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Category: Commentary

The news items published under this category are as follows.

Feb 05, 2008# Commentary: Gay Space Goes Online
Science Technology has undergone big changes in the past twenty-odd years. Computers, mobile phones and consumer electronics are now integral parts of our everyday lives. Technology has also become more affordable as it has progressed, and is gradually changing how we work, play and live.
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Nov 12, 2007# Commentary: Changing Attitude Nigeria's Response to Abuja’s Failed Bid
Sports At Changing Attitude Nigeria we are very disappointed at the outcome of the bidding process for hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Like most Nigerians we would have loved such an important international sporting occasion to come to our country. Some people may be tempted to accuse us of hypocrisy, as it was CAN that issued a damning report about Abuja’s bid, almost as if determined to undermine Nigeria’s chance of hosting the games. In fact, our disappointment is that the Nigerian government failed to respond to the issues we raised in time for the bidding process.
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Oct 05, 2007# Commentary: Queer Iranians and Mr. Ahmadinejad in the Press
Int. Solidarity On Monday September 24th, Mr. Ahmadinejad gave a talk at New York's Columbia University. The President of Columbia, under great pressure for having invited Mr. Ahmadinejad, tried to compensate by creating a favourable atmosphere for himself, an atmosphere which did not materialize until the question about homosexuality was raised. A question was asked about the situation of homosexuals in Iran and in response Mr. Ahmadinejad replied: "In our country we don't have homosexuals like in your country. This does not exist in our country. I don't know who has told you that we have this." This response elicited laughter and booing from the crowd in attendance.
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Sep 07, 2007# Commentary: What Will Happen to Pegah and to Human Rights in the UK?
Int. Solidarity Dear Friends, the Campaign of Flowers, as well as the entire Campaign for Pegah, is based on the recovery of the values of brotherhood and solidarity in actions for the defence of human rights. We live in a difficult age and unfortunately the governments, the magistracy and often the most well-known humanitarian organisations in the world have relegated the Universal Declaration of Human rights, the Convention on the Status of Refugees and other rules on which we base our level of civilisation and respect of minorities behind other priorities: security, immigration control, the defence of nations and families.
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Aug 30, 2007# Commentary: Pegah Emambakhsh and The New Frontiers of Human Rights
Int. Solidarity The widespread international campaign to save Pegah Emambakhsh’s life, which has involved governmental institutions, human rights organizations, GLBT activist groups, intellectuals, experts in international law and millions of people who have come to love Pegah, has succeeded in achieving a positive outcome. Pegah is now serene, she is being assisted by a top legal office, by the “Friends of Pegah Campaign” association (which the EveryOne Group is proud to be part of) and has obtained the guarantee that her case will undergo an objective reassessment. The meeting between the lawyers and the magistrate was extremely positive and satisfactory.
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Aug 01, 2007# Commentary: Fortieth Anniversary of Legal Gay Sex?
Editorial_2 There have been ‘celebrations’ in the past week to mark the 40th anniversary of the what has been described as “the decriminalisation of homosexuality” in England and Wales. It was on July 27, 1967, that the Sexual Offences Act received the Royal Assent. But this Act only partially decriminalised homosexuality. “Many people assume that the 1967 Sexual Offences Act legalised homosexuality – it didn’t,” says Peter Tatchell, the gay human rights activist from Outrage! “The pre-1967 laws against gay sex – Sections 12 and 13 of the 1956 Sexual Offences Act – were never repealed and they remained on the statute books until either1997 or 2003,” he pointed out.
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May 15, 2007# Commentary: Reflections on the Passing of Rev. Jerry Falwell
Religion (USA) - Truth Wins Out reflected on today's passing of Rev. Jerry Falwell, a right wing televangelist who built his empire with staunch opposition to GLBT rights. "It is with great regret that Rev. Jerry Falwell never moderated his position on homosexuality," said Truth Wins Out's Executive Director Wayne Besen. "While our hearts go out to his family, we can't help but to reflect on his life and think about all of the families he's torn apart and teenagers that committed suicide because he made them feel inferior. He never missed an opportunity to kick our better angels to the curb and capitalize on our lesser demons to advance his career."
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Mar 31, 2007# Commentary: Come Together: The Anti-gay US-Latvian Axis
Editorial_2 (By Kārlis Streips) (Riga) - Once again we can prove to ourselves that religious extremists do not live in our world, they live in some parallel world which they alone are aware of. It has been reported that the noisy structure known as “New Generation” invited an American called Kenneth Hutcherson to visit. Hutcherson presented himself very grandly: “I am here as a representative of the White House,” he said at a New Generation Event.
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Mar 20, 2007# Commentary: Why do straights hate gays? -- By Larry Kramer
Politics DEAR STRAIGHT PEOPLE, Why do you hate gay people so much? Gays are hated. Prove me wrong. Your top general just called us immoral. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, is in charge of an estimated 65,000 gay and lesbian troops, some fighting for our country in Iraq. A right-wing political commentator, Ann Coulter, gets away with calling a straight presidential candidate a faggot. Even Garrison Keillor, of all people, is making really tacky jokes about gay parents in his column. This, I guess, does not qualify as hate except that it is so distasteful and dumb, often a first step on the way to hate. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama tried to duck the questions that Pace's bigotry raised, confirming what gay people know: that there is not one candidate running for public office anywhere who dares to come right out, unequivocally, and say decent, supportive things about us.
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Mar 18, 2007# Commentary: The Irony of General Peter Pace -- By Bill C. Davis
Military Pace in Italian means Peace. His last name is only one irony. The fact that he, an accomplice to the military assault and occupation of Iraq, classifies erotic love between two human-beings of the same sex as immoral redefines the concept of irony. It's more than a cruel irony - it's epic.
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Mar 07, 2007# Commentary: Is the Mardi Gras more party than politics? -- By Brad Ruting
Politics The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, held recently, is an event that helps define Sydney. It brings an estimated $46 million into the economy each year, along with a substantial number of international and domestic tourists. This year, there were a record 8,000 parade participants and an estimated 300,000 spectators. It was a well organised and thoroughly policed event, even considering the crowds and road closures.
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Dec 25, 2006# Commentary: It is tyranny - plain and simple
Equal Marriage And we've been much too careful for the last two years about calling this situation exactly what it is - tyranny. This heterosupremacist attitude that only married people should be entitled to have control over their lives and relationships is not only against the framework of our own freedom of association, but is obscene in the methods being used to maintain supremacist control over our lives.
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