Brunei implemented a law making gay sex punishable by death, so many are boycotting hotels owned by the country's Sultan.
Adultery carries the same punishment under the new Sharia penal code that was fully implemented in the oil-rich kingdom on Wednesday.
“Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens?" asked the movie star in a scathing op-ed.
Amnesty International condemned the penalties, which also apply to children, as "cruel and inhuman."
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Suddenly a crowd gathered around the entire rim of the pool, clapping and crying out with laughter. What might all this commotion be about we wondered. Then we realized that all fingers were pointing toward us. They expected nothing less than for us to jump. All of us to jump!
It may very well be the case that the Sultan doesn't care about the boycott and that it doesn't have a monetary impact on him. But that's not the point. We're doing it because it is the right thing to do, and if that means we may never go back to the hotel so long as we live, then so be it.
When I was learning to fly, one of the lessons was that if you see an object on the horizon that is seemingly stationary but getting larger, watch out. It is probably an aircraft closing with you. Trouble with China in the South China Sea is on the horizon of U.S strategic concerns and getting larger. A major confrontation may be at hand.
For decades, the regulations for international commerce, for so-called free trade, have lined the pockets of the already wealthy and emptied those of workers thrown out of their jobs.
Gay people live under the threat of an agonizing death.