LankaWeb – Ajit Randeniya

By: Lankaweb  06-Dec-2011

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya The Sri Lankan government and the politicians have justifiably been upbeat about the social and economic future of the country following the end of the war. However, experience on the ground seems to suggest that the buoyant feeling and the exuberance does not extend beyond the crudely abstract level to well considered plans [..]

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya  Another episode of the farce known as the Commonwealth Games started on October 3 in Delhi, following high drama created by the western corporate media. The people of India however, could not care less about the circus, and they kept away in droves while the contests were taking place in empty venues.  The [..]

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya  The news that the former British foreign minister David Miliband has quit ‘frontline politics’, signifying his ‘political death’ may be a great exaggeration, along the lines of reports of Mark Twain’s real death!  Familiarity with the Zionist maneuverings of the two so-called ‘western democracies’, dare I say of the ‘first’ world, suggests that [..]

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Ajit Randeniya  Recently in Colombo, this writer had the opportunity to gain a glimpse of a 249 page document put together by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Finance and Planning and Department of National Planning, titled ‘Mahinda Chintana’: Vision for a new Sri Lanka – A ten year horizon, Development Framework 2006-2116. The document provided [..]

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya  Everyone associated with the Sri Lankan government, its financial institutions and the ‘big end of town’ in Colombo has been crowing over the last few days about the ‘impressive growth’ the economy seems to have recorded in the second quarter of 2010, with the additional boast that this is the highest ever recorded [..]

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya  The hue and cry over the alleged ‘death of democracy’ in Sri Lanka following the parliament’s overwhelming (167-18) approval of the 18th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution almost resembles that followed President Rajapakse’s rejection of the ‘trick’ proposal (too clever by half!) of Robert Blake, Eric Solheim, David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner [..]

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya The world is bombarded almost on a daily basis by Zionist owned or controlled news agencies (Reuters, AFP, AP, BBC, Aljazeera and the rest of them) as to what a beacon of democracy and protector of civil rights the illegitimate entity of Israel represents in the Middle East. They often contrast this situation [..]

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Ajit Randeniya As far as double-barrel names go, the name of Mandana Ismail-Abeywickrema (MIA), one of the self-described ‘investigative’ reporters at The Sunday Leader is a ‘corker’, as an Australian would say.  This MIA has probably been more fortunate with her naming than her other inheritance,  the mantle of that erstwhile ‘investigative reporter’ and current [..]

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya The report last week of former head of the Peace Secretariat, Bernard Gunatilleke’s evidence before the Lessons Learnt Commission on the processes relating to the signing of the so-called 2002 Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) was ‘enlightening’, unfortunately in a frighteningly negative way.  While Bernard Gunatilleke’s evidence brings to light the usual, deceptive tricks [..]

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya Hamlet is generally considered the most highly developed of Shakespeare’s genre of the Revenge Play that includes Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Richard III. His use of a liberated form of blank verse without formal line limits — the unrhymed, iambic pentameter- from the kind that had been made fashionable by Thomas Kyd and [..]

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya Late last month, there were two pointers, both arising from the UN within the span of just two days, that exposed the ugliness of the US devised human rights conspiracy and the increasingly visible face of the UN as an organisation serving only the interests of the rich, domineering countries.  On 28 July, [..]

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Ajit Randeniya That failed NGO worker masquerading as a newspaper editor courtesy of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), USAID, and various cults, Frederica Jansz, appeared to be throwing another tantrum on Sunday; she was ranting and raving about her ‘newspaper’ being overlooked for a Journalism Award ‘for Excellence’ by the Editor’s Guild of Sri Lanka [..]

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya It is for very good reasons that Robert Blake who ‘underachieved’ in terms of neocon expectations in Sri Lanka was quickly appointed Assistant Secretary in the US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs: the region involving Afghanistan and Central Asia that is crucial to the illegal war in Afghanistan needed [..]

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya In August 1964, the CIA faked an incident during which they loaded up a boat with weapons, floated it off the coast of central Vietnam and shot it up. Then they brought in the American press and declared to America and the world that a fire fight had taken place during which North [..]

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya  The statement last week by Ranil Wickremesinghe that the UNP will ‘never support constitutional amendments aimed at the perpetuation of the family rule’ is unremarkable: coming from a man who should know a few things about family rule, such dross is likely to receive the level of derision it deserves from the Sri [..]

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya  The effect of the war years on the great tradition of English language journalism in Sri Lanka is often buried among the more pressing concerns arising from the obvious consequences on the Sri Lankan economy, the national psyche and its cultural life.  Until the early years of the war, the early 1970s, Sri [..]

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya The term ‘fallacy’ in philosophy refers to misconceptions resulting from incorrect reasoning in argumentation: for example, an argument based on assertions that presuppose issues that have not been accepted by all the people involved in the debate is referred to as logical fallacy ‘of many questions’ (Latin: plurium interrogationum), distinct from the other [..]

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard has not stopped whingeing since he got back from Singapore after the rejection of his nomination last week for the position of deputy president of the International Cricket Council (ICC). He received a modest degree of support from the Australian media and the public, varying in quality [..]

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya The world outside Australia probably failed to notice one of the most significant political events, an Australian regime change: for the first time in Australian history, an elected prime minister was ousted during the first term of his government. The unprecedented ousting followed an intensive twelve hour coup orchestrated by groups outside the [..]

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya The appointment by Ban Ki-Moon of a panel to advice him on the accountability process has justifiably attracted the ire of most Sri Lankans, the Sri Lankan government and some foreign observers. On closer inspection however, the devil does not appear as black as it appears at first blush; it is just a [..]

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Ajit Randeniya The current ‘debate’ in Sri Lanka about the trends in the development of the English language needs analysis at different levels. The government, the education system including the teachers and academics face the task of considering the social and political consequences of moving towards English whereas practitioners in the media and creative arts [..]

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya Sri Lankan newspapers appear to regularly report worrying reports of urgent needs such as medical supplies to hospitals, and as the recent flash floods sickeningly demonstrated, the re-engineering of the city storm water drainage network needs to be undertaken urgently. Curiously however the Colombo elite, instead of pursuing these vital social needs, appear [..]

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya Attempts by (N)GOs and numerous peace merchants to sell solutions to Sri Lanka’s ‘problem’ appear to be continuing unabated: the latest is a sort of an ‘opinion poll’ conducted by a private concern named ‘Peace Polls’, masquerading as another ‘study’.   There appears to be a concerted move by the proponents of the devolution [..]

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya Last week’s dastardly murder of nine unarmed aid workers on the Mavi Marmara that was carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza by the Israelis was a war crime committed by Benjamin Netanyahu, the unprincipled thug addicted to the use of Israeli military might provided by America.  This latest display of Israeli criminality provides further [..]

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya  Sri Lankans may need to spare a thought for the various (N)GOs, especially those based in Sri Lanka, who made good business out of the war and then became casualties themselves at the end. The ‘poor’ thieves have discovered that no one cares ‘two hoots’ about them or their opinions any more. In [..]

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya The news that a number of test cricket playing nations including Sri Lanka are unhappy with the nomination of the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard for the position of vice president of the International Cricket Conference (ICC) is music to our ears.  A detailed look at the total inappropriateness of this nomination [..]

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya The so-called International Crisis Group (ICG), is one of the fraudulent organisations that conducts their nefarious activities under the guise of self-appointed moral force of the world; they have access to almost unlimited volumes of finance provided by western governments and various other individuals and ‘foundations’ intent on intervening in affairs of other countries, mainly for the purpose of [..]

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Ajit Randeniya Ever since the war ended, haranguing of the government by external intruders such as the US, EU and the so-called INGOs, as well as the Colombo ‘kultur’ set on implementing the All Party Representative Conference (APRC) recommendations has not stopped.  These groups seem to be promoting devolution of power to the north and [..]

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya Reports over the last week were incessant as to how the formation of a coalition government between two most unlikely partners, the Conservative and the Liberal Democratic parties is going to usher a new era for Britain.  Much has been made about the similarities between the new Prime Minister David Cameron (Call Me [..]

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Ajit Randeniya The Sunday Leader, if you haven’t heard about it yet, is the practitioner of ‘Yellow Journalism’ in Sri Lanka: it presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead, gives vent to just malicious grumbling of its backers, uses blaring headlines and sensationalised stories of non-news. It generally resorts to scandal-mongering in an [..]

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