Showing posts with label Pages. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pages. Show all posts

January 2, 2012

P7 on Pages } A Review of 2011

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This just a review of Page 7 click above 


It’s no secret that the boys of love superheroes—with all those hard bodies wrapped in leather and spandex who could blame us? Whether their juggling secret identities, coming to terms with special abilities, or being persecuted for the way they were born, superheroes seem to be tailor-made for a queer audience and the following list of super-heroic studs are ten reasons why it’s great to be a gay geek.

November 21, 2011

Inaugural Preview } P7 } Gay History's Most Iconic Photos

adamfoxie* hopes to keep Page 7 as the page where we show you the most important people coming out or that have been out and no one knows. You might want to check often to see if anybody else is been added to the list.. We are going to start with      Out Magazine but this will change since we will be in constant look out to see where ever we find them. The order and the tempo will change, What wont change is the concept.
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                              This is just a preview…a small sample of  page 7 } Just reach out for the drop out menu on adamfoxie* and pick page 7. We will be looking for more Out gays to show you. By the way we don’t out gays we just like to show you the iconic ones to you that are already out.                                                          

This is the inaugurational posting of page 7 {Hope You Like} It will Get better by being longer and thicker. We already know what to do with the content of it.

  • (Getty Images) You'd better be sitting down for this one: Clay Aiken is gay. Okay, we already knew that. But it's been confirmed by none other than Clay himself. Clay comes out in an interview in the October 6 issue of People magazine, according to Perez Hilton, who actually features the magazine's glossy Clay-faced cover on his gossip site. Clay poses with his baby son
    Story - 2008-09-23 10:33
  • Often at odds with many in the LGBT community, out actor Rupert Everett recently made controversial remarks to the Observer advising aspiring actors to stay in the closet and saying he regretted coming out for the negative effects it has on his career. Despite nabbing leading roles opposite Julia Roberts (My Best Friend’s
    Story - 2009-12-03 11:02
  • Gay grads of West Point come out!
    A new organization is taking a different path to help end the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy by offering to partner with the nation’s oldest military academy, West Point. Their goal is to “support thousands of LGBT soldiers currently serving in the armed forces, and to educate the current military leadership on the importance of accepting and honoring the sacrifices and selfless service of their LGBT soldiers and officers.” A new organization is taking a different path to help end the Don’t Ask, Don’t
    Story - 2009-03-17 13:43
  • Point-Counterpoint: Clay Comes Out
    (Getty Images) Everyone’s got an opinion on the news that Clay Aiken’s come out of the closet publicly as a gay man.  But not everyone shares the same view on this topic… bloggers Clarke Hamlin and Carter Todd have two very different takes on the Aiken story.  Which view do you agree with the most?  Read both posts below and weigh in!
    Story - 2008-09-24 11:25
  • Should McCain's chief of staff have been outed?
    (Getty Images) Gay media has been abuzz with the reported outing of Mark Buse, Senate chief of staff for presidential candidate John McCain, as a gay man. Mike Signorile and lefty blogger Mike Rogers, who did the honors, rationalized that McCain opposes most gay rights issues (he did, however, oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment, calling marriage a states' issue) and that any gay who works for him is some kind of big enabler.  Today, the Log Cabin Republicans responded: (Getty
    Story - 2008-09-24 16:41
  • More Details On Clay's Coming Out Revealed
    As we reported yesterday, Clay Aiken finally came out of the closet. Today, People magazine has released some excerpts via its Web site from the magazine's October 6 cover story with Clay Aiken in which he comes out of the closet, and while it's hard to believe that Clay's confirmation of what we've all known for years would come as a shock to
    Story - 2008-09-24 08:11
  • Gay priest comes out on TV, slams Prop. 8
    (St. Paul Newman Center) He says he wouldn't have done it -- not from the pulpit -- except that his parishioners kept asking: Should they really vote for Proposition 8 and end same-sex marriage, as California's Catholic bishops advised? So you can argue that Fr. Geoffrey Farrow of St. Paul Newman Center in Fresno was pushed into making a coming-out statement he predicted would have "dire consequences."
    Story - 2008-10-06 14:26
  • Casting Call: Are You Willing To Come Out On Television?
    If you are willing to come out on television, you might be interested in this casting call: Showtime Networks is in development on a documentary-style TV series titled Way Out that will find gays and lesbians revealing their sexual orientation to important people in their lives. If you are willing to come out on television, you might be interested in this casting call: Showtime Networks is in development on a documentary-style TV series titled Way Out
    Story - 2009-03-30 18:53

November 8, 2011

p7} What Ever Happened in Egypt

  What Ever Happened in Egypt

What Ever Happened in Egypt

Egypt, the most populous country in the Arab world, erupted in mass protests in January 2011, 
Arab Republic of Egypt
جمهورية مصر العربية
Ǧumhūriyyat Maṣr al-ʿArabiyyah

as the revolution in Tunisia inflamed decades worth of smoldering grievances against the heavy-handed rule of President Hosni Mubarak.
After 18 days of angry protests and after losing the support of the military and the United States, Mr. Mubarak resigned on Feb. 11, ending 30 years of autocratic rule. The military stepped forward and took power. It quickly suspended unpopular provisions of the constitution, even while cracking down on continuing demonstrations.
In March, a set of constitutional amendments that paved the way for elections was overwhelmingly approved in a referendum that drew record numbers of voters. But anger over what many demonstrators saw as the military’s loyalty to the core of Mr. Mubarak’s government and the slow pace of change led to new mass protests and violence in April.
The military’s 18-member ruling council said it would hand over legislative powers after a parliamentary election in the fall, and that executive powers would be transferred after the presidential election, which would follow. But doubts quickly began to grow about the military’s commitment to the ideals of the revolution, with protests flaring into violence in June and again in October, when 24 were killed in a night of chaotic clashes between Muslims, Christian protesters and police.
Early in August, to the surprise of many, an ailing Mr. Mubarak was rolled into a courtroom in a hospital bed to face charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters. The symbolism of the day’s events, watched live on television by tens of millions, served as a national catharsis for Egypt and electrified the Arab world. But testimony by police officials and the country’s military ruler, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, failed to produce evidence one way or the other — an outcome that may serve to deepen suspicions in the country that Mr. Mubarak’s former allies in the military are trying to acquit him of more serious charges.
In October, members of the military council said they planned to retain full control of the Egyptian government even after the election of a new Parliament begins in November. The legislature will remain in a subordinate role similar to Mr. Mubarak’s former Parliament, they said, with the military council appointing the prime minister and cabinet.
The military had pledged in formal communiqués in March 2011 to hold the presidential election by September. But the generals later said that will come only after the election of a Parliament, the formation of a constitutional assembly and the ratification of a new constitution — a process that could stretch into 2013 or longer.
More than eight months after President Hosni Mubarak was toppled, the euphoria of Egypt’s political spring surrendered to a season of discontent. There was widespread gloom that Egypt was again stagnating, its economy heading toward a cliff, while the caretaker government refused or failed to act.
Frequent strikes over pay and worker rights further eroded long-battered government services from transportation to hospitals. Mass demonstrations that descended into sectarian riots left the public uneasy that anarchy lurks. Tourism, a buttress of the economy upon which an estimated 15 million people depend, remained in a tailspin.
Parliamentary elections, scheduled to start Nov. 28 and entailing three rounds ending Jan. 10, were meant to bring a sense of achievement and distill the uprising into a fairer, less corrupt political and economic system. But as campaigning began in earnest, the proliferation of more than 55 parties and about 6,600 candidates for 498 seats in the People’s Assembly inspired mostly confusion.
Recent Developments
Oct. 9 A demonstration by angry Christians in Cairo touched off a night of violent protests against the military council ruling Egypt, leaving 24 people dead and more than 200 wounded in the worst spasm of violence since the ouster of President Mubarak. The protest occurred against a backdrop of escalating tensions between Muslims and Coptic Christians, and appeared to catch fire because it was aimed squarely at the military council, at a moment when the military’s delays in turning over power had led to a spike in public distrust of its authority.
Sept. 24 Egypt’s military ruler, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawitestified at the trial of his onetime patron and colleague, former President Hosni Mubarak, in a closed hearing that disappointed prosecutors who had hoped he would help determine whether the ousted Egyptian leader conspired to order the killing of unarmed demonstrators in his final days in power in February.
Sept. 12 Acknowledging a credibility crisis after it allowed a mob to invade the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, the military-led transitional government said that it would exploit a reviled “emergency law” allowing extra-judicial detentions as part of a new crackdown on disruptive protests. This marked an abrupt reversal for the military council, which had promised to eliminate the law, which had been considered emblematic of Mr. Mubarak’s authoritarian rule.

Background — Before the Revolution
Egypt is a heavyweight in Middle East diplomacy, in part because of its peace treaty with Israel, and as a key ally of the United States. The country, often the fulcrum on which currents in the region turn, also has one of the largest and most sophisticated security forces in the Middle East.
Mr. Mubarak has been in office since the assassination of Anwar el-Sadat on Oct. 16, 1981, whom he served as vice president. Until the recent unrest, he had firmly resisted calls to name a successor. He had also successfully negotiated complicated issues of regional security, solidified a relationship with Washington, maintained cool but correct ties with Israel and sharply suppressed Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism — along with dissent in general.
The government for decades maintained what it calls an Emergency Law, passed first in 1981 to combat terrorism after the assassination of Mr. Sadat. The law allows police to arrest people without charge, detain prisoners indefinitely, limit freedom of expression and assembly, and maintain a special security court.
In 2010, the government promised that it would only use the law to combat terrorism and drug trafficking, but terrorism was defined so broadly as to render that promise largely meaningless, according to human rights activists and political prisoners.
From Apathy to Anger
While Mr. Mubarak’s regime had become increasingly unpopular, the public long seemed mired in apathy. For years, the main opposition to his rule appeared to be the Muslim Brotherhood, which was officially banned but still commanded significant support.
In 2010, speculation rose as to whether Mr. Mubarak, who underwent gall bladder surgery that year and appeared increasingly frail, would run in the 2011 elections or seek to install his son Gamal as a successor. Mr. ElBaradei, the former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, publicly challenged Mr. Mubarak’s autocratic rule, but the Mubarak political machine steamrolled its way to its regular lopsided victory in a parliamentary vote.
The anger fueling the street protests was not new. It had been seething beneath the surface for many years, exploding at times, but never before in such widespread, sustained fury.The grievances are economic, social, historic and deeply personal. Egyptians often speak of their dignity, which many said has been wounded by Mr. Mubarak’s monopoly on power, his iron-fisted approach to security and corruption that has been allowed to fester. Even government allies and insiders have been quick to acknowledge that the protesters have legitimate grievances that need to be addressed.
In the last few years, Egypt has struggled through a seemingly endless series of crises and setbacks.The sinking of a ferry left 1,000 mostly poor Egyptians lost at sea, an uncontrollable fire gutted the historic Parliament building, terrorists attacked Sinai resorts, labor strikes affected nearly every sector of the work force and sectarian-tinged violence erupted.
And in nearly every case, the state addressed the issue as a security matter, deploying the police, detaining suspects, dispersing crowds. That was also true in 2010, even as evidence mounted of growing tension between Egypt’s Muslim majority and a Christian minority that includes about 10 percent of the approximately 80 million Egyptians.
A Police State
Egypt’s police bureaucracy reaches into virtually every aspect of public life here, and changing its ways is no easy task, everyone concedes. Police officers direct traffic and investigate murders, but also monitor elections and issue birth and death certificates and passports. Every day, 60,000 Egyptians visit police stations, according to the Interior Ministry. In a large, impoverished nation, the services the police provide give them wide — and, critics say, unchecked — power.
The Egyptian police have a long and notorious track record of torture and cruelty to average citizens. One case that drew widespread international condemnation involved a cellphone video of the police sodomizing a driver with a broomstick. In June 2010, Alexandria erupted in protests over the fatal beating by police of beating Khaled Said, 28. The authorities said he died choking on a clump of marijuana, until a photograph emerged of his bloodied face. In December 2010, a suspect being questioned in connection with a bombing was beaten to death while in police custody.Abuse is often perpetrated by undercover plainclothes officers like the ones who confronted Mr. Said, and either ordered or allowed by their superiors, the head investigators who sit in every precinct.
The government denies there is any widespread abuse and frequently blames rogue officers for episodes of brutality. Even so, for the past 10 years, officers from the police academy have attended a human rights program organized by the United Nations and the Interior Ministry.
A Stagnant Economy
On the economic front, Egypt’s most important sources of income remain steady, with tourism the notable exception. The other pillars of the economy — gas and oil sales; Suez Canal revenues and remittances from workers abroad — are either stable or growing, according to Central Bank figures.
But those sources of income have accomplished little more than propping up an ailing economy. Over all, economic activity came to a standstill for months, with growth expected to tumble to under 2 percent in 2011 from a robust 7 percent in 2010. Official unemployment rates rose to at least 12 percent from 9 percent. Foreign investment is negligible.
Part of the blame for Egypt’s economic malaise rests with the caretaker cabinet, which reports to the ruling military council. The ministers, mindful that several businessmen who served in the Mubarak government sit in jail on corruption convictions, are reluctant to sign off on new projects.
Military Rule
The ruling generals and their supporters argue that repeated demonstrations and strikes by unrepresentative activists are undermining all attempts to restore stability and the economy.
Activists accuse the generals of resurrecting the Mubarak playbook to stay in power. The military deploys draconian measures to silence critics, they say, banning strikes and singling out individual critics.
The surprise appearance of posters of the military’s top officer, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and the slogan “Egypt Above All” fueled widespread suspicions that the generals want him to be the fifth military president in a row since the armed forces seized Egypt’s government in 1952. Presidential elections are likely to be at least a year away.
The generals denied any connection to the campaign, but activists recognize that toppling Mr. Mubarak turned out to be the easy part and that they should have pushed harder for sweeping change while they had momentum.

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