Naledi Pandor,….., speaking at
VISIT the site AfrikaNowAfrika T …. and listen to her in this VIDEO-CAST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC_lfJMaWn0
NOTE the title: “She Spoke With No Fear! African Politician Slams Israel & The West”
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A China Watcher
India and China’s defence ministers sit down for talks at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) security summit in New Delhi, with Pakistan’s top diplomat and Russia’s defence ministers present. It was a very productive meeting with a strong emphasis on diplomacy to resolve disputes.
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Sebastian Rasalingam, reproducing an article presented in 2008 in The Sri Lanka Guardian in October 2008 with this title “An Excellent and Timely Feature on the Tamils” **
Please permit me to make some comments on the recent article on the “Sri Lankan Identity” by R. M. B. Senanayake, continuing a discussion in a previous article by Anne Abeysekera. Both these articles, written by authors who are familiar with the English-educated Sinhalese point of view, deal very inadequately with the issues of Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka and in erstwhile Ceylon. In fact, the modern generation, even the Tamils, are on the whole unaware of the true nature of the present conflict and the role of Tamil nationalism. They are misled and mesmerized by simplistic histories concocted by the great political agenda set in motion by the Tamil leaders of the pre-1956 era. In fact, I will outline below how the battlelines were drawn in the Donoughmore days, by G. G. Ponnambalam (GGP) and others who followed.
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Jeffrey Sachs, in Pearls and Irritations 24 August 2022 where the title reads thus “The west’s false narrative about Russia and China”
The world is on the edge of nuclear catastrophe in no small part because of the failure of Western political leaders to be forthright about the causes of the escalating global conflicts. The relentless Western narrative that the West is noble while Russia and China are evil is simple-minded and extraordinarily dangerous. It is an attempt to manipulate public opinion, not to deal with very real and pressing diplomacy.
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My Thanks to Joe Paiva in Adelaide for this important reference to Sanga;s recent appeal …. one that is in step with the bold move he made in 2011 with his wife Yehali when they chose to visit st. Patrick’s College in what was a reconciliatory political gesture.
FOR Sri Lanka_ Kumar Sangakkara’s Public Appeal _ Thuppahi’s Blog
Perchance as it happens today, I was listening to the commentaries on the ODI match between England and South Africa taking place at Chester le-Street yesterday -where one of the illustrious batch of commentators was Kumar Sangakkara.
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