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Yesterday, the Senate approved two much-awaited laws: the right to have a dignified death and the right to access to sex-change therapy and surgery. 

I'm really glad the Senate decided to grant people the right to control their own lives and identities and very pleased that my country is getting up to date with these issues. I am sure the Church will protest, but there's an overwhelmingly support from the general population, which is great news. 

From now on, terminal patients and their families will have the right to decline life-prolonging treatments if they want to. As someone who has lost two family members to a cruel disease and has seen them waste away in agony, I cannot begin to explain what this means. Until now, doctors could (and did) help patients with morphine, but we had no way to prevent our loved ones to be subjected to degrading methods that made them "stay alive" in the most basic sense. Alive as in with a beating heart, as if that is life. 

I have no personal experience on sex-change treatments, but I still feel incredibly glad that people who need it (as well as surgery) can now get it without getting a judge involved. It's a step towards making a better, fairer country. 

It is a pity, though, that this progressive legislation (that joins the legalisation of same sex marriage, the legalisation of abortion in rape cases, the creation of femicide as an specific crime, the broadening of campaigns protecting women, the efforts to make schools and society more inclusive for minorities) is not accompanied by more transparent institutions and respect for the opposition. It's a sad reality that the government is corrupt and authoritarian. It's a sad reality that the press who don't conform to the official narrative is persecuted and that the government manipulates statistics to present a reality that is just false. It's also a sad reality that books are being censored -sorry, that foreign books face restrictions to enter the country, as if it's something other than censorship- that we are losing all international credibility and that the aggressive campaign regarding the Falklands/Malvinas is disrespectful to everyone involved and that makes the worst of nationalism resurface. 

It is a pity that my country cannot have a normal, orderly government but always fall for some form of populism and corruption when it's not on its knees and kissing someone else's ass. 

I think it's not too much to ask for a good government, a clean democracy and honest institutions in addition to progressive legislation. 

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All my condolescences and thoughts to the French people who are going trough a terrible tragedy. I hope the authorities find the disgusting beast who is responsible of this and punish him with all the force of the law. If there is a Hell, this monster will rot forever in it.


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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] ypawtows at The shaming room

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Since a number of US newspapers have refused to republish the latest Doonesbury cartoon strip which highlights the way Republicans are attempting to undermine a woman's right to choose, I feel it's important to make sure the message still gets across.

The shaming room awaits.

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Last week, our most dear President, Cristina Fernandez, went to the operation room because she had lymphatic cancer. Many tear-jerking displays of support and the classless comparison with Eva Perón were seen. And you know what? It wasn't cancer. It was a lie. She (and her rotten government) actually lied about being a cancer patient. I'm disgusted. Now I can add the immorality of lying about a terrible sickness to the general immorality and despise for democracy of this gross, populist, thieving woman. This is just... no words to describe how utterly wrong this is. Fuck this country.
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How many of you have heard someone complaining about how there's a Women's Day but not a Men's Day? How many of you wanted to rage at that person or sit them down and tell them that men have every fucking day for them? Anyway, I was reading the papers today (I read several, at least on Sunday, because I like to be informed) when I came across this brilliant article by Mariella Frostrup. It says everything there's to say about how and why gender equality is a continuous fight that is far from over. 

If you are interested, give it a try: Feminism's global challenge: With one voice.
And tell me: are you involve in any political cause? Do you participate in a political party, in charity, awareness groups, anything? I'm truly curious. 
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 I can't say I'm sad because I couldn't stand the man and what he stood for (he and his whole party) but god damn it, this was unexpected. What will happen now? How does this change the political scenario? And in the middle of the census! I'm not sure if that will continue...

I'm sorry for the messy post, I'm sure I'll have something more elaborated to say later but I wanted to record my first impression. My cell is going crazy with all the messages. I just read in Twitter that the census goes on... 

Oh dear, I'm speechless. 
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I know many of the people in my f-list is very aware when it comes to politics, something I really appreciate. I love talking about real world issues, as you may know. Which brings me to the point of this post: Wikileaks. I don't know how many of you are following this or following the tweets about this but I am. And I kind of wish I were shocked by the kind of information being released but I am not. I guess my own country's history made me a cynical because I do not trust any government. I simply don't. 

Over 60% of the casualties were civilians. It seems that every time some important jerk decides to wage war on some other important jerk, innocent people end dying. And being an almost historian I know this is what always happens, but that knowledge doesn't make it less horrific. I am not sure what I want to say, it's not that I wasn't aware of this but... yeah. It's awful. 

I'm following this trough Twitter, The NY Times and The Guardian, as well as trough a national paper, Perfil. Right now, I'm thinking about the fact that UN called on Obama to investigate human rights abuses and how the US ignored the cases of torture
More links: Wikileaks || The war logs
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 I'm sadly very busy and still giddy with happiness to write a proper entry about this, but the fact that in my country (conservative, Catholic, out of the world Argentina) allows same sex marriage is almost a  miracle. I'm incredibly, superbly happy. Not only marriage (actual marriage, the same thing straight people have) but also adoption. It's amazing. I was sure it wasn't going to happen. I guess this teaches me to have some more faith in the system.

Let's celebrate!

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