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Dr. Sara Is Invited To Obama’s Civil Society Roundtable

At the UN General Assembly, President Obama meets with heads of state and leaders of civil society, multilateral organizations, and the philanthropic community to discuss growing restrictions being placed on civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide.

Dr.Saravanamuttu

The event marks the beginning of a year-long effort to further intensify our work to support and defend civil society from a rising tide of restrictions. September 23, 2013.

The Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, was also invited by the White House to participate the meeting, hosted by President Barack Obama.

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    In’titinteresting?

    obama the man who violates the rights of civil society by spying on innocent US citiens and the rest of the world,as condemned by the UN general Assembly led by the President of Brazil, is inviting a civic rights “activist” from a third world country to oversome the shame!

    Are we entitled to know as to how much money this “activist” i receiving from the US embassy?

    What is the Sri Lankan government’s intelligence network doing?

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      Well done Sara!
      US runs with the hare and hunts with the hounds. Selling arms and human rights dialogue is all in a days business.. so civil society from the global south needs to be discerning and self-critical as well..
      Obama may personally prefer marketing HR to selling guns but he runs an empire too!

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        A very lucky guy.More Champagne with lots of $$$.When will these gullible Americans learn?Keep on Paki enjoy life to the fullest after doing NOTHING!Of course i am jealous.

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    Congrats! This is good news! Please tell Obama that Lanka civil society wants a “demilitarized zone of peace in the Indian Ocean”.

    Please remember Dr. Sara that Obama and US policy is part of the problem of the militarization of South Asia in General and Lanka in particular due to Bush’s War on Terror. Donor dependent Lanka NGOs have been very silent about the support that Gota the goon has got for post-war militarization from the international community because they live off the funds provided by the IC! Lanka civil society NGOs need to be independent of foreign donors as well as critical about Sinhala majoritarian nationalism..
    International “aid”/loan donors have been actively supporting or remain silent about the post- war militarization of the Lanka. Indian and China are militarizing Lanka because of their own interests, while the US is selling arms to India to boost its economy and fight China in the Indian Ocean – but all this regional militarization is detrimental to Democracy Within Sri Lanka which is increasingly a MILITARY DICTATORSHIP with a DEEP STATE and facade of democracy.The Aussie Govt has been funding the Navy to attack boat people.
    Lanka’s Civil society should hence call for Lanka to be a “demilitarized zone of peace in the Indian Ocean”, now that the LTTE is gone. The World Bank and IMF that preaches “good governance” and “Do No Harm” (aid should not fuel conflict) in transitional contexts has been funding and subsidizing the expansion of the Ministry of Defense via the UDA. This MUST BE STOPPED and WB closed down! UN claims to be expert in DDR – Demobilizing and reintegrating militaries after conflict has been remarkably silent on the need to DOWNSIZE and right size the military of Sri Lanka, so civil society MUST speak in one voice on this matter and loud and clear – Sri Lanka needs a ROAD MAP FOR DEMILITARIZATION TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY and donors need to help civil society rather than funding that clown Vasu’s Ministry who hasn’t got a clue about social integration..
    2. Civil society must also formulate a clear EXIT STRATEGY and plan for PEACEFUL REGIME CHANGE for the CORRUPT and Criminal Rajapassa brothers, sons, extended family cronies who are looting Lanka and are following the Prabakaran model of dictatorship for life. For this, a critique of political culture of dictatorship within ALL POLITICAL PARTIES and the NGO sector needs to be developed and VOTER EDUCATION on need to clean up corrupt governance across the board is important. The culture of geriatrics holding onto positions of power – particularly in the leftist circles – viz . the dead leftists like Vasu and Ranil in the UNP as well as in the Colombo NGO sector needs to be challenged.. this rotten culture of never giving up power is pervasive in political culture – both govt and NGOs!

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    This is the New World Order a legacy of Obama is being created. It is very important for Sri Lankan Government to take notice of this and act in such a way not to stir unnecessary chest beating events or actions. Sri Lanka for a long time and even today in the hearts of most of the tolerant Sri Lankans remains a Civil Society. I find it very difficult to say or attribute this credit to the present government of Sri Lanka. The government of Sri Lanka directly or indirectly has instigated or supported violence against regions (North vs South), against races, against casts, against religions and above all against political parties. So it is very important for Sri Lankan government to take the correct step going forward. This also gives an excellent opportunity to President Rajapakse who quoted Lord Buddha at his speech at the UN today. If President truly believes in what he quoted from Lord Buddha, he should see read a similar quote from Bahavat Gita which says “what one sows one reaps” ( this in short), which may be more suited for the government of Sri Lanka and its leaders.

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    Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu has very deservedly caught the eye of President Obama and the White House. By extension he is on the radar of the International community as well. No mean achievement for a citizen in a lawless country. Admirable still for a Tamil whose every word is suspect and every move watched.

    Study and research on contemporary issues of societal concern, fearlessly pursued and sustained over the years have thrust him into the forefront of a powerful arena. To him it is no more recognition but an opportunity to press forth the cause of the voice less. For faint tones to be made more than audible.

    May we thank him for his labours and wish him strength for continued fortitude.

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    What about Duckter Da Yarn JayaTikaTika…didn’t anybody invite him? :-D

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    Dr Sara..

    Find out Magistrates whom are taking openly bribes to protect illegal garages operating in highly residential areas. All the magistrates new source of income is this. Especially in Colombo district this is normal.

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    So, Obama’s policy makers are well grounded. Good to see.

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    Congratulations Dr. Paikia, You are the best of anti-national and the Yankee puppet.

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      [Edited out] Patriot. You are the best puppet for the Rajapuka [Edited out] .

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      Leela of waters edge is jealous.

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    Good. This country needs people like Dr.PS who has the gumption to speak against injustice and the utter lawlessness of the family regime.

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      He should have married to the Bandaranaike family to see how his Tribalism oriented justice evolves.

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        Paki, the nade gura is no doubt appreciated by the neocolonialist gang for promoting their hypocritical projects as egalitarianism and democracy. Amarican tax payers have no clue on how their rulers waste their money. I am positive Obama will issue Paki with a new set of instructions on the way forward with their project ‘dividing Sri Lanka’.

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    I am struck by an opening comment by Jan Eliasson (Deputy General Secretary UN) : “The relationship between leaders and the people they govern is changing. … If leaders do not LISTEN to their people, they will HEAR from them in the streets, in the squares, or as we see far too often, on the battlefield.”

    This is so relevant in the context of Sri Lankan history. If only we would listen!

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    Congrats, congrats, congrats, …………….

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    Parki – Congratulations. Srilanka needs people like you.

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    I’m dissapointed it would have been best if people with good credentials like Lee Potter Leela alias K A Sumansekera was invited instead as after all he does yeomen service with his keyboard for the Govt of SL

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    Our P.I.G., the Rip Van Wikle from SL too attends attends the civil Society Round Table.

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    Lets admit it it is better than standing in a photo shoot with Obama. I sure that picture will be framed in gold even with all the anti American
    rhetoric as we heard in the “Noble” Speech.Hyprocrit with a capital H

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    The NGO kaaka is on another jaunt.
    He is giving a good run for the
    money he receives!!! What a world!!

    As his name goes, Pakiya (or gifted)
    is full of sothy (or gravy). This man
    with his put on English accent is
    milking the west dry. Any cause is good
    enough for him.

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    The progressive minded people of the world must appreciate the contribution of Dr PS to cause of the humanity. In Sri Lanka , he is the leading light of the progress not the reaction.

    I belie that he is an unconscious Marxist more correctly a Trotskyite. He had so far tirelessly and courageously argued the point that only the enlightened advanced capitalist western countries could help masses in backward despotic countries to achieve equal society based on ideals of democracy etc.

    Who else in world politics could he mingle and share views currently ? Leaders of Stalinist Chinese Communist Party , presidents of pseudo left regimes in Latin America , Putin of Russia, Mullahs of Islamic tribalist kingdoms ?

    It is not surprising that he is hated by Sinhala Buddhists, right wing politicians of all varieties in Sri Lanka.

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    Congratulations! Sara It is well deserved.Bensen

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