GeminiFourth: The Crown Princes of BL

“Not only me and Fourth, but also with other casts as well,” Gemini continues. “I rehearse quite a lot, but mostly I rely on natural instincts. I feel like sticking too much to the script does not make the character interesting. Putting my natural instincts in it will make the character pop and come to life! I also watched a lot of series. A lot of Korean dramas to study from that and to pick up some of the things that they do to apply to my character. Tinn is quite different from me,” he adds after a moment of thought. “I don’t really have the experience of being in a relationship before, so I had to study quite a lot of characters to decide how Tinn would behave towards Gun.”

The BL Xpress

If you’re a fan of the Boys Love industry, then you know who GMMTV is. After their 2016 enemies-to-love story SOTUS, nearly every subsequent series the company has produced since has become a worldwide sensation, creating instant international superstars of their series leads. Drama after drama, the company has continued to catch lightning in the bottle, and their latest series, My SchoolPresident, is proving to be the most electrifying of all.

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A Leadership Call for Critical and Necessary Debate About Israeli Policies

Promoting equal rights and justice for all peoples, including Palestinians within Israel and in the occupied territories, is neither anti-Israel nor antisemitic. Indeed, the two-state solution, which is critical for Israel’s survival, provides both Israelis and Palestinians with national rights, individual human rights, safety, and security. It is not antisemitic to hold Israel to the standards that guide the U.S. commitment to human rights across the globe and reflect our commitment to democracy. And while we do not support the BDS movement, we recognize that non-violent actions that press for changes in Israeli policies are not ipso facto antisemitic.

Rabbi John Rosove's Blog

Introductory note: A total of 169 Jewish leaders – including 89 rabbis – signed the statement below. We represent a broad swath of Jewish American leaders, coming from synagogues, organizations, and universities in over 70 cities across the country. The following remarks are necessary to clarify where we stand:

  1. The statement lays out parameters for respectful and principled debate about Israeli policies – especially as they apply to Palestinians within Israel and in the occupied territories – and delineates guidelines for determining when debate involves legitimate policy-based criticism versus when it crosses the line into antisemitism.

  1. We don’t take lightly the responsibility of making this statement at a time of escalating violence.
    • We stand in solidarity with Israelis grieving their loved ones after the deadliest terror attack Israel has seen in years and mourn all innocent Israeli and Palestinian victims of the conflict.
    • At the same time, we share the concerns…

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COVID in the House

COVID is still here. The following day beset with chills, a cough, and the knowledge that these rapid home tests could sometimes be unreliable I scheduled a more reliable PCR test at a lab.

Meanwhile, Hersh had also been exposed and was becoming quite sick. I was concerned even if he couldn’t be.

That Saturday morning along with our usual bagel and lox set out on the kitchen table was an at-home testing kit. I urged Hersh to take it and within minutes the magical pink line indicating positive became apparent.

My heart sank.

Envisioning The American Dream

Paxlovid is the perfect gift for today’s COVID couple.

Always a late bloomer, I’ve finally joined the COVID Club, one I never really wanted membership in.

And it’s a full house of COVID19. Nothing says togetherness like quarantining with my also positive husband. There are now His and Hers Paxlovid boxes sitting on our kitchen table.

Earlier last week a friend who had stayed at my home, tested positive for the virus.

Hearing this, I went scurrying looking for my cartons of at-home COVID tests courtesy of Uncle Sam.  Opening up the packages, I found to my dismay they had expired. Once I finally got a new batch from the pharmacy and could test myself I was relieved but not surprised to find it was negative. After all, I’ve been so vigilant.

But the following day beset with chills, a cough, and the knowledge that these rapid home tests could…

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Best Friendships in the BL World

While Koichi and Mitsuru are technically the main leads of the Japanese BL Eternal Yesterday, their story doesn’t begin with romance. It starts with a soul-deep friendship that blossoms into an unforgettable, heart-rending love story. While both may have fallen in love at first sight and hidden it from each other, their friendship is still worth mentioning. Some of the best romantic relationships begin as best friends, and that doesn’t change once a couple has gotten together.

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Although most BL dramas focus on romance between the BL/GL couples, another element that plays an important role in the storyline is- Friendship. Confused teenagers often seek advice from their friends that encourage and support them. Being a member of the LGBTQ community is difficult, so friends become a big part of the support system that drives them forward. In today’s feature, we will be talking about such varied friendships that offer comfort and solace when the need arises.

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Poetic Nonviolent Victory Over War, by Brad Wolf

War utilizes a philology emptied of humanity. It speaks in an intentionally mind-numbing manner to glaze over the horrid, murderous acts contemplated. The omnicidal wargames Report by CSIS continues, “There is no rigorous, open-source analysis of the operational dynamics and outcomes of an invasion despite its critical nature.” It sounds antiseptic, boring, but in reality, it is, well, ….

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by Brad Wolf
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 22, 2023

War is a language of lies. Cold and callous, it emanates from dull, technocratic minds, draining life of color. It is an institutional offense to the human spirit.

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Harry and Meghan

Harry’s story is a deeply sad one, but at least to this point in time, his has been a courageous and redemptive effort at self-liberation and self-realization away from the tentacles of the Royal-media complex. As I read one incident after another in his life starting with the tragic killing of his mother at the hands of the paparazzi in Paris in August, 1997, and his subsequent efforts to discover who he is and what is his purpose in life as an increasingly distant heir to the throne, one has to feel sympathy for him and wonder what is next for him and Meghan.

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It is difficult for individuals to break away from tribal thinking, to separate themselves from all they have ever known, and to challenge the power of tradition over their lives when that tradition so clearly does not serve their best interests. It is far easier to ‘go along and get along,’ to settle quietly and without resistance into lives defined by established custom and loyalty. The need to belong and be at peace is strong for everyone. This is true in politics, religion, and national life.

Much has been written about the lives of the British Royal family and especially about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s dramatic decision in 2020 to leave the service of the Monarchy, though they were also expelled by the Royal family itself.

In reading Prince Harry – Spare and despite everything I already knew about the British Monarchy and its dysfunctional and disturbed relationship…

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Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence, by Martin Luther King, Jr. + MLK: Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out deperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “Too late.” There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. “The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on…” We still have a choice today; nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.

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Previously published April 4, 2008
January 15, 2023

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

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Disappeared Justice: ICC Action in Mexico should not be postponed any longer 

Not a day goes by in which Mexicans are not exposed to gross human rights violations. Thousands of mothers have dug the earth with their bare hands in search of their children’s remains. They are not looking for the culprits and yet, they are regularly threatened and some even murdered.

Justice in Conflict

Roberto Ochoa joins JiC for this blog post on the potential preliminary examination of the situation in Mexico by the International Criminal Court. Roberto is a Mexican lawyer and political philosopher who has been working for more than 10 years with victims of the war on drugs in his country.

Forensic scientists search a grave of a disappeared person in Mexico (Photo: AP)

Since 2012, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in collaboration with Mexican organisations has repeatedly sent communications to de Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Court (ICC), asking them to open a preliminary examination into the situation in Mexico. A preliminary examination is the phase conducted by the ICC prior to deciding whether to open an official investigation. Mexico is a party to the Rome Statute since 2006. The only publicly available official response provided by the OTP to date shows that no…

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I Have a Dream, a Blurred Vision, by Michael Parenti

By 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King was treading on dangerous ground. He was connecting the issues. He condemned “the triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism.” The same interests that brought us slums also brought us wars, he argued, and they were getting richer for the doing.

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published August 29, 2013
January 12, 2023

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—in which Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famed “I Have a Dream” speech—has recently won renewed attention from various print and electronic media in the United States. But the more attention given to King’s extraordinary speech, the less we seem to know about King himself, the less aware we are about the serious challenges he was presenting, challenges that remain urgent and ignored to this very day.

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s Sermon, Temple Israel of Hollywood – February 26, 1965

The existence of Dr. King’s recorded speech, a part of the Temple Israel of Hollywood archives, was discovered by the wider Los Angeles Jewish community in 2006. The Los Angeles Jewish Journal contacted me, as the then Senior Rabbi of the congregation (1988-2019), before the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend to request permission to write a story about it. National Public Radio learned of the speech’s recording from the LAJJ article and requested permission to air it nationally. I happily agreed and the speech was broadcast on the MLK holiday weekend in both 2007 and 2008. The recording is now part of Temple Israel’s annual Martin Luther King Holiday celebration.

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Dr. Martin Luther King spoke from the bimah of Temple Israel of Hollywood in Los Angeles on Shabbat evening, February 26, 1965, five days after the assassination of Malcolm X. Security was tight around the synagogue on that evening. Sharpshooters were placed on the apartment building across the street on Hollywood Boulevard. The Sanctuary was filled to capacity with 1400+ congregants.

Rabbi Max Nussbaum (1908-1974) was the Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood from 1942 to his death in 1974. He was born in Romania, graduated with a doctoral degree from the University of Wurzburg, and was ordained by the liberal German rabbinic seminary in Breslau, Germany (on the Polish border east of Berlin) in 1936. He served as a community rabbi in Berlin until 1940 under Rabbi Leo Baeck, the titular leader of German Jewry before World War II.

Rabbi Nussbaum and his wife Ruth were married in…

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