An escalation in violence is being expected between Sri Lanka's Buddhists and its Muslim minority. For some, echoes of the civil war are unavoidable.
There is an unusually high number of Liberal candidates from migrant or ethnic backgrounds in this year's state election. But almost all of them are in unwinnable seats, writes Crikey's Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss.
One day it will not be a big deal when a woman, a homosexual, a black person, whatever, becomes a US Supreme Court justice. But that day hasn't arrived yet, so applaud Barack Obama's family for his feminist upbringing.