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The IMF Orchestra Performs Human Rights in Spring


Here’s the opposition wet-dream: Geneva’s UNHRC and WTO sing the blues in unison. Fund managers refuse to rollover short-term debt, monopolists engineer a stockmarket crash, and parippu drips from the skies. A pro-NATO clique, with wannabe petit-traders, implode the ruling SLPP. Ohaypalayang 2 opens….

Why isn’t the UN Human Rights Commission bringing countries together to curb mass Covid spread and relieve mass unemployment? Why are they not interrogating capitalists for only trying to increase the pandemic? Why aren’t they interrogating big pharma about their huge vax profits while hoarding vaccines (made from public research)? Why are they refusing to allow new drugs to become ‘public goods’, as China did from the start? Why don’t they invest their loads of cash in productive employment? Instead of playing the ever more volatile stockmarket, buying land and gold? So many questions…..

     With all their ha-ho about ‘human rights’, the US escalates bombing Syria. They’re shielding their puppet settler-state Israel from prosecution by the International Criminal Court. They are ignoring promises to hold Saudi rulers responsible for allegedly gruesome murders. The ICC and adverted election promises are of course another imperialist farce to be selectively employed. As US observers themselves note: Same old! Same old!

 ‘After the implementation of the 13th Amendment, the Agriculture Department was broken up, the research division broken into independent institutes, the extension service given to the Provincial Councils, and the seed farms sold to the private sector’ – Garvin Karunaratne

• The import-export mafia and their merchants are still running riot, 73 years after nominal independence. They actively undermine even the feeblest attempts at an ‘alternative approach’. They aim to forestall any challenge with their media wailing about ‘human rights’, ‘despotism’, ‘authoritarianism’, ‘militarism’, while claiming to be ‘green, sustainable, socially responsible, inclusive, diverse’, etc.

     Yet it’s merchants who are the epitome of reaction and repression, obstructing rule by the real majority of the country: workers and cultivators.

     Here’s the opposition wet-dream: Geneva’s UNHRC and WTO sing the blues in unison. Fund managers refuse to rollover short-term debt, monopolists engineer a stockmarket crash, and parippu drips from the skies. A pro-NATO clique, with wannabe petit-traders, implode the ruling SLPP. Ohaypalayang 2 opens….

• There’s no UNHRC discussion of England’s invasion of the Chagos Archipelago, disappearing their people. Nor about the presence of numerous white warmaking bases in the Indian Ocean, nor the plundering of the ocean’s immense resources:

     ‘The EU removed GSP+ from Sri Lanka over the issue of SL vessels fishing in restricted waters (principally the traditional fishing grounds in the BIOT (including Chagos), which England unilaterally declared a “nature reserve”, with the concurrence of Greenpeace. We agreed to tag all our vessels electronically, and got GSP+ back.”

• The car importers in their fake agony have exposed so-called local manufacture as a farce. They say it’s mere assembly using imported parts.

     Our incredibly lightweight bankers, private & public: The People’s Bank CEO insists we need ‘an export focus’ because we have a small market. This is just not true! The failure of the state banks to invest in modern industry, continues, and saying Sri Lanka’s market is too small to support industrialization shows where they are at. (ee Industry, Making SL a manufacturing & merchandise exports powerhouse)
     An industrial plan is vital. Whether it’s selling the country out, undermining import restrictions, refusing to direct investment into modern production, the UNP can sabotage much better than the SLPP! UNP-linked merchants are the most experienced and creative. Who’s behind this import mafia and their media? The multinational corporations

• The Central Bank announced ‘directed credit’ this week, to focus investment on production – hopefully not with expensive imports! Will we start making machines? Such ‘directed credit’ is opposed by the IMF etc. Meanwhile there’s steady intrusion by the World Bank’s IFC. Also this week, Norfund took shares in the National Development Bank. The hijacked NDB refuses to live up to its name, instead developing other nations. Those who suddenly became experts on ‘debt’ seem to know little about the IMF, World Bank and WTO, and their structural adjustment programs etc.

• As we dive into this month of creative accountants and tax magicians, note the contradictory headlines of the WB&Keells-linked Commercial Bank: ‘ComBank ends tough 2020… ComBank ranked the ‘Strongest Bank in Sri Lanka in 2020’.

     ee Focus this week, also examines how the multinational monopolies ruling Sri Lanka fake their accounting, stealing capital out of the country…

• How did England (& Europe, & their settler states) finance their modern industrialization? They looted us, as did the Portuguese and Dutch. But what the English created in their own country was a self-generating modern industrial system, while sabotaging any such industrial advances in ours. Is England a unique case? Is their model replicable, if even desirable?

     England both eliminated their peasantry and profited immensely from the chattel enslavement of Africans, the indentured enslavement of Asians, imposing colonies worldwide. They did all this while loudly proclaiming ‘civilization, human rights, free trade’. Even today, like throwing scraps to dogs, they carefully orchestrate and selectively reveal the horrors they enacted (with apologies lacking legal tender).

     Now these whites, with a few off-white sahibs in tow, are giving us lectures on human rights. It shows it is not just investment, technology & capital we need but a new set of social relationships, national and international.

     England & Europe advanced their countries through looting and mass-murder worldwide. This option is still not available to us yet, only to the white man. The Geneva charade illustrates vividly, this.

     Our media and ruling oligarchy are so concerned about the white man’s antics in Geneva, and so-called debt. So invested they are in the white man’s system, they fail to see a different and truly changing world.

‘Ceylinco Life ends 2020 with near-perfect gender balance in sales force’

• Separation of powers, anyone? A Canadian court convicted a Toronto man of mowing down in 2018, 10 women – many Asian, a fact not disclosed. The court ruling was orchestrated for this week just in time for International Women’s Day (IWD).

     Rural women made into the headlines this week when a mother drowned her children into a well in Vattakachchi in Kilinochchi. Another mother in Nallur beat an infant to get money from the father working in West Asia. Yet another had a child caned in ‘superstitious’ rituals. Then, the grisly beheading… And it all happens just before IWD. India’s Chief Justice also obliged by asking a schoolgirl to marry her rapist. Is it about the pathology of women?    

     Why doesn’t this media tell us what’s really going on in the north or more precisely in villages nationwide? So-called moneylenders – with Colombo finance companies linked to white aid agencies and headlined as success stories – are making the real killing.

     Ask a worker in Colombo where they’re from, and they offer a register of the underdevelopment ravaging villages. Insight into labor exploitation in villages was also provided regarding sand-mining this week, by Environment Ministry Secretary Dr Jasinghe. ee applauds the move to set up cooperatives to oversee invaluable mining (see ee Industry). Why can’t we use these enormous resources to make our own industrial machinery?

     On March 9th, corporates and their media will go back to donning their veils of everyday obfuscation and exploitation. One million people grow rice to feed 22 million, we were told this week. Women are a major part of this rice production. The introduction of weedicides saw unemployed women pushed into the garment business, where they took what women did at home into bigger rooms, called factories, with little change in skill levels.


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