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Russian Supreme Court Rules Gay Pride Is Not "Propaganda"



MOSCOW - The Russian Supreme Court has ruled that Gay Pride parades are not “homosexual propaganda,” Kommersant reports.

Gay and Lesbian activists in Russia had turned to the courts after the Duma passed a law banning all “propaganda,” promoting same-sex relationships, with wording so broad that it could have outlawed nearly all public events in support of gay rights.

The courts decision, however, said that “not all public events put on by gay and lesbian activists could be called homosexual propaganda.”

The court case was specifically in response to the governor of Arkhangelsk forbidding the local gay pride parade from taking place, citing the new law.

While not overturning the original law, the Supreme Court narrowed it’s application substantially, ruling that “Forbidding homosexual propaganda does not prevent people from exercising their rights to receive and distribute general information that is neutral towards homosexuals, nor does it prevent public events that conform to laws regarding such events, including open, public debates about the social status of homosexuals, which do not impose a homosexual lifestyle on minors,” BBC Russia reported.

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Two-State v. One-State Solution: Comparing The Two Options For A Palestinian Homeland

For decades, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been left unresolved. Hamas's recent attack has forced politicians to confront facts: the conflict needs a definitive solution. Here's a primer on the two possible scenarios on the table.

Two-State v. One-State Solution: Comparing The Two Options For A Palestinian Homeland

At a art event in Gaziantep, Turkey, aimed at expressing solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

Samy Magdy

CAIRO — The Israel-Hamas war in Gaza has once again focused the world’s full attention on the Palestinian cause.

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Beyond the outrage and anger over the toll of Israel’s war in Gaza and the Hamas attack of October 7, there is a quieter international consensus that has been revived about forging a lasting settlement that includes the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside the Israeli one.

Naturally, there are the eternal (though largely resolvable) details of how that settlement could be achieved. Yet the so-called two-state solution is very much back in the conversation of international diplomacy.

At the same time, there is another scenario for the Palestinians to have a homeland: to share in a single state with Israelis — the one-state solution. There are supporters and opponents of the two solutions on both sides.

Here’s a look at what’s on the table:

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