An Assessment of the Rajapaksa Regime in late 2009: Brickbats and Plaudits

Michael Roberts, presented originally in Groundviews on 17th December 2009, the comments were enlightening and well-informed –rather in contrast with the acerbic carping directed at my more recent articles in that venue [so that some selections will soon be reproduced below, while a new section  at the end adds a limited bibliography that extends to the present day]

This is a disjointed exercise that does not claim comprehensiveness. That is impossible in a short essay, the more so because I write without ethnographic exposure to the experiential subjectivities of either the Tamil people in Sri Lanka or the poor people from every community struggling with the cost of living.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse addresses to supporters as he attends an election rally in the Colombo suburb of Piliyandala on January 5, 2015. Gunmen shot and wounded three opposition activists who were preparing a stage for President Mahinda Rajapakse's chief rival on the final day of campaigning in Sri Lanka's election, police said. The men were hit in a drive-by shooting as they erected a podium for Maithripala Sirisena to address a rally in the southern town of Kahawatte, around 130 kilometres (80 miles) from the capital Colombo. AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI


Terrible Record: In a recent essay I have briefly annotated the government’s failure to prevent a series of killings and intimidations directed against media personnel and the widespread belief that elements in its sprawling establishment had a hand in many of these acts of injustice.[1]

In step with this record the Rajapaksa Regime has consolidated the long tradition of overcentralised decision-making and authoritarianism at the top that has been a feature of Sri Lanka’s so-called democratic institutions for many decades.[2] It is not surprising, therefore, that little or nothing has been done to initiate a genuine devolution of power in ways that would give the Tamil and Muslim peoples a goodly glass of political hope. All they have received so far is sweet words. Continue reading

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In Anticipation! From Mahinda to Tony in Unity

Tony Abbott portrait (1)

Wasantha Sanath’s Pencil Drawing gifted to the In-Power  TONY from the In-Power Mahinda … maybe with a planetary assurance that both would still be in power NOW Continue reading

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Hambantota Port takes off?

Description: Inline image 2From Daily Mirror Item dec 2014

I. “Thoughts” – by Michael Roberts

This is actually from an old news item in the Daily Mirror in late 2014 –perhaps one that was buried in the course of election fever during the Presidential contest. There is an ironic twist here: the astrological wisdom that led His Lordship, Mahinda Rajapaksa, to call an early election stands in contrast with the unknown functionaries and Presidential diktat (guided in part by his cultivation of his own patch –a “wrong reason”) that saw one of the world’s unique inland harbours being built at Hambantota. Continue reading

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An Editorial on Lone-Wolf Killers and Bombers

Kaczynski- Ted Kaczynski, the Una Bomber USA Anders-Breivik-desribed-h-009Anders Breivik

BOSTON BOMBING Boston marathon bombingAA--WESTEMAD   Westmead Sydney acid attack on Sinhalese householders

 The AUSTRALIAN Editorial: “Lone-wolf terror attacks require eternal vigilance,” 5 October 2015,

Before David Irvine retired as director-general of ASIO a year ago, he repeatedly warned of the threat posed by “lone-wolf” terror attacks on Australian soil. These extremists often fly under the radar of security agencies, evading detection. So frightening is the prospect that one of these radicals could slip through the net of security agencies and inflict an act of terror on an unsuspecting, perhaps complacent, public that it kept the former security chief “awake at night”. While Australians are fighting extremist terrorism abroad — in Iraq and Syria — we also need to remain ever-vigilant about the threat of terrorism at home. After the shocking, cold-blooded murder of police employee Curtis Cheng by radicalised 15-year-old boy Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar in Sydney’s Parramatta on Friday, Mr Irvine’s nightmares have again been realised. This is not the first time Australians have been murdered or injured by lone-wolf radical extremists. Nor, regrettably, will it likely be the last. Continue reading

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A Moment of Nostalgia!!

A Triumvirate in January 2014 … who can look back from January 2015 with… WHAT THOUGHTS!@#!!$$

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Ordinary Perera, Nadarajah and Bandara: Hands, Feet and Donations across the Length and Breadth of Sri Lanka

I = SEE & Listen to

TRAILS WALKHow A Walk Healed A Nation | Nathan Sivagananathan & Sarinda Unamboowe | TEDxColombo….TEDx Talks……2,912,917……14,688

Published on Sep 21, 2015

Sarinda and Nathan relate their story of how a drunken promise can create social cohesion between the two ends of Sri Lanka. The war drove communities apart but their project proved that with a cause as big as cancer – miracles can happen and people can come together to drive change.


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Enjoy Sri Lanka with Romesh Ranganathan

Romesh Ranganathan, 30 Septmber 2015, courtey of

Cockney Lanka: Romesh Ranganathan in Asian Provocateur.
Cockney Lanka: Romesh Ranganathan in Asian Provocateur. Photograph: Benjamin Green/BBC/Rumpus Media

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