Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa cannot safely return to Ethiopia because of his brave protest against his government's brutal oppression of the Oromo people. I have an Oromo friend who has been sending me firsthand reports of the government violence. It is sickening. If Lilesa wants to come to America, we should welcome him.
Looking dazed, 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh wiped the blood and debris on the seat. "He wasn’t crying at all." https://t.co/SBq6o2ErA5— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 18, 2016
The job of a photojournalist is not a comfortable desk job. By its nature it often puts a photog in harm's way, or close to suffering, to capture a story in one striking image. You and I can gaze at this remarkable photo at a safe remove, but not the photographer. The Syrian child covered in dust and blood is 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, and the photographer is Mahmoud Raslan. Without such images, we would avoid confronting the horrors of war even more than we do.
Someone give Rudy warm milk and put him to bed.
Crackdowns on dissent haven't stopped people from making fun of a photo of the Thai prime minister sniffing sock. https://t.co/Ix9bepdEob— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) August 17, 2016
Silence your mockery. The man is a poet. He was enacting Puccini's beloved aria, "Che gelido piedino," from La Bohème. See video below, though in that production they perversely insisted on changing "foot" to "hand."
This would be an impressive achievement, since Obama was a state senator in Illinois when President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11.
Nico Hines and the Daily Beast put gay Olympians from oppressive countries at risk, and took a full day before taking the exploitive article down. I agree with Cyd Ziegler and Amina Fonua.
My column this week looks at the odd alliance between the religious right and the utterly heathenish Trump.
Our friend Pepe Julian Onziema, one of those arrested, has tweeted:
Do not be fooled. The arrests last night at #prideuganda2016 event were not based on security scare, but pure homophobia and transphobia.— TheNilote (@Opimva) August 5, 2016
Our friend, British human rights activist Peter Tatchell, talks about the personal price he has paid for his decades of activism.
Wayne Grudem, a Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, writes at the conservative website Townhall.com about why he supports Donald Trump. His article, "Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice," acknowledges several of Trump's character and behavioral flaws and then says it doesn't matter if the alternative is worse. He goes into a long list of issues on which he claims that Trump is better than Hillary Clinton.
I could not disagree more with Professor Grudem, so here I will respond to several of them. Given the enormous gulf between the candidates with regard to experience and qualifications, this election should not be close. The fact that the race is close should be a stark reminder not to treat the frightening prospect of a Trump presidency as something to dismiss lightly. Perhaps you may find some of my arguments useful in making the case to friends and family members who are sticking with Trump despite his almost daily barrage of appalling statements. Here goes, for what it's worth.
Abortion. I am sick of the religious bullying on this issue. The utter contempt for people making different choices in this area is very disturbing. I am personally troubled by abortion, and think that the ideal situation is for unwanted pregnancies to be prevented through contraception. But the question of whether to continue or end a pregnancy is not my decision. It is up to the woman. You can say a thousand times that this makes me pro-abortion, but that is not true. Respecting people's right to make a different choice than mine does not mean I agree with that choice. The point is that IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.
As for contraception, the Catholic Church, in which I was raised, is stoutly opposed to it. A leading anti-choicer, former senator Rick Santorum, has made it clear that he does not just want to overturn Roe v. Wade, but also Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized contraception for married couples, and Eisenstadt v. Baird, which did the same for single women. I find it stunning that people in this day and age are willing, much less determined, to mind their neighbors' business in such an intrusive way. The constitutional separation of church and state protects everyone by prohibiting us from imposing our religious dictates on one another.
A powerful rebuke of Donald Trump's Islamophobia by the father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who died in service to this country.
Opinion | What we owe Elie Wiesel https://t.co/e4gs4JVjVq— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) July 18, 2016
I don't know how I missed this a couple of weeks ago. Former GLAA president Craig Howell writes about the key role the late Elie Wiesel played in ensuring that the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum would include all the victims of the Holocaust, including gay folk.
My new Blade column gapes at Trump's fascist rally in Cleveland, as well as the growing scandal over Russian interference in the American election. And I examine the sharp contrast between the two parties' vice presidential candidates. Have a gander while you watch self-defeating leftists trying to sabotage the proceedings in Philadelphia.
Pamela Geller? Geert Wilders? Fine company you are keeping, Chris Barron.
I am appalled to say this, but I entirely agree with Jamie Kirchick, who by the way is not just a conservative, but an outspoken one.
The outgoing PM's wit was on full display this morning. Thanks to BBC News for highlights.
My latest column in the Washington Blade looks at Britain's #Brexit debacle and its implications for the American presidential election. [Note: since I filed the article just before noon on Monday, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn suffered a no-confidence vote from his party members in Parliament, and #Brexit leader Boris Johnson said he would not be a candidate to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister and Tory Party leader. Also, Trump suffered further in polls, even as he was attacking the Chamber of Commerce.]