Saturday, 25th October 2014

Features

An Ottawa police officer runs with his weapon drawn outside  Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday. Courtesy: indianexpress.com
Electoral politics has an uncanny way of grabbing the least expected of opportunities in the battle for votes. The General Court of the European Union would have had little knowledge, if any, of how its recent ruling on the designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organization by the European Union, in 2006, would impact on the politics of Sri Lanka. The EU has issued a statement that in understanding the implication of the Court's Ruling it is important to remember that it is a legal ruling of a court; it is not a political decision taken by the EU Governments. That does sound good, but one...
Australian Parliament
Gough Whitlam, the prime minister who profoundly transformed Australia's national identity and cultural ethos in just one three year term in power died on Tuesday, aged 98 years. Mr. Whitlam will be remembered for his visionary, politically brave, transformation of Australia from a colonial backwoods, felt abandoned by the mother-country Britain's joining of the European Union, to a new nation characterised by its current effervescence. Whitlam who 'stood tall' at 1.94 m (6' 5"), possessing the physique of a rugby forward and a booming voice, was renowned for his elegant turn of phrase, as...