Saturday, February 28, 2015
Via The Local: A human shield of up to a 1000 Swedes staged a protest against extremism outside the Stockholm synagogue Friday in response to the Copenhagen shootings earlier this month in which two people died. The protest aimed to show that Muslims "strongly condemn all types of extremism and reject all types of hatred and hatred of Jews", organizers wrote on Facebook. "From our perspective, as Jews, it is very important that we feel that we are not alone", said Petra Kahn Nord, secretary-general of Sweden's Jewish Youth Association prior to making a speech. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told the protesters their country would "never let hate take charge of our lives", drawing cheers from the crowd. A filmmaker and a Jewish man died in the Copenhagen shootings at a cultural centre and outside the city's main mosque on February 14-15th. Gunman Omar El-Hussein was later shot dead by police. Protesters at Friday's protest told AFP they were dismayed by what had happened. "Outside the synagogue there are now police with machine guns. I'd never seen them carry machine guns in Stockholm before", Cecilia, a 48-year-old Jewish woman who works at an IT company, said. "It's tragic to have to organize an event like this", she added. The event was inspired by the "ring of peace" in Oslo last weekend and was organized by several groups, including the Young Muslims of Sweden and Young Roma. Around 300 people, meanwhile, attended a peace vigil in Copenhagen organized by Danish Muslims.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Via The Local: A pilot manning a Norwegian airlines aircraft scheduled to fly between New York and Stockholm last month decided to fly the plane despite almost half of the cabin crew having walked off after a fight over a snow storm. The incident occurred on January 26, when the pilot started fighting with the cabin crew over whether it was safe to carry out the transatlantic flight because of the approaching snow storm. Four of the nine cabin crew staff got so angry they walked off the aircraft, but the pilot decided to go ahead with the 196-passenger flight anyway. According to the Norwegian aviation authorities, which is investigating the incident, it is against the rules to fly with a reduced number of aircrew staff. In an email to Norwegian daily Dagbladet, Tomas Hesthammer, the head of Norwegian’s flight operations, said the incident is being looked into, but insisted that five cabin crew on 196 passengers is in line with the minimum conditions. Norwegian’s communications chief, Charlotte Holmbergh Jacobsson, also underscored that the airport remained open for take-offs and landings and that other airlines were flying. “The pilot has the main responsibility for security on board and he is the one who makes the call whether it’s safe to fly or not. That’s not a task for the cabin crew”, she told Swedish news agency TT. The cabin crew staff that got off the plane will be grounded until the investigation has been completed, Holmbergh Jacobsson said. Since Norwegian launched its long-haul flights, the airline has been hard hit by delays and has been forced to pay large amounts of money in damages.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Via EUobserver: Greece has agreed to all the conditions laid out by Germany and is likely to get its bailout program extended by another four months, provided international creditors give a green light on Monday. A meeting of eurozone finance ministers (the Eurogroup) on Friday (20 February) ended after "intense", "difficult", and "laborious" talks, especially in a smaller format - between Germany, Greece, and international institutions. In those preliminary discussions, several sources told this website, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was sidelined, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke on the phone to conclude the deal personally. Under the accord, Greece has to come up with a precise list of reforms for the next four months, which will be evaluated by experts from the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said after the meeting. The result of this first review will be communicated also by phone and if it is positive, national parliaments will approve the 4-month extension of the €240 billion bailout which otherwise would have terminated on 28 February. During these four months, Greece is due to start talks with international creditors on a third bailout, with "clarity expected" on the issue before the extension runs out. In order to achieve the deal, Tsipras yielded to all German demands - including that a €10.8 billion tranche be repatriated to the EU bailout fund in Luxembourg and only used if banks in Greece request it for recapitalising of their balance sheets. The money's availability will however be extended for another four months, along with the overall bailout program. Greece also pledged not to undertake any unilateral measures or reforms that would compromise the budgetary calculations Athens needs to stick to in order to get the bailout money. But in a press conference after the meeting, Varoufakis said the plan to raise the minimum wage - announced by his Prime Minister - is not off the table "after June", giving Ireland as an example of a country which managed to negotiate this with its creditors. Varoufakis also responded to criticism from the Baltic states and Slovakia, where the minimum wage is currently lower than in Greece, saying that prices are higher in his country and that they were kept high by market-dominant oligopolies, despite revenues going down. He said the fact that the €10.8 billion remains available for Greek banks - which have seen massive capital flight in the past few weeks - should "put an end to the fear and the scaremongering". EUobserver understands that at one point, ECB chief Mario Draghi told Tsipras that capital controls will be imposed in the absence of a deal. According to ECB sources, this danger has now been averted. "After the decision of the Eurogroup, there is no need for capital controls. Capital controls are out of question", an ECB source said. The only mild concession Greece has obtained so far is for its budget surplus target for 2015 to be possibly lowered by taking into consideration that the economic situation this year was worse than expected. But EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici said this assessment will be made "in line with EU rules", at the end of the year, rather than be considered on Monday when Greece has to submit the reforms list. German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in 2015 "there may be a little less surplus", but overall, Greece has to stick to the "debt sustainability assessment" which foresees how much budgetary surplus Greece has to adhere. Schaeuble said the agreement was a "positive step" after three "difficult Eurogroup meetings". "What is crucial is that Greece is sticking to completing the conditions under current program and that money will be disbursed only after the successful review of the measures", he said.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Via The Local: Swedish police have arrested a woman on suspicion of keeping her three adult daughters locked up amid media reports that they were confined for at least a decade. Police suspected the 59-year-old woman had "restricted her children's freedom... for quite a few years" in the small southern Swedish town of Bromölla, spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford told AFP. She later confirmed to The Local that the women were all between the ages of 20 and 30. Regional newspaper Sydsvenskan reported their ages as 32, 24 and 23. "We got a report at half past five on Wednesday evening. A worried citizen called the police and claimed that someone had kept three children locked up for many years", she said. "The woman was arrested on Thursday morning", she added. Bromölla is best known in Sweden for being the home town of singer and television star Sanna Nielsen, who competed for Sweden in Eurovision 2014. It is a quiet town of fewer than 8000 residents. To neighbors, Thursday's events came as a shock. Ingrid Nordstedt, 85, told The Local: "I never suspected anything, the neighbors hardly communicate. As a devout Christian, I am very shocked. How could someone do this? If I had known about it, I would have reported it to the police". "I live in an area with mixed nationalities. We have never had any problems and it has always been very calm here. This took us by complete surprise. It is so sad". Hanna Persson, 26, added: "I'm in complete disbelief, I never noticed anything weird at all. I always assumed that there was just an elderly woman living there. Whenever I would pass the door it was always quiet. This is mind-blowing". Leif Dufva from the town council housing association that owns the 65 square meter one bedroom apartment told The Local that rent for the property was always paid on time and he had "no reason" to suspect that people were being held there. He said they had rented the apartment for slightly over two years. According to tabloid Expressen, one of the now adult children managed to briefly leave the apartment and convince a neighbor to call the police, saying that they had been locked up for over a decade. "The blinds were always pulled down there and we haven't heard any noise from the apartment", a neighbor told the paper. Expressen also reported that the woman had moved the children around to different locations in an effort to keep them away from their father. "One of the young women was led out of the apartment, she could barely walk by herself", an eye witness told newspaper Aftonbladet. Prosecutor Pär Andersson told The Local the woman and the children had been questioned at a police station in the nearby town of Kristianstad. He was not able to confirm the physical or mental state of the daughters, who he said all spoke Swedish. He confirmed he would decide on Friday morning whether to release the woman or request that the court detains her. A man claiming to be the children's father has spoken to one Swedish newspaper saying he has been searching for the children for 17 years. His identity has not been made public.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Via The Local: Police officers guarding Jewish buildings in Sweden should carry automatic rifles, according to new directives issued after two deadly shootings in Copenhagen over the weekend. Officers will also be equipped with bullet proof vests and protective helmets, according to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. "This is in line with a previous decision that security equipment of police officers stationed at Jewish activity centres should be strengthened", Jessica Krasser Fremnell, press officer at the Swedish Police's operative department, told the newspaper. Mona Sahlin, Sweden's national coordinator against violent extremism and former leader of the Social Democrats, told news agency TT she had seen a rising tide of anti-Semitism in Sweden.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Via The Local: Two were killed and six injured in two Copenhagen attacks on Saturday, the first at an event attended by controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks and the second at a synagogue. The suspected gunmen was shot and killed by police. The Local followed the key developments. Update, 12.23pm: Cafe victim identified The victim of Saturday’s shooting attack at a cafe in Copenhagen has been identified as 55-year-old Finn Nørgaard, a Danish filmmaker. The cafe shooting victim was originally reported as a 40-year-old Danish man, but has now been identified as Nørgaard. “Finn was an original; a incredibly warmhearted and very spiritual type. Tall and handsome. It is hard for me to say more about it know”, the victim’s friend Majken Matzau told Ekstra Bladet. Update, 12.03pm: Netanyahu urges Danish jews to move to Israel Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged European Jews to move to Israel after a Jewish man was killed in an attack outside Copenhagen's main synagogue. "Israel is your home. We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe", Netanyahu said in a statement, repeating a similar call made after bloody attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris last month that killed 17 people, including four Jews. Update, 8.33am Police say that the man they shot and killed close to Nørrebro station in Copenhagen shortly after 5am is presumed to be the perpetrator of two fatal attacks. Police said video surveillance indicated the man was behind both killings, one which took place at a panel discussion about Islam and free speech, and the other outside Copenhagen's main synagogue.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Via Before It's News: Dark5 presents the Illuminati five most powerful families that control the world. From Rothschild to Bush, meet the 5 most powerful families that control America and the world in 2015. “Conspiracy theorists say they are the puppet masters that control the highest echelons of society from finance to music. Rumored to have occult satanic connections, secret ties to the gold trade, a dark mysterious hidden agenda and a plan for a new world order, these real families are some of the richest families in the world. In documentary form, these are the top facts on the families Rothschild, Rockefeller, Du Pont, Morgan and Bush”. The shadow forces behind the New World Order (NWO) are following a slow-paced agenda of total control over mankind and our planet’s resources. David Icke coined it the “Totalitarian Tip-Toe,” because “they” are making very small steps towards our complete and definitive enslavement. As a result, the masses remain relatively unaware of the fact that their liberties are being gradually taken away, while the power of the NWO octopus grows steadily. Somewhere near the very top of the pyramid, an extremely elitist organisation known as the Council of the 13 families orchestrates all of the major world events. As the name suggests, the Council consists of the top 13 most influential families on Earth. 1. Rothschild (Bauer or Bower) 2. Bruce 3. Cavendish (Kennedy) 4. De Medici 5. Hanover 6. Hapsburg 7. Krupp 8. Plantagenet 9. Rockefeller 10. Romanov 11. Sinclair (St. Clair) 12. Warburg (del Banco) 13. Windsor (Saxe-Coburg-Gothe) The Rothschild dynasty is unquestionably the most powerful – visible – bloodline on Earth and their estimated wealth is around $500 trillions! They exercise their power through the world banking empire, which is almost entirely owned by them. The most important institutions that work hard to establish the NWO and completely enslave our species, are: The City of London (finance, controlled by the Rothschilds) – NOT part of the UK; The US Federal Reserve (finance – private bank, owned by the Rothschilds) – NOT part of the USA; The Vatican City (indoctrination, deception and scare tactics) – NOT part of Italy; Washington D.C. (military, mind programming, brainwashing and depopulation) – NOT part of the USA; All of the above institutions function as individual states, operating under their own laws, hence there is no court of law on Earth that could ever prosecute them. The multitude of Secret Societies in existence today, operate as branches of a mega corporation, which is owned by the Council of the 13 families. Even though they have been handsomely rewarded for their work, the members of these secret societies are not members of the “elite” bloodlines, they don’t know who their masters are and they have no idea what the real agenda is. All of the world’s biggest problems have their roots deeply embedded in the financial plague: wars are profitable, diseases are profitable, Earth’s plundering is profitable, human slavery and inhumane working conditions are profitable. Our leaders have been corrupted by money and mankind’s collective mission on Earth has been hijacked by money. So why do we need the financial system, in the first place? Actually, we don’t need it (at least, not anymore). The planet doesn’t charge us a cent for using its natural resources and we have the technology to extract them without physically working a day.
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Via The Local: Rising temperatures in Sweden's south are hitting the elk population hard and wildlife experts predict that the animals will head to the cooler north. While many (human) Swedes habitually head south for the winter to enjoy a little more sunshine and warmth, the elk population in southern parts of the country could head north if climate change forces up temperatures, experts warn. "If it continues to get warmer in Sweden then the elk will move north", said Göran Ericsson at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences to the local Kvällsposten daily. The warmer average temperatures are furthermore attracting new species to the southern parts of Sweden which increases competition for food, the second main factor which may trigger a northern elk migration. "The reduced diet affects the milk which the elk ingest. A less nutrient-filled milk makes it harder for the calves to survive", Ericsson said. The beasts, which can weigh in at more than 500 kilograms, are also confronted with problems to regulate their body temperature and are forced to devote more energy to keeping cool, further exacerbating the problem. Ericsson argued that the solution to keeping the elk population thriving in southern Sweden is to maintain the forests which are threatened by the timber and paper industries. "The forest is a refuge for the elk when it becomes too warm. We can perhaps expect smaller elk, with calves which are better able to adapt". Sweden's total population of elk is estimated to be 300-400.000. While they are seen across the entire country, the largest populations are in Bergslagen and Dalarna in central Sweden.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Via The Local: Police across southern Sweden are now searching for a 9-year-old who has been missing since he was allegedly beaten by guards at Malmö train station on Monday. They are also looking for a 12-year-old who was with the boy at the time and is believed to be his brother or a friend. "It's been a while since they went missing - three days - so they could have travelled a bit further away than the local neighborhood, so now police across Skåne are looking for them", Mats Karlsson, Deputy Police Area Manager in Malmö, told The Local. "We made a call out on police radio so all officers should know what they look like", he added. The search comes while police are continuing to investigate claims two security guards attacked the boys at Malmö train station earlier this week. Local newspaper Sydsvenskan obtained a video that appeared to show one of the guards pushing the nine-year-old onto the ground, sitting on him and holding his hands over his mouth. The boy could be heard reciting the Islamic prayer the Shahada ('There is only one God, and Muhammad is his Prophet'). The second guard is shown in the same video clip, restraining the older boy on a bench at the station. The two children somehow managed to flee the scene and have not been seen since. Mats Karlsson told The Local on Monday that the nationality of the boys remained "unclear" to police, but said it was understood that they had been living at a home for child refugees who had travelled to Sweden unaccompanied. He said police were working with social services to find out more about them. There has been speculation in the Swedish media that the pair have relatives in Sweden and may have been at the station searching for their parents or other family members. "We are trying to find out and gather as much information as possible...but as this is an investigation involving children we cannot reveal that much about our investigation", said Karlsson.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Via The Local: The game of love can be a minefield of dos and don'ts, particularly if you're living in a foreign country. With Valentine's Day coming up this weekend, we've compiled The Local's ultimate guide to dating in Sweden.
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Via Yahoo! News: Greece's radical left government fine-tuned its economic programme Saturday ahead of a week of high-risk international talks but with no sign of an imminent deal with its creditors. Days before an extraordinary meeting of eurozone ministers and an EU summit, the new Greek cabinet met for three hours to thrash out details of a key policy speech to be delivered Sunday by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. With Tsipras and his ministers still adamant that Athens be given more time by creditors to renegotiate its controversial bailout, the speech outlining the new government's legislative agenda will be closely watched around the globe. The third cabinet meeting in two days discussed a "stop-gap plan" through the end of June to meet the immediate needs of ordinary Greeks affected by austerity measures, a government source said. "The people have mandated the government to revive the economy, develop a national reform plan for a fair taxation system, to fight against tax evasion and corruption, and to make public administration more effective", the source said. The plan hammered out Saturday sets out a three-year reform program, the source added.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Via The Daily Caller: Britain is in the midst of a heated debate over criminally banning parents from using spanking as a form of disciplining their children. In the U.S., one state has banned it, others have tried banning it, and parents have been arrested for it and had their children seized. The United Nations is seeking a worldwide ban. But now, Pope Francis has stepped perhaps unwittingly into this debate with what seemed like a throwaway comment at the end of a speech on fatherhood. During his General Audience Wednesday, the Pope praised fathers who “know how to correct with firmness” that are not weak or complacent. As is his custom, Francis used a real-life example of a father he knew who said that he’d spanked his children, but never in the face so as to retain their dignity. “How beautiful”, the Pope exclaimed. Francis explained that the father retained the child’s sense of dignity, that he must correct his children, do it justly and move on. The remark sparked coverage in thousands of outlets and drew attention to the Catholic Church’s stance on a matter most would have associated with Biblical fundamentalists and the famed line from Proverbs: “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him”.' Contrary to the widespread barbarity of spanking in the world, Sweden became the first nation in the world to prohibit all corporal punishment of children over thirty years ago. This radical step pioneered the way for many more countries to follow suit. Debased countries and peoples and many churches around the world have much to learn from Sweden when it comes to human value and human dignity.
Via The Local: Sweden's enterprise minister Mikael Damberg has promised that the development of democracy and human rights will be a key factor in a new export strategy set to be published in the spring. Damberg has revealed that 26 new countries will be prioritized in the period up to 2020. The selection criteria stipulates size and high economic growth, but also a lower comparative level of economic freedom. Among the countries targeted for exports include dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. "We believe that trade and contacts with countries is a way to promote human rights. What we are doing now, unlike the previous government, is that we will highlight the issue of sustainable business and human rights at a completely different level", Mikael Damberg said to the Dagens Nyheter daily. Swedish businesses are set to be offered support to avoid some of the pitfalls common associated with exporting to undemocratic countries. "For us it is important that this goes hand in hand, that one does not believe that one can only sell goods and then ignore issues such as human rights and sustainability", Damberg stated. The government hopes that encouraging trade with countries such as Qatar, which has recently come under fire for the working conditions of migrant workers, will contribute to stimulating the development of democracy and human rights. Swedish-Finnish telecom company Telia Sonera and furniture giant Ikea are among the Swedish firms which have been in the spotlight in recent years over corruption allegations in Uzbekistan and Russia respectively.
Sunday, February 01, 2015
Via The Local: Large swathes of northern and eastern Sweden were preparing for a further dump of snow on Sunday, with the country’s national forecaster warning that as much as 30cm could drop on parts of the country. National forecaster SMHI has now extended class one weather warnings to nine regions, from Lapland in the far north all the way down the east coast to Stockholm county, which is expected to see up to 20cm of snow on Sunday evening. “In connection with the low pressure, we will have widespread snowfall over large parts of the country”, Mattias Burtu, a meteorologist at SMHI told Aftonbladet. “We’re going to have the same kind of weather on Sunday which we had on Saturday”. Much of northern and eastern Sweden is still struggling to cope with the 80cm dump received over the last four days, with power outages in parts of Norbotten, a drunken women hospitalised with hypothermia after falling into a deep snow drift in Piteå, and string of car accidents, with one car crash, near Vasterås, hospitalizing two children and two adults. The Swedish Transport Authority on Sunday warned that roads will be icy as far south as Skåne. According to SMHI, the snowfall is not expected to stop until well into next week, when temperatures will drop dramatically, hitting -30 in the far north and -10 from Stockholm to the south.