Putin gambles on culture war with the West

| Jun 10, 2014

Putin gambles on culture war with the West

Oleg Makarenko wants to set the story straight and answer the “Russophobes” who he says are trying to split and humiliate Russia. His website, www.ruxpert.ru, is on the front line in what Makarenko calls an information war with the West. As President Vladimir Putin ...

U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

A federal judge deemed Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday to the delight of gay couples who immediately began rushing to county offices to wed as word of the ruling spread. The ruling marked the latest in a string of decisions by ...

Man from 'Mars' rails at online porn, feminism

Jun 6, 2014

Man from 'Mars' rails at online porn, feminism

He claims to have saved hundreds of thousands of marriages. But John Gray, author of the 1992 “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” is worried by where relationships are going — notably online. Free to view Internet porn is “like taking heroin” ...

| May 28, 2014

U.S. legal wins bolster same-sex marriage

One after another, U.S. judges are declaring it’s too late to turn back on the topic of same-sex marriage. An unbroken string of state and federal court rulings in support of gay and lesbian unions covers every region of the country, including the conservative ...

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

May 13, 2014

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

It’s the beard that divided a continent. The victory of Austrian whiskered drag queen Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest had celebrities from Nigella Lawson to Russell Brand posting bearded selfies on the Internet in tribute — and some conservative Russian men snapping ...

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

May 11, 2014

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The power ballad, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst ...

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

May 10, 2014

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

A judge on Friday struck down Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, saying the state has “no rational reason” for preventing gay couples from marrying. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution violates the rights of ...

May 8, 2014

Gang-raped Indonesian woman may be caned under Shariah law

An Indonesian woman who was gang-raped for allegedly having extramarital sex may be publicly caned for violating Islamic law, an official said Wednesday. The 25-year-old widow said she was raped by eight men who claimed to have found her with a married man in ...