'Gaysi': Sakshi Juneja's Queer Blog Thrives In India's Illegal Queer Scene

'Gaysi': Sakshi Juneja's Queer Blog Thrives In India's Illegal Queer Scene

Posting Testino's 'Role Play' for Vogue India, AOC discovered 'Inside Gaysi: the blog transforming India's queer scene', appearing Monday in The Guardian'. Charukesi Ramadurai shares writes that the zine's content includes pieces of fiction, photo-essays, personal narratives, illustrations and how-to guides on the theme of sexual desire, from A Quick Guide to Scissoring to evocative verse on Love in the Age of Surveillance.

Angela Merkel Shares Sober View Of American-German Relationship Under Trump

Angela Merkel Shares Sober View Of American-German Relationship Under Trump

French President Emmanuel Macron swerved to avoid President Trump — so that Macron could be first to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel instead, as the leaders met in Brussels last week. The American president constantly sought to put himself in the center of every action, or simply refused to be part of the photo op. 

Over the weekend, German Chancellor Merkel painted a sober vision of German-American relations. 

German chancellor Angela Merkel gave a more sobering view of Trump's trip to Europe, arguing yesterday at an election rally in Munich that "The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days."

Polls show, writes The Atlantic, that German confidence in the United States, already lowered under Obama, has collapsed under Trump to a level barely better than Putin’s Russia. Facing elections in the fall—and reassured that she has gained a congenial partner in France’s President Macron—Merkel has served formal notice that she will lead the German wandering away from the American alliance. 

"We must really take our destiny into our own hands,” she continued, in comments perceived as a rebuke of the presidential visit. Merkel assured Germans that they would remain friends with America, Great Britain, and Russia, but “we must fight for our own future and our fate ourselves as Europeans.”  Read on

Steven Pan Flashes '2017's Hollywood Heroines' For The Edit May 25, 2017

Steven Pan Flashes '2017's Hollywood Heroines' For The Edit May 25, 2017

Talents Zoey Deutch, Kimberly Steward, Sasha Lane, Patty Jenkins & Sofia Boutella cover The Edit's 2017 Women in Hollywood issue, styled in shades of rose by Alison Edmond. Photographer Steven Pan flashes '2017's Hollywood Heroines' for The Edit May 25, 2017/Hair by Teddy Charles; makeup by Mary Wiles

As Modern Orthodox Jews, Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump Share Deep Connection To Israel & Chabad

As Modern Orthodox Jews, Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump Share Deep Connection To Israel & Chabad

The Trump-Kushner family have said they practice Modern Orthodox Judaism and Jared Kushner graduated from The Frisch School, the prestigious New Jersey yeshiva. In Washington the family has joined the Chabad synagogue attached to Washington's Kalorama neighborhood.

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, heads the small membership synagogue, which is a seven-minute walk from their home. Throughout the years, many Jewish politicians have attended TheSHUL, including former senator Joe Lieberman and current Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, several Jewish ambassadors posted in Washington, and Israeli Cabinet ministers from the Orthodox parties. If Trump and Kushner attend the synagogue on a regular basis, it is likely to gain a lot of public attention, writes The Forward.

In a separate article The Forward poses the very question that captured my attention, writing "It might seem odd for a Modern Orthodox Jewish family to join a Chabad synagogue.  The relationship of Jared and Ivanka to the Chabad movement, also known as Lubavitch and Chabad-Lubavitch, was explored in one of the two Zembla videos exploring Donald Trump's relationship with the Russians. Chabad is the largest Hasidic movement in the world. 

This evening, Thursday May 25, all US media confirms that Jared Kushner is under scrutiny by the FBI for his involvement with the Trump campaign and the Trump White House. Trump's lawyer, Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, Jamie Gorelick, has said that Jared Kushner will be fully cooperative with investigators. 

RelatedThe Media Goes Deeper and Deeper Into Ivanka Trump: Zembla Looks At Jared, Ivanka & Lev Leviev.  (Zembla videos embedded). AOC Redtracker Daily

Emails Dominated Hillary News In Voters' Minds In Presidential Campaign Where Trump Totally Controlled Narrative

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Emails Dominated Hillary News In Voters' Minds In Presidential Campaign Where Trump Totally Controlled Narrative

A very damaging 'email' alleging collusion between Hillary Clinton and the Justice Department with regard to the FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server was known to be unreliable and possibly even fake in the summer of summer 2016. 

 The Washington Post says the intelligence document, which said then–Attorney General Loretta Lynch promised a campaign staffer that she’d go easy on Clinton, led Comey to “take the extraordinary step” of announcing the investigation’s findings without involving the Justice Department.

From the time of its initial receipt in March 2016, FBI agents debated its veracity. The document, which described an email from former DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Leonard Benardo of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, said that Lynch told Clinton staffer Amanda Renteria that she would prevent the investigation from going too deep.

“The idea that Russians would tell a story in which the Clinton campaign, Soros and even an Obama administration official are connected — that Russians might tell such a story, that is not at all surprising,” said Matt Rojansky, a Russia expert and director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center. “Because that is part of the Kremlin worldview.”

ArtNet Interviews New York Philanthropist Agnes Gund, Founder of Studio in a School

AGNES GUND AND SADIE RAIN HOPE-GUND BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ FOR PIRELLI CALENDAR 2016.

AGNES GUND AND SADIE RAIN HOPE-GUND BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ FOR PIRELLI CALENDAR 2016.

ArtNet Interviews New York Philanthropist Agnes Gund, Founder of Studio in a School

The daughter of an Ohio banking magnate, Gund has expressed guilt that she was given so much more in birth than others. Her fervor for philanthropy saw her on the boards of some 20 charitable and cultural organization as of a few years ago.

Gund is especially proud of her project Studio in a School, the nonprofit program founded in 1977 to bring art lessons, taught by real working artists, to New York City’s public schools. Forty years later, Studio in a School has reached nearly one million children in New York alone, with 90 percent of its activities benefiting students from lower-income families.