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Ukraine: The Last Warning!

By Kumar David –

Prof. Kumar David

Ukraine joining NATO or stationing nuclear weapons is intolerable. It is a threat to Russia’s security but much, much more serious it is a stage in the realignment of global power relations by neo-imperialism and finance-capital and a step towards future wars. Otherwise it is not possible to understand why NATO does not give Russia a formal guarantee that Ukraine will never be allowed to join. It’s not that Biden, or NATO or finance-capital want wars; it’s that stuff just happens when conducive circumstances materialise. I have provided a map of how Russia and China are strangled by a multitude of American and NATO military bases.

Having made this crucial concern explicit I add that the invasion that Putin launched on 24 February was premature, unpopular, excessive and the outcome is doubtful. Diplomatic and tactical options had not been exhausted. The 190,000 troops he sent are inadequate for the onerous task the of taking and holding Ukraine for any length of time. Frustrated by slow progress and dogged Ukrainian resistance, flummoxed by a tornado of sanctions and illegal acquisition of Russian bank assets, and flustered by a blanket ban on Russian TV and broadcasts throughout the West whose citizens are only aware of half the truth, Western media now alleges that he has unleashed the full force of aerial bombardment and artillery. Yes, this is half the story.

For a long game Putin needed a larger force, deeper pockets, preparation of the Russian people and strong global alliances. He did none of this and is now pretty much isolated. He is said to be a master strategist but this time he has blundered. He promised the world that he would not invade and then did just that and blew his credibility. Russian economic and financial arrangements are being scorched by the West’s economic might. Imperialism’s hope is to bring Russia to heel and eventually forge a grand alliance against the alternative superpower, China. Ukraine and Putin are small change in this grand game of global domination. The West’s objective is to crush a Russia that is not under its control and to this end even a transition of leadership in Russia is possible in the months or year ahead.

It is true that the US, NATO, capitalist Europe and the government in Kiev have for months, if not years brushed aside Russia’s unquestionably justified security concerns. In one of the best analysis I have seen a certain Vladimir Pozner, who I have not heard of before, argues that the West created Putin to be what he is today:

Russia has offered Kiev conditions for stopping the offensive; an undertaking never to join NATO and a promise to never station nuclear weapons in Ukraine; similar to what the Americans did to Cuba in 1962. Kiev should accept the conditions though it will anger America and NATO. In truth, I wonder is it Putin who is being naïve? Has he not learnt from repeated false promises since 1991? But he has no alternative now; he wants sanctions which are biting deep lifted. The West is to blame for not making it clear from the beginning to Ukraine that it would never be allowed to join NATO. Why did it not do so? Because it needed a handle to screw the Russians; but the sorcerer’s apprentice has now broken out of control.

Global strategic and more important economic relationships have entered a period of profound change. The China-Russia economic equation will be transformed in the next decade into an aaiya-mali (China-Russia respectively) relationship. The tens of billions China is pouring into the Second Silk Road can be more profitably and reliably invested nearer home. The high points will be energy, Chinese industries in Russia (why waste good money in god-forsaken Africa, Pakistan and Lanka?), high-tech and military high-tech to blunt the edge of American leadership, and most important, enabling a new global financial system that will bypass dollar-dominance. Yes, it’s a decade long process but it will start now. Furthermore’ events in these weeks are a dress-rehearsal for when China physically acquires Taiwan; there is nothing Beijing sees more clearly than that.

But Putin should have persisted in diplomatic efforts unless Kiev made a practical move to NATO membership. A decades old clause in the Ukrainian Constitution does not amount to an imminent move. Yes, if Ukraine’s accession to membership was imminent it is tantamount to a declaration of war but that was not the case. However, what is more sinister and dangerous is that the US and NATO have lied time again promising not to expand NATO up to the Russian border and broken that pledge every time inching ever closer. While condemning Putin’s heavy-handed humanitarian, military and diplomatic blunders, Russia is justified in refusing to let anyone cross the aforesaid red-line. But I think Putin could have stopped NATO from enlisting Ukraine without going to such extremes.

The Red Cross estimates that 2.5 million Ukrainian refugees have fled the country. Damage to buildings is extensive (the two sides blame each other), civilian deaths add up to several hundred and thousands of soldiers on both sides have perished. Large anti-Putin demonstrations take place all over Europe each day and sizable spontaneous ones in many Russian cities. The tussle between NATO and financial powers that set its agenda on one side, and the you-know-who other side, seems endless. Please permit me unpoetic bowdlerisation:

Greed and power, ranging for payoff,

With the devil by their side have come hot from hell,

Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war

While carrion men will soon groan for burial.

Next let me do a thought experiment to give my Lankan readers a grasp of what’s similar and what’s not in our own story. The ethnonym Ukrainian is recent, just 20-th Century (post-1917); previously, since the fourteen-hundreds the people called themselves Ruthenian. Afterwards they called themselves Little Russians (Malorossy) especially after Catherine the Great annexed the eastern portion – the two provinces now recognised by Russia as independent countries and the Crimean Peninsula in the 1770s. The larger portion in the west was overrun by different kingdoms till 1917 when all Ukrainians were recognised as a “nation” and the territory incorporated as a republic of the USSR. Compared to the old-Sinhalese, and Chola and Pandya periods of Lanka it was a more recent, complicated and messy story. Nevertheless, the country does have two linguistic groups, about 80% Ukrainian speakers and about 20% Russian speakers.

The cultural relationship, apart from being more recent (one millennium in Ukraine as opposed to a little over two in our case) it is also thornier. Kiev, historically, was the religious, cultural and dynastic epicentre of Russian society since about 900AD. That is, it was Russia’s Anuradhapura but located in the “Tamil part” of the country. Catherine “took it back” nearly two millennia after Dutugemunu took back Anuradhapura. The Russian speaking portion, the Donbas region in which the two independent new states (Donetsk and Luhansk) are located are in the east and border Russia. An interesting thought experiment is, what if the Palk Strait was land, what if the Jaffna Peninsula was joined to India by land as it was for most of the 80,000 years prior to 10,000 BC? In my estimate the history of Lanka, Eelam and the IPKF (a Putinesque invasion) would have been immensely different. It’s not productive for me to speculate but readers can picture all sorts of outcomes in that scenario.

Nevertheless, I do not believe that India has any wish to incorporate our Lanka into the Union. It would have to be mad to wish to acquire this nation of loonies; neither Delhi nor Madras are that insane. India’s motives are related to geopolitical strategy; it does not want China or any great power to secure military facilities on its southern flank. In this the approach is akin to Russian strategy in Ukraine. Those who suggest that Putin is motivated to resurrect the Soviet Union, or a Russian Empire encompassing Russia, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine must imagine that Putin is stark staring mad and has no grasp of the difference between the possible and impossible. Putin has blundered (see my “Putin’s self-inflicted fiasco”, Colombo Telegraph 2 March) but he is not looney. “Ukraine will not be allowed to join NATO; no nuclear weapons can be stationed there; it will have to remain a neutral buffer state”; that’s it. This bottom-line I support. What about a nuclear war? Well the way Putin sees it a nuclear standoff is already here. Russia’s options are certainty of nuclear war down the line as the West expands its strategic, imperialistic-finance-capitalist options, or a hard bargain now.

In this context then the conditions India has set out for a billion-dollar loan if Basil’s oft deferred visit to Delhi is to materialise are tougher. The demands include maritime security agreements to strengthen India’s strategic interest around Trincomalee, surveillance aircraft for the Air Force, a ship repair dock in Trinco, posting an officer at an intelligence centre, the reopening Palaly airport for commercial operations and cultural projects in the Jaffna peninsula.

In respect of post-Soviet Russia, the question can be asked “Is Putin a communist?” The answer is a resounding NO. Putin’s faith is known and never in doubt; he is a is a devotee of the Russian Orthodox Church. He has helped and channelled huge funds to the Orthodox Church, the rebuilding of churches and to the spread of its tentacles. You may think this good or bad – are the saffron-obsessions of all our presidents and PMs since independence, good or bad? I think bad (ditto Putin), you may think otherwise. That’s not the point; the point is that he is not a communist in theory, ideology or practise; ok fine, that’s his right. Incidentally he is also an anti-Leninist and says the “thesis of the right of nations to self-determination” is harmful and responsible for the fragmentation of the USSR in 1991. Ukraine is confronted by an Orthodox Christian; we have a Hindutva fanatic on our doorstep.

Living next door to a big power is knotty. Infamous instances where war was/is certain if a line is crossed are:

* The United States, the Monroe Doctrine and Cuba 1962.

* China, the 9-dash line and refusal to permit any foreign forces to be stationed in Taiwan.

* Russia and Ukrainian membership of NATO.

* India and the point-blank stipulation of no Chinese military bases in Lanka.

The information blackout imposed by both sides turns the Western and Russian public into ignoramuses. Russian TV and broadcasts are banned throughout the EU. YouTube, Google, Meta and all the others prohibit Russian content. Western intelligence has successfully jammed RTV (the Russian channel) from many parts of Asia. The vapid BBC and mouthpiece-Economist are Western tools reminiscent of the Bush-Blair days where no counterpoint was heard. Likewise, Russia has introduced draconian laws including hash prison terms for anyone who opposes Putin’s way of talking or thinking. It is important for the citizens of the world to know all this and not swallow the daily doses of misinformation and false “analysis”. Humanity at large, not just Lanka’s hungry, electricity and fuel deprived masses, is passing through one of the worst of all possible times.

[Wednesday, 9 March 2022, noon GMT]

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    KD,

    “Those who suggest that Putin is motivated to resurrect the Soviet Union, or a Russian Empire encompassing Russia, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine must imagine that Putin is stark staring mad and has no grasp of the difference between the possible and impossible.”

    Like most autocrats of the utterly corrupt variety, Putin surrounds himself with yes men and is detached from reality. CT is doing a disservice to its readership by letting you repeat your twaddle.

    For every Mearsheimer or Pozner ( a journalist based in Russia–and you have linked to an outdated discussion from 2018), there are many others, e.g., distinguished Princeton historian Stephen Kotkin, or the UK-based historian Klaus Richter, who articulate clearly the contrary view. Old leftists like you continue to be mired in ‘great power’ thinking while ignoring the will of the small ex-Soviet states where even the leftists live in mortal fear of Russian aggression and desperately want NATO. protection.

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      “The information blackout imposed by both sides turns the Western and Russian public into ignoramuses.”
      There is probably a hell of a lot going on that we are not told. Biden won’t officially send MIGS to Ukraine, but those Turkish drones could be controlled from anywhere, the Pentagon included. The volunteers joining the Ukrainian army (some openly say they’re ex-military) are another example.So NATO is quite likely already involved, and Putin knows it. We can only hope the situation doesn’t go as far as a nuclear shoot-out.

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      Agnos, I think you may find that some of those who would normally have gone all out against Putin at this time are beginning to change their minds about how the situation should be handled. For instance, Hans Kundnani, Director of the Europe Program at Chatham House in:
      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/13/first-we-did-too-little-to-oppose-russia-now-do-we-risk-going-too-far-the-other-way

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        Manel,

        The author in your link is kind of waffling. When it comes to Putin, the arguments he makes are irrelevant. Why? Seee what a Russian journalist wants to do about Putin:

        https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/want-kill-putin-meet-russian-130015349.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

        Every tyrant’s case has to be handled on its own merits, with moral clarity, without the ‘what-about-ism’ of pointing to other hypocrisies of the West.

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          Agnos
          I have just reread Kundnan’s article – this time on my computer instead of my mobile which is where I do everything now – in case I skimmed it too carelessly. So much to read on so many things nowadays & my memory is letting me down.

          Forget the last part, about civilisation, white skin, blue eyes, etc., but as for the main part, I dont see it as waffling; nuanced, rather, the tentative articulation of someone who is worried, concerned that his usual, confident take on/of a situation isnt forthcoming this time.

          I also read the interview — brief tho it is — & watched the video of Loiko — who cant make up his mind, where he was born; in Finland (see Wiki) or Moscow (other reports). His Russian citizenship was acquired, tho he still may well be of Russian descent. He was also a soldier in the Russian army (must check where), but has basically been a reporter for the American press for over 30 years. That’s OK.

          But I cant agree about the Hitler description. He needed no provocation to invade Czechoslovakia. What was Munich? Quite the opposite.

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            But when he equates MACDONALDS with CIVILISATION! Wow! Then I must say be doesnt win my respect. Time was when many people resisted MacDonalds coming here, simply because it WASNT considered the height of decent, nutritious food, or a sign of culture or civilisation. But how soon American “civilisation” becomes a sine qua non. Macdonalds is leaving Russia! Great heavens! What a tragedy! Enough to make one apply for a US visa!

            Jokes apart, the growing flight of Russians abroad saddens me (as has every mass flight from SL done), but I understand it, tho I am sure the reasons for it are mixed. While naturally, many Russians are against Putin’s actions, it is not unlikely that some make use of the current situation to obtain citizenship elsewhere.

            I dont know what sort of a journalist Loiko was/is, despite his various awards but, & I, too, am deeply grieved by the enormous suffering of the Ukrainian people, but I cannot simply accept his call to arms. He should be calling for a ceasefire and negotiations. Anything to stop the slaughter.

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              Manel,

              If you look at the fascistic nature of Putin and the scorched earth tactics he used in Chechnya, Syria, and now Ukraine, the Hitler analogy is apt. Historical comparisons don’t have to look for the same quantum of suffering. I have myself used the term ‘modern-day Hitler’ to refer to Putin.

              Many journalists from Russia recall the opening of the first McDonald’s there as a marker of Russia’s decision to let go of its deep distrust of Western civilization and engage with the West. And now its departure occurs as Russia under Putin inexorably becomes a hermit nation a la North Korea. They aren’t naively equating junk food with civilization.

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                Why was Putin forced to hit hard in Chechenya? Who stirred Islamic terrorism there to destabilize Russia?
                What did he do wrong in Syria? Not let the US and allies do what they did to Iraq and Libya– let alone Afghanistan?
                Ukraine is the victim of US scheming to expand NATO to Russia’s border.
                *
                What would US do if there were Chinese missiles on the Mexican border under some defence treaty?
                Take on China?
                NO. It will just pulverize Mexico.

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                  SJ,

                  I didn’t know you had a secret job as Putin’s propaganda minister, and claim to know more about Putin than what a large number of Russians themselves do.

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                    Agnos

                    “…. and claim to know more about Putin than what a large number of Russians themselves do.”

                    SJ is looking through Mao’s Red b***s.
                    Hope you do appreciate his effort.

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                    Agnos, why do you think SJ called Putin, leader elected by much fairer democratic elections compared to Biden. Putin as been in power for more than two decades just like our Rajapaksas.

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                    Agnos
                    You must be losing your marbles.
                    Have you forgotten the letter of recommendation that you gave me?

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                Agnos
                I wasnt going to look at CT again until I had finally got some writing commitments out of the way, but after watching the documentary “Winter on Fire” last night, which moved me enormously, despite certain omissions, I
                cdnt resist wondering if anyone had reacted to the “civilization” reference.

                Perhaps I shd have quoted the whole of Loiko’s statement

                “Today the big news is that McDonald’s is closing its facilities in Russia. I remember when the first McDonald’s opened in Russia 30 years ago. That was the sign that Russia is finally joining civilized society. Now McDonald’s is withdrawing from Russia, meaning Russia has no place in the civilized world any more.”

                His equation, not mine.

                But I must stop. I have to go out for printing paper & calcium tablets & cash (I cant afford to use Visa cards as the charges r too high since the C-19 govt cut my income by half & I have never used an ATM. I am a primitive….& not an artistic one either.

                So farewell, until we meet again…

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      A
      Call Putin an autocrat, but what have the heads of state of the US been? Call them part of an oligarchy. Any better than autocracy?
      In fact Putin has been elected in far cleaner elections than in the US. He even stepped down for a term in deference to the constitution.
      Importantly, he rescued Russia from what the US made of it (a heavily indebted US client) thanks to Yeltsin. He restored Russia’s pride and place in Europe.
      *
      I agree that KD is not talking much sense on international matters for some time.

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        “In fact Putin has been elected in far cleaner elections than in the US.”????

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          Anpu

          “????”

          Don’t you know if you have access to Mao’s b***s you too can see whatever you want to see.

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          What do you think Anpu / Agnos / Ashan … anyone ??

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          No tampering with ballots.
          No denial of votes to specific communities.
          A, you can check it out.

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        A, agree with SJ. Call Sir an autocrat, but what have the heads of the U.S or Trump been ? Call them part of oligarchy. Any better than autocracy? In fact Sir has been elected in far cleaner elections than in the U.S. MR even stepped down for a term (though he tried to sneak in with the help of MS) in deference to the constitution. Importantly Sir rescued Lanka from what India/U.S made of it, thanks to VP. He restored Lanka’s pride and place in Asia. Coming from a stereotypical Lankan. As Jit said Silly Lankans should be more concerned about bankruptcy, starvation, poverty, malnutrition ….. and given our sordid history, should be the last to condone invasion, war, random bombing, millions fleeing, death of innocent people, war atrocities ……

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    in case some of you want to hear a real expert.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrMiSQAGOS4&t=2788s

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      Thanks.
      A little too long, and the man talks too much sense than some could take.

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    The moment I saw this article, the first few words that came to my mind were this. ”President Putin will be betrayed”. By whom? I don’t know. Not by Russians. Not by friends. They are not at fault. Actually, nobody is at fault. Sometimes I write nonsense. I even saw the shadow of ‘immature Rajapaksa’ in a Ukrainian war publicity stunt. The familiarity of incredible stupidity was astounding. I can give several examples. But, out of courtesy to Ukraine, I will say nothing.
    I hope President Putin and President Zelenskyy will commence peace talks soon. I believe the Peace-Trio; China, France and Germany can do better.
    ‘Meta’, the mass murderer should be prosecuted. I fully support Russia’s criminal investigation against ‘Meta’. FaceBook is responsible for a large number of deaths in the world. How could they justify providing a platform to call for the death of a Head of State? There is a reason for them to encourage haters to write against President Putin. Some things are not coincidental. Today, Russia. Who will it be tomorrow? I strongly suggest people in Africa, Asia and the Middle East boycott FaceBook in protest of its selective hate speech policies.

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      The death of the American journalist named Brent Renaud with gunshots in Kyiv is suspicious. Apparently, his U.S. passport, and his press badge were on display with his dead body. Someone seems to be not happy with the US distancing itself from the Russian military offensive in Ukraine. Things are going to be very ugly.

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      I am curious to know more details about biolaboraties in Ukraine. I would like to share my findings too. I was waiting for a new article on Ukraine.

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        Champa, please see my post further down re biolabs in U. It’s just the tip of the iceberg & likely to rejected out of hand but I’m trying to find something more informative.

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          Manel Fonseka
          Oh, I thought I replied to you.
          Thanks for the link. I have the statement made by Russia (copied from news websites). There are some salient points in it that answer my questions.

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          Manel
          The US has admitted to the labs but holding back much information.
          See how the media attack Tulsi Gabbard for telling the truth.
          https://www.opindia.com/2022/03/tulsi-gabbard-hits-back-at-mitt-romney-with-details-of-us-funded-biolabs/
          *
          The US has only one worry: Its deadly secretes will be known to Russia which will use it piecemeal to torment the US on its policy on bio-weapons.
          I recommend to you websites like Global Research, based in Canada.

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        Champa — perhaps you shd drop a note to Victoria Nuland about the labs. See if u can get her to still the beans.

        See:
        “Victoria Nuland: Ukraine Has Biological Research Facilities,” Worried Russia May Seize Them
        – 
        https:///2022/03/11/victoria-nuland-ukraine-has-biological-research-facilities-worried-russia-may-seize-them

        I’m not sure, though, if I fully comprehended this item. Do you get the impression that Nuland suddenly bit her tongue as she was about to spill the beans?

        She’s a pretty diabolical woman, anyway. Coincidentally, she or her husband has Ukranian (Jewish) grandparents.

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      Russia alleged that there are “secret US military biological laboratories in Ukraine.” Is it true? YES. My LIMITED research on the subject, first, left me paralyzed with fear, and then, engulfed me with profound sadness.
      There are all the possibilities that weaponized pathogens (bioweapons) are stored in freezers in Ukrainian laboratories.
      If President Putin’s ‘undisclosed mission’ is to EXPOSE the US military bioweapon laboratories in Ukraine that pose a great threat to humankind, can the world blame him? His military operation and its relentless advance in Ukraine is ruthless, aggressive and devastating. He is angry.
      Some western media were of the view that continuing electricity supply in Ukraine amidst the Russian military operation was a propaganda stunt. However, it is now clear that Russia acted diligently and responsibly by maintaining uninterrupted power supply in Ukraine to avoid deadly pathogens in freezers warming up and escaping by themselves.
      Contd’….

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        The US has constructed two Biosafety Level-2 (BSL-2) laboratories, one in Odessa and one in Kyiv in 2019. However, the international classification of BSL and the Ukrainian classification of BSL are totally different.
        According to the international classification, BSL-1 and BSL-2 are ‘low containment laboratories’ and BSL-3 and BSL-4 are ‘high containment laboratories’. In Ukraine (for a reason not clear to me), it is the opposite. That means, BSL-1 and BSL-2 in Ukraine are HIGH CONTAINMENT LABORATORIES where all high risk pathogens, including bioweapons, are preserved/conserved in freezers. If the US denies the existence of Pentagon-run BSL-3 and BSL-4 in Ukraine (according to the international classification), it is MISLEADING.
        The two high containment laboratories opened in 2019 in Ukraine by the US Military under the ‘pretext of’ international classification of low containment, warrants serious international investigation.
        Did ‘someone’ release ‘sick bats’ in China in 2019 which were developed in Ukrainian laboratories?
        Also, are there US military mobile biolaboratories, again BSL-2 turns-out-to-be BSL-4, in DPR and LPR?
        Contd’…..

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          Constructing and maintaining secret bioweapon laboratories in the periphery of Russia is a gross violation of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
          The following document reveals the callousness, recklessness and irresponsibility of the US government in handling biolaboratories inside and outside of the United States.
          “House Hearing on the ‘GERMS, VIRUSES, AND SECRETS: THE SILENT PROLIFERATION OF BIO-LABORATORIES IN THE UNITED STATES’ – October 4, 2007”
          https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-110hhrg44948/html/CHRG-110hhrg44948.htm
          and, this.
          Statement made by Mr. Alan M Pearson, Director, Biological and Chemical Weapons Control Program.
          https://armscontrolcenter.org/germs-viruses-and-secrets-the-silent-proliferation-of-bio-laboratories-in-the-united-states/
          I think the game is over! I suggest President Zelenskyy immediately stop the military offensive/defensive and cooperate with Russia. His COOPERATION is imperative in DESTROYING “all bioweapons and high risk pathogens” in Ukrainian laboratories.

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            Some excerpts from the statement made Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN:-
            1. The PRUN/Russia says “This work is funded and directly supervised by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the United States, i.e. in the interests of Pentagon’s National Center for Medical Intelligence.The key role in these programs was played by a BSL-3 central reference laboratory at the Mechnikov Scientific-Research Anti-Plague Institute in Odessa, Ukraine.”
            I am confused about the BSL-3 laboratory. According to the BSL classification unique to Ukraine, BSL-1 and BSL-2 are actually BSL-3 and BSL-4. So, there can’t be a BSL-3. I mean, BSL-1 is BSL-3 already. If there is a BSL-3, it should be a special laboratory. That means, BSL-3 should be the laboratory where bioweapons are developed!!!! How many BSL-3 biolaboratories are in Ukraine? BSL-3 laboratories pose a serious threat. There is a high chance that the laboratory constructed in Odessa in 2019 is a bioweapon laboratory. In that case, Russia should evacuate residents in Odessa immediately.
            Contd’…..

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              2. The PRUN/Russia says “As part of another project, bats were considered as carriers of potential BW agents. Among the priorities identified are the study of bacterial and viral pathogens that can be transmitted from bats to humans: pathogens of plague, leptospirosis, brucellosis, as well as coronaviruses and filoviruses. Project documents clearly indicate that the United States actively financed bioprojects in Ukraine.”
              BATS huh! Covid-19 is explained. Lab developed ‘sick bats’ may have been sent to China by the US Defence in 2019.
              Do you remember readers, Donald Trump called Covid-19 virus “China virus” and “Wuhan virus”. Do you remember, he said that the Covid virus was spread through bats and that its place of origin was Wuhan wet market. Although many Chinese don’t eat bats, they are sold in Wuhan wet (fish) market. How did Donald Trump know the origin of Covid-19 without carrying out any scientific investigation? Because, it is he who did it!!!!

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                3. The PRUN/Russia says “The Russian military learned the details of the UP-4 project which was implemented at laboratories in Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa. It studied possibilities of spreading particularly dangerous infections through migratory birds, including highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza (lethal to humans in 50 % of cases) and Newcastle disease.”
                Migratory birds? Is that how Covid-19 virus spread all over the world? That explains the reason for sailors in several ships in the high seas infected with Covid-19 in early 2020 and 2021.
                That means, Covid-19 is an avian virus that has been developed in Ukrainian biolabs and distributed throughout the world by the US Defence via migratory birds and bats!!! This truth has been hushed by two forbidden words; conspiracy theories!!! Well, thanks to President Putin, it is no longer a conspiracy theory. Over 6M innocent people have been killed by Covid-19. Excuse me, I can’t type anymore. I will be back.

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                  Champa,
                  Are you suffering from bats in your belfry?

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    Ilan Pappé, professor at the University of Exeter, puts the Ukraine war into proper context, patiently, clearly, intelligently. Individuals misled by media propaganda can get an education reading him. Surprisingly his exposition is also carried in a Sri Lankan online newspaper today. Surprisingly because most SL media seems to carry what major western newsagencies eject like vomit after a boozy night, a cheap way to produce newspapers. Read Ilan Pappé here. It will wipe out ignorance. https://www.sundaytimes.lk/220313/news/navigating-our-humanity-four-lessons-from-ukraine-476374.html

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      Pappe’s book on the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine is a must read for anyone who pontificates about what is happening in the Ukraine. They must asks themselves if they give a damn about the Palestinians — and if not, why not? Shlomo Sand is another Jewish Israeli myth-breaker.

      I wonder how many Palestinian homes and lives were being devastated while the Israeli’s premier held “secret” talks with Putin to arrange for the evacuation of the Jewish minority in the Ukraine. Another sizeable population for more illegal settlements — I expect clearing is already under way.

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      Very true, Sarath.

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    Trouble is, the Democrats need to finance their many ultra-liberal projects – women’s rights, family planning, abortion rights, female empowerment, alternate-lifestyles rights….all these cost Enormous Amounts. Only way they do it is to continually expand till a balance in global financial security is reached for this Newest World Monetary Order via Sexual Revolution Rights.

    Republicans on the other hand, being Conservative, have a far simpler mode for monetary policy. Some consensus can be reached with Russia with the Republicans. The time Russia wanted to join NATO, US was not prepared for such a large country. Russia was a poor place after the collapse of the Soviet Union. They would have been a burden on NATO at that time. Now Russia with its oil, has formed its own links with countries around the world and want to expand and influence, and form its own NATO style conglomerate.

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    But now, Russia is too far gone with its desire for global dominance. If it was still propaganding Socialist values, one would have had some respect for it. No, now it’s the US who is propagating socialist values (although the ultra-liberal part is overdone). Russia has gone the supra-capitalistic way in an attempt to overtake the West (although we appreciate its conservative rights). Shameful set of circumstances from both sides. But Russia is the worse…….block-chains crypto to screw the West’s banking system, and Oligarchs to bring downfall to the Western capital.

    One can only pray that Biden quits the desire for NATO expansion to finance projects at home that link hands with ultra-liberalized Europe. Such sins will weigh heavily on collective consciousness, and are bound to fail. There are a hell-of-a-lot of ultra-conservative countries like the Islamic states that are praying for the ultra-liberal downfall. Let’s pray that Biden re-engages with Putin, even at this wanton time, and that Putin lays down his arms and shares Ukraine with NATO….and Biden shares Ukraine with Russia. 🙏🙏🙏

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    What matters is the tremendous suffering of people subjected to the vagaries of war. In this context the former PM, Ranil (RW), has aired his views both in Sinhala and English. Whatever be the strategies of Russia and the West in their chess game for supremacy, RW finds fault with the Ukrainian President for not assessing the situation from a Ukrainian point of view to secure the territory of Ukraine. He maintains that the Ukrainian leader should have learnt some lessons of our own President JRJ who struck a deal with India to secure Sri Lanka. RW implies that the deal prevented Sri Lanka and its people from the terrible suffering from a real war, like the one that is waged in Ukraine. It is reported that Middle Eastern leaders now don’t answer Biden’s Telephone calls. In other words, they are prepared to be out of the western domination. The author implies new international instruments will be put out to the world by Russia and China and middle eastern nations can be a part of that as well. The “small and weak” nations will have to decide one way or the other in the bipolar world. Neutrality is unacceptable.

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    This article makes it seem that nationalism with its arbitrary division own the planetary surface across which natural resources redistributed unevenly by forces whose interplay predates the appearance of life on the planet and the human species must take precedence overhear continuing evolutionary interactions. The various coteries responsible for the drawing of these boundaries are allegedly entitled to defend them and where possible extend them. Interestingly the author appears to prefer autocratic regimes and those aspiring to b come such themselves fathers than those that at least profess commitment to the doctrine of human rights, the rule of law, international humanitarian law and global covenants and conventions.
    It is unlikely that this practice of carving out the planet amongst violent groups of humans who restrict movement and access to resources is sustainable since the resources generated by planetary processes over the four bullion years of its life have to be utilized carefully in synchronicity with their regenerative cycles in order to enhance the functional capacities of the individuals who make up the species as well as the species itself.
    It is a pity that the author, is unable or unwilling to perceive the planet and its life in ways that move beyond the aggressive anthropocentrism that has been the predominant character of the species he belongs to, for far too long.

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      Update on Monday, 14/03/2022:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iobBbRiwves
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      Lankan time is now 14.50. These 5 minutes had been put on only an hour ago.
      .
      I find this British professor a useful guide. He has been a Professor in St Petersburg, and he is amazingly knowledgeable about Greece, Italy, etc. Also is reasonably familiar, I feel, with most of eastern Europe, and with a number of languages there – and history.
      .
      You can expect three or four short videos from him each day. I know that this will not get displayed until about three hours from now. I hope readers know how to get the name of his website (zontufilmsltd) and put it on a tab dedicated to Youtube. All his videos can then be viewed from the display you then get, under the “Videos” tab. If my instructions aren’t clear, explore and experiment!

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        Dear S_M
        I’ve been watching a bit of the video you recommend but wd like to know the name of the speaker. The video didnt show it at the beginning or in captions. Can you let me know, please?

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          Sinhala_Man
          Please tell me the name of the person you call a Professor in the video.

          PLEASE!!

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          Professor Tim Wilson has a poor opimion of Putin.
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlAZ7huamfQ
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          Tim has been consistently critical of the western response.
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQXzkLwJSEI&t=4s
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          His moral sense. He finds the treatment of Palestinians by Israel unacceptable.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJWL8bECG-M
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          Well, Manel, it’s upto you to explore more. I’m glad that you seem to share my view that Tim’s attitudes are healthy.
          .
          Panini

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            S_M
            You say: “I’m glad that you seem to share my view that Tim’s attitudes are healthy.”

            How on earth have u got this impression? I indicated no such thing. And I said that I had watched only a bit of the video. Please dont jump to conclusions. In fact, I was rather put off by his very casual manner given the situation.

            Do you know where the Prof hangs out?

            But thank you for contributing another source on the subject, S_M.

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              Tim is obviously in England. Most of the videos have been made in his home and garden. I have never been to Europe; had I been there I would have been in a better position to be a positive influence. I have told you about some of the forces that prevented me from doing more for – oh, dear, nimal fernando, help! Need a word. “humanity” would be pretentious.
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              Manel, have you read your friend’s debut on CT?
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/exile-and-the-retrieval-of-literary-creativity-from-late-post-modernist-defeatism/
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              I must write something there; it would be unkind not to do so, but what should I write?
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              All that I know of Tim Wilson, I have gathered from what is available on “zontulfilmsltd” which has 58.6K subscribers. I am one of them.
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              It is you who know England well enough to be able to better identify his location. Here’s his latest:
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMBqqvvJeCs
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              Operated on for colon cancer about four months ago; not fully recovered. He, you, and I are doing what little we can. I feel that many of our readers will also like this poem which he presses into service:
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLqZmsslIVc&t=2s

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                Damn! The power just went again, for the 2nd time today. 2weeks ago my fridge broke down from coming & going so often. Everything spoiled, & a bomb to repair. And Im dreading the gas running out cos I cant even find the old electric kettle that I stopped using years ago when power got so costly. And I havent ironed for years either. How on earth am i going to stand in a gueue — even for the Covid injections, I disgraced myself pushing to the front. I cant do that again. (The last time I stood outside in a protest was at Lib Plaza junction against the October “coup”.) Is it pos to carry a cylinder in a trishaw now that the delivery guys dont come? Six of my ceilings have been leaking for over a year & the last time this happened the absentee owner of the flat above took months to agree to repairs of the source. Now our condo management darent even approach him. Daily life here is bad enough without the extras of the last 2 years. Oh to be in England, now that Spring is here… but I guess WW3 might break out just as I touch down there.

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                  Manel
                  You should invest on a low voltage protection device for the frig with these electric power games.
                  Store the barest minimum necessary in the frig.
                  You should visit Britain and help WW3 destroy Boris.

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                    Thanks SJ, but my kitchen is so Tony there’s no room around the fridge for such a thing — if it’s anything like my computer power that passed away some months ago & hasnt been replaced.

                    I thought I had logged out. Just came back loaded with printing paper but cdnt get calcium. I really wish I cd go back to England but I cant face the journey any more. And never cared to fly. First journeys to & fro Ceylon by ship…the only civilised way to travel — must tell Agnos that.

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                      Oh dear typos.
                      Tony should be tiny.

                      And power is power guard

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                      Manel
                      It is a tiny gadget
                      Smaller than a lunch packet.

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              Continuing:
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              That’s ten minutes; he’s a brilliant teacher; knows how to hold my attention. I know, Manel, that you will miss the expressive reading, but what’s to be done? We have to reach the majority who are in command of all five senses; only two appealed to here, and you lack one.
              .
              See what some of our friends are doing here:
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rajni-gamage-11-march-2022/
              .
              I have made a comment there in English. Your “mother’s people” have made me an alien in my own land. Of course, it’s unfair for me to say that. She wasn’t directly, or indirectly, involved in any of this. Ultimately, we may be doing all this because each of us feels that we are “doing our bit” to assert that “no man is an island”. See who’s joined in:
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/ukraine-at-the-brink-of-a-third-world-war/
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              Not reading that! However, he’s provided us a place for posting, when these comments close.
              .
              Thank Jehovah that he wrote nothing about the heroic efforts of Weerasekera, Jayasuman & Co in Geneva, to protect our “heroic Ranaviruvos”. There it is Michelle Bachelet who is on our side.

              .
              You’ve been contributing more than anyone could demand of you. Thanks, Manel.

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                Sorry, S_M, for going off the rails just then. I’ve just about had enough. And I probably wont look at CT any time again soon. Ive missed 2 deadlines for crucial (to me) articles because I cant really concentrate on much these days, and instead I go off at a tangent. Oh, what “debut”, SM, my friend? Sorry, I’m not sure what youre referring to.

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                I refer to this article, Manel.
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                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/exile-and-the-retrieval-of-literary-creativity-from-late-post-modernist-defeatism/
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                It has been posted just before this. That is the review of a book of poetry by Professor Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan’s wife. I’m sure that you have read some of the many articles that he has written on Colombo Telegraph.
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                The review is by Professor Thiru Kandiah; a man who has immense respect for you, Manel.
                .
                I’m doubtful about your being in touch with him. He’s in Perth. I know for certain that he has never before written an article; in fact he has told me that he has never even made a comment on any articles that he have appeared here. I know that his wife, Indranee Kannangara as she was, scours the articles and the comments, and shows him anything that she thinks would interest him.
                .
                Panini Edirisinhe
                .
                To be continued

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                Continuing:
                .
                Manel,
                there comes a time when all of us become incapable of doing what we easily did when we were younger. Look at what Thiru has now written. I know that Professor Sarvan had indeed given Thiru those poems eight whole years ago, and was wondering when Thiru would review them. Sarvan and wife, Liebetraut, are both in a home for the aged, in Germany; I don’t know the town. I’m not curious. Liebetraut has multiple health problems, I know; but like you, both she and “Charlie” don’t give me all the details of what they suffer.
                .
                I know exactly where “leelagemalli” lives, and I have told Charlie (I don’t call him that since he’s a dozen years older than me) that I could get LM to look them up, but Charlie will not trouble anybody. This is the human condition; we came into the world mewling and bawling, and most of us will go out even weaker, and feeling great pain. What to do?
                .
                Now won’t “Leelage-Akka” write something there? I will write something, but it’s such a funny review that I know that I won’t do justice to those three “exiles”.

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        Dear S_M
        I await yr info re the ID of this Prof.

        But on one item I am curious about his dismissal of any “chemical” weapons program in Ukraine, when all I have read so far is about BIOlabs.
        Isnt there a difference?

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    Another site that may interest some CTers — not only about Ukraine — is Consortium News:
    https://consortiumnews.com/

    One of its recent items is a video taken at the UN Security Council on 12 March, of presentations on Ukraine’s Bio Research. I expect many will reject the Russian delegate’s presentation out of hand but listen to it anyway. And there is quite a lot of background history that’s worth going into

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      Manel,
      Thanks for the link!
      I wasn’t aware of it.
      There will be meeting between US and China on Monday in Rome. The focus of the meeting is Ukraine.
      A key element is summarised in the following sentence:
      “This meeting is taking place in the context of Russia’s unjustified and brutal war against Ukraine and as China has aligned itself with Russia to advance their own vision of the world order”.
      Here is the link in the UK Financial Times: https://www.ft.com/content/c8b3153f-02a9-473a-a52f-86fb59f5c838
      I see this meeting as just the start to counter the China-Russia economic equation.
      Refer to KD’s comment on the possible transformation (in the next decade) of the China-Russia relationship with China calling the shots.
      Comments in the Western media reflect the poor understanding many commentators have of the circumstances that led to this war. ,

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        Sunil
        I just came across 2 Chinese news sites (in a commentator’s post on page 9 below Craig Murray’s article on Putin) as various people were saying various alternatives sites were being blocked. I have still to look at them myself &, of course, wont forget theyre not exactly independent sources. But some of the journalists seem to be American or European.

        https://www.cgtn.com/

        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgrNz-aDmcr2uuto8_DL2jg

        As you see they cover a lot of events worldwide.

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          Dear Manel,
          .
          I clicked on the first, then on this:
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          https://www.cgtn.com/special/Live-update-Ukraine-Russia-border-crisis.html
          .
          As you say, they cover a lot of events worldwide. Just cut and paste.
          .
          It says “CGTN – see the difference.” Yes, I see it. No interpretation, just reports so that they can claim that “all was told”. Who is going to read it all. China knows that no intelligent person’s attention will be held by it.
          .
          It looks as though you haven’t yet thought it worth looking at!
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

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          “I have still to look at them myself &, of course, wont forget theyre not exactly independent sources.”
          Manel, kindly name one ‘almost exactly independent source’.
          Nobody is independent of the establishment.

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      Thank you Manel for this link:

      Be blessed as always !
      LM

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      Manel Fonseka

      Please listen to this hapless man cursing Rajapaksa clan and appealing to Gota’s son Manoj Rajapaksa.
      What would you say to this man?

      https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?extid=WA-UNK-UNK-UNK-AN_GK0T-GK1C&ref=watch_permalink&v=1623183751374541

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        S_M
        You say: “I’m glad that you seem to share my view that Tim’s attitudes are healthy.”

        How on earth have u got this impression? I indicated no such thing. And I said that I had watched only a bit of the video. Please dont jump to conclusions. In fact, I was rather put off by his very casual manner given the situation.

        Do you know where the Prof hangs out?

        But thank you for contributing another source on the subject, S_M.

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        Dear Native
        Alas, I am deaf & even with hearing aids cant hear speech, or at least make out the words in a film or video. And my Sinhala comprehension is dwindling by the day. I can read S and understand that the speaker is a Pushpakumara & understand the “title” below the video. Very very frustrating.
        Manel

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          Manel
          “I am deaf & even with hearing aids cant hear speech, or at least make out the words in a film or video.”
          Luck you!
          I am catching up slowly.

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      Dear Manel,
      .
      Whilst it is good for us to let both Putin and Zelensky know that the World is aware of there being two sides to all these events, there obviously is a good deal that we don’t know. “Listen” to this:
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      https://consortiumnews.com/2022/03/14/watch-ukraine-crisis-looking-back-looking-ahead/
      .
      Where did I find that? It is within “ConsortiumNews” which you directed me to. Now, I’ve listened to this, but not, I think, you!
      .
      Can’t you understand that none of us knows sufficient to claim that we can force the World to accept the “solutions” that we have been trying to force others to accept?
      .
      Best regards,
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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    Yes, we Sri Lankans have been brainwashed and like the religion born into, accept blindly. No one talks of Raqqa and Mosul that were razed to the ground. The US-led coalition buried thousands of civilian lives under the ruins of these cities. Dead bodies lay under the rubble for months. No complaints by anyone. Perhaps even applause. The murders go on today in Yemen. Children, mothers, civilians – countless. If not killed and maimed by US & UK jets and bombs, then left destitute, sick and starving. The Saudi proxy does the labour. Where’s the outcry in Sri Lanka media? This Friday there may be a few more deaths in Palestine. Or maybe the Jews are asked to go easy during these troubled days. They can catch up for lost days later.

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      Yes, Sarath,
      .
      And now the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister is in Lanka:
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      https://www.newsfirst.lk/2022/03/14/saudi-foreign-minister-in-sri-lanka/
      .
      the Saudi king is now old and sick. His son, “MBS”, – Mohamed bin Salman, is the virtual ruler.
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_bin_Salman
      .
      He is a horrible fellow (I think that old codger will agree.) He pretends to be a moderniser, but see this:
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      https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/12/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-executions.html
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      Many reports of that.
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        S.M,
        “He is a horrible fellow (I think that old codger will agree.) He pretends to be a moderniser, but see this”
        You will have to define “horrible “.
        Churchill was responsible for starving two million Indians to death in 1942.
        Gandhi had this practice of sleeping with young girls, ostensibly to test the strength of his chastity.
        Stalin killed millions by purges and starvation, but brought his country into the 20th century.
        George Bush killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians.
        Which of the above would you consider as horrible as MBS?

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          OC,

          What I recall reading is that Gandhi did that in public in order to show he had sublimated his lust for the greater freedom struggle.

          I don’t think he actually “slept with” them. Gandhi had many female assistants with him always. So, though his experiments were no doubt weird, if my memory is right, you are probably completely misrepresenting it.

          And George Bush had some mitigating circumstances in that Saddam Hussein was a tyrant whose family was kidnapping, murdering, and raping others. Many Western educated Iraqis provided misleading intelligence to the US for what they thought was the good cause of toppling Saddam. Cheney parked himself at the CIA to get analysts to provide intelligence with a certain slant and they were wrong about WMD. But taking out Saddam and his depraved sons was a noble cause. The problem was they didn’t plan for what came later and they didn’t understand the Shia-Sunni sectarianism.

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            Agnos,
            Gandhi certainly did sleep with young girls.
            https://www.shethepeople.tv/home-top-video/controversies-mahatma-gandhi-women/
            I have no particular grouse with Gandhi. What I am trying to get at is that no public figure is as evil, or as good, as we think.We have no personal experience, all we have are media reports, mostly biased.
            As to Saddam, we must remember that he was America’s darling while fighting Iran. Even if he was depraved, actually had WMD’s, etc, why is it that Israel doesn’t get the same treatment? Could it be because Israelis are mostly European?
            I am no Communist, but looking back at how Communist regimes were portrayed during the Cold War makes me wonder if there is something similar happening in Ukraine. Which media is truly free ?

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            Gandhi was acting in breach of Indian social norms. He could not care two hoots about how society will look at the young females who slept nest to him (stark naked, and that was luckily not in public, but admitted to in his autobiography).
            *
            ” George Bush had some mitigating circumstances in that Saddam Hussein was a tyrant whose family was kidnapping, murdering, and raping others. “
            Brilliant one Agnos.
            I wonder why Bush did not think of this excuse. Had he use it instead of the stupid lie about WMD, all the moralists of the would would have praised him to the sky and unquestioningly defended every evil deed of his..

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    On 12/3 Ukraine’s president said he told Israel’s PM “at present it’s not constructive to hold meetings in Russia, Ukraine, or Belarus. These are not the places where we agree to stop the war. Do I consider Israel, Jerusalem in particular, to be such a place? …YES”
    Mr Zelensky said he believes Neftali Bennett “can play an important role, because Israel is a country with a lot of history & parallels…having a large migration of Jews from Ukraine, Russia, & Belarus.” (Source: Jewish Chronicle)

    I am left gasping.

    The blood-soaked ground of Jerusalem which conceals hundreds, possibly thousands of 20th c victims & saw the dispersal of its mainly Arab population from its heart & surrounding villages — a people who had inhabited it for centuries – to distant places which themselves are now under illegal settlement or imminently so.
    _
    And this is the place Zelensky deems appropriate to negotiate his country’s survival from a cruel invader who seeks to subordinate it to his will! Is he completely ignorant? Is he blind to Jewish…Zionist crimes?
    Patrick Tyler – author of “Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country – and Why They Cant Make Peace” — would tell you to go elsewhere, Mr Zelensky. …2…

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    …2…
    Is Zelensky is too young to know much about the creation of modern Israel, the agony of Jerusalem. He doesn’t have far to go. Even a quick look at Wikipedia says quite a bit:
    “The 1948 Arab–Israeli War led to massive displacement of Arab & Jewish populations… due to mob & militia violence on both sides, 1,500 of the 3,500 (mostly ultra-Orthodox) Jews in the Old City evacuated to west Jerusalem as a unit. The comparatively populous Arab village of Lifta (today within the bounds of Jerusalem) was captured by Israeli troops in 1948, & its residents were loaded on trucks & taken to East Jerusalem (Me: that’s a rather understated of how they were hounded out). The villages of Deir Yassin, Ein Karem & Malcha, as well as neighborhoods to the west of Jerusalem’s Old City such as Talbiya, Katamon, Baka, Mamilla & Abu Tor, also came under Israeli control, & their residents were forcibly displaced; in some cases.. Walid Khalidi, among others, expulsions & massacres occurred.”

    Isnt Zelensky undermining his own right to decide the destination of his homeland by negotiating for it in the last place on earth whose present “owners” may have more in common with Putin than with him – as invaders, I mean?

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    …3…
    If he needs a bit more than Wiki coughs up, a few suggestions by Israeli writers to educate himself – maybe think twice about the negotiating platform:

    Sacred Landscape: The Buried History of the Holy Land since 1948
    by Meron Benvenisti, former deputy mayor of Jerusalem (1971-78).
    He accompanied his geographer father on his travels “through the Holy Land charting a Hebrew map that would rename Palestinian sites & villages with names linked to Israel’s ancestral homeland.” He shows how “an Arab landscape, physical & human, was transformed into an Israeli, Jewish state… the process by which new Hebrew nomenclature replaced the Arabic names of more than 9,000 natural features, villages, & ruins in Eretz Israel/Palestine (his name for the Holy Land). He, himself, supported a binational Israeli–Palestinian state.

    The Invention of the Jewish People, 2009, &
    The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland, 2014.
    Both by Tel Aviv univ. historian Shlomo Sand.

    A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture, 2002
    by Rafi Segal & Eyal Weizman.

    Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation, 2007
    by E Weizman, who has since left Israel.

    Surely there’s a better place to situate peace talks?

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      Dear Manel,
      .
      I’m sure that Zelensky knows well enough what Israel is, its history and that the entire world regards it as a pariah State.
      .
      Certain destruction of the entire State of Ukraine, her people, her infrastructure is what faces him. He is rightly concerned about getting something done about that within days. Given the way that the entire World (apart from the heroic Ukrainians are behaving he needs help fast.
      .
      None of us is happy with the over-all picture of humanity that we see, but let us not blame Zelensky. The Palestinian problem must be solved, but that problem should hardly be discussed NOW! The racism of some Ukrainians vis-a-vis coloured visitors stuck in Ukraine is deplorable, but all that has surfaced because of what Putin has done. Putin must be stopped before all else.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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      Neftali Bennett will undoubtedly reap some benefits from possibly brokering a peace-deal. Blame that also on Putin.
      .
      Solving the problems of the Palestinians is so much more complex that it has to wait. I know that it is the Israelis who are to blame. The entire Zionist movement, in fact, from the time Balfour promised the Jews a homeland in a place he didn’t own. Racism has to be tacked al the time; you and I are fighting manifestations of it in Lanka all the time. Taking our island as a whole, conditions here may not be as bad as in some of the “occupied lands”, but I haven’t seen them (I think that you have, and I don’t question your sincerity). I’m not as immediately aware of it as our own plight.
      .
      Doddering Biden’s inept ending of “Afghanistan” encouraged Putin; blame Biden, but not the heroic Ukrainians.
      .
      Blame all those who abstained from condemning Putin at the United Nations. I know that the fine print may provide excuses for them. I don’t know the details of all that, but how can I, with my limited capacity, faltering intelligence, memory and electricity attempt anything more complex than just ask Putin to please swallow a cyanide capsule for the good of the entire world!
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM6INPAQyq0
      .
      That is Professor Tim Wilson’s only effort this morning.
      .
      The inadequacy of what all of us are doing is admitted. More than this is unsustainable.

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    When will President Putin think it is enough?
    Foreign terrorists, who are armed with European made missiles and other dangerous weapons, are fighting against Russia in Ukraine. The willful destruction made by them will also be credited to Russia’s account. Where will they go afterwards? Then, there are other concerns too.
    What we see in Ukraine is the same thing that we saw in the Middle East. There is nothing alien here.
    The US has finally woken up from its slumber and suggests Russia to take a diplomatic path. Didn’t Russia make the same request last year and this year?
    The US seems to be blocking China from mediating in peace talks by distracting it with false accusations.
    The Ukrainian government is busy in counting, displaying and announcing the number of dead bodies of its own citizens which is disgraceful as it is them who are responsible for using civilians in combat.
    The Ukrainian President changes his stance from time to time. A few days ago he said that he agrees with Russia’s conditions. Exactly at that point, the USA offered to send more weapons to Ukraine. It is pretty obvious who blocks the peace process between Ukraine and Russia.

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    Interesting — looks like one Conservative front is waking up.
    I wish I could read this article in the London Telegraph today but cant get past the paywall:

    “Israel’s position on Ukraine spells disaster for the West”

    “Russia filled a gap in the Middle East left by American isolationism. Now it is paying remarkable dividends”
    ANTHONY HARWOOD14 March 2022

    “This is the moment when the decline of American influence in the Middle East is laid bare, with Russian sway in the ascendancy. Naftali Bennett’s puny condemnation of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and his foot-dragging on sanctions against the Kremlin are the culmination of a crisis of influence for America in the Middle East. We should now question how on earth it has come to pass that America’s strongest ally in the region for decades could suddenly be doing Moscow’s bidding?…”

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      This is the link, Manel:
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      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/03/14/israels-position-ukraine-spells-disaster-west/
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      The problem, dear Manel, that those paywall are probably necessary for them to pay their journalists. Who pays and reads?
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      Some, I’m sure pay because (like you) they want to know the truth. In your case you are obtaining information from there and working very hard to spread the truth for free. You gave us valuable inputs in response to Dr Jagath Asoka’s article. However, it doesn’t look as though you’ve bothered to look at what some of us have written there. Had you done so, you wouldn’t have been pleading with me to tell you the name of the man who made this video:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWF2Jj2Fgyk
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      Most of those who pay must be businessmen of sorts who want to make money at the expense of others by knowing what is relevant to money-making!

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      Manel,
      Mr Z is one great fall guy.
      The US and NATO wound him up to do all the wrong things, and when the s*** hit the fan, they were nowhere to be seen.
      Z could have avoided all of this without resorting to big talk that made Mr P rightly suspicious.
      He made things worse for himself (or rather Ukraine) by insisting that Ukraine will join NATO., not knowing that NATO will only attack only places like Afghanistan and Serbia, not Russia or even North Korea, who do not talk but shoot.
      You may remember the famous line: “When you wanna shoot shoot don’t talk” from the spaghetti western, “Good bad and the Ugly (1966)

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