Kamala Harris is 50% Tamil. There is nothing wrong with that. I, personally, though I am, by birth, a Sri Lankan Sinhalese, have nothing against Tamils in general — though, I, like million others, were not fond of what the ‘Tamil Tigers‘ did in Sri Lanka. My current doctor, BY CHOICE, is Tamil and my prior cardiologist (who has since moved away from New Hampshire) was also Tamil. Growing up our neighbours, who we interacted daily, and were very much part of the family, were Tamil and one of our closest family friends (a gifted sculptor from Madras (now Chennai)) was Tamil.
Yes, 99.5% of Americans would never have heard of the ‘Tamil Tigers’ or care what or who they are. But, there are millions who do worry about the ‘Tamil Tigers’ — and there are probably a few thousand Sinhalese with American citizenship that will factor this in when they vote in 2020.
IF (and that is a HUGE, HUGE ‘IF’) Kamala Harris becomes president her attitude towards the Tamil Tigers will be pivotal.
If she is sympathetic to them, despite all of the International condemnations, it could change the balance of power in central Asia. India would be happy, BUT not China. Sri Lanka would be screwed.
I doubt whether this will ever come up in a debate.
But, somebody needs to ask her this question, on the record.
Don’t you think so?
It is unlikely to ever happen, BUT it is worth a thought.
There is, of course, a basis for my provocative thought. China is said to be slowly gobbling up whatever bits of Sri Lanka it can — starting with the strategic harbor in Galle. So, China sure has an incentive, though even they may decide that Sri Lankan people are a lost cause.
The political situation in Sri Lanka is untenable. It has been neverending intrigue and infighting for 30-years. The people are fickle too. They vote in a party and within 6-months start to hate the party they just put in power. They really are like kids. I hate to say this but we haven’t acted like adults in the last few decades.
Hence, the need for colonization AGAIN!
Yes, 200-years of continuous colonization appears to have left a mark. We seem to require discipline instilled by a foreign power.
You can just see Sri Lanka under Chinese rule! They will stop all this nonsense. They will the economy back on track. Make it safe for tourist.
Yes, I know it is unlikely to happen, but it is something to dream about. A placid Sri Lanka with no infighting.
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Unless you live in one of the affected states — which from what I can see include Colorado, Oklahoma and Illinois — or are a compulsive news junkie as is I, you may not realize that this happening in the U.S. of A. and it is ALL due to money. That is beyond AMAZING.
Richest country in the World and schools no longer have money for a 5-day week?
Yes, yes, yes — I KNOW. I pay for it. Yes, school funding, by and large, is supposed to be local. No Federal interference. That stuff just confounds me even after 35-years here. IF anything in a Nation warrants Federal funding (at 100%) it has to be education.
This is so inane. How can responsible, elected officials permit this.
Isn’t education supposed to be one the highest priorities of a country after healthcare. Oooops! We don’t have that either.
I still think this is WRONG. Very wrong.
This was the Thursday, December 21, 2017, United Nation Security Council vote as to whether the UN Member States wanted to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel per Trump’s pronouncement last week.
128 countries voted AGAINST such recognition, i.e., AGAINST the U.S.A. These included: United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Sweden, India, Japan, China, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, etc.
Only 8 countries voted with the U.S. and 7 of them are not exactly household names!
So, now you know.
128 Against — 9 For — 35 Abstained.
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Pretty amazing story. Obviously an ancient country, with long, distinguished and much storied history. “Communist China”, as many of us know it (at least in our hearts), as you can see is not that old. Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) got its Independence a year earlier.
What they have achieved, especially in the last 20-years, is sobering to contemplate.
Kind of neat that Modern China and Disney World share a birthday.
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Interesting. Two years before I was born.
I was talking about this, with two incredibly nice Chinese academics, just last Thursday. They do not see any incongruity let alone any injustice. They see Tibet as always having been, philosophically at least, a part of China.
Is the Tibet cause now realistically lost, or is there an outside chance that it could still come to pass.
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