Category Archives: Human Rights

Fatwa in Effect

It’s as I suspected. Yesterday I posted an update on the situation with religious anti-gay death squads in Iraq, after seeing an article describing ongoing attacks despite reports that Iraqi cleric Ali al-Sistani had lifted the fatwa against gay men … Continue reading

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Gay Flip-Flops Abound

I’ll say this for the Bush administration. They can still surprise me. Back in January I posted about how the Bush administration backed an Iranian initiative to block U.N. access to gay human rights groups. But apparently there’s been an … Continue reading

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Iraqi Gays Still Terrorized

I don’t know if news is just slow to spread in Iraq. But unless this story is older than I think it is, it looks like gay Iraqis still face religious death squads, despite earlier news that Sistani lifted the … Continue reading

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Somehow it got by me, but the Mad Professah reminded me that today is International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Of course, every day is a day against homophobia on this blog, so I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do … Continue reading

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Religious Remainders

I don’t often to “remainders” posts. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever done one. But there were a lot items on my radar and in my news reader today that were religiously related in one way or another. So … Continue reading

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Reprieve for Iraqi Gays?

Nobody else is talking about this yet, so I might as well since — as I’ve noted before — there hasn’t been much discussion in the blogosphere about the hunting of Iraqi gays by religious death squads. Iraqi gay men … Continue reading

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Iraqi Gays Still Hunted, But Who Cares?

I was all set to blog about an account of the horrific death of Atwar Bahat, a leading Iraqi television journalist. Fortunately, before I could blog about it I found out via Peter Daou that the video that inspired the … Continue reading

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Not that it’s going to get much play anywhere at all, but the UN has confirmed the initial reports about Iraq’s anti-gay religious death squads.

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“More of the Same”

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about the subject of torture, having grown tired of it feeling like so much shouting into the wind. And to be honest, I don’t have much to say about it now. The reality … Continue reading

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Fundies of a Feather

Vote together. At least they do at the U.N., where the Bush administration found common ground Iran’s fundamentalist government: both have a strong faith-based hatred of homos and any talk of human rights for homos. For the Bush administration, that … Continue reading

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I Repeat

The former secretary of state defends outsourcing torture. The president justifies secretly spying on citizens. Let’s review. The object of terrorism is to try to force us to change our way of life, is to force us to retreat, is … Continue reading

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Secret Prison Uncovered in Iraq, SSDD

SSDD = Same Shit, Different Day. On our watch, yet another secret prison is uncovered in Iraq, along with more signs of abuse and torture. American and Iraqi forces raiding an Iraqi government detention center last Thursday in Baghdad discovered … Continue reading

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Tired of Torture

I confess, in some ways I’ve been a bad political blogger. There are some stories I neglect to cover because, to be honest, I’m just worn out. There are some subjects I’m tired of writing about because it feels like … Continue reading

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Death Squads Redux

Meet the new regime, same as the old regime. Back in January I blogged about the Pentagon musing about employing the “Salvador Option” in Iraq. Just to refresh, though. Now, NEWSWEEK has learned, the Pentagon is intensively debating an option … Continue reading

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Allawi on Iraq Under America

From our post-Saddam Iraqi strongman. “People are doing the same as (in) Saddam’s time and worse,” Allawi said in an interview published in Britain on Sunday. “It is an appropriate comparison,” Allawi told The Observer newspaper. “People are remembering the … Continue reading

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