Tony Ortega is executive editor of TheLipTV and is formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. Despite his super-secret security protections, you can still reach him pretty easily by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you'd like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.) [Header image courtesy John Rickard]
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¡Ay, caramba! Nancy Cartwright has a whale of a time in Mexico to raise money for Scientology

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Back on August 12, we shared with you a rather bizarre video of Simpsons voice actress Nancy Cartwright telling Scientologists in Mexico City that she was coming to town to help with an Ideal Org fundraiser.

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So much for tabloid rumors: Tom Cruise visits Scientology’s ‘Ideal Org’ while he’s in Bogotá

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Tom Cruise has been in the South American country of Colombia shooting scenes for his next movie, Mena, and on Tuesday he went to the capital city of Bogotá and dropped in at the Scientology “Ideal Org” there, which had its grand opening just a few weeks ago.

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What lengths would a Scientology ‘registrar’ go to pry $3,000 out of a 13-year-old?

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Aaron Smith-Levin is back with another interesting video, this time featuring his own stories from growing up in Scientology.

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Stop worrying about ISIS and Syria and Iraq — Scientology’s got this, people

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What a great time we had last night in Boston. Another full room and a rapt audience who threw us interesting questions. We’ll pull together some photos and an anecdote or two later. For now, we want to thank Karen de la Carriere for sending us something interesting from the new issue of Scientology’s Planetary Dissemination magazine, which she just received.

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Tonight, it’s Boston! And that has us thinking about Beantown’s connections to ‘Miss Lovely’

HongKongHey, we’re in Boston tonight for the resumption of our tour. While Paulette Cooper is cruising to London, we’ll be near Harvard Square talking about the book we wrote about her. (We’re hoping to reunite with Paulette for another joint appearance this fall.)

Our appearance tonight has us thinking about a couple of mentions of Boston in our book.

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Chill EB joins the Sea Org — well, long enough to wish a happy birthday!

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Our thanks to the tipster who found this little gem. Scientology’s in-house hip hop ambassador, Norman Berry a/k/a Chill EB, makes a Sea Org member’s day by showing up, with singer Stacy Francis, to wish her a happy birthday.

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A revealing look inside the warped ‘kingdom’ of Scientology leader David Miscavige

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 Frequent contributor Jeffrey Augustine is back with another fun dive into Scientology’s own publications and documents to show us what Scientology promises, and what it actually delivers…

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VIDEO: Scientology rehab salesmen — Just exactly the humanitarians you imagined

LifeSolutionsAfter our story on Tuesday about the death of Amber Bullins at one of Per Wickstrom’s rehab facilities in Michigan, we received numerous tips from readers about the Narconon-style network Wickstrom runs. (Some of Wickstrom’s businesses are licensed by Scientology’s Narconon network, others just make use of Narconon materials.)

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Scientology superstar: What it’s like to be big in Taiwan

WeStandTallDavid Pomeranz may not be a household name in America — even if he’s a well known figure inside Scientology — but over in Asia, he’s practically the second coming of L. Ron Hubbard or something.

We thought you’d enjoy these clips that turned up yesterday showing Pomeranz belting out everyone’s favorite Scientology ditty, “We Stand Tall” (note the Freedom Medal), and then enjoying the adulation of some of his Taiwanese fans.

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Why Steve Fishman — of the notorious Fishman Papers — is today serving 21 years in prison

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The preeminent academic studying Scientology, Dr. Steve Kent at the University of Alberta, recently set us on an interesting pursuit: Trace, he asked us, the effects of TIME magazine’s epic 1991 cover story on Scientology, “The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power.”

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