The Question of the Salute: Rehabilitating Peter Norman

August 20, 2012 by

Rehabilitation was the term used to restore the reputations – often posthumously – of those who were wrongly accused, condemned and executed by various regimes during the Cold War. Ideology has a habit of filling the morgues with its followers. In notional democracies, persecution has tended to be of a milder sort, though victims still abound. In 2006, the Australian runner and athlete Peter Norman died, having been, it has been argued, a victim of ideological mania – at least at the hands of the sporting establishment.

When the 2012 London Olympics made Iran Proud

August 20, 2012 by

For the Iranian people, the 2012 Olympic Games in London which wrapped up earlier on August 12 was thoroughly different from the previous editions of the summer Olympics. This year’s games came on the heels of a set of biting sanctions by the United States and European Union against Iran’s banking, insurance, transportation and oil sector which have dramatically crippled Iran’s economy and severely affected innocent civilians.

Diplomatic Showdown Looms Between Britain and Ecuador

August 20, 2012 by

The political asylum granted by Ecuador to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may devolve into a mess if Britain resorts to a military option against Ecuador to forceably remove him from their Embassy. Despite a stern British warning coupled with a threat to the government of Ecuador to strip it of its diplomatic status and storm its embassy in London to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Ecuador granted political asylum to Assange on Thursday ignoring British threats not to do so.

ICG and Somali Transition Process

August 20, 2012 by

The International Crisis Group (ICG) in a brief commentary on 20 August 2012 titled “Somalia: From Troubled Transition to a Tarnished Transition?” excoriated the ongoing process to establish a replacement government for the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG). The ICG said “the current process has been as undemocratic as the one it seeks to replace, with unprecedented levels of political interference, corruption and intimidation.” The ICG added that “the extremist Islamist movement Al-Shabaab is down but not out, and it is evolving, and plots to take advantage of the resulting chaos to regain power.”