20 January, 2020

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International Pressure: A Necessary Counter To The Rampaging Rajapaksas

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.” – Charlie Chaplin (The Dictator)

There is a particularly pithy Sinhala aphorism which, in inadequate translation, can be rendered as, ‘If both the fence and the bund eats the paddy, to whom do we tell our plight?’[i] In its original, it is an evocative expression of the tragic and despairing dilemma that is created when protectors turn abusers.

That dilemma is becoming increasingly familiar to Lankans, from North to South. In the absence of an independent judiciary, a non-partisan police and a free media, what is the recourse available to the ordinary and the powerless? To whom do we, the people, turn if the very instruments of justice turn unjust?

22TH-OPEDMAHINDA_ Photo N RamUnder Rajapaksa rule, abuse, injustice and impunity are not just Tamil (or Muslim) problems; they are also Sinhala-Buddhist problems. The killers of young Roshain Chanaka, the FTZ worker shot-dead during a peaceful protest against the kelptocratic pension scheme the Rajapaksas tried to impose on private sector employees, will escape justice as will the decorated ‘war-heroes’ who murdered three unarmed demonstrators in Weliweriya.

The sole (thus far) exception to this general law of impunity exposes one of the few really-existing impediments to abusive power in Rajapaksa Sri Lanka – not the constitution, parliament or judiciary, not morality or religion, but persistent and well-targeted international pressure. Rajapaksa-acolyte and Tangalle Pradesheeya Sabha Chairman Sampath Chandrapushpa is being prosecuted for the murder of Khuram Shaikh for the same reason that the regime has refrained from inflicting on the 13th Amendment the same pulverising blow it dealt to the 17th Amendment – the presence of a powerful non-national defender. Khuram Shaikh, unlike the Northern Tamils or the Southern Sinhalese, was a non-Lankan; that and the unremitting public campaign for justice waged by his British family and the MP of his home-constituency are the only reasons Mr. Chandrapushpa is behind bars (while the likes of Duminda Silva strut about in fearless freedom).

Sans unceasing international pressure, no Lankan victimised by the Rajapaksas can expect any justice, as the war-winning army commander and the country’s topmost judge found out the hard way.

Gen. Sarath Fonseka masterminded the ‘Humanitarian Operation’ and approved/tolerated the illegal incarceration of 300,000 civilian Tamils in open prison camps. Then he himself became a target of Rajapaksa maltreatment; when he resigned in protest and joined the opposition, the Siblings unleashed the furies of state-power on him. He was arrested, like a terrorist, and accused of terroristic crimes, including conspiring to overthrow the government and to murder the President and his family. That these accusations belonged in the same mendacious category as ‘Humanitarian Operation’ and ‘Welfare Villages’ became obvious when he was finally charged of hobnobbing with opposition politicians while in uniform and misusing his powers to the advantage of his businessman son-in-law!

A regime which denies its former army commander and its serving chief judge a fair trial cannot be logically expected to deliver justice to ordinary citizens it looks askance at.

When, under duress, the Rajapaksas give the impression of pursuing justice, it is often an illusion. In 2007, the President Rajapaksa personally invited 11 international experts to form the IIGEP (International Independent Group of Eminent Persons) to assist the national Commission of Inquiry to look into 16 incidents of serious human rights violations. In 2008 the IIGEP was literally hounded out of the country by baying Rajapaksa acolytes. In its final report, the IIGEP spoke of the “atmosphere of confrontation and disagreement…engendered by the organs of Government”[ii]. Recently much ado was made of the arrest of 12 suspects for the 2006 murder of five students in Trincomalee. But the senior police officer identified by the UTHR as the mastermind of the murder, SSP Kapila Jayasekera, is not among them; instead he lords it over the same Trincomalee, as its DIG[iii]!

Impunity born in the North is now a national malaise. Its repercussions are evident not just in political attacks such as the Weliweriya shooting or in the proliferation of acts of torture and extra-judicial killings by the police in very Sinhala-Buddhist areas, but also in the growing number of non-political crimes committed by serving and former combatants against ordinary citizens. “Most of the soldiers who were sent to the frontline during the height of the fighting….came from humble village homes and after being part of the military campaign they returned home as hardened men who had lost all fear”[iv]. According to former DIG Nimal Mediwaka, “It is these individuals who maintain a mindset that they can do anything and get away without being apprehended….”[v]

The Magnitsky Option?

Allowing opposition parliamentarians to present private members’ motions is a method used by democratic legislatures to ensure that the minority has its say even as the majority has its way. But the Rajapaksas are becoming increasingly intolerant of even such banal trappings, as is evident from their crude reaction to Wijedasa Rajapakshe’s Bill on judicial impeachments.

A Familial-oligarchy cannot coexist with an independent judiciary. Impeachment is the Rajapaksa’s ‘nuclear-deterrent’ to ensure the continued submission of the judges of the superior courts. The Ruling Siblings would have never permitted the bill proposed by Wijedasa Rajapakse to become law, as its declared intent was to ensure that any future impeachment does not become an orgy of iniquity and injustice[vi]. But given the colossal majority they command in the parliament, the Rajapaksas could have allowed the Bill to be tabled and debated in perfect safety. That would have made sense given the regime’s supposed desire to present a united front in Geneva with the Opposition. Instead, Prime Minister-hopeful Nimal Siripala de Silva objected to the tabling of the bill; Deputy Speaker[vii] called for a vote, effectively aborting the bill.

The Rajapaksas behaved in an identically intolerant manner when Rosie Senanayake tried to introduce a private member’s motion for mandatory 30% female representation in local bodies. That bill too was aborted, on the grounds that it had not been referred to the AG[viii].

The Siblings’ unwillingness to make even a nominal concession to the Opposition (and to hallowed parliamentary traditions) is indicative of their overarching maximalism and their near absolute intolerance of any form of national dissent. The Rajapaksas seem intent on totally disempowering opposition parliamentarians, forcing them to make a Judas deal with the government, even to get a totally innocuous private members motion into the order paper.

Political, economic and societal omnipotence is the ultimate Rajapaksa desideratum. The Rajapaksas do not want to give up power because they cannot afford to go back to ordinary normality, literally or metaphorically. Unrestrained abuse and total impunity are the inevitable corollaries of this collective Rajapaksa addiction to power. Those who benefit from a problem cannot be expected to resolve it, of their own volition.

Regime change is the business of ordinary Lankans. But the world must help restrain the Rajapaksas from over-abusing power. Thanks to the Magnitsky Act[ix], the international community can punish the Rajapaksas without harming ordinary Lankans. Since two of the three Ruling Siblings are said to be American citizens, imposing a travel and an asset ban will be far more effective than annual Geneva resolutions.


[i] Watath niyarath goyam ka nam kata kiyamuda eh amaruwa?’

[iv] The Sunday Times – 1.12.2013

[v] Ibid

[vi] “According to the provisions of the Bill, when a resolution for the impeachment of the Chief Justice is placed on the Order Book of parliament, the Speaker in consultation with the Leader of the Opposition would appoint a panel of inquiry to investigate the alleged misbehaviour or incapacity of the judge concerned. In the case of the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka it will be heard by a panel consisting of three persons, each of whom holds or has held office as a Judge in the highest Court of any Commonwealth country other than Sri Lanka. In the case of any other Judge of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, the inquiry will be held by a panel of three persons, who hold or have held office as a Judge of the Supreme Court.” – The Island – 22.1.2014

[vii] Chandima Weerakkody whose execrably partisan role during the Impeachment travesty was an outstanding disgrace

[ix] Sergi Magnitsky Rule of Law and Accountability Act

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  • 42
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    lets prey together all Sri Lankans that these brothers are taken to Hague one day and the day is sooner than later.

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      The best retirement home for the Rajapakse brothers, after having done their most damage to Sri Lanka, is in the Hague.

      The sooner the better before they do irreparable damage.

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        Young Mahinda Rajapakse was in remand for a murder and released for ‘lack of evidence’ whatever that means. That was several decades ago.

        Today he is accused for massive war crimes against innocent Tamil civilians.

        Gothabaya is accused of the Matale mass graves of suspected JVPers.

        Karma might catch up with them at last on the judgement day like what happened to Saddam Hussein and his cronies.

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          Thiru all the diaspora is doing is ensuring that MR is re-elected.

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            Mahinda & Co should be re elected until Sinhala masses get to know the truth and punish them together in Sri Lanka.

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              Right Sinhalese are clueless about Sri Lanka and those who drudge at western countries are the ones so informed.

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          He was accused of [Edited out]

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          For their own reasons, Rajapakshes REPEADEDLY avoid taking any legal actions against Mervin Silva who himself has been close to those families for ages – and been that obsequious to them – stress himself that Rajapkshe would never go against to him.

          Many aver today than in the past, that there may be lot more (well be – multiple human killings, other crimes inclu. rapes that extending to deep fast) that ONLY Mervin is well aware of – when it goes about Rajapakses. This may work as blackmail on them escaping MERVIN from any high crimes.

          Latest has been – Mervin louds “I will only shut up if the president tells me to. However, I know the Rajapaksa family and they will never ask anyone to shut up,”

          This means, President – even after the Kelaniya people begged him not to appoint Mervin to the area, nevertheless, president is seen to have neglected people’s alarmings requests. All these should have valid reasons.

  • 15
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    Another article by Tisaranee
    Variation on a theme – No. 87644
    Sri Lanka is an evil country
    Sinhala-Buddhists are demons
    Imperialists come and deliver us
    with your R2Pee

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      KM
      TG has not said that Sri Lanka is an evil country but Rajapkase,s familial rule.

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      MR need to go on a rampage for Ranee’s pissu to get doubled.
      She could be a good member for the Mad hatters Club.

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      KM,
      so what you think are the options before the public if times have come to drive them away ? If all doors are close for the public – what should be the next step ?
      Just read how DN attacks former President – using all far abusive words as never seen in the history. So, what would be the consequences if general public would start protesting against all brutalities ? No human values are given a place today – they behave as if they are become animals to this day … R2P is a must to my eye.. there is no other options left… ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

  • 9
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    Total bullshit by an anonymous irresponsible writer who wants Sri Lanka to go back to pre 2005 destabilized state. UNP had power in 2002, if they had the balls, the common sense and determination to finish off LTTE which killed a dozen UNP leaders there wouldn’t be a president Rajapakshe today. No point in calling for outside help now if they can’t correct their mistakes even now.

    Tisaranee, since you are so concerned about justice, when US/UK kill their enemies at will but arm/fund enemies of other countries and then bring UN resolutions when those countries defeat their enemies, what shall we do? To whom do we turn for justice? To aliens?

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      If you find hers that irresponsible, please check the references already added to her articles – there you may build up your own view I think.

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        His references are either CT articles, his own articles and a report by an NGO.

        Even suggesting that foreign intervention is needed when we have so many bitter experiences with foreigners intervening to save tigers or forcing us to negotiate peace with tigers is irresponsibility.

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          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Magnitsky – please check this out for you.

          Truth as it is – mostly focusing on contents of Thisaranee’s articles – I’ll bet you even university academics (historians, political analysts, sociologists, psychologists across the globe) would NOT disagree with TG’s articles.

          Btw, So what do you and your ilk think is the ONLY option in liberating the nation from the clutches of Rajapakse Oligarch ?

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            No sane historian, political analyst, sociologist or psychologist without any ulterior motive would suggest regime changes by foreign interventions. What’s the point of elections if leaders not preferred by west ought to be changed?

            The way to “liberate the nation from the clutches of Rajapakse” is to wait till the next election. Don’t you think it is unfair to the people who voted for the Rajapakshe when your ilk start the underhand dealings to change the regime from day one? Don’t you think an elected government(whether you voted for it or not) should be allowed pursue it’s mandate freely if the country is to progress?

            Are you blind to the disastrous effects recent regime changes orchestrated by west had been?

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              “What’s the point of elections if leaders not preferred by west ought to be changed? “

              wonder why your boss is so scared of 17 th Amendment ? may be 17 th Amendment itself is another international conspiracy hatched by western powers ,is it ? tell your chest thumping “Deshappramee Rajathuma (patriotic king )” to be a real man and contest the election under the the 17 th Amendment , lets see the results & and talk !

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                Do you realize that 17th amendment is an amendment? That there were elections prior to 17th amendments?

                Look, Rajapakshe is scared of the 17th amendment because he dislikes independence. 17th amendment wasn’t a western conspiracy but it was brokered by them.

                So your excuse to work against the people’s mandate is the lack of 17th amendment? You guys do all the saint talks about democracy when it suits you but does not respect the democratic right of people to elect the leader they see as fit. There’s no difference between you and Rajapakshe.

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      Liberal one:
      When did you escape from Angoda? Tisaranee writes under her own name and you are gutless enough to use a pseudonym to accuse her of being “anonymous.” Before you use what is obviously a “big word” for you, check the g.d. dictionary you south end of a donkey going north!

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        Puh! waiting for the master to arrive and kick out the democratically elected leader you despise huh? Pathetic slave, don’t get me started on your pride of your master’s language.

        Apologies to her for my ignorance if she’s writing in her real name.

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    “Regime change is the business of ordinary Lankans. But the world must help restrain the Rajapaksas from over-abusing power.”

    I have to agree with Tisaranee.

    Ordinary Sri Lankans face an extra-ordinary task. The world can certainly help. And we need their help in our battle. We cannot dislodge them without genuine support from friends outside Sri Lanka.

    As we have learned through out our history. Outside help often come at a hidden, very high, damaging cost. Imperialists both regioanl and global will exploit our pathetic situationf for sure.

    Great game in the Indian Ocean is already unfolding around us.

    LTTE rump is so desperate. Always on the look out grab soemthing they could use to create Ealam.

    We just have to be mindful of these things. While we wage our struggle in Sri Lanka. And while we receive outside help from our friends in the world.

    “Since two of the three Ruling Siblings are said to be American citizens, imposing a travel and an asset ban will be far more effective than annual Geneva resolutions.”

    Words of gold. Great solution. That will drive the message home. Compared to the Geneva Carnival. Which is viewed with absolute suspicion by the Sri Lankan public. Due to heavy involvement of the LTTE die-ass-pora in that process.

    I bet concerned ruling siblings have already begun moving their looted assets into more secure locations already. KP could be a useful consultant to the regime in such affairs.

    Cheers!

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      The international pressure should not hurt ordinary citizens but should target the ruling familiy.

      – they can freeze all the looted money foreign accounts
      – sanction them visiting other countries over the crimes they had committed.
      – US could file case against their citizens if the siblings still US citizens.

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        “US could file case against their citizens if the siblings still US citizens.”
        I understand that even if they rescind their US Citizenship, they
        are liable to US Justice?

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        I believe they are not US citizens. Does anyone know these particulars clearly?. Normally as public representatives (as law makers) they are bound to declare this to the nation. But in an administration, anything and everything have become their own treachery – they could keep away from the public. Else, the rights that work against – Snowden should also work against them.

        US embassy in the country could also react against them if they as US citizens are caught by any doings.

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      Ben..

      a 7-Eleven clerk and a gas station attendant in USA cannot earn a fortune and a asset freeze in USA is not going to do much difference.

      As we all know the 7Eleven clerk and the gas station attendant may have multiplied their income by at least 1000 times in the last 8-9 years with all the commissions from Kudu/Ethanol/highways/airports/harbours, arms procurements and then LTTE finances and gold etc etc.

      all these will be hidden in swiss banks and other means from the regime as they feel the net is going toward them.

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      You are more worried that Tamils should not get equal rights as Sinhalese. You are happy to protect Rajapakse regime as long as Tamils don’t get equal rights.

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    Rajapakses the butchers of Sri Lanka must be tried in Geneva first for establishing peace in Sri Lanka.

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    All the International attention is what this egotist super hyped individual is seeking to plays his cards to the gullible powerless idiots of citizenry in this Country.
    He will not give a damn if the UN or anybody for that matter sanctions his b…s ………..but the general voters of this Country have to send him and his coterie into to exile soon.

  • 16
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    The tried and trusted remedy for the Rajapakses is the ICJ. In Sri Lanka they are the modern day Rajawaru who trample on their people with impunity. On the international stage they join the ranks of Mugabe and Gaddafi.

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    Great article. Many thanks. TG.-
    I am proud of you – the like journalists. Most of all – bringing options like “The Magnitsky Option” to light, giving some valuable thoughts to work on.
    I wonder if they are US citizens (may be they are just green card holders… not being able to claim citizen rights) they should already have been charged by US law – or not ? I only know if an European, if you made a mistake during the holiday in the home country, all charges are made as a EU citizen, even if you could be dual citizen. If UN or others could focus on this, they could easily bring them before international courts.

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      Sirimal ,

      great question ? i always wonder, why doesn’t US government take any actions against their own citizens ? since 2005 how many times siblings have passed the immigration counters ? why bother about Geneva ?

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        Srilal@,

        I did not found any where about their US citizenship. Have you got any references to check this please ?

        This is why I personally think that they are not US citizens.
        Actually these they should declare to the public, since they are appointed by people s vote (of course except – the excutionatist-Gota)

  • 9
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    TG has summed up the plight of Sri Lankan’s well. Without International Pressure the minorities & the opposing majorities in this country would be in pretty sorry state.

    MR Regime is has taken over the vacume left by demise of LTTE. As this cancer is engulfing the whole country and every single citizen minus the regime’s cronies.

    Already loads of balu sena has sprung out, just to oppress the minorities the Balu sena’s were Balu kukko while LTTE was waging war.

    The Balu sena are very selective they don’t bark at Hindu’s they like to play with Christians and Muslims now.
    Why aney ? because they know the world’s bull dog is there to pounce on the Balu Makko if they do. The master of the Balu Makko knows that very well.

    If a graph can be drawn here the incidents against minority with respect to UNHRC sessions timelines (for past few years) will be a pretty interesting curve with clearly visible shapes of breasts.

    May be this country is dammed ! one after the other we keep falling in to pit holes. To me it seems we are never united as a nations. We do not have the passion required to drop our differences in religion and ethnicity to rise up as a nation.

    It seems there is no charismatic leader in site who can instill those values and unit the masses.
    MR Regime does not gives rats ass about who is killing who as long as they are the ones who’s standing at the end!

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    Until we Sri Lankans learn to react and show our displeasure on a regular basis , peacefully, in our streets, we will not be able to wield the reins on our rampaging politicians, including the Rajapakses. I frequently wonder why we Sri Lankans, who are quite politically conscious, fail to react like the Argentinians did at one time- banging pots and pans in front of their homes. Do we as a people confuse civility, tolerance and obedience built into our culture, with acquiescence with even the extreme evil that is strangling us? Has our belief in the concept of karma contributed to this attitude? We grumble, without causing the rumble that could put fear into our political class. Is it the fear that the persons who lead us are a ruthless, heartless and a soulless lot that prevents us from creating the rumble?

    Independence should dictate that WE are masters of our destiny, not our despicable politicians. I happen to believe that foreign pressures, will ultimately lead to the type of interference that would undermine our independence. It has happened several times in our long history. We have to apply the pressures from within and translate our grumble into a rumble that sends shivers into our politicians. ‘ Only our hand can help us’ ( ” Than kaiyey thankkuthavi”- a Tamil proverb).

    The Tamil equivalent of the proverb referred in the introduction is: ” Veyli payirai meyaakkoodathu”. This what the LTTE and other Tamil militant groups also brazenly did and the Tamils acquiesced through a combination of fear and facile expectation of a new dawn.

    Dr.Rajasingham a Narendran

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      Dr Narendran, you make some valid comments but are you really aware of the ground realities of Sri Lankan politics? With few exceptions, our politicians and our political parties, have over the years, developed symbiotic relationships with the thugs, criminals, drug dealers and other nefarious outfits that occupy our underworld. If a group of citizens were to ‘bang pots and pans’ in front of an errant or incompetent politician’s house, I can guarantee you that they will reap a whirlwind by the time they return to their own homes. Something else: they can not expect the law to protect them in the exercising of their right to protest or from the supplementary punishment that will meted out to them by ‘supporters’ of the politician. The longer decent people default to a position of self-preservation, and the longer our forces of law and order fail to perform their duties without fear of favour, the longer it will take our island nation to drag itself out of this stinking political morass.

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    Dear Tisaranee

    “The Rajapaksas behaved in an identically intolerant manner when Rosie Senanayake tried to introduce a private member’s motion for mandatory 30% female representation in local bodies.”

    A Sound proposal By Rosy. You Should fully support it.

    And Rosy Should come out of her corner with her head Down Guards Up to the center of the Ring. She should instead of hanging behind the male leader campaign now for the rights of female over the entire world.

    She should muster support from her gender in Ahimsa methods. Her Campaign slogan should be “all females should vote without fail. And that they should Vote only for a female.” All elections should be contested by Female Party including The Post of President.

    Let the Rogue Male Chauvinist From Buddha, Valluvar, and other prime heads of chapters religious orders, political clans try to beat the Female Democratically The Numerical Majority Humans. THE FEMALE”

    She Should not limit herself to 30^ in Local Council.

    Majority of Teachers, Medical College admissions Also Majority of University Entrants, Majority of Passes at Grade 5, Ol & AL are female. Why not in the Legislature.

    Thanks to the JR’s Proportionate representation Voting Scheme, The Males will Survive in Politics with proper democratic representation.

    The Countries with First Past the post will see Males getting completely thrown out of Politics.

    Wake up Rosy Charge on till the Goal is reached. Don’t continue to be cosmetic to the males oppression. Recruit Shirathi to you party.

    Best Wishes. Time to get out of all Bonds.

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    Hello Thissaranee,

    Mahinda Rajapakse stranglehold will weaken when TNA falls in line. Until then the majority of the people will keep them there.

    So if you want Rajapsake gone make sure your TNA falls in line with Sri Lankan Parliament.

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      Unfortunately they, TNA or UNP does not get that. Only thing they know is to get up each day, write some article and then dream about a regime change and then curse the country and it’s people out of frustration.

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    De Fucto Chief Justice has been reported as saying he will soon reform the justice system. The simplest way to reform it is for this fake CJ to quit his illegally appointed post. By his taking up this position he shows he has no self-honour and that he doesn’t care a farthing for the judiciary.
    I like to see the day when mob rule will drag him out and dump him somewhere-dead or alive.

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      I can’t wait that long for mob rule. I want someone who is not a coward me to sink a knife into this fucto judge immediately.

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    Regimes like this will not last long. They are short-lived and there are plenty of examples that show how regimes collapsed overnight.

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      Lal,
      I totally agree with you. How long will these MR & his siblings go on committing injustice. I also have a view this regime will collapse all of a sudden. Earlier C.P.de Silva also crossed over to UNP and the SLFP regime collapsed. There should be a limit for killings.

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      As far as TAMILS are concerned Sinhalese regime change (Uncle Nephew Party (UNP) to Sri Lanka Family Party (SLFP) and then SLFP to UNP and repeated many times ) does not make any difference to TAMIL GENOCIDE.

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    We as Sri Lanka that hardly needed stability and Unity of all communities. Ours is small nation bully by big power sticks, of in USA UK and Indian. Over the thirty war by Tamil -Terrorist had been encourage and funded by West and India some forces.
    Their intention is nothing divided and split small country like ours into TWO States. One for Tamils in North. This is South Asian game plan by Hegemony Global plan.
    In fact Diaspora is one of out-fit and part and parcel of this same Game Plan.MR is NOT in this game; he has upheld, SL, country sovereignty and an Independance, that is why their lackeys of always personal attack HIM.

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      Where have you been living ?

      I wish you the like ilk could focus on the facts and figures – not being only reliant on TG’s or others’

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    Tisaranee:

    On balance it is a Good Article but I am afraid you are trying to have the Cake and Eat it and let explain why.

    “Empires come and Go”. Rajapaksas were basking in the Glory of defeating the LTTE But King Mahinthas Empire will be the shortest ever. The King came to the Throne to preside over destruction of the Tamil Race and nearly succeeded but through divine intervention a lot of Stars came together and he has been checked.
    It takes two to tango.
    A bully ( MR the Small Bully) only understands a Bully ( USA a bigger Bully or shall I say the Biggest Bully) and MR has met his match.
    The Nation that could have brought MR under Control India failed for reasons we all know.
    World now understands that 4 years after the war MR is not going to bring peace to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean but more tears. I for one sleep every night with tears in my eyes dreaming of the day when my people will be free from Tyranny.

    I am confident that the World is ready to act.

    ***Regime change is the business of ordinary Lankans. But the world must help restrain the Rajapaksas from over-abusing power. Thanks to the Magnitsky Act[ix], the international community can punish the Rajapaksas without harming ordinary Lankans. Since two of the three Ruling Siblings are said to be American citizens, imposing a travel and an asset ban will be far more effective than annual Geneva resolutions.

    *** Regime change from within is not going to happen because Rajapaksasa have fooled the Country by building New Roads , Airports and Skyscrapers borrowing 8 Trillions from the Loan Shark ( No doubt taking 20% enriching themselves in the process)making people feel that everything is Hunky Dory with no means to pay back. Americans and the British who account for 60% of the trade have threatened to impose sanctions and when that happens after March Factories will begin to Close Chinese Built Roads will be empty and Hunger will be the order of the day and it will then be up to the Subjects to either back him or Sack him.

    *** The following is a Joke:
    Mr. Chandrapushpa is behind bars (while the likes of Duminda Silva strut about in fearless freedom.

    Duminda sitting on one lap of MR and the Daughter Hirunika Premachandra sitting on the other lap both cuddling MR and in the process no doubt pondering a future together. This I call MRs midas touch.

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    See govt ‘s right activists – so called honest MPs trying to convince the public by their sophistry & casuistry -forgetting the brutal atrocities the nation across the country faced due to the insurgency JVP/Premadasa during 87 – 99
    ———————————————————————–
    HILARIOUS! CBK’S HUMAN RIGHTS CARD
    Worst election (Wayamba) held under her watch
    Many journos too killed
    CHAMIKARA WEERASINGHE
    Udaya Gammanpila
    Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is painting a gloomy picture about Sri Lanka, playing the human rights card, among LTTE sympathizers both local and abroad, said former Western Provincial Council Minister Udaya Gammanpila. “However, it is nice to know that she is concerned about the freedom of expression and people’s rights at last.”

    “But it was during her time as President that the worst election (Wayamba) of this country was conducted in 1999. Also, it was during her time that many prominent journalists of the country such as Sivaram went missing or were killed,” said Gammanpila.

    “The present government did not follow in her footsteps.

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    Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa
    The duplicity of some Human Rights groups is such, they are silent about human rights violations which were committed during the time of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

    Meanwhile, Attorney-at-Law and Sri Lanka Human Rights Commissioner, Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa yesterday said that the Northern Provincial Council has no mandate to pass resolutions against Sri Lanka. “My personal view is that this act is similar to the unilateral declaration of a State of Eelam by Varadaraja Perumal, then Chief Minister of the North-Eastern Province and the leader of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) in 1990,” he said.

    ”If the Northern Provincial Council can pass a resolution of the nature calling for an international investigation on so called war crimes allegations that they claimed existed during the war, a Municipal Council too may also come up with a similar resolution to this effect tomorrow,” he explained.

    “Their move has come just two months ahead of the Geneva UN Human Rights Council sessions. There is nothing but a sinister political agenda that is at play to discredit the government and the country,” he said.

    “This has placed the country’s national security under threat,’ he explained. “We all know the allegiance that existed between the former LTTE terrorist group and the Tamil National Alliance that represents the Northern Provincial Council.

    “The US and UK are hellbent on mobilizing a resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions in March. They are trying to take advantage of the situation to promote their sinister political agenda by virtue of this opportunity,” he said.

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    Two questions: if all this is true, why are being continually elected? Two: if they are money extoryionists and murdourers, why arent they prosecuted by the us government?

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      Precisely the point. WHY ARENT THEY PROSECUTED BY THE US GOVT? The US Govt is prosecuting some non pods in LTTE in the US and Canada for Arms procurement. Completely ignoring the Chief Procurer KP. WHY? WHY? WHY? Obama your slip is showing.

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        This strongly supports your previous posts – there are lot more with the US, India and others regarding war victory. These untold stories should come to surface let alone now.

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    Egypt arrest prosecute Aljazeera Journzalists.

    Sri Lanka should have similar legislation.

    “http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/29/egypt-to-charge-20-al-jazeera-journalists-damaging-countrys-reputation “

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    If there is no media freedom how is it possible for this [Edited out] Tissa ranee to publish this sort of castgation of the government and the Sinhalese as she always does? A true Colombian who hates the Sinhalese

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      Should be changed as “who hates herself”. That is where the hate comes from. Why else should someone be bitter when the enemy gets defeated and the country gets stabilized after decades of chaos?

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        According to this Pundit the Country is getting stabilized after defeating the LTTE? Does this man know the meaning of getting Stabilized? Yes VP faction is liquidated thanks to America and India. What about the KP faction? Whom MR tried to install in the NCP but failed with the entry of C. Vignasewaran. These Buggers are smarting that Tissaranee has told a mouthful.

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          So according to you the country is more destabilized?

          Do you remember the 80s? Do you remember the times a government had to go after marxist JVP to form the government? Do you remember the times when solheims were running the show? Do you remember the times when trade unions used to take hostage the whole country? Do you remember the times when there used to protests in lipton circle every single day? Do you remember the times when our leaders and international community were pleading tigers to come to peace talks? Do you remember the times when presidents and presidential candidates were blown into pieces denying the country of so many capable leaders? Do you remember the times when India forced power devolution models down our throat for their political needs? Do you remember the times when upper kotmale couldn’t be built because a provincial politician did not like it? Do you remember the times when inflation was topping 10%?

          And don’t sound like KP is dictating terms anymore. He has given up on the separatist path and he’s nothing but another servile of the Rajapakshes now.

          Most importantly did VP get defeated thanks to America? Look at these slaves! At one time they were repeating what foreigners lectured us about how LTTE was undefeatable because it arose out of inequalities but when it gets defeated they thank the americans. Like american soldiers are the ones who sacrificed their lives or it was american politicians who had the courage to do the right thing.

          Have some self-esteem. It was all Sri Lankans that had the courage and determination to go against all odds and achieve peace. Pat yourself for been part of that exceptional country. Even Americans are struggling to achieve the same in Iraq.

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            So you really think that your beloved is on the right track to achieve sustainable peace solving the tamil problem ? Or what do you want to say ?

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              The tamil problem is not having a separate country something we are unable to solve, so no I don’t think the tamil problem with be solved but we are stable than when your hero used to destroy our beloved country. Are you blind not to see that?

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            XXX,

            Yes I remember the times the UNP led Govts, prior to Premadasa were destabilised by the World Funding bodies as the IMF, WB and the ADB not releasing funds for development citing trivial issues, when there was more media freedom, Less Corruption and Democracy prevalent compared to today’s position where everything is denied, yet Aid pours in for the Powerful to rob more than half and deposit the funds back in the Banks in the West. I also remember how these Powerful Foreign Govts, backed the very Leaders now in power, using the very forces to destabilise the then legally elected Govts, secretively when they were Opposition members. I also remember the present President MR marketing Human Rights to the world, while his own brother Gota was violating Human Rights providing the required evidence. Strangely today the World Policemen are quiet when they abuse the very Human Rights they professed to safeguard then. Yes I also remember the Lipton Square rumpuses where the very Architects are now in Governance and those who were in power then are unable to Demonstrate today without being set upon and Killed by using the Api Wenuen Api Forces, without exception even to the Trade Unions. Yes the Ruling lot are lucky that the Opposition led by a Gentleman wants to play according to Westminster Rules, while the Governing Power resorts to Violence and Killing, to suppress the masses. Don’t be too sure the tables can turn anytime with power shifts.

            You claim that we were told by these very forces that LTTE was unbeatable. Yes, when these very forces were nurturing and sustaining the LTTE for thirty years they were unbeatable, till they were coaxed to bury their artillery and abandon their stronghold Kilinochchi and get to the Beach front to surrender only to be massacred and you think this was MR’s ploy? Only Dumb Asses like you will believe such after VP helped MR to become President? I honestly thought that today people are more intelligent, but with your gullible type anything goes.

            So you believe there is a sense of Stability now, compared to then. You try to confirm your point further by quoting that Inflation then topped over 10%, but now under control. I am not surprised that you are blind to the Central Bank statistics and are cooked up for consumption for your ilk.

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              According to your logic the UN resolution should be brought against USA not against us because it was they who got LTTE to surrender and get massacred. Why are you openly supporting resultions brought by forces who were nurturing LTTE according to your own logic?

              You are one logic-less person.

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                Have you heard of the saying, ‘ Uragey mas Urageyma thiyala kapanawa’? Cutting the Pig’s flesh on the Pig itself?

                That is why we are clamouring for an International Investigation to fix all. Now do you see the Logic?

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    Okay this man is one eye sighted. He never wants to tell the stories of Other Polititions… Former mass murders. You guy if you are aleftist or rightwing or a hench to Sarath fonseka or to Ranil or to a parasit Tamel or moor… onething is clear this artikal is a polikal uncontiosnes to many uneducated lower intellect the politikal not knowers and haters of Rajepaksche Regime. Its a politikal sangeetha to mad sinhale and Tamels mostly. I m sure of that point. Its a shame to use a pen against your Man who did lot to save ours fuking country from this hatred Minority Tamel Terrorist. You sinhala Animals you are shameful to stand against the precent government and tell west filthy stories. Man Fonseka is aa Igoist. He did a career in Army and now he is angry man to Mahinda cause he could not get in rich in the bench where he sat down. Man sarath is a great HERO to sinhala Nation. But when He bitrays the country to west secretly is not that a guilty?Those all Not Sarath man from Ambalangoda we know comes not from colombo is not the only who is ready to tell fairy talls of deths Mourder and desapierences mostly sinhala polititions in the Opposit. For longe decades all fukin sinhala muslim politikos bark for the moon against Prabhas Tamel Terror. You filthy even could not counterattak. No power to crunch that terror listning and doing what west pressed to divide of a country really was a assumable fakt to many. Mostly the strong belivers Norway. Not bulshit US.Ask from Ghota. He was colonel. Not Mahinda. Not his Family. I know Mahinda his family suronds and his life and his plce of evening drink at carlton. A very simple real buddhist nation loving man who helped lot to poors who lost their children man and women in the uprice of JVP 80 s and 90s. N UNP ers, their mourder mashines Military units Police havent had any international Tribunal for that Fackt… Fuck you all. Fuking Army Police And Junta …. Who killed our People… Who taks about lost genaration. Who talks about the Mass Mourder of 1971 upricing…. Who are responsible…. This one eye sighted writer is not a hero. He doesnot valu the politks of lanka. Its rich country full of good Brains who are not sound in the produktion and Innovation to counter the world economy but ready to bark, discreminate, digradieren, Arschcrauler, all ahiguntikas caraker put down other whom perform Nationally, do betterthings than other, Get the country to a volnarable place…. such development in any cost havent done no party evevr ever unless Mahinda. A dedicated sinhala Buddhist sound Locak politition with sound experience. Man you do not need guys from Oxford or Havard to do lanken Politiks. The ones we had ded and gone. who Killed Them??? Thambayya …. And now what kind of politions we have. hey The are Nuts having a total igo minded egar to get rich easy by doing satenik politiks… Poors of the mass the ultimate Mad sinhle and the Children the women the slaves of Arrabiens and the mega Prostitute what a shame. What a politikal game you all are performin . Tell not for me as i lokk ar pappers and News of lanka by being a Sinhala man from Nilwella i see all from out side the politikal week their strenths and weakness. SWOT. The politikal Rats of sri Lankan body of politiks must to be eliminated. If Mahinda selekts and starts a Politikal science Labour Univasal University only to sinhale top qualified and only them to allow to be the right leaders of National thought then onla it becomes valuble and volnerable. Precent clash politks do never never bring International attention to our Nation. Only digration shame and Untouchable condemed .
    So that will be measured from the International community of suprime. In this devel maldeveloped politiks hat based ego politiks the ply of west against lanka will be a easy. What can Mr. Sarat do if he comes to Power? NOTHING. Rather than Beg to first world. What can Mr. Ranil master mind shit can do… NOTHING. So better shut up and unitly work to build the Nation and get rich rathe being poor bulk brains and eat killo rice and sleep and Bread… Better work hard like Korians, Germans, Japonesen… Help this man to perform. Lot be killed and vanished… What happens to snowden if he get caught? has he been living in USA what could be the result? Justice… really… Do not Joke…. Learn the really of lanka better take a study lanken politks then International Politiks then come to perform. Man you all are really in a childrens Garden

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      Man did you translate this from German into English ? I found several germans words in your texts. Anyway, the contents itself hinting us – you a Raja henchman.

      digradieren – downgrade or degrade
      Arschcrauler – back cratcher

      Aufjedenfalls, Ich sehe dass Du verrückt nach Rajas.

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        Apologies:

        Arschcrauler – back scratcher

        Aufjedenfalls Du klingst als wärest Du verrueckt nach Rajas.

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    When there is prima-facie evidence to say that some “crime” has taken place allegedly linking a person(s), the authorities need to investigate and take action without any delay or exception.

    The alleged person’s social status, how much he has given to charities, etc. will not count in front of rule of [international] law.

    I don’t know why everyone is finding it difficult to comprehend this.

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    Somuch hatread is always published by this news site against the govt of Sri Lanka and publishing hear say statements.Singapore ,Malasia in its developing stages were very dictatorial and look where the country is today.After 30 yrs of gruesome war Govt. is trying very hard to bring about changes necessary and oneshouldgive them time.First and fore most they need to integrate all communities in the north so that there is better understanding amoung all communities.If general election and presidential elections were held today I bet the ruling party will come back with land slide victory.Stop this stupid talk and come to terms with current Sri Lankan situation .Your hatread comments will not get you any where.

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    Tamils nation cannot destroy by Sinhalese people. Because their small race in World population. Tamils having own mother land in Tamil Nadu in Power-full backing by Republic of Indian state Even US UK and Diaspore having funds in DOLLARS, Eu and other currencies. ,lobby groups in London Paris, New York, stock Market, White House & W.D.C as well as every nook and corner of world. No need to cry for Sri Lanka Tamil Community? By few Sinhalese Leaders and their Cleaver supports as well.
    This is more or less adding and abbiting for ANOTHER SEPERATE STATE For Tamils IN SRI LANKAN TERRORITY! For Tamils. History tell us how Tamil Racsist manipulated their own goal to achieved by hook or crook by using IGNORENT SINHALESE IN ‘MYTH HOMELAND’IN SRI LANKA.

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    Now that MR is defeated, it will soon follow in the Western Provincial Council. Thereafter there will be lot of pressure. Meanwhile one can expect crimes against humanity. Karma has just begun with the collapse of several institutions.

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    Thisaranee you are correct in saying we need a regime change without inflicting suffering to massess. It is not only the regime,we have to change the whole constitution with abolishing this menace of executive presidency to restore the democratic values back again.We need a strong system like in a mature democrasy with necessary checks and balances to prevent abuse of power.We cannot rely on honest leaders as it is unlikely to see many of them . However, we should ensure whoever come to power is subjected to necessary restrictions to stop them from blalant abuse of power.We don’t need high egoist pseudo kings to rule us unleashing their terror tactics and they should be shown their due place sooner or later.

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      Democratic Thailand is in chaos but relatively undemocratic Malaysia and Singapore are stable and prospering. The world is not such a simple place to come into childish assumptions like democracy is equal to all issues getting resolved automatically.

      Our executive presidential system is too undemocratic and time is right to reform it. But those who make it their prime slogan should come up with a better alternative. Having too much restrictions on an elected government is also not good for an under developed country that has so much ground to catch up. If you are skeptical study about Singapore.

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    For MR and all his apologists, the LTTE is the main Punch Bag. MR Govt sells the war every now and then to prop their sagging moral. If the LTTE is the enemy, then why is it that they oppose a War Crimes Investigation on KP, Karuna, Pillayan, Masters George and Daya et al? Why are they so vehemently opposing an International Investigation? Are they not trying to hide and take cover for themselves on the War Crimes? It is about time a proper Investigation was carried out.

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      The antisocial creeps who used to get hard ups when tigers set off bombs now want International investigations to punish those who put a stop to their perverted enjoyments.

      Why do you need international investigations? Do you think Sri Lankans are not capable enough? That westerners are superior to Sri Lankans?

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        Horrible One,

        Sri Lanka’s capability can be seen holding an Investigation not even after five years. Yet they are unable to implement the LLRC proposals even after five years and this MORON thinks Sri Lanka is capable. There may be Sri Lankans who are capable but certainly not the Rajapaksa crowd.

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        You and the ilk like or not.
        International Inv is a must to find solutions healing the wounds of nothern srilankens.
        We the dissidents want to liberate the country from the clutches of Rajapakshe criminals.

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          Nah you just want to punish Sri Lankans for killing your hero and restoring peace. You just hate that Sri Lankans are not blowing into pieces inside buses anymore.

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    Sri Lanka – Investigations, Presidential commissions, that commission, this commission…we have heard enough about all the SL commissions and their reports if any, are not implemented,just sleeping in the closets, freezers, and garbage bins. SL called some outside International eminent committee of Judges to investigate some crimes committed in the country, just to fool the world but indirectly prevented them from doing their job. The judges quit the job and left the country in disgust without doing their duty. MR and this government never want to have any investigation of any kind by any one, either local or international. Even if they are allowed and finally done, those reports are either not published, or any action taken but totally ignored. Because they know pretty well that they are behind every crime, be it wrongs, blunders, murders and all the criminal activities. Asking this regime to hold any investigation is like asking the murderer to investigate himself. Will they ever do it ? NEVER…rrrrrrrrrr !

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    Is not the primary purpose of the prevalent nature of the weak “International Pressure” to thwart and/or keep the GOSL leaning too much to and/or becoming a satellite state like that of the Govt of North Korea is to the Peoples Republic of China? Is there any other real concern for truth, fairness, justice and or peace for the inhabitants of SL and more particularly for the Northern and Eastern regions that have been neglected since the so-called independence from the British Raj and whatever development work that is being undertaken by the MR Govt with the least of the locals participation in reality for the greater subjugation and further controlled oppression like the Israeli’s over the Palestinians of the peoples of these regions to the self deluded grandeurs of Singhalese Buddhists’ hegemonic control under cover of Mahavamsa myths not unlike the Israeli Jewish Zionism’s pentatuke or first 5 books of the from the bible?

    Should the IC of the major western countries be really serious why does it not apply and implement Magnitsky Act referred to by TG in this piece “to punish the Rajapaksas without harming ordinary Lankans? Since two of the three Ruling Siblings are said to be American citizens, imposing a travel and an asset ban will be far more effective than annual Geneva resolutions.”? Are they waiting for the fruits to rot and fall for the birds and other animals both national and international multi and transnational’s to eat and get drunk with greater powers to further hoodwink and destroy the masses in one fell-sweep even as nature does for they too like all life are part and parcel of nature for it to carry on regardless its proto type almost meaningless experimentation on this particular planet as its claimed that there are well over 900 such groups and/or nationalist movements that need and want great emancipation and freedom from their oppressors exploitation for their own economic advantages under the garb or facade of regions, localities, race, religion, caste, class, sex etc?

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