Ужасы гей-жизни в новой России. История в восьми частях
25 января Антон Красовский, лояльный Кремлю журналист, пригласил в свою программу на государственном канале Kontr TV группу трансвеститов. Это был его личный выпад против внесенного в Госдуму законопроекта, запрещающего меньшинствам заниматься «пропагандой гомосексуализма». Понятие «пропаганда» настолько широко определялось в этом законопроекте, что под запрет должны были попасть любые публичные обсуждения, в которых гомосексуальные отношения сравнивались бы с гетеросексуальными или представали «нормальными».
Eight horrific and uplifting stories about being gay in the new Russia.
Hassan Rouhani, a man of ferocious pragmatism and an unfailing ability to find and align himself with the center of power in Iran’s labyrinthine political structure, was sworn in Sunday as the seventh president.
The Israeli prime minister's new path
In 1956, Israel’s famed general Moshe Dayan gave a eulogy about a young kibbutznik who was killed in a border attack by Arabs, saying that Israelis needed to get used to the idea that life in the Mideast meant remaining forever on guard.
This morning came the news that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was finally on the verge of leaving the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where he has been holed up for one month and one day. He had, according to initial reports, gotten papers that would have allowed him to leave the airport and set out to conquer Russia. His lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, soon put an end to those rumors, but not before a gaggle of reporters had assembled at Sheremetyevo.
Last week, Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram spent four days in Washington, hustling for business—his second visit in less than six months. He delivered a keynote address at a U.S.-India Business Council summit. He met with his American counterpart Jack Lew, as well as Max Baucus (chairman of the Senate Finance Committee) and Mark Warner (co-chair of the Senate India Caucus). Then he schmoozed with various American investors.
How Aleksey Navalny changed Russian politics
Today, a provincial court in the Russian city of Kirov sentenced Aleksey Navalny, the only real leader to emerge among the opposition since the fall of the Soviet Union, to five years in a prison camp, and slapped him with a hefty fine for an embezzlement scheme so convoluted it could only be fiction: He was accused, as he liked to put it, of “stealing a forest.”
It's been nearly a month since NSA leaker Edward Snowden landed in Moscow, en route to Ecuador.
President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai essentially just had a Skype breakup. According to The New York Times, the "slowly unraveling" relationship between the two reached a "new low" when Karzai unloaded on Obama in a video conference for negotiating with the Taliban without him. This falling out comes at a fraught moment, just as Obama is finalizing his endgame plans in Afghanistan.
Egypt could become the next Turkey. It could also become the next Algeria.
Behind the debate about whether the July 3 ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi should be considered a popular impeachment or a military coup, there is a basic question: Are things in Egypt going to get better or worse?