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Staging A New Clash Of Civilizations: Trump’s Pivot To Asia To Make America Great Again

By Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake

Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake

This essay is dedicated to the victims of the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings staged in Sri Lanka and claimed by the Islamic State (ISIL), and also explores religious tensions being stoked by the Covid 19 narrative.

India’s capital New Delhi burned in the last week of February 2020 as US President Donald Trump pivoted to India. Visiting the world’s largest and increasingly tattered ‘democracy’, Trump sold among other things, over USD 3 billion worth of weaponry to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ‘partnership of the century’ between India and the US announced by Modi seemed designed to put China and its Belt and Road initiative (BRI), already besieged by the mysterious Novel Corona virus on notice.

During Mr. Trump’s two-day visit to India, 43 people were killed and many more injured as Hindu-Muslim riots rocked northeast New Delhi with protests against the Indian Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), widely perceived to be discriminatory to Muslims escalated. 

The week after Trump departed India, South Asia was hit by the Covid-19 bug. The Indian sub-continent lies between China and Iran, which were besieged months earlier by the coronavirus but had escaped the virus up to the time of Mr. Trump’s visit.  

Religious tensions in South Asia stoked by external parties?

The US president’s visit to India, come exactly a year after Hindu-Muslim tensions in India were stoked by mysterious external parties with the near-war between nuclear armed rivals, India and Pakistan, staged in Pulwama District, Jammu and Kashmir in February 2019, just before General Elections in India

Events in Pulwama stoked Hindu nationalism and ensured return of saffron tinted Narendra Modi, President Trump’s preferred partner and buddy, to power with a large majority. Tensions had been simmering since last October’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) came into effect amidst heightened national security consciousness in the Indian intelligence establishment that appears to be in thrall of the US military business industrial, intelligence complex, which has 800 military and ‘lily pad’ bases all over the world after events in Pulwama. 

Prashant Bhusan’s 12 questions on the Pulwama near-war raise questions about the role of external parties, outside South Asia, in staging this near-war[1]. Two months before passage of CAA in August 2019, Kashmir was stripped of its Special Status after revoking Article 370, and divided it into Buddhist Ladakh, Hindu Jammu and Muslim Kashmir with the state in virtual lock down for months.  

These acts by the saffron tinged Modi government was justified in the name of “national security” and in the aftermath of events in Pulwama at a time when Muslims within and outside India are increasingly constructed as a threat by many western intelligence agencies.  

Religious identity politics in South Asia is increasingly weaponized with narratives about Islamist terrorism being unleashed now against Buddhists and Hindus in a region of the world with long-standing and complex patterns of religious diversity and co-existence.

Two months after India and Pakistan teetered on the brink of war, mysterious Easter Sunday attacks were staged against sea-front Churches and luxury tourist hotels on April 21, 2019 in Buddhist dominated Sri Lanka., which were even more mysteriously claimed by the Islamic State (IS), while various intelligence experts claimed that ISIS planned to set up its Caliphate in the Eastern Province of strategically located  Sri Lanka where the coveted deep sea Indian Ocean port Trincomalee Habour is located[2]   

Saeed Naqvi, a well-known scholar and journalist based in Delhi, has termed Islamic terror, a “diplomatic asset”, while Sri Lanka’s Cardinal Malcom Ranjith noted that powerful nations sell arms after such attacks.

Days after the Easter Sunday carnage in Sri Lanka, post-election riots erupted in Indonesia, Asia’s third most populous country and the largest economy of Southeast Asia, after President Joko Widodo’s comprehensive election victory. Riots in Jakarta targeted ethnic minority, mainly Buddhist, Chinese in multi-religious, Muslim-majority Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, which burned for two nights.

Covid 19 and Religious Tension

More recently, as the Covid 19 narrative has unfolded a remarkably curious spread pattern has emerged in many countries in South and East Asia, with religious networks and conferences emerging as coronavirus dissemination networks and venues: Muslim and Christian minority religious communities appear to have been particularly targeted by Covid 19 narrative in South and East Asia. While in the US and EU the virus spread initially though celebrity networks, Hollywood stars, Ministers and heads of states and even Prince Charles with lots of media hype, in Asia, the Covid 19 narrative spread pattern seemed designed for other purposes – to elicit a backlash from religious majorities and to sow inter-religious conflict during a period of intense social and economic disruption and Corona virus fear and panic in Buddhist and Hindu majority countries in Asia – from Korea, to India and Sri Lanka. 

For instance, the Tablighi Jamaat event became India’s worst coronavirus vector in the first week of April 2020, when a brutal country-wide lockdown crippled the India economy was imposed by Prime Minister Modi with 4 hours-notice. Nearly a third of cases in India were linked to its New Delhi gathering[3].

Meanwhile in Sri Lanka after an economically destructive curfew was imposed on the urging and “advice” of the World Health Organization (WHO) also with 4 hours-notice, police said that they had arrested thousands, including many who were praying in a mosque, for violating a countrywide curfew imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus. Media attention also fell on a Switzerland-based Christian Pastor who conducted a service at the Philadelphia Church in Sri Lanka’s the Jaffna District.In South Korea, attention fell on new Christian church networks as vectors of Coronvirus when health officials confirmed more than 1,000 cases with about half those cases linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a group the government describes as a cult, prompting officials to test all 200,000 of its followers. Authorities linked another cluster of cases to a church in the southern city of Busan, and yet another to a group of Catholic pilgrims returning from Israel. The virus also infected a number of people at the Myeongseong megachurch in Seoul, which has 80,000 congregants. Curiously there have been few reports of Buddhist or Hindu religious gatherings spreading Covid 19.

Shifting Center of Global Power and how the Indian Ocean was Lost

Over the past decade the centre of world power and wealth has been quietly shifting away from Euro-America and the Trans-Atlantic, back to Asia and the Indian Ocean region led by the rise of China and other East and Southeast Asia countries. Thus in a sweeping diplomatic speech in August 2019 French President, Macron said “we are living the end of Western hegemony” in the world, in part as a result of Western “errors” over past centuries.

Asia has historically been the center of global wealth power and innovation except for the past three centuries of Western hegemony due to the rise of European maritime empires and the transfer of resources out of the global South to the Euro-American world. This great resource transfer from the global south to the global north continued in the post/colonial period of the post-war peace, as ‘development’ and ‘aid’ increasingly morphed into a form of ‘colonialism by other means’ in many parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America, now highly debt trapped. China then a developing country followed its own trajectory, succeeded in raising half a billion people out of poverty and benefited from globalization to become a global Superpower.

In response to the rise of China and its belt and road initiative the Indian Ocean has been re-constituted and re-named as the “Indo-Pacific” under a US initiative named the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) concept, ironically, without a murmur of protest from India and its military intelligence establishment at the re-naming of the Ocean that bears its name. India, after all is the only country in the world that shares the name of an ocean, a fact that testifies to its ancient civilizational clout and strategic location on global trade routes. The Indian Sub-Continent is at the Center of the Indian Ocean that touches Africa on the West and China and Australia on the east.

Also, in response to China’s silk road initiative, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which includes Pacific-rim countries, has been extending militarization of the Indian Ocean under its cooperative security relationships with its four Asia-Pacific Partners ‒ Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. France’s Macron recently stated that NATO was facing an “identity crisis”, for several reasons, also, as it moves into the Indian Ocean. 

The US and NATO need another base in the Indian Ocean since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled last year in February that the United Kingdom (UK) occupation of the Chagos Islands that houses the Diego Garcia military base– is illegal under international law and should be returned to the Chagossian people who were forcibly evicted to build the base in the 1960s. Anthropologist David Vine has termed Diego Garcia an “Island of Shame” in his book on the “Secret History of the U.S. Military Base”.

Asia, from Iran to China via India, has for most of human history led the world in economic, civilizational, and technological innovation and growth. Asia and the Indian Ocean region are now once again the world’s growth center as the US and its trans-Atlantic partners whose maritime empires declined after 300 years of flourishing continue to decline in global power and influence at this time. 

Hence, Donald Trump’s election slogan to “Make America Great Again” also by staging a ‘Clash of Civilizations’ among Asian religious communities, centered on so called IS terrorism, while promoting US weapons sales to boost the economy on the one hand, and de-globalization on the other, with the Corona virus being the latest spoke in the wheel of globalization that enabled China become the world’s number one Superpower, with its billion people, ancient history and lead in technology and innovation at this time.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a tour of Sri Lanka and India in January 2020, pointed out that the ‘free and open Indo Pacific’ idea is nothing but a strategy aimed at containing China. Meanwhile, India has been working on acquiring more bases in the Indian Ocean and signing base sharking agreements with France which loots Indian Ocean fisheries while EU demands 90 percent quotas of fish caught in the Indian Ocean, and never mind the impoverished artisanal fishers on Indian Ocean littoral states.

Attacking Cultural sites: Hybrid War with love from America

After the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in January 2020, Donald Trump threatened to attack “cultural sites” in Iran (ancient Persia with a remarkable cosmopolitan civilization and history), home to Zoroastrianism, and the regions from which the great world religions evolved– if Iran retaliated against US military personnel in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. 

In Sri Lanka, we are now familiar with how US ally, Saudi Arabia, funded Wahabi-Salafi organizations and a network of young Muslim youth for the Easter Sunday attacks on Cultural Sites like the iconic St. Anthony’s Church where people of all faiths, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and the occasional Muslim congregate. More than 250 people including 50 foreigners died that day.

Churches and luxury hotels were attacked in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, to destabilize the country – seemingly with the intention of enabling the government to sign the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) land-grab compact and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), that would enable US military boots on the ground in strategically located Sri Lanka which sits on top of major Indian Ocean trade and Undersea Data Cable routes (UDCs). The IS story may serve as an alibi to set up ‘lily pad” bases so that foreign troops may fight ISIL terrorists and protect Christians in multi-religious Sri Lanka, which has a Buddhist majority with a nationalist fringe.

Since the Easter Bombings that were mysteriously claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) project has been vehemently opposed by civil society groups and trade unions. Tony Cartalucci, of Global Research has traced how ISIS was set up by the CIA after the US invaded Iraq, toppled and disbanded Sadaam Hussein’s Sunni army with dual purposes: to effect regime change in Syria by toppling Russian-backed Assad, as well as, Shiaa Iran and expand a split among MENA Countries.

The Iranian General Solaimani was leading the fight against the ISIS in Iraq and the MENA region and was widely popular in both Iran and Iraq when he was killed in a US drone attack near Bagdad airport in Iraq in January 2020.

People of Lanka know that there was no reason for Muslims to attack Christians in Sri Lanka as both these communities have good relations being both minority religious groups in a Buddhist Hindu dominated country.

Weaponizing Religions: Cold War Redux:

The fact that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) set up and used Islamist groups in Central Asia and ran an operation with the Asia Foundation to use Buddhism against socialist and communist movements in Southeast Asian countries, like Thailand and Indonesia, was clearly revealed in Yale University historian, Eugene Ford’s path breaking book ‘Cold War Monks: Buddhism and America’s Secret Strategy in Southeast Asia”, published by Yale University Press in 2017. Burma and Sri Lanka were included in that project.

Strategic use of religions and targeting of cultural sites to divide, distract, colonize and set up military bases by weaponizing inter-religious relations to destabilize the complexly diverse and multicultural countries and economies of Asia, with ‘Hybrid maritime Warfare’ to sell arms appear to characterize the 2020 “Pivot to Asia”. The Pivot policy was first articulated during the Obama regime and was more ballyhoo then belligerent. 

There is a whole global and local social science research industry on inter-religious and ethnic relations with US and EU funds, with links to Cold War military think tanks like RAND Corporation, that hire anthropologists like Jonah Blank who authored ‘Mullahs on the Mainframe’ and ‘Arrow of the Blue skinned God’ to assist this process. 

After the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, Rand’s Blank claimed in Jakarta that the Islamic State (IS) was a “franchise” revealing its corporate model – like Burger King of Mac Donald’s of the golden arches?

As 2020 unfolds it is increasingly clear that religion/s are being weaponized in Asian countries, the Indian Ocean region and beyond by mysterious external parties and global forces that harness the IS narrative as at Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. 

While destabilizing and creating chaos in highly multicultural and multi-faith Asian countries, the weaponization of religions by external parties would interrupt the inexorable “Rise of Asia” predicted by world systems theorists like Emmanuel Wallestine, and help to “Make America Great Again”, also by selling weapons to boost the US economy, a major share of which is the military/business-intelligence/entertainment industrial complex.

Weaponization of religion by mysterious external parties appears to be aimed to prime the region for a new “Clash of Civilizations”; this time between Buddhists and Muslims – the major “great world religions” of Asian countries, and between Hindus and Muslims in India where Hindus are a majority.

Asia has a history of over 3,000 years, while the US ‘new world’ has a history and civilization of a mere 300 years, after destruction of original American peoples and their civilization. Perhaps, this is why Trump even threatened to attack Iran’s ancient cultural sites – a war crime under international law? 

Of course, Trump’s threat against Iran’s “cultural sites” made evident what is already standard practice in the CIA playbook on weaponizing religion and destroying multi-religious societies, to divide and rule, by attacking cultural sites, like St. Anthony’s Church, Mutwal, on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.

During fieldwork on multi-religion in Sri Lanka in 2018, when interviewing members of a Mosque near Kattankuddi we were informed that funds and competition from Saudi Arabia and Iran were one of the reasons for greater conservatism among Sri Lanka’s Muslim communities and women increasingly wearing the hijab.

The Turkish Embassy had warned Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry that they had information suggesting that 50 members of Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETO) whose leader, Fettulah Gulan is based in the US (and consider by Middle East intel. experts as a CIA sponsored Imam) were in Sri Lanka according to State Foreign Minister at the time Wasantha Senanayake. told the media that the Turkish Ambassador had followed up this warning on two occasions in 2017 and 2018 and he had faxed the relevant details to the Defence Ministry on two occasions.

As 2020 advances, the contours of the US Deep State’s military business industrial complex “Pivot to Asia” and the Indian Ocean region to “Make America Great Again” are becoming clearer:

1. Assassinating Iran’s General Soleimani (who was leading the fight against the Islamic State and ISIL), in Iraq in January; and new Coronavirus hitting Iran in February (for the recently affected MENA countries close to Iran, see aje.io/tmuur).

2. Economic and hybrid war, including suspected biological warfare against China while using minority religious networks to spread the Covid virus narrative and stoke inter-religious tension and conflict at a time of intense social and economic crisis. 

3. Weaponizing Hindu-Muslim tensions in India, after the Pulwama operation to re-elect Modi, and selling weapons to India.

4. All kinds of unusual garbage imported from Britain and forest fires burning after which US helicopters with their cute bamby buckets are deployed to douse the flames, and drugs floating in the Indian Ocean offshore in a new “Opium War” on Sri Lanka and South Asia?

5. In Somalia, the IS-linked Al Shabaab attack on Mogadishu, on the Indian Ocean coast of Africa, in January 2020, enabled the US to bring in troops. Meanwhile, Somali intelligence stated, there were external hands involved in the Mogadishu attack.

Despite the statement of Narendra Modi on the “partnership of the century” between US and India during Trump’s stormy visit to India, it is clear that India and its security establishment are being played by former colonial masters, particularly France and UK and their Trans Atlantics friends, which then as now pursue when necessary a divide-rule-and-loot ‘great game’ for the Indian Ocean region; ironically, just as India played its own neighbourhood to ‘divide & rule’ in South Asia during the Cold War years – when RAW and IB (Intelligence Bureau) set up the LTTE and other militant groups in Sri Lanka, while the US weaponized Islam and Buddhism against postcolonial socialist and communist movements’ attempts to nationalize national resources in West and Southeast Asia. 

Finally, it is clear that blowback from and against Donald Trump’s bellicose pivot to Asia, unlike the ballyhoo of Obama’s pivot east is inevitable. It would only hasten the decline and fall of the American empire despite its 800 military bases worldwide, and widen inequality in an already deeply divided country at this time unless the American people are able to dislodge the current occupants of the White House and more importantly roll back the Deep State and its military-business-intelligence –entertainment complex.

[1]Cf. Prashant Bushan’s 12 questions on Pulwama: greatgameindia.com/12-unanswered-questions-on-pulwama-attack/)

[2] Nilantha Illangamuwa Isis didn’t choose Sri lanka, but Sri Lankan Groups chose ISIS: RAND http://nilangamuwa.blogspot.com/2019/08/isis-didnt-choose-sri-lanka-but-sri.html

[3] by Akash Bisht & Sadiq Naqvi https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/tablighi-jamaat-event-india-worst-coronavirus-vector-200407052957511.html

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    Corona crime and Easter crime same culprits…

    Lanka is in lock down by US citizen first family though there are very few Corona cases to prevent memorials and protests against the fortress embassy on Galle Road.

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    Do not be fooled with modern architects of these barbaric attacks on innocent people.it is not political leaders who sacrifice their lives rather people..
    I think there are so many things go behind the scenes.
    You can only have assumption about these problems..
    Why all this killing.
    Only God know why people are beingi killed like this.
    World is a crazy place now

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    Darini, I am sure this essay will bring a lot of joy to few (deep state theorist, conspiracy experts, Don Stanley ,SJ) here in CT. As long Content of this essay is concerned , I will leave that to the experts to opine. The only observation I have is, being a Princeton product, and a visiting fellow of IDSA, India you still managed to give your opinion in respect to those countries without hindrance.

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      Chiv,
      You got the list wrong. Don Stanley, Shamil, Social scientist, and a few more ( not SJ ) are all manifestations of the same person. Sometimes they even praise each other. You see Chiv, a Princeton education doesn’t guarantee mental stability.

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        LAB
        You are being hard on C.
        It is not his mental stability that is the problem. He finds it hard to digest exposure of US imperialism, and sadly cannot contest any of the serious charges.
        Darini, although one need not agree with all or much of what she says, offers a different perspective that is seriously lacking in articles in CT on international events.
        It is strange that super patriots of the US who readily gulp any anti-China filth are unwilling to even consider the possibility that the US could be up to mischief.
        C should read a summary of Blum’s work on the long trail of political crime by the CIA despite the sleepless nights it may cause.

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    The writer has given an intricate, but realistic view of the situation Sri Lanka is in.
    There are wheels within wheel in this situation, and we are part of the plot to cause instability, and ethical tensions in many nations. The on going campaign against Muslims, and the policies of some governments to use the minority for their own political agendas, is obvious, in nations like India, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

    The only missing piece in this article is the involvement of Israel. Israel is India’s weapons supplier, and sells their deadly weapon to India. Israel also sells weapons, and advises Myanmar, who has been harshly condemned by the UN for the genocide of their minority Rohingya. Israel has also trained, and advised Sri Lanka, it’s troops, and trained the LTTE at the same time. Israel is part of the axis of evil together with the US, Saudi Arabia, and India. Where there is ethnic violence, wars, and tensions between nations, you will find Israel’s fingerprints on it. It helps them sell their weapons, and interfere in that nation. Israel and India have organized internet trolls, that promote hatred for the minority, all to stir the boiling pot, pitting one against the other. So every time we have the usual ethnic tensions here, or a terrible bomb blast, remember this could be a plan, by some evil players, with devious agendas, thousands of miles away.
    We should question the involvement of our politicians and businesses leaders in all this too.

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      NAVIN: There is a so-called CONSPIRACY THEORIST web site (voltaire network), A Frenchman or a Latin american writes and his articles show USA is in Latin america. Just after that who moves is Israel. Definitely Politicians and businesses are connected because they like wealth and acceptance by world bodies. there are no countries, may be singapore not affected, that are not affected by these programs. It looks Thailand and Indonesia are highly affected. This so-called HATRED is what they want and it is easy to manipulate civilians and there are some muslims who understand it while there are some fanatics in the name of the good and the religion they follow the people who govern them.

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        JD
        Are you so ignorant of what the US is up to in Latin America?
        The state in the the US is far more dangerous to humanity than any fanatical group.
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        Voltaire Network is rather subjective, but is it any more so than the NYT of the Economist?

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      Navin,

      US creating ethnic violence to sell their weapons is a myth. Sri Lanka, such a tiny country confronting its minority doesn’t need missiles, fighter jets and tanks; what is going to be the volume of their weapon sales? It is not worth half their research costs. They’re fooling Arab countries showing Israel and India showing China. US is after Arab countries for real money while India for regional power, because they know that India controlling the region means like they are controlling it. US despite supporting India, is also keeping a backup, Pakistan, which India doesn’t like but can’t help it as US is the boss. Rest of the countries in the region are powerless, not interested or won’t listen to US.

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        “They’re fooling Arab countries showing Israel and India showing China.”
        Do you suggest that Israel is something that the Arabs should embrace as one would reasonably expect India to be friendlier to China?

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    Chiv what bugging you ? What did hurt you most is your corosive thinking got blurred.
    You tongue screwed vultures is seen tamed when the Deep state theories are touched.
    You appear to be another $$ vulture mercenary groping around for the next meal and care two hoots only looking for the next meal at the expense of anyone.

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    Trump knows that India has extreme hunger and greed for becoming a leader, superpower in the region & feeling proud of self-proclaiming itself a rival of China when over a billion people still defecate outdoors, would go to any extreme to keep the US relations. So, he used the opportunity to sell this poor country 3 billion USD or more worth of arms plus many trade agreements favoring US.

    US thought they were the safest country on earth with all the advanced technologies and latest weapons protecting them, no one can even touch them, and they were the only ones closing their borders for others. How foolish, now only their own people and the world came of know their real capacity. Not even fraction of money US has spent on saving lives, compared to destroying the lives. Their own people are shocked to know US doesn’t have enough number of gloves and ventilators.

    In a way, when people suffer, excessively investing on weapons is also a corruption.

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      India has 1.3 billion people. But, it is not in the security council. Why ?. Some conspircacy theorists say, they want to use Punjabis to challenge the Hindu idendity (probably they did it already and lost).

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        JD
        The Security Council is the product of WW2.
        India is not a permanent member with power to veto.
        I think that you need a good night’s sleep. Please avoid writing after a nightmare.

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    Mrs. Senanayake. Very good article. I understand that in 1850, UK came to the peak. By 1950 they had to leave Asia as they did not have anything else to rob and they even stole many Invention ideas and one scientist published, one person alone, over 150 Patents. Long ago, India had electricity (difficult to believe).
    One great mistake by India is for 30 years or so, they allowed a Congress govt which destroyed India. India is very democratic. But Asian Democracy is being used for International-geopolitics and expansion of econo–politics as the way Roman Catholic Church spread. Another Thing i heard was, OBAMA was preparing to declare that multinational companies would be empowered or enacted to work as Trans-national States.
    Another thing is I listened to a TV program of Investigation a Journalism which said RAND corporation is the company that does top secret Research to the US Military and the Malaysian Jet that crashed to the Indian ocean or were made to crash, had FOUR TOP CHINESE SCIENTISTS WHO DUD RESEARCH ON COMPUTER CHIPS. They were preparing to present a paper on that in a chinese scientific conference. Other than, there were a total of 20 chinese computer nerds in that plane.
    I also believe this COVID-19 and world politics may have some ingenious planning in it even though it had been mercilessly screwed up, probably on purpose so all the drug addicted, poor, well ware recipients, are the recipients mostly minorities..
    I am pretty sure France, Germany (not only Italy and Spain) are not happy dudes.
    It looks you have a sophisticated and very inquisitive mind. You should have given the reference to that Saeed Naqui (scholar cum journalist) article.
    I noticed both Iran and Kochchikade church had historic significant buildings.

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    Ohh…by the time UK leaves Asia american Missionary church had taken over. In Mongolia, I suppose they were using the YAK high altitude living cattle as the COW in India. but, newly converted christians kill the YAK and eat. but, the old buddhists are mourning saying what do they do they kill and eat our sacred animal. (They almost finished the same thing in Srilanka too. but, the govt lasted only four and half years).
    In that sense, Indian Hindus should be very patient or they mistreat muslims and christians, i can understand it.

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      YAK was giving them every service including transport, milk and food I suppose but not meat.

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        Yak meat in Mongoloa
        Cattle as a whole supply 40 percent of the meat and 80 percent of the milk products. Yak provide a fifth of the meat from “cattle” and a third of the butter. Yak are an indispensable part of the animal husbandry in the high mountain regions where yak are used both for transport and for their productive capabilities.
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        This has nothing to do with Christianity.

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    Another thing you did not write is they try to, as those who cry out loud or mourn about conspiracies that %G technology and covid-19 are connected. the newest thing I saw was specific milimeter range radiation is covid-19 supporting.
    I think COVId-19 is moving still according to the plans.
    Another point, Sri lanka should question those muslims who visited Indonesia. Other than the QURAN what else they listened to, perhaps that Wahabi preachings in South India visited by some 33 Sri lankan muslims.
    So, Muslim settlements in Mannar are important as that gives good access to Indian shores.

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    Thonda One Too Many, I am really sorry for leaving your name out, because I did not think it is worth enough to add to any list. But then again thanks for paying such an enormous compliment.

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    https://www.voltairenet.org/article208720.html – nice article to read. If Sri Lankan are brave and determined, Covid -19 is a blessing disguise to do many changes.
    I here right now the Colombo air pollution is Zero because automobiles are not there. People say, politicians have imported cars enough to run another five years. Fossil fuel smoke means, Carcinogenic agents, Asthma and allergenic agents in air.
    Stop the automobile, Importing automobile fuel and automobile parts. That will save money which can be used to turn around the country.
    Definitely some politicians, NGOs supported by the Car importers will fight it back. Use saved money (even by increasing the insurance, fuel, parts) can be used to buy more trains and buses. Think about the environmental cost saved and the health cost (including accidents per day) saved.

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    READ THIS:
    The question regarding the origin of the Covid-19 was raised on 12 March in a tweet from Zhao Lijian (photo), spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. He was reacting to the hearing of Robert Ray Redfield Jr, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), held by the House Oversight and Reform Committee of the US House of Representatives. When pressed, Redfield let it slip out that the Covid-19 had been detected on corpses of American people who were believed to have died of a seasonal flu. Zhao Lijian logically wondered whether the virus had not first appeared in the United States. He called for more transparency, but went unheeded.
    On March 23, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Paris (not that of the Russian Federation) tweeted three questions to the US authorities:
    – “First, how many cases of COVID-19 were there among the 20,000 deaths from the flu which broke out last September? Didn’t the United States attempt to use the flu to conceal the emergence of the new coronavirus pneumonia?
    – The second concerns the surprise closing last July of the largest US biochemical weapons research center, the Fort Detrick base in Maryland [2]. After shutting down, a series of pneumonia or similar cases cropped up in the United States.
    – Third: why did several senior American officials sell off their shares before the stock market plunge, while at the same time assuring the American public that the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States was under control?”

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    This article has the the most asinine drivel I have ever read on CT!!

    Everything according to the writer is a dark, sinister CIA, Trump, Modi et al plot against everyone in Asia, India, Lanka and the general Third World. In this fantasy world fanatic Islamic crazies from ISIS work for Saudi Arabia and USA and the US is using biological warfare in China which leads to the current pandemic.

    Haha, I wish I could meet this writer in person. What crazed imagination. Here is one suggestion for the writer: why not claim that the 2004 Tsunami was engineered by Trump using plate tectonics theory from Deep State sympathizers so that it will eventually pave the way for his 2016 entry to the Presidential race? Also, why not darkly hint at a Covenant between Trump and aliens from say Aldebaran who have brought mind altering psychokinetics to influence American voters to win elections and that Gotaby has now received the same for use in Lanka? The drivel in this article is not a lot different from such a fantasy.

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      “The drivel in this article is not a lot different from such a fantasy.”
      Oh dear, the pot calling the kettle black!?
      Can’t you take a little competition Mr.Chamberpot?

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        OC
        Why are you putting JC on par with the author, whose views may not be acceptable to you, but raise important issues to consider?

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      So embarrassingly naive.

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    Buddhadasa, if so My Apologies.

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      C
      Do you mean B’s comment on your Princeton education?

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    Shifting Center of Global Power

    American built wall to stop Mexico coming to America
    Now. Mexico is building the wall to stop americans coming to mexico

    it is clear that blowback from and against Donald Trump’s Pivotal

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    After reading the article I have to agree with the comments of Jay Chambers. In military parlance this kind of writing is called situating the assessment – written to justify preconceived notions. The comment “3. Weaponizing Hindu-Muslim tensions in India, after the Pulwama operation to re-elect Modi, and selling weapons to India” is an insult to millions of Indians who voted overwhelmingly in a democratic election to elect Modi.

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      Situating the assessment – what is that ?
      Even goebbles made the world believe. so, how do you decide who is write ?
      I understood the same, MODI was in a difficult situation and he pulled a good one.

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      RH
      One seriously wonders about the wisdom of an electorate which elected a Hindu fascist prime minister.
      Modi’s campaign switched direction and concentrated on the Pulwama operation after the attack. When a bogus claim of a successful attack on terrorist camps was challenged, he resorted to ‘patriotic’ rhetoric rather than answer the charge. What a charlatan!

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    SJ, I never went to Princeton . But I well know it is not a mistake but a calculated insinuation of yours to antagonize B and me. Didnt I tell, Lankans never change regardless where they live. But as mentioned, I can see the sudden burst of enthusiasm in you, where you have come out with multiple comments (left , right and center) addressing each and every one. Buddy I am not a super patriot neither a Pseudo patriot. The simple fact is, I gained immensely by going abroad for which I will be ever so grateful. I got my education, freedom, knowledge,the right to express, all of which were denied by . As long education ,higher studies career opportunities and jobs are concerned in US , I could fulfill all my wishes with no hindrance what so ever. There was no such race, religion, color discrimination or political and other influences to deal with. This is not just true in my case alone but most foreign doctors, I know of including my friends who are living right now in US. Some of whom have gone far and beyond, to be recognized at international levels. There is nothing wrong in appreciating the goodness in others and showing some gratitude, which does not by any means, make me a blind follower. Right here you can see, where the writer is freely criticizing USA (which many do, including me ) which is unthinkable in our own motherland. To be honest, I truly understood the meaning of Democracy only after leaving the shit hole, until then what I was told was , nothing but a SHAM. (DEMOCRAZY, only in paper).

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      C
      You said “The only observation I have is, being a Princeton product,…” and LAB gave a befitting response.
      You also say “I never went to Princeton”
      So which do I believe?
      I am, not interested in anybody’s private life, least of all yours.
      *
      As for the paradise that the US is ask the Blacks, Latinos and the poor. I can tell you plenty more about the Paradise that you may not like to know.
      I am among many in this so-called ‘shit hole’ with no claims to patriotism, but just a sense of duty towards fellow beings.
      Having escaped the shit hole, why don’t you enjoy the fragrance of the Paradise and stop patronizing those who are used to the stench of the shit hole.
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      My grudge about US is that it has badly hurt very nearly every country in the Third World.
      Read Blum and Chomsky to know more.

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    “Wishing You All A happy and Bright New Year”. Though we are facing tough times right now , I sincerely hope for a faster recovery and a better future for all. Take care and be safe.

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    SJ, re- read the comment. Darini is a Princeton Product and a visiting fellow of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, India. (so B was addressing her and not me) . I did my higher education and post graduation in US and worked many years,(that too mostly with Blacks and Hispanics) before returning to India, where I completed my primary medical schooling (after discontinuing in Lanka). Hence I am back, to fulfill my commitment to the country which provided not just the necessary education or hope, but made “my dreams come true”. Trust me , I do vehemently oppose and disagree with certain US international policies, Clown Trump and Bush, jr policies , which I have voiced, when appropriate, here in CT. Buddy , I sincerely wish you and your family “a happy and healthy New Year” and looking forward to such interactions.

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      Thanks.
      Sorry about that.
      But it will be good to avoid personal remarks especially when people do not make boastful claims.

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