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.
The Iran deal will stand, at least until the next presidential election. Despite disapproval by a non-partisan majority of both houses of Congress, not to mention the American people, because of the incredibly low threshold to sustain a veto, not to mention White House arm-twisting and purely partisan support, the deal will stand.
Unless China dramatically scales back its para-military patrols, military exercises, and construction activities across disputed waters, any Filipino leader will undoubtedly face an uphill battle, if not domestic backlash, in exploring a more pragmatic relationship with Beijing.
None of the claims generating so much controversy is worth war. China is carefully using "salami tactics," successively grabbing small pieces of a larger whole to avoid a conflict. But who is prepared to fight even for the larger whole?
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague has announced that in July it will be holding the first hearing on the 2013 arbitration case the Philippines filed against China questioning the legal validity of China's '9-dash line' claim over the South China Sea.
TPP supporters contend the agreement will boost economic growth. Its detractors say they worry it will undermine key regulations
Any deal that forces women and human rights to take a backseat to profit and trade should be a non-starter. But right now, the United States is negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement with 11 nations including Brunei, a country that recently adopted a vicious new penal code threatening the rights and lives of women, lesbians, and gay men.