Sweden

Paid Parental Leave Is Fueling Sweden's Start-Up Boom
August 25, 2015

The birthplace of Spotify and Skype is the number-two tech hub in the world, after Silicon Valley. Is the strong welfare system responsible?

The Problem With the "Swedish Model" for Sex Work Laws
June 08, 2015

The "Swedish model" isn't the one to follow. New Zealand's is. 

De Blasio Wants to Strike Fear in the Hearts of New York's Reckless Drivers
March 18, 2015

New York practically invented fatal traffic accidents. Now it's trying to end them.

An Obama Economist Explains How to Help Working Moms
September 22, 2014

A Q-and-A with White House adviser Betsey Stevenson.

I'm Insanely Jealous of Sweden's Work-Family Policies. You Should Be, Too.
June 22, 2014

The US ranks LAST in government-supported time off for parents. That needs to change.

Uganda Revives Its Favorite Distraction: Anti-Gay Legislation
December 05, 2012

One of international diplomacy’s most infuriating political footballs is back in play. Uganda’s infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill, versions of which have threatened the death penalty for gays and imprisonment for anyone who fails to inform on them, has passed a committee and is once again awaiting discussion in parliament, which could come any day. The issue has been in and out of the spotlight since 2009, and isn’t quite getting the media attention it has in previous years.

Can the British Government Just Enter the Ecuadorian Embassy Whenever It Wants?
August 16, 2012

In most countries—including the United States—do not have that right, but for the British, things are slightly more complicated.

England-Sweden
June 17, 2012

As far as drama goes, the England-Sweden game was highly entertaining—in the way a fight between tottering drunks might be entertaining. Much of it looked like a Premiership relegation battle, complete with bad defending, bad passing, unnecessary fouling, etc., all performed with great devotion and in despir. The previously dampened ambition of the English is now nearly fully restored, as it turned out, to everyone’s great surprise, that they could attack, score and even win, if they only tried. Suddenly golden-hued projections are brightening up the previously grim picture.

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