Millions have been displaced since the uprising in Syria kicked off three years ago. This is the story of Salim, a Palestinian from Syria, who no longer identifies himself as a citizen of any particular place.
Last year, it was revealed that the Swedish state indexed all Roma living in Sweden and made its secret services actively cooperate with GCHQ and the NSA. Why has nobody drawn a connection between these two facets of mass surveillance?
A discussion of European surveillance programmes cannot be reduced to the question of a balance between data protection versus national security. It has to be framed in terms of collective freedoms and democracy.
Former Swedish deputy foreign minister and UN
ambassador Pierre Schori remembers circumstances and characters, including the
late prime minister Olof Palme, that linked him to Gabriel García Márquez, in
the work they did on Latin America.
While there are certainly gendered imbalances in the actual structures of current sex markets, these imbalances are created, reinforced and strengthened not by sex work itself but by laws criminalizing sex work and by treating sex workers as second-class citizens without rights.
Swedish police authorities have secretly established illegal databases of Romani people in a program originally designed for counterterrorism operations. Sadly, this is nothing new in Sweden's century long campaign against the Romani people.
In this excerpt from ‘Sweden:
the reluctant nation’, published as part of Counterpoint’s ‘Europe’s
Reluctant Radicals’ project, Göran Rosenberg explores the history of the
Swedish political ideal of ‘folkhemmet’ [the people’s home].
In Sweden, women establish religious authority as they are
appointed leaders in Muslim youth associations. Their commitment is intertwined with identity politics, leading their activism out beyond the mosques and classrooms and into civic centres and television studios
Up in Arms continues to track the figure of the soldier in contemporary
culture as a consequence of NATO’s wars. How does militarism – the belief in
the superiority of military values and methods – shape or perhaps even
challenge gender stereotypes in countries that send troops off to war?
ways to deal with friction zones in public spaces such as parks is highly
pertinent for both urban democracy and urban sustainability. Some friction is
central to genuine democracy, whereas too little or too much is not.
Incitement to hatred against 'non-Scandinavians' is widely circulated on the internet, contributing to the legitimizing of right-wing extremist violence and the political exclusion of immigrants. If this does not endanger the political system as such, we should worry that it jeopardizes the right to security for many.