1408 posts categorized "International"

May 04, 2016

'Why I refuse to be a part of David Cameron’s PR effort to impress gay people'

Kenya could ban 'anal probe' torture that 'tests' for gay sex

May 03, 2016

St. Petersburg parade allows Neo-Nazis to march while gay people are arrested, dragged and beaten

April 29, 2016

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

American military aid offer to Israel is generous enough

Obama has offered Israel the most generous military aid package ever. But that is not good enough for the war criminal Netanyahu, whom you can only defend at this point if, like one friend, you are ideologically prevented from admitting that Israel could ever be wrong about anything, including the murderous naval shelling of Gazan boys playing soccer on a beach. Such a belligerent attitude undermines Israel's long-term future by denying reality, and damages your own soul.

In the meantime, this article talks about the importance of closing the aid deal in terms of cementing Obama's legacy of strong support for Israel and refuting unfair charges against him on that score. But he has nothing to prove. The evidence is clear. Bibi is the problem, having aggressively attempted to sabotage a multilateral nuclear agreement, vowed never to allow a two-state solution, and continued the slow annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory. Obama should make no further concessions.

April 27, 2016

White House: LGBT editor's murder in Bangladesh 'a heinous crime'

Gay vulture couple adopts egg after mother rejected it

April 25, 2016

Senior editor on Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine hacked to death

Awful news from Bangladesh. Xulhaz Mannan also worked at the US embassy.

April 24, 2016

Student Came Out as Non Binary in an Emotional Address to Obama Over Transgender issues

President Obama, at a Q&A in London on Saturday, answers a question from transgender student Maria Munir.

April 23, 2016

#UgandaLGBT community releases report on anti-LGBT abuses

April 22, 2016

Purple Reign

A lot of people are loving FLOTUS today. Personally, I have nothing purple to wear, which usually is not a problem.

April 20, 2016

"Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go?"

My Blade column this week looks at the upcoming British referendum on exiting the European Union, and finds lessons for the Colonies.

April 19, 2016

Israeli court convicts #JerusalemPride attacker of murder

April 18, 2016

Uganda's Speaker will bring back Anti-Homosexuality law

This evil woman won't quit.

April 17, 2016

Head of British spying agency apologizes for its treatment of gays

April 14, 2016

China judge rejects country's first same-sex marriage case

It is a long struggle to win equality. Here is wishing our Chinese counterparts strength and endurance.

Gay journalist stabbed, left to slowly bleed to death in Russia

The latest incident of murderous thuggery in Russia. May Dmitry Tsilikin rest in peace.

LGBT Jewish group holds D.C. events

Our late friend and colleague Barrett Brick led the World Congress for six years a quarter century ago. Glad to see them in town.

April 08, 2016

Inside Pope Francis’ statement on the family

Our friend Peter Tatchell writes from London:

Pope Francis has failed LGBT people
Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality

"The Pope promised reform but has reconfirmed traditional Catholic doctrine on same-sex relationships. He has ignored submissions and appeals by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics. Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality. Joy of Love offers a change of tone, not of substance,” said LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

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April 07, 2016

France abandons plan to have a gay diplomat in Vatican City

The Vatican's behavior in this matter has been despicable, but sadly not surprising.

April 05, 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo is now a target of gay bashing chants from fans

Jealousy is an ugly thing.

Portugal, the good and the bad

March 30, 2016

Andrea Mitchell: Trump Is 'Completely Uneducated' About The World

Andrea Mitchell sums it up well.

'Seek McCartney' becomes 1st gay love film to screen

March 29, 2016

Scary electoral prospects on both sides of the pond

March 24, 2016

NYC mayor and police commissioner slam Cruz over anti-Muslim demagoguery

Bravo to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for their comments excoriating Ted Cruz over his hateful and utterly counterproductive demagoguery.

March 23, 2016

Obama Slams Ted Cruz: 'I Just Left a Country That Engages in Neighborhood Surveillance'

March 22, 2016

The choice for Commander-in-Chief: a stateswoman or a narcissist?

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My thoughts while comparing foreign policy remarks by an experienced stateswoman versus a bullshitting narcissist:

The most vital presidential traits are not about public ceremonies and photo ops. They are summoned during grim, tense hours in the Situation Room. In a moment of crisis, do you really want a posturing amateur? No. You want someone who's been there, someone with experience--including vivid memories of when things went terribly wrong.

In the dark, fraught hours, when you watch and wait from oceans away as our nation's finest warriors must summon all their training amid grave danger, there are no illusions about your job being some slow, grand march to glory. It is humbling and sobering to know how many lives are implicated in every decision. Will you be meeting their coffins in a hangar at Dover AFB, comforting their loved ones?

This is a sacred trust. You cannot be glib about this. The job calls for someone who has been there, who knows the stakes, who has the relationships with foreign leaders to make the difficult calls at midnight to keep a confrontation from boiling over, or to summon and facilitate a global response to a tragedy. You need someone with the seasoning of hard experience. You need a survivor. You need someone who's ready. Hillary for President.

March 21, 2016

Notes on Hillary Clinton's AIPAC speech

Hillary Clinton showed her political skills and foreign policy chops in her AIPAC speech Monday. She mixed pandering to a key constituency (and let's be honest, there certainly was some old-fashioned pandering) with a reiteration of longstanding American policy. Her bellicose tone in delivering it, which brought those in attendance repeatedly to their feet, likely gave some the impression that she was distancing herself from Obama, whose personal relations with Netanyahu are famously chilly; but she defended and tied herself to the Iranian nuclear accord. She could hardly do otherwise, since her fingerprints are all over it.

It was noteworthy how quiet she got in talking about still believing in a two-state solution. Her invoking the memory of Golda Meir as a woman leader of Israel, and grinning as she asked what's taken America so long, was a nice touch. Her citing Jerusalem Pride was entirely fitting despite the cries of "Pinkwashing!" by radicals on the left whose moral scorn only seems turned to the Jewish state. Her slamming of the BDS movement and its targeting of academics is also sound; after all, we do not boycott China and Russia, and as I write this our president is in Cuba--all of which are led by notoriously oppressive regimes.

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March 19, 2016

French doctors admit to illegally helping gay couples conceive to protest discriminatory law

March 18, 2016

Malaysia's religious police clamping down on LGBTI Muslims sparks off online debate

March 17, 2016

Cardinal who said gay marriage would cause incest accused of covering up pedophilia

Another hypocritical anti-gay prelate. Sigh.

March 14, 2016

Ugandan president signs controversial NGO bill

March 13, 2016

Samantha Power: LGBT equality not a "special category of rights"

March 08, 2016

Ricky Martin speaks in support of same-sex marriage in Chile

He's a good guy, and he's easy on the eyes.

Queen Elizabeth II 'does not approve of same-sex marriage'

Well I don't approve of the royalists, so we're even.

February 29, 2016

Italian Senate approves civil unions bill

Step by step.

Switzerland narrowly rejects initiative blocking same-sex marriage

February 24, 2016

Power of Social Media: How Burundi's activist journalists fill a news void

In a Royal Canadian Navy first, ceremonial first kiss shared by two men - see video