26 September, 2020

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Taking Stock Of Navi Pillai’s ‘Worst’

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

The lady came. She saw.  She was honest enough to say that although this is her longest visit to any country as head of UNHRC, she didn’t see much.  That’s her problem though and she can’t complain, having sat on an invite for more than two years.  She came, she saw, and she released a statement.  What has she said and what should one make of it?

Well, it depends who is trying to make what of what she has said of course, but let’s take a stab at it anyway.  Let’s first state bias (something that ‘neutrals’ who are ideologically driven contrary to claim do not).  I am suspicious of Navi Pillay.  She is selective in her targeting of countries, plays pussycat to big name nations and acts tiger to nations that big name nations she’s terrified of want to target for censure.

She is quick to pick up horror stories, slow to check reliability of source.  She has the gumption to talk about which department best fits which ministry and about constitutional enactments of her preference, as though she is Viceroy, but is tight-lipped about the US Patriot Act. Tokenism is her ‘out’ when it comes to Sri Lanka’s detractors, imply that allegation is proven crime her pat-line on Sri Lanka.  She doesn’t compare and contrast because that would amount to stripping in public.  Understandable.

But what has she said?

She says Sri Lanka is heading towards authoritarian rule.  Correct.  Not news.  That piece of ‘news’ is 35 years old (someone should give her a copy of the 1978 Constitution).  Can it be changed? Yes.  The Government has the numbers.  But do politicians have the will?  Are we naïve enough to believe that those with power will agree to have wings clipped?  Saying and doing are two different things.  Criticism is good, political activism is better, but regime-change projects are different from system-change projects.  Tougher.

As for her enumeration of various ‘disturbing developments’ she is perhaps swayed by inflated versions of interested parties.  Inflation serves politicians and detracts from the aggrieved.  On the ground, there is disappointment, but is there widespread ‘horror’?  No.  That’s unfortunate of course, but Pillay can blame the inflators, for the people are not unaware of their track records during and after the long struggle to rid the country of the terrorist menace.

She has threatened Sri Lanka in no uncertain terms.  She has said that if Sri Lanka doesn’t set up credible (i.e. independent, comprehensive and transparent) processes to investigate allegations, then calls for international inquiry will continue.  Leaving aside that the ‘if’, if complied with, never really resulted in the ‘then’ of if-then clauses as far as the movers and shakers of the international community are concerned, there’s nothing to stop the Government of taking this as a positive and even friendly suggestion.  The downside is that we live in a world where once a country is targeted, nothing done is deemed ‘enough’.

The most important part of her missive is the following:

‘The LTTE was a murderous organization that committed numerous crimes and destroyed many lives.  Those in the diaspora (sic) who continue to revere the memory of the LTTE must recognize that there should be no place for the glorification of such a ruthless organization.’

First, she should have mentioned those in Sri Lanka who ‘revere the memory of the LTTE’ to that note.  Secondly, she should understand that the human rights activists and journalists she is concerned about (and whose glorious lies have been repeated enough, expanded, believed and written as fact in reports she has read and which no doubt color her reading) are part of that group.  The Government can and must ask her to make the connection, with adequate substantiation of claim of course.  Fourth, Messers Suresh Premachandran, R. Sampanthan, M. Sumanthiran and Chief Ministerial aspirant Wigneswaran will now be required to explain their conduct vis-à-vis this ‘diaspora’, the diasporic-funds, moral support and so on.

Whereas Pillay wants the Government to set up mechanisms to investigate allegations (note, ‘allegation’ is not the same as ‘proven charge’), she has squarely concluded that the LTTE committed crimes against humanity.  Now the Government can insist that she follows up, by taking to task the approvers, beneficiaries and glorifiers of those horrendous crimes.

The Government can and must take this as the base document for all future engagement with the UNHRC, with a permanent introductory note on all missives quoting Pillay’s LTTE take.  The Government can and must work out modalities for proper investigation, not because Pillay wants it, but the people need to know.

She spoke of ‘truth, justice and reparations for people’s suffering during the war’. Excellent!  Can Pillay please use her friends in high places to get the ‘Diaspora’ to cough up on behalf of the LTTE?  And can Pillay please ask Dr. Manmohan Singh to compensation Sri Lanka for Delhi’s considerable role in causing untold suffering in Sri Lanka?

As for authoritarian tendencies, Pillay must understand that it is our business and not the business of the international community.  Pandering to the regime-change lobby will only give further credence to the general perception that the UN and UNHRC are out of order.  That will strengthen regime.  That will postpone democratization and put constitutional amendment on the back-burner (without gas).

Her piece disappoints Eelamists and their tag-along circus of internally displaced politicians and ideologically misplaced ‘human rights activists’ and ‘journalists’ more than it would dismay the Government.   Pillay has done a poor ‘worst’, the Government might conclude.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Pillay has done a poor ‘worst’ the Government might conclude, while you Malinda as usual are singing for your supper from the Government that was scared enough to block the Colombo Telegraph the readers of CT may conclude. :O

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      It would be a good idea for MR to trace, and follow the Path, Navi Pillai took, in Sri Lanka. It would be like the King of long ago, who took the identity of an ordinary Citizen, and walked among his Subjects, to find out what they really thought of his Government! It might open his eyes to feel the Pulse of the People and what is really going on in the Country. He now seems to be travelling around with a bunch of Sycophants who allow him to see only what they want him to see.

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        What this fellow Malinda saying is, he can harass or kill anybody at his home but the neighbours cant interfere and stop it or prevent it. He says its his business not others. So he doesnt care the law.
        What a pathetic journo this malinda is? This is what we have now as jouranalists thanks for MaRa and Gothaya.
        Singing for his supper of course.

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      Definitely JARAPASSA will Consider Malinda For the next Ambassador post for U S A as he is Washing Jarapassa’s Dirty linen better Than Bandula Jayasekara and Raj Pal Abe naya ka.

      Malinda, Did you read?????,

      “Pillay Advises State Media Rajpal: “Read More To Dispel Myth About UN Bias “.

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    it would have been good if Navi Pillay had met leela aka K A Sumanasekera on her visit too,then she could have been entertained big time with his jokes

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    Shame on you Malinda, for such a lop-sided and illogical analysis. Are you being paid to write such trash?

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      Against Jackasses of ALL types:
      Your ignorance is astounding! This lackey is LITERALLY paid as some kind of “Editor-in-chief” or something at The Nation which is a newspaper OWNED by the Rajapassas. I am NOT exaggerating because that is the simple truth. If you don’t believe me, check the information I have provided including the fact that MR himself confirmed this at the time that an editor of the Nation was almost assaulted to death.

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      and, you are surprised?

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    What a humbug…survives by eating crumbs off the Rajapakse table. Please don’t give up your day job if you have one because you suck as a journalist.

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      So, you call him a crumbysucker?

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    Malinda Seniviratna Mahhataya,

    “But what has she said?

    She says Sri Lanka is heading towards authoritarian rule. Correct. Not news. That piece of ‘news’ is 35 years old (someone should give her a copy of the 1978 Constitution). Can it be changed? Yes. The Government has the numbers. But do politicians have the will? Are we naïve enough to believe that those with power will agree to have wings clipped? Saying and doing are two different things. Criticism is good, political activism is better, but regime-change projects are different from system-change projects. Tougher.”

    Yes, yes, yes, everybody knows that, but that allows for maintaining the hegemony. After all that is what JR and the UNP wanted during 1978.

    Sri Lanka is slowly moving away from democracy – Sobitha Thero

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_khXkYAJsUE

    Police completely politicized – Sobitha Thero

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdZW_gk8fYI

    Yes, a new Republican Constitution with the Separation of Church, Temple and State with Civil Rights and Freedom of Religion is absolutely needed.

    Many Monk, except Ven. Sobhita, are not even following the Buddha’s teachings.

    The Third Gem- the Sanga Ratnaya? The BBS and the Sinhala Ravya.

    It is like Mara calling himself Buddha or an Arahant.

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      Not worth even to respond to this. He is as usual on his duties- covering mission as assigned to do so by MR. This [Edited out] -Malinda S is becoming a headache to us all now.

      We will have to wait for the entire report of her weekslong trip until March 14. She herself confirms the speech of 31 Aug is not the complete one.

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      IN THIS PRESENT WORLD, Buddhism is not for Stupid people. It is ONLY for INTELLIGENT PEOPLE. that is why ALBERT EINSTEIN AND FREDRICH NIETZSCHE – LIKE PEOPLE PRAISED BUDDHISM.

      READ THIS BY NIETZSCHE:

      “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?” “

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        “IN THIS PRESENT WORLD, Buddhism is not for Stupid people. It is ONLY for INTELLIGENT PEOPLE.”
        Jim Softy, Unfortunately, the Buddha seems to have been turned into a God to whom we chant and pray for favours. Buddhist Monks have been turned into ‘Priests’, who chant ‘prayers’ for our Protection, and bless and tie protective ‘Pirith Nool’. They do not explain the Suttas which Teach the Dhamma of the Buddha, and stresses that our Lives are shaped by our own efforts. They are exploiting the need of simple minded people, for some Power Greater than themselves. It is possible that Buddhist ‘priests’ saw the continuing attraction of the Christian Religion and an all powerful God to these people, and responded accordingly.

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          Sanjay – you’re spot on. However, we can’t expect Jim S to comprehend the beauty of the Buddha’s philosophy judging from his (mostly) inane comments.

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        Idiots like you have no right talk about buddhism. Try to learn to behave well – being unbiased just respecting that it deserve. You are branded guy to lick their back sides – not once dozens of times your stupid remarks on whatever issue it is – proved to us many here. U are absolutely a disgrace to entire island nation. I dont mind you supporting Rajapakshe, but you should finally learn to focus yourself on CONSCIENCE. How can any sane ones respect the current regime. Not only Ms Pillay any leader would criticise the current regime. Why the rulers have no good relations with EU countries are not because of the LTTE diasphora but because of the manner they the rulers handle external affairs today.

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    The worry here is not the 1978 constitution, but the trend of worsening it, like the 18th amendment, when there is 2/3 majority to make it better at any time. It is even worse to see that the 17th amendment which was a good example of stepping in the right direction being overturned by the 18th amendment. That proves the vicious intention of the authoritarian approach that Navi Pillay cautioned, and some of us are discounting.

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      As seen it today, there is 2/3 majority for ruling coalition currently. So why cant MR change the system as promised prior to the elections. Why those mandates are only being used to constitutional changes ? If he could have abolished EP long back now, we could have achieved a lot for the benfit of the nation. Today, every corner who is going to get caught by crimes are only party leaders as pradeshiya saba candidates. If MR is honest with his politics, why cant he react prioratising the expecations of the majority of people in this country ?

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      I think 18th amendment is good to Sri Lanka. 17th amendment would have ruined Sri Lanka.

      The only problem is MAhinda Rajapakse will not do it. Some one in the future will protect Sri Lanka. Until that, We have to stop any children of colonial masters sitting on the PRESIDENT’s CHAIR.

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        Jim Softy, you would even say yes, if they would come with an Amendment in which they allow official torture and killings re permitted. You and your ilk have already destroyed our nation and country :(

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        20th amendment will amend your buttocks flat.

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        “I think 18th amendment is good to Sri Lanka. 17th amendment would have ruined Sri Lanka”
        Exactly. The non-funtionable commissions nearly brough government to a standstill and if anybody believes there could be any indipendant commissions appointed by political powers,they are dreaming.
        Abolishing presidency at this point of time,especially when the western hounds are aiming at his throat is simply suicidal.
        The reason they are insisting on abolishing presidency is not that it is dictatorial but it will make it easy for the hounds to hunt him down with a purchaseable parliament(like what happened is 2001).

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    Lets face it, can Mahinda Rajapaske become an “authoritarian” if the people did not endorse it? It’s the collective failures of the parliament that have made authoritarianism popular among people isn’t it?

    The disadvantage of authoritarianism was realised as civilisation dawned in Europe 200 – 300 years ago. They gave birth to Magna carta and democracy. The industrial revolution took place allowing them to rule the world.

    In Sri Lanka its going in the opposite direction isn’t it really? When there is no thug at the apex to keep you inline everyone do their own thing resulting in system failure isnt it? This is a result of not having stroing and independent public institutions that work for public benefit.

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      The 1978 changes came when 1972 constitution was an utter failure.

      What did 1972 constitution produce? 2 insurrections at 2 corners of the island and long bread queues isn’t it?

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        Utterly wrong!
        Insurrection came in 71 and the 72 constitution came after the event and had nothing to do with it. The main Idea of that costitution was to break the ties to the British crown and become a republic. Then in 78 that constitution was scrapped without any reason or explanation and a new one was introduced that made JRJ king(uthumanan vahanse!my foot).

        If you attach the bread lines in the seventies to the constitution,your knowledge of the constitution becomes suspect.

        Bread lines were due to the economic policy of the time and that was mainly due to the west drying up any aid to the country. Those days we borrowed to eat and when no aid came we had to divert to kos and manioc.
        If you can elaborate on the so called faliures of that constitution we might perhaps be able to learn something that we didnt know.

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    /* She says Sri Lanka is heading towards authoritarian rule. Correct. Not news. That piece of ‘news’ is 35 years old (someone should give her a copy of the 1978 Constitution). Can it be changed? Yes. */

    So Milinda finds fault with JR.
    JR passed a razor knife to MR. MR don’t know how to use it.

    Milinda blames the razor knife when the monkey plays with razor knife. -:)

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    The conclusion of Navi visit is the leaders of the country be ashamed of themselves that people of the country even complaining about religious intolerances, Weliweriya, Grandpass incidences to somebody like Navi.

    MR tries to regain the trust of his country men by sending Weerawanse, Champika, Gamanpillai, Mervin to bark at Navi.

    People expect leadership from MR. A leader of the calibre of Lee Kuan, Mahathir from MR. Not a kopi kade mudalali.

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    Navi Pillai in here short stay, covered a lot of ground and met many of those affected. Her visit passed without contraversy and she has reinforced the perceptions held by many. The government needs to get its act together and address the concerns raised failing which March 2014, Geneva could be a turning point.

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    Malinda,

    You are a typical Singala Modaya. Only a few Modayas of your ilk will appreciate this absolute bull crap.

    “The lady came. She saw.”
    You are a very well known Sinhala-Buddhist racist.
    Why not say, “The Tamil woman came. She saw.” Or even better, “The Tamil tigress came. She saw.”

    Why not talk about the 3 clowns in parliament (the well known parliament Jesters) and their comedy the whole world is laughing at?

    UN is biased towards the Tamils says Moda Singalayas, but why? Why Tamils?
    Of course, out of the 7 billion people in this world, UN found a Tamil woman to check and report on Moda Singalayas.

    Karma man, Karma, Singala Buddhist Karma at work (someone should give you a copy of the Buddhist scriptures).

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    “She spoke of ‘truth, justice and reparations for people’s suffering during the war’. Excellent! Can Pillay please use her friends in high places to get the ‘Diaspora’ to cough up on behalf of the LTTE?”

    Malinda, why does Pillay need to get involved? Talk to your friends in high places in the rajapaksa regime to tell KP and Karuna – the LTTE chief weapons procurer and child conscriptor extraordinaire respectively to ‘cough up’. You gotta start somewhere dude.

    funny how i am yet to see a single word written by this ardent anti-terrorist about the hardcore terrorists cosying up to his favourite regime.

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    Bilinda, you started scribbling on this piece of ultra-junk for the past three weeks.

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    As for authoritarian tendencies, Pillay must understand that it is our business and not the business of the international community.

    17th amendment, that was passed by the entire parliament with overwhelming majority to curb the country from sliding into authoritarian rule, was abolished by introducing the 18th amendment passed unscrupulously by deals agreed by the politicians who yield for the highest bidder. Is this our business? How do we control this? Do we have any power over them. The people who protested for ‘Water’ got shot and people who fought to restore the ‘Law & Order’ disppeared and that never became your business because you are part of it. I mean you are with the government. At least Pillay had the courage to say that our country is sliding toward authoritarian rule but you and particularly you always doing things like “Running with the hare and hunting with hounds” type of journalism, which shows cowardice nature. Shame on on ‘Malinda’.

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    She came, she saw……and nobody died. Hats off for the lady…besides everything else!

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      Quite right. Very different from Hillary Clinton’s visit to Libya.

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    This Bugger is an INSULT to that prestigous Institute Harvard. The muck he writes and the servility he displays to a Corrupt regime is beyond comprehension.

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      Insult is not the word. absilutely right, What a disgrace to Harvard.
      This bugger write without any sense. What a shame!
      Never seen such journalists anywhere in the world.
      Whatever said and done, India and Pakistan must be so proud that they have fearless, superb journalists & media/press.
      What happened to us? Where did we go wrong?
      This luntic family must THANK only one guy on daily basis – Velupillai Prabakarana. Had it not for VP, Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa would I am sure by now doing some Uncle or Bappa roles in some dismal pathetic Teledramas.

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      Gamini@ see, GLP is much worst. He is reported to have all high qualifications but the manner as a high ranking law professor he supported the impeachment against Dr. CJ, can you imagine ? These are blood suckers born to destroy our nation. So no worth to even speak about MS who is said to have a MA or lower degree He is always trying to beat about the bush. He makes it worst in that way actually. He seems to have this nature in his genetics.

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    Navi Pillay isn’t all bad. She at least at this late hour recognised the LTTE for what it was, and advised the diaspora how it should behave towards LTTE proxies and fellow travellers.

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    ” I am suspicious of Navi Pillay.” – Please be suspicious of nelson mandela also who hired her as judge of Highest court of south Africa. Then Suspect South Africa also abode of LTTE. We are bored of being blamed as LTTE rump. For a change, please chant South african are LTTE rumps and they aim to destabilize Srilanka which is the only advanced country of the world.

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      There’s nothing to chant about violent South Africa. LTTE and Tamil separatist infiltration in SF has not been discussed enough in public forums. They don’t get invited to ANC functions by accident. In the same way Yasmin Suka of SF doesn’t get nominated to Darusman panel by accident either.

      As Malinda correctly mentioned, Pillai’s statement should be a preamble to any future engagements, especially what actions UNHRC would be recommended to take against remaining diaspora members of the “murderous organization that committed numerous crimes and destroyed many lives”.

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    Malinda, how come supposedly civilized Sinhalese like you failed to condemn that thug Mervyn Silva’s marriage proposal to Navi Pillay. Mervyn Silva is a disgrace to the Sinhalese. Do you people make marriage proposal to a married lady? That proposal is not just an insult to Navi Pillay and to all women UN officials, it is an insult to all Sri Lankan women. In a country like Australia this bastard would have beeen promptly dismissed from the Cabinet and chased out even from Parliament. Former Australian Federal Parliament Speaker Mr Slipper was stood down and later resigned from that position for making vulgar comments about women. In Sri Lanka this baboon goes around making marriage proposals in abundance is still a Cabinet Minister. When he went to Jaffna he said he wanted to marry a Tamil woman. What an insult to the Tamil women.

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      Merv the Perv is kept in the bosom of all three Brothers because he is the biggest importer of dangerous drugs and now – after the Welikade massacre and the earlier Police assassinations that killed some key distributors of kudu. His son has a monopoly on that sports drug???
      Ecstacy. It is the most badly kept secret his daily collections that come to many millions are shared – you know with who? In the argumens of those who benefit why should you get rid of such a lucrative partner in crime?

      It is understood the US Embassy keeps a careful tab of drug trafficking here and exchanges information with Interpol and the Intelligence Services of many countries. Isn’t it curious this rotter was taken by the Big Man on almost all his foreign trips – including State visits. Why?

      Now that the UN has Sri Lanka and its leaders under the microscope it does not surprise one that this self-claimed modern Dutugemunu may now be on the way out. The Bribery inquiries may be the first bullet.

      Backlash

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      Naga – and what is even worse is that Malinda’s hero MR took it on himself to apologize for Vermin’s and the other yokel’s comments. Wonder why??? What a circus!!

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    If the people of the country likes Mahinda why this foolish woman shouting..?.Hosni Mubarak dictatoship was destroyed by the west & US…Is there democrcy in Egypt now? Who is rsponsible for human lives there? Regime change is a business of the partcular country people. Not a matter of powerful country or UN. We wish Mahind will be as the leader of country until he dies.

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      Chooriya, you are a idiot with a defunct brain stem.

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    I have often wondered what this country has turned out to be for journalists. Many of them had to flee, merely for doing their job in being critical of what they saw was wrong – an innocent feature that was the norm earlier. Some were killed and many attacked, something that still continues. Rajpal is a journalist of many years experience and has to do what he probably does not like – merely to hold on to a job for his own survival. Malinda, though a more recent
    arrival to the higher journalistic scene, is forced to write and maintain what he thinks is palpably wrong and undesirable for the country – for the same reason as Rajpal. So it is with the Police, the judiciary, government service and many others. The Rajapakses have turned the country topsy turvy merely to rule, rob and ruin.

    What did the country and all its people do to deserve such an unfortunate fate?

    Kettikaran

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    This deserves a few more crumbs.

    But given its low quality, I am not sure if it is worth even that. Had you taken a more native approach and displayed traditional racist hostility, you would have been more authentic like the cabinet minsters and be given the crumbs that you deserve.

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    When i read your pitiful offerings Malinda, i mourn. I MOURN the degeneration of journalists of today, i mourn those brave ones who died for writing honorably and conscienciously, i mourn that they left behind carricatures such as you…ah but you revel in insults..so have your fill. I MOURN the disgrace Peradeniya and Harvard must suffer having turned you loose from their portals to do THIS.

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    How did Milinda miss Ms Pillai’s aborted floral tribute at Prabakaran’s Waterloo?.

    Ms Pillai says, she always carry out these Floral tributes wherever and whenever she goes to investgate Human Rights?.

    If and when ms Pillai visits Iraq and Libya, would she be conducting these Floral tributes at the hole where old Saddam was dug out and the village where Gaddafi was dragged out?.

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      Mr. Sumanasekera,

      There is a limit to your deception. Mrs Pillay said she likes to
      pay floral tributes mainly to the civilian dead in the many different
      theatres of war she officially visits. That I think is a decent and civilised thing to do. That certainly does not include
      despots and crooks like Saddam Hussein or Gaddaffi is something even
      someone as brain dead as you should know.

      Backlash

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        And Pillay wanted to do it in Nanthikadal where Praba ate humble pie..!

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      i say sumanasekera why didnt you meet navi pillai ??
      just like the mervin you too could have offered to marry her or better still try and sell her a Lee Potter house thats non existent hahaahahaha !

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    Mahinda sorry to say this but you are crying for your food. Dr. Navi Pillay said MR is trying to create a autheratarian rule, and you are asking her to look back 30 years. It is good. Yes JRJ when getting this constitution had any brains to think people likeMahinda Rajapaksa may succed him he should have changed the constitution so the 17 amendment may be difficult to change. Her opinion about the autheratarian government may have come to her mind after she spoke to former CJ 43 Dr. Sirani. Bandaranayake and General Sarath Fonseka. Now MR and his goons may get what they deservey from the 2014 UNCHR meeting. Good work Malinda, but too late to change anything Dr. N. Psaid at the press briefing.

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    Good analysis, witty, sharp and surgical

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