1520 posts categorized "International"

November 26, 2016

Sen.Rubio has the gall to slam Castro's anti-gay record

I was no fan of Fidel Castro, who was a brutal despot who impoverished and enslaved his people. But Marco, you hypocrite, you can just take a seat.

Contrasting statement on Castro death by Presidents 44 and 45

Above, a tasteful and diplomatic statement by President Obama. Below, a tweet by his successor.

Major HIV vaccine trial in South Africa stokes hope

Christiane Amanpour: 2016 Burton Benjamin Memorial Award Acceptance Speech

Superb, eloquent speech by Christiane Amanpour appealing for the freedom and safety of journalists at home in America. Yes, she is talking about the authoritarian behavior of the President-Elect.

November 06, 2016

Melania Trump Could Have Been Deported Under Husband's Immigration Policy

November 02, 2016

Ugandan gays say police use painful exam to "prove" homosexuality

October 22, 2016

Turing's Law 'still on track' as government scuppers rival bill in Parliament

Colombia ambassador downplays anti-LGBT opposition to peace deal

October 11, 2016

Banana Republican


Many of us watching the second debate Sunday night had the same thought as Trump threatened to jail Hillary. We don't do that in this country. America is not Venezuela.

Newsweek's Eichenwald exposes Wikileaks fraud, Trump as Kremlin mouthpiece

Australia national marriage vote blocked

Good. Your right to marry should not be subject to approval by your neighbors.

Escape from politics: Orca and Kayaker

WSJ writes:

New Zealand photographer Sam Kynman-Cole captured drone footage of a playful orca whale interacting with a kayaker in Army Bay, New Zealand.

John Oliver on Guantánamo, Trump

John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, among other things, points out that the would-be strongman who is the Republican nominee for president wants to fill Guantánamo with prisoners and doesn't care about questions of constitutionality.

October 09, 2016

Homophobic hate crimes in the UK are spiking after Brexit vote

Consider hosting an LGBT asylum seeker

World’s oldest man celebrates his Bar Mitzvah 100 years late

Something nice that has nothing to do with American politics.

September 29, 2016

Gingrich seeks unity with gay Republicans against "Islamic supremacism"

Olbermann on Trump’s Russian Connection

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


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.