Australia: Gay marriage becomes key issue in election run-in

By Wed, Aug 14, 2013 11:07AM UTC Australia: Gay marriage becomes key issue in election run-in

Marriage equality is one among the priority issues in this year’s federal election scheduled on Sept. 7. Prime Minister and Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader Kevin Rudd promised that a re-elected government under Labor will put forward a bill that will legalise marriage equality within 100 days. The declaration was

Kashmir’s communal violence: A portent of things to come?

By Wed, Aug 14, 2013 11:02AM UTC Jammu and Kashmir police officers extinguish a fire created by protestors, background, during a curfew in Jammu, India. Pic: AP.

Religious conflict in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is not a new phenomenon. The entire social and political discourse of the state – that once included parts under control of Pakistan – has since the third decade of 20th century revolved around communal polarisation. But it is not

Islamic party enforces shutdown in Bangladesh

By Tue, Aug 13, 2013 4:30PM UTC

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party is enforcing a 48-hour general strike across the country to denounce a court decision that its registration with the Election Commission is invalid. On Aug. 1, a High Court panel ruled that the Jamaat-e-Islami party’s regulations violate the constitutional provision of secularism

Singapore’s cadre system

By Tue, Aug 13, 2013 12:22PM UTC Lee Kuan Yew. Pic: AP.

One man’s view built the Island Republic, writes Asia Sentinel’s Murray Hunter The modern father of Singapore Lew Kuan Yew, the father of the current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, launched his latest book “One Man’s View of the World” recently. Lee gives his views on major powers and regions

Australian gaffe: No one’s ‘suppository of wisdom’

By Mon, Aug 12, 2013 6:44PM UTC Tony Abbott.  Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In a gaffe that has attracted plenty of media attention in the heat of Australia’s election campaign, opposition leader Tony Abbott told a gathering of conservative party faithful on Monday that no one is “the suppository of all wisdom.” Abbott appeared unperturbed by tittering among journalists

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