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How Swedish movie theatres are advancing gender equality

Movie theatres in Sweden are going to rate films as to whether they pass the “Bechdel test”. Women’s Agenda journalist Jordi Roth reports on what this could mean for women’s equality — on and off screen.

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Look out, the Scandinavian children are about

There’s nothing like parental leave. Go to a movie, play squash, wash the car — all these activities lie on the same plane. Put “be with your child” in it, you’ll see the difference.

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Parental leave, or why is it always Sweden?

Paid parental leave is actually quite a conservative policy that erodes women’s rights and entrenches gender division. Just look at Sweden’s generous scheme for evidence of that.

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Swedish Q&A: do Assange’s claims on extradition stack up?

Claims that it would be easier for the US to extradite Julian Assange from Sweden than from the UK don’t stack up. Swedish legal academic Mark Klamberg explains why.

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Trying to remain civilized on the Assange allegations

It’s possible to be take allegations of s-xual misconduct against Julian Assange seriously, while still being concerned about the US government campaign against him.

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‘Preconcert’ and the strange coincidences around Julian Assange

The behaviour of multiple governments toward Julian Assange undermines the argument that he’s not the target of a campaign.

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Stability and government

Crikey readers have their say.

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What should be keeping Assange awake at night

Julian Assange’s fear of being extradited to the US over allegations of political crimes may be misguided — but he should be alert to alternative legal challenges, Donald K. Anton writes.

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Assange and Rudd: the government’s strange lack of curiosity

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd’s answers about the Julian Assange extradition case suggest a distinct lack of curiosity about what the Americans plan for the WikiLeaks founder.

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The madness of Assange’s third extradition hearing

Two justices, representing the near-pinnacle of English law have spent a more than a day considering the details of two one-night stands and a tackle rub undertaken nearly a year ago in a faraway city.

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CNN | LINKS|

No ‘boys’ or ‘girls’: pre-school abandons gender norms

A pre-school in Sweden abandoned the use of male and female pronouns and doesn’t read traditional fairytales with strict gender stereotypes, in a bid to be completely gender-neutral.

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Crikey‘s coverage of Assange

Crikey readers have their say.

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Rundle: Assange’s defence team losing the PR war by winning it

Assange’s defenders need to talk about a process of control, exception and rendition that is using not abnormal state processes, but normal ones to achieve their ends, turning the world into one huge airport security scanner.

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Crikey Blogs | EUROPE|

How politically pure are those Swedes?

We lefties have a predisposition to believe in those Swedes. We tend to see them as showing the way towards capitalism with a social conscience. Yet we shouldn’t be so surprised at the fears of Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer coming true, says Richard Farmer.

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When it comes to Assange rape case, the Swedes are making it up as they go along

It is not Julian Assange that is on trial here but Sweden and its reputation as a modern and model country with rules of law, writes Melbourne barrister James D. Catlin who acted for Julian Assange in London in October.

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Rundle: limited refuge options left for Assange. Try Cuba.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer Bjorn Hurtig has described his warrant request as “exaggerated” and “out of proportion”.

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Google | EUROPE|

Sweden’s cliffhanger general election

The general election held in Sweden over the weekend has prompted a rash of “too close to call” cliches from media commentators, with the most recent polling suggesting a “nail-biting” clash between the country’s centre-right and far-right political parties.

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Rundle: Assange rape charges reopened — this is deadly serious

With the re-opening of investigations into rape charges levelled at Julian Assange, the enigmatic and all-too-fascinating public face of Wikileaks, the event has now officially entered the territory of farce but the consequences for Assange may well be deadly serious.

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Deutsche Welle | LINKS|

Pirate Party pledges to host WikiLeaks

Infamous whistleblower website WikiLeaks has found ideological and technical support in The Pirate Party, a Swedish pro-privacy anti-copyright group that also hosts the contentious BitTorrent website The Pirate Bay.

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Foreign Policy | BOOKS|

Steig Larsson: deconstructing the Swedish utopia

Stieg Larsson’s book trilogy depicts a different side to the Swedish utopia of functional furniture and a broad welfare system. But is Larsson’s world of corrupt police, violent drug dealers and amoral wealth that far from the truth?

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Vice Magazine | COMPANIES|

Why we make our jeans in North Korea

Swedish jean maker Noko Jeans made big headlines by deciding to manufacture its denims in North Korea. In an interview with Vice, the designers explain themselves: “We didn’t know shit.”

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Mental Floss | SPORT|

IKEA product or Swedish Olympian?

If there’s two things Sweden is great at, it’s functional-yet-affordable DIY furniture and sports involving beanies and subzero temperatures. But can you tell their lounge suites from their luge competitors?

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Friday book review: Fishing in Utopia

Andrew Brown’s account of the most successful social democracy in his book Fishing In Utopia - Sweden and the Future That Disappeared serves as a prism for the political questions we face.

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The Local | UNCATEGORIZED|

When robots attack

A Swedish factory has been fined after a worker was attacked by one of its manufacturing robots which “suddenly came to life” and grabbed hold of his head.

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Global Post | EUROPE|

Sweden’s strawberry flavoured sex ed classes angers immigrants

Mandatory sex education classes for 14-year-olds has angered Muslim immigrants in Sweden.

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