Welcome! I am Christopher Aqurette, a Swedish writer and philosopher with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. In my online diary, I share personal thoughts and pictures along with notable stories from international news sources.

New Zealand Petition Asks for Formal Apology to Men Convicted for Being Gay

Hundreds of men were convicted before New Zealand passed the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in 1986, which removed criminal penalties, Radio New Zealand reports. The Justice and Electoral Committee is now accepting public submissions on the petition, which asks for a formal apology to those who were convicted, and for legislation to be passed that would expunge their convictions.

Hungary’s War on Refugees

“This state-sponsored campaign of xenophobic disinformation is costing Hungarian taxpayers the equivalent of over €16 million—or approximately €12,000 per asylum seeker Hungary has been asked to take,” Lydia Gall of Human Rights Watch writes at EU Observer.

Trump Goes Back to Original Immigration Position

“We are going to rid of the criminals, and it’s going to happen within one hour after I take office,” Donald Trump says. “We will move justly, but we will move fast. Believe me.”

Anyone who believes it takes an hour to rid America of criminals must be as dumb as the man who promises it.

Sid and Nancy

Richard Jobson writes about the Romeo and Juliet of the punk era in the Telegraph. The 1983 book about Nancy, And I Don’t Want to Live This Life, written by her mother, Deborah Spungen, made a great impact on me growing up. It details the struggle of a family coping with a loved one’s mental illness and drug dependency. It’s a tragic story, but written with great love and affection. If you haven’t read it, do.

Man Threw Boiling Water on Gay Couple

“A jury has convicted an Atlanta truck driver accused of pouring boiling water over two gay men as the couple slept,” Cleve Wootson Jr of the Washington Post reports.