Fair Dinkum responding to an EMAIL CIRCULAR sent by Victor Melder, 20 September 2023 ….. bearing this You-Tube ………………
I gather some Sri Lankan sent it to him with the question, “Are you pro=Indian or pro Chinese?” which is an unfair question because it is framed in such a way as to create and reinforce division, and doesn’t allow for the possibility for one to be both, or to be neutral, or to consider the possibility that Sri Lanka should engage with both India and China when it is in their interests to do so, without interference.
I would say Sri Lankans should be pro-Sri Lanka and then at the next level down, regard India and China as partners, as SL should do with all countries.
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I have recently presented the list of items placed in this site during April 2019 immediately after the shocking events and now commence to present the itmes that appeared in May 2019. I can hardly claim to have provided a comprehensive coverage, but readers will find a wide variety of personnel from different ethnic groups within this list. That it should evoke such wide interest is not surprising: it was a kind of 9/11 in Sri Lankan and Indian Ocean history.
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Ranga Jayasuriya, in The Daily Mirror, 13 September 2023, where the title reads “Real victims and real danger of Channel 4’s fact-less documentary” …. with highlighting imposed by Th Editor, Thuppahi
Channel 4’s latest documentary on the Easter Sunday attack is way too depressing for any Sri Lankan, more so for the survivors and relatives who live with the memories of the slaughter of innocents. But, after a 47-minute-long documentary, all that emerges is a ghastly piece of clickbait journalism that tries to repackage a hackneyed conspiracy theory, relying on the testimony of a single dubious asylum seeker, and generously mixing the harrowing tales of survivors, who live with the pain, as if the emotive appeal would provide credibility to the unfounded claims.
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Statement by Ambassador Himalee Arunatilaka, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva in response to the Report by the Office of the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights ………… https://mfa.gov.lk/gosl-statement-54th-unhrc/ *+*
At the outset, let me reiterate that the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has consistently rejected Resolution 46/1 and 51/1 that led to the setting up of the so-called ‘Accountability Project’. We also reject the written update, its conclusions and recommendations.
We recall that the majority of the Member States either opposed or abstained from voting on these Resolutions, in fundamental disagreement with its unacceptable content in particular the so-called evidence gathering mechanism, the establishment of which is unprecedented. We reiterate that it goes beyond the mandate that Member States conferred on the Council by UNGA Resolution 60/251.
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VARIED…. IMMEDIATE – APRIL 2019
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Captain Kumar Kirinde, SLAF Retd, whose facored title runs as “THE DESTROYED TOWERS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE OF NEW YORK: THE AFTEMATH OF 9/11 REMEMBERED IN PICTURES” .…. Sources: http://www.quora.com (posts by Ann Longmore-Etheridge), ……………………………………………………………………………….. https://science.howstuffworks.com/engineering/structural/world-trade-center-slurry- wall.htm and Google Images
Constructing the World Trade Center (1970)
Pic: https://www.ba-bamail.com/baba-recommends/history-in-pictures-25- amazing-images-of-the-past/ ….
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