Donald Trump is a white supremacist.

President Trump mentioned a far-right group during the first presidential debate, kicking off online celebrations by its supporters. “Proud Boys – stand back and stand by,” he said, in a response to a question asking him to condemn white supremacist and militia groups. Members of the group online took the answer as a call to prepare for action. Mr Trump then insisted that violence was coming from far-left activists: “Somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left, because this is not a right-wing problem.” Joe Biden, the Democratic…

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The extent of ignorance of Sri Lanka on the subject of constitution making.

By’ Victor Ivan The country has got caught in a whirlwind of anarchy. Although there are dictatorial aspirations and tendencies looming in the air, they are not likely to materialise and secure a firm foothold against the whirlwind of anarchy. The anarchy that sweeps the country will shatter both the limited democracy that prevails as well as the dictatorial aspirations. Yet still all the eyes are fixed on the 20th Amendment. In regard to the subject of the Constitution particularly the knowledge of philosophical, legal and political concepts related to…

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Wigneswaran tells Bachelet: Lanka’s statecraft is a potential threat to regional peace

Colombo, September 22 (ENCL): C.V. Wigneswaran MP and leader of the Tamil Makkal Thesiya Koottani (TMTK) has said in a letter to Michelle Bachelet Jeria, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, that Sri Lanka’s statecraft is a potential threat to regional peace and development. “The record of successive administrations demonstrates clearly that the developments you have identified are intrinsic to Sri Lanka’s model of governance. This country’s means of statecraft poses a potential threat to peace and sustainable development in the region,” Wigneswaran told Bachelet. Referring to the High Commissioner’s statement…

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Tamil National Alliance believes Modi’s call for ‘justice’ significant

Colombo, September 27 (newsin.asia): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to “address the aspirations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and respect, within a united Sri Lanka, including by carrying forward the process of reconciliation with the implementation of the 13Amendment to the Constitution” is “heartily” welcomed by the Tamil people here, said M.A.Sumanthiran, spokesman of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Sumanthiran was commenting on the contents of the first-ever video summit between the Indian and Sri Lankan Prime Ministers on…

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Rajitha says 19A wholly civil society product, vows to save it from SLPP

By Shamindra Ferdinando Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) lawmaker Dr. Rajitha Senaratne early this week revealed that a civil society outfit had prepared the 19th Amendment to the Constitution enacted in 2015. Dr. Senaratne said that the government had accepted the document handed over by the civil society, the former minister said. The then government readily endorsed the proposals as it didn’t find any fault with them, Dr. Senaratne said. The revelation was made at a special meeting called by the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) at Hotel Janaki, Colombo…

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Is Former Justice C.V. Wigneswaran – Member of Parliament, an extremist, separatist and a terrorist?

Are you an extremist, separatist and a terrorist?  Reply: By nature I cannot be an extremist, separatist nor a terrorist. I love humanity. I love all beings. There are no White and Blacks, Westerners and Easterners, Chinese and Indians, Sinhalese and Tamils in my perception. They are all humans. But I also love Truth. Anyone prevaricating Truth, deceiving the people, stating diabolical lies raises my wrath.  Who is an extremist?  When you think you are in the middle and I am found to speak against your views I am an extremist,…

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BASL alert: 20A means ‘the only remedy will be to take arms against the State’

“If the public do not have access to remedy a grievance against the unlawful exercise of powers by an all-powerful President the only remedy will be to take arms against the State” – Bar Association of Sri Lanka Committee Report on the 20th Amendment (5.1, p3) A rousing accolade from a great friend blew a hole below the waterline of the case for scrapping the 19th Amendment and implanting the risky 20th Amendment. The Shanghai-based YICAI Research Institute, part of the YICAI Media Group, China’s largest financial media conglomerate, listed…

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13th Amendment is non-negotiable if there’s to be peace and reconciliation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded (and how!) in a virtual bilateral summit with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Pleasantries were exchanged first. They did the we-are-old-friends number. Rajapaksa listed recent Indian gifts, said ‘thanks.’ Modi eventually got down to business. He called on the new government ‘to work towards realising the expectations of Tamils for equality, justice, peace and dignity within a united Sri Lanka by achieving reconciliation nurtured by implementation of the Constitutional provisions (as in the 13th Amendment).’ This, he believes, is non-negotiable if there’s to…

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New UK Student Visa routes for Sri Lankans

The UK’s new student route and child student route will open on 5 October 2020 to the best and brightest international students from across the globe. As a result of coronavirus, some overseas students are choosing to defer their entry onto courses in the UK until the spring semester of 2021. Introducing these new routes now means that students will be able to benefit from the new streamlined process whilst still giving sponsors time to adapt after their autumn intake. The routes will ensure the UK’s world-leading education sector can…

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A Constitution For The Country Or A Few Individuals?

By Raj Gonsalkorale – Raj Gonsalkorale Sri Lanka’s debt to GDP ratio is expected to be more than 90% this year, and Moody’s have downgraded Sri Lanka’s sovereign credit rating by two notches, saying the South Asian nation would be hard-pressed to secure funding to service its huge foreign debt. Sri Lanka was pushed down from “B2” (high credit risk) to “Caa1” (very high credit risk), as the coronavirus pandemic compounded its economic woes, Moody’s said in a statement. Brief pre Republic Constitutional history more

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ADM Jabalpur And 20A: Now Or Never For Sri Lanka

By Jayampathy Wickramaratne – Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne PC Ask Indian lawyers what the worst judgment of the Indian Supreme Court has been and a large majority would surely say ADM Jabalpur (Additional District Magistrate, Jabalpur v S. S. Shukla, also known as the Habeas Corpus Case, reported in AIR 1976 SC 1207). Many of them would also point out that ADM Jabalpur was overruled 42 years later by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, son of Justice Y.V. Chandrachud who was one of the judges in the 4-1 majority in the 1976 case. Supreme Court validated fundamental rights suspension more

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