On Wednesday, the security court upheld life sentences for eight prominent political leaders, The Associated Press reported. Earlier in the week, the court sentenced 32 people, including at least two members of the Bahrain national handball team, to 15 years in prison for protesting illegally.
“They are sending a very negative message to the international community that Bahrain is not moving in the right direction in terms of respecting human rights,” Mr. Maskati said.
Human rights groups say that since the unrest began in the Persian Gulf kingdom of only about 525,000 citizens, 34 people have been killed, more than 1,400 have been arrested and as many as 3,600 people have been fired from their jobs. Four people also died in custody after torture, the rights groups say.
“I’m in love with you. I realize I say that rather a lot.”
“One day you’re going to say it so much it won’t mean anything anymore, like ‘how do you do’ and ‘pass the mustard, please.’”
“A man can dream.”
“Not today, though. Today I still like it.”—The Shoebox Project (via beenotafraid)
I no longer believe in Pottermore. Slytherin’s a cool house, but I’ve always been a Ravenclaw. I am not ambitious or cunning; my goal in life is to work at a low paying job that I love, and I have never known how to lead or manipulate people, no matter how much I want to. I take pride in knowing things and being curious about the world, and I like talking about interesting things with interesting people. I am a Ravenclaw, dammit, I just plain am.
“Why should I be respected and honored if I like to be spanked? Well, for my academic work, and my skill at my job, and my high reading speed, and my great memory, and the time I talked someone down from killing himself, and running one of the largest and fastest growing masculist blogs on the Internet, and volunteering, and caring for my romantic partners, and donating a lot of my income, and being kind and smart and optimistic and witty, and because I’m a human fucking being and you respect and honor human fucking beings because they are human. None of that is in any way less meaningful because my sex life is unconventional.
I mean, how morally bankrupt do you have to be to regard your main source of respect for a woman as what she does with her own personal [genitalia]?”—
“Has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have healthcare and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. That’s not reflective of who we are.”—
“Tonight, Rick Santorum disrespected our brave men and women in uniform … That brave gay soldier is doing something Rick Santorum has never done - put his life on the line to defend our freedoms and our way of life. It is telling that Rick Santorum is so blinded by his anti-gay bigotry that he couldn’t even bring himself to thank that gay soldier for his service.”—
Statement from conservative group GOPROUD, responding to Republican candidate Rick Santorum’s call for the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy be reinstated.
Santorum and the other candidates were replying to a question from Stephen Hill, a gay soldier serving in Iraq, who had asked if they would reverse the repeal of DADT if they became president.
There is no limit to their penchant for disrespect.
“We cannot be completely certain that Troy Davis is innocent, but we can be certain that if states can execute people based solely on inherently unreliable evidence innocent people will be executed. The state of Georgia is about to be responsible for an outrageous violation of human rights.”—Scott Lemieux (via aatombomb)
“The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightning, or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer, or spontaneously combust. But if you consider all unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us.”—Paper Towns, John Green (via revengelovescompany)
Now it can be told: A prominent gay rights advocate who called himself J. D. Smith is in fact 1st Lt. Josh Seefried, a 25-year-old active-duty Air Force officer. At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, he dropped the pseudonym, freed from keeping his sexual orientation secret like an estimated tens of thousands of others in the United States military.
“I always had the feeling that I was lying to them and that I couldn’t be part of the military family,” said Lieutenant Seefried, who helped found an undercover group of 4,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender active-duty service members. “I feel like I can get to know my people again. When I go to a Christmas party, I can actually bring the person I’m in a relationship with. And that’s a huge relief.”
The 18-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy officially ended at midnight and with it the discharges that removed more than 13,000 men and women from the military under the old ban on openly gay troops. To mark the historic change, gay rights groups are planning celebrations across the country while Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will usher in the new era at a Pentagon news conference.
The other side will be heard, too: Elaine Donnelly, a longtime opponent of allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces, has already said that “as of Tuesday the commander in chief will own the San Francisco military he has created.” Two top Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee — the chairman, Representative Howard P. McKeon of California, and Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina — have asked the Pentagon to delay the new policy, saying commanders in the field are not ready. But the Pentagon has moved on.
No one knows how many gay members of the military will come out on Tuesday, although neither gay rights advocates nor Pentagon officials are expecting big numbers, at least not initially.