Overturning a High Court decision, the Indian Supreme Court upheld Indian Penal Code 377, an archaic and barbaric law that criminalizes "homosexual" acts, rendering almost 20 percent of the global LGBT population illegal.
There is something quite unsettling about a person who purports to be operating on behalf of the public good -- whistle-blowing privacy abuses -- but then finds it necessary to run and hide in an airport transit lounge where he can safely avoid taking responsibility for his actions.
It seems Edward Snowden didn't do his homework on where in the world to apply for asylum. His choice of Ecuador as a safe haven stands in stark contrast to President Rafael Correa's war on the free press and refusal to endure dissent of any kind.
The Refugee Convention, which both New Zealand and Australia have ratified, recognizes that refugees may need to enter a country illegally for protection and should not be punished on that account. But the New Zealand bill would treat asylum seekers differently depending on how they arrived.
We can't all be Olympians but we can identify and strive for our personal best and maintain our convictions and faith as well. They all share a sense of conviction, focus, passion, and self-confidence that makes them soar.