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Political Intolerance on the Rise. Fostered by Social Media

Chris Kenny, in The Australian, 8 May 2019, where the title runs “Egg attack on Morrison hints at rotten state of public debate”

The Albury egging was so pathetic it didn’t even crack the egg. But there would have been milliseconds of sharp concern and shambolic reactions, with one woman knocked to the ground, that ruined what otherwise would have been a terrific event for the Country Women’s Association. And while they will be outwardly phlegmatic, Scott Morrison, his staff and the Australian Federal Police close personal protection officers will be — pardon the pun — walking on eggshells for a while.

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“Eating Bitterness Again” — Captain Elmo’s Lament pinpoints Crass Incompetence at the Top

Capt Elmo Jayawardena

I will make this article short, simply because what I am writing is extremely sad. 350 plus totally innocent people died on Easter Sunday morning due to random bomb explosions. 500 or more were maimed and are fighting for their lives in hospitals. The extremists who are responsible would have had their own reasons for creating this terrible tragedy. Everyone has reasons for everything they do: but does that give them the right to kill innocent people? They planned, they came, they bombed, and the ones who paid the price were people who had gone to church on this Black Easter to pray and those who sat at a table to enjoy a celebrative breakfast.

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Ivan Amarasinghe slaps the BBC for Misleading Aspersions

21st April 2019

Director General, British Broadcasting Corporation,  BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

cc. Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister <mayt@parliament.uk> ………  Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Opposition ……..<jeremy.corbyn.mp@parliament.uk>………Rt Hon. the Lord Naseby <amnaseby@btinternet.com>

Dear Sir

Misleading information and racially biased innuendoes by the BBC on the Sri Lankan Bombing Incidents today

As a peace loving Sri Lankan Sinhala and a Buddhist domiciled in the United Kingdom, it was with great sadness and dismay that I listened to the surreptitious, covert and even overt underpinnings of implied accusations on the majority Sinhala Buddhist community by your BBC  news presenters and the reporters on the above subject.

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A Cry for Sri Lanka — Jane Russell in London

When I sent Sampanthan’s recent “Statement” in Colombo Telegraph[1] to Jane Russell in England, her Immediate Response by Email, dated 13th April 2019, was an impassioned Cry from the Heart

There are no sensible replies to this kind of rhetoric…. perhaps a novel such as Gogol’s ‘Dead Souls’ might challenge such hyperbole? But we are in an era when the ‘Leader of the Free World’ can lie, exaggerate, fantasise, stereotype and throw unsubstantiated accusations and abuse on opponents with happy abandon.

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SL Cricket Captaincy: Selectors’ Cartwheels and Internal Turmoil

Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island, 1 April 2019, where the title is “Sri Lanka’s captaincy becomes poisoned chalice”

Sri Lanka’s fans have little hope during the ICC Cricket World Cup as infighting and disharmony are threatening to disrupt the national cricket team’s campaign in cricket’s showpiece event next month. Sunday Island learns that the team’s premier batsman Angelo Mathews has declined to take over the captaincy after it was offered to him by Chairman of Selectors Ashantha De Mel earlier this week.

Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne is set to be named Sri Lanka’s white ball captain as well after Angelo Mathews refused the captaincy ahead of the World Cup


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Cricketing Assassins of the CRICKET AGE

Michael Roberts

I receive news items from the web-site CRICKET AGE on a pop-up basis and am therefore a witness to their propensity towards muckraking. This has been a consistent dimension of their reportage and commentary – to the point where one can suspect that it is a policy that goes beyond commonplace news sensationalism.

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Ashantha’s Incisive Exposition of Sri Lankan Cricket Team’s Problems and Immediate Goals

Champika Fernando, in Daily Mirror, 19 March 2019, with this titleThe de Mel theory on World Cup”

Get the team balance right, ease the pressure, encourage unity and give the players a little freedom–this could be the winning combination for Sri Lanka to become a force to reckon with at the World Cup in June, Chief Cricket Selector Ashantha de Mel said this week.

The problem here is everyone wants to do our job, others do not know the amount of effort and data we gather to get the right team,” explains Ashantha de Mel – Pic by Priyanka Samaraweera

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