Daya Gamage, in Asian Tribune, 12 May 2019, with this title “Robert Blake indicates Washington’s new approach to Sri Lanka”
Robert O’Blake, former (2006-2009) American ambassador to Sri Lanka and onetime assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Bureau (2009-2012) of the US Department of State indicated how Washington would approach Sri Lanka having seen the deteriorating security situation in this South Asian nation – which could affect Washington’s military design in the Indo-Pacific region – while assessing the rapidly changing political environment possibly favoring the return of the Rajapaksas.
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Political Editor, Sunday Times, 19 May 2019, where the title runs “Sri Lanka caught in the big power conflicts”
When elephants fight, an African proverb says, it is the ants that get crushed. In essence that encapsulates how the small and weak become dangerously vulnerable when big powers fight for dominance and even hegemony. That is Sri Lanka now.
President Maithripala Sirisena returned from China on Thursday after adding another explosive chapter to this big nation power play. His Media Office head-lined a statement saying, “three significant agreements with China on national security and development were signed.” However, there was no mention of what these agreements were or the different titles.
Bilateral talks on security between China and Sri Lanka under way Continue reading
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Jean-Pierre Page …. see bio-note at end, Editor Thuppahi
Here attached is my article in French! Very widely published in France, Italy and Canada. In her book “Hard Choices” Hillary Clinton has clearly said “we have created Daesh (ISIS), we have to negotiate with “the Muslim brothers in Cairo to create a territory, a state in the Sinaï for ISIS.”
That was part of the plan to re organise, rebuild and share a new Middle East. This was not very different to what Washington has done against the Soviet Union with the Talibans in Afghanistan. Have you forgotten what Zbigniew Brzezinski said once:” we have created the Talibans and we succeeded!”
Today in Island there is the first article which raises the real issues. The one by Lasanda Kurukulasuriya in the Island of 6th May [see……………………………. http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=203773 Continue reading
Special Item Lanka Enews, 30 April 2019, entitled “Police dogs render US diplomats speechless!” ….. https://lankanewsweb.net/news/special-news/42367-police-dogs-render-us-diplomats-speechless
In the wake of the recent suicide bombings at three luxury hotels on Easter Sunday, the management of Hilton Hotel Colombo had recently requested defense forces to inspect the hotel premises.
EMAIL NOTE from Gus Mathews in London, 25 March 2019 commending the Article by Rajeewa Jayaweera (see below)
Thank you for this incisive analysis. Irrespective of the atrocities committed on Easter Sunday I am afraid the blame lies entirely with the government of the day. This government is slipshod, non-functional and above all complacent. While many will indicate the toxic relationship between the President and PM as the main fault it is much more than this simple issue. The security apparatus has been run down deliberately since the end of the Eelam war to appease the minorities and the West. Is it any wonder that it took the horrific murder of 359 innocents and the wounding of over 500 for this government to come to its senses. When it came down to security the last regime was on the ball and the security services would have heeded not only the International warnings but acted on it swiftly.
in Feb 2019- AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena
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