21 August, 2018

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Politics Just Shifted In The World & Sri Lanka 

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Things just moved, changed, in the world and Sri Lanka, and I hope we are taking notice. Let’s start with the world and move on to Sri Lanka. 

President Trump’s pullout from the Iran deal sharply enhances the prospect of war in the Middle East, with devastating consequences for the world economy as a whole and the economies of developing (or in our case, under-developing) countries of the global South, in particular. The neoconservative hawks in the Trump administration—most notably National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—and their allies the Netanyahu administration and the Saudi monarchy, are clearly hoping to provoke Iran into resuming its nuclear weapons program which it had abandoned even before the signing of the deal. 

Iran may then become the target of an attack on the ground that it is “racing” towards a nuclear weapon. The gamble is that the US will back Israel and that the two military machines, being the most formidable alliance on the planet, supported by the far less impressive Saudi Arabia, will be able to prevail over Iran. The ultimate goal is that military defeat will trigger regime change in Tehran, reversing the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

For Israel, the goal is strategic and regional: weaken Iran, the Hezbollah and Hamas. For the US, the goal is grand-strategic and global: push Russia back in the region, and tighten the encirclement of Moscow, thereby weakening Putin– and by weakening Russia, also weaken China, the ultimate enemy. This is how the hawks in the US hope to reverse the relative decline of US global hegemony and the rise of Eurasia, chiefly China backed by Russia.  

Matters may not be that easy. Iran is a highly motivated state and society. It is motivated by a combination of factors that social scientists recognize as the strongest combination of motivational factors in the world: religion (any theistic religion) and revolution (any type of real revolution). In the Iranian case there is also the powerful motivator of civilizational nationalism/patriotism. 

The Iranian military, the elite Revolutionary Guards, their strategic allies Hezbollah (which, through its political proxies and partners, has just secured preponderance in the Lebanese parliament, defeating the pro-western bloc), Hamas, and the Shiite militias in Iraq, have developed an impressive capacity for asymmetric warfare. The entire Middle East region may turn into a new Vietnam for the US and may even alter the situation for Israel in a manner that Tel Aviv least expects—now that the demonstrations on the Gaza border, where unarmed teenagers are shot dead by Israeli snipers with explosive bullets, show just how much self-sacrificial desperation the Palestinian people have been driven to. 

Sri Lanka: The Candidacy Stakes 

In Sri Lanka, the balance of forces is shifting. Veteran politician Dinesh Gunawardena notes that the recent SLFP rebellion marks the largest number to cross over from Government to the Opposition at any one time, in the history of the Sri Lankan parliament. When traffic flows usually from opposition to government for reasons of opportunism and purposes of patronage, any reverse flow is noteworthy. Such reverse flows, such as in 1964 and 1975 are signs of a government doomed to be defeated at the next election. So it is with the rebellion of the SLFP Sixteen. 

The SLFP rebellion is noteworthy not only because of quantitative factors, but qualitative ones. As Dayasiri Jayasekara pointed out on Derana 360, of the 16 rebels, 14 have university degrees, 8 are lawyers and one is a specialist doctor.  

The Sri Lankan political scenario registered yet another change at the Sugathadasa Stadium, with Sajith Premadasa receiving sustained applause; far more so than any other personality. His speech which was punctuated by lusty cheers, was a full-on attack on the neoliberal economic orthodoxy that has brought the UNP’s base vote from 40%-45% down to 32%. He didn’t stop at that but went on to invoke his father’s memory – President Ranasinghe Premadasa was a local equivalent of a Juan Peron or Salvador Allende—and unfurl what sounded suspiciously like an election manifesto.  

With the UNP’s crisis having triggered boycotts from within the parliamentary group, ghettoized its May Day in the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, and manifested disaffection from supporters outside the stadium, Sajith Premadasa emerged clearly as the most popular personality in the UNP and the only hope – and outside chance at best– of avoiding a catastrophe at the Presidential election next year. 

Already the UNP’s rightwing elite has begun to counterattack in the mainstream and social media, arguing that the UNP does not need a “duplicate Mahinda Rajapaksa”. In the first place that’s overly flattering – and today’s UNP would be lucky to produce anyone who could be credibly compared with the country’s most loved personality who will doubtless become a folk deity when he is no more. 

In the second place, these rightwing propagandists have dismally failed to understand the lessons of the miraculous 1988 turnaround, where the UNP snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. It was precisely by fielding a candidate who was even more patriotic and populist than Mrs. Bandaranaike. As UNP Gen Sec Ranjan Wijeratne’s survey had clearly indicated, the mood in the country was such that Premadasa was the only acceptable option; the only one with even half a chance. Had Gamini Dissanaike been the candidate in 1988 instead of Premadasa, not only would the UNP have lost; it would have been overrun and massacred by the violent xenophobes—so hated was the governing party, for its perceived treachery and manifest insensitivity to the poor. Ranasinghe Premadasa was the only exception.  

If the UNP does not repeat the move of the maestro, President Jayawardene, in 1988 when the party and government’s back was to the wall, and play the Premadasa card, then, as Sajith said, to the assembled party loyalists in his Sugathadasa stadium May 7th speech (referring to the need for total change and radical democratization of the party and its policies): “May God help us!”

Meanwhile the SLPP-JO was the sole formation among the serious national contenders for state power next year, to have a May Day procession and rally, signaling that it is still the largest political formation in the island. The number of references to Basil Rajapaksa made it clear that the race for the Presidential candidacy is underway. 

There are SLPP voices supporting Basil but the SLPP is not the JO and not even the whole of the SLFP group with Mahinda. The JO parliamentarians as a bloc are loyal to Mahinda and no one else. Any aspiring candidate will not only have to secure MR’s fullest support but also earn the trust of the JO parliamentarians. Among the broader public; i.e. in society at large, the groundswell is for Gotabaya. Inexorably, the choice before Mahinda Rajapaksa is becoming Gotabaya (or Chamal).     

Unless Mahinda Rajapaksa can become Prime Minister and revise the 19th amendment before late 2019—which is the best possible outcome for the country—then the choices have to be made as to the candidates of the respective sides. The increasingly restless and rebellious social mood will impact the final choices. 

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    “Unless Mahinda Rajapaksa can become Prime Minister and revise the 19th amendment before late 2019—which is the best possible outcome for the country—then the choices have to be made as to the candidates of the respective sides. The increasingly restless and rebellious social mood will impact the final choices. “

    Sorry to say Dayan, you must be dreaming. Recent Local Government Results reflected a “Massive Protest” vote. It should not be interpreted as a vote of confidence on the Biggest rogue politician of our history Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mahinda is a street-smart guy not a patriotic politician. He knows survival game very well a Street-Smart guy.

    However, you seem to have assumed that Sri Lankan voters will be naive forever and keep on electing thieves, fraudsters,philanderers, drunkards, rapists, and murderers into the den of thieves known as Sri Lankan parliament.

    Have you ever thought about the possibility of any educated, professional forming a political party very soon and ruining MR’ dream.

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      BJP

      “Have you ever thought about the possibility of any educated, professional forming a political party very soon and ruining MR’ dream.”

      Why the hell are you asking this name dropping public racist an irrelevant question? He does not know whether he is coming or going, hence why burden him with intellectually challenging question.

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        Native Vedda

        Day by day, DJ our eternal optimist, is preparing for the future. The Great Liberator, Gota the Gardener, and now Sajith the New Broom.

        So, horse shit, bull shit and cow dung, with DJ following behind with a spade. The mind boggles!

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          Spring Koha

          Has the failed revolutionary given up on Navin Nayake?

          The UK educated Navin Nayake is able to type in English as he did twice to attract the Sinhala speaking voters, one to the UK foreign secretary and another to an MP regarding Priyankara/LTTE flag waving supporters.

          Since he was not offended by Priyankara’s gesture Navin Nayake has good potential to be a leader of the UNP also of his dad’s legacy.

          How come there are 13 or more Nayakes in the current parliament?

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      Dayan Jayatilleka,

      RE: Politics Just Shifted In The World & Sri Lanka

      “Unless Mahinda Rajapaksa can become Prime Minister and revise the 19th amendment before late 2019—which is the best possible outcome for the country—then the choices have to be made as to the candidates of the respective sides. The increasingly restless and rebellious social mood will impact the final choices. “

      The last 3 years had shown that Mahinda, Basil, Namal and the cronies are replaceable, with a new set of cronies.

      Therefore, Mahinda, Basil, Namal and Sirisena are not needed and replaceable.

      Time to replace with Sujith Premadasa, his cronies and others and see where the chips fall.

      All the others can spend the next 40 years in the Wilderness.

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      UNP idiots do not realise MR is a far better politician than the rest and the most astute SL ever had! But everyday they experience how MR out manouver their UNP, they saw how MR out manured the Norwegians and their LTTE. Instead of acknowledging the astute leadership in MR, they call him street smart to console their weak UNP hearts.

      Abrogating 19A and bringing MR back is THE best choice for Sri Lanka. Those who cry and lament on a possible GR return as president should back this move if they are honest

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        sach the very stupid

        “MR is a far better politician than the rest and the most astute SL ever had!”

        MR, politician = A crook and a war criminal.

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    DJ is proposing that Mahinda Rajapakse and UNP need to be united. Dinesh Gunawardan is not a socialist. He is for the family oligarchy type govt and he is veryrich and for the capitalism. Mahinda Rajapakse is for his dynasty, I heard there will be minimum FOUR OF HIS SONS. WHO KNOWS SOME MORE MAY COME AND JOIN. CBK i snot happy Maithripala di dnost invited her son and the dauughter only MY3’s son will be a minister.

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    IRan since 1972 and even before that since the time of Mahamad or MAhazd around 1950s is doing very intelligent politics. Even Ahmedinaja was a very good leader and he proved it. Sri lanka di dnot have any one like that. I say the quitting os sixteeen SFLP member is just politics. See out of that 16 which consis mostly of I think NAtionalist MPs, SB dissanayake. HE is simply a very experienced MOLE rat. Hi sname was found to be in the PANAMA Papers, I can imagine how he go tthat money, Now he is the BOSS of Samurdhi we here has almost bankrupted the Samurdhi bank. So, IFMaithripala Sirisena gets more infoemd and powerful, those sixteen needs to negotiate as a team to geg places in the next govt. UNP has nagotiated their team of 114 already via the Minister reshuffling. I heard Ranil has a B list too. MAhinda Rajapakse is watching the game and is laughing from the side. voters are in trobule and Protestants think this is the opportunity to get their share. TNA may loose 16 to FIVE, so they are asking 33 seats.

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    See Every country has a Deep State. TRUMP came saying different things and he is completely a different man and is walking along a different path. Anyway, I don’t think TRUMP is dumb,
    I think he is just playing games. Just gove him some space, he will be OK.

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    “Politics Just Shifted In The World & Sri Lanka “
    Dayan Jayatilleka –are you sure you got it in the right order?

    are you dreaming that one day a shift in Sri Lanka will shift the world? and you wish you could say

    “Politics Just Shifted In Sri Lanka & in The World

    or as usual you are taking the Sinhala modayas for a ride?

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    Is this something coming from Thero. Just another fraud. He writes for somebody. He have it written for him, too, by Somebody.

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    Most important is the Precidency of our Lankawe.
    Has Sillysena delivered a master stroke with the Prorogation of Yahapalana Parliament.
    And his opening speech to start the Final session.
    Silly has been degrading Dr Ranil & his UNP for 3 years, specially the last year prior to Prorogation.
    Dr Ranil is no more Mr Clean.
    He helped his Royal mate to rob the CB & EPF.
    His Cabinet is full of crooks.
    Silly’s 16 told Dr Ranil’s Spiritual Guru in Kandy about how corrupt Dr ranil’s mates are ..
    And how 100s of Millions of Ruppiahs changed hand even as late as just before the NCM against Dr Ranil.
    In light of these developments is a UNP Candidate marketable?.
    Keselwatta Kid may be popular among the Samurdhi receivers and the beneficiaries of his old man’s Testamentary Trust.
    Can that win him the Presidency?
    Will the Cocktail Circuit in Colombo vote for him?.
    Young Sujeeva says he will stand against Dr Ranil. if Dr Ranil decides to go for it.
    That is how much coherence they have in the UNP.
    In contrast Sillysena has a real vote winner hidden under his Achievements List.
    He has pleaded for help from the Opposition parties and Groups to help him find a Solution to the Tamil Problem.
    And finish the unfinished business.
    Silly even asks the Opposition to forget their Differences, and Personal Clashes,and corporate with him.
    If Sillysena gets a positive response ,his stocks will soar.
    Because the brand is there already.
    And he is a lot cleaner than Dr Ranil and his mates.
    Most of all, this offer will please the Vellala Party.
    Because Dr Ranil has wasted two years of the Yahapalanaya to make dozens of reports using his UNP Committees .
    Their Reports have antagonized the majority community with their underlying aim to partition the country and make it secular.

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      Jim softy Dimwit
      3 X Brilliant
      Thanks for keeping it brief
      You are tired need to sleep.

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    It is really pathetic how a political party in the 21 century cannot see a future without three brothers. It is a private company promoting family interest.

    And all three brothers are hardly educated, small minded, intellectually and otherwise dishonest and vulgar.

    Two of them are foreign citizens and after nearly two decades of holding high positions in this poor country have still not renounced their American loyalty and comforts. They will only renounce their american citizenship if the idiots in this country vote them as President ! They are near gangsters and rogues with no real moral credibility.

    These three cowboys are really lucky that the other characters on the national stage are RW, MS and Chandrika, jokers and pickpockets posing as respectable intellectuals !

    Meanwhile the Rajapakse supporters who are born slaves are continuing as as abjectly as their birth !

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      Funny slaves wanting their master to rule again – I thought that was called Democracy.

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    premadasa defeated mrs b because the jvp prevented the slfp supporters in the south from voting for her as the ltte did against ranil
    if his middle east scenario is correct not even sajith or gota can save srilanka

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    The world is surely changing, and fast. Sadly, nothing looks like changing in our sleepy island in the sun. The prospect is bleak; the same old thieving, incompetent crooks trying every which way to get into government so that can continue to screw our poor people.

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    very soon Dayan will post an article with the heading ” Mahathir of Sri Lanka..” I bet it will contain the following..;
    political culture has changed in Malaysia ..though Mahathir was an Authoritarian…he brought in sweeping changes in the Economy …Education…today what Malaysia boast is his success ..his successors could not turn the economy…so the people brought in Mahathir again because they have realized ..!!
    he will ..very eloquently say..” Mahinda is the Mahathir of Sri Lanka..he brought in sweeping changes in economy… He ended the War…look at Hambantota … highways…port city… etc., etc., The local Govts elections in February 2018 prove that people want him in power again…look who worried about mahathir’s authoritarianism..atrocities… The winds are changing .changing very fast..tides are in Mahinda’s favour….he will come back in 2020..” ….oh Poor Dayan…
    Then some pandiths also will predict …
    ” just look at the name Mahathir ..it has 8 letters…look at Mahinda ( Mahinda ) ..that also has 8 letter…. !!!!
    Then someone witty will also add in a lighter vein ..”..yes…yes…why not…Mahathir is an Chinese mix ethnic Malay and grabbed power from the Aristocrats ….Mahendra is also a Sinhalese mix ethnic Malay who grabbed power from Aristocrats…”
    note the commonality…Ethnic Malay….

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      At the age of 92 Mahathir is elected PM again but on his own party ticket but on the ticket of the opposition party when he was PM.

      He joined the opposition party , his arch enemy when he was PM, to depose the corrupt govt

      The Malaysian electorate are more intelligent…

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    Dayan;s emissary Shyamon Jayasinge is way ahead than Dayan in writing skills. Shyamon deserves two PhDs for his superb writing skills. Go Shyamon Go (you have already beaten Dayan and on par with van der Pootan and Sarath De Alwis.

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      Hi shyamon

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    Sarath De Alwis may be the best writer in English Sri Lanka has ever produced after Sydney Socialite Minolika Rathwatte

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      Kumari – On a different note may I add that Sri Lanka has produced, amongst others, two eminent “LOWYERS” of the lowest calibre, namely, Percy Mahendra Rajafucksha and his prodigal son Namal Rajafucksha. Namal came out with flying colours in his law examination, having FAILED his GCE (OL)!

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        What about Harsha de Silva. Failed GCE twice.Dissapeared to USA and returns saying he has a PhD ! Talks a lot of absolute bullshit in Parliament which brings his alleged PhD into question. Time for a Commission of Inquiry on this.

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          Gota also has a Phd from USA. Phd in operating cash till

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      Kumari
      True but sad. Man of that calibre should not prostitute his talent in dirty partisan politics. His recent writings on Gotabaya shows his occational tendency to go off the tangent. That said most of his essays are poetry, gems worthy of collection.
      Kumari, can you give me some
      references of Minolika Ratwatte.
      Soma

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        somass

        “Man of that calibre should not prostitute his talent in dirty partisan politics.”

        Well do you want them to be Dr Gota’s b***s carrier just like Dayan, you, Helass, …………………?

        “His recent writings on Gotabaya shows his occational tendency to go off the tangent.”

        He is probably thinking outside the box a talent which lacks in many of Gota’s b***s carriers hence comprehending becomes all too difficult.

        Watch this cartoon of Lord Buddha – The Power Of Love – Moral Stories for Children
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7qEzO9MYuw
        Let’s start at the very beginning A very good place to start

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    “Things just moved, changed, in the world and Sri Lanka, and I hope we are taking notice.”

    Financial Times: “Mahathir sworn in as Malaysian premier after stunning poll win”

    Dr. Dayan maybe you hinted at this as well? Image, at 92 years of age, running a country better than…

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    Yet another Dayan Jayatilleka chinthanaya ~ “Politics Just Shifted In The World & Sri Lanka”.
    Since “Politics’ came into being, it has changed by the minute. This is Political Science 101 Dayan.
    .
    Few choice Dayan enlightenments
    “President Trump’s pullout from the Iran deal sharply enhances the prospect of war in the Middle East,….”.
    “Iran may then become the target of an attack on the ground that it is “racing” towards a nuclear weapon.
    “For Israel, the goal is strategic and regional: weaken Iran, the Hezbollah and Hamas”
    “For the US, the goal is grand-strategic and global: push Russia back in the region, and tighten the encirclement of Moscow, thereby weakening Putin….”.
    And so on on on. Everyone and their dogs know these Dayan.
    .
    About Lanka Dayan says ~ “In Sri Lanka, the balance of forces is shifting”.
    Dayan should know. He changed from a revolutionary, in the Tamil liberation EPRLF, R Premadasa confidant through to MR family worshipper. Now a full time day-dreamer.
    How about the rise and rise of BBS?

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    Reading DJ’s comments is like watching anti Trump media in US & west same expectations and impending horror . One track mind waiting for Rajapaksa to assume the mantle. Which is very likely given that Sri Lanka is devoid and bankrupted of any one with real leadership quality.
    People may very well go with the idea that Rajapaks once touted to “stick with the devil they know” which is made very feasible by earth shattering combination of MS & RW .

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    “The SLFP rebellion is noteworthy not only because of quantitative factors, but qualitative ones.”
    You made me laugh. Do you think being turncoats is a quality?
    Then you gave me a second laugh with this.
    “Dayasiri Jayasekara pointed out on Derana 360, of the 16 rebels, 14 have university degrees, 8 are lawyers and one is a specialist doctor.”
    What have they achieved as Ministers after three years? Nothing. They made a complete mess in their respective Ministries.
    Yahapalanaya boasted about the professionalism, education and talents of their Ministers only to prove in a practical world they are no better than kindergarten children.They made blunders in style. They are only good in theory. They should leave politics and go back to their previous professions. I highly doubt the general public who are mostly concentrated in villages will consider having a university degree as the first priority in electing politicians though a small section of people in Colombo make it a big issue.
    I’ll tell you what I think of the Orphans’-16.
    They are most notable for their lack of principles. They were of the view that Mahinda will form a government had the NCM won. They went ahead of voting against Ranil not knowing others would abstain. All these three years they kept one leg in Mahinda’s camp while keeping the other leg in Maithree’s camp. Though it looks like Maithree kicked out their single legs in his side, the move is actually to weaken Mahinda’s camp. Moreover, now they are at the risk of losing nominations from SLFP. That is why they hurriedly announced that their leader is Maithree (not Mahinda.) Therefore, they will do anything to please Maithree. Their number one dirty job is to undermine the JO in the Parliament. Then steal the limelight. Although JO shows lot of interest in them, fortunately the general public have no sympathy for them. MR and the JO are disoriented now. They should press the Reset button to see what is happening around them and prepare for eventualities.

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    “Unless Mahinda Rajapaksa can become Prime Minister and revise the 19th amendment before late 2019—which is the best possible outcome for the country.”
    What do you mean? Make 18A effective again so that MR can contest for Presidency or remove the restriction for dual citizens so that they can contest for Presidency?
    Do you think MR can obtain 2/3 for any of them? Learn practical thinking.

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    Trump is following the same path of pre-emptive attacks on middle eastern countries to receive admiration from American people. He threatened a pre-emptive attack on North Korea earlier. North Korean President Kim Jong-un is smart. He invited Trump for talks, and stole the limelight. Then he met the Chinese President. Not only that he patched up with South Korea too. The impossible is now a reality. Kim Jong-un’s rare diplomacy saved the Korean peninsula from becoming another Middle East for America to play with. The ‘hermit’ President is fast receiving world’s attention and respect so much so he might even receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Can anybody imagine Kim Jong-un being nominated for Nobel Peace Prize?

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    In this changing world only constant is Dayan’s adulation for Mahinda which makes him to hypothesize theories, as good as any work of a comic genius. Jamjaya

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    Soma

    If you have not heard about Minolika Rathwatte please go and hide your head in a sugar bowl to escape shame. Whole world knows her.

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      Kumari
      How kind of you. Many thanks. I had thought pleading ignorance is no shame. Occationally I run into people like you. Sure I should hide my head in a sugar bowl.
      Soma

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    Once a thief is always a thief. Once a murderer is always a murderer. Once they kicked him out and they will always kick him out. Dayan may be waiting for the next opportunity which may never come whether Rajapakshas come to power or not. They know that Dayan comes out with all those assumptions, predictions, and political theories not with conviction but with opportunism.
    Nilame

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    Kumari
    “Whole world knows her”
    Can’t be. There is one who doesn’t know of her, me. Mistake,one more, “google” doesn’t know either.
    Nilame

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    Kumari;
    “Sarath De Alwis may be the best writer in English Sri Lanka has ever produced after Sydney Socialite Minolika Rathwatte”

    Sorry I forgot to add.
    No doubt Sarath is a good writer. Sadly, you have only black and white in your mind. You don’t know every Sri Lankan who have written in English. With such a little knowledge, jumping into extreme conclusions is suicidal.

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    Soma
    I admire you

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    The “world politics and the geo politics” is what has equally contributed to the current Sri Lankan predicament. The fact we could not work out issues within “Mother Lankan Children” amicably will always attract others to come and help themselves. The difference in opinion reflected in the comment section for this article alone shows the countries problems explicitly how we respond to each others thoughts.
    One need to accept the the double standards the “other global powers” have shown towards helping us solve our problems sincerely?? The point is Sri Lanka was penned in someone else’s “master plan” for their “life style/need of the day/world dominance/Cold War/new wars to come” and this has nothing to do with Sri Lanka’s well being nor her aspirations to be a successful country delivering justice to her subjects. Hence we have become the banana republic/failed state having successfully killed each other since Independence shown the world we are open to business as usual too for a long time to come specially after 500 years of colonial rule and lessons learned. Only think we have in common with all other failed state used religion/language/race too to make themselves irrelevant in the world. We just got ourself added to the list. Hugely debated country with a huge armed forces with “imaginary enemy within” works for UN to sustain itself while the country need the same capable/able men to contribute to the Nation Building exercise. Such is the fate of our children………we elders have opted to see this absurdity……….what a bunch of cowards are we? What democracy got to do with people like us not sure? One think for sure we can not continue to kid ourself/blaming “Sinhala Facist Minority” for our collective failure to succeed to date. My Fathers school in Karainagar still have one saying on the wall “Be honest to Yourself”. Given the similarities Malaysia indeed a successful story when we continue to fail miserably.

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