23 August 2016

ICC: Destroying shrines is a war crime – Sinhala Buddhists must showcase the war crimes committed by LTTE-TNA & Muslim fundamentalists

Shenali D Waduge

The International Criminal Court has charged Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi of war crimes for the destruction of cultural heritage in Mali in 2012 declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO. On 20 July 1983 the late Cyril Mathew sent a comprehensive report to UNESCO to safeguard and preserve the cultural property in Sri Lanka endangered by racial prejudice, unlawful occupation or wilful destruction. That report covered only a handful of sites that had been subject to rape by parties and individuals attempting to eliminate evidence of Sinhala Buddhist occupation in the North and East and replace with Hindu, Christian/Catholic & Islamic new sites and claim them to be their heritage sites manipulating political correctness, and riding on the bogey of multiculturalism and reconciliation. Such treachery needs to be exposed and the real heritage sites needs to be identified and protected.

There are some key factors to take note of.

The Sinhala Buddhist heritage sites has been target of destruction by Indian invaders, colonial occupiers (Portuguese, Dutch and British & the Church) LTTE-TNA and now Muslim fundamentalists. That historical objective has continued with the modus operandi only changing.

All the while attempts have been made to wipe out the Sinhala Buddhist history of Sri Lanka, denationalize the people of their historical roots and memories and craftily remove Sinhala Buddhist culture, events, traditions etc. An excellent example is the well-funded campaign out to stop the Dalada Perahera by creating a notion of cruelty to elephants while the same activists are stoic silent on animal sacrifice/ritual sacrifice and animal killing and other forms of animal cruelty. Their campaign is only surrounded around stopping the perahera and using the elephant as the scapegoat.

Whether it is the Tamil vellalas, the LTTE or their political arm the TNA, the quest has been to claim a tract of land as their own for which they had been moving earth and heaven. Just because some loose cannon politicians and paid activists claim homelands without historical basis an island nation cannot be separated. This is what foreign envoys, the UNSG, the UNHRC head and even the Western Bloc nations needs to realize and understand. Cross examination of all homeland claims only lead back to Tamil Nadu and ascertains the false notions at play.

With no historical evidence to prove that Tamil language, Tamil people, heritage originated and evolved in Sri Lanka’s north or even east, given the heavy evidence to showcase the Tamil Nadu links to Sri Lankan Tamils the next option was to generate a hyped propaganda of lies and deception through falsified ‘history’ and by attempting to destroy, ruin and deface the artefacts in the North and East of Sri Lanka by Tamil vellalas, TNA-LTTE, the Church-NGOs and Muslim fundamentalists.

In the case of Muslims, who first arrived as traders and were treated as aliens by the Sinhale kings and the colonials initially began trading in coastal areas and were allowed to live as guests though they did not have land rights till after 1800s, therefore they cannot claim any historical area as being their heritage sites given that land rights were not given to them prior to this period. Technically only claims after land rights have been given to Muslims are valid. However, there is much contention with Muslims claiming Buddhist heritage sites to be ‘theirs’ and using media and churning incidents in their favour to win over political correctness and thus ‘secure’ these Buddhist heritage sites as theirs. We can give examples of Kuragala, Muhudumahavihara, Dambulla and a pattern now to claim sites close to all Buddhist heritage sites as a means to surround Buddhist sites and create animosity.

In 1932 Charles Collins the British Civil Servant and GA for Ratnapura in his “The Archaeology of Sabaragamuwa, Bintenna” makes note of 7 places - Budu-gala, Kura-gala, Diyainna, Handa-giriya, Kottimbul-wala, Sankha-pala Vihare in Pallebedda and Galpaya tracing inscription to second century B.C http://ratnawalli.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/The-Archaeology-of-the-Sabaragamuwa-Bintenna..pdf please read http://ratnawalli.blogspot.com/2014/03/kuragala-lessons-fighting-with-honour.html

What is important and has to be reiterated is that incursions have a history. Territories and lands have been confiscated and taken by force with the use of the sword through history and people have been converted with death threats. This is how Islam and Christianity/Catholicism has increased globally. In the modern era, in lieu of swords have been at the extreme end terrorism and at the other more sophisticated end the manipulation of multiculturalism and reconciliation using NGOs and other sophisticated methods all of which have demanded that Buddhists keep quiet while their heritage sites are usurped and replaced with others. Objections by Buddhists is declared as going against reconciliation and multiculturalism and voicing these objections are promoted as racism and those flagging the wrongs are branded as fascists, fundamentalists, radicals and whatever name they can concoct to ridicule the messenger whereby the aim is to dilute and conceal the message.

While Cyril Mathew boldly generated a report with facts, figures and images and sent to UNESCO the present day incursions, destructions and incursions upon Buddhist heritage sites are available and now need to be collected, compiled and correlated to demand that no individual, group or politicians can eliminate or destroy ancient heritage as by virtue of the ICC judgement these are now construed as war crimes.

Moreover, political parties and politicians must be told to desist from using their office to be influenced into allowing incursions by non-Buddhists into Buddhist heritage sites and build new religious sites which lay the foundations for animosities when they demand that their new construction be given prominence over the ancient site. There is a pattern to all these incursions and this needs to be clearly exposed.

The Buddhist organizations must establish a website where they can upload all these incursions so that the truth can be made public as against the falsehoods that are being promoted because money and power & mode of communications are vested in non-Buddhists clearly signalling in imbalance and injustice.

To protect our heritage we must assert our rights. In not asserting our rights we forfeit our right to demand justice and in so doing we will lose what our ancestors had toiled to erect and protect to pass on to us to also protect and preserve. It is our duty and we must do justice to what has been passed down from history. Such magnificent and ancient past that goes back centuries before Christ cannot be replicated even with modern technology which is why anyone attempting to destroy or deface and replace them should be treated as war criminals and the offence a war crime.

22 August 2016

UN will collapse if Africa and Asia leave – UN wake up!

Shenali D Waduge

There are 193 member nations in the United Nations. African members account for 54 while Asia-Pacific Members account for 53 making 107 out of 193 members belonging to Africa-Asia-Pacific nations. The Latin American & Caribbean Nations too make up 33. Together these 3 blocs account for 140 countries in the UN. However, the hypocrisies and bias inside the UN has come to a stage where the UN has to be told either it reforms or these nations Quit UN. The foxes have no right to protect the chicken coop. If the nations of Africa, Asia and even Latin America unite and threaten to leave the UN, it will automatically collapse. It is time the bullies pulling the strings in the UN are given this message!

AFRICAN GROUP (54 members)
There are 54 African Member states in the UN. African nations make up 28% of the UN membership making it the largest regional group. Africa has only 16% of the world’s population.
15 African nations are facing armed conflict.

There are 53 Asia-Pacific Member states in the UN. Asian nations make up 27.5% of the UN membership making it the Second largest regional group. Asia-Pacific Group has a population of over 4.4billion including seven of the world's ten most populous countries.

Over 15 Asia-Pacific nations are facing armed conflict.


There are 23 Eastern-European Member states in the UN. East-European nations make up 12% of the UN membership making it the Second largest regional group. Eastern Europe has a population of just 292 million people.

Ukraine conflict is ongoing.

There are 33 Latin American & Caribbean Member states in the UN. Latin American and Caribbean nations make up 17% of the UN membership making it the Third largest regional group. Its population is 641,936,319 equivalent to 8.63% of the world’s population. The total land area is 20,158,154 Km2 (7,783,104 sq. miles)
Over 10 Latin-American & Caribbean nations are facing armed conflict.

There are 28 Western Europe & Other Group Member states in the UN. The US remains an Observer nation only. These nations make up 15% of the UN membership. These nations have 3 permanent seats in the UN Security Council.  

Combined population of Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Luxembourg, Iceland is just 412,814,895 (18 nations of Western Europe)

Other Groups
G77 & China
132 (69% of UN members)
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
119 (61% of UN members)
Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
56 (largest bloc in NAM & G-77)
League of Arab States
21 (largest bloc in OIC)
African Union
European Union (EU)
JUSCANZ (sub-set of the WEOG)
14/15 (United States is here)

European Union is a coalition of countries based on economic and political partnership (28)
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

We give some examples of the racism, hypocrisy and white rule that pervades the decision-making of the UN.

§  The idea to form the UN came from US and UK following end of World War 2 – US claimed to be neutral but secretly supported UK against Germany & Axis. US then used Japanese attack on Pearl Habor as an excuse to enter the war thereby getting the Allies to accept the Anglo-American Atlantic Charter
§  UN became a tool to control former Western European and American colonies of the Third World.
§  the first two secretaries-general of the UN were from the Western European kingdoms of Norway, and Sweden
§  When Japan proposed the world’s first racial equality clause to be included into the Charter of the League of Nations in 1919, Anglo Saxon countries immediately opposed it
§  US uses its veto against all resolutions against Israel. No other countries have been that lucky!
§  late Sergio Vieira de Mello was pulled out of the Balkans because the Europeans would not accept a non-European as head of the U.N. mission there.
§  Head of the World Bank is always an American
§  Head of the IMF is always an European
§  All the top U.N. posts at the ranks of deputy, under and assistant secretary-general, are within the personal discretion of the Secretary General whose selection is no less controversial – career officials have no place, political appointees do.
§  Top posts at UN are not proportional to the ratio of membership. Even those non-whites appointed are people who are non-white by color only and honored to be more western-thinking and acting than the whites!
§  Almost all the powerful and big-budget senior posts in the Secretariat and in the U.N. system are filled by westerners, including peacekeeping, political and humanitarian affairs, management, development and environment programmes, children’s fund, refugees etc (Ramesh Thakur)
§  Asians contribute about half the U.N.’s total peacekeepers and one-quarter of its regular and peacekeeping budget of which Japan contributes the  bulk – and it is UN peacekeeping Asians who suffer fatalities (how convenient – you pay to die!) Not coincidentally, decades earlier peacekeepers were all westerners. This is just like how military interventions have now been ‘outsourced’ to the jihadists! (Muslims kill Muslims and West takes over the lands Muslim jihadists have secured after killing them thereafter)
§  In the U.N. Secretariat, Asians comprised 17 per cent of senior U.N. staff at the grades of director and above (even though there are 53 Asian members in the UN)
§  Canada and the U.S. had the same number of senior staff in the Secretariat as all of Asia, when they account for 5 per cent and 60 per cent of the world’s population respectively. (Ramesh Thakur)
§  Of the total of 94 special representatives/envoys of the SG, 16 per cent are Asian, 30 per cent African (almost all dealing with African crises), 2 per cent from Latin America and the Caribbean: and 52 per cent from Europe, North America and Australia with nine out of ten of them dealing with non-western and global problems. (Ramesh Thakur)
§  Only the U.N. University is in Asia but only 1 out of the 6 chiefs of the University has been an Asian!
§  Former UNSG Kofi Annan has a history of legitimizing US interventionism - US diplomat Richard Holbrooke, who was one of the central figures involved in the balkanization of Yugoslavia, praised Annan as one of the most supportive figures for Washington’s foreign policy in the Balkans. Annan stands guilty of legitimizing the US-led coup involving Canada and France that removed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and allowed UN to occupy Haiti.
§  All of the nations targeted by R2P doctrine are Asian or African nations (developing nations) The Secretary General’s Special Advisor on R2P are either Canadian or American.
§  In 2011, present UNSG Ban Ki-moon took steps to personally lobby and pressure all the countries of the Mediterranean Sea to support Israel and prevent any humanitarian aid from reaching the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by ship - Ban Ki-moon ignored Tel Aviv’s illegal military blockade of Gaza and its violation of international law.
§  In 2012, Ban Ki-moon also refused to meet the representatives of the families of Palestinian victims and captives inside Israel while he was visiting Gaza. Ki-moon made personal efforts to secure the release of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. As a result of Ban Ki-moon’s bias many Palestinians hurled shoes and stones at his UN convoy as it entered the Gaza Strip – Neither Ban Ki Moon, Kofi Annan nor UNHRC heads have visited or spoken to any of the victims of LTTE terrorism in Sri Lanka either. They only have time to speak to LTTE families and LTTE cadres and send condolence messages to dead LTTErs (Kofi Annans condolence message to dead LTTE Kaushalyan)
§  In regards to both Libya and Syria, Ban Ki-moon has followed the US and NATO script for R2P and regime change.
§  Jeffrey Feltman’s appointment as the UN under secretary-general for political affairs by Ban Ki-moon shows just how much control Washington has over the UN Secretariat.
§  UN has a Christian agenda - More than 70% religious non-government organisations (NGOs) at the UN are Christian and questions whether Christian cults and lobbies are influencing UN decision making
§  A special place is given to Roman Catholic religion - The Vatican enjoys a special observer status, as a state and religion
§  Civil society organizations in the UN are mostly Catholic and these exert influence over UN diplomats.
§  Muslim NGOs are represented through the collective of states in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – Hindus and Buddhists have no representation
§  The Internaitonal Criminal Court has been accused of targeting only African nations and completely omitting from investigating the nations that had been covertly involved in the crisis that prevails African nations including the break up of Yugoslavia where it has now emerged that the late Serbian head Milosevic has been declared innocent of committing war crimes though the entire western propaganda and UN machinery accused him of being a war criminal. African Union has accused the ICC of hyposcrisy and double standards and has threatened to leave.
§  The UNHRC has been another inquisitorial tool of Western bloc nations where none of West’s crimes have resolutions against them but the West bloc nations are happily drafting resolutions against targeted nations and UN oficials are happy to comply. Sri Lanka’s case is a special example of how even after a conflict has ended a precedence is being created by a plethora of illegalities and irregularities blatantly violating the spirit of the UN and the UN Charter
§  Iraq war was illegal – UN was complicit
§  UN sanctions against Iraq caused a human disaster plus UN officials were accused of kickbacks. Hans Christof von Sponeck, the former assistant secretary-general of the UN resigned in March 2000 in protest against the sanctions. http://www.globalresearch.ca/united-nations-complicity-in-war-crimes/5170
§  UN Nuclear non-proliferation treaty are used to ensure the domination of certain powers and to threaten others
§  UN has failed Afghanistan, Iraq, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Nepal, Angola, Rwanda, Chad, Congo, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Grenada, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Iran, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Sudan, Vietnam, Libya and now Syria… including Sri Lanka in siding with terrorists and not the victims.

James Lucas writing to the GlobalResearch has given with examples 37 victim nations of US imperialism since 1945 and an estimated death of 20million people and counting. A UN and UNHRC demanding accountability from other nations completely ignores demanding accountability for all of the West’s imperial agendas and regime change that has led to assassinations, ousting of democratically elected leaders, funding of regime change, funding local lackeys and spearheading CHANGE covert operations and putting puppets as Presidents thereby undermining the entire governing systems of countries. If a UN has no mechanism to take action against these system abuses into which human smuggling, narcotics, illegal arms supply and even terrorism are intertwined is there really any use in having a world body claiming to be ushering peace? We have not solved, world hunger, we have not solved world disease, we have not solved world illiteracy and the world is become more violent by the day.

It is seriously time to Quit UN if the UN does not stop its hypocrisies, bias, racism and inequalities against the developing world.  

The Philippine President has come forward with the solution “‘I don't give a sh*t about them’ and threatens to leave ‘stupid UN’. its about time other nations start thinking of doing the same.

Ramesh Thakur - a former senior U.N. official, is professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University