"There was nothing controversial about the dissolution of the parliament, as the constitution has provisions that allow for it," said Asanga Welikala, a Sri Lankan constitutional law expert."However, the exercise of this power is subject to a very important rule — the election and first meeting of the new parliament must be held within three months," he told DW. "This is to ensure that the period during which there is no functional parliament is strictly limited." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus keeps Sri Lanka without a functioning parliament
Tracing Alexander von Humboldt in Europe Well-preserved: Findings in Berlin's Museum of Natural History In early 1827 Humboldt was 57 years old, world-famous — and broke. He had to return to Berlin. The Prussian king approved just one more expedition: to Russia. Hundreds of rock samples and finds from that expedition are now in Berlin's Museum of Natural History. Humboldt's pet, a vasa parrot, now stuffed, has also found its final resting place there. … [Read more...] about Cross causes controversy atop reconstructed Berlin Palace
secession - breaking away from the country subversion - undermining the power or authority of the central government terrorism - using violence or intimidation against people activities by foreign forces that interfere in Hong Kong One part that has got people worried is the suggestion that China could set up its own institutions in Hong Kong responsible for security. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong security law: What is it and is it worrying?
"I work in a restaurant with Asians, Poles, all sorts, and we get on fine. I think holding a Question Time up here would be good. My Asian friends say that Asians in London don't practise their faith as strictly as they do up here. So it's a different story down there." … [Read more...] about Burnley residents dismiss Question Time ‘witch-hunt’ of Nick Griffin
In Britain, as in the rest of Europe, the way to answer the rightwing populist offensive is the construction of another “people” – through the articulation of a project that can link together various demands against the status quo. A project in which both leavers and remainers could feel that they have a voice and that their concerns are taken into account. One signifier for such a project could be a Green New Deal – which articulates multiple environmental and economic struggles around a demand for equality and social justice. … [Read more...] about Centrist politics will not defeat Boris Johnson’s rightwing populism