The Mont Pèlerin Society unpacked as a Neo-Liberal Trojan Horse

Memehunter, in an article presented on 29 October 2012, entitled “The Mont Pèlerin Society: The Ultimate Neoliberal Trojan Horse”…. Far from being merely a “debate club”, the Mont Pèlerin Society is an elite globalist organization that played a leading role in shaping the economic policies of several countries and in creating numerous think-tanks devoted to propagating the theories of the Chicago and Austrian schools of economics. In this article, Memehunter delves into the origins and goals of the MPS, and analyzes its impact on postwar economic policies.

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The globalist origins of the Mont Pèlerin Society: Lippmann, Rappard, and Rockefeller money: Although the birth of the Mont Pèlerin Society (MPS) officially took place in 1947, its conception can be traced back to 1938. Capitalizing on American journalist Walter Lippmann’s visit to Paris, French right-wing philosopher Louis Rougier decided to organize a “Walter Lippmann Colloquium” (WLC) that would build upon the ideas presented in Lippmann’s recent book The Good Society and promote the neoliberal ideology that was threatened by the emergence of fascist and communist regimes in Europe.         Continue reading

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Sunday Times raises Vital Questions re Contradictory Political Currents

Political Editor, Sunday Times, 31 January 2016, where the title is ” Domestic war crimes probe: Lack of clarity as Government tries balancing act

  • President tells BBC no foreign judges will be allowed, but PM speaks of foreign participation
  • Fonseka likely to enter Parliament and get portfolio as part of the battle against Rajapaksa-linked group
  • One stand for local polls and another for world community could put Sri Lanka in political quagmire again

With local council elections only six months away, according to his own agenda, President Maithripala Sirisena dropped a bombshell last week.

He declared that foreign judges and prosecutors should not be involved in investigations into allegations of war crimes by troops and Tiger guerrillas. It was only a week earlier he declared that local polls would be held in July. There is still some doubt on the date. The Delimitation Commission would have to first re-define boundaries of some local bodies. Thereafter, several amendments to local government laws will have to be passed by Parliament. One such amendment is to make provision for an increase in representation of women. Continue reading

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Che Guevera in Ceylon in 1959


Che Guevera, Fidel Castro’s right hand man during the revolution in Cuba to oust Batista and who is now a legend, visited Ceylon in August 1959.  Castro sent him to the many countries that used to import sugar from Cuba, to maintain their relationship with importers.  During his trip to Ceylon he also visited a rubber estate in Horana, where he planted a rubber tree. Continue reading

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Sri Lankans monster their way to Success at the Australia Day Parade in Adelaide

AS elephant The Sri Lankan contingent in the annual AUSTRALIA DAY Parade in Adelaide on 26th January 2016 won the award for the “Most Creative Presentation.” This presentation and its format was organised by the newly-formed SL Association of South Australia. The Sri Lankan Tusker, a masterpiece, was created by the very talented artist Mr Priyantha Peiris. Needless to say there were also dance troupes and drummers. A note and an “appeal” from Dr. Sarath Senadheera are presented below after the series of pictures.

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The Vitality of THE HUMANITIES as Central to University Education

Anne Blackburn, from The Island, 30 January and 1 February 2016, where the title is Why we need Humanities in our university curriculum” …. The text of the keynote speech delivered by Professor Anne Blackburn, Cornell University at the Inauguration of Postgraduate Institute of the Humanities & Social Sciences on January 27, 2016.

It is a great honor to speak on the occasion of the inauguration of the Postgraduate Institute of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Peradeniya. I was myself a student at this university in the 1980s, and again in the 1990s, and I always return to this extraordinarily beautiful campus with feelings of gratitude and positive memories. As an undergraduate student in the mid-1980s I heard lectures in History, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy, and Buddhist Studies from some of Sri Lanka’s brilliant scholars. During the early 1990s it was my privilege to be attached to the Department of Sinhala, receiving expert and illuminating doctoral guidance for a dissertation related to Kandyan Period history and literature. So I speak with you today as one of Peradeniya’s former students, someone who has benefited greatly from the expertise of this university’s dons, spent many hours in the university library, and drunk my share of tea in both the canteens and the Senior Common Room.

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The Katikavatas or Promulgations by Sri Lankan Kings Aimed at Cleansing the Saasana

Gananath Obeyesekere, in The Island, 30 January 2016, where the title is A note on Katikaavatas or promulgations by Sri Lankan kings,”

In view of the controversies on the right of monks to unilaterally regulate the Buddhist order (sāsana) let me state that unlike in medieval Europe there were no Pope’s in Sri Lanka and it was the kings who had the final say in matters of the reorganization of the Sangha, admittedly with the consent of monks. These promulgations or katikāvatas were established for the purification of the order by kings who consulted distinguished monks before any promulgation was formulated. I am indebted to the important study of the subject by Nandasena Ratnapala, The Katikāvatas: laws of the Buddhist order of Ceylon, published in both Sinhala and English in 1971 which ought to be widely distributed and made known to the Buddhist public.

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Theatre of the Dangerous and Crazy in Lanka

Jayatilleke de Silva, in The Daily News, 29 January 2016, where the title is  Theatre of the absurd in local politics”

A section of the members of the Sinha Le organisation that gathered opposite the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy last Saturday to give a special pledge.  Picture by Asela Kuruluwansa

Adolf Hitler claimed that Germans are of Aryan stock and that they are superior to other races. That is why he wanted to purify Germany by destroying the Jews. The world knows how this doctrine of racial superiority ended. It developed into the dangerous doctrine of fascism. In his crusade for world supremacy hundreds of Jews and others were put in concentration camps and executed. Of course Hitler appealed to the people in the name of patriotism and socialism to grab power “democratically”. The most deplorable factor in that situation was not the acquiescence of the ignorant but the silence of those who knew where Hitler was heading.

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