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The Collision Course in the South China Sea

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

When I was learning to fly, one of the lessons was that if you see an object on the horizon that is seemingly stationary but getting larger, watch out. It is probably an aircraft closing with you. Trouble with China in the South China Sea is on the horizon of U.S strategic concerns and getting larger. A major confrontation may be at hand.

The TPP: Another Deadly Trade Deal

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

For decades, the regulations for international commerce, for so-called free trade, have lined the pockets of the already wealthy and emptied those of workers thrown out of their jobs.

Brunei's LGBT Community Faces Terrifying Future

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.15.2015 | World

This is the fifth part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the region an...

In a Post-Deal Iran: What Now?

John Mirisch | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
John Mirisch

The Iran deal will stand, at least until the next presidential election. Despite disapproval by a non-partisan majority of both houses of Congress, not to mention the American people, because of the incredibly low threshold to sustain a veto, not to mention White House arm-twisting and purely partisan support, the deal will stand.

China and the Philippines: Asia's Most Toxic Relationship

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Unless China dramatically scales back its para-military patrols, military exercises, and construction activities across disputed waters, any Filipino leader will undoubtedly face an uphill battle, if not domestic backlash, in exploring a more pragmatic relationship with Beijing.

The Least Crowded Theme Parks in the World

Natalie Kalin | Posted 08.05.2015 | Entertainment
Natalie Kalin

Take it from , founder of the Theme Park Guy -- an elaborate website that details his travels to worldwide theme parks--that empty parks are the place to be. Here he advised us on 8 of the world's emptiest theme parks.

Confronting China Over Other Nations' Territorial Disputes: Not in America's Interest

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

None of the claims generating so much controversy is worth war. China is carefully using "salami tactics," successively grabbing small pieces of a larger whole to avoid a conflict. But who is prepared to fight even for the larger whole?

Obama's Fast Track Attack on Women

Martha Burk | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

The President is asking for "fast track" authority to let the White House be the sole negotiator on the Trans Pacific Partnership. The so-called partnership is an insult to all U.S. workers, with many provisions that will hurt women the most.

China's Territorial Claim at Risk in the South China Sea

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Edsel Tupaz

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague has announced that in July it will be holding the first hearing on the 2013 arbitration case the Philippines filed against China questioning the legal validity of China's '9-dash line' claim over the South China Sea.

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 | 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.