27 October, 2020

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CHOGM Is Not Where People’s Issues Can Be Solved

By Siritunga Jayasuriya

Siritunga Jayasuriya

Siritunga Jayasuriya

The Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) taking place in Colombo from 10 to 17 November will in no way benefit the working people in Sri Lanka or workers and poor in the other 53 member countries, the majority of whom remain poor. In fact the opposite is true. CHOGM is, in reality, a ‘business club’ led by the British government largely to safeguard British big business’s interests in the former colonies.

This year the Commonwealth established a formal Charter setting out its core values: they include democracy; human rights; peace and security; tolerance; freedom of expression; and many other commendable aims.

If, however, the Commonwealth was sincere in standing by these declared core values, the majority of member states would be excluded from membership. Chief among the candidates for expulsion would be this year’s host Sri Lanka, which stands accused of war crimes.

Disgracefully following this pageant the ‘increasingly dictatorial’ Sri Lankan regime will be crowned head the Commonwealth for the next two years. This event is effectively a ‘carnival’ to gather support for the Sri Lankan government and to promote neoliberal attacks such as privatization of education, etc. In addition working people in Sri Lanka are asked to pay for this massive show and put up with the inconvenience that it is causing.

Canada’s boycott of CHOGM 2013 has helped to raise the issues of human rights and the need to hold the Rajapaksa regime to account. But this job has largely fallen to workers and young people in the Diaspora, trade unions and human rights groups. The hesitancy of the Indian Congress leadership to participate does reflect its fear of losing Tamil Nadu votes in the forthcoming elections. Finely premier Manmohan Sing was forced  to taka a decision not to attend to CHOGM in Colombo by the Sothern. States of India and pressure from congress it self. But his writing of a letter expressing his regret to Mahinda Rajapaksa about his inability to attend the Colombo summit shows his double standard on this issue.  to   The rhetoric of British Prime Minister David Cameron reflects his inability to convince the British working class that his participation is appropriate.

These leaders’ hypocrisy is further exposed by the latest Channel 4 No Fire Zone documentary which graphically and heartbreakingly illustrates the gross human rights violations and suffering that took place in 2009. However none of the governments’ statements, boycotts or ‘delicate’ reservations about this Rajapaksa regime provide answers for the oppressed masses in Sri Lanka.

The Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim masses, along with all working and poor in other Commonwealth member countries have no reason to accept this CHOGM as their nation’s pride – or have no reason to believe that anything good will come out of it. We reject this carnival designed for the enjoyment and enrichment of the 1%.

We call, therefore, upon all working class and oppressed people to have no faith in these meetings of government heads to bring about any solution to their problems and issues. We call upon all sections of the working class, the trade unions and other democratic organizations and groups to reject CHOGM and continue mobilizing against the Sri Lankan regime and its allies. We also call upon the 99% to come together against the planned privatization of education and health services in Sri Lanka and all countries. Where we are united we have strength to resist all the varied attacks of the 1% on our living standards.

Unfolding economic crisis in Sri Lanka will aggravate after CHOGM due to enormous unmessasorg and wasteful spending. At the same time Rajapaksa regime is hustle attitude towards media has been shown by the action taken by the government to deport 2 Journalists from international federation of journalists and the deportation on two MPs from Australia and New Zealand shows that there is no real freedom of  expression in this country. We would like to question whether the CHOGM is prepared to take even this issue.

Let’s unite to fight for all democratic rights including the national rights of Tamil-speaking people. Let us also reject the capitalist system, based as it is on exploitation and inequality in the interests of the capitalist 1%. It will always harbour divisions and promote discrimination. Instead we propose the building of mass working class struggle, linked with the struggles of all oppressed masses, and including building powerful independent organizations of the working class.

Together we can fight for a new future of society that will put the interests of the workers before the profit of the super-rich exploiters. We believe that struggle must be for a socialist alternative.

*Siritunga Jayasuriya – General Secretary United Socialist Party

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    Sirithunge how about your own future?Not that you had a happy past or even a present.Any chance of at least becoming a Pradeshiya Saba member?You and Wickramabahu would make ideal twin clowns.The consolation being you are receiving $$$$ from “you know who”.Keep up your good work.After all a man needs a lifeline!

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      How much money you received for writing this comment sir.

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        When Jarapassa’s SHOW GONm finished,
        we have to buy Loin cloths [Amude Laensu] for Jrapassa and clan,
        because It is said, more than 400 million Rs spend in vain for the Jarapassa Show Gon Carnival,
        And they will say that,
        In return we got HUla Hula dancing and dry fish from Pacific islanders and Wildbeast meat with skins from Africans.

        Kaapalla, Beepalla, Jolykarpalla,
        Moodawela, chande deela, bila gewapalla.

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          Don’t be jealous mate!

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      The Common Poverty of Nations is the more appropriate name for the Commonwealth Circus – a British Colonial relic.

      The Commonwealth is not just irrelevant and obsolete, it is positively DANGEROUS to the PUBLIC GOOD in the Global South. DEMOCRACY, GOOD GOVERNANCE AND RULE OF LAW which it claims to be its “core values” are constantly and consistently violated and undermined by this British colonial outfit’s support for third world dictators.

      The Common Poverty of Nations is an organization that promotes MILITARIZATION covertly, while boosting Asian and African Military Dictators (like Mahinda Rajapakse whose regime is accused of war crimes), to whom Britain sells arms and intelligence technologies during CHOGM Business Forums, while preaching human rights and rule of law!
      2. The fact is, all the SPIN generated at the Common Poverty of Nations (CHOGM) will not fool foreign investors – as indicated by the miniscule FDI figures for Sri Lanka. Foreign investors look for good governance, honest regulators and regulatory institutions and economic stability to invest in the REAL ECONOMY that produces real as opposed to fictional growth. Foreign investors except for Casino Kings are not even looking at Sri Lanka because the CORRUPT and UNEDUCATED Rajapakese brothers are a bunch of looters of public and private wealth and they know it. Rajapassa is running desperately behind the likes of Packer..

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      Finally a voice from the dead left which should have organized a massive protest against Rajapassa AND the Common poverty of Nations that the so-called Commonwealth promotes in the British post-colony. Do you think it is an accident that the CHOGM circus was scheduled as a celebration of Prince Charles 65th Birthday – in his former Colony – the Banana Republic of Sri Lanka!

      This British Colonial relic organization – better termed the Common Poverty of Nations to enhance British and the Old or White Commonwealth’s businesses, including arms trade to military dictators in former colonies in Asia and Africa, should be SHUT DOWN!

      Mahinda Rajapassa loves white elephants: viz. Hambantota Port, Airport, Conference centre etc. But the Common Poverty oc Nations is the biggest WHITE ELEPHANT that he has embraced so far – along with the WHITE MAN’S BURDEN!

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        Dodo,
        Organizing a massive protest?Are you nuts?This Sirithunga character belongs to a three wheel party.

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          “Are you nuts?” ” Bad Attitude,ಠ_ಠ !

          Between, I got all the squirrels, kuuudu max vol the amude!

          Just your man on the TREE ;)

          It’s a killer butterfly ~k゜・_・k゜~ 

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          “DIE” I WANT IT ALL, “DIE” !

          IM- PUSS-ABLE.
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            Javi,
            What the hell is this?Is it English or some ghost language?Or are you at Angoda and was fortunate to nick the nut doc’s laptop?

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              (゜゜)~ Javi,What the hell is this?(゜゜)~

              Silbaaa baa Max vol [kuuudu] Your nose, any one living on “perumkayan” alone should live alone. Phew!

              (゜゜)~ Is it English or some ghost language? (゜゜)~

              Sounds like you got foot and mouth (BSS)! ~゜k・_・k゜~ 

              Gota “Booo”tha…Gooo yak.

              0:3

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                Javi,
                You don’t deny that you nicked the laptop of the nut doctor at your temporary abode at Angoda,eh?Comparing with your credit card fraud business,lifting a laptop is chicken feed.Hey any chance that you could slip a laptop to me?

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      Only solution is to SHUT DOWN the Common poverty of Nation also known as the Commonwealth of Clowns asap.
      Rajapassa has embraced a WHITE ELEPHANT, never mind the WHITE MAN’S BURDEN!
      Sri Lanka is the first Asian country in 20 years to host this WHITE ELEPHANT CHOGM show because most Asian leaders are intelligent and know it is a useless British colonial relic organization and could not be bothered to host it and waste huge amounts of cash on a non-starter! Last time CHOGM circus was hosted by the racist Aussi govt. which is paying Rajapassa’s Navy to stop boat people from Asia and Africa and refugees going to WHITE AUSTRALIA- this is also one of the uses of the Common Poverty of Nations – and before that Uganda’s dictator Museveni hosted it!

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      SIRITUNGA IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE COUNTRY’S REVENUE COLLECTED FROM TOILING CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES OF THIS COUNTRY IS CALLOUSLY USED BY THIS GOVT FOR THE BENEFIT AND PROTECTION OF ONE MAGGOT AND ITS NEST. THIS MAGGOT IS EXHAUSTING THE COUNTRY’S COFFERS BY SPENDING ON HUNDREDS OF BENZ S400 (LATEST MODEL), LATEST NISSANS AND DEFENDERS, CARPETING ROADS, HIGHWAYS AT Rs1.8 BILLION /KM, INCONVENIENCING THE COLOMBO CITIZEN, BUSINESSES SO THAT HE WILL GET TO CHAIR THE CHOGM FOR NEXT TWO YEARS AND THIS HOPEFULLY WILL HELP IN HIM NOT BEING INVESTIGATED FOR WAR CRIMES. THIS IS THE WHOLE PLAN; NOTHING TO DO WITH DEVELOPMENT OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT BENEFIT SRI LANKA OR ITS CITIZENS.
      HONESTLY THE CHOGM HAS NO BENEFIT TO ANY OTHER CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY AS YOU CAN SEE DEMONSTRATIONS BY PUBLIC WHO WANT TO BE HEARD IS NOT ALLOWED, ONE CANNOT GET A PASS TO FOLLOW THE PROCEEDINGS UNLESS ONE HAS CONNECTIONS, ROADS ARE BLOCKED TO THE CITIZENS. THE SHOW IS ENTIRELY FOR THE MAGGOTS, WHO DO BUGGER-ALL AND CONTRIBUTES ‘ZERO CENTS’ TO THE COFFERS.

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      Soo typpical of you Rajapaksa drones / paid posters etc…, attack the man so as to deflect and ignore the content of the article.

      You can’t defend Rajapaksa regime because it is a family dictatorship that carries out gross human rights abuses so all you are left with is defelction and Ad-Hominen attacks.

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    Siritunga Jayasuriya,
    In all honesty, please tell us, how many members are there in your United Socialist Party?

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      It is better to have few good people rather than large number of thugs and criminals.

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      With you and Siri, only two.
      enough to impeach Jarapassa.

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      You can take one member also,
      THAT Bankrupt casino king Parker also willing to take any party membership.
      Take my words.
      You will see,
      That OZ will show you all his middle Finger and Vanish from Sri lanka with a very big loot.
      they are the descendants of Colonial THIVES.

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    Your 99% is dreaming of becoming the 1% so they will all vote for pro business policies because they are all dreaming of becoming tycoons.

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    One good thing about CHOGM is there are NO Tamil participants.

    Money wasted on CHOGM should be recovered from the northern provincial council allocated 20 billion rupees! What a freaking waste!!

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      Fuka Simba;

      “Money wasted on CHOGM should be recovered”.

      So Money is Wasted on SHOW GON Carnival.

      Donot reveal that to Morons Jarapassa and Hothambaya.
      you will end up in a Acid Bath tub.
      Becouse Hothmbaya sending clening goons with white van.

      Better make a vow to Jarapassa KOVIL.

      “One good thing about CHOGM is there are NO Tamil participants”.

      Those Jarapassa Clan are Kerala Malabaris, so no difference of Tamils and Malabari Dravida descendants.

      But Brother in law is a TAMIL??.
      Did not they invite him also???????.

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    Comrade Siritunga Jayasuriya,

    You say, “Instead we propose the building of mass working class struggle, linked with the struggles of all oppressed masses, and including building powerful independent organizations of the working class. Together we can fight for a new future of society that will put the interests of the workers before the profit of the super-rich exploiters. We believe that struggle must be for a socialist alternative.”

    Hmmm Comrade Jayasuriya, Russian workers created the ideal society and their esteemed leaders killed millions in sadistic conditions in the Gulag. Comrade Bigbrother Polpot, also said things similar to what you say, and then killed millions of fellow citizens in horrendous cruelty. Comrade Mao said that ‘some people must die so that others could live’ and allowed millions to die of starvation during the great Chinese famine. What is the guarantee that our own comrades will not create a benign faced Polpot. Well we Sri Lankans have shown since independence how utterly barbaric we could be to our own brothers and sisters.

    No thanks for your socialist alternative comrade Jayasuriya.

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    Unheard in oblivion and just come out with his two cents to score some BROWNIE POINT. All this is singing for supper.

    Quote “
    Siritunga Jayasuriya,
    In all honesty, please tell us, how many members are there in your United Socialist Party?
    Banda
    November 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    HONESTLY – SOLLY..ONLY PIE (FIVE) BAGGURS

    cOMRADE jAYATUNGA WILL NEVER DIE OF STARVATION……………

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    This article is like the story of the FOX who could not taste those grapes at a too tall to reach place.

    Anyway, it is another idiot is explaining to other lunatics who believe him.

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