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‘Ellen’ Team Attempts to Quash Viral Video Slamming Her George W. Bush Friendship with Iraq War Imagery

Social media had quite a bit to say about Ellen DeGeneres’s defense this week of her friendship with George W. Bush after images of them chumming it up at a Packers-Cowboys football game got attention over the weekend. “During the game they showed a shot of George and me laughing together and people were upset. They thought, ‘Why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?’” said Ellen in the monologue. One critic of the friendship, activist Rafael Shimunov, created a blistering video of Ellen’s monologue in defense of...
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Tim Murphy on How He Drew from His Queer and Arab Identities to Craft his Gripping New Novel

Tim Murphy’s new novel, Correspondents, like his last one, Christodora, is epic in scope. Author Tim Murphy photographed by Chris Gabello. Correspondents is reminiscent of works like Michael Cunningham’s Flesh and Blood, Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, and Michael Chabon’s The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay; it is truly a delight to read a writer practicing at the height of his game. Murphy grew up in an Irish/Lebanese immigrant family in Boston. Despite his last name, Murphy says he is actually more Lebanese than Irish and he parlays that family history into the novel. The book moves forward and back in...
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Foreign Governments Rented Trump World Tower Luxury Condos in Deals That Could Violate Constitutional Law: Report

At least seven foreign governments were allowed by the U.S. State Department to rent luxury condominiums at Trump World Tower in 2017 without congressional approval — which could violate the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause. Foreign governments sent 13 notes to the State Department asking permission to rent or renew leases in the New York residential tower, and Capitol Hill staffers said the requests were never submitted to Congress, reported Reuters. The governments of Iraq, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Thailand and the European Union were granted approval to rent a...

‘I had to sit on a Pepsi bottle’: Gay men in Iraq reveal shocking torture stories

Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, fell to ISIS in June 2014. Everyone was affected, but so-called Islamic State targeted gay people in particular. It took nine months of intense military operations from Iraqi forces and their allies to recapture Mosul in July 2017. But for those three years, ISIS executed LGBTI people by blindfolding them and throwing them off rooftops, as well as stoning them. Daesh (ISIS) also enforced strict clothing limitations. Males had to wear loose clothing and not shave their beard, while females had to cover their face...
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