National referendum law for constitutional amendments was a hard-won achievement

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Article 96 of the Constitution stipulates that any amendment needs to be backed by at least two-thirds of lawmakers in both chambers of the Diet and a majority of support in a national referendum.

But the absence of specific rules for such a national referendum long forestalled attempts to revise the post-World War II Constitution. Indeed, it has never been amended.

Under the first government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a law outlining procedures for a national referendum was enacted in May 2007, 60 years after the Constitution came into effect on May 3, 1947.

Due to a confrontation with opposition parties, the ruling bloc had to railroad the legislation through the Lower House, the more powerful — and important — of the two chambers.

After the U.S. Occupation ended in 1952, a campaign to establish a new Constitution to replace the U.S.-drafted charter gathered momentum. In 1957, a panel of lawmakers and experts was set up by the Cabinet to conduct research on problems with the Constitution.

Islamic Racism: Racist Qatar Cops Confused by ‘Cross-Racial’ Adoption…

An American couple of Asian descent who were tried for murder in Qatar after the accidental death of their Ghana-born adopted daughter have revealed the accusations against them were based almost entirely on racism.

Matthew and Grace Huang were initially convicted in the death of eight-year-old Gloria, who was found dead from malnutrition in their Doha home in early 2014 but it was later quashed.

Now living back in the U.S., the deeply religious Huangs say their races – and that of their African children – nearly got them executed in the tiny Arab oil state.

Matthew and Gloria Huang moved to Qatar after Matt’s company, MWH Global, asked them to relocate there in 2012 to work on an infrastructure project related to the 2022 World Cup.

The Huangs told New York Magazine in a recent interview that the racist questioning began just after he rushed his daughter to a Doha hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

The Huangs were arrested in January 2013 after an autopsy found their eight-year-old daughter, Gloria, died of dehydration and cachexia, an irreversible loss of body mass. The couple said Gloria suffered from malnutrition-related diseases since they adopted her from Ghana at age 4.

‘The first question was: ”Who is she?” ”She’s my daughter.”’ recalled Grace, who said the interrogators refused to believe she was American because she and her husband are of Asian descent. 

‘They said, ‘How did she die?’ ‘ Matt recalled. ‘They asked me that ten, 15 times.’

A month later, an investigator testified that the Huangs had adopted Gloria, along with her two adopted brothers ‘most likely to either sell their organs or to conduct medical experiments on them.’

The investigator openly based his conclusion on the races of the Huangs and their kids, saying:

 ‘The adoption process consists of searching for children who are good-looking and well-behaved,’ he said, ‘and who have hereditary features that are similar to those of the parents. But the children connected to this incident are all from Africa, and most of the families there are indigent.’

Matthew and Grace Huang had initially been charged with murder and were convicted of lesser child-endangerment charges last year in connection with Gloria’s death, according to a support website for the family.

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Former T&T coup leader detained in death of former prominent attorney

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Yasin Abu Bakr, the leader of the Jamaat Al Mulimeen group that staged an unsuccessful coup in 1990, has been detained in connection with the murder of prominent attorney Dana Seetahal, according to media reports here on Monday.

The reports said that Bakr, 73, had been taken from his home on Monday morning, by police as they continue their probe into the assassination of Seeathal on May 4, last year.

One radio station reported that Bakr had questioned the police who staged the pre-dawn raid on his home in search of guns and ammunition and was told that his detention is in relation to the murder of the former president of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

Seeathal was killed as she drove to her apartment in the capital. Two vehicles are reported to have pulled alongside her causing her to come to a stop and the occupants fired several bullets at her, hitting her in the head and chest.

The police have so far issued no statement regarding the arrest of Bakr, who in 1990 led more than 100 men in an attack on the Trinidad and Tobago parliament in a bid to unseat the then ANR Robinson administration.

Bakr also refused to appear before a Commission of Inquiry that probed the circumstances surrounding the failed coup.

In February this year, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) distanced itself from media reports that at least six people would have been charged in connection with her murder.

In a statement, the TTPS said that the reports in the media ‘are inconsistent with the progress of the investigation thus far and manifest obvious distortions with material facts of the case”.

The TTPS said it “considers it extremely irresponsible the naming of any officer/individual from any agency or organisation who may or may not be assisting with the investigation”.