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Imbecile Leaders: Morrison and Trump

Fair Dinkum in Email Memo

Scott Morrison’s handling of the crisis is causing terrible confusion in Australia.   He is telling Australians to stay at home, but people are free to go out, but stay at home.  Many of his statements are in that spirit…. The man of democracy making the health crisis a matter of personal choice rather that what is best for the country. This shows alarming signs of an inability to act decisively and so the virus can continue to spread easily causing many more infections.

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Woman-on-woman … Modern Day ‘Arabian’ Slavery in New york

Hassina Leelarathna, in Ft.lknews, 17 March 2020, with this title “New Jersey woman in same-sex marriage with Sri Lankan gets stiff prison sentence for cycle of abuse”……………… http://www.ft.lk/news/New-Jersey-woman-in-same-sex-marriage-with-Sri-Lankan-gets-stiff-prison-sentence-for-cycle-of-abuse/56-697349

A Jordanian-born New Jersey woman who entered into a same sex marriage with a Sri Lankan  and forced her to work as a housekeeper and nanny for almost a decade without pay has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison (10 March).  A federal judge also sentenced Alia Imad Faleh Al Hunaity, aka Alia Al Qaternah, 44, a naturalised US citizen, to three years of supervised release and ordered her to pay restitution of $ 1.2 million.

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The Portuguese Burghers in Ceilao, Ceylon and Sri Lanka

Earl Barthelot, in Ceylon Digest, https://www.ceylondigest.com/the-portuguese-burghers-of-sri-lanka/ 

Sri Lanka is well known for its diversity with over 22 numerically small communities and majority communities such as Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. Burgher community is one of the numerically small communities. Large proportions of the Burghers do live in the Batticaloa District and a small proportion live both in Trincomalee and Ampara District. At the same time there are Portuguese Burghers living in all parts of the country in small numbers.

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Ruki Fernando on Recent Questionings & Intimidation from Governmental ‘Arms’ ‘

An Email Memo from Ruki Fernando, a human rights activist within Sri Lanka

Dear Michael, I present herewith some personal information in response to your Memo.

Please find a a report, based on both incidents reported in mostly local media, but also some not reported, but narrated to me and colleagues directly in private. published Friday, 21st Feb. night SL time https://www.inform.lk/repression-of-dissent-in-sri-lanka/

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Remembering Sunila Abeysekera

An INFORM Item … https://www.inform.lk/sunila-abeysekara/

Sunila, a founder member of INFORM, exemplified how the global and local intersect. For over 40 years, she worked for justice and redress for human rights abuses in Sri Lanka during a time of great challenge and conflicts. Her work placed a special emphasis on gender, human rights and peace building, which included documenting the impact of conflict on civilians, introducing nonviolent strategies of conflict transformation and challenging impunity to hold perpetrators accountable. Hers was a holistic vision that addressed many issues, ranging from violence against women to sexual and reproductive rights, including the rights of communities, such as sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and lesbian, gay, and transgender people. She also nurtured and supported countless women and men of all ages the world over, inspiring many, both directly and by example, to challenge abusive authority at the local, national and international levels.

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Yogaraja sparks Protest against Caste Disabilities in the Tamil Regions

Ahilan Kadirgamar. in Daily Mirror, on 17 February 2020, where the title is “Breaking the Silence on Caste”

Caste is all present in Jaffna, but a silence prevails about caste oppression. Such silence and invisibility were not always the case, where vibrant struggles against caste oppression shook Jaffna some five decades ago.

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Coronavirus Time Bomb …. Tick, Tick, Tick

Jamie Walker, in The Weekend Australian  1/2 February 2020

Passenger A flies into Melbourne from Wuhan on January 22 before the Chinese government seals off the drab industrial city of 11 million people in a futile bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus. He doesn’t know it — because what he feels is excitement to be on holiday in faraway Australia — but he has brought the disease with him.

A masked man walks the streets of Wuhan. Picture: Getty Images A masked man walks the streets of Wuhan. Picture: Getty Images

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