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Trump’s Biggest Betrayal Could Come in the Last Days of his Presidency




by Selvam Canagaratna

“They talk of a man betraying his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.”

Joseph Conrad – Under Western Eyes {1911)

“Donald Trump is a lame duck”, wrote Neil Baron on the AlterNet website on December 10. “His decisions in the final weeks of his presidency will be driven by delusion, self-enrichment, and trying to handicap Joe Biden so Trump won’t be shamed by comparison. He could wreak untold damage on America unless he’s finally checked by Congress.” Neil Baron is an attorney who has represented many institutions involved in the international markets and advised various parts of the federal government on economic issues.

In the past Trump’s advisers from making misguided decisions, but not anymore. After the election he with sycophants. He Homeland Security Director Chris Krebs and Defense Secretary Mark Esper by tweet. Those firings could foretell more unchecked decisions with disastrous consequences.

A disturbing pro-Russian pattern in Trump’s decision-making suggests the worst is yet to come. His continued alignment with Russian interests must be viewed in light of his for financial survival after numerous bankruptcies. “Russians make up a … disproportionate cross-section of … our assets,” , Donald’s son Eric , “We don’t rely on American banks; we have all the funding we need out of Russia.”

Trump’s financial records show he owes that comes due over four years with the questionable ability to repay it. Some estimates have it at and put Trump’s net worth at a fraction of what he claims. US banks to him in the mid-2000s, so he’ll need help from somewhere else. Russia is a likely go-to source.

It’s therefore not irrational to worry that Trump may have cut a deal with Vladimir Putin. It could look something like this: Trump weakens NATO’s defenses against Russian aggression. In return Putin continues to keep Trump afloat financially and wouldn’t spill the beans about Trump laundering Russian money through his and , Trump’s to Russian organized crime, or his pursuit of Russian election help. Trump reciprocates by pardoning Russians by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The plot thickens: Trump’s of troops throughout Europe including 12,000 troops from Germany, which Republicans and Democrats in Congress are , will degrade NATO’s defenses. The downsizing is scheduled to occur before Biden takes office, complicating his plans for America’s commitment to NATO.

Trump Open Skies treaty which provided for US and European reconnaissance flights to surveil Russian military activity along Europe’s border, and banned Russian missiles capable of reaching Europe in minutes. Trump the specialized aircraft that conducted the flights, which will make it harder for Biden to reinstate the surveillance.

A Putin deal wouldn’t be the first time Trump put personal gain ahead of US security interests, over objections from the US military and both parties. and took payoffs from China after Trump lifted a bipartisan ban on sales to Chinese tech company ZTE. Trump $8.4 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia after that the Saudis spend millions on his businesses.

Trump’s troop withdrawal from Syria was carried out against and outrage. It pushed Turkey to in forcing the Kurds from Syria. Turkey is NATO’s to Russian aggression. Its partnership with Putin strained Turkey’s commitment to NATO, and creates concern over whether Turkey would deploy troops to resist a Russian incursion into NATO territory. Three allege Trump’s businesses in Turkey influenced his foreign policy. His there include Trump Towers in Istanbul.

Russia has been its neighbours Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – all NATO members – ever since it lost control of them when the Soviet Union collapsed. If Putin were to exploit the opportunity Trump handed him, those three Baltic nations would be in Russia’s crosshairs.

It seems unimaginable that any American President would facilitate or that Congress would tolerate a Russian incursion into NATO. But in Trump’s case it’s not so far-fetched, given his history of compromising American interests for his own enrichment, his , his disregard for American security interests (he ), his conviction he can get away with anything, and the complicity of Trump’s Republican subjects in Congress.

It may seem improbable that Putin would venture militarily into NATO territory before Biden takes office. But it’s worth noting Russian forces are ready to do so. They could reach the outskirts of Estonia and Latvia , according to the Rand Corporation.

Russia currently has a large military force and a history of invading or controlling nearby sovereign nations such as , , and . Putin knows Biden would probably follow of acquiescing to Russian aggression, and that Estonia’s and Latvia’s would be welcoming.

Trump has made his commitment to defending Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania conditional on them “paying their fair share” – a point on which Trump still seems unsatisfied.

Putin has the motive, the means and the inclination. Given the opportunity it’s not unthinkable that he’d make the move. If he does, Biden would face the dilemma of what to do about Russia’s presence in NATO territory.

Trump has piled a hundred last straws on the backs of Congressional Republicans, but their backs haven’t broken yet. If Russian troops entered NATO territory, that could be the straw that finally breaks their loyalty to him.

Congressional Republicans should fear Trump’s threat to America’s national interest more than his political clout. Many among the 74 million who voted for Trump , not for the man. Others bought into Republican propaganda warning that Biden would institute socialism and questioning his mental acuity. They settled for Trump. But they aren’t cultists with blind allegiance who will adhere to Trump .

There’s more to worry about. Congressional Republicans and Trump’s inner circle that Trump is with no grip on reality. They note he regularly stumbles, slurs, gets confused, has trouble synthesizing information and exhibits signs of dementia.

Psychologist John Gartner Trump suffers from ‘malignant narcissism’, a diagnosis which combines , , and sadism – “the closest thing psychiatry has to a true human monster.” More than 800 mental-health professionals , “failing to…understand the psychological aspects” of humiliating Trump “could lead to catastrophic outcomes.” Now that he’s been humiliated there’s no telling what he’s capable of.

Both Gartner and Trump’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended invoking the 25th to remove Trump. Maybe it’s time to follow their advice before he scorches the earth behind him.

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To recognise and reward Women Entrepreneur



by Zanita Careem

WCIC “Prathibhabis-heka” national awards will be given to outstanding women entrepreneurs of Sri Lanka and the SAARC said Anoji de Silva, the chairperson of Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce WCIC at a press conference held at the Jetwing hotel Ward PlaceThis year the Women Entrepreneur Awards 2022 is powered by DFCS Aloka.This National Award which is recognised globally will help women to market their products to international buyers

“As a country we have faced many difficulties over the last few years. Now this is the time to reflect and ensure that local women can contribute and progress to be on par with international entrepreneurs She also noted that this award ceremony is a great opportunity for all since it’s an absolutely empowering platform. “You hear success stories of women from different walks of life and it’s very empowering and inspiring. I’m sure that the younger generation of women who will watch the ceremony wii be inspired to be sucessful entrepreneurs in the future S

“Our women entrepreneurs have the potential to help our economy to grow. They have made vast strides to build companies on a set of values and they have created diverse working environments.

The WCIC Prathibhabisheka Women Entrepreneur Awards will be held in January 22. To the question how financial records of small businesses headed by women could deter their ability to apply the chairperson said.

“We have a startup category which is under five years where they can submit documents for consideration. She responded “These women can apply but must submit proper records to back their applications or else they will be rejected wholeheartedly.The Women Entrepreneur Awards 2022

“Prathibha” depicts excellence in Sanskrit and WCIC will showcase the excellence of outstanding women entrepreneurs through WCIC Prathibhabisheka –

“The relaunched property is structured to assess the businesses in a holistic manner. We invite outstanding women entrepreneurs, especially the ones who have braved the challenges in the past years to share their story of resilience and achievements to compete for the coveted – WCIC Prathibhabisheka The Awards will honour women entrepreneurs for their tenacity to scale and grow, and for their contribution and impact on the economy. Whilst the competition is primarily for Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs, we have also included an opportunity for women in the SAARC region to compete in a special category” stated Anoji De Silva, the Chairperson of the WCIC.

The members of WCIC Ramani Ponnambalam and Tusitha Kumarakul-asingam, said”. We will be accepting applications under the categories – Start-up, Micro, Small, Medium and Large. Each category will have a specified revenue for the year under review – 2021/22. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be presented for each category. With the view to identify and promote regional women entrepreneurs, we will encourage applications from all the provinces in the country and select the “Best of the Region” from each province.

The women will also be considered for the coveted special awards – Young Woman Entrepreneur, Outstanding Start- up, Most Positively Abled Woman Entrepreneur, The Most Outstanding Export Oriented Entrepreneur, The Best of the SAARC Region. The ceremony will culminate with the selection of the “Women Entrepreneur of the year -2022”.

“The entry kit can be downloaded from and completed and submitted to the WCIC along with all the material required to substantiate the applicant’s story. Entries close on the 31st of October.” stated Tusitha Kumarak-ulasingam.

WCIC Prathibabisheka – Woman Entrepreneur Awards 2022 is powered by– DFCC Aloka, as the Platinum Sponsor, with Gold Sponsors – Mclarens Group, LOLL Holdings Plc, Hayleys Leisure Pic, and AIA Insurance Lanka Ltd (Exclusive Insurance Partner), Silver – Finez Capital Ventures Print and Social Media Partners will be the Wijeya Group and Electronic Media Partner–ABC Network with Triad as our Creative Partner and Ernst & Young as Knowledge Partner.

Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC) is the premier organization supporting entrepreneurs and professional business-women. The membership is open to women who believe they can contribute to society as well as benefit from the many facilities the organization creates. WCIC Prathibhasheka is relaunched this year as a flagship property, to recognize and reward outstanding women enterpreneurs who make a contribution to the SL economy.

For further information Contact- Janitha Stephens – 0766848080

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Marmalade sandwich in Queen’s handbag!



In this period of national mourning, it may seem frivolous to comment on the late Queen’s handbag. After seven decades of selfless service to the nation, fashion is but a footnote to Her Majesty’s glorious reign.And yet her style is something that helped to create the powerful majestic image of Queen Elizabeth II, and which made her instantly recognisable worldwide. A key part of that image, and a constant presence in her working life, was her black Launer handbag.

Launer London was Her Majesty’s handbag maker for more than 50 years and has held the Royal Warrant since 1968. Launer bags are formal and structured, and proved to be the ideal regal accessory for public engagements. Its first royal patronage came from HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in the 1950s. Where others might have bought the latest ‘It’ bag, Queen Elizabeth exercised characteristic restraint with her handbags throughout her life, focusing on quality over quantity in her loyalty to Launer.

Her Majesty was known for her love of colour in her working wardrobe, wearing rainbow brights in order to be better seen by the public, but her accessories were always muted. Black mostly, sometimes beige or white in summer, gold or silver in the evening: neutrals that matched with every colour, allowing her to dress with ease. The timeless style of her trusty Traviata top-handle bag suited the Queen’s no-nonsense nature and symbolised her steadfast reign. The late Baroness Thatcher shared the Queen’s love of a strong top handle from classic British labels such as Launer and Asprey. These bags helped promote a look of someone in control. Like Queen Elizabeth, Thatcher’s handbags were such a part of her identity that they have earned their own special place in history and have been described as the former PM’s ‘secret weapon’. One such bag has been exhibited at the V&A alongside Sir Winston Churchill’s red despatch box. Both are artefacts of cultural and historic importance.

It has been said that there was another purpose to the Queen’s handbag on public engagements, namely that she used it as a secret signalling device. According to royal historian Hugo Vickers, Her Majesty would switch the bag from her left arm to her right to signal for an aide to come to her rescue if she tired of the conversation in which she was engaged. If she placed the bag on the table, this was a sign that she wanted to leave. Ever-practical, HM needed a bag that focused on functionality over fashion, choosing styles with slightly longer top handles that comfortably looped over the monarch’s arm, freeing her hands to accept bouquets and greet the public. Even in her final photograph, meeting her 15th prime minister in her sitting room at Balmoral Castle, just two days before her death last week, the Queen’s handbag can be seen on her left arm. Perhaps at this stage it was part armour, part comfort blanket.Even at the age of 96, Queen Elizabeth II did not lose her ability to surprise. She delighted the public by taking tea with Paddington Bear at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations and finally revealed what she keeps in her handbag: a marmalade sandwich, ‘for later’.

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Cinnamon Grand, Colombo welcomes You to the SEQUEL



The next best thing in Colombo!

What would you get if you took the decadence of yesterday and paired it with the flavours of right now? Something bold and jazzy or rich and snazzy. Something we’d like to call the next best thing. All this and more at Cinnamon City Hotels to the SEQUEL at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo said a press release.

The release said the SEQUEL is where the old meets new, where charm meets sophistication and having a good time gets a new meaning. Colombo’s latest speakeasy cocktail bar is ready to welcome the discerning guest that is looking for that perfectly curated night.

“The SEQUEL will be a novel addition to Colombo’s nightlife catered to enthralling guests with our performances and showmanship,” said Kamal Munasinghe, Area Vice-President, Cinnamon City Hotels.

What do we mean when we say performance? It means that every little detail is tailored to those who appreciate elegance, and a bespoke experience like no other. Think walking into a vintage space accompanied by the sounds of Sinatra and Fitzgerald inviting you to do it your way or for once in your life. Think of the soul-searching and eclectic mix of Winehouse classics that you can drown your sorrows in.

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