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In the chaotic merry-go-round characterizing the drafting of Sri Lanka’s proposed Counter-Terror Act (CTA), the periodic surfacing of one version followed by another has given rise to unexpected horrors.  Each time that a new draft emerges or should I rather say, is ‘extracted’ with great pain out of a process gripped by skullduggery and secrecy, its devious drafters conceive new and ingenious ways to confound scrutiny.

By Veluppillai Thangavelu –
The triumph of Donald Trump over his much fancied Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has sent shock waves through out world capitals. Right from the beginning, Trump remained the under dog despised by his own Republican big wigs and dismissed by the media and pollsters who predicted a convincing victory for Hilary Clinton. A total of 170 newspapers endorsed the candidature of Clinton as president as opposed to only 17 newspapers backing Trump.

René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly held a one-day Summit on «Addressing Large Movements o Refugees and Migrants» – a complex of issues which have become important and emotional issues in many countries. Restrictive migration policies deny many migrants the possibility of acquiring a regular migrant status, and as a result, the migrants end up being in an irregular or undocumented situation in the receiving country and can be exposed to exploitation and serious violations of human rights.

Three years ago a watchdog published a series of reports on tax havens based on leaks of confidential documents. Some nervous clients of Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in Panama that specialises in setting up offshore companies, asked if their secrets were safe. The law firm told them not to fret; its data centre was “state of the art” and its encryption algorithm was “world class”. Whoops. This week the same watchdog, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), published the first stories based on a trove of leaked data on Mossack Fonseca’s clients (see article).

Today is the International Women’s Day. It is 41 years since this day came out as a result of an event the Socialist Party of America organized. The Feminists have been mostly focused on balancing the gender numbers, getting women to important positions in the political and bureaucratic hierarchy. There has been some success.

The 20th century essayist and philosopher George Santayana’s caustic observation that ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ may well have been specifically tailored for Sri Lanka. This is true not only for politicians who are generally characterised by a singularly bovine stupidity but also for many others whose capitulation to political agendas is deplorable.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has taken defiant stand to ‘not issue’ security clearance to Kalanithin Maran-owned Sun Television Network and Kal Cables, even after a fervent appeal from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting including the legal opinion of the Attorney General of India. GoaChronicle.com exposes the truth behind ‘The Maran Conundrum’

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