Posted on 25-11-2009
Filed Under (Sports) by Rashtrakut

Fans of Adam Sandler who modeled their golf game on “Happy Gilmore” beware.  The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has ruled the “Happy Gilmore swing” is dangerous and breached the standard of care even though the cause of the accident at issue probably had more to do with the copious amounts of alcohol consumed by the golfing party.

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Posted on 25-11-2009
Filed Under (Current Affairs, Foreign Policy) by Rashtrakut
  • George Gavrilis suggests a closer look at the resolution of the Tajik civil war for the type of state system that may eventually emerge in Afghanistan.  While it is an interesting thought, Tajikistan did not have the same ethnic and sectarian tensions Afghanistan did and nor was it a proxy playing grounds for its neighbors.
  • Another look at the relative unknowns chosen as Europe’s President and Foreign Minister.
  • How the fears of a swine flu epidemic may have been cynically used as a gambit in Ukraine’s presidential election.
  • How Hezbollah has used a loophole in Shiite marriage law to satisfy the libido of its foot soldiers.
  • Time for the gathering of the Muslim faithful in Mecca for another Hajj, this event being overshadowed by swine flu fears and the political drama from Iran.
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Posted on 25-11-2009
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut

Its been one year since the shocking images of the assault on Mumbai were flashed worldwide.  Time magazine reviews how India’s security situation domestically still leaves it as a soft target.  One of the few things the Indian government can take some pride in is that even its creaky justice system is bringing the accused to prompt trial.  But then unlike 9/11 the Mumbai attacks unfortunately were merely the latest and most public of the myriad terrorist events in India in the last 25 years.  The Indian judicial and legal system has far more experience dealing with such cases and the pitfall of draconian anti-terrorism statutes (TADA and POTA).  Unfortunately after each outrage like the Mumbai attacks the next draconian statute hits the books.

As the anniversary of the attacks approached and as it prepared for unwelcome attention to the paucity of any meaningful cooperation, Pakistan “rounded up the usual suspects.”  Count me a cynic on the likelihood that anything meaningful will come out of this.  While Pakistan has belatedly launched its assault on the Taliban, it remains unwilling or unable to clean up the terrorist  support infrastructure it created in the last 25 years.  However, 26/11 should also have hammered home just how isolated Pakistan stands in the international arena at present while its rival with all its flaws is increasingly accepted as a major international player.

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