21 September, 2020

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Rajapaksa Calls “Bull Shit” On Global Mail Coverage

By Eric Ellis –

Eric Ellis

Last weekend, as a courtesy, The Global Mail emailed Sri Lanka’s unelected Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa a link to our story on the nepotism among Sri Lanka’s powerful elite.

Gota, as Sri Lankans know him, is the country’s enforcer-in-chief. The former soldier is credited with having masterminded his presidential brother Mahinda’s 2009 victory over Tamil separatists and ending a 26-year civil war that killed more than 100,000 people – as many as 75,000 in its brutal last weeks.

He had chosen not to co-operate in our research, but we sent on this piece anyway, the third in a three-part series How Not To Win A War. The series examines how his tiny island is emerging from that war and why, four years on, so many Sri Lankans, particularly of its minority Tamil community, are risking their lives on leaky boats in the vain hope of starting new lives in Australia.

‘The Brothers’ Grip’, in particular, reported how Gota and his triumphant Sinhalese relatives and cronies are getting rich quick as they turn Sri Lanka into their family’s political and business fief, a ‘mafia state’ as some Sri Lankans even described it.

Read more in the The Globalmail

*Eric Ellis is an award-winning journalist who writes about the politics, economics and societies of South and South-East Asia. He has written for a range of international journals; Fortune Magazine, Forbes, the Financial Times, Time Magazine, The Times, The Bulletin/Newsweek, The Spectator,Institutional Investor, Euromoney, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian Financial Review and the International Herald Tribune.

Other stories;

Sri Lanka: How Not To Win A War

Sri Lanka: The Smugglers’ Prey

Sri Lanka’s Army Of Buddhist Power

Sri Lanka: The Brothers’ Grip

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    These articles should be translated and published in Sinhala so that Sinhalaya Modayas who vote for their god king Rajapass can see reality and the Rajapassa Military Dictatorship that is Sri Lanka today.

    The opposition has failed miserably to point out the fact that the Rajapassa corruption and neoppotism and Hambantota white elephant projects (port, airport etc )is a significant cause of the crash of the economy and the collapse of the rupee..

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      Right on! the UNP and opposition is also a big part of the problem in Lanka.

      These foreign journalists who are doing a great job should also write about UNP DICTATOR Ranil Wickramasingh and the fact that MOST politicians are the biggest law breakers in the country…

      Harsha De silva is sleeping on the job rather than alerting the people to PROTEST the Rajapassa madness in Hambantota – that is indebting and crashing the economy because of so many white elephant projects in a under populated fishing village – needs to be stopped immediately,

      Hambantota a sleepy village, has NO population base or skilled base of professionals and is little populated but now they are planning to build medical parks and universities there and throw good money after bad.. further indebting and crashing the economy. This madness MUST stop.

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        You can say what you like about the UNP but Harsha and the party has been very good about exposing the economic corruption with some fiery speeches in Parliament.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlQNhHrpN3s
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWn6sptO7eI
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XXwx-mZcUQ
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg1N6LS6DhA
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9ETqXcbofw

        For example., They’ve been going on about the Krrrish deal for the longest while and have been proved to be correct. If our people value Mahinda’s smile above competent economics that’s their fault.

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          Nishan, Harsha is Colombo-CENTRIC. He only talks about what is going on in the capital and financial markets.
          He has NO analysis of larger picture of DEVELOPMENT – that with a population of 300,000 people international ports and airports in Hambantota are unviable.
          The Hambantota White ELEPHANTs should have been STOPPED before they were started and huge amounts of money spent on their maintenance. Today the Rajapassa regime continues to throw good money after bad in Hambantota.
          The fact is that it is the Rajapassa Hambantota white elephants that are the cause of MOST of the DEBT, and the crashing rupee and economy..

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        If the opposition was strong enough then they could have changed the course of the country. Decidedly they have no leader and although no one sees how despotic the UNP was and how they failed first to stop the 1983 massacre and allowed the LTTE to grow over the years into a cowardly force of bullies who rained villages and killed innocent civilians but ran when the army were on their trail. The UNP and the previous CBK governments were responsible for the birth and the maturing of the LTTE. If they come to power again we can expect more trouble. Nepotism is good when the country is at peace and the Rajapakses have proved that. Security is tight, no bombs have gone off killing anyone so who cares what the white man things!

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    What is an unelected Defence Secretary? The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence is never ELECTED. It is a position to which an individual is appointed by the Minister (who is elected).

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      so u mean he is ” SELECTED”like how GW (P)ush was NOT elected but selected by the Supreme court depriving AL Gore…

      oh and are we NOT the ONLY country whose Defense Secretary is a FOREIGN CITIZEN… NAMELY US CITIZEN ?

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      True, but ,are secretaries to the ministries allowed to dabble in Politics? Are these positions filled by, civil servants? Gota is a soldier. Has he passes at least his GCE?

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      this foreign passport holder, psychopath moron supporting a bunch of thug ministers,
      not only acting as a elected minister,
      but as a executioner with a gang of goons and kudu dealers running with white vans,
      hunting and eliminating of opponents, critics and some wealthy people, and prime land owners, innocents.
      running madly as he owns the land .

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      That’s what said of ‘unelected’, do you need any more elaboration.

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    gota did not win the war,gen.fonseka did.after that gota claimed this so called victory as his,threw gen.fonseka in jail of course this was a joint family deceision.

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      cant agree more…. they say in Sinhala.. [edited out]

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    Good take. The war was won due the field commanders and soldiers, not by him. He removed most of them and is now taking over the govt and country.

    Every thing is either Bullshit or Pigshit for this man. He is now an expert in defence, foreign affairs, urban development just to mention a few and is accountable for USD 2.2 Bn of the national budget.

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    “Ellis is an award-winning journalist”
    So is Obama,he won the Nobel peace prize!!!
    By the way Got is is right,it is shit!

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    Hi! Eric …
    What else be called for a bull shit!
    You are writing award winning bull shit … Nothing else regarding Sri Lanka …

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      Wambotta:
      You are back! Yay! That means more rogues to share the Rajapassa payment pot, no?
      Also, unfortunately, more idiotic contributions to CT, unfortunately.

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      another gilmart gam botta from lee potter.
      like K A SUMANAWATHY, LEELA JIN [ GON] SOTHTHY,????????????????????.

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    he writes about one comment called bull shit .. as if it is a threat to murder him. who gave this clown an award .

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      Abhava:
      Given how stupid you are, you should call yourself “Kabhaya” and hide under one.

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    Australian journalists are notorious for their one-sided commentary usually supporting the under-dog regardless of facts as they stand.

    This fellow is no different, and seems to have simply penned a few words to rouse some rabble. I think a more credible article would detail evidence, anecdotes and statistics rather than arbitrary conjecture..

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      Dear Lasantha PethiyaGota,
      You say that Australian journalists are notorious for their one sided supporting of the under dog…so what are the bought and paid for journalists Rajpal and Malinda notorious for?
      Arn’t they notorious for white washing every single misdeed perpetrated by the top dogs in the government?
      Do you agree that the only way the world will belive whether 70,000 or a 1000 was killed is only if an impartial investigation is held into what happened during the last days of the war?
      Why are people like you notorious for wanting the truth hidden? If that Goat keeps shooting his mouth, more and more foreign media will start covering his every utterance.
      Don’t forget, when a dog bites a man it might not be news…but when a Goat tries to bite a foreign journalist it is definitely big news. :-)

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda:
      Will your stupidities never cease. Ellis is certainly not some “wanna-be intellectual” like you.
      Why don’t you go to sleep, dream up more nonsense and give us all a break for a little while at least?
      In our village they have a term for people like you. It is called “Gon-baas.”

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        So what is Pethiyagoda doing in Australia?
        If Australia is so why doesn’t he come back and clean MaRa’s asses like Keliyala and DullAss does.

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        You should be ashamed of yourself to keep insulting people and calling them names while you hide inside a pseudonym in a dark room with a computer in front of you!!

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      If only rest of the world forth-estate is unbiased and neutral as the Lake House Daily News?

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      It is in-arbitrarily proposed.

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    I think the major point in this article is ERIC ELLIS wants to make his web site well known among Sri Lankan people. So, He chose Anti-Rajapakse Articles to achieve this.

    There is nothing constructive there. Just roll over other people in order to achieve my dream.

    That is cheap and bankrupt Journalism.

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      JimPissa:
      Seems like the whole battalion has been sent off on Ellis’ trail! But then that’s what you buggers get paid for, no?

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      Yes Jim he should get a refresher course at Sri Lanka’s premier publisher Daily News you recon?

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      Jim , The Housemaid Arabs Ass cleaner…. There will be a Soon Sinhala Killing Sinhala…. wait and see… Sinhalaya Modaya will be killed each other soon. GOTA is doing some works for Pakistan Inteligence Service work with Lakshar E taiba which India knows well. You people talk only Sinhala, other Minoritoes talk more than 4 languages… so whom are superiors? You are Just A Frogs…. anyway, we will wait ready for Clapping and Laughing each other when Army and Sinhala people start clashing….. ahahhaah Modayo

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        ROD ATAKINDS:

        Why did the ALMIGHTY Create SATAN. How can a that intelligent can do a that stupid thing OR is it the STUPID human beings who created this story ABOUT SATAN.

        There is No creator. YOU ARE THE CREATOR.

        you live in the universe that you created.

        UNDERSTAND IT IF YOU CAN.

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          Jim softy

          “Why did the ALMIGHTY Create SATAN.”

          Please ask the Almighty he might have a rational explanation.

          Whether one believes in Satan or not one thing is sure we all see Satan in you. That is more than enough for the proof you yourself is seeking.

          Please look at the mirror before and after you type your comments. If you see two horns in the mirror that confirms what we feared all along. If you don’t see them please change the mirror.

          ” There is No creator. YOU ARE THE CREATOR.”

          I can see that, stupid people regenerate into more stupid people, 20 millions of them.

          “you live in the universe that you created.”

          I hate to agree with you, hell is the other name for Sri Lanka, though it is an irrelevant tiny part of universe.

          “UNDERSTAND IT IF YOU CAN.”

          No I can’t, come again.

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      Jimbo
      You said “I think the major point in this article is ERIC ELLIS wants to make his web site well known among Sri Lankan people. So, He chose Anti-Rajapakse Articles to achieve this.”

      Are you saying you have to write Anti Rajapakse articles to get popular hits on websites?
      Are you saying vast Majority of Sri Lankans are anti rajapakse?

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    A bloody waste of time.Heard of two blokes,Jullian Asange and Snowden?Na!How about “The accidental” death of one “princess Diana”?Na!

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    Gota is losing the battle.

    -At first it was 0 casualties, now 8,000 unaccounted deaths.
    -Before it was No war crimes so no investigation. Then they did a LLRC report, Now they have started an internal investigation, Trinco 5 murder suspects are arrested.
    -Once India supported Lanka in UNHCR – not anymore
    -Try to remove 13A – did not happen
    -Try to remove police, land powers – did not happen
    -Now trying to stop muslims – will not work either due to Arab’s pressure

    If he plays carefully he can become next president or may lose to Namal.
    :-)

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    Does anyone know if Eric Ellis works freelance, employed or working for charity? Can a journalist get paid by biasing a article on to one side and as well as publishing on a journal? I don’t know. Does anyone know?

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      Mike, do you need a loudspeaker to bray on?

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    When Eric says unelected Defence Secretary? Are Department Secretary’s usually elected in Canada?

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    Rajaponna brothers will be soon killed like Gadafi. These Shitliese buggers will soon realise they have dug their own graves.

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    The rajapaksas are getting their grip on power and consolidating twith in the family or their “group”. But their efforts are peanuts compared to what has happened in India, or the West where, since the Thatcher-Regan-neocon capture of power. Now in the West a very few people own all the newspapers, and news media, cell-phone communication etc. A few big families and oil men control the financial markets and even the IMF and world bank, with people like Dick Cheney and Rumsfeld working as Directors of almost all these powerful corporations from halibeton to Carlyle Inc or Pfziser. When one of the crooks made some mistakes and got caught he rushed off to Switzerland. Koffee Annan’s people, the King of Spain, George Blair Bill Clinton, the Bush family and a few other people were paid about a million each and this led George W Bush to give a presidential pardon to the guy. All this was aired in a CBC-TV-Ontario investigative journalism show recently.
    So far the rajapaksas have not come up to the level of corruption that we have inthe West, or even Sonia Gandhi and her cronies. But our fellows will catch up, given enough time.

    The strange thing is, why didn’t this Western reporter compare what is going on in Sri lanka with what is going on in US and Canada, with the Canadian Premier even proroguing parliament to avoid facing questions about financial scandals!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Kautilya

      Whatever the fault in western societies, oh there are billions of them, it is not a justification for whatever is happening in this island.

      Two wrongs do not make it right.

      Why can’t you put this island right and be an example to other nations?

      Western illness is not a very good cover for you to neglect your own responsibilities.

      I won’t ask you to educate yourself, though it might be also difficult as you will only have Tamil/Sinhalese teachers to chose from.

      The aim should not be education, most of it is Western garbage anyway helps to build me societies, but acquiring wisdom, a very rare commodity in this island.

      Education never progressed one to be wise yet you stupid Tamil/Sinhalese pride yourselves to be highly educated.

      I never understood you people and will never.

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    Vladimir Putin Calls John Kerry A Liar Over Comments On Syrian Opposition

    Well, Well, there is so much Bull Shit and Lying Shit Flying around.

    Citizen’s be prepared to duck to avoid this shit.

    MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al-Qaida was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country’s civil war.

    Speaking to his human rights council, Putin recalled watching a congressional debate where Kerry was asked about al-Qaida. Putin said he had denied that it was operating in Syria, even though he was aware of the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra group.

    Putin said: “This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans) and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad.”

    It was unclear exactly what Putin was referencing, but Kerry was asked Tuesday while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee if the Syrian opposition had become more infiltrated by al-Qaida.

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    75,000 Killed in the last week.

    This sounds unadulterated Bull Shit of Eric Ellis.

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      I agree. According to MRP nobody died in the war. Please believe him. He is a Sri Lankan. Sri Lankans don’t lie. How can people die when SL soldiers were not carrying any gun but books.

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    This is Bull Shit indeed.

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    In USA all the secretaries are “UN ELECTED”. UNP introduced the US style President system long ago. I think the author still live in the colonial days.

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      U bloody pottu amman ahambadi nutter shut up, go on live in Canada. if u want lick malay rajapakse dumps..go on don’t start tamil bashing u coward…

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        J.muthu

        “if u want lick malay rajapakse dumps.”

        Are you sure MR clan is Malayali descendants? My sources tell me his ancestors came from Telungu Desam about 400 years ago.

        Senguttuvan knows inside out of about all these politicians.

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          Senguttoven is a buddy of the apologetic Vaaiko too.

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          veddha,malay and malayalee are two different peoples.Malays are in indonesia and malayalees are in kerala.

          mahinda’s ancestors are malays brought by the dutch from indonesia to work in the tobacco plantations in hambantota,according to dushy ranetunge.Indonesia was a dutch colony and we were also ruled by the dutch before the british.

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        You are a smuggler and now your business is over. Better do something else instead of barking!

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      Mokan these things re beyond you. Don’t break your head over these things. The educated ones will handle this. Not every body can do everything you know. Just concentrate on your cleaning job.

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    Amarasiri,

    Isn’t it cool that Putin is back so that even Uncle Sam can’t come peddle their Bull Shit?

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    Lasantha Pethigoda,Softy

    Pls ask your cousin to bring a few Australian newspapers ,read them very well and best decide if Australian journos or any other are one sided.For them there is no fear of life or wife,need or threat either other than tell the story as it is.
    Even in India,Bangla,Pakistan and Maldives journos are proud to bring out the truth to the people.
    Softy,
    We have all seen an increasing attention on Sri Lanka by world media,journalists since 2009 due unverified killings in North and now South as bogus commissions/inquiries start, as impunity increases (Chandra pushpa or dig not sentenced yet,kudu duminda is free etc)democracy erodes daily (18 A,CJ and so many others) gota and family stay on more ,the searchlight becomes more focused.
    Finally,look at history and see where Rwanda is-Welcome back to International Relations and trade due its helping UN with war crimes,look at Uganda,Belarus,Sudan,Iran-a few pariah nations left,Myanmmar realized all this and bailed out whilst Sri Lanka seeks Myanmmar route of 30 years ago.
    So,yes more journalists world wide will want to tell the story of what happened to us.

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    Lasantha Pethigoda,The only one sided rajapakse love article by Australian journo Greg Shepard of the Australian I did read recently…and he and wife had to be flown down in first class,paid to write !!,gifts given,the works.
    Rajapakse Lanka is in such a bad way now that’s the only way an article will be written pro-rajapakse govt

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    Hi there- at the hospial this morning,registering for my apointment the woman’s final question was-

    And from where are you?
    I said – From Sr Lanka.
    She said- And where is THAT ?

    My head was full of CT comments,was planning to get home to read the latest ‘come back’ from writers and see what I can say.!

    I said -its a country below India,she looked surprised, and I walked out thinking ‘who am I ?
    Does it matter ?

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      hannah.rajaratnam

      “I walked out thinking ‘who am I ?”

      You are another stupid Tamil.

      Does it matter ?

      The appropriate question you should have asked yourself is do I think? If the correct answer is no you don’t, then you don’t exist. Since you don’t exist it does not matter.

      Short answer is no it does not matter.

      I think therefore I am (Cogito ergo sum).
      René Descartes

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        You are confused and trying to confuse everybody now. Just keep to simple things for the time being

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          Lanka Liar

          For me that was simple thing, is it difficult for you?

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        Else, “Incongnito, iringo summa”.

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          Navel Bijja

          State of Summa Irrungo (Mauna Swamigal 16th Century, Thayumanavar, Yogar Swamigal) is a very difficult one to achieve. Tell me how to go about attaining such a blissful state of living.

          Who is going to feed me and my family?

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    What the heck is this “Global Mail” anyway? Seems to be another one of those 2 bit ‘news’ sites with grandiose names that have been springing up like mushrooms.

    It has a stunningly awful Alexa ranking of 175,498 (compared to say CT’s 79,305), and most of their hits seem to come from people making typos in Google or searching for mail tracking. LOL :-)

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      “Global Mail” is a news paper from Canada published in English. Hope you know it now. Cant go more simpler than this

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        LMAO! That’s “The Globe and Mail”, genius :-)

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        Idiot!
        Canadian paper is “GLOBE AND MAIL” and not Global mail. In that paper Sarath Fonseka said Tamils are second class but your Tamil TNA asked the Tamils to vote for the same Fonseka!

        Go to any night school to enrich your brain!

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      why did not you ask from your other lee potter guys????.

      or better ask from Kudu Mervin, Kudu Dumiya, Narawal the synthetic lowyer,

      oh I forgot, ask from malinda S, Raja pal, OR that Kangaroo guy Bandula.

      ALL OF them are SHADBHASHA PARMESHWARS, DOCTERATE holders.

      They Know every thing, because they are like you Shameless guys ,
      Washing Dirty Linens and Undies of Rajapassa and Clan.

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    Native Veddah-

    Mind ur language and cut the crap out.By your stupid words you have shown what a modaya you are.

    Ho Ho! so you do understand some english and what were the last 2 lines.? Another ‘kathava’ in native Veddah’s vulgar language.

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      hannah.rajaratnam

      Please google “I think therefore I am (Cogito ergo sum)” to find whether this is Native Vedda’s vulger language or something else which you never heard before in your entire life.

      What a waste.

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    So that got you and you came back,pretty quick.

    Good.You have made yourself a bigger fool by trying to teach others to ‘google search’.!
    From whose neck of the woods are you sending your poisoned arrows?
    Pompous —-?
    Dictionary- which one?.
    Sri Lanka has printed a new version.

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      What do you mean in your pompous question, are you sleep walking?

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    This is bullshit allright because the troops were carrying human rights charter in one hand and uzi submachine gun in the other.

    In fact they read out the human rights charter fully to Issaipriya before they raped and killed her.Balachandran of course was too small to understand what was being read out before he was shot.However he did nod his head whenever he was asked whether he understood the charter.

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