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posted by [personal profile] shriker_tam at 10:22am on 02/04/2009 under
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posted by [personal profile] shriker_tam at 02:45pm on 02/04/2009 under ,
We finally have gay marriage in Sweden. Starting may first, the law of marriage will be entirely gender neutral[1]. That it's taken this long is a damn shame, but at least it finally went through. The ruling coalition bypassed the christian party and allied with the opposition. The Church of Sweden will decide how they want to deal with the whole thing this fall, so I guess we'll see then if they choose to retain the right to perform legally binding marriages or not.


I'm not so happy about what I've heard of the proposed new system for student loans, but I'll reserve full judgement until I've read more about it.


[1] We've had civil partnership for gays for a while, this upgrades the name, to make no distinction between people based on their sexuality, which I think is a great thing.
Mood:: 'pleased' pleased
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posted by [personal profile] shriker_tam at 09:48pm on 02/04/2009 under ,
In this article a woman called Dambisa Moyo talks about how she wants the west to stop sending aid money to Africa, because all it's doing is shoring up corrupt regimes and pulling the rug on local economies. I think she's probably right, and I wish a lot more foreign aid money would go into self-help type projects - like micro lending, or helping governments restructure themselves.

Don't have much else to say, except, this has been my thought for years, and I agree, and thought maybe someone else might be interested :o)

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