Foreign Ministry spokesman Sebastian Tham said Wednesday that Sweden will immediately cut planned aid worth 6.5 million kronor ($1 million) to the Uganda government, but will continue with other non-governmental programs. In 2013, the total amount of Swedish aid to Uganda was $35 million.
As part of Sweden's "Live and Let Love" campaign, 2,000 people gathered in Stockholm to show their support for Russian LGBTs by singing the national anthem of Russia surrounded by lots and lots of gay 'propaganda'.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
A group of Swedish marines stationed in Afghanistan needed to blow off some steam.
So, they put together their very own souped-up version of the Grease classic "Greased Lightning", complete with their very own Kenickie.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
(and don't miss the upper left hand corner at the 1:00 mark!)
Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro recently caused quite a stir when she chose to sport rainbow-colored nails at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. The gesture was later copied by fellow Swedish athlete Moa Hjelmer and condemned by Russian pole vault gold medallist Yelena Isinbayeva. Now, after an "informal" warning from the IAAF, Green-Tregaro no longer sports the same festive-looking nail polish. They've since been repainted completely red.
Anders Albertsson, general secretary of the Swedish Athletics Federation, confirmed to France 24 that:
"We have been informally approached by the IAAF saying that this is by definition, a breach of the regulations. We have informed our athletes about this. The code of conduct clearly states the rules do not allow any commercial or political statements during the competition."
Albertsson claims that he did not pressure Green-Tregaro to repaint her nails, and that she chose to repaint them through her own volition. "If she knows she might be breaking the rules, that's a decision she takes, we don't have any objections on how they paint their fingernails," he said.
Green-Tregaro also previously posted her rainbow nails on Instagram, in addition to posting a video explaining her gesture of LGBT rights advocacy. As of now, she has not done the same thing for her new nail polish. Nonetheless, she still joins the growing list of athletes who have made displays of LGBT advocacy both on and off of Russian soil. As that list continues to expand, eyes will be glued to Russia as the countdown continues toward the 2014 Winter Olympic Games taking place in SOchi this upcoming February.
Here's what the crosswalk outside the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden looks like today, via Street Art Utopia.
The Local reports:
Gay rights supporters have painted the zebra crossing outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm in the colours of the rainbow following angry exchanges during last week's Pride festival over the country's treatment of LGBT individuals. Stockholm police have been in regular contact with the Russian headquarters since the earlier manifestations but were unaware of the latest incident.
"We have no case on it but probably it is classed as vandalism or a violation of traffic regulations," Ulf Lindgren of Stockholm police told Dagens Nyheter.
He added that the police are not responsible for restoring the walkway to its regular pattern of black and white.
"Protesting is one thing, it has to be done. But this is wrong even if the objective is something else. It can affect people who are using the zebra crossing. There's a risk it can create danger for those using the crossing as they should look a certain way. It's confusing if they are different," added Lundgren.
On Saturday a group of naked men marched back and forth across the rainbow crossing outside the embassy. One of the group took pictures but it remains unclear if they are connected with the stunt.
Tasso Stafilidis, the first openly gay person elected to the Swedish parliament in 1998, was attacked while on vacation in Greece, eNet reports:
Stafilidis, who was accompanied by a friend, initially thought that the three masked men following them were going to rob them.
However, the black-clothed men started yelling homophobic insults at Stafilidis and his friend, calling them “dirty faggots”, and started punching and kicking them on the head and body. They then fled the scene without stealing anything from their victims.
The number of violent attacks on homosexuals has risen in Greece since the debt-crisis started three years ago.
In an article published in the Huffington Post a few months ago, gay-rights activists said that over the last year there is a clear increase in homophobic violence, stressing that the attacks follow the same patterns of Golden Dawn members' attacks against migrants. The neo-nazi party, which won 18 seats in last June's parliamentary elections, is openly anti-gay.
Born to Greek parents, Stafilidis, who hadn't visited Greece in seven years, said he had already noticed a shift in attitudes before being attacked. “These things go hand-in-hand when a country's prosperity collapses. The crisis makes people susceptible to this kind of rhetoric and sentiment.”