Sri Lanka needs to be BETTER than this.
Sri Lanka, for all of its convulsions for the last 70-years, is meant to be PROUD democracy.
It is NOT China, Egypt or some tinpot African dictatorship. I was disappointed to read about this. I though ‘we’ (though I gave up my Sri Lanka citizenship 35-years ago) had put media censorship behind. [More on that in a second.]
The ban on Facebook was during the latest spate of violence against the Muslims. The Government, rightly or wrongly, believed that Facebook posts were inciting the troubles. They had declared a 10-day State of Emergency, so everything, including closing down Social Media was game.
Ceylon/Sri Lanka and ‘State of Emergency’. I remember them well though my life there, 1953 – 1967 was during a relatively peaceful time!
Following the wildly and widely successful ‘Schools Takeover‘ [i.e., forced nationalization] program, Prime Minister (Aunty) Sirimavo Bandaranaike and her then favored henchman, my adoptive father, mounted a ‘Newspaper Nationalization’ program. My Adoptive Father, a conflicted fish as I came to learn, had a strong socialistic streak. He was all in favor. I remember though that unlike with the ‘Schools Takeover’ (where they was no dissent within the circles we moved), he got got a bit of pushback from friends and family. He used to argue vehemently that we needed it for the good of the country. Thankfully that program never came to be. I think Aunty B. ceased to be P.M.
So, let’s not try and revisit past ghosts.
I worry that this is the INCREASING Chinese influence on Sri Lanka.
If I was still Sri Lankan I would do whatever I could to make sure this didn’t happen again.
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Watch this video and be entranced and captivated.
As with the “Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum” that I talked about yesterday, I saw references to “Nelson Mandela Bay” while watching cricket from South Africa, on Willow TV (on my Roku 3). That name appeared as a logo on some of the ‘painted-on-the-grass’ ads that are now part-and-parcel of cricket grounds.
Every Time I saw it, I was reminded of the ‘Mandalay Bay‘ hotel in Las Vegas. So, I thought that it must be a fancy resort and wondered what it took to get his name. I did, however, make a mental note that I was going to look it up — when I had the time.
I did so yesterday.
Established in 2001. Wow. A population of 1.2 million. This SO GREAT. I am so proud and happy.
I wanted to make sure that I shared this with you. Take a look. There are good things happenings all around the World.
I happen to see a commercial for this “Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum“, on Willow TV (on my Roku 3), last week while watching (intently) the South Africa vs Australia 2nd Test Match (that SA, to my relief, won).
I was intrigued. I went back and watched the commercial a number of times.
LOVE the huge metal sculpture. Wow. So clever and so realistic. BRAVO.
I, as some of you already know, am a HUGE fan of Nelson. So, this was right up my alley. IF I ever make it to South Africa I would, of course, make a point of visiting this.
I just wanted to share with YOU since I am not sure that the existence of this great museum is that well known.
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I am glad that Google did a Doodle to commemorate this special day.
Who would have thought. So much snow on Pi Day — like frosting for the Pi.
Last Google Doodles:
Check Category ‘Google Doodle’.
Search ‘Pi Day’.
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As the above posts show I have been very concerned about this since 2014. There are more posts and IF you are interested, please search on “Sri Lanka Buddhists” & “Myanmar“.
This is Trump style Nationalism Sri Lanka-style. A Buddhist state with no other religions. Unlikely to happen BUT the Sri Lankan Buddhists will be eager and happy to spill as much blood as possible to try and make that happen.
This is the Buddhist version of the Crusades. Pacificity be damned. They THINK they are doing “Buddha’s” work. I hate to admit this BUT most of US Sri Lankan Buddhists are NOT that bright! That is the crux of the problem. Stupidity and ignorance.
I ceased to be a Buddhist 46-years ago, and a Sri Lankan 35-years ago.
Yes, my adoptive father bears SOME BLAME for some of this. But, here is the supreme irony. In the 1950s & 1960s, when this rabid Buddhist revor was still in its embryonic state, his BEST FRIEND was a Muslim, Senator A. M. A. Aziz. How my adoptive father, who became more and more like Trump as he grew older, would reconcile what is happening in Ceylon with his relationship with Senator A. M. A. Aziz would be fascinating to study. Being the poser he was, to his death, he would rationalize it. But, never in my eyes.
This is so sad.
I really would like the International Cricket Council (ICC) to intervene. Because after sex and violence, Sri Lankan Buddhist love their cricket. A boycott of Sri Lanka, in terms of cricket, would stop any violence in its tracks.