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Geneva Saga: Farah Mihlar And Others Tosse Cats Out Of The Bag

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

They say that if you give some people enough rope they will hang themselves with it.  On March 19, 2012, in Geneva, no one needed give any rope to several individuals who came to talk about ‘Rule of law and human rights violations in Sri Lanka’.  They came with enough rope and a scaffolding to boot, so to speak.

The event was one of the many side-shows at the 19th Sessions of the UN Human Rights Council.  It was ‘show’ alright and began before it all began.  Fahrah Mihler, who I have met just a couple of times and who, courtesy a mutual friend, invited me for dinner in Geneva during the Govt-LTTE talks in Celigny, 2006, came and said hello.  She said she had watched me debate Callum Macrae (Channel 4) and Bob Templer (International Crisis Group) on the Sri Lankan conflict in an event hosted by the Asia Society in New York in December 2011 (I participated via skype).

I said ‘they were spouting a lot of bullshit’.

Farah agrees: ‘I know!  In fact I was in my mind thinking out the responses you should make.’

So Farah agrees that what Macrae and Templer said was bullshit. And what did they say?  Macrae regurgitated Channel 4 lies (agreed upon, I should add) and Templer spat out stuff that Channel 4 and the Darusman Panel had stuffed down his gullible (I am being generous here) throat.  In short, taking as fact the claims made by unreliable witnesses, believing exaggerations, having no regard for the principles of proportionality and showing rank ignorance of or showing no respect whatsoever to that little uncomfortable thing called ‘context’.  Farah knows context.

Then came the next show which was a no-show.  The moderator announced that the much anticipated screening of Channel 4’s latest ‘production’ on Sri Lanka was not going to happen.   Now that ‘new’ film was nothing more than a re-hash of the earlier ‘documentary’ called ‘Killing Fields’ whose toilet-wash worth was more than revealed in ‘Lies Agreed Upon’, where Channel 4’s collusion with the LTTE rump and its long history of glorifying terrorism was laid out without frill or clever juxtaposition and splice.  Perhaps the organizers knew that there were people in the audience who knew better than to believe anything anyone says and had evidence in hand to counter all the claims made in that second film including the stories of the tall-story spinners showcased.

Then came Farah’s main show, which began with another classic disclaimer.  Ms. I Agree That Channel 4 Is Spouting Rubbish says ‘I am not against Sri Lanka’.  What was coming was apparent.  There was a ‘but’ to come of course, but not before it made me think that it’s like a sodomiser telling intended victim ‘this is good for you..enjoy!’

‘We are supporting the US Resolution on Sri Lanka’ she said, not surprisingly; the apologies, caveats, shy-making twisting, turning and squirming fooling few.

Fahrah Mihler

Representing Minority Rights Group, London, Farah did the now boring tokenism number, glossing over LTTE atrocities.  This fluent operator was slick enough to toss out numbers tossed out before in the lie-construction industry, but as a doctoral student she slipped because she showed she had never heard the words reliability.  If one were to believe her argument, then we wouldn’t have seen people walking out of the No-Fire Zone (rendered a joke by the LTTE moving heavy weapons into the area and firing on the Government troops from there and then shooting to kill civilians held hostage as they sought to flee); no, we would have seen ghosts or skeletons.   She’s such a meticulous researcher that she missed the endorsements and words of praise accorded to the Government by the ICRC and top UN officials (Ch 4, by the way, continues to treat as biblical truth the opinions of disgraced UN officials, most of them clearly sympathetic to the LTTE and having axes to grind on account of preferred outcome not materializing).

Farah’s presentation seeks to give some ‘first hand’ evidence.  When the frills are taken out, however, it’s all hearsay, littered with ‘I was told’, and nothing at all by way of numbers; just random statement that are not offered with even a semblance of substantiation.  There was nothing to indicate anything systemic or policy-driven.  If that’s being ‘academic’ then I seriously question the credentials of her supervisors, especially those who taught her research methodologies.

Here’s more context she missed:

Sri Lanka is emerging after a brutal war against terrorism.  It is easy for a globe-trotting, neither-here-nor-there fly-by-night operator to pick and choose juicy bits that will titillate the ears of the uneducated and misinformed, but for us here in Sri Lanka, it makes absolutely no sense to defer in favour of sorry as opposed to safe.  Considering the virulent hate-mongering of Farah’s think-alikes (namely the LTTE groups in the West), the delicate that is post-war Sri Lanka cannot be underestimated.  Demilitarization is a process and the relevant time-table cannot be set by those who necessitated militarization and certainly not by their apologists.  Like Farah.

She spoke of rape and vulnerabilities.  She didn’t mention that soldiers found guilty of rape  have been tried and punished (not whitewashed like Staff Sgt Robert Bales, who is not being media-pardoned on account of insanity).  She fails to make the case that these alleged violations were systemic or widespread or of a magnitude that is above national average or at levels exceeding those in similar situations elsewhere in the world.  She doesn’t say a word of the insecurities and vulnerabilities these very same women had to suffer at the hands of the LTTE.  She knows, but will not admit, that life pre-Mat 2009 was hell.  She expects Sri Lanka to move from hell to heaven in record time.

Here’s  more context.

The United States, which tabled the resolution which she so ardently supports, walked into Iraq in search of non-existent weapons of mass destruction and is still there almost a decade after Saddam Hussein was overthrown.  The USA overthrew the Taliban years ago and is still discharging hell-bombs.  Sri Lanka is targetted though.  ‘For her own good,’ she reminds us.

Farah was followed by Anna Van Gall of the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights, Berlin.  Anna talked about gender-based violence.  Anna probably has no idea of geography for had she even the slightest clue, she’d be camped out in places like Saudi Arabia instead of going for easy pickings.  Unlike Farah, she can be excused for she has no idea what Sri Lanka is about, the status of women, the problems of women, what’s being done and what needs to be done.  It’s the same song: nothing is perfect is Sri Lanka so everything must be wrong.

Theodor Rothgeber of the Forum for Human Rights, Geneva, was a treat.  The man said that he himself could not have come up with as ‘soft’ a resolution as the one the USA came up with.  Again, his annoyance is sourced to unreliable and corrupt ‘evidence’ trotted out by the likes of Colin Macrae and Bob Templer, the people who Farah agreed ‘talk rubbish’.   The man needs to do some reading about the history of resolutions, country-specific and otherwise, find out who has vetoed what, voted against what/whom, and how ‘softer’ resolutions and indeed no-resolutions led to monumental crimes against humanity.

Now all three panelists and the moderator kept talking about their ‘colleague’ Sandya Ekneligoda’s presentation, but she was saved for the last.  There was a reason, which I will come to; just wanted to flag that.

Next came Ms. Giyoun Kim of the Asian Forum of Human Rights, Bangkok.  Poor lady.  She let her colleagues down badly and I am convinced that this is because she was honest.  Naïve yes, but honest.  She admitted that she was brought along for the show in order to indicate to the world that it was not a ‘West’ thing.  Poor thing, she didn’t realize that she had been tagged to give a ‘global’ look to a Western project, just like South Indian forums in the West always have a token Pakistani, Sri Lankan or Bangladeshe (key word: ‘or’) amidst a host of Indian, just to make it look non-Indian.

More interestingly (and hilariously too), she found herself ‘getting emotional’ as she begged (yes!) Sri Lankans in the audience not to ‘attack’ her beautiful/wonderful partners in the human rights advocacy racket in Sri Lanka.  She named them: Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Sunila Abeysekera and Nimalka Fernando.  The little girl didn’t know that all of them have been amply exposed as frauds.   Giyoun can be forgiven for ignorance but Farah cannot be, especially since the entire panel was so infuriatingly self-righteous from beginning to end.

After the event, Giyoun was duly informed about the antics of these people, but she refused to believe they were anything less than angels.  I will come to that later.

Sandya Ekneligoda was introduced and re-introduced as the wife of Prageeth Ekneligoda (a ‘journalist’ who has disappeared).  No one, including Sandya, mentioned that Ekneligoda had once self-disappeared himself. No one mentioned the fact that Ekneligoda was not a journalist or that his ‘journalism’ was limited to the occasional cartoon and a lot of irresponsible, unsubstantiated and tasteless fantasies that bordered on cheap pornography.  No one seemed to have read the excellent undressing of what could be called the ‘Ekneligoda Saga’ by Uvindu Kurukulasuriya.  Now I’ve written about the incident and the debate and I shall not repeat it all here (‘On Ekneligoda, in spite of Ekneligoda and his pals’ in the Daily News of March 1, 2010: where I touched upon the issue and noted, inter alia, the following:

‘What is interesting in this missive is that Ekneligoda deems it necessary to fall on his knees and worship, again and again, a man called Sunanda Deshapriya, a charlatan of the first order who made bucks out of activism and stole bucks from the Centre for Policy Alternatives and dares not step into Sri Lanka for fear of arrest for perpetrating numerous acts of fraud.  Sunanda is Ekneligoda’s hero. Need I say more?’

That man Sunanda!  Sunanda Deshapriya sneaked into the discussion at the tail end.  ‘The translator is here, the translator is here!’ the moderator was clearly excited.  Yes, he was to translate Sandya.  The moderator might not have known, but Farah could not have not known what Sunanda has been up to.  Had it been Farah who moderated and had she had any integrity, she might have said ‘the translator-crook is here, the translator-crook is here’.  Sunanda’s love for the LTTE aside (the LTTE killed his driver, but he never once pointed a finger at Prabhakaran) his stubborn refusal to subject himself to the accountability doctrine he so vociferously espouses (he robbed money from Saravanamuttu’s organization and the lovely man Sara, Giyoun should know, cited ‘lack of clarity’ when Sunanda was hoofed out) has been amply exposed by Uvindu KurukulasuriyaSunanda Saga, States Of Denial And NGO Accountability and How Sunanda Robbed The Money And NGO Accountability- FMM Still Not Submitted Audited Accounts For Rs 30.9 Million .There’s more to come, I hear.

Interestingly, Sunanda’s dollar greed and dollar theft has been facilitated by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its big names including Jacqueline Park.  The IFJ is frequently cited as an authoritative source about media rights in Sri Lanka.  Sunanda’s ‘Journalists for Democracy’ (JFD) has apparently submitted ‘evidence’ (doctored, it has been proven) to Channel 4.  And who endorses this evidence, but another JFD stalward, Rohitha Bashana ‘who is said to have edited dedunna (Rainbow).  And who showcases Rohitha Bashana?  Channel 4!  The ‘evidence’ of a terrorist is aired to the world as though it’s the word of some pious priest of unblemished virtue.

So Sunanda got late.  Why?  The man had gone with camera in hand to photograph a demonstration against the US Resolution.  The police were informed that his presence, with camera, was an act of provocation.  I wouldn’t disagree, knowing his links with the LTTE.  He was duly taken away for questioning and got late.  Hence the delay in getting Sandya to speak.

Sandya told her story.  The jist:  my husband disappeared and if I, a Sinhalese can’t find him, what more of Tamils who have loved ones that have gone missing?  Valid point, but an incomplete story.  It took 2 years for a suspect associated with the attempt to assassinate the Defence Secretary was found, just to keep perspective.  Those who disappeared in the middle of a brutal war will take finding.  Some may have died in combat, some may have fled.  Names and numbers are needed and exercises to this end are rubbished as though the rubbishers could do a better job themselves, which is what rubbish really is.  Channel 4, for example, neatly clouds the source of some numbers trotted out (Official Census of 1981!), for if they didn’t do that they would have to count ‘in’ those who fled the North and East (to the Western Province, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and India in the main).

Much needs to be done, no doubt, but as I have said before, just as much as Sri Lanka is no Paradise on Earth, neither is it the Hell on Earth that the likes of malicious and self-promoting individuals who lack integrity (Farah, for example) make it out to be.

I feel for Giyoun, who was almost in tears.  I feel for her because I think she was the only honest person on the panel.  She does not know (and can be pardoned for not knowing) that Sunila’s commitment to preventing gender-based violence was amply demonstrated when a close political associate beat his wife regularly.  The wife had told Sunila and she had asked her to ‘be patient’.  Anna Van Gill would be appalled to know.  There are police records of complaints, I hear.  As for Giyoun’s darling Nimalka, the lady’s venom against Sri Lanka is well recorded, bending backwards to a) legitimate the LTTE and b) get the Government to stop the military offensive, not to mention a concerted vilification campaign all over the world.

None of these three people would get more than a handful of votes in an election.  They are not under any threat.  No one needs to vilify them.  They do a good job of it themselves.  Most importantly, Saravanamuttu and Sunanda, both of who write regularly to newspapers (freely and without holding back punches) have never once responded to cogent critiques of positions taken and, more importantly, substantiated charges of wrong doing, including hanky-panky with finances.  Giyoun can google, I am sure.

The entire panel was bombarded with charges of duplicity and double standards.  Farah and others were forced to say that they would not hesitate to take issue with human rights violations by the USA.  Just two hours before this event there was another on human rights violations in Afghanistan (the panel included a Human Rights Watch representative and a UN official) where the blatant and horrific crimes against humanity perpetrated by the USA were pussy-footed around.  None of the panelists were seen there.  On the following day there was a similar discussion on Iraq where the Amnesty International representative beat a hasty retreat, fleeing when questioned about double standards.  None of the panelists were seen at either event.  So much for across-the-board concern for human rights.

Farah said that if Sri Lanka or anyone else brings a resolution against the USA, she would support it.  She said ‘the resolution has been brought by the USA, yes, but 53 countries get to vote’, in a sad exposing of rank ignorance about global political economy.  This lady still believes that the UN is about one member, one vote!

Giyoun might learn and med her ways. Farah?  I doubt it.  She’s thick.  She knows what rubbish is (she admitted) but has no qualms about dishing it out as delicacies.  It all came out in Geneva.  Unintentionally.

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    I love to read your admirable articles always . I wonder when can I write like you, though I am older than you. Budunge saranai.

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      Malinda Seneviratne may write good English but what really matters is how he uses that talent. Unfortunately, he has become the counterpart of Goebbels in Sri Lanka; what a waste!

      It is difficult to hide his intelligence, looking at the way he had gone through the words and deeds of Farah Mihlar with a fine-toothed comb. So, it is unthinkable that this guy doesn’t see the sleazy tactics used by the Rajapaksas in their attempts to fool everyone. Despite what you have been taught in our younger days, it does not bother some to act/write against their conscience; they simply alter their conscience to suite what they want to believe.

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        Malinda, are you deaf and dumb? what about the white vans and Eknaligoda ? You are writing nice articles but pretended to be not knowing any of the wrongful actions of these Politicians ? as one said in this column , you are wasting your writing talents for safeguarding these bad politicians !

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        I disagree completely. To suggest that Malinda Seneviratne has a “conscience” is beyond ridiculous. He is a lap dog of the most vicious and authoritarian government that Sri Lanka has ever experienced. In all fairness, though, it must be said that the apple does not fall far from the tree and a check of his father will will show where a lot of this was nurtured.

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    Malinda, aren’t you satisfied with being LITERALLY a Rajapaksa employee at their newspaper, the Nation?

    You are truly without shame with your endless diatribes against those who are seen as the enemies of your masters!

    It is unfortunate that those who believe in freedom of expression extend that belief to people like you who do little but spend your lives seeking to destroy that very freedom!

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      If anyone exposes the disgraceful band of SriLanka bashers, who gets paid and sponsored with Tiger’s black money, then, the person who exposes these frauds, is accused of being a Rajapakse supporter. Is not this a pathetic way to earn a living, slandering one’s motherland to satisfy greed for money.

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    Quality live action article.But it doesn’t satisfy my appetite.What i need is hot behind the scenes/bedroom news.Governor Paki along with his sobbing human rights activists Sunanda,Nimalka,Sunila barracking for the barbaric Tamil tigers is not news to me.To keep me happy what i need is simple news.i.e.Hows Sunanda dealing with various stupid cutlery pieces laid down on the dinner table,does the bugger have trouble separating the flesh from the bones of the roast chicken.Does the bugger booze before,during or after dinner or all three.Malinda,if you cared to sneak to his five star bedroom and had a peep into his suitcase i am sure that you would have discovered a few ash trays,cutlery,wine glasses resting among his designer clothes.
    Didn’t you find anything about those two old bags Nimalka and Sunila who had realized late in their lives what “heat”is all about, doing in their spare time?i am made to understand that these two old bags pay well for young ones.Didn’t you follows these two old hens along dark alleys?I feel jealous imagining these creatures sleeping on $100 bills.Oh!by the way any idea when governor Paki is going to be sworn in?Next time pl give me some hot steamy news about these ole boys and girls.I am sure that there is more to it than human rights that they are involved.Malinda,next time pl take me along with you to Geneva.I am very good at peeping so that i will have some hot horny news for our boring folks..

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    Hello Malinda,
    Thanks for exposing so brilliantly the middling, second rate UNHRC hirelings in Geneva about whose hidden agendas we all know.
    Poodles of AI here in Toronto Canada are no different – because LTTE surrogates here are still collecting and generating enough backmoney like the Canadian MAFIA with impunity for AI personnel here who are on the ‘take’ to buy choicest expensive dogfood to feed the ‘TIGERS’ of Canada’s future! Please do not relent; expose USA’s evil stratagem to get a foothold in Sri Lanka.
    – Aloy Perera, Toronto, Canada

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    Ha Ha the crab accusing other peoples shit, forgetting his own shit, I held this Journalist Malinda in high esteem not any more, his honesty & integrity has vanished into thin air,

    This Geneva issue is blown out of proportion to distract the masses rising agitation for high cost of living & break down in rule of law, Malinda is also singing for his Supper & perks just like other Govt henchmens & lackeys, He may be right with Channel 4 lies, forgetting our very own state media lie factory which vilifies their critics on daily basis,brain washes our ignorant masses. We know sunnanda is a fraud, but the other 3 Saravanamuthu,Sunila, &Nimalka has no complaints from independent observers. The govt has meticulously enforced a fear Psychosis against their opponents by Killing & Abductions it looks this coward Malinda has jumped fence maybe another reason, we should not forget Mahinda Rajapaksa also went to UNHCR against Srilanka during Premadasa era did he receive Dollars too, it looks his era is the worst in our history of presidential rule.

    When are we going to address the Tamil grievances honestly, if anyone says nothing of that sort everything is well & hanky Panky then he is living in cuckoos land,since 3 yrs after the war, is it not enough, all Govt lackeys should be held responsible if a problem like before crops up .

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      Jim says that Paki,Sunila,Nimalka has no complains from INDEPENDENT OBSERVERS.Jim,will you be pl kind enough to enlighten me on these independent observers.Who are they?Is it the same trio?Hope that you are not referring to this joker going by the name of “Observer”as an independent observer.Sometimes Jim comes out with good comments,then again he comes out with the occasional shit.Is it a question of not having the tablet as prescribed?

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      Jim are you also an apologist for Terrorist supporters? What about the human rights violations in Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Afganistan etc by your friends the USA/UK/EU?

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    The fundamental question remains: why is a resolution being tabled against Sri Lanka? And the simple answer remains, because Sri Lanka is hiding something (actually, a lot of things). If Sri Lanka had nothing to hide, it would be easy to show it. A thief cannot rob a man who’s pockets are empty. If Sri Lanka had nothing to hide, journalists would have been allowed to visit the war zone during the last stages… journalists would have been allowed to visit the IDP camps…the UN would have been able to establish some kind of office in Sri Lanka, and the panel of experts that compiled the Darusman would not have been refused access to SL while making their report.

    My point is, just like the police need a good reason to knock on someone’s door in the middle of the night, the UN needs a good reason to go after Sri Lanka. And this wasn’t a 1-step process by any means; Sri Lanka has had three years to prove its innocence beyond a shadow of a doubt. In that regard, it has failed miserably. Now it’s time to face the music.

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      Observer may be you are right after all.I may have gone nuts to answer to your idiotic comments.You idiot you want to know why this phony resolution Is being tabled?Read you idiot.THE PHONY RESOLUTION IS BEING TABLED TO TEACH A LESSON TO RAJAPAKSE BECAUSE HE DIDN’T FALL IN LINE WITH THE CROOKED YANKEES AND EUROPEANS WHO WANTED THE BARBARIC MONSTER “VELU” TO BE SPARED SO THAT HE COULD CONTINUE WITH HIS SADIST KILLING SPREE.Have i made myself clear?Then do you know why there’s no resolution regarding the millions of civilians being murdered in Iraq and Afghanistan?I have no time to teach an idiot.I am sure that your school teachers must have felt the same way.A born again idiot.
      Then he says that one must show his pockets to a thief.A bloody idiot.Then the same idiots want to know why journalists were not allowed to go to the battlefield.Are you talking of journalists in the caliber of Governor Paki,Sunanda,Nimalka,Sunila?Idiot you’d better visit the nearest US army camp and say that you are a bloody journalist and that you want observe the action in Afghanistan.
      Also you bullshit about opening a UN office in Colombo to supervise.That will be a reality soon.Representative of Navaneethan Pillai, Paki the swindler has already been appointed as the UN governor for Srilanka.Already temporary office space has been reserved for governor Paki at AF Rymonds,Borella.Permanent office space will be reserved just a few yards away.Observer when are you coming here to have a rousing welcome at Prabakaran International airport?Observer you being my long lost idiotic friend pl make sure that you bring me those faked pirated smuggled DVDs which that ole nut Doc Brian promised me.

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        The problem with your logic is that the USA did not kill millions of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Muslims are not like Tamils. A Tamil guy will come at you with one suicide bomber; the Muslim will come with 100.

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      Firstly, Heshan/Nihal/Observer, this resolution is hardly “against” SL. It’s so toothless that it might as well be gumming porridge. Secondly, the US is directly responsible for the million deaths in Iraq because it invaded illegally and under false pretenses. Thirdly, I find your comment that Muslims are worse than Tamils a great insight into your own bigotry. Can you show us the statistical evidence that substantiates your claim that “Tamils” have sent one suicide bomber to the “Muslim” 100 (please cite the numbers involved in combat within both ethnic groups so that we can make an accurate comparison with absolute numbers and percentages)?

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    One of the good things that came out of the UNHRC fiasco is that most Sri Lankans have become aware of the US duplicity, hegemonic agendas, insincerity, entrapment and manipulation of institutions which were originally set up to defend the ethics, rights and welfare of ordinary people. The fact that corruption is rampant in the above international bodies has not been a well-known fact until this “resolution” came up.

    I will not dwell on the fact that writers or activists have changed sides to be politically expedient, as it is demonstrated self-evidently. I would like to suggest that one does not need to be partisan to be ascendant in any scheme of things. A fair and balanced view should appeal to anyone’s sense of reason.

    It is good for the people of Sri Lanka that transparency is being forced into affairs of state. Unbridled power can be abused at will, and its consequences can be devastating to ordinary people.Countervailing power is necessary to keep everyone on their toes.

    While I do not believe that ordinary citizens should put their shoulder to the yoke of politically expedient strategies of the rulers, it would be in the citizens’ genuine interest to ensure that they win for themselves the rule of law, equitability, justice, fairness, accountability of decision makers, and civic welfare.

    To that end, ordinary expatriates living overseas should expend their energies, not just to maintain the status quo of the powerful.

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      Lasantha,
      Very good comment along with controlled language.I wish i could follow you.But no such luck for me.I have to deal with a few born again idiots going by the names of Observer,Gamini,Borukaraya,Doc Brian etc.The problem is that these stupid buggers don’t understand Queens language,so i have to give it to them in a language that they are used to.Damned sobbing defeated Tiger terrorists!

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    Malinda… My son..

    Your boss(es) would be higly impressed by this great piece of shit you have written in the name of journalism.

    You will definitely get a promotion or at least a salary increment.

    Congratz…….

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      Just like the Third Reich… all the underlings competing for Hitler’s attention.

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        Hitler’s place is today filled by the USA/UK alliance

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    Malinda! You have no shame to a puppy to your masters. You think that by writing a lot of garbage that people will believe you. Although the volume is much, its still BS. One day justice will come to our and and then I am sure you will find it difficult to find even a stone to crawl under. Disgusted!!!

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      Samanmalee,
      We only believe what those con men governor Paki and Sunanda Deshapriya writes.Now that your original master “Velu” is no more why don’t you join Rudrakumaran’s kennel?Don’t worry you will get the same imported pet food which your former departed master “Velu”gave you.If you have a liking for bones just sit under the table of Paki,Sunanda,Nimalka and Sunila.

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    Jim Hardy found a crab in sunanda’s shit. go to sri lanka and meet the people.and observe what they say, not the hair splitting lies from Nimalka, Sara…. they all love to see more $ coming their way. They are in trouble unless they eat western shit.

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      Iam from Jaffna… and i tell you what the NGOs tell about Srilanka is true..
      The GoSL & its barbaric army consists majority sinhalese. The tamils are deprived of their fundamental rights.

      You may say again and again.

      No one is prepared to believe what the GoSL says.

      The world knows the truth.

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        My friend ‘dinasaur’, What are the fundamental rights Tamils dont have? Since Independence and up to this day, did not the Tamils get a free education in their mother tongue from grade 1 to University Degree? Did not they get free health care and free food rations? Did not they hold most of the high positions in banks, tax office, survey department, private business and in the public service?
        Do the Tamils have all these rights they have in SriLanka, in any other part of the world, including Tamilnadu?
        Without commiting sins by uttering mega-lies, can you spell out the fundamental rights the Tamils dont have in SriLanka?

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    Ok people,
    Do you know that CT removed my comment on Robert Blake? I am most upset but I guess it’s their prerogative. And may be it was not too polite either but I meant every word I said.

    On this one, let’s get one thing clear. I like Malinda’s Newspaper because unlike some people indicate here, it provides opportunity for critics of the regime like Sanjana Hathotuwa, Pradeep Jeganathan & some young writers to present their opinion on issues through which we are enlightened about how the other side thinks and feels about the same issue.

    Observer, you need to look at the world in a few more different angles. There may be some truth in what you say but reading Wikileaks cables and judging by their timeline you would have noted that the US was plotting and planning all this right along. If Sri Lanka, agreed with some of the stuff they wanted, like contributing SL Army forces (mind you these are the very same forces they accuse of war crimes) for the US Operations in Afghanistan which Sri Lanka refused lest they should offend the Muslim minorities, we may not have had to face these accusations, resolutions, etc. This should expose the duplicity and hypocrisy of this Resolution tabled of all countries by the US. I just don’t get that stll!!!

    I would have to agree with Lasantha Pethiyagoda about the Multilateral bodies established with Charters of lofty ideals now being partial, partisan, errant and going down dubious paths of hegemonic Agendas that does not uphold the common good of ordinary masses.

    I am sorry to disappoint Jim Hardy. I do not know where you live. Probaby, ouside Sr Lanka? but a large majority of people within Sri Lanka do not find credibility in characters like, Paikyasothy, Sunila and Nimalka because there is a monetary angle to their role as well. Besides if Sri Lanka had draconian laws like the US & some Western countries like the Patriot Act, Sedition Laws, etc. Which brand people as Enemy of the State do you think they will be pulling these stunts against Sri Lanka internationally?Sunila Abeysekera tried to cover up financial fiddling by Sunanda Deshapriya in her own NGO. So Samanmalee is too hasty in talking about justice.

    Ever since Channel 4 became independent of Government funding & had to depend on ” Donations & Advertisements” (according to it’s own website) it has been compromised by numerous Agendas and received monies from terrorist funds obviously. This was also the predicament of Amnesty International which at least admitted to it unlike Channel 4. Amnesty won’t do anything about white, blond haired women like Adele Balasingham who distributed Cyanide pills to our women in the North. The ICG is purported to be funded by the Billion dollar STRIPMINING CO. Billiton. What do you have to say to that? And Some people here think ICG is God!

    Finally, the inevitable will happen. India will lose either way. US is the biggest loser. Sri Lanka cannot lose either way. It is all because people are not fools and are aware of what is happening in the world. Good point to be remembered by world bodies as well as politicians.

    This is my last posting! My thanks and wishes of Good Luck! to everyone who shared their opinions.

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      Chandrani,
      You must continue your good work.CT is refreshed from comments coming from you.Your knowledge,vision and wisdom is much needed for these misinformed creatures.So pl continue your good work.Don’t waste time on that clown Blake.If you want to know how a real diplomat looks like,pl refer to the article by Ms Teresita Shaefter appearing on this blog elsewhere.

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      Chandrani, don’t blame the USA, blame India. The ruling (Congress) party in India needs the support of the Tamil party to stay in power. There are 60 million Tamils in India, which is three times the entire population of SL. So when something unfortunate happens to the Tamils in SL, you can be sure there will be Tamil agitation in India. It looks like this agitation has grown even louder after 2009, hence the Indian support for this resolution. BUT don’t forget the USA consulted with India before pushing the resolution forward. And why did India support this resolution? Because India wants to see devolution of power extended to the Tamils.

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    In reply to some of my critics I live in Gampaha district not commenting from abroad, I condemn all Human right violators & abusers it may be America, Asia, or Europe of course I know the western hypocrisy & double standards. The issue here is rule of law & reconciliation that’s clearly stated in the LLRC report, why this fuss & ha ho that’s what the international community is pleading to implement, you don’t need to go on protest march on daily basis supporting free reign for this corrupt arrogant regime , why not allow opposition protest, this regime brought their War machine to crush the peoples uprising against increase in fuel price in Chilaw they killed an innocent man, they killed another in Katunayake , abductions are taking place on a daily basis , drug barons are galore with this regime no dissent tolerated even Mahanayakas are not heeded when he pleaded to stop car racing in Kandy,they put the real war hero behind bars to whom we the people turn to, the entire system is politicized by this regime to suit their whims & fancy only place that is available is the UNHCR, even Mahinda Rajapaksa went during Premadasa era

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    Thank you Malinda for exposing this bunch of no good.

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    Aha! Its Malinda again. After a long hibernation. Looks like this canary has started singing again. This time too, he is singing for his supper, as usual.

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    Malinda’s article is rubbish.. Face up to war crimes than making an ass of themselves…losing the little credibility GOSL has… Disgrace…

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      Yes the article is rubbish.

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    Malinda macho
    You write a very good story.
    I’m still spinning

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    Those who make noises in this blog are not living here but abroad.They are out of touch on the ground situation. 99.9%of the population does not approve the phony resolution.What the man on the street says is that the sponsors of the resolution the US are the worse offenders of human rights in the world.As far as Srilanka is concerned the resolution is best flushed down the toilet.

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      Max Silva..
      You go to Jaffna & Wanni..
      People celebrated the resolution with crackers..

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        How could this have happened with 100,000 security men to watch 500000 people in the NP?

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    To Max Silva and the other Whiners:

    Sri Lanka does not get to call the shots because it is an unknown dot on the map. You geniuses think because 180K Sinhalese soldiers defeated a group of bata-clad Tamil kids after 30 years, the world is going to pay attention to Sorry Lanka? Refer to the map – you see India? That’s right, nuclear-armed India is calling the shots in the region. India will wipe out the Sri Lankan Army in half an hour. That is why the world listens to India before it listens to Sorry Lanka. On the other hand, the USA will wipe out India and Sorry Lanka in 10 minutes. So, now you know why the world listens to the USA first . Now, please tell your Emperor in Temple Trees to put his chopsticks down and shake hands with the West.

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      Observer i have news for you.Yesterday the US state department announced that restrictions on the sale of security equipment to Srlanka has been lifted with immediate effect.After all this resolution can’t be all that bad!Now that we are on the same side no more hard feelings.Let’s say cheers to Uncle Sam for keeping us all happy.I hope that you won’t sob anymore.Smile my friend smile from ear to ear.Let’s dine in a Chinese restaurant!

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        Great way to get rid of old equipment. What’s your point?

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        Point being you guys being taken for a ride.

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        That’s not a valid point. Come up with something more interesting.

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        It is a fair statement Nihal/Heshan/Observer. (1) The US brings up a toothless resolution as a blocking move against a harsher resolution sponsored by a UN group (2) SL pretends it’s a dastardly act and opposes it; the locals rally in support and decide MR is standing up to the nasty US (3) The silly fools in the diaspora fall for it and decide that maybe the resolution is worthwhile even though the real activists have dismissed it (4) The US asks SL to help draft the resolution in order that anything objectionable can be removed (5) SL refuses and plays to the domestic gallery (6) When SL looks like it’s going to lose to a pointless resolution that will not achieve anything, it convinces India to step in (7) India gets the US to water down the resolution to the point that it is a waste of good paper, votes for it, and satisfies the Tamil Nadu idiots (8) Resolution passes, diaspora claims victory, nothing happens, because the resolution doesn’t achieve anything :D

        End result: MR looks good at home +Manmohan looks good at home +the US looks good at home + the diaspora looks good to themselves while everyone laughs at them = nothing happens in relation to the NE Tamil or war crimes.

        As for India wiping out SL; ROFL. INdia couldn’t wipe out your Bata-wearing mass murders for three whole years, lost a PM, and scuttled back home leaving a few thousand Indian corpses behind. As for the US; LMAO. They can’t win the war in Iraq even after almost ten years and a million deaths and a billion lies. It took them ten years to find Bin Laden and murder him and tens of thousands of civilians, and now Karzai has given them their fuck off orders. The US is almost as big a joke as India. China will wipe all of you off the map and be back home for noodles before you can say “Wallmart”.

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    In our political and journalism history, there have been hundreds of pet-poodles. Malinda has joined the band-wagon.He is wailing for his breakfast and a fast seat to the throne. He stopped short of boot-licking just like Mervyn Silva. Shame on you Malinda. Today you lost your virginity. You’re not a balanced REPORTER anymore. You’re just another imbecile. Join lake house.

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    Malinda, stick to writing poetry… you are a whole lot better at that. These attempts at “journalism” is really not your forte… they are vicious rants that inevitably will come back to haunt you.

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      Malinda,please learn about journalism from Sunanda Deshapriya the swindler.

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    Very good reply by David Blacker, it looks Max is realizing this issue now nobody lost or won.

    I wish to remind to some of the ignorant folks, during the war with LTTE King Mahinda recieved weapons & advice from USA including a Warship, also he has signed a security corporation Treaty with USA with secret benefits personally (normal practice by USA to all world leaders)USAID the Umbrella of CIA is having a field day even to manage Pradeshiya Sabas in N/E. Our rogue politicians love the Americans, only our cattle’s made to hate Americans to make politicians cardboard heroes. Gota & Basil secretly visit America as they are US citizens, real patriots should give up that first.

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      Jim,i am happy of the resolution.I believe that you would feel the same way.The US,Europe,Tamil diaspora,India and notably Mahinda are all happy.Mahinda is so happy that he is in the process of holding a presidential election.The Sinhala masses almost got Mahinda cornered with the cost of living issue.In 2005,the tigers won the election for him.The resolution is a god sent gift.Mahinda has a great set of enemies!
      As we all agree on the resolution,participation at CT seems a bore.

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    Just a thought – if you remove away the dust & smoke of rhetoric and personalities – perhaps the results of the voting on the resolution may indicate what possibly this resolution was really all about – who is with whom!
    US needs to be sure of her allies – who would be with them when it comes to cornering a sovereign state & who would bypass their own insidious human rights abuses.
    Perhaps a preview of things to come?

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