Saturday, July 24, 2021

Thousands Rally for Equality at Budapest Pride March

In Hungary, an Embattled L.G.B.T.Q. Community Takes to the Streets: Thousands of people attended the Budapest Pride march, defying efforts by the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to marginalize the country’s L.G.B.T.Q. community. »

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Chris de Burgh - Missing You

May 13, 2017 • Footage of "Notting Hill" with Julia Roberts along to de Burgh's "Missing You" from 1988. | Views on YouTube: 2,308,141

White Nights • Separate Lives • Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin

Sep 29, 2013 • Soundtrack/theme song from the 1985 Taylor Hackford film "White Nights" with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Helen Mirren & Isabella Rossellini. | Views on YouTube: 1,074,034

Thousands March in Budapest Pride to Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Law

People take part in the LGBT Pride parade in Budapest on Saturday. Photograph: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images

THE GUARDIAN: Demonstrators say law that bans teaching of issue in schools is causing division in Hungary

Thousands of Hungarians have joined the annual Budapest Pride march to support LGBTQ people and protest against a law that limits teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in schools.

Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, in power since 2010, has introduced social policies that he says aim to safeguard traditional Christian values from western liberalism, stoking tensions with the EU.

The European Commission has launched legal action against Orbán’s government over the law, which came into force this month, saying it is discriminatory and contravenes European values of tolerance and individual freedom.

Demonstrators at the march through the streets of central Budapest on Saturday said the legislation was dividing the former Soviet-bloc nation and now member of the EU. » | Reuters | Saturday, July 24, 2021

Rekord-Teilnehmerzahl bei Pride-Parade in Ungarn: Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán will „Werbung“ für Homo- und Transsexualität verbieten. Die queere Szene in der ungarischen Hauptstadt hat das auf den Plan gerufen. Mehrere Tausend Menschen demonstrierten am Samstag gegen das Gesetz. »

Who Is to Blame for Lebanon's Latest Political Setback? | Inside Story

July 16, 2021 – It's back to square one for Lebanon's deepening political crisis. The prime Minister-Designate has resigned again after failing to form a new government. And as Saad Hariri and President Michel Aoun trade blame, the country sinks deeper into economic turmoil.

The currency has lost 95 percent of its value since 2019, pushing many Lebanese into poverty. International donors are frustrated at the lack of progress on reforms. So is there a political will to end Lebanon's political deadlock?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom | Guests: Rana Khoury - Political Activist; Bachar El-Halabi - MENA Geopolitical Analyst, ClipperData; Christophe Abi-Nassif - Middle East Institute.

Was Trump Considering a Coup, and War w/ Iran? A Bombshell Article Explains | Amanpour and Company

Jul 21, 2021 • In the waning days of his presidency, how close was Donald Trump to instigating a war with Iran? Fear of this eventuality consumed General Mark Milley, who was – and remains – the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser broke the story of this threat and joins the show to discuss what she learned. Originally aired on July 20, 2021.

Erna, Helmut et les nazis | Chronique d'une famille allemande | ARTE

May 2, 2021 • En 1929, Helmut, jeune doctorant, et Erna, étudiante en médecine à Berlin, tombent fous amoureux. Les tourtereaux semblent promis à un avenir radieux, jusqu’au jour où Erna se découvre une ascendance juive, gardée secrète par sa mère. Le couple se marie cependant et donne naissance à trois fils. Avec l’arrivée au pouvoir de Hitler, la famille se retrouve confrontée aux persécutions de plus en plus brutales du régime.

Helmut, empêché de travailler, s’engage alors comme médecin dans l’armée du Reich, dans l’espoir d’obtenir pour sa famille un certificat de "sang allemand". Un engagement paradoxal qui sauvera les siens de la déportation. Des centaines de lettres et des vidéos d’archives font revivre au plus près cette tragédie familiale au temps du nazisme.

Documentaire de Jutta Pinzler (Allemagne, 2021, 1h)

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Anti-lockdown Protests across Australia as Covid Cases Surge to Record Levels in Sydney

THE GUARDIAN: Chaotic scenes in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane as protesters demand end to lockdowns

Anti-lockdown protesters have marched in major Australian cities, as Covid cases spiked to record numbers in Sydney and authorities warned of a “continuing and growing problem”.

Similar scenes unfolded in Melbourne and Adelaide, which are both in lockdown, and Brisbane, which is not.

As demonstrators were gathering in Sydney, the New South Wales health minister, Brad Hazzard, revealed a record number of new coronavirus cases had been detected – 163 in the previous 24 hours – and pleaded with people to stay at home.

“We really need our community, particularly in south-western and western Sydney, to stay at home, to hear the message and stay at home,” Hazzard said. » | Ben Smee | Saturday, July 24, 2021

Au Tibet, Xi Jinping affiche ses ambitions régionales

Le président chinois Xi Jinping lors de la session d'ouverture de l'Assemblée populaire nationale le 5 mars 2021. CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS / REUTERS

LE FIGARO : La visite surprise du chef de l'État dans cette région autonome est la première depuis 31 ans pour un président chinois en exercice.

Les officiels chinois sont restés discrets et n'ont annoncé sa visite que vendredi. Le président Xi Jinping est arrivé mercredi à Nyingchi, une ville du Tibet, province soumise à l'autorité de Pékin depuis des décennies.

La question tibétaine semble s'évanouir ces dernières années au fur et à mesure que Pékin renforce son emprise sur le «toit du monde» et ses habitants. La multiplication des polémiques soulevées par l'appétit de l'ogre chinois a également eu pour effet de reléguer le Tibet à l'arrière-plan des préoccupations géopolitiques internationales.

Mais cette visite du numéro un chinois - le premier voyage d'un président chinois en 31 ans - est symbolique à plus d'un titre. Xi était déjà venu à la capitale, Lhassa, en tant que vice-président en 2011. Il est cette fois revenu pour célébrer le 70e anniversaire de la signature de l'accord en 17 points qui a marquant la fin de l'indépendance. » | Par Emilien Hertement | jeudi 23 juillet 2021

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"Gay" in Pre-Code Hollywood

Sep 14, 2008 • The "gay" part of a great documentary called, "Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood" "must see" to anyone interested in movie making in Hollywood's golden age!

Lambda Variant Pushes up Death Toll in Peru | COVID-19 Special

Jul 22, 2021 • Alpha, beta, gamma, delta ... and now lambda. The WHO classes it as a "variant of interest." For Peruvians, it's much worse. The country has the highest death toll per capita in the world. And now the lambda variant accounts for almost all cases.

Kiss of the Day, Hot and Gay

Kuß des Tages, heiß und queer / Bisou du jour, chaud et gay

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France Fiasco to Pingdemic U-turn: Boris Johnson’s Week of Chaos

Boris Johnson joins PMQs remotely while self-isolating this week. Photograph: UK parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA

THE GUARDIAN: In the last seven days the UK government has flailed from one controversy or misstep to the next

Often, the political week heading into the Commons summer recess can feel almost soporific, with the thoughts of ministers and MPs geared more towards holiday sunbeds than rows. But the last seven days has been different, and not only because of the ongoing political flux of coronavirus, with the government seeming to flail from one controversy, U-turn or misstep to the next, day after day.

Friday evening: France goes amber-plus

The reports began earlier in the week: France, which in a normal years attracts 10 million-plus UK visitors, was to be put on Britain’s red list, in effect banning almost all travel, because of concern about the spread of the potentially vaccine-resistant Beta variant. Eventually, late on Friday, it was announced that although France would stay on the amber list, double-vaccinated Britons returning from there would still have to quarantine for 10 days, unlike the new, relaxed policy for other amber destinations. Cue: anger from holidaymakers and some Conservative MPs – and polite bafflement from France itself.

Sunday: to self-isolate or not?

On Saturday, the health secretary, Sajid Javid, announced he had tested positive for Covid, a day after being pictured leaving meetings at Downing Street. Sure enough, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, were – like hundreds of thousands of Britons this week – “pinged” as close contacts. But on Sunday morning, a No 10 statement announced that Johnson and Sunak would avoid the usual 10 days of self isolation as they were taking part in a pilot scheme allowing them to carry on with “essential government business” while having daily tests. Three hours later, amid growing anger, the decision was reversed. Monday: ‘freedom day’ – and Covid passports » | Peter Walker, Political correspondent | Friday, July 23, 2021

Friday, July 23, 2021

Flutkatastrophe in China: Millionenmetropole unter Wasser | DW Nachrichten

Jul 23, 2021 • In China haben starke Regenfälle zu massiven Überschwemmungen geführt. Über 50 Menschen sind dabei ums Leben gekommen.

Heftige, langanhaltende Regenfälle und daraus resultierende Überschwemmungen haben in der zentralchinesischen Stadt Zhengzhou schwere Schäden angerichtet. In drei Tagen fiel so viel Regen wie normalerweise in einem ganzen Jahr.

Große Teile der 10-Millionen-Einwohner-Stadt liegen unter Wasser. Die Überschwemmungen haben etwa 400.000 Menschen aus ihren Häusern vertrieben.

Die Naturkatastrophe hat zahlreiche Häuser, Straßen und Autos zerstört. Berichten zufolge kann man von einem materiellen Schaden von über acht Milliarden Euro ausgehen. Die Stadt Zhengzhou gilt als eine bedeutsame Industriestadt und als Haupt- Verkehrsknotenpunkt in der dicht besiedelten zentralchinesischen Provinz Henan.

Opinion: NYT Guest Essay: Germany Is in Shock. Its Politicians Are on Autopilot.

Boris Roessler/DPA, via Associated Press

THE NEW YORK TIMES: BERLIN — Germany, unlike the United States, doesn’t really have a history of natural disasters. Blessed with a moderate climate and fortunate geography, the country knows little of hurricanes, strong earthquakes or heavy rain.

That changed last week: Floods, after exceptionally heavy rainfall, devastated parts of the country, affecting Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands, too. Villages, roads, bridges and power lines were destroyed. At least 170 people are dead, and many are still missing. Hundreds have been injured and countless livelihoods lost.

The country is in shock. Images of people waiting on rooftops for help, cars tossed around like toys by the water and entire houses turned to rubble are seared into our minds. Nearly 20 years on from our last major flood, the conclusion is inescapable: Climate change is right here, right now, and it hurts. » | Anna Sauerbrey * | Friday, July 23, 2021

* Ms. Sauerbrey is a German journalist who writes regularly about Germany’s politics, society and culture.

The Original Tabbouleh Salad / Tabouli

The Original Tabbouleh Salad, Lebanese All time Favorite . All yours to enjoy! | Views on YouTube: 78,390


3 bunches of Italian parsley, finely chopped
3 green onions, finely chopped
12 fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 cup white onion, diced small
3 cups tomatoes, diced small
1/4 cup brown burgol #1 soaked in 1/4 cup warm water
Note on burgol, also known by other names such as bulgur or burghul: burgol
1 tbsp dried mint
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

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A Gay Mormon Love Story: Elder | Op-Docs | The New York Times

Jul 7, 2015 • This short documentary tells the story of a gay Mormon’s love affair while he served on a mission in Italy. Produced by: Genéa Gaudet | Views on YouTube: 922,798

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Australia’s Most Populous State Declares ‘National Emergency’ over Covid Outbreak

THE GUARDIAN: New South Wales announces 136 new local Delta cases with Sydney under the strictest lockdown measures it has experienced

Australia’s most populous state has declared a “national emergency” as it struggles to contain a record-breaking surge of the Delta variant of Covid-19 amid a lockdown affecting half the country.

The state of New South Wales announced 136 new locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 on Friday, with continued community transmission among essential workers, including in supermarkets and pharmacies.

More than a year after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, NSW has broken records for daily case numbers on consecutive days, and the city of Sydney is under the strictest lockdown measures it has ever experienced.

More than 13 million Australians – approximately half the country’s population – are currently under some form of lockdown or restriction, including the states of Victoria and South Australia.

On Friday, the NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, called for an urgent mass vaccination program in parts of Sydney, and warned that the city’s outbreak would endanger the entire country. Despite restrictions that have closed restaurants, pubs and bars, general retail shops, schools, offices, gyms and sport, and limited the reasons that people can leave the house, Covid numbers continue to rise. » | Naaman Zhou | Friday, July 23, 2021

Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The Life of William Haines | 2001 Documentary

Mar 5, 2016 • What price Hollywood? was the title of an early George Cukor film, but is a question every closeted movie star has probably asked himself. In 1930, the top box office star was a gay man. Billy Haines lived with his lover, Jimmie Shields, and never posed on the red carpet with a beard on his arm. By 1933, he was washed up in show business; and by 1936, he had become hugely successful in an entirely new line of work as an interior decorator. Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The Life of William Haines, details the extraordinary life of Billy Haines, the only matinee idol who ever decided that Hollywood’s price was too high and walked away from film stardom. | Views on YouTube: 1,894,386

Authors Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell on Their Book 'Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love'

Oct 15, 2020 • Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell join WGN Weekend News to talk about their book

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The Last BeeGee: Barry Gibb's Emotional First Interview Following Robin's Death | 7NEWS Spotlight

Apr 2, 2021 • The BeeGees were a phenomenon with hit songs and legions of fans. But their success has been tinged with heartache, starting with the death of brother Andy in 1988, Maurice in 2003 and Robin in 2012. Rahni Sadler sat down with Barry in the months following Robin's passing for an emotional interview, which helped him come to terms with the tragedy. This story originally aired on September 23, 2012. | Views on YouTube: 714,378

Brüssel erteilt Johnson eine Abfuhr

FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG: Der britische Premierminister Johnson will das Nordirland-Protokoll neu verhandeln. Kommissionspräsidentin von der Leyen hat ihn jedoch abblitzen lassen und angekündigt, „kreativ und flexibel“ innerhalb des Protokolls zu sein.

„Das Nordirland-Protokoll: der Weg vorwärts“, so hat die britische Regierung ihr „Command Paper“ genannt, das sie am Mittwoch vorlegte. Premierminister Boris Johnson kommt im Vorwort schnell zur Sache. Eigentlich würden die Umstände es schon jetzt rechtfertigen, schreibt er, wesentliche Teile des Protokolls auszusetzen, das die Beziehungen zwischen dem Norden und dem Süden der irischen Insel regelt. Doch gibt er der EU noch eine Chance: Wenn sie ihren „unflexiblen Ansatz“ aufgebe und das Protokoll neu verhandle, könne man ein „neues Gleichgewicht“ finden. Das ist nah an einer Erpressung und aus Brüsseler Sicht das, was man einen „Non-starter“ nennt.

Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen wies Johnsons Ansinnen am Donnerstag schnörkellos zurück. „Die EU wird weiterhin kreativ und flexibel innerhalb des vom Protokoll gesetzten Rahmens sein“, teilte sie auf Twitter mit, nachdem Johnson sie am Mittag angerufen hatte. „Aber wir werden es nicht neu verhandeln.“ Eine Sprecherin fügte spitz hinzu, dass die Präsidentin zugehört habe, wie Johnson seine „jüngste Position“ zu dem Vertragswerk erklärt habe. Etwaige Gesprächstermine zwischen den Unterhändlern seien nicht angesetzt. » | Von Thomas Gutschker, Brüssel | Freitag, 23. Juli 2021

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Rupert Murdoch’s Disinformation Media Empire | The Mehdi Hasan Show

Jul 23, 2021 • An undervaccinated population in the United States where the government literally can’t give Covid-19 inoculations away; the Donald Trump presidency; and the January 6th insurrection on the United States Capitol. There’s a case to be made that none of these things would have happened without Rupert Murdoch and Fox News. Fellow Australian Malcolm Turnbull, the former prime minister, joins Mehdi to discuss Murdoch, Trump, the spread of disinformation and the rise of authoritarianism.

US in ‘Another Pivotal Moment’ as Delta Variant Drives Surge in Covid Cases

THE GUARDIAN: Hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccinations / CDC offers no change in guidance on mask wearing

The US is “at another pivotal moment in this pandemic” as rising Covid-19 cases show no signs of abating, driven by the Delta variant, and some hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccination rates, government officials warned on Thursday.

The US government did not change its guidance on mask wearing, despite debates going on in the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about whether those who have been vaccinated should once again be officially advised to wear masks indoors to prevent the spread. » | Joanna Walters in New York | Friday, July 23, 2021

‘It’s too late’: US doctor says dying patients begging for Covid vaccine »

Why Vaccinated People Are Getting ‘Breakthrough’ Infections »

Des millions de personnes en situation à risque restent à vacciner, alerte l'Assurance maladie »

New Zealand Shuts Australia Travel Bubble as Sydney’s Covid Outbreak Worsens

THE GUARDIAN: Jacinda Ardern pauses flights for eight weeks as her health chief says the spread in NSW was ‘clearly not under control’

New Zealand is shutting down the quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for two months, as the country grapples with a number of serious outbreaks of Covid-19.

The country had already paused travel with the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The new pause applies to all of Australia for the next eight weeks.

At a press briefing on Friday, prime minister Jacinda Ardern said because of the Delta variant there was “greater risk now … than when we opened the travel bubble”.

“Covid has changed and so must we.”

Ardern said that she wanted to “acknowledge the impact it is having very directly on people’s lives. Covid-19 is devastating”. » | Tess McClure in Christchurch | Friday, July 23, 2021

Covid-19 : en Australie, « urgence nationale » autour de Sydney »

Belarus NGOs Condemn Government Crackdown after ‘Black Week’ of Raids

Belarusian human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski was among those arrested last week. Photograph: Dmitry Brushko/AP

THE GUARDIAN: Human rights groups say latest series of arrests and searches are part of ‘a total purge on civil society’

The government of Belarus has launched a broad crackdown on civil society, launching raids and arrests on dozens of organisations in what has been described as a “black week” for the country’s NGOs.

The raids, which began last week, have touched all corners of civil society, from groups that campaign for political prisoners’ rights to those that crowdfund medical care and have helped medics in the fight against coronavirus.

The pressure follow mass arrests of opposition politicians and the closure and harassment of much of the country’s independent media, as longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko seeks to stamp out even apolitical efforts by Belarusians to self-organise.

“It’s a total purge of civil society,” said Marina Vorobei, the founder of, an online platform for public unions and initiatives that helps with self-organisation and provides tools for secure networking and remote work. “NGOs have always been under pressure in Belarus … but these raids, this wave of arrests and seizures have never been seen by the non-profit sector.” » | Andrew Roth in Moscow | Friday, July 23, 2021

Bisou du jour, chaud et gay !

Kuß des Tages, heiß und schwul! / Kiss of the day, hot and gay!

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Michael Jackson: I Just Can't Stop Loving You [Official Video]

Views on YouTube: 5,120,228

Bee Gees - You Win Again (1987)

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LOVING: A Short Documentary on Men in Love

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Manifestations à Cuba : Washington sanctionne le ministre de la défense cubain

LE MONDE : Le président américain Joe Biden a prévenu que ces sanctions financières décidées à la suite de la « répression » des récentes manifestations à Cuba n’étaient « qu’un début ».

Les Etats-Unis ont imposé, jeudi 22 juillet, des sanctions financières au ministre de la défense cubain, Alvaro Lopez Miera, et à une unité spéciale du ministère de l’intérieur, pour la « répression » des récentes « manifestations pacifiques et prodémocratie » à Cuba, tout en menaçant de nouvelles mesures punitives.

« Ce n’est qu’un début. Les Etats-Unis vont continuer à sanctionner les responsables de l’oppression contre le peuple cubain », a prévenu le président Joe Biden dans un communiqué, condamnant « sans ambiguïté les arrestations massives et les simulacres de procès »visant « ceux qui osent parler ». » | Le Monde avec AFP | jeudi 22 juillet 2021

Brexit: Von der Leyen Rejects Boris Johnson Bid to Renegotiate Irish Protocol

Ursula von der Leyen spoke with Boris Johnson at his request for about 30 minutes. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/AP

THE GUARDIAN: EU has already proposed changes to lessen impact on Northern Irish citizens, say officials

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has rejected Boris Johnson’s move to renegotiate the Northern Irish protocol, raising the temperature of a simmering Brexit row.

“The EU will continue to be creative and flexible within the protocol framework. But we will not renegotiate,” she said after a call with the prime minister on Thursday.

EU sources said the call lasted about 30 minutes, and Von der Leyen made clear they spoke at Johnson’s request. » | Jennifer Rankin in Brussels and Aubrey Allegretti | Thursday, July 22, 2021

We Have No Confidence in Priti Patel, Says Police Federation

THE GUARDIAN: Police officers in England and Wales furious at pay freeze after months on frontline of Covid crisis

Rank-and-file police officers have overwhelmingly supported a vote of no confidence in the home secretary, Priti Patel, the first such move in more than a decade.

In a scathing announcement, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), which represents 130,000 officers, said Patel and the government “could not be trusted” and warned “warm words were not enough”.

The move comes after Wednesday’s confirmation that officers earning £24,000 or more would be hit by a pay freeze in 2021-22. » | Jamie Grierson, Home affairs correspondent | Thursday, July 22, 2021

„First Kiss“ in Tel Aviv

Im Falle der Fälle, daß Sie diesen großartigen Kissathon in Tel Aviv verpaßt haben, den ich Ihnen vor ein paar Tagen gebracht habe, bringe ich Ihnen das Ereignis heute noch einmal. Ich glaube Sie werden mit mir einverstanden sein: Dieses Ereignis ist nicht nur ungewöhnlich und sehr genießbar anzuschauen, es ist auch sehr einmalig. Der Kissathon sollte gar nicht verpaßt werden! Klicken Sie doch hier für diesen Hochgenuß. Sie werden auf keinen Fall enttäuscht sein! – © Mark

Lionel Richie : Dancing on the Ceiling

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Billionaires Fight to Privatize & Monopolize Space Infrastructure as Earth Burns & Workers Organize

Jul 22, 2021 • As the world’s richest man flies his Blue Origin rocket into suborbital space, here on Earth calls are growing to tax the rich and let Amazon unionize. Billionaire Jeff Bezos has faced strong criticism after Tuesday’s flight, for which he thanked Amazon workers and customers who “paid for all of this.” Bezos traveled to the edge of space just days after another billionaire, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, took a similar trip on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft. “The richest and most powerful people in the world are turning their eyes away from the planet and to the stars,” says Paris Marx, a writer and host of the podcast “Tech Won’t Save Us.” “We need to question whether we should be dedicating so much resources to this kind of grand vision of a future that may never arrive,” Marx says. We also speak with journalist Peter Ward, author of the book “The Consequential Frontier: Challenging the Privatization of Space,” who says billionaires who have monopolized large sectors of the economy are seeking to do the same for space infrastructure. “It’s not the worst thing to have the private sector involved. It’s just it can’t be where they have complete control,” Ward says.

Democracy Now! Top US News & World Headlines — July 22, 2021

How We Got Gay | Discovery Channel HD Documentary

Mercedes-Benz Will Shift Its Focus to Electric Vehicles by 2025

The Mercedes-Benz EQA, part of the automaker’s EQ lineup of fully electric models.Credit...John Macdougall/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Mercedes-Benz will shift its focus entirely to electric vehicles in 2025 and be prepared to sell nothing but electric cars by 2030, the company said Thursday, adding a caveat that the transition depends on “market conditions.”

Mercedes thus joined a growing list of companies including General Motors, Stellantis and Renault that have declared their intention to hasten the demise of internal combustion engines in favor of battery powered vehicles with no tailpipe emissions.

Increasingly, they have little choice. The European Union will effectively ban new cars with internal combustion engines in 2035, while Britain, Norway and other countries have also set expiration dates for vehicles that run on fossil fuels.

Mercedes, the luxury carmaking division of Daimler, also faces pressure from Tesla, which has been stealing well-heeled buyers and is building a factory in Berlin. » | Jack Ewing | Thursday, July 22, 2021

Homosexuelle Väter : Vater, Vater, Kind

Fotograf Bart und Ehemann Rob mit ihren beiden Söhnen Ethan und Noah am Morgen, Antwerpen, Belgien. © Bart Heynen

ZEIT ONLINE | Bart Heynen fotografiert schwule Väter mit ihren Kindern – und gibt einen intimen Einblick in das Familienleben von Menschen, deren Lebensrealität oft nicht gesehen wird.

Bart Heynen erstarrte ein wenig, als er das erste Mal hörte, wie ein Freund seines Sohnes diesen fragte: “Wo ist deine Mami?” Sein Sohn habe geantwortet: “Ich habe keine Mutter. Ich habe einen Papa und einen Daddy.” Eine Antwort, die Heynen so ähnlich selbst oft geben muss: “Ich habe keine Frau, ich habe einen Mann.” In gewisser Weise sei dieser Satz auch für seinen Sohn ein Coming-out gewesen. » | Von Philipp Kienzl | Montag, 12. Juli 2021 »

Meet the Gay Marine Whose Homecoming Kiss Went Viral [2012]

ADVOCATE: A photo of Sgt. Brandon Morgan kissing his boyfriend, Dalan Wells, went viral in February [2012] as a visual symbol of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

On February 22, Marine Sergeant Brandon Morgan was returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan by way of a military base in Hawaii. Morgan's boyfriend, Dalan Wells, was at the base to greet his partner as he returned home, along with the spouses and girlfriends receiving their returning soldiers. When Morgan saw Wells, he was so moved that he leapt into his boyfriend's arms, where the two shared a passionate kiss, caught on camera by bystanders. The photo quickly went viral, a visceral, visual reminder of the progress made by repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Just in time for the new year, YouTube filmmakers Gay Family Values sat down with Sgt. Morgan, 25, and Wells, 38 to get the full story on the moment that became an iconic symbol of the march toward equality in our nation's military.

"There was a little bit of hesitation on Dalan's part to even be there," explains Sgt. Morgan. "Because, yes, the repeal had happened, DADT was dead, but for the most part there were military spouses or girlfriends there, all dressed up to receive their men, husbands dressed up to receive their wives back from deployment, but we were the only same-sex couple." » | Sunnivie Brydum | Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Hongrie : l’Union européenne doit en finir avec la naïveté

LE MONDE : Mis en cause dans la cadre du « Projet Pegasus », le pouvoir hongrois et Viktor Orban créent de nouveaux remous en organisant un référendum stigmatisant la communauté LGBT. L’UE doit se donner les moyens de sanctionner clairement le pays.

Editorial du « Monde ».
Trois jours après avoir été mis en cause dans le scandale mondial de surveillance Pegasus, vingt-quatre heures après avoir été de nouveau pointé du doigt par la Commission européenne pour ses dérives en matière d’Etat de droit, Viktor Orban a annoncé, mercredi 21 juillet, la convocation d’un référendum sur sa très contestée loi sur les contenus LGBT, qui ne cesse de faire scandale depuis son adoption en juin. Accusant « Bruxelles » d’avoir « clairement attaqué la Hongrie », le premier ministre nationaliste a lancé une de ses mises en scène favorites destinées à souder ses électeurs contre une prétendue menace venue « d’Europe de l’Ouest ».

Les questions soumises aux Hongrois, totalement biaisées, sont faites pour tenter d’obtenir un plébiscite face à la procédure de sanction lancée par la Commission contre sa loi interdisant de « montrer l’homosexualité ou le changement de genre » aux mineurs. L’annonce du référendum sert aussi à faire diversion après les révélations, dimanche 18 juillet, du «Projet Pegasus », auquel Le Monde participe.

Ces dernières années, à l’aide d’un logiciel espion israélien, la Hongrie a mis sous surveillance plusieurs journalistes d’investigation, des hommes d’affaires et des opposants, tous réputés critiques de Viktor Orban. » | Editorial du « Monde » | jeudi 22 juillet 2021

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YouTube retire des vidéos de Jair Bolsonaro pour désinformation

LE MONDE : La plate-forme souligne qu’elle a pris sa décision « après un examen minutieux » et sans tenir compte de l’idéologie politique du président brésilien.

YouTube a déclaré, mercredi 22 juillet, avoir supprimé des vidéos de la chaîne du président brésilien pour avoir diffusé de fausses informations sur l’épidémie de Covid-19. La plate-forme souligne qu’elle a pris sa décision « après un examen minutieux » et sans tenir compte de l’idéologie politique de Jair Bolsonaro. » | Le Monde avec AFP | jeudi 22 juillet 2021

YouTube pulls videos by Bolsonaro for spreading misinformation on the virus. »

Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise (Official Music Video)

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LOVING: A Photographic History

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Smooch of the Day, Tender and Gay

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Foreigner - I Want to Know What Love Is (Official Music Video)

Jan 25, 2020 • You're watching the official music video for Foreigner - "I Want to Know What Love Is" from the album 'Agent Provocateur' (1984). "I Want to Know What Love Is" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest songs of all time. | Views on YouTube: 114,434,211

Gay Amazon Commercial for Kindle (2013)

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Heinz Marketing: Gay Kiss

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Portugal, le trésor ibère - Documentaire voyage.

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Schweizer Liebesgeschichten aus aller Welt | Best of Hin und weg 2020 mit Mona Vetsch | SRF DOK

Jul 21, 2021 • In «Hin und weg» erzählt Mona Vetsch Liebesgeschichten aus aller Welt. Sie besucht Schweizerinnen und Schweizer, die aus Liebe ans Ende der Welt reisen. In diesem 100 Minuten-Zusammenschnitt erleben die Zuschauerinnen und Zuschauer nochmals die Highlights der Staffel 2020

Die Liebe fragt nicht nach dem Pass – zwei Menschen treffen sich und sind hin und weg. Nicole traf Rachid, als er noch Kriminalpolizist in Marokko war und sie dort ein Hotel führte. Die ehemalige SRF-Moderatorin sehnte sich nach weissem Sandstrand, der Polizist wünschte sich eine Familie und so landeten sie schliesslich zu dritt mit Tochter Lila auf Sansibar.

Florence’ Leben war eigentlich voll: Zwei Töchter und acht Hunde bestimmten ihren Alltag. Als sie aber auf Facebook Niklas begegnete, war es um sie geschehen. Auf einer Tour rund ums Matterhorn entschieden sich die Schweizerin und der Schwede, zu heiraten. Bis das Traumhaus im schwedischen Wald fertig ist, leben die beiden in einer Fernbeziehung.

Martina war mit ihrer Zwillingsschwester Melanie auf Weltreise, als sie im australischen Noosa im Ausgang Cahil kennenlernte. Drei Tage verbrachten die beiden zusammen, bevor die Schweizerinnen wieder abreisten. Genug, um das Leben von Martina völlig auf den Kopf zu stellen: Kurze Zeit später nämlich flog Cahil in die Schweiz, um zu bleiben. Inzwischen verheiratet entschieden sich die beiden, nach zwei Jahren in der Innerschweiz wieder nach Australien zurückzukehren.

Claudia hatte einen Traum: sie wollte Zirkusartistin werden. Dafür zog sie in die USA und machte eine Ausbildung beim Cirque du Soleil. Auch Yakhouba zog es in die Vereinigten Staaten, ins Mekka des Basketballs. Der Franzose mit senegalesischen Wurzeln fasste Fuss in der NBA, der besten Liga der Welt. Auf die quirlige Schweizerin wurde er dank ihrer Musikvideos aufmerksam – der Rest ist Geschichte. Mittlerweile haben die beiden zwei Töchter und leben in Atlanta, wo Claudia als «Private Chef» für Wohlhabende kocht.

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«Hongrexit, Polexit, etc.»

LE FIGARO : L’éditorial du Figaro, par Philippe Gélie.

L’Europe souffre d’un point de côté qui l’empêche d’avancer. C’est à l’Est qu’«une dictature lui pousse à l’intérieur» telle une tumeur, s’enflamme l’eurodéputé belge Guy Verhofstadt à propos de la Hongrie, où Viktor Orban est accusé de traquer des citoyens grâce au logiciel espion Pegasus. Contrôle des juges et des médias, corruption: la commission de Bruxelles, dans son rapport annuel sur l’état de droit dans l’UE, cloue aussi au pilori la Pologne du parti Droit et Justice (PiS). Le dernier méfait de Budapest tient à une loi contre «la promotion de l’homosexualité», celui de Varsovie au rejet par la Cour constitutionnelle de la prééminence du droit européen. Bataille des «valeurs» qui creuse le fossé entre l’Ouest «libéral» du continent et l’Est socialement plus conservateur, voire «illibéral».

Les dix pays auxquels l’Union européenne a ouvert ses portes en 2004 ont signé en connaissance de cause: ils ont rejoint un grand marché doté de règles communes, un espace de droit voué à réduire » | Par Philippe Gélie | mardi 20 juillet 2021

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Trump’s Chaotic Final Year in Office Worse Than Imagined | The Mehdi Hasan Show

Jul 20, 2021 • Michael Bender’s book “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost” is making waves with its astonishing details about the former president's final year. The author joins Mehdi to discuss its revelation and the behind-the-scenes details of his interviews with the former president.

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Opinion – Guest Essay: England Is ‘Free.’ And in Total Chaos.

People on a dance floor in London shortly after the Freedom Day reopening on Monday.Credit...Alberto Pezzali/Associated Press

THE NEW YORK TIMES: England, we are told, is free. On Monday the government lifted the country’s remaining Covid restrictions — on social distancing, on face masks, on numbers for gatherings, the lot — effectively leaving protection from the coronavirus to vaccinations and, er, the goddess of chance. (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the devolved nations, have sensibly chosen to retain some restrictions.)

The timing was immaculate: Over the previous week, 332,170 people tested positive for the coronavirus — the most since January — as the Delta variant courses around the country. New Covid-19 cases are expected to rise, perhaps reaching the dizzying figure of 100,000 a day later in the summer. The number hospitalized, much lower than in previous waves of infections because of the vaccination program, is steadily increasing. Deaths are creeping up.

Details, details. This was Freedom Day, as the government and the right-wing press insistently reminded us. The time when the English, after more than a year of sacrifices, could let it all out — drink in a crowded room, go clubbing, have everyone over. No need for masks. But really, it was Confusion Day, a monument to chaos, anxiety and the unknown. We have no plan. » | Tanya Gold * | Tuesday, July 20, 2021

* Ms. Gold is a British journalist who writes regularly about the country’s politics, culture and everyday life.

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A Love Story: James St. James on the Film Out of Iraq w/ Nayyef Hrebid and Btoo Allami

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Elizabeth Warren schimpft über Jeff Bezos

FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG: „Jeff Bezos hat Amerikaner vergessen, die Steuern gezahlt haben“

Jeff Bezos‘ Ausflug ins All hat nicht allen gefallen. In sozialen Medien wurde der Amazon-Gründer nach der Rückkehr seiner Raumkapsel New Shepard am Dienstag als betriebsblind verurteilt, weil er sich bei den Angestellten und Kunden des Online-Händlers dafür bedankte, seine Reise in den Weltraum bezahlt zu haben. Während des ersten Corona-Jahres 2020 war Bezos wiederholt wegen der Arbeitsbedingungen bei Amazon kritisiert worden. In den vergangenen Monaten wurde zudem Kritik an Steuerbefreiungen für das Unternehmen laut. „Jeff Bezos hat vergessen, den hart arbeitenden Amerikanern zu danken, die tatsächlich Steuern gezahlt haben, um das Land am Laufen zu halten“, wetterte auch Elizabeth Warren, Senatorin und frühere Präsidentschaftsbewerberin der Demokraten. Weiter lesen / Neues von den Promis » | FAZ Small Talk | Mittwoch, 21. Juli 2021

REAKTION AUF EU-VERFAHREN: Orbán kündigt Referendum über Anti-LGBTQ-Gesetz an

FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINER ZEITUNG: Ungarns Ministerpräsident Viktor Orbán hat ein Referendum über das umstrittene Anti-LGBTQ-Gesetz angekündigt. Die Einleitung eines Vertragsverletzungsverfahren durch die EU sei ein Angriff auf Ungarn.

Ungarns rechtskonservativer Regierungschef Viktor Orbán hat ein Referendum über das umstrittene LGBTQ-Gesetz in seinem Land angekündigt und fordert damit Brüssel heraus. In einem auf seiner Facebook-Seite veröffentlichten Video rief Orbán die Bevölkerung am Mittwoch dazu auf, das von der EU scharf kritisierte Gesetz zu unterstützen. Die englische Abkürzung LGBTQ steht für lesbisch, schwul, bisexuell, transgender und queer. Angehörige dieser sexuellen Minderheiten werden aus Sicht von Kritikern in Ungarn diskriminiert. » | Quelle: AFP | Mittwoch, 21. Juli 2021

Scandale Pegasus : Emmanuel Macron sur la liste des cibles du Maroc

LE POINT : Le Maroc a sélectionné l’un des numéros du chef de l’État en 2019 pour une possible infection de son téléphone avec le logiciel Pegasus, révèle France Info.

Les révélations se poursuivent au sujet du projet Pegasus. Ce mardi 20 juillet, France Info et 16 autres médias indiquent qu’Emmanuel Macron faisait partie des cibles du Maroc. L’un des numéros de portable du chef de l’État a été sélectionné en 2019 par les services de renseignements marocains pour une éventuelle infection par le logiciel espion développé par la société NSO.

Plusieurs numéros appartenant à des membres de l’entourage d’Emmanuel Macron, comme son ancien chef de la sécurité, Alexandre Benalla, ont également été sélectionnés comme cibles potentielles par les services marocains. De son côté, Le Monde souligne que les numéros de l'ancien Premier ministre Édouard Philippe et de 14 autres ministres, dont Jean-Yves Le Drian, Christophe Castaner, Gérald Darmanin, Bruno Le Maire ou François de Rugy, étaient également sélectionnés par le logiciel espion Pegasus. Des parlementaires et responsables politiques comme François Bayrou du MoDem, le député de La France insoumise Adrien Quatennens, ou encore Gilles Le Gendre figuraient également sur la liste. » | Par (avec AFP) | Publié : mardi 20 juillet ; modfié : mercredi 21 juillet 2021

Grèce : un couvre-feu instauré à Mykonos, l'île de la fête

LE FIGARO : Depuis ce week-end, il est interdit de circuler de 1 h à 6 h du matin sur l'île la plus touristique des Cyclades en raison d'une hausse «inquiétante» des contaminations au Covid-19.

À Mykonos, le Covid-19 vient remettre en cause la fête. La Grèce a imposé samedi un couvre-feu de cinq heures entre 1 h et 6 h et d'autres restrictions sur l'île touristique des Cyclades, connue pour ses nuits festives, en raison d'une hausse «inquiétante» des contaminations au Covid-19, ont annoncé les autorités.

«Nous appelons les habitants, les visiteurs et les commerçants de notre belle île à appliquer fidèlement les mesures (...) afin que la dissémination du virus puisse être rapidement contrôlée et que Mykonos puisse revenir à la normale», déclare le vice-ministre à la Protection civile, Nikos Hardalias. » | Par Le Figaro avec AFP | lundi 19 juillet 2021

Boris Johnson’s Aides Plotted to Oust Him as PM, Dominic Cummings Claims

Dominic Cummings suggested to Laura Kuenssberg that a new political party should be set up to ‘kill’ off the Conservatives. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA

THE GUARDIAN: BBC interview reveals people decided Johnson was unfit to be PM within weeks of 2019 election victory

Boris Johnson’s closest aides decided he was unfit to be prime minister within weeks of his 2019 election victory and began plotting to oust him, Dominic Cummings has claimed.

In his first TV interview since quitting as one of the most senior advisers in No 10, Cummings levelled repeated criticism of his former boss, saying aides feared Johnson had no plan to run the country and was only obsessed with “stupid” infrastructure projects.

He accused the prime minister’s wife, Carrie, of trying to “appoint complete clowns to certain key jobs”, claiming she wanted to be “pulling the strings” at the heart of government instead of the old Vote Leave team, and suggested a new political party be set up to “kill” off the Conservatives. » | Aubrey Allegretti, Political correspondent | Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Dominic Cummings pulls back the curtain and declares his genius »

I have myself been saying this for a very long time! I have been stating that the Conservatives need to be replaced by a progressive, business-friendly party. My line was that the Tories need to go the way of the Whigs: into oblivion!

I have never been a big fan of Dominic Cummings, but I must say that reading this, makes the man more appealing to me.

I used to be a dyed-in-the-wool Conservative voter. That was until Cameron had the less-than-bright idea of calling a referendum on our membership of the European Union, which we all know led to the fiasco of Brexit. Because of Brexit, I shall never cast my vote for the Conservatives again. And as a result of Brexit, I have become disenfranchised.

Boris Johnson—I prefer to give him the disparaging nomenclature, BoJo, because it makes him sound like the clown he truly is—was never a committed Brexiteer; rather, it was a convenient way for him to become prime minister. Even as a child, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson wanted to be “king of the world.” Needless to say, that position is, and never has been, vacant! So he had to settle for what he considered to be second-best: he had to become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom instead. Brexit was the tool he used to get the keys to Number 10.

There’s one big problem with that, though: Brexit has rendered the once very united United Kingdom into a rather fractious disUnited Kingdom. And the Tories have caused this problem by projecting the rift that was once chronic and unhealing in their party onto the United Kingdom itself; so, the party’s problem has now become the nation's problem. Cameron’s idiocy has caused this as have the greed and fossil-like nature of the top echelons within the Conservative Party itself.

Yes! Dominic Cummings is spot-on when he says that the Conservatives need to be “killed off” and replaced by a new party. Yes! Yes! Yes! The Conservatives need to go find the dodo and keep it company!

This country needs a progressive, business-friendly, pro-European party, one that will allow business to flourish but ensure a modicum of equality for all. The wealth gap in this country is as unfair as it is immoral. There is something radically wrong and mis-managed about a country in which people poor enough to have to use food banks to help put food on the table for their children have to co-exist with squillionaires. Such a juxtaposition of extremes is obscene. A scenario brought about by the policies of the Tories. Yes, we need a party that is very business-friendly; but no, we don't need obscenities like this! – © Mark

Leyna Bloom Is Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s First Trans Cover Star

Leyna Bloom in 2019. Photograph: Julien de Rosa/EPA

THE GUARDIAN: Model, who is black and Filipino, is also the first ever trans woman of color to be featured in the magazine

Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue has unveiled its first ever transgender cover star, Leyna Bloom.

The model follows in the footsteps of model Valentina Sampaio, who was the first trans model to appear in the pages of the magazine last July. Bloom, who is black and Filipino, is also the first ever trans woman of color to be featured in the magazine.

Writing on Instagram, Bloom said the appearance “heals a lot of pain”. She wrote: “We deserve this moment; we have waited millions of years to show up as survivors and be seen as full humans filled with wonder.”

Bloom, who was part of New York’s ballroom scene, wrote: “This historical moment is important to #girlslikeus because it allows us to live and be seen.” » | Priya Elan | Monday, July 18, 2021

Bitcoin Price Slides amid EU Call to Make Transfers Traceable, and Rise of ‘Stablecoins’

THE GUARDIAN: European regulator want banks to hold personal details of cryptocurrency clients, while US wants swift work to establish less volatile ‘stablecoins’

Bitcoin has slipped below $30,000 as calls grew among regulators in the US, Europe and Asia for tighter checks on cryptocurrencies, and the less volatile digi-currency known as “stablecoins”.

Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency fell as much as 5% to $29,300, its lowest since 22 June, and investors said it was likely to test the $28,600 level touched last month, its lowest since early January, as it faced a variety of regulatory headwinds. Smaller cryptocurrencies such as ether and XRP also lost around 5%.

On Tuesday, European regulators outlined plans to make cryptocurrencies more traceable as part of a wider crackdown on money-laundering in the bloc.

The European Commission said companies handling virtual assets, such as bitcoin, should become subject to anti-money laundering rules, along with transparency requirements for transfers of crypto assets. » | Martin Farrer | Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Phil Collins - Can't Stop Loving You (Official Music Video)

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Tender, gay kiss of the day / Bisou du jour, tendre et très gay !

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Mahler Symphony No 5 Adagietto – Herbert von Karajan

Jul 25, 2013 • Slide-show of Venice with contemporary photographs and antique oil paintings. Symphony No5 /Mahler/ Adagietto/ Berlin Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan. The 1974 recording - Deutsche Grammophon

Democracy Now! Amnesty International: Julian Assange’s “Arbitrary” Detention Must End. Release Him Now.

Jul 20, 2021 • As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if he is extradited to the U.S. under the Espionage Act for publishing classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes, Amnesty International Secretary General Agnès Callamard says his detention since 2010 “is arbitrary and that he should be released.” She adds that allegations made against him by the U.S. authorities “raise a large number of problems and red flags in relation to freedom of the press.”

‘Everything Is On Fire’: Siberia Hit by Unprecedented Burning

THE GUARDIAN: Locals fear for their health and property as smoke from raging forest fires shrouds an entire region of eastern Russia

Every morning and evening for the last few days, shifts of young villagers have headed out into the taiga forest around Teryut with a seemingly impossible task: to quell the raging fires that have burned closer and closer for a month, shrouding this remote eastern Siberian village in an acrid haze.

So far, little has worked. Amid the worst wildfire season in memory, locals have vowed to defend their village to the last, sending away small children for their protection from the smog while they stay on to fight back the flames.

“For a month already you can’t see anything through the smoke,” said Varvara, a 63-year-old pensioner from Teryut, a village in the Oymyakonsky district. “We have already sent the small children away. And the fires are very close, just 2km [1.2 miles] from our village.” » | Andrew Roth in Moscow | Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Israeli PM: Ben & Jerry’s Sales Ban Will Have ‘Serious Consequences’

Naftali Bennett’s office said the Ben & Jerry’s ban would have ‘serious consequences, legal and otherwise’.Photograph: Gil Cohen-Magen/EPA

THE GUARDIAN: Naftali Bennett hits back at Unilever after subsidiary stops selling ice-cream in occupied territories

The decision by Ben & Jerry’s to stop selling its ice-cream products in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem has been met with fierce criticism from the Israeli political establishment, including a warning from the prime minister, Naftali Bennett, that the decision will have “serious consequences” for Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company, Unilever.

The announcement from the ice-cream maker, which has also taken political stances on the climate crisis and social justice issues such as Black Lives Matter, is one of the highest-profile rebukes of Israeli settlement building to date by a well-known brand. » | Bethan McKernan, Middle East correspondent | Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Gay Farmers Call for Help

In the UK, many LGBTQ farmers feel isolated and live a life plagued by secrecy and guilt. Their only solace is a phone number. This short documentary illuminates their experiences through reconstructive visuals over recorded telephone conversations that are both shocking and candid.

Being Gay in Nazi Germany | Full Documentary

A documentary from 2000 detailing the stories of gay people who were persecuted in Nazi Germany because of their sexuality.

Because this is age-restricted, it cannot be embedded here. This is a serious and informative documentary. It is not suitable for the squeamish or for the faint of heart. But it comes highly recommended. It gives us a chance to see how life was in Nazi Germany for persecuted homosexuals. Please click here to view this fascinating, insightful but extremely tragic documentary. It really is an excellent documentary. Extremely well done. Warning: It is absolutely NOT suitable for children! – Mark

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OUT OF IRAQ – Documentary Shows Gay Love and Risk in Iraq

Jun 8, 2016 • OUT OF IRAQ is a documentary about two enlisted men in Iraq – one an Iraqi soldier, the other a U.S. translator – who fall in love before being forced to flee when one becomes the target for an honor killing. Nayyef and Btoo, the subjects of the new documentary, and director Chris McKim discuss the creation of the film, homosexuality in Iraq and the humanitarian efforts of Michael Failla in this episode of BYOD hosted by Ondi Timoner.

Australia: Growing Up Gay in the Country I The Feed

Oct 6, 2014 • Ivan hasn’t been back to his rural hometown of Tumut NSW in 21 years. He left as a teenager after a childhood of bullying about his sexuality, and never looked back. Until now. | Views on YouTube: 217,972

Biden Considers Reauthorizing Remittances and Sending More Diplomats to Cuba

THE RIO TIMES: The U.S. government on Monday announced it is considering reauthorizing remittances to Cuba and also the transfer of more diplomatic officials to the island, two ex-president Donald Trump's measures that Joe Biden would reverse.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Biden decided to explore these measures following July 11 protests in Cuba, the largest in several decades, as reported by a U.S. official.

The package of measures includes the setting up of a "working group on remittances" intended to "identify the most effective way" for the money to "directly reach the hands of the Cuban people," among others.

In November last year Trump banned the sending of remittances to Cuba, a measure with which the U.S. rapidly increased the economic suffocation of the island and which Biden has maintained during his first six . . . » | Latin America News | Tuesday, July 20, 2021 | [ R$ ]

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Prince Harry Is Set to Release a “Wholly Truthful” Memoir about Royal Life

REFINERY29: The Duke of Sussex will release a memoir about his life, which will hit shelves late next year. In a press release from publisher Penguin Random House, the literary house said that the book, due in late 2022, is an "intimate and heartfelt" look at the young royal's life from childhood to the present day.

It will include "his dedication to service, the military duty that twice took him to the frontlines of Afghanistan, and the joy he has found in being a husband and father." The proceeds of the book will also be donated to charity. » | Natalie Morin | Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Le prince Harry publiera ses Mémoires « intimes et sincères » fin 2022 »

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L’Etat de droit, meilleure protection pour les droits LGBT en Europe

LE MONDE : Editorial. L’adoption, le 15 juin par le Parlement hongrois, d’un projet de loi assimilant de fait homosexualité, pornographie et pédophilie, et le refus de l’UEFA d’illuminer le stade de Munich aux couleurs arc-en-ciel ont mis en évidence une fracture entre les membres de l’UE.

Editorial du « Monde ».
L’arc-en-ciel est dans toutes les têtes, mais l’orage n’est pas près de se dissiper. Les foudres que se sont attirées, depuis mardi 22 juin, le premier ministre hongrois, Viktor Orban, puis, par ricochet, l’UEFA, l’organisation qui supervise le championnat de football Euro 2021, à propos des droits des communautés LGBT, montrent à quel point ce sujet cristallise les fractures sociétales intra-européennes.

Le projet de loi adopté le 15 juin par le Parlement hongrois, contrôlé par le parti nationaliste de M. Orban, a provoqué un profond malaise au sein de l’Union européenne. Ce texte, qui prévoit de rendre inaccessibles aux moins de 18 ans les « contenus qui montrent ou encouragent la sexualité en elle-même, le changement de genre ou l’homosexualité », assimile de fait homosexualité, pornographie et pédophilie. » | Éditorial du « Monde » | jeudi 24 juin 2021

Life for LGBT People in Israel

'Keshet' (קשת בענן) is Hebrew for rainbow. – Mark

KESHET UK: Israel is a generally progressive country where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people live freely and openly. British laws against homosexuality were inherited when Israel was founded in 1948. These were formally repealed in 1988.

Protection against discrimination

LGBT couples in Israel have the same pension, inheritance and medical rights as heterosexual couples. This includes equal access to fertility treatment for lesbian women. Since 2005, LGBT people have been able to adopt each other’s children and enjoy full rights as parents. In 1992, employment discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was outlawed. Inclusion of LGBT people in the Israeli military has been formally accepted since 1993. LGBT people now serve openly in the army, navy and air force, with the same rights as those in heterosexual relationships for their partners.

Same-sex marriage

There is no system of civil marriage in Israel. Marriages can only be performed under the auspices of a small number of recognised religious communities. Israel does, however, recognise those performed in other countries and since 2007 has given full legal recognition to same-sex marriages in this context. LGBT couples may not be able to marry inside Israel, but in 2012 an Israeli family court granted the first same- sex divorce in the country. In 2013, a trans- woman, Chen Arizona, married her husband in a ceremony that was broadcast on national television news. Religious attitudes » | Keshet UK | Undated

Painting the town gay: Tel Aviv prepares for Pride

Keshet UK is the forum working to champion the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and questioning people in all areas of Jewish life in the United Kingdom.

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