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Sultan of Brunei

Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott Drawn Into Pro-Israel, Anti-Hamas Debate

Gary Snyder | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary Snyder

Shut up. Just shut up. And think. That is the message being tossed about by a Hollywood heavyweight who recently penned an op-ed for the entertai...

Could NYC's Plaza Hotel Come Under Anti-Gay New Ownership?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices

UPDATE Aug. 19: A spokesperson for the Sultan of Brunei dismissed the original Wall Street Journal report in an email cited by Reuters. "Neither ...

Hooded Protesters Show Stonings Outside Beverly Hills Hotel

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices

Not long ago, the Beverly Hills Hotel was a place where tourists would flock to catch a glimpse of celebrities. But last week, anyone passing the icon...

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.

Joe Satran

Actress Rose McGowan Hosts 'Gay-In' At Boycotted Beverly Hills Hotel

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 05.30.2014 | Gay Voices

As the sky dimmed to periwinkle on Wednesday evening, the bright pink Beverly Hills Hotel, normally resplendent around sunset, looked deeply melanchol...

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?

Pinkwashing a Despot

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

When asked earlier this week by CBS network news if he condemned the sultan's appalling policies, Cowdray said that he had "no opinion whatsoever," while maintaining in the same breath support for the hotel's employees. Excuse me?

Why Calls for Boycotts Always Hurt The Wrong People

Lynda Bekore | Posted 07.12.2014 | Business
Lynda Bekore

American hotel workers are not highly paid to begin with, and they deserve a lot better than a bunch of celebrity reactionaries preventing them from doing their jobs.

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.

We Must Stand for Those Being Pushed Deeper Into the Darkness

Elton John | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Elton John

We can only get married because millions of people took a stand to defend and protect us. The gay people of Brunei -- and Russia, and Uganda, and many other countries -- need us to take another stand today.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Hotel Bel Air: The Swans Stay in the Picture

David Dixon | Posted 01.29.2012 | Los Angeles
David Dixon

If Robert Evans, the infamous Hollywood producer, were to have opined on the Sultan of Brunei's renovation of the Hotel Bel Air, I imagine that his first demand would be that "the swans stay in the picture."

Sultan Of Brunei's NYC Shopping Spree: 48 Purses And 24 Duck Umbrellas

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

The Sultan of Brunei went on a shopping spree on Monday at the Lederer store in NYC, Page Six reports. He purchased 48 handbags and 24 duck umbrellas....

Sultan Of Brunei Gets World's Most Expensive Haircut

Daily Mail | Tom Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

They are normally a snip at £30. But the Sultan of Brunei is said to have paid £15,000 to get a London barber to trim his hair in what is believed ...