1. Roar Media is an online media organization in Sri Lanka with 1.2M visitors to their website and 10.9M social reach
3. According to IREX, they are funded by the following organizations including USAID, US State Department, Open Society and Ford Foundations, and Millennium Challenge Corporation (supposed counter to BRI in Europe, Asia & Pacific including Sri Lanka)
9. Almost 2 months after the first riots/protests in Sri Lanka broke out, Roel Raymond was invited to meet the US ambassador
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How the US has been attempting to turn Sri Lanka into a military colony Thread ? 1. Sri Lanka has signed two US military agreements. ACSA & SOFA. 2. SOFA was first signed in 1995. However an updated version of this pact was sent to Sri Lankan authorities for approval in 2018
3. The new draft would allow US Department of Defense, its contractors, and its local employees special privileges, exemptions and immunities. 4. They would be authorized to wear uniforms while performing official duties and to carry arms while on duty.
5. They would not need Sri Lankan visa to enter or exit the country, US identification would be enough. 6. Vessels, vehicles, and aircraft belonging to US would be allowed to exit and move freely within the territory of the country
(1/5)How USAID, NED and NATO fund Sri Lanka’s “Fact Checkers”. Thread: 1. WatchDog is Sri Lanka’s one of the most popular fact checkers. 2. WatchDog’s CEO Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, has played an active role in Sri Lanka’s regime change protests through his online presence
(1/4) How NED produces Pro-IMF and Anti-China propaganda content in Sri Lanka through local Youtubers. Thread: 1. On April 18th 2022, a prominent Youtuber in Sri Lanka who usually produces comedy skits, shared a video that addresses Sri Lanka’s economic crisis.
(2/4) 2. The skit pulls at your heartstrings, and portrays China and India as predatorial loan sharks, despite collectively owning less than 12% of the country’s national debt, while the majority is owned by the west. 3. The video ends hinting at the importance of an IMF program
(3/4) 4. One of the video’s sponsors is Verite Research, a local think tank with a research team consisting of ex employees of western financial institutions, and is funded by none other than NED 5. As disclosed by the NED in Feb 2022, NED granted them $75000