1502 posts categorized "International"

September 23, 2016

Obama vetoes bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia

The world can be cruel, and the presidency carries many thankless tasks. President Obama performed one of them today. It is not popular to consider our strategic interests in such an instance, but the man responsible for sending our children off to war, including the special ops forces he sent to raid bin Laden's compound in 2011, must consider them. Before condemning him, let us imagine the weight of it that he must bear and we do not. Remember Churchill, who could not warn the people of Coventry of the Nazi bombing raid that he knew was coming because it would have tipped off the Germans that Britain had broken the Enigma code. Giving away that secret would almost certainly have led to many more deaths. Even when they do not have my agreement or understanding, those who take on that burden have my respect. And on November 8, we must not confer its terrible responsibility on an ignorant and reckless man.

September 21, 2016

Olbermann - The secret behind Trump's terrorism plan

Trump Jr. stole photo of Skittles to denigrate refugees – from a refugee

Obama at UN Refugee Summit

President Obama addresses United Nations

September 20, 2016

Column: Trump the Arsonist Plays Firefighter

My latest Blade column asks: With this con artist for a leader, who would need enemies?

It features a discussion on Trump and race by leadership and diversity consultant Robert Naylor Jr.

September 15, 2016

Trump sparks concern, suspicion among LGBT Russians

September 12, 2016

Tim Kaine: I Think the Catholic Church is Going to Change Its Position on Gay Marriage

I appreciate Sen. Kaine's sentiments, but I think if you read what Pope Francis has written, you would be less optimistic. His Holiness has a great pastoral gift, the value of which I do not minimize. But he remains a conservative, and he has made quite clear that, his personal kindness and graciousness notwithstanding, he has no intention of changing Church doctrine regarding women or gay people. Indeed, he is appallingly uninformed on the science of gender identity. The Catholic Church is not about to budge any time soon.

12-Year-Old Mexican Boy Stands Up to Thousands of Anti-Gay Protesters

Bravo.

UK tells gay Ugandan asylum seeker he can Skype his boyfriend after he is deported

The heartless and inhumane policy of the British Home Office toward LGBT asylum seekers continues unabated. If you pray, pray for this man's safety. We've much more work to do on the international front, even with purported allies.

Gay Cuban journalist, activist fired from radio station

Just a reminder that restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, which I applauded, does not mean that it is a democracy. Engagement is better than non-engagement, but we must do it with eyes open. Cuba remains a brutally repressive totalitarian state.

On 9/11, Trump noted on TV that his Financial District building was now the "tallest"

It's always about him. Always, always. Even on the worst, most horrific of days for our country.

Hillary Clinton: 9/11 "as close to a depiction of hell I’ve ever…seen"

September 08, 2016

Apple – Introducing iPhone 7

The world's leading brand includes a gay couple in its iPhone 7 rollout. But of course.

Gary Johnson asks, "What is Aleppo?"

Oops. My favorite answers under the hashtag #WhatIsAleppo:

  • A line of baby food recalled by the FDA.
  • A beloved old resort in the Catskills.
  • A favorite clown at Ringling Bros.
  • The most underrated Marx Brother.

September 07, 2016

Nigerian president reinstates anti-LGBT crackdown

September 01, 2016

Latinos for Trump founder warns: "you're gonna have taco trucks on every corner"

I was slack-jawed. Later in the "All In" broadcast on MSNBC, another guest compared Marco Gutierrez to Uncle Ruckus from "The Boondocks."

RNC head Priebus claims Clinton Foundation has 80% overhead — it’s actually 12%

The problem with Politico's report on the Clinton Foundation

Charity watchdog groups gave the Clinton Foundation high ratings

NYT edits story on Trump’s Mexico trip and immigration speech after criticism

An egregious case of sloppy journalism.

August 31, 2016

President Trump's Mexican summit

Here is my quick, five-point summary of President Trump's first foreign trip:

  1. If anyone else made that short a trip to Mexico, their plane would be searched for contraband the moment they landed back in the U.S.
  2. The backdrop at the news conference looked like the one used by heads of state at the United Nations. Granted, there was no American flag. But this was not a problem. Not having an American flag is only a problem if you're black.
  3. Trump loves Mexicans and Mexican Americans. They are above reproach, except when they're drug dealers and rapists, or if they're a judge hearing the case on his fake university.
  4. Trump had a long meeting with the Mexican president. It was actually just an hour, but it felt longer because Trump had to pretend he was paying attention.
  5. Trump did not talk about Mexico paying for the wall. That's just what he says to rile up the numbskulls at his rallies. But since he wimped out, the wall just got ten feet lower.

10,000th Syrian refugee arrives in U.S.

This is a good thing. The disgraceful hate-mongering over it by Donald Trump shames our nation. America has done much to worsen the situation in the Middle East. Taking in families fleeing the devastation and chaos is the very least we can do. When people so vehemently object to this humanitarian action, it is clear that American exceptionalism means never facing the consequences of America's projection of power around the world. If that is what greatness is all about, we should have no part of it.

August 30, 2016

Pro-refugee activists, groups rally at Washington Monument

August 26, 2016

US-backed group in Indonesia supports anti-LGBT crackdown

Oops.

August 25, 2016

Jill Stein calls Julian Assange a hero

It gets worse and worse for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, because she keeps opening her mouth.

Gay couple makes history in South Africa with birth of triplets

The man behind Belize’s gay rights ruling

August 24, 2016

"Al Roker Gives Ryan Lochte All the Shade He Deserves"

Ciara and Russell Wilson moved wedding to London after NC's HB2

Good for them.

August 23, 2016

Wikileaks outs gay Saudi, two rape victims

Why is Julian Assange doing this?

Obama's 6 Gay U.S. Ambassadors Are Leading the Global Fight for LGBT Rights

I know one of these guys, and he's a terrific human being. But here's a pop quiz: what's wrong with this picture?

Olympian Feyisa Lilesa stood up to Ethopia's violence & became a hero

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.

August 18, 2016

Rio Summer Games go down as the gayest Olympics ever

Center Global seeks housing assistance for LGBT asylum seekers

Tyson Gay: going for gold, wearing gold

Very nice.

The story of Aleppo, in one image of a dazed boy

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.

August 17, 2016

Belize sodomy ruling could have sweeping impact in Caribbean

Rudy forgets 9/11 in attack on Obama

Someone give Rudy warm milk and put him to bed.

Japanese pole vaulter hits back at foreign media

What can I say?