International Gaze

U.S. Consul General in Istanbul Charles F. Hunter, left, and his fiancée Ramadan Çaysever plan to marry in Appleton.

Charles F. Hunter, the U.S. Consul General in Istanbul, will marry his Turkish boyfriend during a trip home to Wisconsin over the holidays, according to Daily Sabah, an English-language publication in Turkey.

Highly skilled LGBT Russians are fleeing despite good career prospects there

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 30 November 2014 13:15

Had he stayed in Russia, Andrew Mironov would be settling in to a stable job with an oil company, likely with a newly awarded doctoral degree in electrical engineering.

Nazi war criminals collect millions in U.S. social security payments

Written by David Rising, Randy Herschaft
and Richard Lardner,
AP writers
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:14

The Sachsenhausen death camp in Germany. Martin Hartmann, a former SS guard at the camp, receives U.S. social security payments.

Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Record number of UN countries call for moratorium on executions

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 19 December 2014 07:28

A record number of countries this week backed a key United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty globally.

Amnesty International said 117 of the UN’s 193 member states voted in favor of the resolution at the UNGA plenary session in New York, while 38 voted against and 34 abstained. This was the fifth time a resolution on the issue was voted on by the UNGA. At the last vote in December 2012, 111 states voted in favor, 41 against and 34 abstained. 

Pope denounces euthanasia as ‘sin against God’

Written by The AP Monday, 17 November 2014 09:26

Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement on Nov. 16, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it’s a sin against God and creation.

Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors.

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Catholic Bishops vote down Vatican proposal to be more welcoming of gay

Written by Nicole Winfield
and Daniela Petroff,
AP writers
Sunday, 19 October 2014 17:22

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

Policy shift: UN to recognize same-sex marriages of staffers

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:09

The United Nations announced this week that it will recognize the same-sex marriages of all its staffers, in a major policy shift that opens the door for the spouses of gay and lesbian employees to enjoy the same benefits as the husbands and wives of their heterosexual colleagues.

Previously, the United Nations only recognized the unions of staffers who came from countries where gay marriage is legal. Now anyone who marries in countries where gay marriage is legal is included.

Survey: 35.8 million enslaved around the world

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 December 2014 05:04

An Indian child rescued by the Save Childhood Movement. — PHOTO: AP/Bernat Armangue

An estimated 35.8 million people are trapped in modern slavery through human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage or commercial sexual exploitation.

Court: Namibia forcibly sterilized women with HIV

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 04 November 2014 17:25

Namibia’s Supreme Court upheld a ruling that health workers sterilized HIV-positive women without their consent, a human rights group said this week.

The 2012 judgment that was upheld had found that health workers had coerced three HIV-positive mothers to sign sterilization consent forms they did not fully understand, and while in labor, the Southern Africa Litigation Center said. 

World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

AP Science Writer
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:10

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 61.2 degrees (16.2 Celsius), which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010’s old record by one-twentieth of a degree.

Despite pushback, Obama promotes gay rights in hostile regions of the world

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 29 June 2014 06:41

President Barack Obama’s administration has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn’t been won at home.