Parchment in the Fire: The party that’s pulling the Belgian left to the left – POLITICO

The ascendant Workers’ Party has learned to punch above its weight. Source: The party that’s pulling the Belgian left to the left – POLITICO Filed under: Socialism Tagged: Belgium, Far Left

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 al-Assad is a fine ophthalmologist with a sympathetic bedside manner. By all accounts, though, he is not a very nice person. ...

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 →

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 of ...

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 values, and there is a vocal opposition to the bans ...

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-year-old decided to exchange his cleats for sheets and become a porn star. ...

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 Bertone and William Levada – in their alleged attempts to cover up abuse by Roman ...

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). It is the best gay-themed movie I’ve seen since Tomer Heymann’s 2010 I Shot My Love, as ...