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“There are Muslim countries, there are Jew countries, everybody has their own identity. And we are a billion-plus, right? We must have one identity,” said Ravi Kishan, a famous action-film hero and member of Parliament who is a central supporter of the citizenship legislation.
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It is not just citizenship for Muslims that is the issue, the govt has made millions in a northeastern state of Assam already stateless by claiming they are not Indian. So now they can't gain citizenship either. Muslims will have to prove that their ancestors lived in India from well before independence with paper evidence, which is really difficult since most poor don't own any land or paper evidence. This is Indian far-right on steroids, a failing economy is making them desperate.
 

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It is not just citizenship for Muslims that is the issue, the govt has made millions in a northeastern state of Assam already stateless by claiming they are not Indian. So now they can't gain citizenship either. Muslims will have to prove that their ancestors lived in India from well before independence with paper evidence, which is really difficult since most poor don't own any land or paper evidence. This is Indian far-right on steroids, a failing economy is making them desperate.

Modi and Netanyahu are big buddies, I wonder if the Israeli nation-state law, which sets Jewish privilege into the status of what in the US we would call a Constitutional amendment, helped inspire this or whether Modi managed to be a nationalist-fascist all on his own.
 
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Modi and Netanyahu are big buddies, I wonder if the Israeli nation-state law, which sets Jewish privilege into the status of what in the US we would call a Constitutional amendment, helped inspire this or whether Modi managed to be a nationalist-fascist all on his own.
He belongs to RSS, a far-right organisation, he was nurtured by this ideology, so he didn't need any help from Bibi. Bibi will come nowhere near Modi when it comes to fanaticism. Of course, in this policy, you see traces of Mynamar and China in this.
 

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The law has now been passed:

India passes controversial citizenship law excluding Muslim migrants (Washington Post)


NEW DELHI — Lawmakers in India enacted a fundamental change to its citizenship law to include religion as a criterion for nationality for the first time, deepening concerns that a country founded on secular ideals is becoming a Hindu state that treats Muslims as second-class citizens.

The new law creates a path to citizenship for migrants who belong to several South Asian religions but pointedly excludes Islam, the faith practiced by 200 million Indian citizens.

The measure was approved by a majority of the upper house of India’s parliament in a final vote late Wednesday. Its passage marks the latest political victory for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a strident nationalist in the mold of other right-leaning populist politicians around the globe.
 
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Violence has erupted in the North-Eastern state of Assam. The military has been deployed and of course, Internet is cut. Assam has had a major insurgency problem in the past, this has relit the violence in another direction. Including Kashmir (erstwhile state, now a union territory), now there are two regions where the military is deployed and the internet is cut.
 

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Finland's next prime minister will be the youngest prime minister in the world. She's 34 and leads a coalition with four other parties that are all led by women. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50709422
She is not the leader of the sos. dem. party yet, it still is the former prime minister. But the right-wing people here are very upset of our governmenr now being lead by several women under 40. The coalition is red-green & the Swedish speaking party, which has liberals and conservatives.
I really hope this government will work.
 

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Building contractors lost the floor plans to MI6. It does not sound like something you'd want to lose. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50927854

The documents, most of which were recovered inside the building, held sensitive information on the layout, including entry and exit points.

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Most, but not all, of the documents were recovered inside the building after it was noticed they were missing, he said.

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The incident, first reported by the Sun newspaper, is reportedly a result of carelessness, rather than any hostile activity.
 

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I don't understand the Irish electoral system at all, so @allezfred or someone will have to tell us the most likely outcome of coalition building, etc.
Deputies are elected by single transferable vote from multi-deputies constituencies, and it is quite common for candidates to stand and be elected as Independents.

The trick for political parties under this type of system is to choose the proper number of candidates in each constituency. If a party choose too many, they may draw votes away from each other, letting some other candidate in ahead of them. If it chooses too few, someone else may end up getting a seat that could have been winnable.

The consensus among the pundits is that Sinn Féin ran fewer candidates than it should have and that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael ran too many, but there was no way to know that when they chose their candidates.

ETA: Sinn Féin got a plurality of votes but did not get a plurality of seats. Rather Fianna Fáil got one more, but the Speaker belongs to the party. As a result, Fianna Fáil and Fianna Fáil effectively have the same number of seats (37), and Fine Gael got almost as many (35).

 
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Sinn Fein wins a plurality of votes in Ireland! :wideeyes:

I don't understand the Irish electoral system at all, so @allezfred or someone will have to tell us the most likely outcome of coalition building, etc.

PR-STV is a great system because it means not only can you vote for a candidate, but you can also vote against other candidates too by giving them low preferences. :D


Traditionally Irish politics has been dominated by two centre right parties - Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. The only significant left wing party has been Labour, but their time as junior partners in the 2011-2016 coalition government that introduced austerity measures has seen their support plummet.

Sinn Féin were the big winners of the election even if they didn’t win the most seats. Their first preference for a coalition is with other left wing parties (both the Greens and the Social Democrats had very good elections). However the numbers are not there for the magic 80 seats even with Labour and a few left wing independents.

Fine Gael have categorically stated that they will not go into coalition with Sinn Fein. That leaves Fianna Fáil, but even then the numbers don’t add up and they will need another party to go into government.

A significant portion of the Irish electorate views Sinn Féin as a legitimate political party and in fairness they were told to pursue their political goals by peaceful means which they have. If neither of the other two big political parties go into coalition with Sinn Féin, we are likely to have another election before the year is out where SF will run more candidates and probably win more seats.
 

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Radiolab did a podcast on Ireland’s electoral system after the last general election and I seem to recall they focused on the Dublin Central constituency to explain how it worked. It starts about 12 minutes in.

 

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Candidate for mayor of Paris withdraws from race amidst a sex scandal. A Russian artist posted a video allegedly of him online in a compromising position. The posting of the video has sparked outrage across the political spectrum in France.
 

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Lesotho PM requests immunity from charge of murdering wife

His lawyer, Qhalehang Letsika, argued on Monday that the murder charge against a sitting prime minister raised a significant constitutional issue that needed to be resolved before charges could be read against his client. The magistrate, Phethise Motanyane, agreed to refer the case to a higher court.

This argument reminds me of ones currently being used by someone else.
 

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Riots in Delhi has killed 39 people. The riots started because of a new citizenship law that is seen as discriminating against Muslims. But acts of heroism has emerged where people has risked their own lives to save others.

 

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Venezuela is in their seventh year of contraction and now they are beset by the cv. Approximately 500 protests have erupted due to food, fuel and electricity shortages and outages and under-equipped hospitals. This sounds like such a nightmare.
 

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