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A couple of months ago, I got a message that one of my cartoons, with the caption ‘Pelting Stones At Heavily Armed Tank = Terrorism, Dropping Bombs On Civilians = Self Defence’, was removed from facebook, I actually suspected it was the graphic image – a photo of an injured Palestinian boy. maybe it was too much for some people. But last week, I couldn’t get into my Facebook account, and I saw that another one of my cartoons, a meme and a SomeECard Israel parody were also removed. I was also warned by Facebook that further flagging of my work would lead to the removal of my page. And my account was ‘Permanently’ disabled from facebook.
Barely 65 years have passed and yet the Olympics, Downton Abbey, The King’s Speech, royal weddings and babies are all being deployed to present us with an idea of imperial Britain and the Windsors as harmless anachronisms, and not the brutal genocidal murderers who plundered, raped, imprisoned and murdered their way across the whole globe. Virtually every conflict today can be traced back to British colonial policies and divide and rule tactics. While we are well aware of the horrors of the Nazis, British concentration camps in South Africa are little known, as are the genocides, famines, displacements and brutalising all over Africa, Asia, Palestine and the Middle East in the name of the British crown. It is no exaggeration to say that 100s of millions of people suffered and died under the rule of this family’s ancestors down to the present day, yet they are paraded in public as though there is no shame in their past and as though they have no blood on their hands at all. And we are allowed no accountability, no anger, as though it never happened at all.
We heard those who shed tears and protested over the killing of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. Today, we hardly hear the same with the same pitch of language, when three young muslim students shot down by an American ‘White’ terrorist.
pronunciation (IPA): /ˈtɛɹəɹɪst/
Noun (plural terrorists)
A person, group, or organization that uses violent action, or the threat of violent action, to further political goals.
Source : Wiktionary
1. White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, “terrorists.”
Will and capacity to curb corruption, true test of independence.
The 67th anniversary of the declaration of independence will take place as a hopeful event. The defeat of the repressive and corrupt Mahinda Rajapaksa regime and the resolution of the crisis of judicial independence that was caused by the illegal removal of Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake from the post of Chief Justice have created this environment. That the downslide caused by the 1978 Constitution is being challenged in the government’s 100-day programme makes this day and the event even more meaningful.