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Swedish minister stropped at Ukrainian border
Sweden, Ukraine

Swedish minister stropped at Ukrainian border

Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom reportedly forgot his passport and could not travel to a summit in Kiev Tobias Billstrom addresses reporters during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, November 10, 2022 ©  AP / Michael Sohn Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom forgot his passport and could not enter Ukraine for an EU Council summit in Kiev, Austrian newspaper Die Presse reported on Monday. Several European ministers skipped the meeting, which saw the bloc offer “solidarity” – but no new military aid – to Ukraine. Without his passport, Billstrom was forbidden from crossing the Poland-Ukraine border on Monday for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Kiev later that day, Die Presse reported, citing diplomatic sources.  Billstro...
In Bid to Join NATO, Sweden and Finland Back Turkish Repression of Kurds
Sweden, Turkey

In Bid to Join NATO, Sweden and Finland Back Turkish Repression of Kurds

NATO’s July summit betrayed the Kurdish people. The left must stand with both Ukraine and the Kurds — and against NATO.By Khury Petersen-Smith , TRUTHOUTPublishedJuly 19, 2023 Syrian Kurds celebrate the Nowruz New Year festival in the countryside of al-Qahtaniyah in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, close to the border with Turkey, on March 21, 2023. Did you know that Truthout is a nonprofit and independently funded by readers like you? If you value what we do, please support our work with a donation. As Ukrainians face a brutal and ongoing Russian siege, NATO’s July summit has endangered and betrayed Kurdish people, cruelly trading the fate of one occupied and repressed group for another. The most celebrated news out of the summit was the fact that th...
Chechen leader threatens to ‘deal with’ Quran-burning countries
Russia, Sweden

Chechen leader threatens to ‘deal with’ Quran-burning countries

Authorities in Western nations are bringing the situation to “the point of no return,” Ramzan Kadyrov has warned Chechnya's regional President Ramzan Kadyrov delivers a speech during his annual news conference, in Grozny, Russia's Chechen Republic. ©  Sputnik The head of Russia’s Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has blasted Muslim leaders over their failure to address numerous Quran-burning incidents in the West, vowing to do his best to “deal with” the culprits after the end of the Ukraine conflict. In a statement on Telegram, Kadyrov said that the continued desecration of Islam’s holy book in Europe poses an “unprecedented challenge” to the Muslim world, and that the stunts “predictably bring the situation to the point of no return.” “Where are the leaders ...
Why Turkey and Hungary Are Currently Blocking Sweden From Joining NATO
Hungary, Sweden, Turkey

Why Turkey and Hungary Are Currently Blocking Sweden From Joining NATO

BY VIJAY PRASHAD Photo by Edoardo Ceriani On July 11-12, 2023, the 31 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold their annual summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. To prepare for the summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with U.S. President Joe Biden to discuss the agenda for the summit. They spoke about the importance of Western support for Ukraine “for the long haul” and Stoltenberg told Biden that “he looks forward to welcoming Sweden as a full member of NATO as soon as possible.” In their joint press conference on June 13, neither Biden nor Stoltenberg mentioned anything about Ukraine’s membership of NATO, although both hoped that Sweden would become a member, “hopefully….very shortly,” as Biden said. Despite noi...
Swedish retail sales slump
Sweden

Swedish retail sales slump

Inflation and surging lending costs have dented private spending, an official report indicates ©  Getty Images/Drazen_ Retail sales in Sweden plunged the most on record last month, as inflation and soaring borrowing costs continued to squeeze consumers’ spending power. In February, retail sales in the Nordic region’s largest economy slumped 9.4% compared to the same period of last year, driven by a decline in durable goods, which saw the biggest sales drop since 1992, Statistics Sweden reported on Wednesday. Economists attribute the weak results to persisting pressure on households’ real disposable incomes and purchasing power, caused by the highest inflation in 30 years and continued interest rate hikes by the Swedish central bank. “The current bout of inflat...
Why the Swedish Left Will Continue to Lose
Sweden

Why the Swedish Left Will Continue to Lose

BY JONATHAN FELDMAN Early sticker used by the Sweden Democrats with the slogan Bevara Sverige Svenskt (“Keep Sweden Swedish”) – Fair Use The Left’s Loss How did the Swedish Democrats (SD), a party with roots in the Nazi movement, become Sweden’s second largest political party?  The Swedish left continues to fail in reinventing itself.  The result is continuing failure.  This trajectory has been apparent for at least twelve years, dating to the 2010 parliamentary election.  A further reminder was provided four years later in the 2014 parliamentary election, but nothing was done then either.    This essay explains how a comprehensive solution to problems of regional, uneven development could potentially help win over voters...
Turkey Says No to Sweden and Finland NATO Membership
NATO, Sweden, Turkey

Turkey Says No to Sweden and Finland NATO Membership

by IWBS by Chris Black Turkey just cockblocked Sweden and Finland from joining NATO. President Erdogan said “Sweden is a breeding ground for terrorists.” So true.https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3387 This is some kind of setback for the US war against Russia. Not really sure what it means in the long-term, but in the short-term, it is hilarious. Erdogan is basically the single most competent leader on earth. He is so, so good at playing everyone off against each other. Your Standard Of Living Is Being Systematically DestroyedThe Everything Bubble Has Officially Burst… The Time to Prepare is NOW!DIESELGEDDON – America’s diesel supply on verge of catastrophic collapse, leading to HALTING of food, fertilizer, coal and energyThe Baby Chemical Corn Syrup Jui...
Sweden moves to criminalize support for Palestine
Human Rights, Palestine Affairs, Sweden, West Bank, ZIO-NAZI

Sweden moves to criminalize support for Palestine

Ali Abunimah  Hundreds of people rally in Stockholm’s Sergel Torg Plaza on 16 May to protest Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. Since then Sweden’s government has been warming ties with Israel and looks set to crack down on solidarity with Palestine. Rob SchoenbaumPolaris In 2016, Sweden distinguished itself among European states by affirming that the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign is a legitimate political movement that should be protected from repression. But now, the government of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is moving towards criminalizing criticism of Israel and its racist state ideology Zionism under the guise of combating anti-Jewish bigotry. This week, Sweden is hosting the Malmö International Forum on Hol...
Sweden capitulates to ‘Israel’ on Swedes’ right to free speech
Sweden, ZIO-NAZI

Sweden capitulates to ‘Israel’ on Swedes’ right to free speech

Fernando Guevara writes: On 13 October 2021 Sweden hosted the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, allegedly attended by leaders from 50 countries.  The Swedish King and Queen attended, as did the Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven (who was particularly unctuous at the forum). Löfven is the first Swedish prime minister ever to lose a no-confidence vote (June 2021), meaning that, at the time, he had the choice of resigning or triggering a snap election. After some to’ing and fro’ing, Löfven announced that he will resign upon the election of his successor in November 2021.  Others reported to have attended the holocaust forum were UN Secretary-General António Guterres, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, F...
Sweden capitulates to ‘Israel’ on Swedes’ right to free speech
Europe, Sweden, ZIO-NAZI

Sweden capitulates to ‘Israel’ on Swedes’ right to free speech

Fernando Guevara writes: On 13 October 2021 Sweden hosted the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, allegedly attended by leaders from 50 countries.  The Swedish King and Queen attended, as did the Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven (who was particularly unctuous at the forum). Löfven is the first Swedish prime minister ever to lose a no-confidence vote (June 2021), meaning that, at the time, he had the choice of resigning or triggering a snap election. After some to’ing and fro’ing, Löfven announced that he will resign upon the election of his successor in November 2021.  Others reported to have attended the holocaust forum were UN Secretary-General António Guterres, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, F...