Pelosi’s Pivot as Chilly Warfare and Colonialism rebound within the Indian Ocean amid Greenwash

Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake, is a Social and Medical Anthropologist, primarily based in Colombo, Sri Lanka….

Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake, is a Social and Medical Anthropologist, primarily based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. All hyperlinks to Gospa Information articles have been added aftermath

All bets have been off as Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the Home, and second in line to the USA Presidency pivoted to Asia, August 1st. As Ms. Pelosi tottered off a US Air Drive aircraft at Singapore’s Changi Airport in her signature stilettos South East Asia tripped into excessive rigidity as a collective shudder appeared to reverberate by way of the area.

China’s President Xi had warned President Biden forward of Pelosi’s proposed Taiwan journey: “play with Hearth and you’re going to get burned!” It is a time when relations between the 2 Superpowers, one rising and the opposite fading, are at an historic low because the world recalibrates and reorients to the emergence of China, Asia and the Indian Ocean Area (IOR) as its development hub.

As China considers Taiwan a breakaway province and a part of its historical past and geography, Pelosi’s journey to Taiwan appeared provocative to say the least.

The identical day Sri Lanka, perpetually within the cross-hairs of geopolitical rivalry resulting from its strategic location on the Heart of the Indian Ocean and roiled by anti- authorities and Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) protestors calling for Debt Cancellation because the Washington Consensus fishes in its troubled waters, woke to stormy monsoon seas and the information {that a} Peoples’ Liberation Military (PLA) Naval vessel with satellite tv for pc monitoring functionality was headed to the Hambantota Port, which the US Central Intelligence Company (CIA) deems a part of the ‘String of Pearls”.  Indian authorities claimed that they have been monitoring its progress.

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This motion adopted a US Division of Protection ‘Sea Imaginative and prescient’ coaching train within the months of June-July when the island on the heart of the Indian Ocean was successfully underneath a gas embargo. As US Marines instructed the Sri Lankan Navy, the nation was starved of Russian oil and gasoline that will have saved its US Greenback debt-trapped-economy from additional freefall and IMF inroads.

Though the Dragon had been lacking in motion not too long ago within the strategic island, a key port of name on China’s maritime Silk Route Belt and Highway Initiative (BRI), for world connectivity and infrastructure improvement, clearly geopolitical competitors for energy and affect is unfolding in islands—from Taiwan, Sri Lanka, the Solomon Islands as targets.

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Ms. Pelosi gave the impression to be enjoying feminist defender of world Human Rights and dragon slayer speaking up a earlier go to to Tiananmen Sq.. In the meantime the CIA assassinated Mr. Al-Zaharwi in Kabul, Afghanistan in a drone strike claiming that the aged man on tv heads Al Qaida.

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Following the drone strike that violated Afghanistan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and Mr. Zawahari’s human proper to honest trial President Biden introduced that justice had been achieved, and this demonstrated America’s functionality to defend its pursuits anyplace within the phrase! Biden justified the strike in Kabul by claiming that historical past was repeating itself, and Afghanistan had once more turn into a base for “terrorists” with the Taliban again in energy simply because it was when Osama Bin Laden launched his legendary 9/11 assault on the Twin towers and different US targets.

Pelosi’s pivot to Asia is a bit déjà vu, certainly a surreal courtship of catastrophe within the wake of the Ukraine debacle. In spite of everything, Mr. Putin had clearly demarcated Russia’s Pink Traces vis-à-vis any enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO), to incorporate Ukraine at Russia’s Western border, effectively earlier than proxy battle broke out in Ukraine with Mr. Zelinski enjoying arch defender of “western values”; By no means thoughts Ukraine’s democracy deficit and corruption charges.

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China’s claims on Taiwan are internationally acknowledged. Nonetheless, Pelosi appeared to relish her position as an agent provocateur of the slumbering dragon at the moment of excessive rigidity on the earth. Was it to maintain up the guessing recreation and extend Asia’s shudder that the US additionally took out Egyptian born Al-Zahawari in an Over the Horizon (OTH) operation that the CIA had promised on the eve of the disastrous US exit from that nation final yr?

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These operations appeared designed to inform the world that the American Eagle nonetheless has touchdown capability with all weapons blazing– one other try to pay Superpower though the solar has lengthy set on the imploding Empire now teaming up with one other expired empire to reboot colonialism and Chilly Warfare 2.0 through their South Asian and Afro Diasporas amid the Covid-19 and ‘Local weather Disaster’ Nice Reset? Rishi Sunak, front-runner in UK’s Prime Ministerial battle more and more appears just like the Canary within the British Coal mine as he promotes company pursuits, Debt for Nature Swaps, and greenwash in former colonies!

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Gonna be an extended battle within the legendary ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’

It’s gonna be an extended battle within the quickly militarizing “Free and Open Indo-Pacific!” Certainly, it guarantees to be an countless battle because the geographic reconfiguration of two Oceans right into a assemble referred to as ‘Indo-Pacific’ signifies.

The “Indo-Pacific” is an American neologism which splits and partitions the historic, cultural, and civilizational unity of the Indian Ocean World in two. It connotes the re-jigging of our Oceans’ geographical creativeness to serve US views with a long-term horizon, and the Quadrilateral Group (QUAD) and AUKUS in tow!

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Manner again in Grade college we realized that there have been three nice oceans on the earth: The Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Atlantic. On the north and south poles there have been two seemingly lesser oceans– the Arctic and Antarctic. There was no such factor because the Indo-Pacific in our geography class!

The Indian Ocean Area (IOR) has been not too long ago partitioned and re-christened an extension of America’s not too long ago invented “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” which connotes a de facto partitioning of the Indian Ocean World. This fluid boundary between an imaginary Jap and Western Indian Ocean is roughly the place Sri Lanka sits longitudinally at its heart.

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Has the US engineered a cut up in our imaginary geography of the Indian Ocean world proper down the center with Sri Lanka as a magic marker?!  

The island resulting from its location was all the time a prized possession for these wishing to manage Indian Ocean Sea Lanes of Communication and commerce.

The Undersea Information Cables (UDC), that lie in Sri Lanka’s maritime Unique Financial Zone if correctly taxed would render the nation which is at present caught in a US and EU-based Worldwide Sovereign Bond (ISB) Debt entice tremendous wealthy in a single day!  BlackRock, which obtained big US Authorities Covid-19 “bailout” funds, tops the checklist of Sri Lanka’s Odious Debt holders!

With the present concentrate on China, the Western Indian Ocean has virtually ceased to exist in geopolitical and media discourse, however for France’s Imperial ambition and fisheries empire which landed Somali fishermen to piracy after their fishing grounds have been over-fished and livelihood destroyed by French fleets stationed in Seychelles. The Authorities of France has claimed an enormous of extent of the Indian Ocean though France is an Atlantic state, fronting it Colonial Island territories like Reunion and Mayotte.

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Debt for Nature Swaps, Militarization and Greenwash

Islands and their marine assets each dwelling and non-living are being focused within the new Chilly Warfare for Washington’s greenback debt-trap diplomacy, additionally promoted by varied United Nations companies fronting the Anthropocene ‘Local weather Disaster’ narrative’ heedless of the truth that it’s Industrialized international locations which are overwhelmingly answerable for and will bear the cos for world warming.

The United Nations Improvement Program (UNDP), has proposed a Debt-for-Nature Swap (DFNS) as a part of a medium-term technique for Sri Lanka’s financial disaster in IMF dialogue it was reported not too long ago within the Sunday Instances, though Sri Lankan civil society teams have referred to as for Outright Cancellation of all Worldwide Sovereign Bond (ISB) Debt, which quantities to virtually 45 % of the county’s exterior debt of USD 26 billion.

Civil society organizations in Sri Lanka have additionally challenged the very premise of IMF debt re-structuring processes whereby impoverished residents are pressured to pay debt amassed by corrupt political leaders to reckless ISB lenders.

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In such a context the monetization of nature through Debt for Nature Swaps (DFNS), that the UNDP is selling on the IMF talks with the Authorities of Sri Lanka could also be each morally hazardous and odious, just like the debt sought to be imposed on harmless residents who usually are not accountable both for local weather change or the debt traps and Defaults generated by corrupt politicians and reckless Vulture Funds like Blackrock, Ashmore, J.P Morgan, Allianz, HSBC, UBS, Amundi, Prudential who’re the collectors answerable for the debt disaster within the island and plenty of different International South international locations burdened with Covid-19 lockdown debt traps.

DFNS advance the monetization of nature. Within the case of strategically situated Sri Lanka and different small islands the query arises: why doesn’t the UN focus its consultants on a plan for Taxing of the UDC cable firms and their Company Purchasers significantly GAFAM (Google, Apple, Fb, Amazon and Microsoft), and chorus from monetizing nature through Debt for Nature Swaps (DFNS), which the United Nations Improvement Program (UNDP) is pursuing in tandem with the IMF?

In spite of everything, it was the ‘Local weather Disaster’ narrative and miss-placed skilled recommendation to the Colombo regime that precipitated the Natural Fertilizer and Power coverage debacle, together with the sale of the Yugadanavi Energy plant to a bit of identified US firm New Fortress that resulted within the meals and gas shortages within the nation deepening the Debt entice.

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There are higher and worse methods to do environmental conservation. The present UN sponsored push for DFNS fronting Anthropocene Local weather Disaster discourse to capitalize monetize and financialize nature is philosophically and morally repugnant, akin to the opposite widespread observe of Humanitarian Catastrophe Capitalism and reeks of neocolonialism.

Debt for nature swaps elsewhere have denied native communities, agricultural and fisheries employees entry to their very own forests, lands and marine assets within the title of ‘conservation.’ And promote neocolonial modes of world Environmental Governance.

Critiques of the Anthropocene discourse have lengthy challenged the push in the direction of forest and marine “reservations” in distant areas and islands of the world within the title of environmental conservation whereas firms and NGOs maintain the “credit’ and profit from the greenwash. They argue that these communities shouldn’t need to bear the burden of environmental air pollution brought on by Industrialized international locations. Conversely, small under-industrialize international locations shouldn’t have to hold the burden of local weather debt. Extra disturbingly these forest and marine reservations find yourself within the management of exterior actors and profit firms who put money into so referred to as inexperienced bonds and organizations in search of to greenwash themselves from soiled oil to wash vitality giants like Shell is doing as famous in a examine on ‘Ocean Grabbing’ by the Transnational Institute.

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Maybe probably the most egregious case of Ocean Grabbing and Greenwash, a advertising and marketing technique to conveying false data for a Company, group, NGO, or authorities to look environmentally pleasant is the case of the Chagos Islands which was named a Marine Protected Space (MPA), by the British Authorities in 2010, to legitimize its Army Occupation of the Chagos and blue-wash the US army base at Diego Garcia – not too removed from Sri Lanka.

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This occupation, ocean grabbing and greenwash continues regardless of the UN’s highest courtroom, the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice 2019 landmark ruling that the British Occupation of the Chagos Islands is “unlawful underneath worldwide regulation”.

Certainly, the elephant within the room of the CoP 26 ‘Local weather disaster” narrative and propsed DFNS is Militarization and the International Army Enterprise Industrial Complicated amid plenty of Blue- Greenwash!

Wither the Dragon in Sri Lanka?

Amid Pelosi’s pivot to Asia to reaffirm historic ties with East Asian Satellites Japan, Korea and Singapore, with a whistle cease in Malaysia, a Chinese language analysis vessel — the Yuan Wang 5 headed west to Sri Lanka.  The island’s Protection Ministry confirmed that the ship would dock at Hambantota port between 11 and 17 August.

Reportedly concerned in area and satellite tv for pc monitoring, the Yuan Wang 5 is considered one of China’s newest technology space-tracking ships, additionally used to watch rocket and intercontinental ballistic missile launches”. Constructed on the state-owned Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. Indian sources defined that such vessels begin their motion when China or every other nation is finishing up missile checks.

Nonetheless, in response to David Vine, Professor at American College in Washington DC and creator of the award-winning ebook “America of Warfare”, the US has 750 abroad army bases in 80 International locations, whereas China has only one abroad base in Djibouti!

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China had been lacking in motion in Sri Lanka because the new Chilly Warfare proxy battle in Ukraine began and Mr. Wang Yi’s visited to Delhi. There was hypothesis that the Dragon has conceded floor within the strategic isle to the Washington Consensus (IMF and WB), after a Staged a Default in April this yr, when Sri Lanka was focused for debt-trap diplomacy, and have become the primary Domino to succumb to the geopolitical standoff.

As Pelosi’s journey to Taiwan stirs the Dragon, Sri Lankans lengthy islanded and schooled in Chilly Warfare historic geography and Space Research silos are waking as much as geopolitical realities on the Heart of the Indian Ocean because the Washington Consensus makes a bid for the island’s financial, commerce, vitality, transport infrastructure and cyber safety although Greenback Debt Diplomacy and Re-structuring. Certainly, Sri Lanka which Defaulted in April appears to be the primary domino to have fallen to Covid-19 lockdown induced Odious Debt as Chilly Warfare and colonialism escalate.

by Darini Rajaisngham-Senanayake

Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake, is a Social and Medical Anthropologist, primarily based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. All hyperlinks to Gospa Information articles have been added aftermath

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