Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Via The Local: A wrecked submarine found off the coast of Sweden is likely a Russian vessel that ran aground a century ago, the Swedish Armed Forces told The Local on Tuesday afternoon. Video footage by a group of salvage hunters purporting to show a wrecked underwater vessel in Swedish waters is likely that of a Russian so-called 'Som class' submarine (nicknamed 'Catfish') which sank in May 1916, an analysis by the Swedish Armed Forces suggested on Tuesday afternoon. "It was found outside the coast of Uppland (a region in central Sweden just north of Stockholm) and according to the video material it is a Russian 'Som' submarine, which sank after it collided with a Swedish vessel in 1916", press spokesman Jesper Tengroth told The Local. The submarine was built for the Imperial Russian Navy in Vladivostok in 1904 and integrated into the naval fleet in the Baltic Sea in 1915. It ran aground with an 18-member crew a year later. Earlier in the day, government-owned Russian news site Sputnik News launched a verbal attack on Sweden, saying that "the paranoia has not ceased". "Here we go again..." said the scathing article, referring to last year's submarine hunt in the Stockholm archipelago. "It was expected that they would respond in this way. If the submarine is shown to be historical the Russians will mock Sweden even more", Tomas Ries, senior lecturer at the Swedish Defence University (Försvarshögskolan), predicted in an interview with The Local earlier on Tuesday.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Via The Local: At least 1.500 people have been fined for urinating in public in Sweden so far this year, showing a decrease in the offence compared with the same period last year. According to figures from the Swedish police and compiled by the investigative news agency Nyhetsbyrån Siren, 1,500 people were fined for public urination in Sweden between January and June this year. The number shows a decrease compared with the same period last year when 1.684 were fined. Urinating in public is a criminal offence in Sweden and anyone caught doing it could face a fine for disorderly conduct. Public urinators in the western county of Västra Götaland were found to be the worst offenders, with 253 fines handed out. This was followed by Jönköping County with 157. A total of 191 were fined in Stockholm County. Fredrik Wallen, a spokesperson for East Region Police said it was not known why more people were fined in some areas compared with others. “But generally speaking, we can see peaks of this when we are out and patrolling at large events and gatherings. It is of course natural that we have to catch these people in the act”, Wallen told Nyhetsbyrån Siren.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Via The Local: Malmö in southern Sweden was last night hit by a fourth hand grenade attack in under a week – just 48 hours after another explosion rocked residents in a series of blasts in Sweden's third largest city this summer. The hand grenade detonated in a car park in the Malmö district of Värnhem early on Sunday morning. The incident, which caused damage to dozens of cars but no injuries, was different from previous blasts, according to police. “Many of the other grenade attacks seemed to be aimed at government buildings”, a police spokesman told Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet. “But in the area around this detonation site there are private residences, business premises and government agencies. Therefore, the goal of the blast is unclear at present”, the spokesman concluded. Police found part of a hand grenade at the site and bomb technicians have been on site to investigate further. The hand grenade seems to have exploded in a van, according to Swedish news agency, TT. The police are checking the ownership of the damaged cars to see if any of the owners have links to the criminal world. This was the fourth grenade attack of the week in Malmö. Council offices were targeted on Friday in Hålsjögatan, while on Thursday several cars and homes were damaged after a hand grenade was thrown at a building in a residential area of Limhamn in western parts of the city, just two days after a blast outside a community center destroyed two cars and injured one man. Malmö police chief Stefan Sintéus said that he believed both Tuesday's and Thursday's attacks were linked to a case which saw three young men sentenced for their roles in a bombing in the Rosengård area – which has a reputation for violence and gang related crimes – on Christmas Eve. “This is about a few people who are having a dispute with one another and are in a spiral of retaliation”, he told the TT news agency on Thursday. Yesterday Sintéus admitted that he had asked for help from the national police in an effort to stem the violence.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Via The Local: Malmö in southern Sweden was shaken by a hand grenade attack – less than 12 hours after another explosion rocked residents in a series of blasts in Sweden's third largest city this summer. Police were called to the scene at Hålsjögatan in Malmö shortly after midnight on Friday after a grenade exploded outside a council offices building. Windows were shattered in the powerful blast which damaged several cars parked outside. “Our forensic teams have concluded overnight that it was caused by another hand grenade”, police control room officer Peter Martinsson told Swedish Radio on Friday morning. No one was injured in the explosion, which is the third in a series of attacks in the southern Swedish city only this week. On Thursday several cars and homes were damaged after a hand grenade was thrown at a building in a residential area of Limhamn in western parts of the city, just two days after a blast outside a community centre destroyed two cars and injured one man. Malmö police chief Stefan Sintéus said that he believed both Tuesday's and Thursday's attacks were linked to a case which saw three young men sentenced for their roles in a bombing in the Rosengård area – which has a reputation for violence and gang related crimes – on Christmas Eve. “This is about a few people who are having a dispute with one another and are in a spiral of retaliation”, he told the TT news agency on Thursday. It was not yet clear on Friday morning whether or not the night's explosion could be linked to the other attacks. Malmö has experienced a summer of violence with numerous shootings and explosions taking place in recent weeks. So far this year 18 incidents have led to Swedish police's national bomb squad (Nationella bombskyddet, NSB) being called in. Last year, over the whole of 2014, a total of 25 explosions took place in the city. Many of the hand grenades are believed to come from former conflict zones in the Balkans. “This is a clear increase on previous years”, Göran Månsson, head of NSB Malmö, told regional newspaper Sydsvenskan on Friday and added that the city is the most affected in all of Scandinavia. “Yes, I claim that it is. I have understood as much when I have met heads of other bomb protection groups in Norway, Finland and Denmark”, he said. “They don't have the number of explosions that we have here, and I get a lot of reaction to and questions about the blasts in Malmö. Even in the rest of Europe they are very surprised at the number”, he added. Police have previously linked some of the unrest to an increased import of illegal weapons and recently called for tougher border controls on the Öresund bridge between Sweden and Denmark in a bid to tackle the problem. Last month they also revealed that they were stepping up their presence in known trouble-hit areas such as Rosengård and Seved, where they announced around 30 people believed to be from criminal backgrounds were being tracked by officers.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Via The Local: Fewer asylum seekers are expected to arrive in Sweden in 2015. One of the reasons is that the Nordic country is no longer seen as a good place to seek refuge, the Swedish Migration Board said on Thursday. A news prognosis by Sweden's Migration Board (Migrationsverket) brings the number of predicted asylum seekers down from the figure of 90.000 suggested in February to 74.000. With around 80.000 people applying for asylum in Sweden in the past year, the Scandinavian country still welcomes more migrants per capita than any other EU nation. But as news spreads about long waiting times and cumbersome bureaucracy, more and more migrants are avoiding traveling so far north, said the board on Thursday. As The Local reported earlier this year, asylum seekers arriving in Sweden are likely to face a wait of up to six months before they can have their case heard, as migration officers struggle to cope with the workload. “The processing times are pretty long compared to Germany, which has a fast-track lane, and integration in Sweden. It is difficult to get housing and jobs; this affects people's choice of destination country”, Anders Danielsson, head of the Swedish Migration Board, told the TT newswire on Thursday. Germany, which receives the most refugees in Europe in real terms, is expected to have seen 400.000 migrants cross its borders at the end of the year. But other EU countries are also welcoming more asylum seekers. Hungary, Italy and France all accepted more than Sweden over the first three months of 2015. However, Sweden still welcomes the most children in the EU. Around 12.000 children traveling alone are expected to arrive in Sweden in 2015, up from the previous predicted figure of 8.000. “Half of all refugees in the world are children and a lot of them come to Europe. The number of children coming to Sweden is connected to the number of children in all of Europe rising dramatically”, said Danielsson. Another reason behind the Migration Board's revised figures is that it has become increasingly harder to travel through Europe. France has set up controls its border with Italy, which Switzerland is also considering, and Hungary is erecting a fence on the border to Serbia. It is estimated that more than 1.800 migrants have died so far in 2015 while making their way to Europe from war-torn nations such as Syria, Iraq, and Libya, in packed boats traveling in dangerous conditions. Sweden's Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, recently told The Local: “What if we lived in a war zone? We would also want to flee somewhere safe with our children, or try to secure a future elsewhere. It has to do with whether or not we are serious in the EU about our guiding principles – this will affect our credibility”. But Sweden's open borders have been strongly criticised by opposition groups in recent months. The nationalist Sweden Democrats - backed by 12.9 percent of voters in the last general election - want the Nordic nation to limit immigration and several center-right parties have mooted the idea of giving refugees temporary rather than permanent residency permits.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Via The Local: A Swedish business is at the heart of a Moscow court case in which a military engineer is facing allegations that he sold Russian state secrets to the Nordic company. Russian citizen Gennady Kravtsov is accused of committing treason by allegedly handing over state secrets in a letter seeking employment with an unnamed Swedish company. Moscow City Court held a preliminary sitting into the case – which has been ruled classified and will be closed to media – on Wednesday. The country has charged an increasing number of its citizens with high treason in recent months amid heightened tensions with the West over Ukraine. Kravtsov is said to have quit his job as a military engineer in Russia in 2005, after which he applied for work in Sweden. “He sent a letter in 2010 to one Swedish organization asking if they would be interested in inviting him to work”, his lawyer Ivan Pavlov told the AFP newswire and added that the defence argues that the information in the letter did not contain state secrets. Kravtsov was born in 1968 and has three children. Russian media report that he was employed by the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), Russia's military intelligence agency. He has been locked away in the notorious Lefortovo jail, used for sensitive cases, since May last year, and the court on Wednesday decided to extend his detention until January 10th. The past year has been one of heightened tensions between Sweden and its eastern neighbour, riddled with spy allegations, submarine huntsand claims Russia rehearsed a military invasion of Gotland, strategically located in the middle of the Baltic Sea, back in March. Increased Russian military activity has caused jitters in Sweden, prompting Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist to announce that Sweden would be stepping up its military power, including stationing 230 Swedish troops on Gotland from 2018 in a bid that would effectively make the island Sweden's first line of defense to the east.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Via The Local: A bus driver in southern Sweden accused of having sex with a passenger while on his regular route has been transferred to another position within the company during an ongoing police investigation. Swedish police are investigating after a woman described how she became the unwilling witness of a sexual act between the driver and another passenger. The woman claimed she was on a local city bus in Lund last Friday night when the driver suddenly turned off the lights and begun to touch another female passenger in the belief that the pair were alone on the bus. She was able to leave the vehicle at the next stop after being discovered when she hit the stop button. She later reported the incident to the police as sexual harassment. Nettbuss, which operates city bus traffic in Lund on behalf of regional public transport firm Skånetrafiken, first said that the driver, who denies all accusations, would remain in service during the ongoing police investigation. However, Skånetrafiken announced on Tuesday afternoon that he would be moved to another position within Netbuss in the meantime. “From the perspective of Skånetrafiken we think this is the right decision. Journeys by public transport are by and large about feeling safe as a traveler. The police investigation will reveal what actually happened”, said traffic director Maria Holmgren in a press statement.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Via The Local: Cars will be banned from Stockholm city centre for the first time on September 19th as the Swedish capital takes part in a Europe-wide initiative to encourage greener travel. All major cities should be banned from cars permanently.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Via Before It's News: “Some huge rectangular building structures on the surface of Pluto. Full analysis. They run diagonally to the much smaller pixels so are not due to pixelation. They are not JPEG artifacts as this is a TIFF image. Some of these possible alien city structures are miles across. They must be very large to even show from this distance in this latest Pluto image from NASA’s historic new horizons mission. Some of these diagonal structures may be down to chromatic aberration and the fact that this is a composite of 2 images but the larger structures have shadows so I can’t see how that could explain them all”.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Via Before It's News: Report: Mega-Quake Would Destroy Big Portion Of Pacific Northwest – First Warning – Shepard Smith Reporting The New York Quote A FEMA Official: Everything West Of Interstate 5 Is Toast!, Everything West Of Interstate 5 Is Gone! Seismologists: Earthquake Unleash Colossal Tsunami Report: First Sign Of Mega-Quake Will Be “Cacophony Of Barking Dogs” Thousands Of Dogs Will Bark At Alert, Before The Ground liquefy In One Area & A wall Of Water Up To 100 feet High – Its Coming It is A Certainty!, The Question Is When?
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Via The Local: Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis made global headlines this week when he compared the Greece crisis to the Swedish national anthem. But what if the analogy is not as random as it sounds? Greece's former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who stepped down ahead of the peak of negotiations in Brussels this week, sparked plenty of media attention in Sweden when he criticized his European counterparts, saying that whenever he tried to question the economic polices thrust upon Greece, he was met with blank stares. "It is as if you haven't spoken. You might as well have sung the Swedish national anthem -- you'd have got the same reply", he told UK-based magazine the New Statesman. It seemed like a throwaway comment. But after thorough investigation (read: a few quick internet searches) The Local has discovered that there may actually be more truth to his analogy than meets the eye. Here are five surprising things the Swedish national anthem and the Greece debt crisis have in common. 1. Nobody knows what they mean Statistical credibility, bridge financing, bailout, debt reprofiling, oxi, liquidity, bank recovery and resolution directive…hands up anyone who can explain more than three of those words. Anyone? The Greece crisis has been riddled with jargon, making it difficult for anyone who did not study economics at university to fully understand what the Hades is going on. Not that different from the lyrics to the Swedish national anthem, in other words. Just for kicks: ask a Swede to explain what the line “you are enthroned upon memories of great olden days” (“du tronar på minnen från fornstora dagar”) actually means and watch as they fail to remember their fourth-grade history lessons. Check out the look of panic on football players' faces as they awkwardly lip-sync along when organizers chose to play the second verse before a match. Usually only the first verse is sung so a lot of Swedes don't know the lyrics to the rest of the song. 2. People make up their own interpretations Because so many of the lyrics to the Swedish national anthem are mis-sung anyway – for example many often sing “I know that you are and remain what you were” (“jag vet att du är och förblir vad du var”) instead of the more accurate “I know that you are and will be what you were” (“jag vet att du är och du blir vad du var”) – it seems fair game to simply make up your own version of the national song. The most famous one is football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic's spoken adaptation of the anthem for a Volvo commercial which went viral when it was published online. In similar spirit, the Greece crisis has given rise to a plethora of internet memes and social media spoofs. 3. They've been around for ages Although it's only been dominating global headlines for a few months, the latest Greece crisis has been unravelling since late 2009, with many economists believing decades of bad financial decisions paved the way for the country's current crisis. Similarly, the Swedish national anthem has been around for a long, long time. It was written by Richard Dübeck in 1844, but really only started winning recognition as a patriotic song at the turn of the next century. The story goes that when King Oscar II heard it being played in 1893 he rose to his feet and that was that, as they say. 4. They both divide opinions The Greece crisis is without doubt one of the most divisive news items to hit the global media cycle since Brad Pitt divorced Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie back in 2005. Yes we know this is a superficial example, but hey we're trying to divert you from all that dull jargon we mentioned earlier. Anyway, forget those guys, the question now is are you Team Tsipras or Team Merkel? The question could break apart entire families. It's already claimed a number of scalps, including former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras himself faces a tough battle as he attempts to push new legislation through the Greek parliament in order to begin negotiations for a third financial aid program. Though perhaps not quite as controversial, the Swedish national anthem has also seen its fair share of heated arguments. One of the biggest ones is its lack of any kind of formal recognition. Every now and again a new party tries to push a proposal through parliament to give the song legal official status – every time it is rejected. The debate is largely academic anyway – most Swedes are in fact not too bothered as the song already enjoys unofficial status as the tune of choice at national events. 5. They both hark back to ancient times Richard Dübeck's lyrics were written when Sweden was still in a union with its neighbour Norway and they are meant to evoke a feeling of pan-Scandinavianism rather than patriotic pride. They also reminisce about the times when Sweden was a great power back in the 17th century (“when honoured your name flew across the earth”) and celebrate its ancient nature (“you old, you free, you mountainous north”). Similarly, there have been very few mentions of the Greece crisis in recent months without at least one reference to ancient Greek tragedies, the ruins of Athens, the Delphic oracle, Odysseus, Socrates, democracy or various Eureka moments, including headlines such as "Ancient Greece's answers to the financial crisis" or "The Greek debt drama in seven acts". So contrary to what we said earlier about studying economics at university, perhaps you should instead have picked classics after all. Read more about the Greece crisis on The Local's sister site in Germany Finally, here are the lyrics to the Swedish national anthem, if you want to start practising for the next round of negotiations in Brussels. Swedish original: Du gamla, du fria, du fjällhöga nord // Du tysta, du glädjerika sköna // Jag hälsar dig, vänaste land uppå jord // Din sol, din himmel, dina ängder gröna. // Du tronar på minnen från fornstora da'r, då ärat ditt namn flög över jorden // Jag vet att du är och du blir vad du var // Ja, jag vill leva, jag vill dö i Norden. English translation: You old, you free, you mountainous north // You quiet, you joyful and fair // I greet you, most beautiful land upon earth // Your sun, your sky, your meadows green. // You art enthroned upon memories of great olden days // When honoured your name flew across the earth // I know that you are and will remain what you were // Yes, I want to live, I want to die in the North.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Via The Local: John Guidetti helped score Sweden its biggest footballing win last month, but his early career was spent in Africa's biggest slum, where he's always been a hero, his former coach Tiras Waiyaki has told The Local. While Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently Sweden's only global football celebrity, the country's Under-21 side's win in the European Championship in Prague a fortnight ago suggests that the future looks bright for the Scandinavian nation. And while Ibrahimovic has a reputation for making controversial comments and celebrating all things bling, John Guidetti -- arguably the most likely next sporting icon to emerge from Sweden -- could not be more different. The former Manchester City player, who has just signed for Spanish club Celta de Vigo, spent part of his childhood in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where his father was a teacher and charity worker. Having begun his footballing career at IF Brommapojkarna, a youth club in Bromma, Stockholm, he joined the Impala Brommapojkarna at the age of 10, a team affiliated to the Swedish side but based in the city's biggest slum, Kibera. "John naturally and most amazingly mingled with the boys from much poorer backgrounds with relative ease, leaving many in awe of the young lad", his former coach Tiras Waiyaki told The Local on Monday. "They say every football team has a clown. John was the team’s clown, often churning [out] rib cracking jokes that left us all in stitches. At times choosing to speak in broken Kikuyu (a local Kenyan language) it was all mad fun! He also used the pit latrines at the Olympic Stadium in Kibera with such calm and played barefoot when need arose".
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Via The Local: A grand French Renaissance style house in Gävle, 160kms north of Stockholm, is up for sale for one krona. The catch? The buyer must renovate it and move in. The house is under threat of demolition by its owners, the port of Gävle. A new owner, prepared to plough in enough money to restore the house, would save the house from that fate. “It would be terrible to lose it as it is part of our heritage that we will never get back”, says Svante Helmbaek Tirén, who started the Facebook group, Rädda Villa Sjötorp Gävle (Save the Villa Sjötorp). He is critical of the owners, the municipality-owned port of Gävle, which he says has been offered volunteer help to keep the house in good condition. However, last week Gävle port's CEO Fredrik Svanbom said to the newspaper, Gefle Dagblad: “We have always wanted to demolish the house. We have no use for it”. The Facebook campaign, launched in April, has received wide support in both Gävle and around the country. The post offering the house for one krona has been seen more than half a million times and has more than three thousand shares. Helmbaek Tirén says the interest is high because the house is so special. “I am a specialist in the late 1800s and Villa Sjötorp is unique”, he told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. “There are larger and more lavish houses, but this is an architectural masterpiece that seems to really strike a chord in people”. The house was built in 1864, but was renovated in 1882 by the merchant Axel Brandt (1836-1898), who had been inspired by his travels through France. This is not the first campaign to save Villa Sjötorp. When the house was threatened with demolition in the 1970s, an association, Sjötorps Friends, was formed to save it. They nursed it for 30 years until 2006 when the association was evicted. Since then the condition of the house has deteriorated. About fifty people from Sweden, the UK, and the US have registered interest in the house, according to Helmbaek Tirén. “I really hope we find someone who wants to save it”, he says. “It’s not a bad house for one krona”.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Via Before It's News: Dr Paul Craig Roberts about the financial situation controlling Greece, and the consequences of the Greeks staying in the Euro or leaving it. Paul explains what, who, has, is, and will be, influencing the situation, and what outcomes we might expect, and how Washington will no doubt be doing all they can to manipulate that outcome at any cost.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Via The Local: Police in Malmö have called for strengthened border control on the Öresund bridge between Sweden and Denmark in a bid to crack down on a recent wave of gun crime in the city. On Friday night a man in his twenties was shot in the street in the nearby town of Arlöv and only yesterday a 25-year-old man ended up in hospital after being shot somewhere in Malmö. Regional police in southern Sweden put the rising violence down to an increased import of illegal weapons and are calling for tougher border controls on the Öresund bridge between Sweden and Denmark in a bid to tackle the problem. “What makes us notice criminality more is the amount of illegal weapons in the city. We seize far more weapons and we notice that they are much more accessible than before”, Mats Karlsson of the Malmö police told Danish newspaper Berlingske. 1.300 illegal weapons were seized in Sweden last year. This is an increase by some 100 firearms from 2013. A total of 71 of them were confiscated by customs officers at the Öresund Bridge, Malmö Central Station and Malmö International Airport. So far this year officers in the Skåne region have seized 103 weapons, including everything from soft airguns to machine rifles. According to Karlsson it is difficult to trace how the illegal weapons end up in Sweden, but most are believed to have come via the same route used by more than 30.000 commuters every day – the Öresund bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö. “I would wish that it was easier to stop random cars than it is today, and that we more easily could have real checks in periods like this. I don't mean permanent border controls, but over a certain period, so that we knew that if something was on the way, we could stop everyone”, Karlsson said. Some of Malmö's inner-city areas and suburbs have a reputation for gun and gang-related crimes as well as race-related violence between different immigrant groups. “We are close to Denmark and thus close to the continent. Malmö is the doorway to Sweden for much criminality. Many new types of crimes are carried out in Malmö before they spread to the rest of Sweden”, said Karlsson. But Gerd Battrup, researcher in cross-border police co-operation at the University of Southern Denmark, does not believe tougher border control is key to stemming the tide of violence. She instead advocates closer co-operation between Swedish and Danish police. “The introduction of border controls on the Swedish side would be terrible for the thousands who commute across the border every day to work in Copenhagen”, she told Berlingske.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Via The Local: The Globe Arena in Stockholm has been announced as the venue for when Sweden hosts the next Eurovision competition, which will take place three years after Malmö organized the show. Ever since Swedish pinup Måns Zelmerlöw scored victory in the competition on May 24th, there has been intense speculation about which venue in Sweden will host the next contest, which is always put on in the country that won 12 months previously. Despite online campaigns for Gothenburg to have a bash at organizing the event as well as Umeå in northern Sweden, which was a European Capital of Culture in 2014, the Swedish capital won the crown and has opted to use the Globe Arena (Globen) in the south of the city. "I look forward to welcoming all of Europe to Stockholm and one of the world's largest TV events", said Hanna Stjärne, president of Swedish television network SVT, which will broadcast the show. "The Eurovision Song Contest is both a music event and a festival and in Stockholm, we will offer both", she added. "Stockholm has come forward with a seamless offering that will ensure that the event is once again taken to the next level", said Martin Österdahl, who will be executive producer of the show next year. SVT revealed that Sweden's Tele2 Arena, another huge venue next to Globen, would also be incorporated into the event. Meanwhile the city's mayor Karin Wanngård told the broadcaster: "Our city is boiling with activity that revolves around music. Creativity is in our hearts". She said she hoped that hosting the contest would help stimulate an even stronger arts scene in the Swedish capital and said that she was excited both locals and tourists travelling to Stockholm would get to experience "the Swedish music miracle". The southern Swedish city of Malmö hosted the competition in 2013 after singer Loreen got the most votes a year earlier. Måns Zelmerlöw's victory with his track Heroes, was the Nordic country's sixth Eurovision title, with only Ireland scoring more wins (seven) in the history of the competition. Sweden's most famous group of all time, Abba, gave the country its first taste of success in the contest back in 1974.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Monday, July 06, 2015
Via The Telegraph: National Security Council meets to discuss plan to send in troops to set up buffer zone and prevent formation of Kurdish state. Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time, turning the civil war into an international conflict on Europe’s borders. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorised a change in the rules of engagement agreed by the Turkish parliament to allow the army to strike at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as well as the Assad regime, according to local newspapers. The aim is to establish a buffer zone for refugees and against Isil, but Mr Erdogan has also suggested that the main target of the intervention, if it goes ahead, will be to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state on Turkey’s doorstep. The Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, has established dominance in a border strip across the north of the country in recent months. “We will never allow the establishment of a state in Syria’s north and our south”, Mr Erdogan said at the weekend. “We will continue our fight in this regard no matter what it costs”.
Sunday, July 05, 2015
This list is commonly referred to as the Isin version of the Sumerian King List. The video illustrates the antediluvian section of the King List. There are many versions of The Sumerian King List. This text comes from an inscription found where the ancient Sumerian city Isin, once flourished. It is an update of earlier Sumerian king lists, adding Isins kings to Sumers royal roll call. The list was inscribed during the reign of Damiqilishu of Isin (1816-1794 BCE). It presumed to be a list of kings from the beginning of history — when kingship was first handed down from Heaven. The inscription was made only a few years before Hammurabi of Babylon captured the city in the first half of the 18th century BCE to the emerging Babylonian Empire.
Via Before It's News: A box was found in a dumpster and the contents speak of an alien encounter. Drawings from and strange stories of UFO encounters were found in this box.
Saturday, July 04, 2015
Before It's News: “The group that’s behind the network of control, one of these groups are hominids, they’re not human beings. They are very smart, they are not creative, they are mathematical. They had a much stronger force in the earlier ice-age. They have elongated skulls, they may produce offspring in mating with female humans, but that offspring is not fertile. We live in a world of secret societies, and secrets, and the information that ought to be public is not public”. These are some of the shocking statements that came from Karen Hudes shortly after gaining attention for being a credible world bank whistleblower, stating that the world is in a “currency war”, that the Federal Reserve continues to print money and if they keep going at the pace they are on, other countries will no longer accept this currency. Much of what she has to say corroborates with ancient historical and archeological evidence, as well as modern day disclosures of other strange phenomenon, like UFOs, secret societies and more. For someone like this to gain credibility as a World Bank whistle-blower and then all of a sudden make a comment like this is quite shocking. There is an enormous amount of growing evidence out there to suggest we are not alone, and that we have indeed been visited. In the above interview with Red Ice Radio, Karen goes on to say: “These countries are not monolithic, there are forces fighting the corruption and there are forces that have totally been co-opted, and the way they act is treasonous to the people in those countries. The group that’s behind the network of control are the Jesuits, and there are also some groups behind them.. not human beings”. Karen held her senior position at the World Bank for twelve years before deciding to blow the whistle on the World Bank and corruption within it. She studies law at Yale Law School and economics at the University of Amsterdam. She worked in the U.S. Export Import Bank of the US from 1980-1985 and in the Legal Department of the World Bank from 1986-2007. She established the Non-Governmental Organization Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Committee on Multilateralism and the Accountability of International Organizations of the American Branch of the International Law Association. While she was working at the World Bank, she happened to uncover a lot of corrupt activities. It got to the stage where she could no longer keep quiet about the corruption and she followed the proper procedures to report her findings. She first went to the World Banks Evaluation Department and country directors, and then to the U.S. Treasury Department and even the United States Congress. All of her requests were ignored, and in some cases, completely covered up. So she went public. Over the last few years she got involved with a group of whistle blowers and started connecting the dots. She found that the corruption wasn’t just at the World Bank, but was woven throughout the fabric of the entirety of the global financial and political systems. She has labelled the situation a ‘global conspiracy’. Twenty three minutes into this interview is when Karen Hudes starts discussing the information surrounding what may relate to Courtney Brown’s Announcement. Future Money Trends: “Who is calling the shots at the Vatican. I am assuming it’s not the pope”. Karen Hudes: “Well, there is something called the black pope but that’s umm… that’s not the ultimate reason why we have been in the fix that we are in. What we have found out, and this sounds implausible, but it’s absolutely correct, the fact that its been held in secret doesn’t mean that it’s not true. It is true. There is a second species on this planet. They are not extraterrestrial, they are very much with us, they made maps in the previous ice age. The remnants of their civilizations are all over the place. A lot of times along the coast its submerged because the umm… amount, the sea level has gone up by 400 meters, but this group has large brains. They are very distinct from homo sapiens...
Via The Local: It's the seventh day of Almedalen, the most important week in Swedish politics, and the Left Party is running the show. The Local is live blogging the key moments. Saturday July 4th 1.20pm Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt wants free holidays for poor children. Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt wants to spend 250 million kronor a year on summer camps for the children of poor families. The money should be spent on children between the ages of 6 and 15 to enjoy activities such as holiday camps, football schools and activities at sea. “Children who may otherwise be home alone while parents work will have something to talk about when they go back to school”. The money should go to the municipalities with the poorest families. The requirement should be that the activities are free of charge and be aimed at both boys and girls. “We want to bring to generate the money by reintroducing the wealth tax, which would give about four billion kronor to the Treasury. The tax for the richest was abolished in 2007. I think it's a nice thought that Sweden's richest give Sweden's poorest kids a nice summer vacation”, he says. 10.15am Ulla Andersson speaks. Ulla Andersson, the Left Party’s economic policy spokeswoman, has said that she is not satisfied with the Government's efforts to achieve the lowest unemployment in the EU in 2020. “We need policies that push down unemployment while providing extra welfare. You have to set a goal - you have to dare to invest”, she said. “We have a train system that does not work; we need to invest more in public transport and we need more employees in welfare”. Andersson said she would increase tax on those who earn more than 30.000 kronor a month. “Should we favor those with much money or ensure that our children receive a good upbringing?” 7.15am Left-wing ideals. As its name suggests, the Left Party is the most left-wing group in the Swedish parliament. It has a long history and described itself as communist until the 1990s. The Left Party has never served in government but usually offers informal support to Social Democrat governments whenever they are in power. The party is against the privatization of public companies and supports higher taxes to fund Sweden's welfare state. Born in Gothenburg, its leader Jonas Sjöstedt is a former metal worker who has also worked in Strasbourg and Brussels as a member of the European Parliament and in New York where he wrote for left-wing magazines and newspapers. He has been a member of the Swedish parliament since 2010. 7.00am The day begins. Good morning and welcome to our live blog of the seventh day of Almedalen Week. Sweden's Left Party is in the spotlight on Saturday, with leader Jonas Sjöstedt set to take the stage for his speech at 7pm tonight. Yesterday he accused Sweden's Social Democrats and Greens of abandoning their left-wing ideals in favor of the center ground, and he is likely to continue in the same spirit today.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Via The Local: It's one of the hottest days of the year so far in Sweden, but extreme heat in the south east has got people worried about forest fires and weather-related sickness. While much of Europe has spent the past month dripping in sweat, Sweden had a mild and wet start to the summer. But this week the sunshine finally started warming up the Nordic nation, with temperatures reaching 26C in the Swedish capital and 23C on the island of Gotland, where the nation’s politics and business nerds are gathering for the annual Almedalen forum. Forecasters say that a heatwave is on the way between now and Monday in the south east of the country - defined as when temperatures reach at least 30C on at least three consecutive days. Sweden’s national weather agency SMHI told the TT news agency that parts of Kalmar, Östergötland, Södermansland as well as Stockholm were set to see mercury levels rising and warned that while the sunshine could well cheer up many Swedes, it would also bring the risk of forest fires and could cause some vulnerable groups to become ill. “We have put out a class one warning about high temperatures, mainly for certain groups in society who could feel much worse because of it [the weather]: the elderly, children and those who are already sick”, said SMHI forecaster Lisa Frost. “But it’s the case that everyone should drink more water and stay in the shade”, she added. Further north, southern Norrland was also expected to experience temperatures of up to 30C on Thursday on Friday, although forecasters said the heat was likely to fade away by the weekend. While Sweden has a reputation as a chilly, snowy destination, it has the warmest climate of all the Nordic countries, with an average maximum temperature of 23C in July. Following several sweltering summers, SMHI - which is more used to issuing guidelines about ice and sleet - started issuing warnings about extreme temperatures two years ago. Last year one of the largest forest fires in modern times ripped through Sala, north west of Stockholm, forcing thousands to leave their homes. But the class one warning currently in place in southern Sweden is the lowest of three categories the SMHI lists on its website and most Swedes appeared to be excited by the hotter climate on Thursday afternoon. Thousands turned to social media to post snaps of themselves enjoying the sunshine. Even higher sizzling temperatures are expected elsewhere in Europe in the coming days, with Spain expected to get as hot as 44C and half of France given an orange weather warning, the second highest possible in the country.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Via The Local: The Swedish coast guard ship Poseidon has rescued dozens of migrants who were travelling in a rubber boat in waters off the coast of Libya’s capital Tripoli. The migrants are believed to have been at sea for between 12 and 24 hours but officials said that they appeared to be in relatively good health. Mattias Lindholm, a press officer for the Swedish coast guard told the TT news agency that the rescue mission had been “calm and collected” and that those with immediately obvious minor injuries had been quickly treated. Poseidon's mission is to save the lives of migrants trying to get to Europe. It arrived in the Mediterranean earlier this month as part of operation Triton, the EU's border rescue operation. In an interview with Swedish Radio ahead of the mission, commander Peo Allard said that the Swedes on board Poseidon had never undertaken a task quite like this one, which had involved both specific training and mental preparation. “They received information on why people are driven to flee”, he said. “The most difficult challenge will be meeting these overcrowded boats”, he added. “It’s a completely new kind of assignment for us, but something I have no doubt we can manage”. The Poseidon is kitted out with special equipment in order to take on a large number of migrants. The ship has portable toilets and private rooms for women and children. Sails have been put up to create shade for protection from the heat. The ship has rescued around 1.650 migrants since it arrived in the Mediterranean.