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The Boycott Israel Movement Takes Aim At Corporations

Just as companies are graded by social rating agencies on their environmental record, they're now being judged on whether they have ties with Israel. It's the latest weapon in the ongoing "BDS" Boycott movement to protest Israel's

A Palestinian protester in Nablus, West Bank
A Palestinian protester in Nablus, West Bank
Michael Pearl

TEL AVIV — "Just because you don't take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you..." The famously wry declaration by Athenian orator Pericles from 2,500 years ago may well be just as valid for an increasing number of modern-day companies and corporations, especially in Israel.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has recently gained a foothold in the capital market. The new rules of the game force companies to take on social and political commitments beyond the letter of the law. New rating agencies have emerged to evaluate the performance of financial organizations on issues such as professional ethics, environmental protection and employee rights.

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Raid On Gay Sauna In Bolivia Reveals The Many Faces Of Homophobia

Police raided a gay sauna. The police's actions — and the following media storm – were violent in more ways than one.

View at night of Civica avenue in Bolivian city of El Alto

Juan Pablo Vargas

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Every LGBTQ+ person has experienced the fear of kissing their partner on the street. Many of us have been beaten, insulted or given reproachful looks for doing so, as if a show of affection was a perverse act.

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