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Islam -- Up for Grabs?

Ooi Kee Beng | Posted 06.30.2014 | 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...

A Costly No Show

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Allan Topol

History is change. Unless the United States does something radically different or unless the Chinese miracle of operating a booming economy in a repressive society implodes, the question is when China will surpass us economically. Not whether.

Bet You Haven't Been Here

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.30.2013 | Travel

We know that a concrete slab in the middle of the ocean looks cool, but it's not a real country. There are, however, places almost as obscure that can...

Going for Gold in Family Friendly Brunei (PHOTOS)

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 11.12.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

Brunei is surrounded by the Malaysian state of Sarawak, with Sabah to the north, and the rest of the island belongs to Indonesia (Kalimantan). Tip to tip it's a modest 180 km. There is no heavy industry, little pollution, and a population of 400,000.

ASEAN: What's That and Who Cares? Certainly Not the Common Man in Asia

Sourav Roy | Posted 11.10.2013 | World
Sourav Roy

The common man in almost all its 10-member nations has no clue what ASEAN is about. We're talking here about millions of illiterate, poor, underprivileged Asians who are in the thick of the situation, happy to progress in life, one day after another.

Does The Beverly Hills Hotel Have Ties To 'State-Sponsored Homophobia'?

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.14.2013 | Gay Voices

Things aren’t looking too bright for the prestigious Beverly Hills Hotel. On Feb. 13, a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) r...

Children's Art Exhibition Comes to Brunei: Trish Amichi's 'Big Ones Little Ones' Project

Todd Fine | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Todd Fine

Since 2004, an Australian project called "Big Ones Little Ones" has marshaled the power of the feeling of accomplishment with a focus on special-needs children, the global community and a direct link to Aboriginal Australians.

Memorable Mosques

Atlas Obscura | Posted 01.30.2012 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

These magnificent structures praise God with their architectural elation: soaring towers, onion domes and brilliant coloring.