The CHOGM Bad PR Fiesta (10)
Jack Point: The Commonwealth does not appear to have a lot of money, judging by this report: http://www.tele graph.co.uk/new s/worldnews/asi a/srilanka/1036 8301/Britain-cu ts-funding-for- the-Commonwealt h.html They will probably not cover...
sach: Some one told me that commonwealth gives (large part of) funds to host CHOGM. And that infrastrucure development and many other costs were done with common wealth funds. Does anyone know the truth in it?
sach: CHOGM is a PR disaster for SL. Anyone who reads international media would have realised that it would become a PR disaster for SL. Tragically SL gov is extremely dumb! They dont know what they are facing and what they are doing. Aside from...
Cop Killers (4)
Jack Point: Ha ha rather nicely put. Hav eyou met many of this type : “high ranking ones can be quite well educated and intelligentR 21;? I assume there must be some but can’t recall meeting any serving policeman who fitted that...
shammi: Because we don’t put aside our petty differences to form a united front against common issues?
shammi: Someone said the recent killings of suspects could have been a case of getting rid of the sprats to protect the sharks.
Sri Lanka’s Internet Penetration Hits 11.8% (1)
Theena: The ITU estimates penetration in Sri Lanka (as at 2012) is around 18.29% which would make the overall number to be approximately 4 million. Source: http://www.itu. int/en/ITU-D/St atistics/Docume nts/statistics/ 2013/Individ...
Tarun Tejpal, Power, And Rapiness (1)
Afridi: Rape is indeed not a phenomenon perpetrated only in the slums (i.e by the poor as the Indian media sometimes portrays), as you rightly point out. I am however disturbed by the only solution that you’ve mentioned to this in your...
CHOGM Party Poopers (9)
Gungan: Most of the international media has come out with new documentaries on human rights issues of SL mostly post war including the BBC, ITN, Channel 4, Al-jazeera and CNN. The govt has responded in the worst possible way by giving them an...
sharanga: In case anyone is doubtful that some really shitty stuff is done to some Tamils, it’s not just Channel 4 that’s saying that. http://www.bbc. co.uk/news/worl d-asia-24849699
There’s a been a lot in the news about the cops executing people or, as the media generously puts it, drowning or getting shot while trying to escape. Recently a police constable and his wife were killed in Kamburupitiya by a brutal armed gang. That was a terrible event, taking place in front of their child. The police, however, seem to have gone completely around the courts on this one, with all of the suspects dying, well, suspiciously.
India is by now famous for gang-rape and assault emerging from its slums, but it comes from all sides of society, really. Tarun Tejpal is (was) the editor of Tehelka, a powerful muck-raking Indian magazine. He was accused of sexual assault at a literary festival by a young reporter. He acknowledged what he called ‘A bad lapse of judgment, an awful misreading of the situation’ and took a six month leave from his job. The Indian press is up in arms over the lameness of his apology and it’s good to see this getting attention and redress. It really is a terrible mess and sexual assault along power lines – be they physical or other – is something far too prevalent in the world, and South Asia in particular.
The Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting ended in Sri Lanka last week. Aside from messing up traffic for a few days, it was a big event that didn’t really have a big impact. The strange and by this point predictable thing was that it became, in the international media at least, about the war, war crimes etc. It’s like the only story Sri Lanka can conceivably be associated with is civil war. It also overshadowed whatever CHOGM was supposed to discuss. As far as I can tell from the Republic Square brief, this meeting accomplished close to nothing.
India’s Manomohan Singh and Canada’s Stephen Harper are not attending the CHOGM summit in Sri Lanka. They say because of moral issues, but they act for political reasons – at best a crude approximation of the former. Singh is tired of getting shit from Tamil Nadu and Harper is tired of getting shit from the Tamil diaspora. For both of them disgruntled Tamils are a vote base and they respond to voters. Which is fine, that’s the political side. From that perspective it’s easy to say that these politicians are craven, but that’s missing the point, which is that politics does crudely approximate morality, sometimes, mainly on Thursdays.