Category Archives: propaganda

Canadian Cha-Cha-Cha: Genocide Claims

Chandre Dharmawardana, in Colombo Telegraph, 5 July 2019, where the title “Two Alleged Genocides – And Canada’s Claimed Support For Conflict Prevention In Sri Lanka”

David McKinnon, Canada’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka  has stated, on Canada’s National Day  that  “Canada would continue to support conflict prevention efforts in Sri Lanka, where  it has been seen how hate speech and media can entrench communal divisions”.  Meanwhile back in Canada, successive Canadian governments have failed to understand how this very “hate speech” is being entrenched in Canadian municipal discourse and even in parliamentary proceedings by militant diaspora groups. They wish to replay the old ethnic animosities of their homeland  in Canada too.

fervent demonstrations in Toronto mounted by Canadian Tamils in 2009 … presaging recent claims

Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under accountability, asylum-seekers, communal relations, disparagement, doctoring evidence, economic processes, ethnicity, governance, historical interpretation, human rights, immigration, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, modernity & modernization, politIcal discourse, power politics, press freedom, propaganda, Rajapaksa regime, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, Sri Lankan scoiety, Tamil migration, tamil refugees, the imaginary and the real, truth as casualty of war, vengeance, war reportage, world events & processes, zealotry

Dynamite! 9/11 as Dynamite. Friends at War

Michael Roberts

When Islamic zealots within Sri Lanka reaped havoc on people going about their normal practices on Easter Sunday this year 2019 via coordinated suicide attacks that generated carnage and death, I sent A NOTE (see below) around as part of a wider corpus of material on the event.  To my amazement, three friends from disparate backgrounds, French, Canadian and Sri Lankan Australian respectively, expressed strong dissent about the Islamic hand behind the 9//11 carnage in USA — firmly asserting that it was an US government plot.

All four Pics from https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/9-11-iconic-images-idUSRTS20CLO

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under accountability, american imperialism, arab regimes, architects & architecture, authoritarian regimes, centre-periphery relations, conspiracies, disparagement, fundamentalism, historical interpretation, Islamic fundamentalism, jihad, landscape wondrous, law of armed conflict, legal issues, life stories, martyrdom, Middle Eastern Politics, military strategy, Muslims in Lanka, politIcal discourse, power politics, propaganda, religious nationalism, security, self-reflexivity, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, suicide bombing, terrorism, the imaginary and the real, trauma, truth as casualty of war, vengeance, violence of language, world events & processes

A Patriotic Muslim Sri Lankan … now permanently disabled – shot by the Zahran Hashim Cell

BBC News Item, 31 May 2019, entitled  “The man who might have stopped Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings”

 

When bombs planted in churches and hotels killed more than 200 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, few had realised that the nation had a problem with Islamist militancy. One man who did, reports the BBC’s Secunder Kermani, was Mohammad Razak Taslim. Lying on a hospital bed, Mohammad Razak Taslim’s face contorts with pain. The left side of his body is completely paralysed, but he reaches out with his right hand, trying to clutch at his wife and brother-in-law who stand anxiously over him. His wife, Fatima, presses a handkerchief to his head. One side of his skull has caved in. It’s where he was shot in the head in March. Ever since, he’s been unable to speak, unable to walk.

Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under accountability, atrocities, communal relations, cultural transmission, disparagement, ethnicity, governance, historical interpretation, Islamic fundamentalism, jihad, legal issues, life stories, martyrdom, Muslims in Lanka, politIcal discourse, power politics, propaganda, racist thinking, riots and pogroms, security, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, terrorism, trauma, unusual people, violence of language, world events & processes, zealotry

Fighting LTTE Women …. Looking Back from 2016

Kim Wall and Mansi Choksi, in Longreads, May 2018 where the title is “A Chance to Rewrite History: The Women Fighters of the Tamil Tigers” …… How during a brutal, 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tigers failed the women soldiers who sacrificed everything to fight for a sovereign state for the Tamil minority [with a NOTE from the Editor, Thuppahi at the end]

“We went on our first reporting trip together to write about an emerging Chinatown in Kampala in 2015,” says Mansi. “And then the next year, I moved to New York, where she was living, so we would spend our afternoons working together.” Mansi and Kim traveled to Sri Lanka in 2016. Mansi recalls Kim’s dedication to telling the story of the women who fought with the Tamil Tigers during Sri Lanka’s brutal, 25-year civil war. “Kim genuinely fell in love with the women we were writing about,” says Mansi. “You can hear it in her voice, in the tapes of our interviews.”

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under communal relations, Fascism, female empowerment, gender norms, governance, historical interpretation, landscape wondrous, language policies, life stories, LTTE, martyrdom, mass conscription, military strategy, modernity & modernization, nationalism, politIcal discourse, power politics, propaganda, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, Tamil Tiger fighters, the imaginary and the real, travelogue, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, vengeance, war reportage, women in ethnic conflcits, working class conditions, world events & processes, zealotry

The Clash of Civilisations and Hate at the Heart of 21/4 in Sri Lanka

Michael Roberts

My thoughts are organised in point-form in order to assist succincttness.

A = I recall seeing a news item a day or so back which indicated that Sri Lanka was in the process of acquiring sophisticated cyber-technology from China in order to pursue its intelligence work the better. Quite logical that — though late in the day.

Mecca at Hajj Pilgrims at St Peter’s Basilica

Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under accountability, Al Qaeda, atrocities, authoritarian regimes, economic processes, ethnicity, fundamentalism, historical interpretation, Indian Ocean politics, Indian traditions, Islamic fundamentalism, legal issues, life stories, meditations, politIcal discourse, power politics, propaganda, racist thinking, riots and pogroms, security, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, suicide bombing, terrorism, trauma, unusual people, vengeance, world events & processes, zealotry

The Emergence of Salafi Jihadists in the Kattankudy Locality in the Eastern Province

 Ameen Izzadeen and Abdullah Shahnawaz from Kattankudy, in Sunday Times, 28 April 2019, where the title reads “Lightning, thunder and a blast: On the trail of terror leader”

April 17: A man walks into the Kattankudy police station to complain that something unusual had happened on his land at Palamunai.  Police visit the scene and discover a Scooty motorcycle has been blasted using explosives. It had been blasted the previous day, April 16.

April 18: A young Kattankudy woman visits her old parents living in a house in a nearby area to give them lunch. That was the last time she saw them. She assumes the father who was complaining of a leg pain, has gone, accompanied by the mother, to see a native physician in Kinniya. But he never goes anywhere without informing the daughter.  This puzzles her, but on April 21, she pieces the puzzle together and realises her family’s involvement in the worst ever terror attack to shake this country.

              The face of terror: Zahran Cassim

Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under accountability, atrocities, communal relations, conspiracies, cultural transmission, education, historical interpretation, Islamic fundamentalism, jihad, landscape wondrous, life stories, Muslims in Lanka, politIcal discourse, power politics, propaganda, religiosity, security, self-reflexivity, sri lankan society, terrorism, trauma, unusual people, violence of language, world events & processes

CR de Silva’s Appraisal & Report on Amarasingam’s Study of Tamil Activists in Canada

Chandra R. de Silva:  “Report on Amarnath Amarasingam’s Pain, Pride and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada being a Reader’s Confidential Review of a Book Mss sent in response toa request from the publishers …. a book that has since appeared in print as  under the imprint of the University of Georgia Press (2015)

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, asylum-seekers, atrocities, authoritarian regimes, centre-periphery relations, communal relations, cultural transmission, discrimination, disparagement, education, Eelam, ethnicity, foreign policy, heritage, historical interpretation, human rights, Indian Ocean politics, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, nationalism, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, prabhakaran, press freedom, propaganda, Rajapaksa regime, refugees, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, Tamil migration, tamil refugees, terrorism, the imaginary and the real, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, vengeance, war reportage, world events & processes