Nikolai Kuryanovich, an MP for the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia and Mr Zhirinovsky's right-hand man, has filed a complaint to the Russian Minister of Culture and to the administration of President Vladimir Putin demanding the ceremony not be allowed to take place.I don't know why but that last sentence has me in stitches.
The MP asked the government to intervene to prevent the "defilement" of an important historical monument, calling the purported wedding plan "unacceptable" and "twisted". "The marriage of homosexuals is the end of the British court [society]," he said on the party's official website. "First Prince Harry was forced to drop his trousers by a black sergeant before becoming an officer and now they have allowed same-sex marriages."
"I don't believe in al-Qaida anymore. Boom. It's finished," said Adnan Badran, 37, the older brother of the Irbid man who fought in Iraq and hasn't returned. He traced the rim of a cup of Turkish coffee with his finger and gazed at the floor.
"I think maybe there is no jihad anymore," he said sadly.
During the 1930s and 1940s, more than 100,000 men were arrested by Nazi authorities for presumed homosexuality, and many were forced to wear pink triangles, which a later generation adopted as a defiant symbol of gay pride. (In Seel's case, his prison uniform was marked with a blue bar.) Between 5,000 and 15,000 were interned in concentration camps, where more than 60percent of them died.Read the whole article; there are probably fewer than 10 gay people, Nazi concentration camp survivors, who are still alive.
By publishing his memoirs in 1994 -- an English version appeared the following year -- Seel brought new recognition to the homosexual victims of the Nazi regime. Yet after he appeared on French television, the frail and aging Seel was attacked and beaten by young men shouting anti-gay epithets.
It has taken 80 years for a Hebrew translation to come out of Samuel Schwarz's book on the Cristaos Novos - "New Christians", published in Portugal in 1925 - although it deals with one of the most traumatic and unforgettable chapters in Jewish history.
When the kings of Castilla decided to "cleanse" their country of Jews, members of the Jewish community were given the choice of converting to Christianity or expulsion. The majority left, but a few converted. Some of the Jews crossed the border into Portugal. Others went to Morocco, France and Italy. Many chose to settle in the Ottoman Empire. Scarcely five years had passed before the scenario repeated itself in Portugal, when the king sought the hand of a member of the Castillian royal family. But in this case, the Jews were not allowed to leave. The entire Jewish population was forcibly baptized. A handful managed to escape.
If it is true that close to 20 percent of the population of Portugal was Jewish at the end of the 15th century, as the scholars claim, one gets an idea of how many of today's Portuguese citizens have Jewish roots. Over the years, they assimilated in Christian society, except for small pockets of Jews who continued to practice their religion in secret. Of those who clung to Judaism, many were tried by the Inquisition in the 16th and 17th centuries. Such trials were even held in Brazil. The accused were burned at the stake or imprisoned in monasteries for the rest of their lives.