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U.S. apologizes after Bollywood superstar detained at New York airport

The United States on Friday apologized and denied charges of racial profiling after Indian film superstar Shah Rukh Khan said he was held by authorities after jetting in on a private plane. India lodged a diplomatic complaint after Khan said he was detained for more than 90 minutes on Thursday…

Hartmann confronts anti-gay leader: Do closeted gays run your movement?

On Russia Today TV’s The Big Picture Thursday, progressive radio host Thom Hartmann confronted Family Research Institute chairman Dr. Paul Cameron and asked him an unusually pointed question: “Does it concern you that many of your colleagues in the anti-gay movement may actually be closeted gays?” “Um, no,” Cameron replied.…

Cult cartoonist Crumb gets museum honors

His LSD-inspired heroes, rampant sex and frontal assaults on political correctness made comic artist Robert Crumb an icon of US counter-culture, but why on earth, he wonders, put his work on show in a museum? Crumb’s cult universe, from hippy-era characters like “Fritz the Cat” to his cartoon take on the Bible,…

William Boyd to pen new Bond adventure

Author William Boyd is to follow in the footsteps of fellow novelists Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks by penning a new adventure for 007 superspy James Bond, it was revealed on Thursday. Bond-creator Ian Fleming died in 1964 after writing 14 novels in the series, but other authors have since…

Axl Rose snubs rockers’ Hall of Fame honor

Guns N’ Roses star Axl Rose will not attend a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony this weekend to be inducted into the prestigious music pantheon, he said in an open letter to The Los Angeles Times’ music blog. Rose wrote explaining why he is refusing the honor from…

‘You don’t do theater for money’ says Malkovich

US actor John Malkovich said it made little sense to do theater for money as he presented his latest play/opera, in which he plays a writer and serial assassin, in Mexico City. “I don’t care if I get paid at all. You don’t really do theater for money, it doesn’t…

Raw Story’s Megan Carpentier on Rep. West ‘communists in Congress’ remark

Megan Carpentier, the executive editor of Raw Story, said on The Young Turks Wednesday that claiming Democrats are members of the Communist Party was not particularly outrageous in today’s political climate, considering how often unsubstantiated smears get thrown around. Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a tea party favorite, said Tuesday that…

Jon Stewart destroys CNN for ‘branded news segments within the news’

On Tuesday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took CNN to task for their seemingly endless amount of catchy-sounding but irrelevantly-named segments. “CNN seems to believe that the key to revitalizing the network is to create branded news segments within the news,” he said. “Why are you doing this?” Stewart…

Israel bars German author Gunter Grass over poem

Israel on Sunday barred German author Gunter Grass from entering the Jewish state, citing a poem in which he accuses Israel of plotting Iran’s annihilation and threatening world peace. “Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared Gunter Grass persona non grata in Israel,” a statement from Yishai’s office said. “Gunter’s poem is…

Audacity pays as Belgium’s opera defies austerity

Defying hard times in Europe, the Brussels opera house is filling seats by offering bold and innovative shows despite a tight budget, shrinking subsidies and a smaller workforce. “In a period of crisis, audacity pays off,” Peter de Caluwe, the 48-year-old head of La Monnaie opera house (The Mint in…

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