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The best reads from around the world

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Lead item

Obama supports gay marriage, taking a risky stand "Obama's endorsement, a milestone for the gay rights movement, was the first from a sitting president and a potentially powerful tail wind for a cause still struggling for electoral approval."

LA Times
 
 

Thursday, 10 May 2012

General item

The Passion of the Wayne "This budget is different. In word and deed, it adheres to the spirit of what Ms Gillard and Mr Swan are jointly determined shall be their last and strongest claim to government - their alignment of themselves with the underprivileged against the overprivileged." (Annabel Crabb)

The Drum
 

In Libya, the captors have become the captive "Inside their barracks - usually repurposed schools, police stations or security centers - a vast experiment in role reversal is being carried out: the guards have become the prisoners and the prisoners have become the guards. There are no rules, and each militia is left to deal in its own way with the captives."

New York Times
 

Thursday, 10 May 2012

General item

The myth about marriage "Why do some people who would recognize gay civil unions oppose gay marriage? Certain religious groups want to deny gays the sacredness of what they take to be a sacrament. But marriage is no sacrament."

New York Review of Books
 

Repairing the throwaway culture "Ms. Held had come to the right place. At Amsterdam's first Repair Cafe, in a community center a couple of times a month, people can bring in whatever they want to have repaired, at no cost, by volunteers who just like to fix things."

New York Times
SOCIETY
 

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