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‘The slave traders were among the leading humanitarians of their age.’

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“The agitation which went on since 1927 culminated in the Land Development Ordinance under the late DS Senanayake. His great contribution to the land policy of this country, I say a very great contribution, in that he put a stop to the alienation of land to private individuals and private companies, whether foreign or local. From that time on the policy of the government has been that the land belongs to the people, to the nation.” – Philip Gunawardena

“That was indeed an extraordinary phone call – the first in living memory from a US defence chief to a Sri Lankan president. Esper made the call while on a visit to Guam on yet another Quad mission to counter China. Colombo has kept mum about the real purpose of Esper’s call. The point is, the US expects Colombo to finalize a Status of Forces Agreement with the US, the handing over of Colombo Port’s Eastern Terminal to India, and a $US480 mn grant agreement with the MCC (an instrument of US foreign policy). Washington is insisting on an immediate response so that US-SL defence cooperation can be integrated into the Quad strategies in the Indian Ocean region.” — M K Bhadrakumar, former Indian diplomat

“That the ‘rules-based international order’ is supposed to include vague concepts of ‘democracy’, ‘human rights’, ‘fundamental freedoms’, ‘diversity’ and more makes it easy to claim that this or that violation of the ‘rules-based international order’ has occurred. Such violations can then be used to impose punishment in the form of sanctions or war. The above definition was given by a minority of a few rich nations…” — https://www.moonofalabama.org

“People who hold alternative views to neoliberalism are now a minority in the world economics profession. In the 1980-90s neoliberalism really captured the dominating position in academia and almost all Central Banks. Therefore, the concept of the state guiding markets is not accepted by these theoreticians, though in practice it happens in industrialized countries all the time” — W.D. Lakshman

“The African continent continues to be weighed down by the debt to multilateral institutions that are propped up by a policy regime that comes from the USA and Europe, and as such, it’s not tuned for the conditions of the African continent and for a development trajectory that supports ordinary people and equal development.”

“‘The slave traders were among the leading humanitarians of their age.’ The most prominent enslavers in Liverpool include Bryan Blundell and Foster Cunliffe who both contributed large amounts to the establishment of the Bluecoat Hospital, a charity school for poor children.” — — Eric Williams

‘England has essentially kept the same military doctrine it adopted by necessity in 1945, which is: attach itself to the USA, focus on intelligence, punch above your weight. Ideologically, they rationalize that by attributing to themselves the role of the cultured province of the USA; “Greece to the USA’s Rome”. The English were always fascinated with intelligence/paramilitary forces. In their vision, it gives you (a nation) an air of sophistication, a civilizing aspect to the nation that wages this kind of warfare. After the Suez fiasco of 1956, the English gave up direct interventions in the Middle East. It now only intervenes there under the skirt of the USA. Of course, whenever they can, they do that with their weapon of choice, which is intelligence.’ — https://www.moonofalabama.org

“Throughout the world, the period of the final victory of capitalism over feudalism has been linked up with national movements. For the complete victory of commodity production, the bourgeoisie must capture the home market, and there must be politically united territories whose population speak a single language, with all obstacles to the development of that language and to its consolidation in literature eliminated. Therein is the economic foundation of national movements. Language is the most important means of human intercourse. Unity and unimpeded development of language are the most important conditions for genuinely free and extensive commerce on a scale commensurate with modern capitalism, for a free and broad grouping of the population in all its various classes and, lastly, for the establishment of a close connection between the market and each and every proprietor, big or little, and between seller and buyer.” — VI Lenin, The Right of Nations to Self-Determination, 1914.

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