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Who Controls Sri Lanka’s Internet?

Summary

All internet services to Sri Lanka were cut in 2004, when an Indian ship illegally dropped anchor in a prohibited zone just off our coast, damaging the digital fiber-optic submarine cable…

• Who controls internet access to SL? All internet services to Sri Lanka were cut in 2004, when an Indian ship illegally dropped anchor in a prohibited zone just off our coast, damaging the digital fiber-optic submarine cable – the SEA-ME-WE 3 (SE Asia-Middle East-Western Europe) cable of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT). The world’s major undersea cables skirt Lanka. Is this why the whites are conducting war games around our seas?

• Stealing SL Data – US and English banks and social media companies, from facebook to twitter, uber & pickme, etc., are stealing money and personal information from Sri Lankans. This money and data rightfully belongs to our people and state. The government can use this data to organize the country and make efficient plans to both protect the country during pandemics, invest in vital (machine) industries and ensure distribution of food and fuel. So why are multinational corporations and their NGOs opposing control over such private intrusion?

Car drivers & motorcycle riders are killing & maiming people daily, destroying public & private spaces. Is it the spirit of ‘free enterprise’, or the mania of lawlessness? Is it due to the careless example set by foreign and local banks operating in Sri Lanka who corner markets and run over the economy at will? The Central Bank took steps this week to control the ‘unsavoury’ activities of such banks.

     This ee looks at how Foreign Banks are still robbing the country (ee Focus, Rusiripala Tennakoon), while corrupting local banks. US and European banks, camouflaged as ‘development banks’, are taking over private banks and finance companies (Commercial Bank, Sarvodaya, Sanasa, NDB, etc.) in order to entrap, especially rural, people by selling industrial goods. Many of these banks are ‘leveraged’ to the skies, and when they crash it’s the State Banks that have to rescue them Then media will complain how State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) are loss-making! – ee Focus; Random Notes, Importing Inflation

The media is crying kimbula-bunis tears about the murdered child worker. Yet the capitalist media constantly attack labor laws to weaken and sabotage them. They never provide daily or hourly reports, broadcast or printed, on the conditions on the majority of workers in this country. They only report on unions when there’s a strike and then only highlight monetary demands. Also, why are we now hearing about the mistreatment of workers in Japan and Korea? – Random Notes

Japan’s delay in delivering promised vaccines to Sri Lanka – allowing infections to spread, while putting off local production – was blamed on tight transport logistics during the Olympics Games. Yet they’ve been continuing war games with the US against China. No wonder they’re so busy! (s ee Sovereignty)

     Many of the companies donating ‘gifts’ of medical supplies are companies importing industrial goods from other countries. Their main aim is to put off local production. So what did Hemas ‘first female CEO’ mean by saying it’s hard to get around politicians to raise drug prices? – Random Notes

• In this age of algorithm wars conducted from higher altitudes, where the imperialist whites have decided they do not wish to have their soldiers, with boots on foreign ground, returning home in bodybags, the stealing of personal information and location services is even more crucial. Alongside these algorithm wars are the hybrid wars, using liberal rhetoric of individual freedom over all others, and lawfare. Meanwhile, foreign-funded NGOs, etc., are dedicated to preventing control over private intrusion, and – no surprise – private corporations are behind this, claiming they have the right to control data.

• Last week, the Rockefeller-run Pathfinder Group in Sri Lanka discussed maritime security with England, while the Chamber of Commerce, Hutchison Telecom (origins & profits from the opium wars on China) & the London Stock Exchange Group prepared to challenge the SL government’s Data Protection Bill. They will no doubt try to prevent the Sri Lankan government taking control over our data. Let’s see what frenzied media headlines are generated using ‘personal’ freedom, etc. – see ee Security

• English is still the dominant power in SL. No matter what the anti-Sinhala lobby claims. It is English that (dis)informs the (non)investment bankers, and the higher courts and higher education. It is the only source of international news,. For now. The English of the media, however, is like the English of ‘Colombots’. They have no need for a news service like this. They’re sitting pretty. The English of the Industrial Revolution is not for them. Whereas when we speak to people in Sinhala about these issues, there is immediate resonance, about the need for modern industrialization.

     So why does ee insist people interrogate the products tantalized before our eyes? How they are made, and where? The machines that made them? Who made the machines that made them?

• Who really owns Sri Lanka Telecom? Most major equipment is imported from Japan. In 1997, SLT was privatised under Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (NTT). NTT was a Japanese state monopoly fronting for the American Telephone & Telegraph Co (AT&T). In 2008, NTT sold its SLT stake to Global Telecom Holdings (GTH) of Netherlands, which now owns a 45% stake, with 51% owned by the SL government. GTH owns 44.98%, but is a holding company in Amsterdam, and a subsidiary of the multinational telecom company VEON also in the Netherlands. At this point ee is over its head. (ha ha!). All ee knows is: it is past time, to take back our economy!

• Only the unions of the wealthy matter to the media. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, the first registered trade union, and the Chambers of Commerce oppose real unions and constantly try to undermine workers’ rights, deploying IMF euphemisms like ‘labor flexibility’. The Unilever-led League of Multinational Corporations in Sl also demands ‘Everything needs to be fixed in the context of international standards, in terms of human rights and labor law too.’ That child who was killed in Colombo was from the plantations. Yet Unilever, the main beneficiary of the plantation system, is yet to confess

• Stolen Land, Stolen Labor: A worker was killed, after being forced to work 18 hours in a plastic factory in US-occupied Korea then trapped in an oil compressor, with a manager nowhere in sight. Migrants are hired to work in toxic (plastic vinyl chloride is the most dangerous) and hazardous occupations. Daily Mirror claims not to know if labor laws were flouted!

• Japan’s Nikkei News headline SL import ban puts 100s of businesses in jeopardy: ‘Sri Lanka typically imports around 50,000 to 60,000 vehicles a year.’ But the story hides that many of these (‘pre-owned’) car imports are from Japan! The story adds: ‘SL’s trading partners have sounded the alarm over the import ban. The value of EU exports to SL fell from 1.24billion euros in 2019 to 904million euros in 2020, a decline of 27% and the lowest figure in 10 years. SL mainly imports machinery, pharmaceuticals, iron & steel products, and vehicles from Europe.’ Nikke doesn’t publicly calculate Japan’s so-called ‘declines.

All this and more on: eesrilanka.wordpress.com/2021/07/31/who-controls-sri-lankas-internet/

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