18 April, 2021

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Sri Lanka & The Gotabaya Executive May Be In For A Rough Ride; Biden Presidency Initiates Significant Policy Shifts

By Kumar David

Prof. Kuma David

The changes in both domestic and foreign policy initiated by the Biden Administration are quite significant. On the domestic side changes include a sharp turn in economic strategy, an energetic intervention in dealing with the pandemic, a more plural approach to race relations, positive environmentalism and rethinking border controls. I can touch only on the first today. The effect of American economic policy on Sri Lanka will be felt through the appreciation of the dollar against LKR and the possible upward movement of global interest rates both of which are bad news for a country mired in foreign debt. The determination of the US administration to chart a sharply different economic strategy from that of the last four years, and given the importance of the dollar and the size of the US economy, this will have sizable effect on the rest of the world. I will spend a few paragraphs on this before turning to human-rights issues which are more likely to impact us directly.

It is likely that there will be an upturn in the US, Chinese and global economies in the next two quarters as the worst of the pandemic passes – fingers crossed since the devastation that covid-variants may inflict on the world is still a known unknown. The $1.9 trillion covid relief, unemployment support and handout package that Biden forced through Congress last week comes atop $2.7 trillion injected into the economy for covid relief since the start of the pandemic and Obama’s stimulus package of 2009 which finally grew to $830 billion by 2019.  American Federal debt has risen to about $25 trillion; this is separate from Quantitative Easing whereby the Federal Reserve (FED) bought corporate and government bonds to stimulate the economy after the 2008-9 Great Recession. It is difficult to estimate how much of this still remains on the FED’s balance sheet but I estimate that at its peak the FED had doled out about $5 trillion.

Indications at the moment are that most economies have weathered the pandemic-induced dip with varying degrees of damage and that the next 12 to 18 months will be a period of modest recovery. The US, China and India – I am not too confident of the EU and Russia – will experience a return to pre-pandemic growth, at least for a while; others like Sri Lanka may be less fortunate for reasons I will discuss anon. The relevance of this to today’s column is how this could impact on the Sri Lankan Double-Paksa led state? Usually a universal upturn will benefit all players in the global market and Sri Lanka should see some increase in demand for its products but there are also three downside factors. The consequences of a very likely rise in world interest rates and appreciation of the dollar, the American led onslaught on human-rights violators and the anti-BJP backlash in Tamil Nadu. The consequences of the first of these is of course directly economic, the second and third will have political consequences with economic spill over.

Although a school known as Modern Monetary theory (MMT) thinks otherwise, it is impossible to avoid inflation if there is endless money creation. The response of central banks to inflation is to raise interest rates. True enough the FED has for a long time aimed at an average inflation rate of 2% but it has doggedly remained much lower – in fact US inflation has remained below 4% for the last 30 years despite the US Federal debt increasing from $3 trillion to $25 trillion. Now in the context of the current bout of planned expenditure the FED hopes inflation will climb from very low values to 2.4%, enabling it to raise interest rates to above 3% sometime in 2022. This would help stabilise US monetary policy but spells bad news for heavily indebted countries like Sri Lanka. Inflation has a knock on effect on interest rates and bond yields. Without getting technical about it we can expect our debt servicing costs – Lanka will need to keep borrowing to meet its current account deficits and take new loans to service repayment and interest on existing debt – to become more onerous in the coming years as a consequence of America, China and other rich countries pouring funds into new domestic programmes. There is now talk of a new $3 trillion infrastructure programme being steered through Congress by Team Biden before the 2022 Congress elections at which the Republicans are expected to recapture some ground. Team Double-Paksa will have no option but to offer its bum to China in exchange for further loans if it is not to default on debt servicing; a new 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) swap-deal was signed a few days. The rupee briefly crossed the 200 to a US$ mark on 17 March and is at 199 at this time of writing. It will drift beyond 200 as the bludgeoning in Geneva seeps into the calculations of market players.

The post-Geneva wasteland 

There has been a profound shift of foreign policy from Trump’s idiosyncratic and droll circus. The obvious change is a much greater emphasis on human rights as the Double-Paksas are learning to their cost. The UNHRC resolution calls for enhanced monitoring of Sri Lanka’s progress in reconciliation and accountability. Since the government will do damn-all the oral update to the Council at its forty-eighth session and written update at its forty-ninth session will be negative (unless you believe that leopards can change their spots and tigers their stripes). A comprehensive report is to be presented at the fifty-first including recommendations for action. There are three Regular Sessions per year in March, June and September. Funding of $3 million for the Commissioner’s Office for this part of the work has been promised by Australia and others and monitoring will commence immediately. The Resolution had over 40 cosponsors and there may be long term impact on trade and restrictions may be imposed on alleged miscreants.

Seeking New Employment: (Confidential References from Michelle Bachelet, c/o UNHRC, Geneva)

The Biden Administration is going out on a limb to show that it is different from Trumps insane interlude. This is partly for domestic consumption and partly to correct damage that Trump did to American interests around the world. His love affair with North Korea’s Kim reduced the mighty US into a caricature; America wants NATO as much as NATO needs America and Bidden now has a salvage operation on his plate both on NATO and environmentalism. These should be doable but what may be more difficult to salvage is the Iran Nuclear Deal. Iran has made further progress towards a bomb since Trump scuttled the agreement which it obviously will not be willing to reverse. The US for its part is demanding new concessions before it lifts sanctions. Most likely over time individual countries will overlook the American stand and do business with Iran as suits their own interests.

A tougher human rights regimen will be prominent. Sri Lanka will not have an easy ride with Asian countries including those who abstained in Geneva (India, Japan, Indonesia and Nepal) or for that matter those who voted in its favour such as Pakistan and the Philippines. No one will overtly assist the Sri Lankan state to defy or undercut the stipulations of the Resolution. The country seems to be sailing into uncharted waters and the horizon looks gloomy. Worst of all the Captain is an inexperienced novice and the older and shrewder First Officer is keeping out sight except for a short holiday in Bangladesh – a successful one!

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Alaska: “There are a number of areas where we are fundamentally at odds, including China’s actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Tibet and Taiwan . . .” America may take limited action against China over its “genocidal campaign” against Uighur Muslims. China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi reacted strongly, warning the US against meddling in its “internal affairs” and challenging its own rights record using the Black Lives Matter as an example. The Chinese unfortunately picked a very bad example because the massive BLM movement drawing in whites, blacks and Hispanics is a demonstration of the strength not the weakness of a more open society. The attack on Putin too is focussed on issues of democratic rights and attempts to murder opposition leaders. Therefore to return to my starting point, given the turn of the Biden administration to rights issues as its foreign policy plank, Gotabaya would be wise to learn three Singaporean principles enunciated by two Prime Ministers, Lee Kwan Yu and Lee Hsien Loong.

* Always put Singapore’s interests first and make it clear to the big powers that Singapore has no intention of meddling or taking sides in geopolitical manoeuvres.

* Ensure that the Government of Singapore functions within the remit of Singaporean law and give no room for outsiders to allege that it curtails or violates the rule of law or its binding responsibilities.

* Maintain fairness between ethnic communities (Chinese, Malay and Tamil) so that rifts that open the door to outside interference are precluded.

The Sri Lankan government is not free to do any of this because the economy is in near collapse and the possibility of default on foreign debt makes it dependent on China. This undermines its ability to act as a free and independent agent. At home the regime is beholden to extremist nationalists and monks. The military is treated by the Executive as though it embodies the state. A military that has been brutalised in a civil war is unsafe. Last week I pleaded with international actors to assist the people to protect their freedoms. The mechanisms that the UNHRC has put in place to monitor the regime are admirable and will very helpful. I am confident that not even this neophyte Executive will spurn world opinion brazenly.

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    We’re already feeling the effects of inflation, and there are shortages of all the spare-parts and baubles that were freely imported during the past few years.
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    Meanwhile, in my area, roads are being carpeted; roads on which a little concreting was done recently. It indicates no planning, but also that the “Double-Paskas” are getting the country ready for Provincial Council Elections – which they may win with most people being fed only government views on the media.
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    The Biden Administration and the UNHRC should try to ensure that it is the politicians who get punished and not the citizens of the country.

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      In the morning light, all this appears to have been inevitable, not what we longed for, but what we feared and warned against.
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      This kakistocracy has to be replaced by a way of life that emphasises civilised values, and what we used to regard as common decencies . Nobody need be extra intelligent or cunning.
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      Thanks, Professor Kumar David. I can’t understand all the economics, but let’s hope that some of your optimisms are realised.</b

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      I am sure you will agree with me when I say that we should address the problem and not the symptom’s of the problem. The problem as I see are the Sinhala Buddhist racists who are in the majority. If not this racist they will elect another,
      So these bums should bot walk free, as a result I understand others too will suffer including minorities, that’s being unfortunate for been born in Buddha’s cursed island.

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        Burt,
        As a descendant of a Dravida laborer brought to Sinhale by colonial rulers from Hindusthan if you find Sinhala Buddhist racists are a problem blame your elders who sought asylum in Sinhale when they were abandoned by colonial rulers who brought them instead of blaming Sinhalayo. Sinhalayo did not invite Demala people to their country. They helped people who got lost showing their Buddhist values. Didn’t your parents teach you to be grateful to people who helped?

        “The problem as I see are the Sinhala Buddhist racists who are in the majority.”

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          Eagle,
          “As a descendant of a Dravida laborer brought to Sinhale by colonial rulers from Hindusthan”
          Come now, take it easy, Eagle. You don’t have to be so hard on yourself. Your ancestors had no other choice. You could of course find out which Indian village they were chased out of. That might give you some closure.

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        CT
        Thank your team for encouraging such words of love and kindness?

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        Hello Burt
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        Go to Jaffna, climb up a telecommunications tower and look north . You will realise that you don’t have to suffer your bad karma of being born into this Buddha’s cursed island. Liberation is only 20 km boat ride away.

        Soma

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          soman

          “Liberation is only 20 km boat ride away.”

          If you believed so I intent to send bunch of you back to your ancestral land, Coromandel Coast or perhaps Eivira Pattinam.

          “You will realise that you don’t have to suffer your bad karma of being born into this Buddha’s cursed island.”

          Leave the Awakened one out of your stupid typing with bigoted messages. According to Prof Sudharshan Seneviratne it was “The curse of Kuveni”.

          How sad it is to see your generation has become pathetic, god for nothing, …………. racists.

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          Soma,
          It is not difficult to go from India to China or Pakistan for you all to enjoy the dictatorship thuggery Buddhism.

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        Indians are way better than Sinhalese and India is closer to Jaffna than Colombo.

        The problem is some people lack dignity and self respect. Sigh!

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        Burt: What do you mean by ” So these bums………..for been born in BUDDHA’s CURSED ISLAND”? Is it “BUDDHA’S CURSE” or BUDDHA’s BLESSED island?

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      soman

      Where are you?
      I got a few question for you, I expect some robust response from you.

      “I will not allow these countries to achieve their geopolitical needs by introducing separatism under the guise of power devolution. – President Rajapaksa respond to India’s statement “

      What options do Rajapakses have in preventing the separation of the country?
      Don’t forget , it was about 40 years ago Hindians helped Bengalies to establish their own Bangla Desam.

      Hindians prevented the separation of the country here in Sri Lanka. Unlike 40 years ago now the Americans are with Hindians. Pakistan committed genocide while America, China, Weeping widow …. were aiding and abetting their all weather friend.

      Are Gota and his goons going to fight the Hindians (Americans) on the beaches, on the landing grounds, in the fields and in the streets, in the hills; shall never surrender,…. ?

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        Native
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        “What options do Rajapakses have in preventing the separation of the country?”
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        I concede there is no option if Hindia is uncocerned of the eventual blood shed magnitude of which your Thalaivar could not hope for even in his wildest dreams. Or your political class calculated when they decided to destroy the Dalada tooth relic and instructed Thalaivar accordingly.
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        You will have your last laugh under a palmerra tree watching videos of dead bodies like you did during your glorious days in secret gatherings.
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        You guys have a sacred duty. Take your propaganda megaphone to the +50% Tamils living outside North East that Hindia is coming .

        Soma

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          Native
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          I am interested in one question. Will your political class coordinate the invasion from Colombo like they did last time or will they move to Chennai in time to set up headquarters? Sri Lanka holds a world record:
          /
          Thiagarajah Venugopal 10dec20
          “Only country in the world a bunch of MP’s lived amongst their enemies, studied with their enemies, owned businesses amongst their enemies, ask living spaces for some other foreigners in even my lands, conducted war and killed their enemies whilst they lived amongst the enemies, went around the world and told pokies about their enemies (I’m agentry) to by western life style too, during the war lived amongst the enemies and after the war refused to go home too their territories, and some some retire and come to Tamil territories and talk through their back side whilst I am washing toilets somewhere else????”
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          Soma

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            soman

            Do you know who Thiagarajah Venugopal is?

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          Neither Tamils nor Sinhalese will have any say on the matter of India intervention directly either militarily or otherwise, for the primary determinant of it will be how the present dispensation manages its affairs without endangering security of India’s southern frontier! There are lessons to be drawn from the recent Ladakh incident in which China was forced to back off, this coupled with Quad shaping up to be a strategic alliance in the Indo Pacific region akin to NATO, only proves the point that India has abandoned the backfoot passive diplomacy as a tool to manage the security of its frontiers. Politically Tamils would stand to benefit from such an intervention, in the backdrop of the Sinhala polity not willing to settle the issue from within.

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            Art
            “…Sinhala polity not willing to settle the issue from within.”
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            Not possible as long as majority of Tamils (Tamil speaking people) consider Sinhala Buddhist environment is superior to their own.
            Your challenge is to convince a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY presently living OUTSIDE North East otherwise.
            Nothing terrifies a Tamil than the thought of living in a Tamil only enclave.
            A massive propaganda effort on your part is needed to correct this attitude. Encourage TNA to take the lead. Go from house to house. Worth the trouble.

            Soma

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              You have a point, but it is not insurmountable an issue as you make it out to be, and here is why! Once the issue is ‘settled’ politically, North East demilitarised and as normalcy returns, even those with scared memories of war time atrocities will need no inducement to return to their places of origin. In such a scenario, investments from Tamil diaspora would start to pour into the NE creating more employment opportunities and will have a positive knock-on effect on economic activities in the rest of the island, which will benefit the Sinhalese brethren. The attraction of living in Colombo will dissipate further, though will not vanish entirely, when Palaly airport is developed to bring in International flights not just from India!

              It is obvious you say it with a light heart and tongue in cheek, but it is not true that Tamils consider Sinhala Buddhist environment being superior to their own, but they certainly do not consider living in their own environment anyway inferior!

              So, do not lose sleep over this being a stumbling block in reaching a political settlement!

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                Excuse my typo in the second sentence that should read as ‘scarred memories’..

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                Ari
                Not a single Tamil family will move unless agreement is reached in concurance with the political solution and the Tamils living outside are informed in advance.
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                If TNA can pursuade the Tamils to move now that will expedite the political solution.
                Even I will strongly support.
                In fact that will demonstrate to the world Tamils are really suffering under the Sinhalese and force the solution.
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                Muslims in India did not move to Pakistan after partition was settled after mayhem and blood shed. Even today they prefer to live in India. I have met Indians who blames Gandhi for this.

                Soma

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                  soman

                  “Not a single Tamil family will move unless agreement is reached in concurance with the political solution and the Tamils living outside are informed in advance.”

                  If they don’t move out they will become Sinhala/Buddhists and convert to Sinhala/Buddhism, and they will beat you with their new found identity, just like you, Wimal, Udhaya, Weerasekera, Dutta Gamani, …………….. and all those competitive bigoted racists have been doing for the past 100 years.

                  “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -”
                  ― Heraclitus

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      Dear Sensitive Readers,
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      They wihtin SL have intrepreted it – UNHRC failed to bring that UN resolution, just twisting their mathematics. Once known as BORALUGODA sinhaya, foreign minister of incumbent GOSL has fallen to all depths being unable to do his job well. But he has been pleasing the gallery on and on, further explaining that was a victory to SRILANKA. See, the buggers et al how they behave yet today after a few days passed since it was set to air.
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      But powerful EU countries interpret it as we taught a lession to SRILANKA led by Alpha People – Rajapakshes.
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      Simple question from their side is, if GOSL is that powerful why not they go for CRIME investigations as they repeatedly promised. Previous govt did manage it to the top also letting the re store of GSP plus and other pacts that were then imposed against the srilanka. However, UNP led govt was then attacked, as if they worked for the agendas of US and EU. TOday, instead, CRIMINALS born to Medamulana den, do them all in public, but with the backing of PUNNAKU drinkers dominated rural srilanka. Anyways, how far they can fool the very same gallery is the question. I dont think it will be that long.

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      That cannot be done unfortunately.

      Look what happened in 1983. Soon after the riot about 200,000 Tamils went to western countries as refugees and sent money to SL because the economy in the areas where their relatives lived had collapsed due to war, army not allowing them to go fishing and farming, etc. SL got foreign currency. (The unofficial channels do not matter. Ultimately SL got foreign currency.) Otherwise the US$ would have become Rs. 1,000 during the war.

      Very similar to what happened in Germany after WW2. The Nazis got away with an estimated $80 billion (at that time) of the loot.

      Same thing in Turkey 1920s.

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      Let us recap the development since Barbarians are back to power
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1) 20A was passed with 2/3 parliamentary mandate so that nothing is left but to rely on presidential actions
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2)Taxes were removed from some items reducing all the avenues for state revenues, only because they thought they have to repay their supporters. That way, they reduced the tax for sugar purchace by 99.50% fullfiling the pledges made to their election campaigners.
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3) Got exonerated all the high crime investigations pleasing their henchmen,
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4)Real people’s fighters such as MP Ranjan Ramanayaka is jailed for not for good reasons, but leaving real criminals let be roaming in the city, if REAL JUSTICE would have worked, Mahinda Rajapakshe, Gotabaya, Basil, Namal and Shiranthi should long have been jailed with longer jail sessions for all the high crimes they deliberately committed
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5)Sand permit and other illegal permits released for their henchmen, forgetting the size of the damage they deliberately make to this country.
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6)Entire world gave the OIL PRICE concessions to their people, but criminals led by SLGO did not give a cent even if CRUDE oil price became lower as no times in the past. They then criiticised OIL FORMULA but in today s context, SRILANKAN biased media never uttered a single word against mafia men


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      Sinhala_Man: Your “Wish” is that politicians get punished, but not the citizens of the country. I too “Wish” so, but in reality that is what is not going to happen. These “Politician” humbugs always do “ESCAPE” leaving the citizens to suffer. A good example is the “Debt Load” that the politicians (of all shades) have “Imposed” upon the people, who are as of date, I believe “Owing” to the tune of around Rs. 400000.00 to 600000.00 per person. One more thing, I would like you to address is: It is not “Biden” or as a matter of fact, any President of USA who “DECIDES” what must happen in the world. It is “CIA”. It has already in place an organization called “Path Finder” – in S/L, an “NGO” which is a “LIMB” of another USA “Force” called “Heritage Foundation”. This “Path Finder” in S/L is headed by a “USA” “Citizen” and his name is Milinda Moragoda. (Ref. “Wikileaks” of one time Ambassador Blake)) Please, try to study the “Involvements” of many others who are now in the “INNER CIRCLE” of the President, Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapakse. You are sure to be “Surprised” and “Bewildered” with what is going on in the country and to what level the “Citizens” would be “Punished” (for not the fault of theirs’). “Citizens” are definitely “Slated” to be “Punished”.

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      Please WATCH what some politicians have to say in today’s fall of system failures in the country today – under the leadership of CRIMINAL brothers.
      :
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yenBvOUJqn4

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        Dear LM,
        SLFP, NPP, and UNP representatives of the panel were mostly cohesive in their opinions about the incumbent GOSL! But had some differences in opinion on the root of issues.

        The experienced SLFP politician seemed to be off on many instances. The most off was his idea that a parliamentarian/MP doesn’t have the responsibility to represent the constituency which elected him/her but he/she is only to represent the entire country.

        Each MP has the responsibility to represent the best interests of his/her constituency in the formulation of national policies. National policies ought to factor in regional variations and nuances to ensure every constituency is served equally well.

        The show couldn’t find SJP representation for this panel! How can SJP pass on such an opportunity!?

        The NPP MP, Dr. Harini Amarasuriya, seemed to be clear on the key issues underlying the haphazard and perversive performance of the Gotabaya regime. Political immaturity and incompetence of much of the Parliament and the executive branch stemming from a lack of education and background in political science and nation governing! That’s a great point… We knew that. And we’re not surprised why the MPs education information won’t be made public.

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        Dear LLM: I am so glad and thankful to you for giving that link. I was watching this on the day and time it was aired. Immediately, that Kesaralal Gunsekera said: “The Cabinet System has failed”, I tried to contact the “Host”. Instead, someone answered and I told that person to tell the “Host” to ask this SLFP Kesaralal: “Is he recommending instead of a Cabinet, that authority must be given to an “Individual” and who will ultimately be the “Autonomous Authoritarian” to run the Governing Functions? This is what these “Pandits” are trying to do. Isn’t it an alarming situation? Shouldn’t the “Host” and other participants “CONFRONTED” that SLFP Kesaralal immediately. All of them “MISSED” that opportunity send that “MESSAGE” to the viewers in particular and the country in general. Thank you again for being aware to these “Dangers” and bringing it to the notice of the people.

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    “Biden Presidency Initiates Significant Policy Shifts”
    Really? How wonderful!
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    Let alone the offensive approach towards Russia (at a petty, personal level) and China, which are rather like Trump’s as are policy towards Venezuela and other left-of-centre governments in Latin America, Biden has resumed bombing in Iraq and Syria.
    I should admit though that Biden has a balanced approach to Russia and China: he is equally rotten to both.
    *
    Did Trump really deserve to go, if the option was the Biden that we see?

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      ‘Did Trump really deserve to go”
      Yes he did. He was a laughing stock and a disgrace to Americans.

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        Burt

        “Yes he did. He was a laughing stock and a disgrace to Americans.”

        SJ must have thought the long march in the USA was going to be from Capital to cities and rural areas.

        Never mind.

        “He was a laughing stock and a disgrace to Americans.”

        As far as SJ is concerned anyone opposed to American state in Maoist sense is a hero, never mind ensuing chaos.

        How people were treated by the dictatorship of the proletariat in Hong Kong was historical necessity, according to Red Book.

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        It’s Kamala Harris who has to be watched. Biden is a predictable old-school US politician, not an Obama.
        Harris is the de facto President.

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          Harris is the usual VP who follows the President’s lead, is consulted by him, and plays a secondary role….the right wingers have been trying to portray Biden as old and weak, implying Harris is in charge, which does not fly because Biden was able to have a comprehensive plan to control the pandemic (which cost half a million American lives due to Trump’s incompetence and indifference), has been successful in vaccinating soon to be 200 million people in a short time, reversed Trump’s disastrous and vindictive policies, and does not divide the country, and spread conspiracy theories. He will make mistakes for sure, but they will pale into insignificance, compared to the last disaster/wanna be dictator.

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            A
            Has any VP before KH made phone call to important heads of state without reference to the Prez?
            The pandemic seems to have mostly run its course in the US and Biden can have all the credit for overcoming it, because it will not outlast his presidency even under worst of circumstances.

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              You have no idea who VP Cheney is. It might be probably not in Wikipedia.

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              She has Biden’s blessing to do so:

              “Harris spent the bulk of her career as a prosecutor, rising to become California’s attorney general. While she served on the Intelligence Committee during her four years in the U.S. Senate, foreign affairs was not a major policy focus either during her time in Washington or her presidential campaign.

              Biden wants Harris to catch up and has urged her to engage with foreign leaders directly and develop her own rapport with key U.S. partners. Another, more strategic reason for the encouragement: as the heir apparent to the Democratic Party—especially if Biden, who is 78 years old, doesn’t run for re-election—Harris needs to bulk up her foreign policy expertise, and fast.”

              Unlike the previous failure, Biden has years of experience, and personal relationships with heads of other nations. He is gracious in showing her the way.

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              I came across an interesting observation that this is the first time the government is referred to by the name of the President and the Vice President (Biden-Harris administration). Earlier it was always the name of the President that was used except very close to a presidential election when the VP is making a bid and the President wishes chooses to back him.
              I am sure that there will be a good excuse available if a rational explanation is not.

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          old codger

          “Harris is the de facto President.”

          Please bear with me I find it difficult to decode your message.
          Are you implying/warning that because Kamala Harris’s Tamil heritage she is likely to help Tamil Diaspora to carve out their dream Eelam?
          Is it possible?

          I am worried about soman, Jester, N Perera, Kamal Gunaratne, Shavendra, Gota, Weerawansa, ………………………….. They are unable to keep their tongue under control.
          Recently I learned a Tamil proverb, here is it:
          “A fool’s tongue is long enough to cut his own throat.”
          நுணலும் தன் வாயால் கெடும்
          Frog brings ruin upon itself by croaking

          How appropriate the proverb is?

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            NV
            Why go that far. Nandikadal is closer.

            Soma

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              soman

              “Why go that far. Nandikadal is closer.”

              Now it appears you got more chances of experiencing (Kalyani) Kelani River of Blood and Tyre Pyre, stench …. fear, missing persons, green tigers, ……. given that former dead squad Colonel with two names is the president and killer in chief who is surrounded by crooks and goons.

              As the Sinhala/Buddhist racist Somawansa did, pack your bags and get ready anytime sooner you may be forced to leave, … the closest safe destination is Arichal Munai in Rameshwaram. All racists need the support of their mother country Hindia, especially the Sinhala/Buddhist converts.

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          OC,

          That isn’t exactly true. Harris doesn’t have a large support base of her own yet. The African Americans overwhelmingly rallied behind Biden and then the Democratic party establishment went along with Biden’s choice.

          There are mixed signals from Biden on whether he will contest in 2024. I think in order not to be seen as a lame-duck for the next 3 years, he will publicly entertain the thought of running again, although his age will work against him in reality. Harris has been given the difficult task of being responsible for the immigration issue at the Southern border. It is a very risky issue for anyone, more so for her. We have to wait another year to see how this all plays out, but it is highly inaccurate to call her the de facto president. She simply doesn’t have that kind of power or influence yet.

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          OC
          You have seen it coming.
          The three phone calls from KH to heads of state without reference to Biden (in whom Prof, David still has great faith) is a clear sign.
          KH is pretty much right wing and has fewer pretenses than Biden who wore a semi-social-democratic mask for the elections.

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        B
        Have a sense of humor.
        Trump did in absolute terms, but my question was in the context of what replaced his presidency.

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      SJ,

      Putin is someone who sends out KGB thugs with radioactive poison to kill his critics and political opponents, even in exile in the UK. So when a reporter mentioned Putin was a killer, Biden agreed. I don’t know why you make a big deal out of it.

      And on Xi, Biden said ‘he doesn’t have a democratic bone in his body.’ Not inaccurate when he makes the Democratic v. Autocratic distinction.

      Despite some assassinations by U.S. and allies like Israel under the counter-terrorism banner, Putin and Xi are entirely on a different level of killing people.

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        Agnos
        Had the head of state of Iran did something like what this not-so-smart President of thee USA did, it will be on headlines across all continents. How would you have reacted if our own head of state said something as daft?
        There is something call etiquette in the conduct of state affairs.
        It is not behaviour one expects of the President of the most powerful country. Did you see how effectively Putin made him look stupid?
        Biden reminds me of Reagan’s howlers, but Reagan had some charm and dignity even when he spoke of the ‘Evil Empire’.
        *
        Much of the charges of poisoning is based on stories which did not even consider or counter whatever the Russians had to say.
        Even the poisons claimed to have been used have not been ascertained properly.
        These are like the one about a Russian missile downing the Malaysian aircraft over Ukraine. The Malaysian government flatly rejected the verdict.
        *
        You have some memory of how the whole of the US and UK were lied to by the state and the media on a range of subjects to justify waging war?
        *
        In any event, is it for America to run the affairs Russia and China (and of course the rest of the world)?

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          Long gone are those days. Even Bolivia convincingly reversed a US backed coup. The Nicaraguans have beaten back the US backed regime change plot. Venezuela has rebuffed the ‘opposition’ and its fake president, whom the EU will not recognize but Biden does.
          *
          Kindly tell me what has changed in the foreign policy designed by Trump, but for bombing Iraq and Syria?
          Is it Donald Trump Thought that is guiding the US presidency?
          *
          Let us watch what happens over the next several months.

          Had the head of state of Iran done something like what this not-so-smart President of the USA did, it will be on headlines across all continents.
          There is something called etiquette in the conduct of state affairs.

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          SJ,
          “Did you see how effectively Putin made him look stupid?”

          No, he didn’t. Nobody takes what Putin says seriously, except some diehard Marxists like you and DJ ( he has been all over the map in ideology so it is hard to take him seriously even as a Marxist.)

          You can distrust the Western press all you want, but most people are intelligent enough to know when the press may be lying vs. telling the truth.

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            Agmos
            Have you read Putin’s response? It was too witty perhaps for the US media to give it publicity.
            Putin is not even a faded out Marxist and kindly avoid making spurious connections, personalizing issues and uncalled for comparisons of persons.
            It is not a sign of ability to confront reason with reason.
            *
            Was the public intelligent enough to recognize that that they were lied to on WMD and other lies relating to US aggression and war?
            I will concede that the media moguls are smarter than the whole population at least until they trip on an exposed lie and tumble.
            The public does eventually learn, but sadly, often too late.

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              SJ,
              In 1962, the US public was firmly convinced that the Russians were aggressors , for putting missiles in Cuba. It took 40 years for them to find out that US missiles were in Turkey first.

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                OC
                Thanks.
                Cuba needed a deterrent against US threats. But it was daft of Khrushchev to make Cuba vulnerable by planting Soviet missiles there. His retreat was a big let down of Cuba.
                Be on the watchout. You may get branded as the other communist on this site– few count Kumar David as one.

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                  S.J.
                  You can’t argue with the truth, especially when it comes from the Washington Post.

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        Agnos,
        .
        Srilanken Rajapakshe nepotists would emulate Putin’s sooner than later. Today s news bring the kind of infomation.
        :
        Look at the manner, how Nandasena let his men to purchase inappropriate medine, look at how does not mind his men importing -coconut crude oil/contaminated with cancerogens such as FUNGAL TOXINEs like Aflatoxin.

        The issue is really alarming one, leaving house wives in all anxities today not knowing whether or not to buy market available coconut oil.

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    eh ? Biden is already in for the rough ride if he can climb up to his plane without face planting.

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    “We are not afraid to face the impact of Geneva (resolution). It is possible not to succumb to it. We are a free country. We will not fall prey to the power struggle in the Indian Ocean,” – Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reportedly said addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the 16th “Gama Samaga Pilisandara” (Discussion with the Village) program held in Matara District on March 27.

    Is this just a toned down save-face declaration to the fan club?

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      “Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reportedly said”

      Biyanta kiyana kata. And the people saaid “Sadu, Sadu, Sadu”
      What did you expect from Sinhala Buddhist Idiots?

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        Burt, .
        .
        Do u think it would be different if spoke to srilanken muslims and Hindus? I dont see any difference over the decades..
        .
        But agree with u Rajapakshe barbarians reaped the harvest knowing people are stupidier. That is ver inhuman that proved again it is mlechcha Rajapakshes that are the cancer not fake monks and sinhala buddhism.Rajapakese twisted srilanka and buddhism for political survival. But wait the days very people stone them to death is not far from. 😎😎😎😎😎😎

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        Burt,
        “What did you expect from Sinhala Buddhist Idiots?”

        What did Demala idiots say? ‘Ado shut up we can’t understand what you say’.

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          For once you are right, Tamils would not take such balderdash kindly as the SBIs like thee.

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            Ari
            “Tamils would not take such balderdash kindly”
            What have the Tamils been doing for 45 years since the Vaddukoddai resolution?

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          That’s a new declaration. “Ado shut up we can’t understand what you say”.
          Others seem to understand your bursts. So what has happened all of a sudden.
          Is it a blockage of sorts suddenly. Hope it is temporary.
          Wish you well and hope you overcome this syndrome at the earliest, in earnest of your valued company and contributions.

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            M
            “Ado shut up we can’t understand what you say”
            I know that this space is not the ideal place for civilized discussion. But that is a little over the top.
            Could you kindly clarify who supposedly made this deplorable declaration and in what context.

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              CT
              Do the red thumbs signal that “Ado shut up etc. etc” should be the norm for CT?
              Not surprised after the rallying call for the use of four letter words by one and its endorsement by another.

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      All his bravado is let loose among frogs in the well like ignorant villagers and Buddhist monk(ee)s wearing blinders, who will never challenge anything he says.

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        Captain Morgan,
        Psychiatrists say it is good for those suffering from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’ to ridicule the person/s who defeated them and release the anger and frustration.

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          Well said EE.
          “Defeat-Syndrome’ to ridicule the person/s who defeated them and release the anger and frustration.”
          Have you recently had the opportunity to look at a full size mirror, or even a Bath Vanity mirror. It would have revealed the secret, that saying aptly, applies to one and All, without exception, Men, Women and Status, including self proclaimed Kings. Well done.
          What a sanctifying and revealing saying.

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          How much did you pay to get this advice? Any one on this forum would have given you this for free. Or are you an inpatient at Angoda that don’t pay for his treatment.

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            B
            How is this better than the alleged “Ado shut up…” outburst?

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      Sugandh,
      Some dumbos think UNHRC Resolution is like an atom bomb dropped on Sri Lanka.
      This UNHRC Resolution is nothing compared to the pressure those guys exerted on Rajapakshes to stop the military operation against Tamil terrorists and allow LTTE carders to surrender, not to Sri Lanka Army but to another organization so that they can rescue Prabhakaran and the top guys in LTTE but Rajapakshes did not bow down to that pressure and eliminated them. In order to punish Rajapakshes for not obeying their orders, they cooked up war crimes charges but failed because there are no credible evidences to support those charges. Only evidences they have are those cooked up by Tamil Diaspora. Same thing will happen with human rights violation charges.

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        Dear EE,
        GOSL did act in desperation, ultimately making fools of themselves beginning right from when UNHRC High Commissioner’s report was provided to them in confidence. GOSL sure did react as if an atom bomb was about to be dropped.

        Such desperation, defiance and refusal on the part of the Rajapaksas against accountability is very telling.

        You’ve essentially claimed here that you have taken a firsthand look at all the evidence that the UNHRC has to date, and all that is evidence cooked up by the Tamil diaspora! Quite the stretch… but nothing unusual.

        There are many who appreciate your misinformation and deception but don’t delude yourself that even the folks appreciating your misinformation actually believe it.

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      It is still bluster, and it will only tone down when it is time to stretch out our hands for aid/loans.

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        Dear Ashan, these dictator types living off the blood of the citizens usually let the citizens do all the bleeding. But I am not holding out hope for a people’s revolution!

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    Dr.David, Stating the obvious like trade sanctions, financial restrictions etc. will not change the arrogant attitudes of leaders who are ignorant of what could happen like at Nuremberg judgments against Hitler type Aryan racial purity and murders that followed. World war 2 had consequences of suicides while our leaders are only used to running away, this time into the very arms of their “enemies” Please give them some practical, ground realities to work with and avoid a Nuremburg trial. Learn at least watching the film. Citizens of Sri Lanka will be dragged in to pay the price due to leaders malfunctions and actions.

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    Ultimately Tamils are always forced to pay for all economic disasters of SL!

    1953 rice crisis ended up with massive Tamil bashing in 1956
    1970s economic disaster ended up with open economy celebration riots in August 1977
    1980 mass strikes due to poor economy end up with burning of Jaffna library
    1982 currency crisis ended up with July 1983
    2004 tsunami ended up with denying foreign aid to Tamils and war defeat for Tamils

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      GATAM,
      “Ultimately Tamils are always forced to pay for all economic disasters of SL!”
      —-
      You are wrong. It is Sinhalayo who pay for all the disasters brought by Tamils to this country.
      Sinhalayo paid:
      • For the military operation to eradicate Tamil terrorism.
      • To look after the Tamils who were kept as a human shield by LTTE.
      • To rehabilitate LTTE carders who surrendered.
      • To resettle IDPs.
      • To repair the buildings destroyed by LTTE.
      • To repair roads and railway track destroyed by LTTE.
      • Compensation to families of LTTE carders who are missing.
      • To operate Office of Missing Persons.
      • For reconciliation projects.
      —-
      Sinhalayo made a mistake by not asking Tamils to pay reparations to cover the costs involved with the military operation to defeat Tamil terrorists as they did after WWII.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “It is Sinhalayo who pay for all the disasters brought by Tamils to this country.”

        Don’t be stupid, Hindians paid for the tsunami disaster, for the war ended in 2009 and after, … post Easter disaster, between 1987 and 1991 they lost 1200 men, …. then made profits looting VP’s Eelam Bank, ………………….. .

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        EE,

        How foolish are the Sinhalayo to do so!

        I heard they also feed cobras in their villages. Is that true?

        What happened to the tsunami aid co-chairs gave SL specifically for the north and east? Ended up in a personal bank account of so and so, isn’t it?

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      “1953 rice crisis ended up with massive Tamil bashing in 1956”
      etc.
      The man is getting funnier and funnier!

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      Gatam,
      I am sorry that there are numerous inaccuracies, so much so that I refrain from individually correcting them. Fallacies cannot and will not counter Fallacies.

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        Hila,

        You are wrong. These are facts. Read history immediately preceding these events.

        Or you may wait and see the next round happening right in front of you!!

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    Kumar David spreading fake news or more examples of his ignorance. Most Americans have never heard of Sri Lanka let alone it featuring in foreign policy. Indians are tasked with dealing with small worthless nations like SL, Nepal, Bangladesh and Burma on behalf of the USA. Americans are big game hunters not fly fishermen.

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      Big game hunters when they fall on bad times will do worse than fly fishing. They may even scavenge for food.

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    A Well thought analysis Prof KD.. THANK U SO MUCH. It s sad to see NandaSeeni does nt seem to have good and competent advisers around him to help with his nasal rope yet. He proved once to be an ultra brutal man, so how can we expect him to produce the other way around through miracles. ????Srilanka s future is darker than appeared to be. 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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    You’ve summed it right Prof.! when you say “Team Double-Paksa will have no option but to offer its bum to China in exchange for further loans ….”. Since the west has accelerated the process of making Sri Lanka a hermit state in its own style, I fear that the minorities in Sri Lanka might receive the Sri Lankanized “Uighur” treatment. That is something I feel sad because I have been advocating for amity between Sri Lankan people. There could be more “development” projects in the North much to the displeasure if our neighbor. It must be stated that the LTTE performed massive ethnic cleansing operations in the North. The resulting destruction has caused the existence of vast areas of barren land. Perhaps would that prompt some “friend” of Sri Lanka to setup some high security space controlling ground station over there? Would ultimately Sri Lanka be a Special Administrative Region of some big power for all practical purposes? Long before that I may have to stop browsing CT for the safety of my life.

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      You may not be off the mark, India is already keeping a close watch on the goings in Sri Lanka in general and NE in particular and are keeping their powder dry!

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        It is more than a close watch. The limited staff in the mission here is operating wonderfully well using the most effective strategy, even in the south. But alas! They cannot bring in big money. If they could they would have done it many moons ago.

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    No sooner the UNHRC RESOLUTION in Geneva was adopted several Tamil Diaspora organisations operating in Europe, Canada and Australia have been banned in Srilanka!
    The Gazette notification has been signed by General Kamal Gunaratne/ Secy.Defence.
    The issue date,however, is 25th Feb: 2021, before the Resolution was adopted, and before the ides of March!
    So, it seems it is a case of Tat for Tit. and not vice versa.

    But the Economy will not lend itself for course-correction via the Gazette!
    In this case it would be the authentic Tit for Tat.

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      Plato,
      “No sooner the UNHRC RESOLUTION in Geneva was adopted several Tamil Diaspora organisations operating in Europe, Canada and Australia have been banned in Srilanka!”

      That is not enough.
      After UNHRC adopted the Resolution the Government should have rounded up all the Tamils who promoted separatism and charge for violating the 6th Amendment to the constitution which says:
      (1) No person shall, directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.
      (2) No political party or other association or organization shall have as one of its aims or objects the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka
      The punishments for these offences are removal of civic- rights and forfeiture of movable and immovable property.

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    Burt

    Actually , the Americans richly deserved having a clown like Trump at the helm as payback for the havoc they have unleashed on the World for over half a century . Now , they’ve got the next best option in office – an octogenarian .

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      Pundit

      “he Americans richly deserved having a clown like Trump at the helm as payback for the havoc they have unleashed on the World for over half a century”

      Of course they did.
      You sound as though you believe in Karma.
      If you do please explain how Karma works in the global sense?

      Are you demanding the right to vote in the US Presidential election so that you too could vote for the person who is supposed to determine the fate of the world?

      Have you ever thought about your leaders’s achievement whom you imply less harmful in the past 100 years?

      Please explain to us as to why your leaders a better than the US ones.

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    SJ,

    Putin is someone who sends out KGB thugs with radioactive poison to kill his critics and political opponents, even in exile in the UK. So when a reporter mentioned Putin was a killer, Biden agreed. I don’t know why you make a big deal out of it.

    And on Xi, Biden said ‘he doesn’t have a democratic bone in his body.’ Not inaccurate when he makes the Democratic v. Autocratic distinction.

    Despite some assassinations by U.S. and allies like Israel under the counter-terrorism banner, Putin and Xi are entirely on a different level of killing people.

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      Agnos,
      Whether reporter asked “If Putin is killer” or president Biden said “yes I think so ” doesn’t change the fact Putin ordered many of his opponents be and many Media personal be killed. Those who swim on the floor of Mariana Trench in order to service a war criminal government, who is accused by UN, UNHRC, never has felt the real Sun light to see the reality of the events.

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    Because of this UNHRC resolution, support for Gota will increase significantly. The average voter will see it as another attempt to divide the country. Yesterday, a commenter on Al-Jazeera was saying sanctions have never worked to achieve regime change. That is the most powerful tool the UN has since they cannot declare war. Maybe the EU will put tariffs on the garment industry. However, once COVID eases, expect a massive increase in tourism, which will be very good for the country. On the diplomatic front, Sri Lanka did well to side with China, as Chinese power is growing.

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      It was economic sanctions that brought the Apartheid regime to its knees in South Africa! To say that sanctions have not hurt North Korea and Iran the way they have is to delude oneself. Even the most recent sanctions against Russia following their murderous adventures on the streets of London, have damaged their economy! One must be off one’s rocker to believe that tourists would flood to a country that is subject to economic sanctions, for starters holiday insurance would shoot up making it an uneconomic destination to travel.

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        Incorrect, not economic sanctions but the PEACEFUL mass uprising of Black Africans. Nelson Mandela won a Nobel Prize, while Suicide King and Sun God VP was executed in the amude. Hopefully you can see the difference. Russians love Putin. Iran and North Korea also stable. Al Jazeera commenter – an IAEA expert – said the world must accept North Korea as a nuclear power, rather than continuing with sanctions. Just like the Western countries will have to accept SL won the war, rather than pursue these useless inquiries from paid lobbyists.

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          Lester,
          Peaceful uprising in south africa?
          It was anything but peaceful.
          Mandela himself was thrown in prison for various terror attacks.

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            Refer to Stephen Zumes:

            “Against enormous odds, non-violent action proved to be a major factor
            in the downfall of apartheid in South Africa, and the establishment of a
            democratic black majority government, despite predictions that the transition
            could come only through a violent revolutionary cataclysm. This was largely
            the result of conditions working against a successful armed overthrow of the
            system, combined with the ability of the anti-apartheid opposition to take
            advantage of the system’s economic dependence on a cooperative black labour
            force.”

            Had the Africans decided to wear suicide vests and bra bombs, the outcome would have been very different.

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        Ari
        In November 1962, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 1761, a non-binding resolution establishing the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid and called for imposing economic and other sanctions on South Africa. All Western nations were unhappy with the call for sanctions and as a result boycotted the committee. They did everything to help South Africa withstand global pressure against apartheid.
        South Africa could not compete at Olympic Games from 1964 to 1988, as a part of the sporting boycott of South Africa. But Britain enabled Zola Budd a South African to run for Britain in the Olympic Games in 1984. (Budd returned to run for South Africa in1992.)
        *
        In Angola in the spring of 1988 the armed forces of apartheid South Africa and the US-backed mercenaries of Jonas Savimbi were defeated by the combined force of Cuban military, Angolan army, and liberation movements of South Africa and Namibia.
        Sanctions or no sanctions, the US and the apartheid regime played ball to the very end.
        The end of direct colonial rule in Africa made the apartheid regime unsustainable.
        and had adverse implications for the West. Sanctions were thus a home v. home match designed to salvage US and European investments in Africa.
        *
        Please read this;
        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/apr/10/margaret-thatcher-apartheid-mandela

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          You posted the essay with out reading. Your argument is not in the essay. Really sad!

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      Absolutely True.
      This was a calculated decision he took and he is not blind to what the richer western countries would do unlike Mahinda was in 2015. He is already mentioning this in his gams samaga pilisandara. If anything it will have the opposite effect the Tamils like KD is hoping for,

      The talking heads of Sri Lanka politics seem to think this was some huge issue. I feel it was a well-thought-out calculation. Gota is playing to the local audience not the international. He knows the west will never side with him no matter what he does so why not burn that bridge and act like he does not want to. He will certainly get more support from China. And you can see the pain a single word can do to commercial giants like H&M or Burburry . The west in my opinion miscalculated hugely . Their only real hope was to get a resoluton that the govt agrees too. Once they are at loggerheads they can no longer achieve anything without regime change.

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    It is true like outside of CT and inside CT commentators said that next near future will be the hardest time for Tamils as Double Paksa start to revenge and retaliate for resolution. They already showed on TN fishermen. This time India returned it, it seems. So it is not just they returned the fishermen to TN, but even declared that Pulastini didn’t run to India but died in their Sainthamaruthu home attack. Bravo, she is no longer the India planted spy, in the ISIS. They now declared a long list of Tamils as Tamil Tigers living in foreign soils. Last time they did it under UN Resolution 1373. Only India ratified it. So this time, it seems, they didn’t bother for that.

    “Team Double-Paksa will have no option but to offer its bum to China in exchange for further loans if it is not to default on debt servicing; “ Double Paksa pimps gave never of anything of them to anybody other than stealing from Tamil Sinhala Modayas. The Pimps gives Tamils and Sinhala Modayas back to China, with their foreign Bank Account numbers.

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    Amid crackdown where more than 90 protesters were shot dead by Myanmar junta, India and seven others participated in Myanmar victory military parade, They are Russia, China, Pakistan , Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. What are friends for ??? Please note this comment has nothing to do with recent resolution against Lanka.

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    Native, we truly are unique and blessed. We have such people who cannot see what is right in front but not only can see and figure answers, for those who are living thousand of miles further from us. They who failed to figure their own leaders over decades are able to pass judgement on some one within 100 days. (even Americans are yet to pass). But for unknown reason amid pandemic 70% of the people feel Biden has done a decent job in managing Covid. Those are people who think everyone is a terrorist including Gandhi, Mandela (you name it ), except Xi,Putin,Chavez and Mao. Arent we fortunate ?? . Allegedly, small countries has fought back regime changes orchestrated by the U.S and isn’t it the same claimed by Rajapaksas now.

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      chiv

      “But for unknown reason amid pandemic 70% of the people feel Biden has done a decent job in managing Covid. “

      Never mind the 70%, has Biden got the approval rating from SJ who believes Trump as a revolutionary who let the revolution from the Capital to the cities, to towns, to villages, to streets, to homes, …………… a typical Red Book cultural revolution, …. similar to the one the weeping widow tried to accomplish.

      People dream, Tamil Diaspora Dreams, Sinhala/Buddhists Dream, Crooks Dream, Racists Dream, Bigots Dream, ……………….. SJ too dares to dream, …..

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    OMG, this is really funny. After Thailand participated in Myanmar Victory/ Military parade, Thailand PM Prayuth Chan told his media, “we are preparing for massive exodus of refugees from Myanmar which we do not want but we will observe human rights”.

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    The UNHCR resolution, I do hope will limit NGR’s acts of revenge on those who voice he hates to listen. It is not right for certain citizens to languish in the Jails, while the real criminals are let out to enjoy their lives. The Government should provide answers to the questions raised at the earliest and should be factual. Why can not they release the professional qualifications of the President, PM & parliamentarians. When the time comes for the Provincial council or Parliamentary Elections, we the citizens make them declare their [+kith and kins] assets and educational achievements. Why can not the opposition Party[SJB] have shadow ministers for the important ministerial jobs–Education/Finance/Foreign / Home/ Defence/ Industry/Agriculture/Environment/ Race & religious relations.

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    Native, after participating in Myanmar victory parade, yesterday it was Thailand and today it is India’s turn to advocate human rights. Manipur has withdrawn the resolution which they had passed weeks ago stating ” no Myanmar refugees in Manipur state”. When will it be Lanka’s turn ??? You call it as my dream !. I guess Dinesh should tell U.N , Lanka too will readily accept Myanmar refugees (just the Buddhist) because we too are champions of human rights. ( humanitarian mission).

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      chiv

      My dream is to rearrange borders, a border-less world.
      No passport, no visa system, no border patrol, no people smuggling, ….. no bigotry over, race, religion, region, …………………….

      யாதும் ஊரே யாவரும் கேளிர்
      To us all towns are our own, everyone is our kin,

      By Sangam Poet Kaniyan Pungundranar
      Purananuru – 192
      Sangam age between 6th century BCE and 1st century CE.

      Translated by G.U.Pope, 1906

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    If anyone interested can read about a crime investigation ( just like hollywood script ) unfolding the Chinese method of business dealing. A local journalist in Malta, who was investigating corruption, was murdered in a car explosion in 2017. The investigation reveals how China had setup fake firms in HK to bribe the Malta politicians. Then backed by Malta’s government the investments by Shanghai Electric power was portrayed as component of Glory Road initiative to pour money into economic infrastructure in Central Asia and Europe. The investigation lead to resignation of Malta PM last year. The web further involves Montenegro and other small EU states.

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