Italy convicts abducted Egypt cleric
Friday, 06 December 2013 12:31
Italy convicts abducted Egypt clericAbu Omar has been in Egypt since resurfacing after his 2003 abduction

An Egyptian cleric abducted in Italy as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" programme has been convicted of terrorism charges by a Milan court.

Abu Omar, also known as Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, was...

Elton John's Russia gigs to go ahead
Friday, 06 December 2013 11:30
Elton JohnElton John performed at New York's Madison Square Garden earlier this week as part of his world tour

Russian promoters have insisted two Elton John shows "will go ahead as planned" despite concerns over the country's crackdown on gay rights.

In June President Vladimir Putin...

Croatians vote against gay marriage
Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:32

CROATIA used to market itself as holiday destination under the slogan: “The Mediterranean as it once was.” This was meant to conjure up images of pristine beaches and beautiful and historic towns and sights. It was not meant to give an image of country crustily conservative, socially illiberal and pining for a simpler time when being gay was at bes...

Captive once more
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 21:17

EUROPEAN VOICE used to be this newspaper's sister publication in Brussels. Now the weekly is independently owned, and has beefed up its editorial staff and jazzed up its layout. But some things remain, including a weekly column (formerly known as Wilder Europe) which now appears under my byline.

The columns are behind a paywall, but I will post the...

Gay in Macedonia
Monday, 02 December 2013 17:45

BALKAN societies emerging from years of Communism are generally not particularly tolerant or socially liberal. In the past, opprobrium tended to be reserved for those of a different ethnicity or religion, but now being gay has been added to the list. Every year (and often under pressure from the demands of the European integration process) Balkan...

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