From Towleroad (w/ H/T to Cleve Jones via Facebook):

The expanding Hollywood boycott against the Dorchester Hotel chain owned by Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (pictured below) could threaten the Obama administration’s negotiations in the TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Good!  The TPP is to NAFTA what meth is to 1970s-era candy cigarettes.

Brunei — one of the 12 countries involved in the TPPA — just implemented Sharia laws punishing homosexuality by stoning and other crimes with public flogging and dismemberment.

Hassanal_bolkiah”Speaking at a protest in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday,” reports The Huffington Post, “actress Frances Fisher called for ‘contacting the Obama administration and Members of Congress and urging them to ban Brunei from the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The [TPPA] is a dangerous pact in its own right.’”

HuffPo continues:

“[The TPPA] would bind the U.S. to Brunei and give the Islamic Sultanate special economic privileges.

If the Obama administration gets its way, Brunei could bypass U.S. courts and go before an international tribunal to sue for lost profits from the boycott being pushed by the city of Beverly Hills, Hollywood celebrities and human rights advocates.”

I wonder if Andrew Sullivan will defend the religious liberty of the sultan.


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