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Alberta Politics: Questions without answers: Why are our U.S. allies so ambivalent about ISIS, and what does it mean for Canada?

PHOTOS: U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner. (Screen grab from C-SPAN.) Below: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Conservative interim Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For all we know, Syrian President Bashar a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Questions without answers: Why are our U.S. allies so ambivalent about ISIS, and what does it mean for Canada?

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Pantomime Jaw-Warbler

Albert Ploof was an early pioneer in the field of haberdaeronics, and celebrated throughout Europe, despite the fact that his mother was Jewish and his father was a mime. He entertained throughout the courts of Europe, telling of plans to … Continue reading →

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gay persons of color: Belgium’s new leader, Elio Di Rupo, is gay

Congratulations to Belgium, which after 541 days without a government, will have a new leader on Tuesday. Elio Di Rupo will be sworn in by King Albert II and will become Europe’s second openly gay head of state (after Iceland’s Johanna Sigurdardottir). Born in 1951, Di Rupo will also be the first French-speaking leader . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Belgium’s new leader, Elio Di Rupo, is gay

Progressive Proselytizing: Defending the Burqa

The Netherlands is the next country in the domino chain, following France and Belgium, in which it is likely they will ban the burqa in all public places. There are many arguments against such a ban that fall very much in line with typical liberal val… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Defending the Burqa

gay persons of color: Former Belgian soccer player Jonathan De Falco fields balls in porn

Earlier this year, Jonathan De Falco, a semi-professional, third division Belgian soccer player for the team Racing Mechelen was forced to quit the playing the game due to injury, and rather than move into a more traditional ex-pro line of work, the 27… . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Former Belgian soccer player Jonathan De Falco fields balls in porn

gay persons of color: Over 20,000 pages of Roman Catholic sexual abuse evidence delivered to ICC

Several boxes containing over 20,000 pages of evidence were delivered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Tuesday in The Hague in a move to begin an investigation of Pope Benedict XVI (pictured above) and three cardinals – Angelo Sodano, Tarcisio… . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Over 20,000 pages of Roman Catholic sexual abuse evidence delivered to ICC

gay persons of color: North Sea, Texas (Noordzee, Texas), from Bavo Defurne

Set in a village on the beautiful, dune-filled Belgian coast, North Sea, Texas (Noordzee, Texas), from director Bavo Defurne, is a love story involving two boys, Pim and Gino (convincingly portrayed by Jelle Florizoone and Mathias Vergels respectively)… . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: North Sea, Texas (Noordzee, Texas), from Bavo Defurne