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Saving Pangolins From Extinction: Brunei

Robert Hii | Posted 05.10.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

One of the remaining strongholds for pangolins today, is the tiny nation of Brunei which has retained most of its forests, compared to its neighbors that share Borneo island. This is a truly inspiring story of how one person can make a difference.

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Deal Rewards A Brutally Anti-Gay Dictator -- And LGBT Lawmakers Are Not Pleased

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Prominent LGBT members of Congress assailed the Obama administration on Wednesday for including Brunei and Malaysia -- two nations deepl...

Trade Must Not Trump Women's Human Rights

Eleanor Smeal | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Eleanor Smeal

Any deal that forces women and human rights to take a backseat to profit and trade should be a non-starter. But right now, the United States is negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement with 11 nations including Brunei, a country that recently adopted a vicious new penal code threatening the rights and lives of women, lesbians, and gay men.

The Pro-Gay Reason John Legend Dropped Out Of A Hollywood Party In His Honor

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices

Singer John Legend is the latest celebrity to join a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel after the hotel's owner, Brunei leader Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah...

Saudi Arabia Beheads Gays, but Marco Rubio Has No Problem With You Traveling There

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

If human rights abuses really were the metric by which we decided on trade and travel, the U.S. should be banning Americans from visiting our staunchest allies and our most popular vacation spots (including much of the Caribbean, where homosexuality is illegal, though it's not illegal in Cuba). It would literally be much of the globe.

Jewelry Worth $71,000 Tops Obama Diplomatic Gifts

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — From furniture and food to fine art, members of the Obama administration received thousands of dollars in gifts from foreign leade...

Obama: Say No to This 'Partnership'

Martha Burk | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

What is the TPP? A giant trade agreement between the U.S. and 12 Pacific Rim nations now being negotiated in secret. Well, mostly in secret. Around 600 corporations have seen a draft. Yet Congress and the public still have not.

Islam -- Up for Grabs?

Ooi Kee Beng | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Ooi Kee Beng

Historically, effective resistance to excessive Islamization in Muslim-majority countries has often been headed by the military, as champions of secularism. This has been obvious in the modern history of the Middle East. Where monarchies have reigned, Islam's role has been harder to predict. And so in Brunei, a stable country living off oil wells, the sudden implementation of hudud has left many baffled. The government has suppressed social media response against the sudden imposition of hudud. Whether the whole exercise is simply the whim of an autocrat or long-term strategic politics is too early to determine.

The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Dangers of Keyboard Activism

Rose McGowan | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Rose McGowan

While I applaud those who are raising their voices against the Sultan of Brunei and his country's implementation of Sharia Law, I think there's an opportunity being missed. I'd love for those boycotting to be lions that roar at Brunei, not little mice that squeak at a hotel chain.

A Tale of Boko Haram, Political Correctness, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As the situation confronting kidnapped women in Nigeria continues to deteriorate, the need for international solidarity has never been greater. The 276 teenage women, who were kidnapped at gunpoint by Islamist group Boko Haram, have been held captive for more than a month.

Russell Crowe Defends Brunei-Owned Hotel Chain While Stressing Support For LGBT Rights

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices

Russell Crowe sparked controversy after he argued against a boycott of the Dorchester Collection, a Brunei-owned luxury hotel chain whose U.S. propert...

Standing Up for Human Rights in Brunei

François-Henri Pinault | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
François-Henri Pinault

What is shocking is the extremism of this stance: the scale and absurdity of this attack on human rights. How can the Brunei government turn its back on human dignity in this way?

Understand The 'Law' Behind The Schoolgirl Kidnapping And Dare To Redefine It

Anver M. Emon, Ph.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Anver M. Emon, Ph.D.

Instead of using hashtags or the military, what if we could debate with the Sultan or Boko Haram about what Sharia demands? What if we could ask them to reflect on how their definition of Sharia could be updated to reflect today's world? To ask such questions is not only to critically know and engage the Islamic tradition, but also to remove the monopoly that Boko Haram claims on defining what Sharia is for everyone.

Why Celebrities Are Boycotting This Iconic Hotel

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 05.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Ellen Degeneres and Jay Leno are among a group of protesters boycotting the iconic, century-old Beverly Hills Hotel. The establishment, once frequente...

Brunei's Sharia Law Will Be Rewarded by Obama's Fast-Track Trade Deal

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Rewarding Brunei, the first East Asian nation to follow in the footsteps of Taliban-era Afghanistan by stoning gays to death, will send a grotesque message to the world.

Hollywood Boycott Threatens TransPacific Partnership

Curtis Ellis | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

The barbarism in Brunei shows us everything that's wrong with the TransPacific Partnership. We should not give special privileges to countries that spit on basic American values.

Government Hypocrisy

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
SidneyAnne Stone

I understand that politics is a complicated game but, in the spirit of full disclosure and transparency, isn't it better to just say what these things are really all about? Wouldn't we be more trusting of our politicians? I may not like it but, quite frankly, I don't like this either.

Fighting Back Against Kill-A-Gay and Flog-A-Woman Laws

Katherine Spillar | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Katherine Spillar

Much of Hollywood's money goes to the Beverly Hills Hotel as it's a popular spot for conferences, galas, award ceremonies and fundraisers. However, the tony hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection, a hotel group owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, dictator of the Southeast Asian nation, Brunei.

The Gay Reason That Ellen DeGeneres And Other Celebs Are Boycotting The Beverly Hills Hotel

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Ellen DeGeneres minced few words when it came to Brunei's controversial new penal code which includes capital punishment for same-sex acts. The me...

Why LGBT Groups Are NOT Happy With This Famous Hotel

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.22.2014 | Gay Voices

The Beverly Hills Hotel has become the subject of a boycott by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist groups after the owner, and lead...

You Could Soon Be Stoned To Death For Being Gay In This Country

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices

The United Nations has responded to the nation of Brunei, a sovereign state in southeast Asia, where officials are reportedly set to roll out a new pe...

Sex Clubs and Stonings: Welcome to Southeast Asia

Richard Alther | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

Whew. My husband and I made it back from our gay cruise to Indonesia and environs without being buried alive under stones.

U.S. State Department Criticizes 'Provocative' China Move To Block Filipino Boats

AP | MATTHEW PENNINGTON | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — China's blocking of supplies to a Philippine outpost in the South China Sea is "provocative" and raises tensions, the United State...

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Sharia Law Is Coming To Brunei

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The sultan of Brunei announced on Tuesday (Oct. 22) he will rule his oil-rich Islamic country according to Shariah laws, including death by ston...