Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller Blows Kisses at LGBT Rights Protesters

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Jamaican LGBT rights activists are taking this week's official visit of the country's prime minister to New York to speak out against homophobic violence. Seven protesters from Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand paced the sidewalk in front of the Ford Foundation headquarters during Prime Minister Simpson-Miller's visit. When the prime minister came out to meet her motorcade, she blew kisses at them, and walked straight back inside the building.

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The NSA Bugged the United Nations Headquarters

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If you were camped outside Barclays Center today, eyes laser-focused on the red carpet for a glimpse of One Directon, you might have missed this other bit of news: the NSA bugged the United Nations headquarters, according to a report in the German newspaper Der Spiegel. At this point, it would be a revelation if the spook agency hadn't spied on the headquarters.

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Mr. Ahmadinejad Is Coming to NYC; You Know What That Means!

After getting dissed by Columbia President Lee Bolinger.
Protests. Tons of them.

It has become a common trend now in New York City news that when the sixth President of the Islamic Republic of Iran comes to town for a United Nations gathering, it can only be expected that hundreds of people will meet him half-way with angry remarks and on-the-ground disapproval. Who can forget his speech at Columbia, when President Lee Bolinger dissed the leader right before he went on to speak, calling him a coward and, in more words than none, a piece of shit? Or any of the other protests that have happened outside of Ahmadinejad's quarters, his car service and the U.N. headquarters?

Well, let us continue this pattern next week as the U.N. General Assembly meets in New York. President Obama will be there, along with hundreds of world leaders, including the guest of honor, Mr. Ahmadinejad, who will be speaking on Wednesday. Expect traffic delays and the same story in the media over and over and over again.

Last year, the Iranian frontman stayed at the Warwick New York hotel. This year, the same is expected so the protestors will gather outside to bash the man 24/7. Rumor has it that the group behind the major protests, United Against Nuclear Iran, is trying to reserve a room inside the Warwick so they can literally knock on Ahmadinejad's door with an endless list of grievances in hand.

Word of advice to Mr. Ahmadinejad: just Skype in your speech next year.
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NYPD Called 'Provocative And Uncivilized' In Arrest of Ambassador

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The NYPD's practices are once again being called into question, this time over the arrest of the ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It all centers around Gonsalves passing a police barrier Wednesday. According to a Reuters report, there's a case of he said, NYPD said, after another ambassador -- Delano Bart, of St. Kitts and Nevis -- called the police's actions "provocative and uncivilized" in a latter to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. "On his way to the elevator, he was shouted at and confronted by a police officer, who rudely questioned his action and then grabbed him by the neck and shoulder, displaying undue physical harassment against the ambassador," Bart, also chairman of the U.N. caucus of the Caribbean nations group, wrote.

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Tibetan Hunger Strikers Enter Day 29 of Protest Outside The United Nations

Despite the hospitalization of one protester and police pressure, three Tibetans -- including one monk -- have entered the 29th day of a hunger strike outside the U.N., decrying China's harsh oppression of the Himalayan state.

Dorjee Gyalpo, 59, was taken to the hospital on Monday, Tsewang Rigzin, president of the Tibetan Youth Congress, told Runnin' Scared.

Gyalpo, who has grown increasingly weak, has nonetheless continued his hunger strike at the medical center, and underwent a heart x-ray Tuesday, Rigzin said.

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Tibetan Hunger Strikers Enter Day 23 Of Fast Outside United Nations

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Today brings Day 23 of the fast outside the United Nations by three Tibetan monks protesting Chinese occupation of their homeland.

Protesters will gather at Times Square this morning at 8, the Chinese Embassy at 11, and then meet with the hunger strikers at 3 p.m., organizers say.

People close to the strikers say their strength is fading with each day, but they are still alert and able to talk and sit up. One of the trio has lost an estimated 31 pounds during the fast.

Shingza Rinpoche, 32, Dorjee Gyalpo, 59 and Yeshi Tenzing, 39 have sent a 5-point appeal to the U.N. in which they have asked for a fact-finding delegation to enter Tibet and investigate human rights violations and for China to allow international journalists to enter the country to report on the situation. Nearly 30 Tibetan nuns and monks have burned themselves to death in protest, including 15 in the past two months.

United Nations Hunger Strike By Tibetan Monks Enters 17th Day

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Today marks the start of the 17th day of a hunger strike outside the United Nations building in midtown for three Tibetan monks who are protesting China's repression of Tibet, and demanding that the UN recognize their homeland as an independent country and address Chinese human rights abuses.

Wrapped in blankets and scarves, sitting on a slab of concrete in Ralph Bunche Park at East 43nd Street and 1st Avenue, the Buddhist monks-- Rinpoche Shingza, 32, Dorjee Gyalpo, 59, and Yeshi Tenzing, 39--have consumed nothing more than sips of water for 16 days, and are beginning to become more listless as the effect of the lack of food begins to take hold, supporters say. Meanwhile, New Yorkers swirl around them, oblivious, and the protest has been ignored in the mainstream media.

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Seven Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day in New York City

Yes, FIAF has already hosted its annual Bastille Day bash, so 60th Street has been cleared of cancan girls, but the fĂȘte isn't over yet. Le quatorze juillet is actually Thursday, and in the spirit of the revolution, we will be celebrating all week. Below, a daily guide to keep the party going. Vive la France!

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U.N. Narrowly Passes Historic Gay-Rights Resolution

While lawmakers debate gay marriage up in Albany, down here in the city the United Nations took a historic step on gay rights, narrowly passing a gay-rights resolution today.

CNN reports that the resolution was introduced by South Africa, and passed with "23 votes in favor, 19 opposed and three abstentions amid strong criticism of South Africa by some African nations." (South Africa's 1997 post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to ban discrimination based upon sexual orientation.)

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Hillary Clinton and Others Inspire at the Women in the World Summit 2011

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The second annual Women in the World summit started on Thursday with a welcome from Tina Brown, Editor in Chief of Newsweek and the Daily Beast, who hosted the event, and ended with a farewell on Saturday. Over the course of the few days, an esteemed collection of women and men participated in panel discussions and conversations at the Hudson Theatre in Times Square. There seemed to be one phrase on everyone's mind: We are at a pivotal moment in history.

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