Sarah Sanders repeatedly deflects ‘enemy of the people’ question – video

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, refused to identify which media outlets Trump and his administration have referred to as ‘the enemy of the people’ despite repeated questions from CNN’s Jim Acosta. Sanders said: ‘The president is not referencing all media, he’s talking about the growing amount of fake news that exists in the country’

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Trump’s veiled anti-Semitism comes home to roost in Pittsburgh | +972 Magazine

Trump does not need to mention Soros’ Jewish identity at all; the implication of mentioning Soros in the first place is totally clear. That’s the beauty of dog-whistling — the president doesn’t have to talk about “the Jewish agenda” to make clear to his followers who or what he is referring to. And while Trump may actually only be talking about Soros — who holds significant political and economic power — his most radical followers make no distinction between Soros as a person and Soros as codeword for “Jews.” Robert Bowers may have despised HIAS and its support for refugees and immigrants, but his attack on a Jewish place of worship is proof that Trump’s brand of veiled anti-Semitism is no less dangerous than the kind one finds on the front page of the Daily Stormer. That is what precisely makes it so sinister: the president knows exactly what he is doing. He is well aware of what kind of violence his remarks can inspire and fuel, yet he continues to make them anyway.

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A Coup in Asia’s Oldest Democracy: A Statement by Sri Lankan Students – Groundviews

Security forces outside the Petroleum Ministry after a shooting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. Photo Credit Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press 28th October 2018 We are a group of Sri Lankan stu…

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What Is At Stake Is Democracy Itself

What is at stake today is not the future of Ranil Wickremesinghe or the UNP. What is at stake is democracy itself, and its necessary pillars, inviolability of the constitution, rule of law and freedom of expression.

There was a democratic way to remove Ranil Wickremesinghe and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister – defeat the government at the budget vote. That would have been constitutional and wouldn’t have plunged the country into a crisis.

But such a course of action presupposed Mahinda Rajapaksa having a parliamentary majority. The constitutional coup was mounted to install as prime minister a man who does not enjoy a parliamentary majority.

The decision to prorogue the parliament without consulting the Speaker indicates that Mahinda Rajapaksa is uncertain about being able to secure a majority soon.

Having violated the constitution in such a fundamental sense, will the new ‘government’ abide by lesser laws? Will it bow down to a Supreme Court decision or allow the lack of a Parliamentary majority to stand its way? Or will it use the prorogation and its control over nerve centres of state power to create favourable facts on the ground? The occupation of the state media institutions illegally on Friday night (October 26) is indicative of what lies ahead. The government cannot afford to confirm to the rule of law or democratic practices and it will not. The Rajapaksas are back in power. And they will do whatever it takes to stay in power.

The main narrator of the assassination drama, Namal Kumara, gave a press conference on Saturday, naming Ranil Wickremesinghe as the man behind the plot. He admitted that he doesn’t have any ‘evidence’; he just knows. Clearly, post-October 26th, Sri Lanka is set to exit not just democracy but also a fact-based reality. It is important to bear in mind that DIG Nalaka Silva has been arrested under the PTA. If any politicians are arrested in relation to the ‘plot’, those arrests too would be under the PTA. Whether such arrests will be used as a tactic to create a parliamentary majority for Mahinda Rajapaksas remains to be seen,

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, when he spoke to the Sunday Times on Friday night was accompanied by the notorious Sinhala-Buddhist monk, Ittakande Saddhatissa, the head of Ravana Balaya.

The first and so far the only country to recognise the new prime minister is China.

With Friday’s constitutional coup, Sri Lanka has entered a ‘state of exception,’ during which the law will be violated again and again, by those in power and democracy will be sacrificed in the name of national security.

Our march away from democracy into autocracy has begun.

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Opinion | Why Squirrel Hill Is a Target for White Supremacists – The New York Times

I learned about Pittsburgh’s unique connection to modern Judaism and civil rights. Reform Jewish leaders developed and adopted the Pittsburgh Platform, which states, “We deem it our duty to participate in the great task of modern times, to solve, on the basis of justice and righteousness, the problems presented by the contrasts and evils of the present organization of society.” As an athlete I competed against Jewish boys from another integrated school, Taylor Allderdice in Squirrel Hill. Sometimes after track meets, we got pizza at Mineo’s. Squirrel Hill’s vibrancy didn’t come by chance. We learned how to live together. There was a deliberate investment in inclusion and peace.