1552 posts categorized "International"

January 17, 2017

Patrice Lumumba, assassinated with American help 56 years ago today

Under orders from outgoing President Eisenhower, the United States helped Belgium and the forces of Mobutu in the assassination of Congolese prime minister and anti-colonial leader Patrice Lumumba on this day in 1961. It is but one of many shameful crimes committed by the United States during the Cold War. American assistance in this murderous coup was entirely at odds with our own avowed principles.

Parents in India seek ‘corrective rape’ for son after finding out he is gay

No matter how bad things get, never say it couldn't get any worse.

January 15, 2017

In a Small Texas Town, a New Private Detention Center for Transgender Migrants Brings Jobs — and Concerns

January 13, 2017

C-SPAN broadcast interrupted by state-owned Russian TV

Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

January 11, 2017

Even after today's Nuremberg rally/News Conf., Russia will still destroy Trump because: He. Cannot. Leave It. Alone.

The inimitable Keith Olbermann has another fine rant against Trump.

Marlon James writing fantasy trilogy inspired by Lord of the Rings and African mythology

The Jamaican-born gay writer who won Britain's 2015 Man Booker Prize has more magic up his sleeve.

President Obama's farewell address

A strong, wise, eloquent and moving speech. A friend today said she had never so wanted a speech to continue.

The Grownup Is Leaving the Building

January 06, 2017

Kirchick: How Trump Got His Party to Love Russia

Church of Scotland minister calls for LGBTI issues to be taught in schools to tackle homophobia

The awful risk of Trump's loose talk on torture

December 31, 2016

Russian Hackers Penetrated US Power Grid in Vermont

December 27, 2016

President Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Abe visit Pearl Harbor

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reciprocates President Obama's visit to Hiroshima by visiting the Pearl Harbor memorial site in Honolulu.

December 26, 2016

Taiwan takes another step towards legalizing same-sex marriage

December 23, 2016

Earth from space - Live feed from ISS

From the International Space Station. Peace on earth. (Aspirational, not descriptive.)

Trump’s latest comments stoke talk of a new nuclear arms race

This knucklehead will get us all killed.

U.S. declines to veto U.N. Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements

The Obama administration got this exactly right. Bibi can pop a blood vessel as far as I'm concerned, as can the people in Trumpland. The settlements are a long-term existential threat to Israel, and hence to the world, though the diehards refuse to recognize it. Brava to Ambassador Power for quoting Ronald Reagan's opposition to further settlements from 1982. Without a two-state solution, the only peace in that region's future is the peace of the grave.

December 21, 2016

U.N. committee rejects motion to suspend LGBT watchdog

State Department defends Trump response to Tony Perkins letter

Trump urged not to cut overseas LGBT aid

'Dear America, why did you let us down?'

December 19, 2016

"Aleppo is a place where the children have stopped crying."

Words fail me, other than to say this makes me ashamed of the human race.

Tony Perkins to Trump: Remove 'activists' from State Department

Mr. Perkins is the leader of a hate group. I have testified in the DC Council chamber multiple times on LGBT-related legislation in his presence. Being in the presence of evil (and he is evil, not merely disagreeable) does not intimidate me, it steels my resolve. Everyone who disagrees with us is not evil. But some are. Let us be clear about that.

U.S., Cuba mark two years of normalized relations

Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated at art exhibition in Ankara

Horrifying. Well thank goodness we have an informed, sane, level-headed, responsible person with restraint and sound judgment as our president-elect. Oh shit.

December 16, 2016

Tillerson's Russian fans

Putin Directly Tied to Election Hack as Clinton ‘Vendetta’ and Trump Knew

Jamaican LGBT group celebrates 18th anniversary

December 14, 2016

Hard Candy Christmas

December 04, 2016

The attacks on our ally Rep. Ellison


Here are my remarks introducing Rep. Keith Ellison as keynote speaker at the ACLU/NCA Bill of Rights Dinner in April 2013. The attacks on him now that he is running for DNC chair are beneath the dignity of responsible advocates.

Trump Tower Havana

Anti-gay Gambian president loses re-election bid

Good news of an early end to a promised billion-year reign.

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