A Sri Lankan worker in Japan was murdered like a dog, says her family. How does it link to the Japanese state wishing more exploitable migrant workers?
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e-Con e-News 08-14 August 2021
• A Sri Lankan worker in Japan was murdered like a dog, says her family. By the Japanese state on behalf of the Keidanren, to prevent an anti-migrant law from being passed? Thus, ee wonders. Newspaper reports (see ee Workers) are superficial. Some media who treasure their invitations to embassy parties, to hobnob with whites, say the worker herself was responsible for overstaying her visa. So what’s the real story?
How does all this link to the pressure for Sri Lanka to import more Japanese cars and machines?
83% of Japan’s firms need more workers. More influential than Japan’s mafia – the Yakuza! – the Keidanren, Japan’s most powerful industrial lobby, demand more migrants. An internship program in 1993 promised: ‘people from developing countries the opportunity to learn skills they could take back home. There were 274,000 interns by 2018, but the US government exposed the program as “a guestworker program”.’ Many interns are ‘placed in jobs that do not teach or develop technical skills’; ‘some… experience conditions of forced labor’. The USA, of course is the world’s experts on forced labor. (see ee Focus)
• Sri Lanka’s migrant workers remitted Rs660billion ($3.3bn) to the economy in the first half of 2021. English-owned Cigarette-seller Ceylon Tobacco Co gained revenues of Rs30bn in the 2nd quarter ending in June. Drug importer Hemas gained revenues of Rs16.4bn in 2nd quarter. We’re not told how much workers inside Sri Lanka remitted to the economy. Media does not report this stat, also known as ‘National Income’? (see ee Business)
• Sex & Worker Trafficking in Geneva: JCL de Sismondi is one of ee’s favouritest economists. So what does he have to do with the English invasion of Kandy in 1815? Imagine our surprise, to find out there’s a street named after him in Geneva, and guess what they sell there?
Rue Sismondi, ‘in the heart of the Pâquis district of Geneva, is known for prostitution, drugs and gang violence’. It has many migrant and refugee populations, and proclaimed as Geneva’s ‘global village’. Yes, just south of the ‘historic’ UN Human Rights headquarters, which is set to pass sanctions on Sri Lanka.
So who is Sismondi, and why does ee even mention him? One reason is, our artists and politicians are caught in his grip, and refuse to name who really controls the economy – their own corporate and media sponsors run by Unilever! Why Maharaja’s MTV has no Remittance Superstar! (Random Notes)
• Banks are announcing massive profits but refusing to invest in real industry. Real industry is not SMEs or ‘assembly’ or ‘manufacture’. White countries opposed to our economic independence, are steadily taking over local banks, openly this time: The US ambassador is also promoting small and media ‘enterprises’: Is Small Really Beautiful? (ee Finance)
• The headline ‘IMF or no IMF, SL Needs Economic Analysis & Plan going forward’, quotes Verité Research, an imperialist-funded thinktank. But it’s the IMF and World Bank that prevented planning, calling it a communist plot! Only multinationals are allowed to plan! Our real interest is a plan to invest in modern machine industry. (ee Economists)
• This week saw the 68th anniversary of the 12 August 1953 Hartal against World-Bank-imposed price hikes. The Hartal initiated by Left parties saw the UNP cabinet flee to an English warship in Colombo Harbor. Now some are calling for a Hartal 2.0, to promote an imperialist agenda against the government, wanting to use workers as human shields at this hour of Covid. Others recall the Hartal led to the 1956.
• The US war drumming against China relates to the ‘Made-in-China-2025’ program. This program will enable China to make the most-tech-intensive machines – machines that make semiconductor machines, and reduce China’s dependence on labor-intensive production. Our media apparently know little about such matters and promote our ‘coolie’ status in the supply chains.
Thus ee reproduces Rathindra Kuruwita’s Industrial Party in China: ‘the purpose of this essay, apart from introducing The Industrial Party to a Sri Lankan audience [is] an attempt to talk about the new political and economic thought that has been animating China in the last 20 years, but hidden from most people who don’t have English-speaking friends who live in China, I also want to highlight the need to use social media, as a tool to gauge public responses to government policies and to identify bloggers and theorists in social media that could actually have ideas to take Sri Lanka out of the rut it is in. For over 4 decades, we have been financializing the economy, reducing people to numbers, and losing any industrial advantage that initial SL leaders tried hard to enable. Perhaps it is better if we too encourage those in our elite universities to present their theories on the way forward.’ (see ee Focus)
• The Covid offensive is the latest strategy in a capitalist war. The state has to balance keeping a colonial economy on keel, while protecting people. The government – if it does not wish to fully deliver us back into the hands of imperialists – must take control of production and distribution. Taking control of production requires taking control of the banks and directing their investment, otherwise the banks and their media will continue to undermine them. (Random Notes, 1st Act of the Russian Revolution).
• Speaker Karu’s Wool Wig! The news in imperialist countries always, always, always, closely interweave their national and international interests. ee likes to recall, the English King ordered the Parliamentary Speaker to sit on a woolsack, and judges to wear wool on their heads to always remember the ‘treasure of the realm’ lay in rearing sheep (and chasing people off the land to do so) making woollen cloth, not in exporting it. (Random Notes, Sumptuary Laws)
• ee got stern criticism about its last issue on Machines Making Machines, Marx & Stalin Why even mention machine-building, when we barely make a tool? (Reader Comments)
• Was the US ‘Quad’ behind the April 2019 attacks? Is this why we cannot name them? Notice the flurry of India-sourced news stories, muddying the waters, even linking the LTTE to Pakistan (see ee Sovereignty)
This is ee ‘s 176th issue – dedicated, as always, to the modern industrialization of Sri Lanka. Independence demands that all the ‘treasure of the realm’ be invested in modern machine-making production, raising rural and urban workers skills.
Continued on eesrilanka.wordpress.com