1281 posts categorized "International"

November 30, 2015

Unknown gunmen kill at least three people at a gay festival in #Mexico

Two Brazilian actors share same-sex kiss on live television

Well good for them.

Francis visits #Uganda w/o mentioning criminalization of homosexuality


November 26, 2015

David Cameron: a ‘personal priority’ to make gay sex legal worldwide

November 25, 2015

Nigerian police arrest 21 men on sex charges

November 20, 2015

Rep. Polis defends vote to block Syrian refugees

Rep. Jared Polis defends his disgraceful vote to block Syrian refugees.

France's long history in Mali

Hostages rescued from Mali hotel

Hillary Clinton addresses national security at Council on Foreign Relations

Solid presentation by the former Secretary of State on the need for America to choose resolve over fear.

November 19, 2015

Battle Hymn of the Blowhards


My Blade column this week responds to the right wing's disgraceful exploitation of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Here's a portion:

As many Americans sang "La Marseillaise" and expressed solidarity with the French after the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, Republicans rushed to seize political advantage.

Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee threatened savage bombing campaigns. Cruz, possibly inspired by Herod the Great, promised he would not worry about slaughtering innocents. These holy warriors will say anything to win cheers from the xenophobic, Christianist GOP base, ignoring the spectacular failure of reflexive, ill-targeted militarism in the past. Meanwhile, President Obama's Pentagon quietly took out ISIS leaders in Syria and Libya.

Instead of showing strength amid tragedy, conservatives turned cowardly and demanded that Syrian refugees be turned away lest a jihadist be lurking among them. Never mind the major role America played in creating chaos in Syria, where civilian deaths dwarf those in Paris. On the night of the attacks, ordinary Parisians took stranded strangers into their homes. They displayed more courage than is being asked of Americans. Despite more than half of America's governors absurdly announcing their own harsh immigration policies, refugees face extensive screening procedures.

Muslims across the world have denounced the attacks. Ignoring this hampers the relationships we need to defeat the extremists. Appropriately, many Western leaders have begun using the Arabic acronym for ISIS, "Daesh," which has a mocking connotation. Declaring yourself a caliphate does not make you one.

We must respond to the attacks intelligently and in cooperation with our allies. We cannot simply bomb our way to safety. We cannot wall ourselves off from a world in which we are deeply engaged commercially and culturally, and in which we extensively project ourselves militarily. We cannot prevail unilaterally or by holding ourselves above the rest of the world. We cannot paper over legitimate grievances resulting from our past actions.

Read the whole thing here.

November 18, 2015

Obama: GOP's refugee talk 'needs to stop,' is 'recruitment tool' for ISIS

Scottish newspaper puts U.S. governors to shame with refugee welcome

Wages of war


Jobs the son of a Syrian immigrant

What it's like to be a gay Muslim on Grindr after the Paris Attacks

November 16, 2015

Ted Cruz’s hypocritical view of Syrian refugee crisis

Chris Johnson weighs in on the noxious Ted Cruz.

The President rebuffs demagogues after Paris attacks

Bravo, Mr. President. You are getting a storm of denunciations from right wing opportunists and fanatics, but you calmly tell it like it is and refuse to be intimidated by their frenzy. I am prouder of you than I can say. Thank you for your leadership and your ability to endure, and for upholding American values.

November 15, 2015

Midnight in Paris (opening)

The opening of Woody Allen's charming time-travel fantasy set in the City of Light.

(Hat tip: Bob Witeck)

The Met's tribute to Paris

Margaret Meyer shared this on Saturday:

The Metropolitan Opera's tribute to the victims of yesterday's terrorist attack in Paris. A great moment. Conducted by Placido Domingo. #PrayforParis #MetOpera

'We will not walk in fear'


"We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our own history and our doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men."
- Edward R. Murrow, 1954

November 14, 2015

Paris attack: how the world reacted

Obama on Paris attacks

November 10, 2015

New details surface in 1992 murder of gay sailor

Thanks to Michael Petrelis for his faithful work on this 23-year-old case in pursuit of justice. He just called me from San Francisco to thank GLAA for our moral and financial support of his early efforts back then. I remember he traveled to where the murder occurred in Japan. (Note: the second paragraph includes a link to the 900-page Naval investigative report.)

November 05, 2015

Top Colombia court rules same-sex couples can adopt children

November 04, 2015

Scary Scrum of Candidates

My Blade column this week (written before Tuesday's election) is now up. While it may be tempting, please do not take my humble musings as a cue to go crashing out of bedroom windows. I only recommend that for deranged candidates who are eager to defeat Satan.

New rule allows refugees to bring same-sex partners to U.S.

Israel's Supreme Court to consider 'historic' gay marriage petition

November 03, 2015

Intersex Awareness Day marked around the world

Poll: Clinton's Benghazi hearing convinced voters her email setup was "not important"

Obama mocks GOP presidential candidates

President Obama has some fun over Republican whining over those mean CNBC debate moderators.

November 02, 2015

Taiwan presidential frontrunner officially endorses marriage equality

N. Ireland votes for marriage equality, anti-gay politicians veto it

October 29, 2015

Fired gay priest accuses Vatican of making lives of LGBTI people 'a hell'

October 22, 2015

The dangerous motivation behind Netanyahu's Holocaust revisionism

Hillary Clinton is poised, Republicans petty at Benghazi hearing

October 21, 2015

Hillary's LGBT record

From @HillaryClinton.

Tatchell accuses police of failing to link east London deaths

Netanyahu says a Palestinian gave Hitler the idea for the Holocaust

As our friend Dana Beyer succinctly put it, "The depths to which this man will sink."

Kenyan president: LGBT rights not pressing issue for country

The political scapegoating of LGBT folk continues.

Pro-LGBT Trudeau elected Canadian prime minister