I also feel a bit remiss in not really covering this that much here, then again I’ve ranted online about Moscow Pride, St Petersburg & Pussy Riot online and here for years, so it’s a little bit old news for me. Glad like the drones people are finally coming around especially with the Olympics coming up which seems to have rattled even the IOC, although I do suspect the timing as a bit strange, and have wondered if some of the anti-Russian kickback is actually Snowden related?
Certainly I find it hard to trust the script of a mainstream media and states who have historically and currently belittled, attacked, mocked, jailed and help kill us queers; even if it currently punches in our favour, it smells like using us as a convenient weapon again, just like over marriage. And things are better but far from wonderful in the West either. Some people are trying to make out LGBTQ rights in the West are now solved and not an issue anymore – even caught a few people trying to claim US has better gay rights than the rest of the world including Europe which whatever data you look at has never, ever, been true. But you get challenged by the straight, usually American male white privileged class that it’s either their way or you’re against ‘human rights’, reminding me of not only the ‘can’t we think of the children?’ ploy but also the completely dodgy ‘my way or the highway’ division of Bush over 9/11. Hypocrisy much?
Also as Buzzfeed just pointed out, Russia isn’t exactly alone in it’s anti-LGBTQ laws or attitudes. I went to Ethiopia years ago and didn’t realise it was 1-10 years in jail, and Egypt I knew beforehand is a funny case where it’s not illegal but is clamped down upon by the police. Which again makes Obama’s declaration about Russia a bit strange, as I wonder how many of these places get US aid or US military funding? (I’m guessing a lot of the Middle Eastern countries do, at least). In geopolitics it’s a dirty game, and human rights are negotiable and a ‘local matter’ unless the spotlight is on them.
Oh and I must say Obama is starting to sound like G.W. Bush in his deranged comparisons, comparing current mistrust in the United States worldwide over the NSA/PRISM scandal, one that will probably cost tens of billions in the cloud computing and hosting industries (given what’s happened to Lavabit & Silent Circle I’m planning to pull nearly all my data out of the States other than social media) to, err, doing the dishes at home of all things:
“If I tell Michelle that I did the dishes — now, granted, in the White House, I don’t do the dishes that much, but back in the day — and she’s a little skeptical, well, I’d like her to trust me, but maybe I need to bring her back and show her the dishes and not just have her take my word for it,” he said.
This man is a complete fool, especially as he promises to change how the US security services work while refusing to admit Snowden had anything to do with that, nor any culpability of the current system. And then he compares it to washing dishes in some completely unrelated and embarrassing domestic vignette? SMH.