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Islamic Jihadists and Their Twisted Beliefs

Anthony Bergin,  in The Australian, 9 June 2017 — with title “Twisted Beliefs driving Islamic Butchers”

Terrorists operating against Western targets claim their acts are inspired, and in many cases required, by Islam. Federal Social Services and Multicultural Affairs Assistant Minister Zed Seselja should be commended for his plain speaking when he argues we have tolerated extremism too often and that the Muslim community should now do more to call out Islamic extremism (“Minister tells Muslims to call out terrorism”, The Australian, June 8). “Those who believe in this Islamist ideology are a small minority of Muslims, but there are still far too many of them. So it’s on the majority — including the moderate, peaceful Muslims of our world — to rise up against this,” he said. Seselja suggested his colleagues should stop dancing around the issue and “call it for what it is”, saying it was an insult to suggest terrorism wasn’t religiously motivated. “Pretending that Islamist terrorists are simply mentally ill and not driven by an extreme ideology is not only dangerous, it is insulting to all Australians … “We are surely mature enough as a nation to have an open discussion about the inspiration for Islamist terrorism in Salafist jihadist teaching, while acknowledging that most Muslims in Australia are good citizens who reject this extremism.”

Seselja   Bergin

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“By the Will of Allah” — Fahad Jabar’s Last Will before Kill

Emily Ritchie, in The Australian, 2 May 2017, where the title is “Curtis Cheng Killer’s ISIS-Style Salute” … Note that emphasis has been imposed by the Editor, Thuppahi.

Just 15 minutes before teenage terrorist Farhad Jabar shot and killed NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng, he stared into the security camera at a Sydney mosque and ominously raised his index finger in an Islamic State-style salute. For the first time, a Sydney court heard details yesterday of alleged plotting between a group of young men accused of supplying the gun Jabar used to carry out the October 2015 ­murder.

  Pic from Daily Telegraph 

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Remembering Professor Neil Dias Karunaratne

Aloysians ALL

Born: 28 April 1937; Matara, Sri Lanka….Died: 19 December 2016; Brisbane, Australia

Neil was born in Matara, Sri Lanka, the second child to Peter and Emelda Karunaratne. Neil grew up in Matara, a beachside city on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, in a large family with three brothers and three sisters. Neil was enrolled at SAC on 17 January 1950 and was admitted as a hosteller. It was during his time at St Aloysius that he developed a lifelong drive for academic achievement and excellence. He obtained a 1st division in the Junior exam in 1952 and a 1st division in the Senior exam in 1954. He was a bronze medalist of the Royal Life Saving Society and a Queens Scout and Troup Leader for a short spell. He passed his Voucher exam in the St John’s Ambulance brigade and was a member of the Under 16 athletics team. Neil was the holder of the Abeyesundere Memorial Scholarship. Continue reading

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An Early Plea in 1990: Ban Verbal Assaults within the Cricket Field

Michael Roberts

Sin-Bin for Verbal Intimidation” is the title of a plea in an article presented by me in Essaying Cricket. Sri Lanka and Beyond, in 2006, pp.98-102. It embodied a set of arguments that I have held since 1990 wherein I contended that (A) the practices pursued in rugby and soccer should be introduced in cricket and (B) not legitimized by arcane arguments which  refer to instances of clever banter on the cricket field to cover-up the instances of abusive intimidation that seek advantage for the fielding side — in effect permitting  verbal acts that would face charges or cause fights if they were expressed  in a pub or on the street.

Happily, the  ICC’s recent adoption of the MCC recommendation for “penalties” on this score in effect introduces the practice of sin-binning, though — typically conservative and circumspect – they avoid  the term.

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Revelations from Ram of The Hindu: From JRJ to 2016 Today

Darshanie Ratnawalli, in The Sunday Island,22 January 2017, where the title reads I can’t give up my interest in SL” Sri Lanka’s favourite foreign journalist becomes confidential

Ram the former editor in chief of The Hindu has had a long association with Sri Lanka. In the 1980s he used to come here regularly, motivated by his interest in the Tamil question. As a working journalist who happened also to be the Managing Director of The Hindu and a foremost member of the family which controls The Hindu Group, he had privileged access to President J. R. Jayewardene. They used to have long conversations during which JR would discuss what came to be the Indo-Lanka accord. Ram would be asked to switch off his recorder and JR would say things like, “India should guarantee this agreement”.


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Jayasekera’s Critical Study of the British Colonial Dispensation in Ceylon



Preface                                                    ix

Abbreviations                                           xi

Introduction                                            xiii

Part 1:  The British Colonial Project in 19th Century Sri Lanka: The Orwellian Logic                                            01

Part 2: Christian Colonialism and theResistance and Revival of Buddhism                                   175

Part 3: Buddhism, Theosophy and Nationalism                      355

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The Limits of State Sovereignty and R2P: Gareth Evans in Colombo, Mid-2007

Gareth Evans: “The Limits of Sovereignty: The Responsibility to Protect in the 21st Century,”  being the Neelan Memorial Lecture of 2007 …. see vital NOTE at the end clarifying the context and inviting responses.


Today more than ever, on this eighth anniversary of his assassination, Sri Lankans and those in the wider international community need to remember and be re-inspired by Neelan Tiruchelvam’s life and achievements. While we can no longer benefit directly from his remarkable intelligence and learning, his boundless energy, his political commitment, and his optimism, we do still have his spirit living among us in the ideas and institutions he gave us, and in the example he set for us of an engaged intellectual and a principled politician.


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