2014-01-15

Dozens arrested for being gay in north Nigeria - New York News

Dozens arrested for being gay in north Nigeria - New York News
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - First the police targeted the gay men, then tortured them into naming dozens of others who now are being hunted down, human rights activists said Tuesday, warning that such persecution will rise under a new Nigerian law. The men's alleged crime? Belonging to a gay organization. The punishment? Up to 10 years in jail under the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which has elicited international condemnation for criminalizing gay marriage, gay organizations and anyone working with or promoting them. There were varying accounts of how many arrests were made in Nigeria's Bauchi state ...

2014-01-12

Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, Gay 'prisoner of conscience', dies in Cameroon - SFGate

Gay 'prisoner of conscience' dies in Cameroon - SFGate
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A gay man in Cameroon who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying "I'm very much in love with you," and who was later declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, has died, according to a lawyer who worked on his case. Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, 34, died Friday roughly one month after his family removed him from the hospital where he had been seeking treatment for a hernia, lawyer Alice Nkom said. "His family said he was a curse for them and that we should let him die," she said. ...

2014-01-06

Rabbi Natan Gamedze Visits His Swaziland Home



I first linked Rabbi Gamedze's story back in 2005. This fascinating video offers an in-depth profile of Gamedze, and a view of his first visit home in sixteen years.

2014-01-05

Sharansky: The free world has betrayed democratic dissidents | The Times of Israel

Sharansky: The free world has betrayed democratic dissidents | The Times of Israel
 “... Democracy is free elections and a free society. We should not be blinded by the fact that elections happened in some countries and automatically call those countries democracies. That’s the lesson from Egypt,” Sharansky said, adding that the creation of civil society institutions must precede the ballot box.

Fallujah Before Obama: Hope for Iraq’s Meanest City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2008

Hope for Iraq’s Meanest City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2008
By late 2006, Fallujans had had enough. Though they had little desire to be ruled, or even nurtured into self-rule, by Americans, the jihadist alternative was clearly worse. So Fallujah formed an alliance with its former enemies. The alliance is one of convenience, and possibly temporary, but it was forged in the crucible of the most wrenching catastrophe Fallujans have experienced in living memory.
“I feel the sincerity in the American support for the Iraqi civilians here,” one Fallujah resident tells me. “I am not going to say any bad words about Americans. I can feel that they really are eager to accomplish that mission.” Another Fallujan, who works as a money changer, says, “It will be a shame on all of us if the terrorists ever come back.” “Security is good now because the coalition, Iraqi army, and Iraqi police all work together,” says a third, the owner of a fruit stand. “One hand does not clap.”

2014-01-02

Keith Ablow: Marriage Dead Without Government Blessing

Marriage died in 2013 | Fox News Well, of course: Because government has no legitimate role in marriage, marriage therefore no longer exists. Keith Ablow perfectly sums up the big-government view of marriage. In a great cri-de-coeur of anguish and despair, he resigns himself to a future where 'People who wish to create special partnerships of the heart and home ... sign prenuptial contracts with one another and then exchange vows at their churches or temples or in front of gatherings of family or special friends.' All is left to the incompetent fumblings of individual citizens and their faith communities, bereft of the sacralizing power of the all-benevolent State. For statists, a tragedy indeed.

2014-01-01

Happy New Year 2014

Happy Sylvester!

For me, the calendar year is getting off to a good start. I'm pleased to announce that after living in San Francisco since the summer of 2007, I am now moving back to Portland, Oregon. I signed the lease last Monday and will be moving in before the end of January.

With my personal life on track to becoming a bit more stable than it's been, I look forward to the chance to do more writing and posting.