When America First Means Putting Democracy Second

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News that the State Department is scrubbing the promotion of justice and democracy from its mission is just the latest in a steady and unending stream of signals the Trump administration is pushing the nation further away from small-d democracy. It follows the alienation of democratic allies, the promotion of undemocratic ideals abroad, and perhaps most egregiously, the cozying up […]

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Chechnya’s Gay Concentration Camp: What We Know

Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov is alleged ti have approved gay death camps - concentration camps designed for gay men.

Reports emerged from international sources over the weekend that Chechnya – formally known as the Chechen Republic – has reportedly begun arresting, detaining, torturing and potentially murdering gay men. According to Novaya Gazeta, Chechnya is detaining gay men “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such.” They added, “At the moment, we received information about the arrest of more than […]

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More Violence Against LGBT People in Russia: Beating Caught on Film

Via Human Rights Watch yesterday: (Moscow, February 4, 2014) – The Russian authorities need to address a deteriorating situation of widespread and concerted abuse against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities’ failure to act and some officials’ homophobic comments expose LGBT people to further harassment and violence and embolden the […]

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