Kelly Sans Culotte

Manifesto of the 12
Against Islamist totalitarianism. 4.3.06

Thus Spake The Profit
Cartoon by Scardie Anon. 4.3.06

Torture and America
So this is us. (5-13-04)

Interview: Banishing Fear in Iran
Weblogs crack the closet door for lesbians. (1-26-04)

Salaam to All the Women
Excerpts from a weblog by a young Iranian lesbian.

The Iranian Closet
When your family would rather see you dead than gay. (11-20-03)

The Iraqniad
Iraq, Iran and the axis of Ira. (5-28-03)

At UN, queer human rights genie is out
And no amount of Vatican, Islamic pressure can put it back in. (5-2-03)

Vatican, Muslim states slam queer human rights
Arm-twisting, procedural shenanigans at UN in Geneva. (4-25-03)

Islamics Attack Rights Resolution
It's "a direct insult" to Muslims. (4-25-03)

Queer Muslims Respond
Challenge "ill-informed campaign." (4-25-03)

How they'll vote in Geneva
Will the queer human rights resolution live or die at the UN? (4-25-03)

Hell, Conquering Hero
Baghdad — or Belfast? (4-03-03)

Millions Marched, Now What?
After last weekend's massive rallies, antiwar demonstrators worldwide are planning their next steps.

Photos: NYC antiwar protest February 15, 2003
From queer unions to former workers at the World Trade Center. (2-22-03)

Record Antiwar Demos Worldwide
This weekend, between 8 and 12 million people worldwide participated in demonstrations against the planned U.S. war in Iraq. (2-16-03)

Taking to the Streets For Peace in NYC
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets in an antiwar protest, Saturday, February 15, 2003. The Gully caught it on video. (2-16-03)

Powell's Battle Cry — or Whine?
In his speech to the UN Security Council Colin Powell presented evidence that Iraq violated UN resolution 1441, but did he justify a war? (2-6-03)
Part 1 transcript Powell speech
Part 2 transcript Powell speech

Opposition Isn't Enough
Why antiwar activists need to hold their noses and consider "national security." (11-6-02)

The Invisible Opposition to Bush's War
Can anti-war protesters be effective if they don't get media attention? (10-23-02)

Secrets in Tehran
Mona, a 21-year old student and lesbian, talks about her decision to stay in Tehran. "I don't know why, but despite all the difficulties in Iran, I love it here, more than anywhere else." (9-22-02)

California Dreams
Chris Lymbertos describes how she left Iran at seventeen to study in Greece, but burned her bridges when she became politically active as an out Iranian lesbian in San Francisco. (9-22-02)

Remembering September 11th as a Queer Muslim
Since 9/11, the world has changed. The "war on terrorism" has turned our communities into a battleground. And the Islamic principles of peace, social justice, and tolerance seem distant. (9-12-02)

Coming Out Against the Israeli Occupation: Part 2
The Gully interview with U.S. queer activist Emmaia Gelman continues with a look at suicide bombings and non-violent resistance, Palestinian leadership, the "coming out" quandary, and Palestinian queers. (9-12-02)

Coming Out Against the Israeli Occupation: Part 1
U.S. queer activist Emmaia Gelman talks about her visit to Israel and the West Bank, including the state of Palestinian refugee camps, and the importance of Jewish anti-occupation activism. (9-5-02)

The Next Iraq War: Why Everyone Should Oppose It
Including why this war is an lgbt issue. (9-5-02)

Mortal Danger
From a country that can't shoot down a single plane? (9-1-02)

Slouching Towards Iraq
Despite the enthusiastic dissidents in Berlin, the fate of Afghanistan bodes ill for a U.S.-invaded Iraq. (8-23-02)

Powder Keg in Iran
Upcoming elections along with U.S. threats to invade neighboring Iraq are puting the pressure on reformers. (7-31-02)

Gay Pride Jerusalem: Making History in the Holy City
Waiting for the perfect conditions for liberation, you can grow old and die, especially in a city with 4,000 years of turbulent history. (6-13-02)

Likud Licks Sharon
Ariel Sharon's Likud Party resolves never, ever to allow the creation of a Palestinian state. (5-14-02)

Queer Arts: Yoorzite Carnaval
A short excerpt from a video by Uzi Parnes. Filmed during Mardi Gras celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, the work marks the anniversary of his father's death. (3-20-02)

Uzi Parnes: Going All Out
Experimental filmmaker and performer, Uzi Parnes, talks about his life and work, including his immigration from Tel Aviv to Levittown, Long Island at the age of nine. (3-20-02)

A Foot in the Door For Gay Israel?
In the midst of Israeli-Palestinian butchery, and sinking popularity for Ariel Sharon, a historic first meeting between an Israeli Prime Minister and the lgbt community is held. (3-7-02)

Between God and the Devil: The Killing of Daniel Pearl
Turn on the TV any time in the last week, and you're sure to have caught lengthy, humanizing odes to Daniel Pearl, the American journalist kidnapped and killed in Pakistan. What they aren't saying. (3-1-02)

Gay Israel: No Pride In Occupation
The first official meeting between an Israeli prime minister and the gay community will take place next week. Is it a victory for queers or a self-inflicted defeat? (2-21-02)

Queer in the Land of Sodom
Lee Walzer, chronicler of gay Israel, gives us an overview of the lgbt movement from the midnight repeal of the sodomy law, to a transgender singer's ground-breaking international victory. (2-21-02)

More Middle East 2002 | 2000-2001 | Search

Cartoon furor pits Muslim against Muslim
New York Times (registr. req'd)

Israel's Hamas policy could boost Iran
Christian Science Monitor (US)

Russia's Hamas gambit
Christian Science Monitor (US)



Bitter Lemons
Ha'aretz Daily
New York Times: Middle East (registr. req'd.)
The Guardian: Israel and the Middle East
The Economist: Middle East & North Africa
Payvand News of Iran

The Road to Nowhere
Historian Tony Judt's lucid take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The NY Review of Books (US)

Refugee Status: Gay Palestinians
The invisible plight of gay Palestinians. The New Republic (registr.)

Surviving Saudi Arabia
A 21-year-old gay Saudi man granted asylum in the U.S. recounts his calvary. Washington Blade (US)

Self-doomed to failure
An unsparing new report by Arab scholars explains why their region lags behind so much of the world. The Economist (UK)

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