17 June, 2019

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Learning From Sisyphus?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“The painful secret of gods and kings is that men are free.” ~ Sartre (The Flies)

The ‘journalist who fell foul of his country’s ruling dynasty’ – that was the title of The Guardianobituary of Jamal Khashoggi. In his last column for The Washington Post, Mr. Khashoggi said that freedom of expression was what the Arab World needs most. His barbaric murder – according to Turkish sources, his killers started sawing him up while he was still alive – proves conclusively what life, and death, can become in a world where most humans have no human rights.

Mr. Khashoggi’s murder holds up a mirror, giving us a clear view of the emerging times. Had anyone other than Donald Trump occupied the Oval Office, the Saudis might not have murdered Mr. Khashoggi the way they did, where they did (Turkey is not a Saudi ally). But with Mr. Trump in the White House, insane minds could prevail in Riyadh. After all, Mr. Trump has made no secret of his hatred of free expression and independent media. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Saudi crown prince called Jared Kushner and wanted to know what the fuss was about.[i]

The murder of Mr. Khashoggi, like the triumph of Mr. Trump, is not an isolated event. It is a mark of the times we are living in, a period in history when battles considered won must be refought, and issues considered settled must be reengaged with.

When Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Sri Lanka, took a stance in clear opposition to Pope Francis, and publicly questioned the need for human rights, he was doing what many politicians, thinkers and clerics are doing all over the world. As the new wave of national-populism sweeps across the globe, influential voices are arguing that people and countries need to make a choice between freedom and security, between basic rights and economic prosperity. Fear is being used to push voters into voluntarily abandon basic rights, and transform themselves from free citizens to obedient subjects.

Democracy’s boast is that it is government for the people. But when economics, instead of delivering a liveable life causes in-your-face inequalities, democracy acquires the image of government not for people but against people. That is the hour of the strong leader, the one who promises to shake the foundations, drain the swamp and make countries great, always pointing to a utopian past as lodestar.

The world’s safest countries, countries which have succeeded in ensuring for their people the best possible lives are not autocracies, run by strong leaders or families.[ii]They are democracies where basic rights are accepted, basic freedoms flourish and the rule of law prevails. But a blasé disregard for facts is another hallmark of the new wave of national populism.

This month, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a landmark report, putting the world on notice. If global warming can be limited 1.5 Celsius above preindustrial levels, the world has a future. If not, especially if the rate exceeds 2 Celsius, a natural Armageddon awaits us. Asked about the report, President Trump said that he has seen reports with antithetical conclusions and that he believes a ‘glorious future’ awaits the world (he also boasted about his natural instinct for science).

According to the report, the world can save itself with drastic remedial measures. Not if Donald Trump continues to occupy White House and fellow climate-science denier, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro (who defends the country’s past military dictatorships) wins the presidency and implements his promise to super-exploit the Brazilian Amazon in the name of development. What Italy’s Five Star Movement has achieved with its anti-vaccination campaign – a sharp spike in measles as vaccination rates drop – is a warning of what awaits not just individual countries but the entire world, if the current wave of national-populism, with its practice of making a false equivalence between proven facts and personal beliefs, continues its global sweep.

Democracy’s Failure of Memory

When Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith made his retrogressive remarks about individual rights, the only politician who bothered to counter him was Mangala Samaraweera. The Joint Opposition then came swinging in the Cardinal defence (just as it did when a senior Buddhist monk asked Gotabaya Rajapaksa to ‘become even a Hitler to develop the country’). Mahinda Rajapaksa lamented ‘the attacks on religions’. In his weekly Lankadeepa column, Gotabaya Rajapaksa railed against modernity’s disregard for religious traditions.

Cardinal Malcom Ranjith

Mr. Samaraweera is a political liberal; but like most political liberals of today, he doesn’t seem to understand the nexus between democracy and social justice. Mr. Samaraweera speaks out against religious and cultural extremism while showing a lamentable inability to remember that historically there has been a clear interdependence between economic fairness and political tolerance. Had Mr. Samaraweera not been the minister of finance, this inability might not have been of consequence. Since he is, his position, his failure to comprehend the political consequences of austerity is turning to be a key factor in the imminent Rajapaksa resurgence.

The last time a national-populist wave swept across the world was in the 1920’s and 1930’s. That first wave of national-populism was born of the First World War and gave birth to the Second World War. A key characteristic of the interwar years was economic dysfunction, the Great Depression of 1929 and the not quite so famous depression of 1921-23. Economic pain and hopelessness drove individuals and nations to the edge of insanity and, often, beyond. Those countries with strong institutions averted disaster, and used the crisis as an opportunity to prune the system of some of its more egregious aspects – the American New Deal being the most outstanding case in point. Other countries, lacking in strong institutions, tried to fill the vacuum with strong leaders, opening the gates to the likes of Adolf Hitler.

The socialist challenge and the enormous popularity of the Soviet example were what made the victors of 1945 behave in a radically different way from the way they did in 1918. Capitalism was fortunate to have a set of leaders who understood that survival meant change, including borrowing liberally from the socio-economic arsenal of socialism. The statement, that “there is no choice between being a communist on 1500 calories a day and a believer in democracy on a thousand,” attributed to such as ace Cold Warrior and anti-communist as General Lucius Clay, is indicative of Western leaders’ willingness to think outside the box, even to break the mould where necessary. It was this attitudinal transformation which made possible the game-changing Marshall Plan. Marshall Plan’s “effectiveness was rooted in the freedom that it gave post-war European governments, torn between structural rebuilding and investing directly in their citizens, to avoid austerity measures and cutbacks that would have increased political instability and lowered the quality of daily life.”[iii]

So the welfare state became the capitalist norm in the first world. Political leaders used economic measures to transform ordinary people from outsiders into stakeholders of the system, with something to lose. Western European welfare states succeeded in ensuring higher living and working conditions to their own working classes than what prevailed in the Eastern Bloc. As Eric Hobsbawm pointed out, “It is one of the ironies of this strange century that the most lasting result of the October revolution, whose object was the global overthrow of capitalism, was to save its antagonist both in war and in peace – that is to say by providing it with the incentive, fear, to reform itself after the Second World War…”[iv]

That history is now forgotten. And democracy’s failure of memory has resulted in an attitude to economics which is so dogmatic it seems almost religious. The post-war nexus between individual freedom and social justice lies sundered. In 2009, a second great depression was avoided, but the means used to save entire economies from collapsing had a disastrous impact on millions of individual lives. Livelihoods and homes were lost; the fact that those who contributed most to the crisis, banks, insurance companies, hedge funds and other outposts of financial capital, got away scot-free provided kindling to the fire of popular discontent.

Brazil’s transition from democratic success story to deadly failure holds important lessons to other embattled democracies, including right here at home. Had the Workers Party not gained a reputation for rampant corruption, had it focused on improving the lives of ordinary people instead of wasting enormous resources on showy projects (such as the Rio Olympics), Brazil’s trajectory might not have taken the turn it has. When democratic leaders renege on their core promises and turn their backs on their indispensable constituencies, they sow the seeds of authoritarianism.

The Baby and the Bathwater – An Old Adage for New Times

Soon after Hitler came to power, a group European cultural leaders held a conference under the guidance of Andre Gide to analyse what went wrong and how best to resist Nazism. Klaus Mann in his remarks suggested that leftist intellectuals – like himself – were partly to blame for the disaster. Their critique of the Weimer Republic had been too absolute, because they had seen nothing worth defending in the corrupt, decadent and unjust democratic order, until Nazis took power and taught them the value of basic rights. “We have defamed the original, indestructible, and noble desire of European peoples for freedom because in many cases liberalism has been degraded to a worthless phrase and an alibi for high profits.”[v]

If refighting old battles is to be our fate, it must be done without repeating old mistakes. As a second wave of national-populism gains traction across the world, that lesson from the first wave needs to be remembered. Contempt for representative democracy was a European staple during the interwar years; democratic politicians were often venal and ineffective then, as they are now. Another issue common to both times was corruption. As the gulf between the promises of democracy and the reality (especially Weimer Germany) grew, democracy’s defenders sunk into disillusionment and apathy. The value of the freedoms that still remained under the corrupt, idiotically inept and repressive governments was understood only after they were totally lost under Nazi rule.

Most of human history, humans lived without basic rights and freedoms; and their lives were poor, short and brutish. Sans of a voice and rights, they received subhuman treatment at the hands of kings, generals, magnates or religious leaders. The rights we take for granted today, and are so willing to barter for illusions of security and prosperity, are the results of centuries of hard fought battles. A cursory look at history, for instance, would show how and with what tenacity vested interests resisted the idea of universal franchise.

Historically, democracy was not a rich man’s whim but a poor man’s necessity. The absence of basic rights helps not the ordinary law abiding citizen, but power-wielders (political, religious and economic). Such an environment is not conducive even to combat crime. In the absence of due process and free expression, when a crime happens, the police don’t have to spend time and effort conducting a proper investigation. All they have to do is to catch a ‘likely suspect’ who will either commit suicide or be killed while trying to escape.

In Sri Lanka, the Rajapaksa opposition and their supports (which could include up to 45% of the voting electorate) regard extra-judicial killings and involuntary disappearances as a public good. The banishment of the exhibition Unframed (organised by the Vikalpa Magazine) from the Peradeniya University proves the danger of societal intolerance and authoritarians. The decision by the organisers of a recent film festival in Jaffna not to show the documentary, ‘Demons in Paradise’ demonstrates that the habit of self-censorship is alive and well, even in the absence of official censorship. Add to this toxic brew the growing economic pain of the masses – and there can be little doubt that the necessary ingredients for the re-triumph of autocracy are present in Sri Lanka.

There is nothing glorious about starting from zero again and again, in fighting battles which had been won. But if that is to be our fate, then there cannot be a better model for the coming times than Sisyphus, of Albert Camus. Camus reminds all those whose task is to labour in seeming futile conditions that to despair is to cede victory to the rock. “The struggle towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart,”[vi]he says in conclusion. Perhaps we are about to find out.


 [i]https://www.wsj.com/articles/scandal-over-dead-journalist-jolts-heir-to-saudi-throne-1540076164

[ii]http://visionofhumanity.org/app/uploads/2018/06/Global-Peace-Index-2018-2.pdf

http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/2018_human_development_statistical_update.pdf

[iii]Winning the Peace – The Marshall Plan and America’s coming of age as a superpower – Nicolaus Mills

[iv]The Age of Extremes

[v]Quoted in The Intellectual Resistance in Europe – James D Wilkinson

[vi]The Myth of Sisyphus

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    Usual diatribe and rubbish from a well known hater of the Sinhalese, Buddhism and Lanka. Best to ignore this person, she has nothing to offer except the pathological hatred and vile, incoherent mumbo jumbo, pretending to be erudite. Lanka needs a strong man, a very strong man, to lead the country and to govern the country. Any collateral damage in getting such a person elected should be ignored for the welfare of the majority. The Rajapaksa children are inexperienced, even dumb. But Gotabya is a very good candidate who will make a great leader. Lovers of Lanka will cheer his victory. Hopefully the Lankan voter will have the common sense to elect him at the next election.

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      JC
      Gotabaya is a very good candidate.
      Yes yes when 2020 comes lots of white vans could be imported duty free and more human butcher stalls.

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        JC,
        “Usual diatribe and rubbish from a well known hater of the Sinhalese, Buddhism and Lanka”
        Well, if you are an example of a true Sinhalese, you ought to be hating yourself 24/7.

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          Isn’t that sarcasm from Gopal Ramesh at what Jay Chambers has written?
          .
          To me it illustrates the danger of using sarcasm – it just might not be understood.
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          The Rajapaksas are probably coming back owing to the ineptness of Yahapalanya, and I fear the prospect. I’m trying not to be sarcastic, and I hope I speak clearly and unambiguously.
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          We need a man who will crack down on corruption. Nagananda Kodituwakku seems to be the answer.

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          I never said I an Sinhalese or Buddhist. I am an regular agnostics Western guy who first visited Lanka in 1979 as a 20 year old and has since then visited the country whenever I get a chance. I expect to some day spend more than half the year in this wonderful land.

          As a visitor all the local politics does not bother me at all. Everyone I meet is polite and over the years I have got to learn about the people and the culture. Lankans DO NOT need a lot of thing to be happy. They need basic things. Order, discipline, efficient infrastructure, less corruption and bureaucracy, smart planning, engagement of all people, focus, perseverance, etc. etc. Gotabya has demonstrated these qualities and he seems to be able to get things done. No one else with leadership potential shows these qualities. And hence my support for the man.

          That said its going to be teamwork. Everyone must pitch in. And it is quite possible that there will be those who will try to sabotage these efforts. That’s when Gotabya has to crack the whip. That is when collateral damage can happen. That is the usual state of affairs in any country.

          Someone is trying to say that American Seven Eleven experience of Gota (if that is true) is somehow a disqualifier. This is where the colonial , gutter mentality of some Lankans manifest. Rather than being a disqualifier, working a tough shift at a store like that actually makes the man even better qualified for the position of managing a bigger Seven Eleven like parts of Lanka.

          As a lover of Lanka and its wonderful people I cannot wish he anything better than the efficient and disciplined leadership of Gotabya.

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            “As a lover of Lanka and its wonderful people I cannot wish he anything better than the efficient and disciplined leadership of Gotabya.”
            Oh yes, JC, you do write like a well-educated Westerner. Did you work at the same fuel pump as your mate Goat?
            Pull the other one, please.

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              Jay Chambers,
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              Do you understand the import of what you have yourself written? We are not saboteurs, but you will be happy top see the whip cracked on us.
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              How many of us do you want to offer up as “collateral damage”. He went for the Tamils at first. I’m not a guy who has ever dabbled in politics, but I’ve been ever concerned about what is happening to our country.
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              I am a member of the “public”. This man speaks as though he knows the views of every member of the public. No, I don’t want him, or his way of doing things.
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHfxHbR6mbk
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              Jay Chambers, can you just imagine what he would have done to you, had his position and mine been reversed? I’m not threatening you; I’m not trying to kick you out of this country. That’s just not our way.
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              I’m getting tired of all this. Deduce whatever you want to, from what I’ve been writing. I tell you that we want a civilised way of life – not a monster like this to rule over us, or even over you.

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              is that all you got codger old man,how pathetic

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                Wanni,
                Why are YOU annoyed?
                Are you a fan of JC’s writing?

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                wannihami

                old codger got lot of stuff, however you are too gullible to take in all of it. Its better you stuck to Eagle blind Eye, somass, Jim Stupid Softy, sach, Champa, …………….. Then of course you do not have to mentally sweat.

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      Jay,
      I hope you have your b***s well protected when and if a Rajapaksa comes back to power.

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      Jay

      SL voters never had any sense & it’s the Sinhala Buddhist racists in the guise of ‘patriots’ who will cheer a maniac like Gota. I am sure the lovers of SL would like to see the entire Rajapakse clan & their cronies behind bars for crimes against the country & it’s people.

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      “a period in history when battles considered won must be refought, and issues considered settled must be reengaged with.”

      How true! ……… I was thinking the same thing

      Everything – societies, religions, professions …….. you name it – have become hierarchical shindigs ……….. and everyone is struggling to get to the top

      Christ was a one-man band ……….. how did it become such a hierarchical institution where people struggle to get to the top? ……….And what price did Cardinal Malcolm pay to get to the top? Was the price paid in morals/ethics or social-cunning?

      If the Cardinal cared so much for the spiritual wellbeing of people why couldn’t he be a single man doing his thang like Christ ………why struggle in a hierarchical outfit to get to the top? ……….. Perhaps it’s not about serving others …….. but oneself.

      All these people dying/coming-forward to serve others or the country …….. would do greater service if they just go out and tackle a crying need out there ………. like collecting the rotting garbage on the streets

      Wonder why no one ever thinks of that ……… but wants to get into a position of “comfort” to avoid real-work ……….. and direct others to do the work

      I would come to believe that the country has turned the corner the day I see ………. the Cardinal, Chief-priests of Nikayas, …….. Ranil, Mahinda, Gota, CBK, Basil, Karu, ……….. the 225 and the rest of the pols of provincial councils ……… set aside a day of the week to go out and collect the garbage to provide a real service

      If not all these political, religious ………….. shindigs I’ll leave to you true-believers ……….. to live in hope that the salvation of the country/society ……… is nigh ………. and all we have to do is wait

      I dunno what ……… but feel some thang is wrong ……….. somewhere


      btw ……….. one can’t help but notice ……… Ranil is Lankan Sisyphus ……….. how many times? …….. 20, 30, 40, 50? ………. goes on and on ……… on and on ……….. and the rest of the pols generational

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        Nimal Fernando. Go to hell There is a special space ‘reserved’ in the shit hall for you to stand on your head.

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          Ha ha ha ha ……… I wrote that crap for people like you who are standing on their heads!

          Makes my day ………. to know the crap I write have such an effect on at least one Lankan!!

          22 million to go before the country can be redeemed ……… hope is in sight!!!

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      Catholics have an inferiority complex’s. All Catholics are progeny of low caste cinnamon peelers and other laborers to the Portuguese in the coastal regions. They adapted the religion of their cruel oppressors. Like African -Americans. While Buddhist’s fought tooth and nail to preserve the sovereignty of the Island for over 150 years.

      Only uneducated idiots in the third world who have never lived or seen a western country will accept bullshit like Jesus was gods only son. The catholic church has been exposed since the 17th century when Martin Luther nailed them in Wittenburg.

      People in the west only go to Church for Weddings ( 1 ) Funerals ( 2 ) Baptism’s ( 3 )

      Our fools in Ja-ela, Wennapappuwa, Pettah, Moratuwa and Trincomale need to be thought history.

      The very name Malcom Ranjith suggest a man with no pedigree. A Sinhalese last name is derived of a profession ( Liyange, Waduge ), location ( Gallage, Alawwa ) clan name ( Warnakulasuriya, Wanniarachi ) or a combination of the three. Ranjith is a first name.

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        Niro,
        “Only uneducated idiots in the third world who have never lived or seen a western country will accept bullshit like Jesus was gods only son”
        Those who worship trees and fake teeth must be even more uneducated. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
        “The very name Malcom Ranjith suggest a man with no pedigree. “
        What is pedigree? Do you have pedigree because you live in the West and clean drains?

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      Jay:
      Are you looking for someone to run a 7 Eleven in a rough neighbourhood for the midnight shift. Your candidate is suitable and there is no dispute but for a democracy.

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      JC,
      Shame on you, the blabbed mouth and garrulous tongue wager for being a Gottler Lackey.

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    as harold laski said vested interests do not abdicate before logic
    so the battle will go on and on between the rich and the poor

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    This article should have been titled ‘Learning from ‘Pussypus’.
    =
    It contains the usual list of quotes the writer relies on, from people like Satre and other ‘wannabe’ philosophers and virtual unknowns. The writer sprinkles the drivel she writes with Jewish historians (like Hobsbawm) and other Jews with a vested interest in promoting a world history that colonialism never happened and Jews took no part in it and the worst crime to humanity was that committed by Hitler. As to the future of the world, they allow no future outside capitalism and their R2P like neocolonialist traps. Even a fool with an ounce of brains should be able to work out that these are all lies , and the opposite of the truth. Their mindset is operational today in Israel, and Titsaranee unfortunately is not able to see it.

    She carries on her ignorance-based moral crusade by pointing out that the world’s safest countries, countries which have succeeded in ensuring for their people the best possible lives are not autocracies, run by strong leaders or families. She is too stupid to see that her ideal countries came to their current status through disgraceful murders and mayhem, and through the wealth stolen from the rest of the world. They certainly did not invent democracy and then become rich and armed to the teeth. It happened the other way around. The statement that ‘they are democracies where basic rights are accepted, basic freedoms flourish and the rule of law prevails’ is a nonsense only those who have not experienced life as a minority, and the aborigines of Australia, Eskimos of Canada and the wiped out Native Americans would believe in these so-called ‘heavens’. This is the “blasé disregard for facts”. They don’t like ‘national populism’ because it unifies the oppressed who are opening their eyes to the lies and deception of these criminals.

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      Thank you Asswatta (lovely name by the way), you saved me some typing.

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        btw, CT readers should note that Arsewatta, Wannihami, and Thimibirivela Ranarala
        is the same “Thimbirigasyaya Man” furiously cross-dressing. As mentioned by Ajay in a previous comment: “a tormented soul unburdening its putrefied contents on CT”

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          This is to clarify that I have no connection with any persons named Wannihamy, Ranarala, Arsewatta or even Vibhushana.
          I only write about Glyphosate and live in Canada minding my own business.

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            You mean just selling Monsanto (Bayer) poison for a livimg?

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          This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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        Worms eating same shit flock together

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          Why aren’t you there then> Missed the bus?

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    Thisaranee,
    “In Sri Lanka, the Rajapaksa opposition and their supports (which could include up to 45% of the voting electorate) regard extra-judicial killings and involuntary disappearances as a public good.”
    On what basis you arrived at this conclusion? Did you conduct a survey with a representative sample?
    If you did not conduct a survey, I call this is shitty journalism.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “If you did not conduct a survey, I call this is shitty journalism.”

      The pot calling the kettle black.
      When have you ever cited evidence for your outrageous claims, extraordinary claims, …………..
      Remember “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”.
      Being a bigot you do not have abide by any simple rules.

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    Sad to see all negative comments.
    A good resume of the past and present image of the autocrats and their images of ‘democracy’.
    A dire warning to those complacent in the belief that justice for the masses will happen automatically.
    Sri Lanka is on the brink of a corrupt dictatorship in a cloak of democracy.
    Many “Khashoggys” have perished already.
    Beware.
    Our children and theirs are doomed, if complacency sets in.

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    Certainly, there are many areas for disagreement. But unfortunately the facts are indeed too stubborn.

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    Your subjects or topics are Khassoghi, I read about one Khasspghi who lived in Germany who was a international salesman. I feel USA is ver hurt on ths. Secondly, Who is hurt the most because one Catholic Cardinak talked against American values. So, before the CIA/MCC vlues of HUMAN RIGHTS come to the front the world was full of wars which killed innocents including women and children in Iraq, Afghanisthan, Syria, Lybia, That is not the end of the world. So, how does this relates to Sri lanka. In Sri lanka, democracy is governing by two major parties while playing musical chairs. Ranil – a right wing, ultraliberal politician – in the mean time no record to play and talk about exports and no plan for it. this is also because the rupee became toilet paper for tourists. Besides his Central bank theft and the bankrupting of three Banks and at least two employee provident funds haunt him behind. Anyway, in short, it looks JEHOVA witness journalists was away for sometime promoting the their Almighty.

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    Tissaranee, tissaranee,

    Most of human history we have not read. We have only read about the cruel emperors and the epic battles. The truth is, mankind prevailed because of long periods of egalitarian peace that produced the greatest works of humankind in the arts and sciences…these were shown up however, and recorded in history after major conquests of longstanding cultures (and took their greater sculptor and inventor and held his nose to the wheel to produce a bit more, before he was beheaded….thus ending that epoch of industriousness)

    What has 20th century European social upheaval with communism vs capitalism to do with the Sri Lankan situation? Nothing, except that we were always a socialized democratic capitalism (even with the Kings), before the advent of the Europeans to our shores. So are we to re-put Sri Lanka into the 20th century European box? It could be a propitious deal, except we are creeping after Indians to fulfill this European capitalistic paradigm. We are offering up Lankan sovereignty on the altar of Indian Hindu idolatry. Yes, capitalism borrowing liberally from the socio-economic arsenal of socialism worked well with Europeans. It should also work with Buddhist Sri Lanka, but only if it is worked with the other Buddhist nations- Singapore included. Try to work it with India, and a Bollywood cum American system will prevail. Imagine that!

    Ok….so Rajapaksas are a bit like the Brazilians. But the current regime has doubled and tripled the effects and now going to spread it out for the…….INDIANS!

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      ramona,

      What are you talking?

      As it is, people have a hard time understanding what I write ………… and I am struggling to understand what you write!

      We should get married ……… and let the offspring rule the country!

      The final solution.

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        Now, now, What is the story with Msssss Madawela then? Mano will be scratching his back underneath. Beware, he might invite you to join him soon!

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        Read the article Nimal.

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    in Sri Lanka we have seen so many journalist bumped off during the Rajapakse regime.
    I am not sure if the Rajapkse’s or the JO or for that matter the present Sri Lankan Govt or TNA have yet condemned the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

    Trump is yet to make a strong statement condemning the murder. He even said the Saudi explanation is plausible.

    I am sure Gota is rubbing his hands in glee; hallucinating in the mouth watering prospect of being the next President of Sri Lanka with Trump is in white house.

    He (Gota) will cut off the balls of all his opponents in public, like the Saudis do, in the presence of Gnanasara representing the Buddhist clergy and Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith representing the catholic/christian faith both endorsing the act?

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    Learning From Sisyphus? Has this hypocrite writer learned from her lesson before she preaches?
    Tissaranee Gunasekara may needs to have her head checked in a mental hospital. We criticized Tissaranee Gunasekara, during her violent- virulent- bombastic campaign in 2014 & 2015 to crown New King, that she as a hypocrite who was trying to unseat one War Criminal in favor of another War Criminal. Now it is clear that it is beyond that. She wants the Jude Ratnam’s “Lies Agreed Upon” to be shown in North to save the Old King. It was Old Royals backed up movie, produced from 2009. One of the ideas the film trying to convey to Tamils and discourage them is, they are divided. This message is coming from Old King who killed 150,000 of the Tamils, making Karuna as minister using the division in the LTTE. The UNP divided TNA and in the coming election Tamils will not be voting for one party unitedly .No more regime change with the help of Tamils. EPRLF, EPDP. TMVP, LTTE, PLOT, EMVP, EPDP….. you name any movement, they all were funded by Old King, Richard. P, Ranil, Chandrika, Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha and Sonia. They were funded by UNP Yahapalanaya, SLFP Chitanta, TN’s DMK-ADMK, Central Indian Congress governments. Karuna, Pirapaharan, Siththatan, Varathar, Devanada, Pathmanabha ,Suresh, Uma…. all known leaders directly and indirectly paid by these governments. The purpose of them all paying for different, different movements at the same time was only to keep Tamils divided and stays under their control but not to win their freedom. Old King openly said he would divide and use Tamils to destroy Tamils. Sirimavo funded a great deal through Shanmugathasan to split Tamils on caste lines, while bringing in many anti – Tamils laws.

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    Chandrika used an unelected Tamil man Kathirgamar to diplomatically destroy Tamils. (Now, Lankawe is facing the backfiring Kathirgamar’s deeds.) It is in that condition Old Royals initiated Jude Ratnam’s “lies Agreed Upon” to teach them about their divisions. It is the Sinhala governments are keeping Tamils divided to make sure that they will not get together and ask for their freedom. The Sinhala hegemonic Tissaranee Gunasekara is saying Northerners did not allow self-criticism. Just because they did not see Tissaranee’ Gunasekara’s propaganda material, it is proved Tamils are anti-democratic, anti- multi-dimensional views, anti-free expression, anti- any modern civilization according to the Chief Justice Tissaranee Gunasekara. “The habit of self-censorship is alive and well “. CJ Tissaranee Gunasekara‘s Sinhala Jury verdict is, if you attempt to punish Sinhala War criminals, they will retaliate with their $18B money, if you don’t submit to that, “you people are uncivilized barbaric animals”. Her racist mind went all the way to North to prove her point. She believes, it seems, South is ready to self-criticism of their 70 years blunders. But sadly, in 2015 she could not accept that New King and Ranil were as bad as Old Royals. Still she is so!
    Who is Tissaranee Gunasekara or Jude Ratnam or their capacity to point out the matters Tamils needs to self-criticize them? Well, let us look how Jude Ratnam has the capacity to teach self-criticism to Northerners. Jude Ratnam is not a Northerner or Easterner. He is not a North East person living outside of it. As an ethnic race, Up Countryers are in the worst condition in Lankawe. Almost all of their politicians are at the bottom of the well. Most of them are used by UNP and SLFP. Jude did not take a self-criticism stand there for them. Jude did not live in the North to Tissaranee claim it as self-criticism.

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    He is only an Old Royal’s agent, who is not from North for doing it. The materials Jude Ratnam presented by are not his own. Borrowed from somebody else. He is so not known as Social Activist or a Document Producer by profession. Is that what in Tissaranee Gunasekara’s Dictionary Self-criticism means?
    Let’s look at Tissaranee Gunasekara’s somersault in Greek Mythology. Her really not able to apply what she reads to her. Otherwise she wouldn’t have presented that metaphor here. It was well known Ranil’s position for long time that “No Leader, No Commander, No Soldier” should be punished. He blocked Chandrika signing the Rome Accord. He went to New York and fought with UNSG on Expert Panel report. This is the guy was named as the PM, during the election, if New King would win the election in 2015. That New King is a person out rightly was listed in OISL withdrawn report as suspected war criminals. That report was ready long before March, 2015. These are the candidates Tissaranee Gunasekara spent her time on promoting. We have been asking Sampanthar not waste Tamils votes to bringing down the stone Tamils and Genuine Sinhalese had carried to mountain ( to send Old Royals to ICC). If Tissaranee Gunasekara has not tripped Sisyphus at the mountain peak, now Old Royal would be sitting on UN Eclectic chair, no fighting the war again. But they both brought Yahapalanaya government saved Old Royals and thus bringing them back to power. So the war has to be fought again. There are two conflicting fears in Tissaranee Gunasekara’s mind. 1). Tamils may end up pulling her Hero, Old King to a court. 2). If they are not succeeding, her Yahapalanaya Heroes will be sent home and Old Royals will be capturing the power.

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    Here is Tissaranee Gunasekara’s dilemma: One time a peasant had married and sent out one of his two daughters to a farmer and the other one to a potter. After some time he was longing how happy his daughter would be in their married life. God answered, it seems. The first one, the famers wife came to her father and asked her father to pray for rain next few day as her husband’s crops going to be burned. After she left, his second daughter, the potter’s wife came and asked her father to pray not to rain next few days as her husband had spent lot of money and time on new pottery. Tissaranee Gunasekara is trying to invent a solution to her dilemma by forcing the Tamils to watch Jude Ratnam’s & Old King’s new “Lies agreed upon”.
    She is blasting President Donald Trump for the death of the Saudi Reporter. She did not mention one sentence of the Saudi Prince who is suspected in this case. After all it was Donald Trump’s government Jamal Khashoggi sought to live safely and he was safe like all other American Journalists until he entered into a Dark, Gloomy Country’s Saudi Arabian Embassy. I am pretty sure if Jamal Khashoggi had gone into USA’s Saudi Arabia Embassy to get his divorce papers, this would not have happened to him. But Tissaranee Gunasekara is not ready to put Old King out for the 45 Journalists’ murders & War Crime Trial but Blasting Donald Trump for no specific crime.

    Tissaranee Gunasekara wouldn’t, because that much important for her to save her War hero is, but we Thank God for to have kept her alive under Old Royals time, because we enjoy to read the comedies she write up.

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    “In Sri Lanka, the Rajapaksa opposition and their supports (which could include up to 45% of the voting electorate) regard extra-judicial killings and involuntary disappearances as a public good.”

    What a load of rubbish……

    Who killed, disappeared and burned alive 60,000 of SL youth and yet venerated by Tisaranee’s of this world??

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    TG’s saree will not be able to cover the nakedness of the fake democracy under this majarapalanaya where people have to endure a living death of economic deprivation with NO right to express their democratic views via elections…….While the guardians of majarapalanaya live the life of Marie Antoinettes and Louis XVIs. While TG might want readers to believe this crap, the country & the people are certainly no fools to believe such BS.

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    Amazing: Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith does not have Western Human rights. He should listen to Protestants and Jehowa witness – devotees. where is UNHCR. Only the LTTE and ISIS had human rights.

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    Certain religious factions in Saudia hate Prince Salman for his progressive policies of giving more freedom to women etc. These religious extremists, who believe that they can go to heaven by doing such things, could be behind the murder of Khashoggi for which the Prince is being accused. Why would the Sauidis wait for him to come in to the consulate to kill him? They could have killed him Lasantha style. Furthermore, the body could have been disposed of in a way that no one can find it.
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    The vociferousness of Turkey’s Erdogan indicates an Iran factor or even a Qatar factor. Erdogan having killed 100’s, if not 1000’s, of his own people and sacking tens of thousands of government workers suspected of being opposed to his leadership, now becomes an outspoken champion of democracy and human rights.
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    Thisaranee as usual is one sided in her article. While criticizing Trump, there is no mention of the lack of reaction by Putin. ‘We should wait for the results of the investigation’ has been Putin’s mild reaction. I agree with him. All the authors of articles and commentators on the subject should follow that advice. They cannot probably wait for that, because they may lose a lot of ‘meat’ if they do that. The vultures approach a dying animal evenwhen it is still half live. Any delay would mean going home hungry. “Take a bite before it is too late” seems to be their modus operandi.
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    Iran may be the winner of all this. If the US-Saudi arms deal is cancelled, the biggest beneficiary would be Iran. They can then destabilize the whole ME region with added vigor.

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    Dr Ranil & his Rainbow mates in the Cabinet probably wanted to do a Sisyphus on the ex President although they didn’t give any clue..
    Unlike the Field Marshall who is on record swearing that he would ll bring the Rajapaksa to Colombo And hang them on Galle Face..
    Now the Field Marshall is a solid pillar in Dr Ranil’s Democracy..

    This Democracy thing is a bit bizarre…..
    I think there is a direct co relation between Democracy and the Dollars..
    I had a glance at the top Ten highest Per Capita Dollar gatherers in the World.
    Most of them have are the “real deal” when it comes to Democracy.
    They even let Girls & Boys go to same Toilet at College .
    And let them Tick ” In Between ” box where they have to mention the Gender..

    Although Dr Ranil’s new Yahapalana FTA partner makes the List , I am not sure whether Lee Quan Junior will let the Chinese boys in the same Toilet with the Girls.

    Our Lankawe Girls & Boys I don’t think will ever make in to the List. even Dr Ranil rule them until the Dr is 100 years old…
    But I am happy with the Democracy we have, with 5 Million living on on less than Two & Half Dollars a Day .
    While their fellow inhabitants who follow Dr Ranil, and worship at Srikotha are on USD 12.500 a Year on average..

    Just imagine in Australia they had inhabitants on even 10 Dollars a Day.
    I bet my last Dollar that there won’t be any Democracy there for sure..
    My Elders tell me there are “UMP followers” who live in Keselwatta , Kollonnawa and even Magampura..
    Wonder whether they practice Democracy the same way as Dr Ranil’s other followers who are in Condos earning on USD 12,500 plus….

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    Thanks Tisaranee for the article. You are among the diminishing band of sane intellectuals left in this country. What you have said are things that we need to be reminded about again and again, lest we forget. Our permanent need to have some variation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act on the statute book is a symptom of the disease – the inability of those in power to begin the process of building mutual trust between themselves and the people.

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      The Christian Tamils with a disgraceful history of betrayal of our country to foreigners will always cheer this kind of ignorant writer. Because they only know this path.
      =
      For a start, they can change their names to original ones like Suppiah, Muttuvelu or whatever, instead of going by foreign naes like Solomon(d), Eliezer), Champion, Watson Lyall etc. Have shame man.

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        Lyall I believe is Tamil. Watson comes with the Burgher mix.

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      Rajan Hoole, building mutual trust…….Please tell it to Sambandan. Has he ever acted as a true opposition leader of the country? The opposition leadership has been a great opportunity to leading Tamil politics to demonstrate their inclusive approach to the issues facing the country and a great platform to build mutual trust among peoples, a task singularly failed by Sambandan and his mob. He repeatedly demonstrated that the only use of the opposition leadership is to advance his & the rest of Tamil politics narrow racial interests.

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    Thank you for the beautiful article, while our hearts bleed and our eyes wet over the brutal murder of such a fine gentleman, a great journalist,

    JAMAL YOU WILL LIVE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER.

    Everyone made a lot of noise about leaders from other Muslim NATIONS, AND without proper evidence, even saw to their death.

    Here it is black on white proof and yet no Muslims in SRI Lanka have Condemned.

    who will have the courage to invade Saudi and end this Nation of murderers, butchers and the true masters behind every single Terror group in the world and hand the Country to the people, and handover Hijaz back to The Rightful family, The Hashmites of Jordan.

    But it won’t happen, Al=SAUDs, can kill anyone, anyway they want to, they have the Freedom to do so with The Blessings of Trump and the majority of the Muslims.

    Sad, how come people hardly show any remorse to such a great Sheapard of the people?

    Imagine what A CRUEL PEOPLE THE AL SAUDS Are, TO SAW A HUMAN BEING A ALIVE…

    IF Muslims still think Their masters of Al-Saudi is almost God, there is something wrong in their belief.

    I do not see any condemnation, instead most Whahabis in Lanka too are aggressive to defend the regime that killed in cold blood Almost the entire Clan of The Prophet.

    What a barbaric Ideology Whahabi cult

    It is time Sri Lanka officially
    ban Whahabi CULT &, any of its sub cults and criminalize them.

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    Saudi Arabia has sent a ruthless message to its dissidents and to the entire International Community,

    This is what the brutal killing of Jamal Khashoggi’s means.

    We the House of AL-Saud, will use our diplomatic premises to torture and murder anyone who cross swords with the The House’ of AL – Saud.

    The Simple reason is, They have the approval of almost 40 % to 45% of the Muslims, and some non Muslim powerful religious NGOs connected to President Trump and The Israeli government, all who will condone anything Saudi does, it’s all about Unclesam’s blued eyed boys petrol dollars.

    .it’s disgusting to see that we do not have a single Muslim leader who can put an end to this cruel Bedouin clan once and for all, which will end poverty, end Terror and spread peace everywhere in the world.

    Saudi is responsible for every ill around the world and uncle Sam and bibbi and So so, so sissi are equally responsible for this murder..

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      LANKA Nitizen – “It’s disgusting to see that we do not have a single Muslim leader who can put an end to this cruel Bedouin clan once and for all…” Of course, we have Rauff Hakeem the “Kumari File” M.P.

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    mike

    Did you hear any firecrackers being let off in the Islamic Republic of Kathankudi when they heard Jamal Khashoggi was ‘ferociously murdered’ by Saudi Arabian hit squad?

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