It's a clear sign Putin is doing everything within his power to prevent a massive social controversy from occurring. In the end, it will be a surprise if all the political maneuvering and rhetoric has any effect on the Olympics.
We must face the fact that in the year 2013, despite or maybe in part because of the progress that we have seen in marriage equality and LGBTQ rights, it is dangerous for a gay or transgender person to walk down the street in any city or town in the United States of America.
The passage of the recent proposal to ban children under age 18 from attending live cage fighting and mixed martial arts events in Boston would contribute to the wellbeing of children, Boston and beyond.
One or two said they would 'tone down' their activism or operate from home instead of in public places where they might be associated with the LGBTI movement. Others were fearful that they could be next.
Are religion and religious values really tangential to this enduring conflict? New evidence is raising questions about this basic assumption, and suggesting that certain aspects of religion may indeed fuel these violent clashes.
Efforts to improve security are taking place across the Global South, including the pacification of Rio de Janeiro's favelas, the reconciliation of street brawlers in Jakarta and the combating of violence against women in Mexico City and Mumbai.
Few subjects more predictably animate furious disagreement and cross-purposes discussion than the origins of human warfare. Are people "naturally" belligerent? And what does that even mean?
The question taps a deep old well of ideological intuition.
Mixing religion and alcohol may be dangerous to other people's health. A new study revealed that religious folks who were not under the influence were the most likely to turn the other cheek, while religious individuals who were intoxicated were the most likely to display aggression.
In a recent blog post, University of Minnesota biology post-doc Jeremy Yoder takes a hatchet to my campaign to promote "Don't Sleep With Mean People" as the new Golden Rule of sex. He dismisses the concept as "inane pseudo-scientific claptrap."
None of this is to suggest that violence ought to be seen as an acceptable feature of Mexico's political economy. Far from it. Increasing security for vulnerable populations should be a matter of the highest priority for policymakers and analysts alike.