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Pete Seeger: Songs from the past still relevant for our time

Tony Donaldson

Let me present three different types of songs performed by Pete Seeger in 1960 – a lullaby, protest song, and an entertainment song.

Seeger said learning another language is like entering the soul of another people. He included in his repertoire songs from all over the world, including this gentle Indonesian lullaby called Suliram, which was traditionally sung to children in Indonesia and Malaysia at bedtime. Here is the first verse with an English translation.

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Horrendous Western Misreadings of Sri Lankan Situation in 2008-09

  Tony Donaldson’s Capsule Comment in Facebook A Few Years Back++
Michael, …. Two great articles in “Ambassador Blake in Never-Never Land…” and “The imperious interventions of David Miliband….” I am not surprised by any of this. US diplomats should study anthropology for a few years. It might teach them to recognize neo-colonialism in their own value system.
It reminds us that the US., its diplomats and think tanks which operate in the guise of academic institutions, do not present global or universal values as they pretend or claim, but a deeply entrenched relativist one that is tied to US interests (but in this instance, the sheer lack of understanding about what occurs in SL is mind-boggling).
Displaced Tamils on the movein the northern Vanni  — from west eastwards in mid-late 2008

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Bankrupt! Sri Lanka totally bankrupt …..

Marianne David, in theMorninglk, 15 May 2022, where the title read thus “Sri Lanka is bankrupt in every respect: Dr. W.A. Wijewardena”

  • If Ranil Wickremesinghe fails, Sri Lanka will also fail
  • Current economic status is catastrophic
  • Drastic reduction in food production due to insane organic policy
  • Inflation is galloping; external sector worst affected
  • Lankans will have to learn to live through enormous hardships
  • Only strength Sri Lanka has is its human capital
  • Country has to revert to pre-2019 tax regime
  • Country has to revert to pre-2019 tax regime

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A Citizen’s Declamation: Reform and Theatrics

Fabian Schokman

Over the course of this last week, what Sri Lanka has witnessed is a teledrama, not too different from the teledramas that your grandmother, mother and maids watch. An elaborate script designed to draw the gullible into a daily melodrama to take their attention away from the base of the struggle unfolding all around them.

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Mayhem in Sri Lanka: Violence ….. in Colombo …

SEE https://www.newsfirst.lk/2022/05/10/pictures-aftermath-of-colombo-violence/

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No Balls! Mahinda Rajapaksa stripped ….

His situation in April-May 2021 ….

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“Must Change the Government” says P. Saravanamuttu of CPA

   P. Saravanamuttu, in Financial Times, 30 April 2022, where the title is “Governance in Sri Lanka: We must not miss this opportunity”

The situation in the country is one of dynamism as well as stalemate.  Dynamism on account of the determination, creativity and resilience of the Gotagogama demonstrators, the extension of their efforts to the Mainagogama demonstration outside Temple Trees to the sheer celebration of Sri Lanka’s diversity and the unity of its peoples, to the presentation of the 21st Amendment in Parliament by the SJB Opposition and their mammoth march from Kandy, culminating in Colombo on May Day as well as the Hartal; stalemate because the Rajapaksas show no sense of shame and indeed self-respect to heed the call of the people and GO.

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FRONTLINE — Focus on Sri Lanka’s Woes

COVER STORY: Sri Lanka: The siege within …..Print edition : May 06, 2022……. [noting that the Editor was not able tomatch PHOTO and its subheading in some places]

.R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN

People, cutting across communities, are paying the price for the rulers’ misplaced policies and priorities. As the ruling Rajapaksas refuse to accede to the popular demand for their resignation, the island nation is on the verge of implosion.

 

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Taking to Street: Protests typically Lankan in Style

Mey Lankaava Neydha!!!  …… !!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Panic spreads …. A Crocodile joins the Masses in Colomboin Lanka

Right in the heart of BAMBALAPITIYA in Colombo …..

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