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Swedes Lead the Way in Womb Transplants

Nine women who were born without a uterus or lost theirs to cancer have been given relatives’ wombs in an attempt to conceive children. Dr. Mats Brannstrom, the head of this groundbreaking new experiment, predicts optimistically that all nine will soon be getting pregnant.

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Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Louisiana has assailed its residents to a level unequal to any other state, entering the new year with another signature No. 1 ranking in lockups. It has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization. The costs are low, profits high and human life is a commodity that allows the market to keep growing.

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Lufthansa Persuades 42 People to Change Their Name for a Chance at a New Life

Klaus-Heidi. That’s the name the German airline company dared Swedes to change their moniker to this October in exchange for an all-expenses-paid trip to Berlin. Little did they know so many people would actually do it.

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Sweden’s New Film Rating System Zeroes In on Gender Bias

Some of you may have heard of the Bechdel test—a simple method used to identify whether a film is gender biased based on a question posed by comic strip artist Allison Bechdel. Cinemas in the ever-progressive Scandinavian country are now incorporating this gauge into their film ratings. And the results are embarrassing for Hollywood.

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Sweden’s (Nearly) Egalitarian Work and Family Lives

Sweden has a reputation for being some sort of equal-opportunity paradise where men and women’s responsibilities are doled out equally. But how egalitarian is it really?

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Europe Considers the Effects of Criminalizing Sex Work

Demonstrators gathered around Sweden’s embassies all over the world in July to object to what’s become known as the Nordic way to deal with prostitution—criminalize the purchase of sex, not the sale. The violence still surrounding sex work in European countries goes to show this isn’t the best option.

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Not-So-Happy Swedes Riot in Stockholm

Hundreds of youths are rioting in the capital of a country proud of its reputation for peacefulness and social justice, apparently in response to unemployment and ill-treatment of immigrant asylum seekers.

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Sweden Framing Assange, British Spy Messages Said to Say

The WikiLeaks founder revealed internal conversations among employees of Britain’s intelligence agency in which agents apparently speculate that he is the target of a “fit-up” by Swedish authorities seeking his extradition on rape charges.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



How the News Is Killing You

Reading mass media news articles is unhealthy and causes unhappiness, so stop it; Americans want to know more about socialism, as evidenced by Merriam-Webster’s two most searched entries in 2012; meanwhile the Swedes were dissatisfied with gendered pronouns and have officially incorporated a third, gender-neutral one into their language. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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U.S. Breaks Promises to Iraqi and Afghan Refugees

Of the 1.5 million Iraqi refugees who have fled the country, only about 80,000, or 5 percent, have been resettled here in the U.S.

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The Newest Phenomenon in Israeli Politics

Naftali Bennett, a “forty-year-old settlement leader, software entrepreneur, and ex-Army commando,” is the face of Israel’s new religious right, and he’s ready to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a run for his money; a woman stole a train in Sweden and crashed it into an apartment building; meanwhile, although Jodie Foster’s coming out speech certainly made a statement, some LGBT activists argue she should have done so sooner. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Sweden’s Enfant Terrible

Sue Prideaux’s splendid “Strindberg: A Life” sets out not to record every jot and tittle of August Strindberg’s passage from birth to death, but to limn a vivid portrait of its complex, often self-contradictory and brilliant subject.

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Are Liberals Too Eager to Believe Sex Charges Against Julian Assange?

What happens when the predatory interests of a national security state and those of women’s rights advocates seem to coincide, as in the case of WikiLeaks publisher and accused rapist Julian Assange? A murky witch hunt, in which some liberals forget that suspects are innocent until proven guilty, JoAnn Wypijewski writes in The Nation.

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Why the Western Media Hate Julian Assange

Professional jealousy; dogmatic institutionalism; craven loyalty to power. Glenn Greenwald fires a devastating salvo at the British and American press for their dogged campaign of “disgusting slander” against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE


Assange Willing to Stand Trial in Sweden, Ecuador Says

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has said that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is willing to be tried in Sweden for sexual assault charges as long as Swedish authorities guarantee Assange won’t be extradited to the United States.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Michael Moore and Oliver Stone: Extraditing Assange Would Set a Horrible Precedent

Noting in a New York Times Op-Ed that much of their work has made “the case that the news media in the United States often fail to inform Americans about the uglier actions of our own government,” filmmakers Michael Moore and Oliver Stone argue that transferring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to U.S. custody would be disastrous for free speech everywhere.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE


Julian Assange: ‘Can You Hear Me?’

The WikiLeaks founder discusses his uncertain future from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

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Assange Granted Asylum, Britain Objects

Ecuador has granted asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but Britain has issued a letter claiming the legal right to forcibly remove him from the embassy if the Ecuadoreans fail to hand him over.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Ecuador Reportedly Offers Sanctuary to Assange

Sources within the Ecuadorean government report that President Rafael Correa has agreed to grant asylum to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted by Sweden for alleged sexual misconduct, and by the United States for publishing state secrets.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Antipsychotics in Pregnancy Double Diabetes Risk, Researchers Say

Women who take antipsychotic drugs during pregnancy are much more likely to develop diabetes and give birth to smaller babies, researchers report.

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Brits Demand That Assange Turn Himself In

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been ordered to surrender himself to British police by Friday morning. Assange violated his house arrest to seek political asylum inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London last week. He is hoping to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning for alleged sex crimes.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange

Few people have so fully devoted their lives to exposing abuses of power as WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Brits Tell Assange to Pack for Sweden

The verdict in Britain’s Supreme Court did not go well Wednesday for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been fighting extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges. Assange has been granted two weeks to consider his next move, which may be a petition for a retrial.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


Neo-Nazis Elected in New Greek Parliament

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Assange Loses Extradition Appeal

As WikiLeaks faces financial limitations caused by big corporations putting the squeeze on funding, the whistle-blowing site’s founder Julian Assange is still dealing with some considerable issues that could threaten his personal freedom—namely, the two allegations of rape and sexual assault that still await him in Sweden. (more)

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Assange Loses Round in Extradition Battle

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is still resisting extradition from England to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault and rape, and Thursday, a British judge made his fight a little tougher—but Assange was ready with a speech and a plan to appeal.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Chinese Workers Are Not the Enemy

American workers need jobs and access to the Chinese market, and Chinese workers need jobs and technology. Volvo provides a model of how we can make both sides happy. (more)

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Report: Assange Worried About Rendition

One of the reasons that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his legal team are fighting his extradition to Sweden, where he stands accused of sexual misconduct, is that he is concerned about winding up in the U.S., or at Guantanamo Bay ...

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE


Tales From the Clink With Julian Assange

Julian Assange, embattled WikiLeaks founder and international man of mystery, took a moment Friday to check in with Matt Lauer on “Today” and dispense such enigmatic gems as this description of his recent legal battle: “It is not the beginning of the end; rather, it is merely the end of the beginning.” 

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE



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Assange Freed on Bail in Britain

On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sprung from jail on bail in London, where he addressed a press throng, cracking wise about how justice in the British system is “not dead yet” and thanking his legal team and journalists who “were not all taken in ...

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‘Assangination’: From Character Assassination to the Real Thing

Despite being granted bail, WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange remains imprisoned in London. Politicians and commentators, meanwhile, have been repeatedly calling for Assange to be killed.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Sweden Says No Political Pressure Spurred Assange Arrest

Although the timing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest and proposed extradition to Sweden seemed a tad conspicuous, what with the site’s recent big release that angered and embarrassed several powers that be around the globe, Sweden is denying ... (continued)

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Glenn Beck and His Blackboard Call Assange a ‘Player’

Where would Glenn Beck be without his blackboard? Will he ever graduate to dry erase? So many questions! In this clip, Beck delivers some much-needed answers about WikiLeaks’ beleaguered founder Julian Assange—more specifically, about Assange’s sex life.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Payback Time for MasterCard in WikiLeaks Cyber-Clash

A group of hackers organized under the familiar moniker of Anonymous (remember those anti-Scientology demonstrations?) has registered its collective disapproval of MasterCard and the Swedish prosecution authority for participating in the censure of WikiLeaks and founder Julian Assange by, fittingly, compromising the functionality of their websites.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Julian Assange Denied Bail, Stays in Gaol

The WikiLeaks founder has been denied bail on the grounds that his ties to the community are weak and he has the means to flee the U.K. Assange, who was arrested Monday by appointment in London, is wanted for questioning in Sweden related to sexual assault allegations that he categorically denies. (See correction inside: Assange has not yet been formally charged.)

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Sweden’s Top Court Pushes for Assange’s Arrest

Julian Assange is a wanted man. Sweden’s Supreme Court is the latest on the list of concerned parties around the globe to go after the WikiLeaks founder, giving an extant arrest warrant a boost on Thursday for rape charges stemming from last summer.

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How Sweden Cut Prostitution by Half

A little more than 10 years ago, Sweden adopted a radical approach to prostitution. Rather than punish women who sell their bodies, Sweden publicly outs the men who pay for sex. The result is a 50 percent reduction in street prostitution, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

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Rape Accusation Against WikiLeaks Founder Dropped

Just hours after their initial accusation, Swedish authorities announced that Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is no longer suspected of rape in a case that reeks of a smear campaign against the website that released damning evidence against U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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After 95 Years, Sweden Calls Killing of Armenians Genocide

The Swedish parliament took a vote Thursday on an important wording issue, and the end result led to diplomatic strain between Sweden and Turkey. That’s because the word that parliament members decided on was genocide, and the incident they were applying it to was the mass killing of Armenians in Turkey in 1915.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Portugal’s Gay Marriage Proposal

Portugal is likely to become the sixth European nation—after Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands—to legalize gay marriage. The Portuguese government has proposed to change the country’s official definition of marriage to include same-sex unions.

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Gideon Levy: Bad Journalism Is a Gift to Occupation

Haaretz’s Gideon Levy writes that the “cheap and harmful journalism” of the Swedish organ harvesting story has made life more difficult for opponents of the occupation: “The Israeli occupation is ugly enough without the contribution of Nordic fairy tales. ... [A]ny exaggeration in describing the occupation’s cruelty will ultimately damage the struggle against it.”

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Israel Furious at Organ Harvesting Accusation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likened a report in a Swedish tabloid that said Israeli troops harvested organs from dead Palestinians to “medieval libels that Jews killed Christian children for their blood.”

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Pirate Bay Founders Get Jail Time

While not to be confused with piracy on the high seas, a Swedish court has ordered that the four founders of The Pirate Bay, the most renowned file-sharing Web site on the Internet, should be jailed for one year after being found guilty of breaking copyright law. All this for a site that provides user-submitted links to media, not storage of the media itself.

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A Tale of Two Nobel Nations

While the Nobel prizes recognize lifetime achievements in medicine, chemistry, physics, literature, economics and peace, and Sweden is a paragon among progressive, social democracies, there is another side to Sweden and the Nobels that warrants a closer look.

Posted on Dec 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Biden to Florida Reporter: ‘Are You Joking?’

During an interview with Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden, Orlando’s WFTV news anchor Barbara West came right out with some familiar-sounding questions: Is Barack Obama ashamed of his close ties to ACORN? Isn’t Barack Obama kind of just like Karl Marx? Where could West have gotten these ideas?

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Vive Le Clézio!

French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio was named this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday. Le Clézio, whom the Swedish Academy fancifully described as an “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilisation,” has written more than 20 novels since the early age of 23.

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70-Year-Olds Still Get It On, Reports Says

An ongoing Swedish study has shown that 70-year-olds are more likely now to have sex—and women to have orgasms—than in any decade since the 1970s. Sixty-eight percent of married men and 56% of married women reported having sex after turning 70, an increase of about 15% in both cases.

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