prizes above as well.

    Pledge £2000 – Want 4 tickets to a country premiere of your choice? Here’s your chance plus a personal email of thanks from the film team. (Travel not included) And yes, you also get the other prizes above as well.

    Pledge £3,000 or more – You and 3 guests will get to have dinner with the team at a Central London location.

    http://tinyurl.com/c6lcy47

    £33,768.00 pledged in 30 days!

    I thought Callum was just obsessed with all thing Sri Lankan …. Looks like it’s more serious, he is showing – AI Canada symptoms.

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    well done MS. Irony at its best. should see more articles like this that make one ponder on hypocrisy of West. Everyone knows SL is no utopia,but I am sick of double standards and tamil diaspora BS.

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    Daring Malinda S,

    Excellent. Suck more and more to get a bigger portion of the Pie of MaRa.

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    I agree with Richmond. When all these so called “journalists” including our infamous Callum McRae were confronted by patriotic Sri Lankans ( both Sinhalese and Tamils)they did not have any answers, and simply disappeared. I remember when Gordon Weiss was questioned about the figures in his during its launch he desperately tried to alter them, in other words he was dumbfounded.

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    Malinda,

    It is not worth wasting time on your Garbage. But what you are saying through sheer desperation after you and your master MR and his cronies despite wasting millions trying to cover up your crimes is that all your efforts have fallen by the way side. Your message is if you dont like the message attack the messeenger. Malinda you fool frankly with the International forces arrayed against you, you are wasting you time.

    The only Nation that can dictate and enforce policies against the Criminal Sri Lanka is Mother India and Manmohan might come or might not come ( he might come for a last Rice & Curry ) that would make a v bit of difference as after Marcch 2014 you are doomed.

    This is what you are saying.

    THERE ARE A LOT OF CRIMINALS out there in the World so why are you only targetting us CRIMINALS Mr.McCrae.The reason is that Might Is Right and that is what the SMALL BULLY MR is doing in Sinhala Lanka but he is now up againts the BIG BULLIES. Why dont you go for PLEA BARGAINING before you lot are indicted to the Hague and you might get a couple of months reduction from the long sentence you are going toreceive.
    I remember the vivid pictures of Milosevic and Sadam Plea bargaining from the Dock. Advise your master to do it NOW MAN.

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    Malinda Seneviratne is a terrible journalist who seems to have lost the plot further. Time waster.

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    Malinda, A true Sinhala hero. Keep up the good work, we all must keep wrting to ensure that the war crimes and crimes against humanity by Sri Lanka is a result of LTTE terrorism and Tamils deseve it. Any one talking about war crimes by Sri Lanka government must be paid by the now non-existing LTTE.
    The irony is even after the paymasters have been eliminated these LTTE ’employees’ continue to work for their former pay masters. Please find an explanation to this bizzare loyality, so that the world will continue to believe you.

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    Rather than countering McRae with facts this Rajapaksa worshipper keeps on ranting and raving and attacking McRae’s integrity without any basis whatsoever. McRae keeps bringing out photo and video evidence made by the SL soldiers themselves and the evidence is mounting. Malinda may keep screaming at the top of his voice but the facts are there for all to see. Malinda’s voice is increasingly desperate as he sees the noose tightening around his master’s fat neck.

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    Malinda, what a sorry specimen of humanity are you. You are not fit to wipe the bum of Callum Macrae, a respected journalist of international recognition. Your comments just prove what a scumbag you are.

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