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Multi-faceted Campaign against the SL Government Crackdown on the Aragalaya

HRW …. 31 August 2022 …………. https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/08/31/sri-lanka-end-use-terrorism-law-against-protesters 

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Jonathan Manz’s Revelations re US Machinations in Sri Lanka: Two Essays

Jonathan Manz, in LankaWeb

ONE: “Pivot-to-Asia: America executes a Ligthening Coup to take control ofa strategic Island in the Indian Ocean” …. in LankaWeb, 13  June 2022 …. note DATE

Bewildered, reeling and confused, Sri Lankans are just beginning to pick up the pieces of the jigsaw to decipher the events of Black-Monday, 09 May 22, when America, with its all-too-familiar ‘false-flag’ operations, executed a lightning Coup, to take control of the strategic Island in the Indian Ocean.

Taking control of the Island-Nation was critical to the Americans to implement their re-chartered game-plan for the Indian-Ocean region; this plan, they were compelled to develop following the unexpected defeat of their proxy mercenaries in Sri Lanka.

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IMF’s Position on Sri Lankan Crisis on 17th July 2022

Dilini Madushanki, in Ceylon Today, 17 July 2022, with this title  “Sri Lanka a ‘warning sign’ for countries with high debt levels and limited policy space — IMF,”

Claiming Sri Lanka is a ‘warning sign’ for countries with high debt levels, IMF Chief Kristalina Georgieva warned officials from the Group of 20 major economies to take urgent action to combat inflation, warning that the “exceptionally uncertain” global economic outlook could turn worse if higher prices persisted.

Georgieva, speaking at a G20 finance officials meeting in Indonesia, said “I wish the global economic outlook was as bright as the sky in Bali, but unfortunately, it is not. The outlook has darkened significantly, and uncertainty is exceptionally high. Downside risks about which the IMF had previously warned have now materialized.” 

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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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Apoyi-Apoyi Situation in Lanka: UN Report on “Food-Security” Conditions

This survey of the parlous socio-economic situation in Sri Lanka by the UN agencies located within the island is a long and complicated document …with several graphs and diagrams. So Thuppahi will present only a small part and provide the web link at the end. The internet filewas kindly converted for me by Dinu Jayasuriya of Rooleo Studios in Adelaide….. Note that the highlighting within the document is NOT my work, but that internal to the UN presentation.

A vendor at a wholesale produce centre is running out of customers and produce….. Photo: © UN Sri Lanka

Foreword by the United Nations Resident Coordinator

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence. Concurrent challenges in public finance and sovereign debt, as well as the availability and affordability of food, fuels, fertilizers, and medicines, have disrupted livelihoods across the country. As a result, around 5.7 million women, men, girls and boys are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

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Full Spectrum Dominance enmeshing Sri Lanka in USA’s Web?

Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake, in LankaWeb, 19 May 2022, where the title reads  “Masks of democracy and energy geopolitics: Is Full Spectrum Dominance the endgame?”  ….. with highlighting beng the intervention of The Editor, Thuppahi

“For the faction that controls the Pentagon, the military industry and the oil industry, the Cold War never ended. It went on ‘below the radar’ creating a global network of bases and conflicts to advance their long-term goal of Full Spectrum Dominance, the total control of the planet: land, sea, air, space, outer space and cyberspace. Their methods included control of propaganda, use of NGOs for regime change, Color Revolutions to advance NATO east, and a vast array of psychological and economic warfare techniques, a Revolution in Military Affairs as they termed it. The events of September 11, 2001 would allow an American President to declare a war on an enemy who was everywhere and nowhere, who justified a Patriot Act that destroyed that very freedom in the name of the new worldwide War on Terror. “ ……. William Engdahl in Full Spectrum Dominance; Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order

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Rebutting Brigadier Ranjan De Silva’s Pro-American Line of Advocac

Fair Dinkum has sent a memorandum in vehement criticism of my Aloysian schoolmate, Brigadier Ranjan De Silva’s Arguments (see below) …… Michael Roberts

The unjustified slurs and smears the Brigadier brings on China cannot go by unchallenged.

First, China didn’t “grab” a harbour of land in Sri Lanka. The word “grab” is a loaded term designed to smear China. There is a history and a context to this [project] which the Brigadier fails to explain. I won’t do so here because all of this has been well documented in many credible sources.

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Blanketing Operations in the British Heights revealed by Lord Naseby

Shamindra Ferdinando

Member of House of Lords, Michael Naseby, has assured [us] that he will try very hard to convince the UK to make public the sections of the Colombo British High Commission dispatches censored by London, pertaining to the last phase of the Vanni offensive. Lord Naseby gave this assurance at the launch of his memoirs, ‘Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained’ at the BMICH on Tuesday (29).

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Lord Naseby’s Book Launch …. House of Lords, 26 February 2022

The initial launch of Paradise Lost. Paradise Regained by Lord Michael Naseby scheduled in Colombo in 2020 was scuttled by the covid pandemic …. so the launch was taken up recently in the House of Lords in London (alas, amidst severe political and economic turmoil in the island).

Left: Lord Michael Naseby (seated)

John Rajan Yorke leaning across table; Amal Abeyawardene (at right)

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Addressing Sri Lanka’s Future in June 2009

Michael Roberts, reprinting here an article that appeared in FRONTLINE vol. 26/12, 19 June 2009 … with this title “Some Pillars for Lanka’s Future”

“One can win the War, but lose the Peace” — A cliche this may be, but it is also a hoary truism that looms over the post-war scenario in Sri Lanka. The triumphant Sri Lankan government now [must] address the human terrain rather than the fields of battle.

 

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