Do They Advocate Mandatory Vaccination in Sweden?

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American progressives have long fetishized everything Swedish as the ideal way of the civilized world. Sweden is also probably the most safety obsessed nation in the world. Since I am half Swedish and have moved back here, I thought to look up Swedish vaccination laws. I was just curious: Do Swedes have any political movements […]

Australian Film Festival Organizers “Personally and Professionally Threatened,” Pull Vaxxed For Fear Of Personal Safety

“A controversial anti-vaccination documentary has been withdrawn from the Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival. The festival committee says it faced a firestorm of abuse after announcing Vaxxed would be included in the October event, and last night issued a statement because some members felt “personally and professionally threatened’’. “This is unacceptable,’’ the statement read. […]

What They Said: Joan Shenton

“What has happened is that the gay community is suppressing anything that could make the wider community question whether or not it isn’t the gay community that is endangering its own people.”   –Joan Shenton [On “London Live” addressing the second forced removal of short documentary about long term HIV positive survivors, “Positive Hell,” from a […]

Dorion Sagan: My Mother’s Love Letters

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Finding the Orange Bag: Ghosts, Reality, and the Escape into Life By Dorion Sagan     “It was strange because almost every letter that she had stuffed in the bag—seemingly with a frenetic need simultaneously to preserve and dispose of, to bracket to some impossible future time—was a kind of love letter.”     In […]

Film About Survival Without HIV Drugs Removed From Portobello Film Festival After Threats From Buzzfeed

By Elizabeth Ely   In Film Festivals, Who Gets to Tell Their Story?   Joan Shenton and Andi Reiss’ film Positive Hell has again been removed from a film festival–this time the Portobello Film Festival in London. It chronicles five people’s experience following an HIV “diagnosis,” and their choice to exit the HIV/AIDS Pharmceutical State in the […]

Pray Away The Ugly

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“Father forgive them for they know not–” Luke 23:24 (my edit)   My mother used to say, “Pray.” I didn’t know what she meant. We were not a religious family, though we had the following progression: She was born, like most Swedes, Lutheran, her mother converted her to Catholicism at age 8, then she converted […]