Saturday, September 24, 2016
I am completely lost for words, the Syrian Army simply pounds Aleppo indiscriminately. Does anyone question this word indiscriminate, except for the Syrian Govt. or the Russians? Ditto with the Russian or Syrian Air Force or both!
Reminds me of the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip where people were hold up between the sea in a tiny strip of land, and the world just could not stop it, until they had simply raised most of the area to rubble. Israel HAS NOT BEEN held accountable, so much so that Netanyahu meets Clinton and Trump tomorrow, such is the esteem with which this monster is treated by the Americans.
So does it surprise you that the butcher Assad of Syria has taken leaf out of Netanyahu’s book and he is doing the same to his own citizens, where as in Netanyahu’s case it is the recent immigrants to Israel who were killing the longtime residents of Palestine. I am merely illustrating the parallels, otherwise, only Assad is pictured as the butcher of Aleppo, with Putin’s ammunition, planes and bombs of every sort.
Just like the Israelis believe it is their right to bomb the arrogant Gazans into submission, Assad believes they are terrorists, with many foreign powers helping them, who should also be eliminated, and the peace restored. Why one law for Assad and one for Netanyahu? I don’t know.
Be that as it may, we have now lost the wood from the trees in Syria. Who is who? Assad believes it is his right to restore Syria, by simply eliminating the rebels, which he now with added resolve, and Russian assistance believes is the final battle, to take control of the main stronghold of the rebels in Aleppo, when even parts of Damascus is still rebel held.
Who are these rebels, and what are they fighting for? Of course they are not the Alawites of Syria a minority including Assad who presumably have their backs to the wall as a small Shiite minority in Syria, who wish to control the country and are ready to fight to the death to preserve this, as they see that once Assad is beaten the Alawite sect will be banished from Syria, and there will be hardly ANY country that will take them. They are the merchants and business elite in Syria, who have been favored by the Regime for 50 years, and ARE NOT ready to give up without a fight to the death.
I don’t know why the Russians have allied themselves with them, but they have, and that has given them the strength to have carried out this war for so long. Other leaders without Russian help would have capitulated and left a long time ago. Assad was offered a way to leave Syria with his family, to prevent total destruction of this Country, but has refused firmly believing in his destiny that he can survive and overcome, the natural behavior from the beginning of time of a megalomaniacal dictator, like we have seen throughout the 20th Century.
It must be said that the US made a political decision NOT to enter the conflict, except through the CIA, helping to arm the rebels and give them the wherewithal to fight the Regime. This has emboldened Russia to take the battle to the rebels, to show they can beat the USA in battle. So is it right that due to US inaction, the innocent Syrians have suffered. Yes, the Assad regime was deeply unpopular for a long time, and they ruled with fear because he had the power to enforce his dictat.
COMPARISONS WITH THE SRI LANKAN CONFLICT
Mahinda Rajapakse believed he can win the war MILITARILY. He had the help of the Terrorist regimes of Israel and Pakistan, as well as China to whom he had sold Sri Lanka off. So he was able to procure the arms on favorable terms to fight the war to the end, DESPITE western efforts, pressured by the million strong Diaspora, in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France and Germany as the main havens, who only sat and watched the unfolding crisis, impotent to act.
Whatever the justification, that the Tamils had over 70 years of discrimination, that led Prabarkaran to take up arms, funded primarily by the hugely wealthy Diaspora, engaged in international gun running, drug dealing and extortion allowed the funds to fight for the long term. This had NOT been stopped by the host Countries where this took place, and so permitted them to use young Tamils in the North, conscripts more like, and brainwash them to be suicide bombers and trained killers. This turned the Civil War into a no holds barred war outside the rules of the Geneva Conventions where massacres on both sides took place on a daily basis.
The Elam War IV finally cleared the whole Country of the rebels, by a full scale all out conventional war, that Prabarkaran may have thought he could win, which finally in May of 2009, cornered the rebels AND the 330,000 willing and unwilling civilians they herded with them to the TINY strip of land in Mullaitivu, where the last of the heavy shelling took place to BOMB THEM INTO SUBMISSION.
Whatever the level of indiscriminate shelling, where the SL Forces HAD the coordinates of the Hospitals and Civilian areas, due to the fighters in civilian clothing, hiding amongst the civilian population, which no one even today doubts, justified some of the commanders to take risks, and use heavy artillery that the SL Govt. promised NOT to use, to hasten the closure of the war due to the rebel intransigence in NOT surrendering when they were really cornered.
This is where the parallels end. Were these rebels freedom fighters, trying to free Sri Lanka from a brutal regime? Yes there was a brutal dictator in power. However they did not want to free Sri Lanka, they wanted their own separate state, which any Sri Lankan will tell you that no matter what the circumstances are, it is NOT an option, to divide a small country. If one needs a latter day example just look at the stalemate in Cyprus today. UNRESOLEVED STALEMATE of a divided island amongst ethnic lines!
The soldiers, most of whom were from very poor families, where their paycheck fed their whole extended families, they saw salvation in the Forces. They therefore firmly believed, that unless they WON the MILITARY war, the politicians will come to some face saving settlement, which will result in a few months of ceasefire, negating the huge sacrifice they had made to get there, and the war will just continue.
In hindsight, NO ONE really believes, had a ceasefire AT THAT POINT been agreed to, allowing disarming of the rebels, NOT IMPRISONING THEM, and giving their territory back, was the answer AT THAT TIME. If the UN or any other power believed it, they are DEAD WRONG.
While the Diaspora was desperately attempting to arrange a UN brokered ceasefire, there was NO OPTION but to fight to the end, and suffer COLLATERAL DAMAGE, meaning civilian casualties, to finish it off, before a forced ceasefire! Yes atrocities occurred ON BOTH sides, but the relative level of the Govt. forces was a drop in the ocean compared to that of the rebels, but they were all annihilated, and NOT available to go to a war crimes tribunal.
The implication being, that IT WAS the SL Forces who therefore MUST be held accountable for ANY cold blooded killings of a few surrendering rebels. The reason this figure of 40,000 unlawful killings is still mentioned is due to the immense power of the Tamil Diaspora, and NOT based on any reality, with the most likely figure available being less than 10,000, but how it splits between civilian and rebel is hard to distinguish as most rebels changed into Civvies in the end to mingle with the surrendering masses, and the troops were worried about hidden suicide carders amongst them, when they were nervously checking the surrendering people, who HAD to be initially housed in temporary camps, due to the inability to distinguish between innocent and guilty!
It is simply this Diaspora, that has enabled this problem to go on for so long, and if Mahinda Rajapakse was at fault, it was his bloody mindedness, to confront the UN HRC with refusal to engage in the basic, closure procedures, that he promised Ban Ki Moon, in June 2009. If he did it immediately the issue would have been done and dusted. THE REASON he did not was HIS OWN POLITICAL SURVIVAL. That is something I blame the Diaspora for as they enabled Mahinda Rajapakse a few more lives until his final downfall on January 2015! He cleverly leveraged the Diaspora attack, and the resulting UN HRC determinations, to galvanize the masses into believing that he was protecting the Forces, who saved the Country from the world’s most deadly terrorist outfit.
No wonder this foreign pressure gave him an unprecedented mandate of over two thirds majority to do as he wanted, turning this Country into an oppressive dictatorship, thanks to the UN and the Tamil Diaspora, none of whom accept their complicity in this crime.
With regard to the slow pace of reconciliation, that is again a matter for future debate, as most Tamil people want to live in peace, NOT necessarily in the North, where there is NO employment, but anywhere they wish as there are 500,000 job vacancies in Sri Lanka. They are forced to live in poverty ONLY because the TNA want them there, as they will NOT have any power, if they all move to areas where they can economically be successful. Having poor people hostage is the ONLY way for bankrupt politicians of the TNA to hang on to a non-existent federal solution! Let’s face it the Country is just too small for a federal solution, ESPECIALLY when twice as many Tamils live in areas outside of the North and East.
SO BACK TO ASSAD AND SYRIA
This comparison with the Sri Lankan civil war was done, so as the get a perspective on what may happen in future in Syria. Half its population has been exiled from Syria. This means that most of the ANTI ASSAD people are NO LONGER in the Country. Suppose all hostilities cease. The people in camps in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon will NOT return UNTIL a permanent peace is established. A few more mass bombings, will kill people, and more people will leave the Country never to return. This will then allow ASSAD to agree to a ceasefire, and even permit DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS, which he will WIN!
The Russians and Syrians are playing a game, where the WEST will have to take in ALL anti Assad Syrians for settlement, and he will be king of Syria again. It is a simple solution, and IS MORE LIKELY to result in that as each day goes by.
Yes the Syrians outside will be bitter, but they are people who will assimilate in their host countries, being white, and in a generation adopt the western lifestyle, as they were anyway not fundamentalist Islamists! Unlike the Tamil Diaspora, they will NOT continue to fund rebel groups in Syria, and try to return to re-take control from Assad and Alawites, who will establish a dynastic life in the Kingdom of Alawite Syria, achieving his single ambition, whilst ridding the Country of 6 million, and rebuilding the country with Russian help, taking over all the wealth of the people who left the Country. The Russians will have a permanent OUTPOST in Syria, for their Middle Eastern ambitions whatever that may be! Questions?
Assad believes he is on the CUSP of reaching his solution for Syria, and is HOPING that with a Trump Presidency, US will NOT take any refugees, NOR get involved in any international fighting with Russia, allowing the two Countries to carve out Syria for themselves. US could even ally with Russia on Syria!
Remember again, the Assad camp firmly believe that the rebels are simply terrorists, with NO RIGHTS of legitimate power in Syria. So the Western Press has failed to identify to lesser mortals like us the legitimate demands of the rebels, so we are unable to find a way to back their cause, and are only determined to AVOID the indiscriminate killings, which we will hold Assad responsible for. NO UN will be able to prosecute Assad for war crimes in the Hague, as his protector Russia is party to this crime, and HOLDS VETO POWER in the UN.
The NAKEDNESS of the UN is clear to see, and the fact that US and RUSSIA are unable EVEN TO ENFORCE A CEASEFIRE, and have Assad continue to DENY any flagrant violation of law or indiscriminate killing shows. The US NOT being able to prove to the world WHO CARRIED out the bombing of the AID convoy, leaves us to believe that there is a cover-up. After all there are satellites monitoring every bombing run in Aleppo and we have NOT seen one live bombing video!
There are wheels within wheels and we are left to ponder the games the superpowers are playing behind the scenes, having full knowledge of everything each power is doing in the region. We see the outrage and NO ONE can do anything about it no matter how much the Media exposes the tragedy on TV!
PS I have deliberately avoided adding a further complication by bringing ISIL into this war as that too was a third front along with the AL Qaeda affiliates. This is because I believe their days are numbered, and they will become history shortly, leaving the two aforesaid protagonists to fight TO THE END as I don't see ASSAD giving up, and nor do I see that the UN has ANY power to do otherwise!
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The German Chancellor for the past 11 years, has risked her PERSONAL popularity and name for posterity by taking in, "WITHOUT FLINCHING" a million refugees in 2015 from ALL parts of the world. Many genuine Syrian Muslim refugees, but within them were Many Afghan Economic Refugees, the odd ISIL convert bent on trouble, and refugees fleeing African Countries for a myriad of reasons, including economic, persecution, poverty, and HOPE for a better life arising out of ALL of the above.
Let us be practical, when faced with streaming thousands of refugees in the summer of 2015 unleashed on Germany, as Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria merely enabled them to get to Germany as quickly as possible in a very unkind way of telling them all that they were NOT welcome on their shores, and the determination of the refugees ALSO to go to Germany, where they hoped for a BETTER LIFE.
Don’t forget the refugee of 2016 is an OPPORTUNIST. They want a better life and will go to any Country they believe they will be better off in. After all Jordan, and Lebanon, have the most number of refugees of all the Countries, on a per capita basis, and they are STILL in camps, with the world NOT appreciating how hard it is for these countries to cope with this influx. They are awaiting resettlement!
It was the most NIMBLE, youthful, industrious, opportunistic, risk averse who made the trek to Germany. They WILL BE THE most useful workers for the NEW GERMANY, and Merkel will be vindicated long after she is dead and buried.
The article attached goes onto say that Merkel
(who grew up in communist East Germany, possibly under hardship used her Christian beliefs to give charity to the homeless, welcoming ALL not knowing how many that word all would become) trying to atone for Germany’s Nazi past HAS unwittingly opened the latent NAZI DEMONS. Let us hope it is a temporary setback to true Lutheran Christian of our ages.
NOT ALL DESERVING people have claimed asylum in Germany. Many rogues and criminals and misogynists in the guise of the Muslim moniker have entered Germany. It is the DUTY of the German efficiency to root out these people in their presence and RE-EDUCATE them into German values, to understand their good fortune, in being openly and graciously welcomed by Christian values of charity!
In an entertainment crazy world, where film stars are deified, and revered, for reasons, I know not why, we must understand that human frailties are common to all. So in this controversial divorce proceedings of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, we have NO clue of what is real, and what is make believe and the pundits in the press continue to play upon our common emotions by making statements, sometimes with contrived evidence, interpreted anyway they choose to make their points, and it becomes the talking point in dinner table conversation.
The links are all to the private lives and loves of these stars, warts and all, and for those who wish to live a vicarious life they do then help yourself. Personally, I don't think it is intrusion into their lives, as they have handsomely profited from their public life, open and sometimes stage managed for their benefit, sometimes this can go wrong, but it goes with the territory.
Yes it is mere entertainment for those who have NOTHING better to do with their lives. The news maybe contrived by the protagonists so they maximize their brand with this FREE publicity worth BILLIONS, which will eventually enable them to parley it for BILLIONS into their own pockets. It is simply the business of high profile, and in the news people who are smarter than the gullible public in taking the public for suckers in their high stakes game of POKER that enriches them NO END.
In my opinion, the losers are the jokers who believe all the crap that is written, as well as the innocent 6 children of this couple who will be the object of sympathy, compassion, and sometimes even derision, which will make their own lives very public, and MAY affect them negatively in the future.
THE CLOONEYS have it!
For Angelina, being Jon Voight’s daughter, fame has been something she has contrived since birth for her advantage, and she may have done some good as the UNICEF Ambassador and Brad Pitt too may have given publicity to charitable causes, therefore helped humanity in their own ways. The quid pro quo and value to each is hard to measure, except to say that it is a two way process, that increases the brand of the individual, as well as the charity the wish to assist.
Take the current saga of Clooney and Amal, his wife, who are making the rounds in the UN, with regards to refugees. They too are hugely privileged people giving publicity to a cause, but who are really untouched by the world crisis, and some critics, attribute this to fame seeking to build their brand being far more of a priority over the real issue of refugees, and how to tackle this seemingly insurmountable problem. There is NO DEFINTE conclusions I can come with from either of these hot topics of the day. I know posterity will look at this as just another story to keep the Media employed, as just imagine, if we did not have these stories, we will NOT have anything interesting to write about. This is all much of a muchness, that the Amazon Tribes, will not lose any sleep over, having bigger problems.
In Conclusion, the moral of the story, is if you treat this as of ONLY entertainment value, which it really is as you don't know how to dissect truth from fiction, you will not go wrong, and will not dwell on it as it is like going to the movies, but better as it sounds real, though even this is only partly real, and part fantasy!
In a world where news is all about tragedy and death, I suppose the human being needs distraction and there is something called the entertainment media, whose whole job is to bring it to our homes, but don't forget all stakeholders make a good living out of it.
The UGC just announced that 27600 students have now won places to enter the NO FEE State Education System for which we all Sri Lankan pay a very high price. They said it was an increase of 2,200 from the last intake, saying by deduction that more places are being created, either by building more Universities, or new faculties and expansion of facilities.
Any person with the knowledge of comparison with quality tertiary facilities of the private/public sector, such as Kotelawala Defence University, NSBM Green University and other fully private establishments in Sri Lanka, will know how WOEFUL the facilities of these Universities are.
Yes for a Country which wastes a lot of its wealth on corruption, and show events, improving Education and Health Care is NOT the priority. However, we must at least produce EMPLOYABLE Graduates in preference to increasing the number of UNEMPLOYABLE Graduates, which this UGC boast will INEVITABLE result in.
PLEASE look at each courses for relevance. Improve the facilities available to students where courses WILL directly lead to employment so that they can be MORE productive, and therefore MORE in demand from their prospective employers. Isn’t this the need of the hour, over the NUMBERS game the UGC is indulging in, for possibly political motivations?
We need better faculty, better paid, and with good teaching skills. There MUST be methods of students assessing their faculty anonymously, so that the fraudulent faculty will be found out. This will enable a system of self policing to ensure that the faculty don’t moonlight because the private universities pay better, and they fraudulently take two incomes, by shortchanging the State Sector, a practice that is commonplace in the Sri Lanka University System at present.
WE as in the Government owes the undergraduates, a duty to give them an education, that creates the person, that creates a productive citizen for the Country, as it is an investment by many people, all through the Country from people, most of whom never went to University, to put someone else’s son or daughter through the University System. This fact is often ignored, and must be laid clear on day one when an undergraduate enters the University system, that he or she owes a duty to the people who have paid their fees, so that they can study without paying.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Giving the option of all Students to take A level classes, no matter if they pass their O levels of not!
The GOSL (Government of Sri Lanka, in the guise of the Education Ministry) has just proclaimed that ALL students who have sat for their O levels will in future be eligible to follow the A level course.
MY FIRST PLEA.
Please make sure you begin the A level classes on Monday, January 2nd 2017, not in May or June as is the case now, where students waste some of their best years doing nothing before going back to school after the results are published. Remember that the O level exams are in December. So wasting 5 to 6 months of education, sets them back in their studies, and they have to spend MORE TIME in tuition classes to catch up what the STATE SCHOOL SYSTEM CANNOT TEACH THEM.
MY SECOND PLEA
Make sure there are teachers and classrooms to accommodate these kids, as even now most A level classes DON’T have teaching staff, and even the teaching staff who are there, spend their time taking private tuition classes in the evenings, AND don’t teach the same students during the day, because they want to earn some extra money.
MY THIRD PLEA
Review the reasons for the delay in marking, and rescrutinizing papers and release O level results by February 28th 2017 AT THE LATEST. This agonizingly long wait for results for those so young is hard on their impressionable minds, as they have to psyche themselves to study again, and think A levels, and think future.
MY FOURTH PLEA
It was NOT said at the announcement today, but let the students SIT THE A LEVELS in the SUBJECTS OF THEIR CHOICE, even if they have AFTER the results NOT got the relevant grades to go to that A level class. You will be surprised how even a failure at O levels can shine in a subject of their choosing at A levels and even get into a prestigious university after failing ALL HIS O LEVELS.
Who knows there maybe a Nobel Prize winner in those who have failed O levels! you wanna bet!
SO LETS ENACT THIS PLAN AND FILL VOIDS IMMEDIATELY.
This Country will ONLY develop to satisfy the aspirations of the Youth in future, if they have a positive attitude to work. THIS WORD POSITIVE is the most important word, but young people just don’t have a can do attitude and are looking for the easiest way out where they can HOPEFULLY get something for NOTHING.
Read the link below in the FT of this morning, and you will see that I am NOT writing a load of BS on my blog. Employers are beside themselves with a huge crisis. What is it? They JUST CANNOT FIND PEOPLE TO FILL THE VACANCIES.
We have so many young people, mainly girls sitting at home in NO HURRY TO WORK, because they have not been THROWN OUT OF THE HOUSE! Parents, threaten to throw your kids outside, if they don’t find a job, and contribute to the upkeep of the household, because it is your attitude of spoiling your kids, paying for all their tuition classes, and pocket money, that has lead to this state of inebriation called laziness in our offspring.
Your kids are intelligent, but they think they are really worth more than they currently are, because they have NO experience. Value comes NOT with education alone, but with work experience. I can tell you that every additional day you work, in addition to your qualifications, gives you experience in life, and skills, and MAKES IT MUCH EASIER for you to parlay that into a vocation or job you rally want.
Jobs you want will NOT fall into your lap. You have to make an effort to get them, and show that you are capable of doing them, and the quickest method is getting work experience. The most important being getting to work ON TIME which may sound simple, but is VERY DIFFICULT for Sri Lankan youth for reasons, I am still flummoxed to explain.
SO YOUNG PEOPLE GET YOUR SKATES ON and get a job, there are so many around, it is simply not funny. Sri Lanka is not growing because the companies cannot find people. Sometimes I just wish the Govt. fires about 500,000 then see, how the economy will grow at 10% pa for the next 5 years.
YES YOU READ IT RIGHT. FIRE 500,000 people from Govt. service. It will both make Govt. more efficient and cut down the cost of the Govt. wage bill, reducing the deficit, and improving the public sector efficiency that will lead to growth, but it will allow the employers so desperate for workers to give them the jobs that will grow the economy.
The PUNDITS have got it wrong, the big reason this Country has not grown is that we are at full employment, and those at work are working at a fraction of their capacity. My suggestions above improve this efficiency that goes straight into the growth cycle.
University, Diploma, Professional Qualification, Vocational IT DOES NOT MATTER but you SHOULD BE FULLY ENGAGED in WORK/STUDY by today, September 21st 2016 if you wish to succeed in life!
If you think you want to go to the STATE University system and will await results for a POSSIBILITY of going to CAMPUS then you are NON COMPUS!
So what gives? Why have I made such a disturbing statement? It is for you to consider very carefully, and determine what it is you want in life, and how you should get what you want in the most PRACTICAL method possible.
If you are enrolled in a field of study you wish to follow as that is what your interests lie, then let us say you are 18, the course of study is 3 years. You will get a degree at the end of it and it will cost you Rs2M for this course with a foreign accredited qualification.
I presume you have also considered your employability once you get your degree, by both consulting the careers advisory section of the University you have enrolled in (PRIVATE OR SEMI PRIVATE in the case of NIBM affiliated courses)
At 21 at time of graduation, with the help of your University, you would already have interned with a private organization, which should have offered you a position upon completion, beginning with a salary of Rs40,000 a month, as you will now be fully fluent in English as the whole course was conducted by English Speaking lecturers some from overseas!
Assume after two years of work experience, you either work their or use your experience and knowledge to parley into another local job at Rs50,000, if overseas of course the package could be in excess of Rs100,000.
By the time you are 26 you would have earned a gross income of Rs2.8M, which you could have used to off your loan of Rs2M with interest! And have some left over.
However more important, when you are 26 you have been on a salary of a minimum of Rs50,000 for three years and will now be able to command Rs75K or higher due to experience. Your friend who opted to go to the NO FEE Education system provided by the State would have after a 4 year special degree, be looking for a first job, with highest offers for no experience of Rs 20K a month!
In both cases I have assumed you would have stayed at home, so in both cases living costs would have been the same, either provided by your parents or other means, only showing the difference between choosing the state system with a degree NOT recognized outside Sri Lanka and starting with a salary of Rs20K if you are lucky, or with a recognized degree internationally, NO LOANS and currently earning Rs75K a month at age 26, ready to get married and settle down.
What would you chose?