1 July, 2022

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Elon Musk To Rescue Sri Lanka From IMF Debt Bondage?

By Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake

Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake

Wearing Jokers’ masks a group of ‘Aragalaya’ Protestors rooted for Elon Musk to buy strategic and scenic Sri Lanka, at the center of the Indian Ocean, for just 50 billion dollars last weekend. They were marking 50 days at Colombo’s Galle Face Green Marine Front amid real and staged food, fuel, fertilizer and medical supply shortages across the country.

Could Elon save Sri Lanka from Debt Bondage to the IMF and US based Sovereign Bond traders whose law firms are lined up to assets strip the strategic island nation?

Among the richest men in the world, Elon Musk had recently offered to buy Twitter for 44 billion, but this beautiful Indian Ocean Island that sits on major global Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC), at a spaghetti junction of Undersea Data Cables routes would be a far better asset at 50 billion some of the protestors reckoned: Especially for a Big Data whiz kid who relishes challenge in an era of Cold War 2.0 and global cyberwars! Sri Lanka is perpetually in the cross-hairs of big power rivalry.

Fifty billion is the estimated cost of Sri Lanka’s debt. However, debt like Covid-19 is a numbers game in many Global South countries where data is provisional, expertise, and transparency scare, data security non-existent, and statistics easily gamed by external actors though “datafication”, Digital Colonialism and data hacking. For instance, in 2020 mysterious data wipes happened at the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) during the World Health Organization (WHO) promoted Covid-19 panicdemic, lockdowns and militarized mass injection of the population in 2020 when huge sums of money were spent on “vaccines”[i].

Although the Data on which Sri Lanka’s debt calculation is based are contested as the Government Cloud and other databases have been hacked in the past, and now Debt Bondage to the Washington Consensus (World Bank-WB and International Monetary Fund-IMF), and Paris Club looms large over the strategic island after it defaulted on payments to US-based Sovereign Bond traders in April.

So too, what Canadian author, Naomi Klein has termed “Disaster capitalism” in her book “Shock Doctrine” is increasingly a lived reality in Sri Lanka at this time of coordinated food, fuel, fertilizer, and medicines shortages with miles of queues as IMF shock treatment unfolds with promises of ‘worse to come’.

The scepter of starvation, Famine and food riots as Sri Lanka is primed for asset stripping in the months come since the IMF and Paris Club do not differentiate between “illiquidity’ and ‘insolvency” has been raised by various talking heads, including the new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Washington’s Manchurian Candidate for the job.

Famine is a Policy Choice

Nobel Prize-winning Economist, Amartya Sen, long ago showed that Famine is a political and policy choice rather than the result of a food production shortage. In his book Poverty and Famines (1981), Sen showed that although adequate food was harvested during periods of famine inadequate distribution and inequality in access to food were the proximate causes of famines in world history.

Sens’ historical studies of famine in Bengal and other Asian contexts challenged the assumption that total food-availability decline (FAD), was the main cause of starvation and famine and showed how political and governance factors affected access to food: Indeed, a slight imbalance in food production can lead to large increases or declines in price, while government policies can also cause entitlement failures.

Amartya Sen also argued that the availability of food can change for a number of reasons besides production shortfalls—for example, changes in the prices of goods and services, new rationing rules, transport blockages, infestations of farmer’s crops by pests, or the disruption of food-distribution channels by war.

To this list of causes of food insecurity may be added speculation by traders in commodities futures, globally and locally, the weaponization of food though sanctions and trade wars, systematic and coordinated (cyber) disruption of transport and supply chains and food security data bases.[ii] Jomo Sundaram former UN Under Secretary General recently wrote that the US led sanctions on Russia and war in Ukraine are now the main drivers of increased food insecurity globally.

In short, famine is a political and policy choice in a world where free markets are mythical; especially in the current era of food and fuel supply chain disruption due to trade and cyber war attacks, ‘Datafication’, and digital colonialism. Conversely, at this time of hyped shortages, global oil companies have never made more profits! So too Big Pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer made huge profits during Covid-19 lockdowns with hyped injection shortages.

Indeed, the current threat narrative of starvation, food riots and famine that are being liberally promoted to stoke fear and anxiety, rendering “food riots” in Sri Lanka a more or less self-full-filling prophesy appear to relate directly to what Canadian author Naomi Klein termed “Disaster Capitalism” in her book titled “The Shock Doctrine”: The term “disaster capitalism” was coined by Klein in 2007 to critique neoliberalism and its policy paradigm which she defined by three landmark demands: privatization, government deregulation and deep cuts to social spending.

Klein argued that global capitalism instrumentalizes man-made or natural disasters like Covid-19, military coups, terrorist incidents, economic crises, wars, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, for the sake of advancing its own agenda of renewal, reconstruction, and profit. Such disorienting disasters and shocks enable the production of debilitating cultures fear, help to suspend public debate and suppress democratic practices. This allows capitalists to exploit the window of opportunity opened by traumatic shocks (Klein, 2007).

Famine talks: A Manchurian Candidate and Cultures of fear

During two weeks of talks between the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the IMF, May 9-24, the strategic island’s long-suffering citizens were hit by unprecedented and clearly coordinated food, fuel, energy, fertilizer and medicine shortages –purportedly due to an absence of exorbitantly privileged and increasingly weaponized US dollars. This had led the strategic island at the center of the Indian Ocean country to default on its debt payments to US based Sovereign Bond (ISB) traders for the first time in its history.

While everyone was distracted queuing for food or fuel, with protests spiraling into violent confrontations as IMF talks commenced, Washington’s Manchurian Candidate for Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, was sworn in on May 12 during an island-wide curfew with the military on the streets.

PM Wickremesinghe made many remarkable statements during his first week in office: He threated that ‘worse was to come’ with likely starvation and famine in the island– before things got better! The ‘next couple of months will be the most difficult ones of our lives’ he warned, with an IMF “Firesale” of strategic national assets pending to appease the ISB holders?! The country, faced its worst economic crisis in more than 70 years, and was down to its last day of petrol on Monday, he claimed.

The newly appointed Wickremesinge however used contested data and numbers to base his debt calculations. He also misled citizens claiming that there would be 15-hour electricity outages, although the hydro-power reservoirs had ample rain to keep hydro-power generation and electricity supply going. He painted a grim picture which seemed like a veiled threat.[iii] Would fear would enable rule by fiat and never mind that he had lost his seat in the last General Elections and lacks legitimacy?

A chorus of worse to come amid promises of starvation and food riots clearly intended to stoke fear, anxiety and anger reached a crescendo when talks between the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the IMF ended on May 24. With the outcome of the talks far from transparent it was as if the IMF’s infamous Shock treatment which include austerity measures, sale of State Owned Enterprises (SOE), for debt restructuring etc. were already upon Sri Lanka’s hapless citizens, to simultaneously distract from and ease the proposed ‘firesale’ of strategic assets like Sri Lankan Airlines. But would not such a course of action inevitably deepen the National economic and Security crisis– as has been the case in debt trapped Greece and Argentina and numerous other counties.

Wither National Food and Energy Security?

While the shortages were blamed on an absence of Petro dollar, there appeared to be systematic disruption and deliberate hacking of domestic supply chains and internal trade networks as non-dollar denominated domestic food, fuel, energy and medicine supply and trade were also disrupted.

The fuel shortages translated into increased bus fares and train fares, and public transport but most of all disabled transport of farm produce to cities and stores from wholesale markets contributing to food shortages.

So too fishermen were unable to go to sea due to fuel shortages to operate their boats and fish prices hit the roof in this island which imports canned fish despite having extensive fisheries resources that are looted by Distant Water Fishing States.

A host of reasons to explain internal food and fuel shortages, such as a private fuel bowser company tanker drivers being on Strike, other labour disputes, bad weather preventing unloading of fuel in the Colombo Port, fuel trains derailing, the Vesak holidays and transport glitches all seemed to have aligned to manufacture a perfectly coordinated storm of food, fuel, energy, medicine, fertilizer, cooking gas etc. crisis!

The end result was that famers were unable to get their produce to wholesale and retail markets, and watched their harvest perish, as had happened during the previous 2 years of infamous Covid-19 panicdemic lockdowns. A staged food shortages left shops in cities with empty shelves.

Yet, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe asked Government Officials to stay at home rather than report to work to urgently sort out the transport, supply chain, trade, and agriculture and fisheries sector extension services disruptions! Rather than prioritize restorng essential supply chains that were preventing food reaching wholesale and retail markets and restoring Government extension Services in the Agriculture and Fisheries sectors to restore food supply, he asked government officials to stay home citing transport difficulties. Thus, as farmer produce rotted in the countryside, shops in cities had empty shelves. Was this a dry run for the famine and food riots yet to be staged?!

From Russia, with Love

Remarkably, during the 2 weeks of IMF talks and the worst ever fuel shortages, there were ships docked in the Colombo port with Russian fuel, but there were no dollars to pay to download it! This despite the fact that World Bank was said to have given 160 million grant to ease the pain of the IMF’s shock treatment that had sent the Lankan rupee crashing. The much hyped USD 160 million from the World Bank at the outset of IMF talks it emerged could not be used for urgently need albeit Russian oil!

Are Sri Lanka’s fuel and food shortages all about energy geopolitics?! Or, was this a graphic demonstration of Petrodollar hegemony; and never mind that sanctions hit Russia and Mr. Putin have dumped the dollar (and Euro), and would rather trade in Rubles or any other currency? As the Sri Lankan economy ground to a halt the global corporate media spin was that it is Russia and the Ukraine proxy war that was the cause of shortages. Confusion confounded?

At this time, it has also emerged that Sri Lanka can’t use $1.5 billion China swap due to IMF concerns! “There is a condition in relation to the months of import cover that we need to have in order to be able to draw on that money,” said Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, who is advising the Sri Lankan government, at an event organized by the Central Bank last week. [iv]

China has always resisted joining the Western ‘Aid donors” of the OECD Paris Club that restructure debt, and would rather negotiate directly, bi-laterally with its Belt and Road (BRI) development partner countries. After all, the BRI’s infrastructure drive presents a formidable development challenge to the OECD countries more or less colonial model of debt trap development. Is Sri Lanka once again in the cross hairs of conflict between Washington and its allies and their Cold War on China and Asia Rising?

Would famine be staged in Sri Lanka, increasingly a proxy war site for the Cold War between the US and its Quad partners and China? Has Sri Lanka has already lost policy sovereignty and autonomy to the IMF. Is Dr. Octopus (Doc. Oct), the cyborg of Spiderman fame squeezing and strangling this strategic Indian Ocean island that is writhing in an ISB Debt trap?

Privatization and Disaster Capitalism

What was never mentioned in connection with power cuts and soring fuel and energy prices was the privatization of sale of the Yugadanavi power plant to an American New Fortress company in a corrupt mid-night deal in November 2021 by former US citizen President Rajapaksa, before he took wing to New York to address the United Nation’s General Assembly to boast about his green energy and fertilizer policies that had bought Sri Lanka to the current disaster!

It was after sale of Yugadanavi power plant in Kerawelapitiya that the island blessed with two abundant monsoons and considerable renewable hydropower generation capacity had long power outages with the cost of power generation sky –rocketing!

In his second week in office, Wickremesinghe also announced that the privatization and sale of Sri Lankan Airlines was on the horizon as part of debt and economic restructuring. During his previous stint in office Sri Lankan Airlines came close to being sold off to Texas Pacific Group (TPG), but the deal fell through as TPG got embroiled in court action by the Australian Government for asset stripping in 2017.

While Sri Lanka’s apparent US dollar shortage had resulted in multiple compounding crises questions arise: is this strategic Indian Ocean island increasingly a cyber, trade, economic proxy war site for Disaster Capitalism, like Ukraine, between the American war machine and its greater Cold war adversary in the so-called free and open Indo-Pacific?

A list had already been prepared and released of strategic airports, ports, telecom transport and energy infrastructure to be privatized and asset stripped. A fire-sale of lands, transport, energy and telecom infrastructure, further compromising national security and policy sovereignty and autonomy was on the horizon as part of IMF reforms and austerity measures and re-structuring of debt-trapped State Owned Enterprises. Was the implication of the threats of Famine and food riots, “worse to come” to facilitate and speed up the firesale?

It later emerged that PM Wickremesinghe would not accept grant aid from China which would have eased the crisis until a deal was worked out with the IMF, like his predicessors Mahinda and Basil Rajapaksa who had also turned down offers of assistance from Saudi Arabia and Indonesia in order to stage the Default into IMF and the Paris Club’s arms. Never mind the plight of people languishing in food and fuel queues, unable to make a day’s living and impoverished!

Was there a deliberate attempt to deepen the crisis and distract the public with promises of “wore to follow” if the International Sovereign Bond traders that the IMF represents do not get their pound of flesh?

2 years of Covid-19 Lockdowns, Masks and Institutional decay

Former Minister of Agriculture Dr. Hemakumara Nanayakkara has predicted ‘food riots’ and Famine due to seed and other plant material shortages at this time when sweet corn and maize seem to have replaced rice farming? Seed and planting material that the Dept of Agriculture used to produce are now scarce and need to be imported by private sector companies he noted. Clearly, lack of chemical fertilizer is not the only reason for poor harvest this year. Low production within the country is also due to use of imported hybrids seeds that are highly dependent on agro chemicals.

The Departments of Fisheries and Agriculture extension services were systematically disrupted over two years of Covid-19 lockdowns, privatization over two years of Covid-19 lockdowns, and marketization of all Agriculture Department and government functions.

Unlike in India where farmers fought new Farm Laws and multinational agribusiness corporate takeover of the agriculture sector, which were smuggled in during 2 years of Covid-19 lockdown, in Sri Lanka the corporatization of agriculture has been accompanied by the disruption of government institutions and the Agricultural extension services similar to the Health sector.

Agricultural and Fisheries Department extension services were guttered as datafication, digital colonialism and Disaster capitalism acceralerated with a stay at home work culture for Government servants cultivated in a Global South country, heed-less of the Digital divide following World Health Organization (WHO) hype.

At the root of the current dysfunctional government institutions and pandemic of corruption in the Agriculture and Fisheries sectors and extension services which impinge on food security at this time are two years of unnecessary and economically, socially and institutionally devastating Covid-19 lockdowns and the stay at home work culture they instituted.

It was capitalizing on this Covid-19 lockdown and masked culture precedent that PM, Wickremesinghe advised government employees to stay at home rather than report urgently to work and sort out the food and fuel supply chain and extension service disruptions. Rather than prioritize and restore transport, trade and food supply chains from farmlands to the cities to get the country and economy back up and running government employees were given holidays– was this deliberate sabotage of a limping economy?!

The Afterlife of Covid: Debilitated Institutions and ‘Stay home’ work culture

The lockdown and stay at home work culture along with digitalization and datafication were promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), with Health Sector Unions and organizations like the GMOA, SLMA and P.C.R Kumudesh of the Union of Health Technical Workers. Many of these organizations funded by big Pharmaceutical companies, vociferously demanded economy, society and democratic institutions debilitating lockdowns, which were not based on any Country-Specific scientific data analysis of the Sri Lanka context.

At this time, amidst Aragla Protests and the puppet show of horse trading in the Parliament while the local media is distracted with Constitutional reforms and the 21th Amendment, despite narratives of “medicine shortages” a 4th Pfizer Jab is being provided free of charge in a country where Covid-19 has disappeared. Because there are no PCR tests?!

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) which promoted economically devastating lockdowns, Covid-19 fear and militarized mass injection of the population in the past 2 years currently are setting up a joint Bank Account with the Ministry of Health to identify medicines and procure health supplies for Sri Lanka amidst a pandemic of corruption in the Health Sector.

Do we not live in a world that rewards high crimes? Wither National Health and Economic policy sovereignty and autonomy in this era of datafication, Digital Colonialism, Data wipes at the NMRA database on the GoSL Cloud, and the new Imperialism?

The WHO is also marketing a dangerous Global Pandemic Treaty at this time to abolish bodily autonomy and national policy sovereignty as part of the New Imperialism, although the Governments of India and Pakistan have challenged the data in the WHO’s report on Covid-19 excess deaths!

In the final analysis it is clear that two years of World Health Organization (WHO) recommended militarized Covid-19 lockdowns which enabled a pandemic of corruption frame the current institutional crisis in Sri Lanka, and the spiral into debt and disaster capitalism that thrives on digital colonialism, as well as, on non-digitalized trade and supply chain and trade disruption in contexts of high corruption. After all it is no longer a secret that the past two years of Covid-19 lockdowns saw the greatest transfer of wealth in human history.

Covid 19 lockdowns, fear and work at home culture debilitated government and civil institutions, policy processes and over-sight systems, as well as, policy autonomy and institutional independence in a Global South country context where qualified and skilled officials to operate and analyse the data systems are scarce and the digital-divide is a reality that no amount of datafication hype can overcome, further eroding national food security policy autonomy and sovereignty leading to the current crisis. The result has been decay of government extension services, agencies and over-sight institutions, culture of general apathy and “work from home” further decaying and hollowing out State institutions and supporting education, research and technical agencies.

From Staged default to ‘food riots’?

As people stood in food and fuel queues outside government cooperative shops for hours or days, disoriented, distracted, fearful, in survival mode unable to see the big picture, Wickremeshinghe’s narrative to crush them was worse would follow. This was repeated like a mantra by the Central Bank Governor, various Ministers for economics past and present, such as Harsha de Silva and Eran Wickramaratne and experts involved in IMF negotiations– heedless of the pain and suffering of the people. In turn the local media magnified the narrative.

The refrain that things would get worse before they improved made it abundantly clear that if Washington’s Conditions, austerity measures and proposed firesale were not duly conducted things would get much, much worse – part of the politics of fear and the rule by fiat?

Wickremesinghe like Rajapaksa had also delayed accepting grant aid from China and unloading fuel shipments from Russia until after an IMF deal was struck and never mind the suffering of people. Was e more interested to please his Washington backers since his electorate is non-existant?

The week after the IMF talks petrol queues reduced radically and it was announced that Sri Lanka will pay $US 72.6 million to buy a 90,000-tonne shipment of Russian oil docked at Colombo’s port for weeks, to restart its only refinery and address a crippling energy crisis. That means Sri Lanka pays only $34 per barrel when the market price is around $110 per barrel!

Was it hence that in on June 2 in a little remarked by highly significant development and “Lawfare” Scenario: Colombo Commercial High Court on June 2 issued an enjoining order preventing a Russian Aeroflot flight from leaving Sri Lanka? Colombo Commercial High Court Judge Harsha Sethunga issued the injunction on the responsible Russian airline after hearing a complaint filed by Celestial Aviation Trading Limited in Ireland!

USAID had been busy digitalizing and ‘strengthening’ the courts system and justice sector in Sri Lanka for some years. Sri Lanka certainly seems to be on its way to becoming a different sort of proxy war site, like Ukraine, between the NATO/QUAD war machine and its greater Cold war adversary, China, in the Indian Ocean Region which the US calls Indo-Pacific. After all, Secretary of State, Antony Blinken recently said that China (rather than Russia), is the greater threat and strategic rival to the imploding American empire.

At this time questions arise as to whether a famine would soon be staged like the staged default to distract citizens and deliver strategic lands, transport, energy and telecom infrastructure and frequencies to Sri Lanka’s ISB debt holders that include BlackRock and J.P Morgan Chase which received massive US Government Covid-19 bailout funds, via an IMF firesale of strategic assets while people are distracted with the planned and hyped ‘food riots’? And who does Ranil Wickremesinghe represent? The interests of the people of Sri Lanka or his Washington backers and their legal firms lined up to asset strip this strategic Indian Ocean island which was once called “valuable real estate” by a US Under.


[i]Our debates, however, are based on a simple assumption that the set of numbers we use to measure the economy are accurate, or at least close enough. But what if they aren’t? What if we are making powerful assumptions about the economy based on statistics that are at best half-right? Today’s economic debates are central to every country in the world. But what if the world we are living in is not the world the numbers say we are living in? Indicators such as GDP and the consumer price index offer insight into what is going on in this complicated set of exchanges we call “the economy.” But as the world has become infinitely more global and three-dimensional, these statistics have not kept pace. They were all developed more than a half-century ago, to measure a world of nation-states, of war and Great Depression. They have been tweaked and refined, but they remain products of a different world. The result is that we are using a 1950s dashboard to operate a 21st-century machine. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/its-an-old-numbers-game-what-if-theyre-wrong/2013/04/19/c5b72ff0-a6be-11e2-8302-3c7e0ea97057_story.html

[ii] Sanctions Are Weapons of Mass Starvation ANIS CHOWDHURY & JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM
Jun 1, 2022

[iii] https://www.firstpost.com/world/fifteen-hour-long-power-outages-to-starvation-what-awaits-sri-lanka-as-it-runs-out-of-petrol-10683241.html

[iv] http://www.lankapage.com/NewsFiles22/Jun02_1654177747.php

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    If Elon Musk decides to buy Srilanka lock stock and barrel it would be the greatest blessing for all Srilankans but I doubt it that he will be that stupid.

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      Absurd how the Fisheries and Agriculture, Energy security and Health system of the county has been destroyed through Fake Development Aid…
      After all the Japansee “aid” Sri lanka should be exporting fresh fish, not importing its own fish canned by Japanese corporations as fake humanitarian donations! The crook Rajitha Seneviratne and all Fishy Ministers sold fisheries permits to foreign trawlers. Also, NARA is quite corrupt and owned by the French whose fleets are looting the Indian Ocean Fisheries.
      Also Agri culture Lands are now being sold off and privatized under Harin Fernando, a.k.a Sonic Sonic or moronic moronic Minister of Lands and Tourism to multinationals now. Another reason beside the fertilizer scandal and privatization of agri extensions services for the food crisis. Yeah food riots are a policy choice like famine too – when fools and knaves rule!

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      H
      If you are serious about the comment, I begin to doubt your intellect.

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        SJ. I am very sorry. I have none.

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          h
          Sorry that I was mistaken.

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            SJ. I live to learn.

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    For a headline that screams about Musk, the author makes only a few casual references to him but then rambles on a lot of other things. At a minimum, the title is misleading.

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      Agnos
      I will like your comment on the substance, let alone the rambling which most writers do here, anyway.

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      Surprised, Agnos?
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      I think that I will go here:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/aragalaya-peoples-response-to-rajapaksa-made-crisis/
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      nimal fernando
      has issued a challenge to me. I’m going to answer that; let us see if this anonymous man who lives abroad (America?) responds to me!
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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        “It was after sale of Yugadanavi power plant in Kerawelapitiya that the island blessed with two abundant monsoons and considerable renewable hydropower generation capacity had long power outages with the cost of power generation sky –rocketing!”
        I fear the author’s always-fertile imagination is going totally bonkers. So , is this plant running on LNG already? If so, why is it being shut down like the others for lack of diesel?
        And, have the “Two abundant monsoons” ever been capable of supplying power continuously? Anyone with the faintest knowledge of the country’s generat system would know that Kelanitissa was built way back interest 60’s.
        A gift for writing clichéd gibberish is no substitute for hard facts, nor does an alleged degree from Princeton qualify anyone to claim expertise on subjects beyond their competence.

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          The author, Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake, is simply saying that Sri Lanka should revert back to hydropower instead of excessive reliance on thermal energy. For decades, the country got most of its energy from hydro. These are basic facts, yet still behind the comprehension of government school dropouts.

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            Lester,
            Aren’t you the guy that claimed the ancient Sinhalese invented hydro-electricity? Is that what they taught you at your private school?
            Being stupid is not a crime, but why keep flogging yourself for it?

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            Lester/.

            This is why we repeat our people look at our fingers when we point them the moon.
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            U lester is prototype example representing the majority but mahaouted by uneducated Rajapakshes.
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            Rajapakshes targeted the weaknesses of the people fromvthecday one.
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            Atamastana was worshipped by mlechcha Mahinda et al before put the first across country on the 9th May.
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            Nations mule will have to pay the price yet in his last moments.
            🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃

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    lol, Elon Musk is a self-centered pri%ck and man child. He will never touch Sri Lanka with a 3000 ft pole. Why would anybody in their right mind? When our fools are burning and pillaging everything.

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      All the burning and pillaging will be less harmful than being touched by the likes of Musk.

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    “Thus, as farmer produce rotted in the countryside, shops in cities had empty shelves.”

    I have been making this point consistently on CT. Perhaps I am the only one. It is important to distinguish between the actual supply of food vs availability. If food is not available, it does not necessarily mean the supply is less than the demand. The reality is what the author points out: lack of transport to markets. Very likely, this comes down to lack of diesel. As I said on this website, the main focus of the government needs to be on energy. You cannot have any sort of viable economy with continuous, daily blackouts, whether 2 hrs or 15 hrs.

    “That means Sri Lanka pays only $34 per barrel when the market price is around $110 per barrel!”

    Russia is forced to sell its oil at a steep discount now, with the pace of US/EU sanctions accelerating.

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      Lester,
      Good morning
      Agree wholeheartedly/unreservedly on that!!
      MAKE HAY WHILST THE SUN SHINES??!! What better idea could surpass that??
      Wisdom they say manifests out of necessity; so is innovation and invention!!!
      But 1 suggestion by me, lot may not like it, specially, those Governing types – the malady of SL – only Cars with 1250 cc engines (service basic needs) and motorbikes, 3-wheelers, Buses and trucks allowed on the road!!!??
      Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari, Mercedes 300, BMW 5/7, Bentley, Toyota V8’s, wash and Home!
      Embellish the residence!?? Visitors to admire and not on road!! Fined Rs 100,000 paid in USD and not in rupees?? USD 265 only!!!
      Unfortunately, if they cannot find USD to pay Fine, then it would be SL Rs. 1,000,000.00??!!
      Luxurious living is good, available at the CORRECT price!! Rationale Zoo tickets – Locals/Foreigners or Rail Fare??!!
      Most confident, Mr Dhammika Perera, WHO IS IN THE FOREFRONT OF FINDING SOLUTIONS TO USD ‘STRAPPED’ SRI LANKA, would support this initiative along with his other suggestion of his, meet the FE crisis??!!
      Until we have sufficient USD to Pay for Food, medicine, Fertiliser and Gas??
      Temporary measure to alleviate the crisis and maximise the use of available FE to enhance SL!!

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      Smart move Lester,
      Buy cheap and also rationalise use of fuel??!!
      Cut out non-essentials!!
      Cars are a basic requirement in this modern world! None would doubt!!
      Stop using Lamborghini, when a Ford Fiesta or Morris Mini (even a Cooper) or Mini Clubman – for bigger people – could well do the job equally??
      7,6 Litres per 100 Kms. instead of 14 or 15 litres (double consumption) for same purpose!!!!
      Fool Hardy!!
      I hope the President/PM is listening/reading/hearing this???

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      Sri Lanka is an ungovernable country. Cant, you see what the judiciary did with the Aeroflot plane. The tail wags the dog in this case. Some idiot government officials makes sure that Sri Lanka will not be able to work with Russia.

      I think the deep financial ruin will force the country to get rid of these useless government officials at some point in time. It will only be after that this country can be turned around. How long it will take is anyone’s guess.

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        Sri Lanka is an ungovernable country.
        /
        Thanks to shit bags produced by DA Rajapakshe.
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        Youth are in the view if contraception was known to DA; things would have turned out to be better for all of us.
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        Youth are clever/ but thus is yet not clear stupid blood sucking Rajapakshes.
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        😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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      Lester the unknown financial genius,
      “The reality is what the author points out: lack of transport to markets. Very likely, this comes down to lack of diesel.”
      Wow, what a stupendously amazing discovery!!!!
      OK, a cup of tea costs 110 bucks in SL. All local ingredients.
      The same tea costs only 10 INR (50 LKR) in India.
      Yes!!!!
      Those cunning Indians must be putting less diesel in their tea, right? What a genius you are, Lester.

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        Hey stupid, tea is not an essential good. Learn the difference between essential and luxury items. The author is highly knowledgeable, she is a PhD from Princeton, not a three-wheeler peddler such as yourself.

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          Lester the unsung genius,
          Ask your mother, she will tell you that tea contains two essentials, milk and sugar, but not diesel as you claim.
          You don’t have to attend Princeton or St Thomas’s to be an idiot, but it helps.

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          Tea is not essential needs?.
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          Lester is sitting on his little brain.
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          .exposed! .
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          🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃

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            I m born srilanken but living in Europe for long/ drinking tea with milk makes my day start.
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            Coffee is for my colleagues.
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            Lester please contact ur nearest psychiatrist.
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            U ll never see anything right.
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            🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃

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        old codger

        Today Kilinochi MP Srithran told parliament that during Prabaharan’s good governance days rice was sold at Rs 14.50.

        Why cannot Gota sell tea for 10 cents and Plain tea for 5 cents as was in 1960s?

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          Native,
          Lester still can’t get it into his head that his ranaviruses lost the war.

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        Oc.
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        Logical thinking is fully manipulated in Lester. .
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        So pathetic/ these men just waste
        Queen a social funds that they could better use for medicine of whole lot people who are really in need in UK.
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        🐃🐃🐃😶😶😶😎😎😎🐕🐕🐕

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    Dr. DRS,

    You speak as if God and the Devil are pushing buttons from above and below. Truth is, we don’t need them both, for Humans are quite capable of being thoroughly confused with so many interactive processes, that disaster eventually culminates and collides on each other.

    Sri Lanka is perpetually in the cross-hairs of big power rivalry because our wretched leaders actively seek playing games with the major powers. Instead of good old-fashioned hard work and intellect by them, it is easy money, they feel, by holding major powers to ransom. Any “datafication” by them and major powers, has been part of the mafia culture of our leaders, especially in the present times.

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      Ramona,

      “Sri Lanka is perpetually in the cross-hairs of big power rivalry because our wretched leaders actively seek playing games with the major powers.”

      Can Sri Lanka afford to be neutral in the midst of a global financial reset? It needs capital infusion as well as technology transfer. These days, it is easier to get these from China than the West. The West will impose restrictions such as “human rights”, “austerity”, etc. Although China is also a ticking time bomb, with the government trying desperately to sweep bad loans under the carpet. Sri Lanka should take what it can get while still preserving its autonomy.

      “Instead of good old-fashioned hard work and intellect by them”

      The “brain drain” is quite evident. There was a real opportunity to oust Gothabaya, yet the Opposition could not field a single viable candidate. MaRa being a lawyer is quite clever, he knows how to manipulate the will of the people. That is why he resigned, to keep the peace. Gotha commands the support of the military. In the absence of sheer intellect, the people will settle for at least efficiency and these two bring that to the table.

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        Lester,

        This so called Global Financial Reset pertains only to useless countries like ours trying to make a fast buck over global enterprise , otherwise there is no such thing. Capital infusion and technological transfer come only with proper and appropriate country channels in place. When places like ours try to cheat the system, what iswe are experiencing now is the eventual result.

        The austerity, taxation, and even human rights that the West dictates, are so their loans can actually work and build prosperity for countries, so they will get their money back, hopefully with some interest. And yes, China too is going to suffer as their loans too won’t get paid back. They were either too stupid to loan money to useless countries with much corruption like ours, or it was a delebrate means of attempting to overturn the established system at the expense of a silly country such as ours.

        Who can you blame the brain drain on, but useless politicians who never created jobs for our citizens, and/or put so much of country money into secondary and tertiary learning that does not benefit Sri Lanka’s job markets or future job markets.

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          Opposition could have produced AKD or Sajith, but they are not traitors like Ranil.

          MaRa and Gotha think they are very clever, but this time around, the people know the horrors they will have to endure for a long time because of them.

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    Our leaders have actively sought out IMF loans, but have not had the brains to utilize and oversee them appropriately……criminal in most cases. IMF themselves, have been too trusting.

    Yes, I agree, that they too have been like China- taking vast risks, for they cannot dictate too much into country governing, according to democratic dictates. China is worse in this respect, compared to IMF.

    Now, the time has come where they truly have to dictate terms, or it will also affect them very badly. For China, lack of dictation into how their loans are spent was a major experiment by them to see how far they could go. Now China and Russia are offering money and goods and services to save face.

    Let’s face it: So many others countries have done exceptionally well with IMF loans, except of course, Sri Lanka.

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    At the root of the current dysfunctional government institutions and pandemic of corruption is the Rajapaksha regime having sold out to the Chinese. One Belt One Road is a totally discredited debt trap. The Chinese workers who were imported en masse to build infrastructure have remained and become a pariah caste. The Chinese need to be kicked out. If Elon Musk can help kick them out, God Bless Him.

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      “One Belt One Road is a totally discredited debt trap.”
      Perhaps why more and more countries are attracted to it.

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        Probably politicians and functionaries are on China’s payroll.

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          Such elegant theories generated by a glass ball and a glass bowl!

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          Sino tactics made srilanka and the like minded nation eternally poor.
          ..
          Their targets were tribal like leleaders in any country.
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          UNEDUCATED Rajapakshes got caught by betraying the poor nation.
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          Underhand discounts made them untouchably wealthy while the nation was thrown frying pan to fire..

          Blood sucking chinese would never stop their conniving politics. Europeans understood this long ago. .
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      keep dreaming . you sound like a CIA mole.

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