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Sri Lanka’s Produce Army

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Posted on Jan 7, 2011
Sri Lankan Tamil refugees
AP / Eranga Jayawardena

Civilians flee fighting between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels in this photo from 2007. The civil war ended in the rebels’ defeat in June 2009.

Watch out Whole Foods. The Sri Lankan army, having triumphed in its long fight against the rebel Tamil Tigers, has now turned to selling vegetables to the country’s poor at reduced prices to help them through hard times. —JCL

The BBC:

As the people of Sri Lanka grapple with the rising cost of everyday living, the country’s huge army has started buying up vegetables from producers.

It is then selling them on at fixed prices lower than current shop prices.

The army, which no longer has a war to fight, says it is doing its bit to ease people’s lives in peacetime.

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By Leefeller, January 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment

Well, armies partaking in self perpetuation, kind of reminds me of government and religion, but what is an army to do in times of peace, make latrines, inventory junk on the bunk and count mothballs? This article poses in my mind the vitality of peace, which now seems may not be such a great idea. Armies are like my puppy, I have to keep her entertained or she chews on things.

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By rico, suave, January 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

Of course by selling produce below what shopkeepers must charge to survive, the army is driving shopkeepers out of business! The shopkeepers will rebel, and the army can get back to its primary occupation- suppressing rebellion. Brilliant strategy.

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By Leefeller, January 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

This is an important article, because it makes me think about what will happen to our troops after they all come home, .....well.. after the war is over next year?...  Maybe they can build bridges?

This also helps me realize why we really need perpetual wars, thanks to the Military complex there are still a few jobs out there. Who shall we war with next, Pakistan or Iran?... For some reason this seems sort of like selecting a dancing partner and if everything goes right you may even get lucky.

Rico, what is happening in America, has been a constant dead horse whipping,......and you want more, .....maybe you should watch Fox News 24 7, like I do!

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By Lewis, January 8, 2011 at 12:03 am Link to this comment
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Where are stories like this on mainstream media?
The “Sheeple”  are conned by the mainstream media
and lulled to sleep by the the stuff that passes as
news that they view. But the “Sheeple” have always been
easy to fool. Thanks to them George Orwell and Aldous
Huxley had fodder for their novels;“1984” and “The
Brave New World”,which by the way should be required
reading somewhere in our children’s education. When my
grandson is aware of societal and cultural strictures
I will encourage him to read both.

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By rico, suave, January 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment

I gotta tell ya- Part II- truthdig knows how to find the stories that cut to the heart of what’s happening in America.

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