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Heart of Darkness

The photos show the first and the present rulers of Congo ( DRC), namely King Leopold II of Belgium and President Joseph Kabila. Whatever failures President Kabila has made during his time as president, they are small compared with the atrocities that took place under King Leopold. The colonial rule of Congo may be considered to have been of the absolute worst kind. Even after independence this legacy has continued hitting the Congolese population. In a way, even Kabila might be considered a victim of the colonial rule. On March…

After Trump – now we must act against growing populism in Europe

For a long time populist, xenophobic and anti-EU parties have gained increasing influence in many European countries. With the election of Donald Trump for president of the United States, these parties have gained even more confidence and now pose a threat to EU cohesion. Their voters consist partly of groups with stagnating or declining incomes, but what really ties them together is their aversion against migrants and their fear of Islamic fundamentalism. Unfortunately, there is a risk that migrant flows and terrorism are not transient problems, but may increase in…

Europeans – now we have to take responsibility for our own future!

When I last wrote on this blog, it was under the heading “Europe – We may have just 4 years left under the US umbrella”. Sorry, I was wrong. After the surprising announcement this morning that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States, this change is imminent. Europe has been like a barge in tow after the American tugboat, if the hawser is suddenly chopped off before we can operate on our own, we may drift where we don´t want to land! This is happening in…

Europe – We may have just 4 years left under the US umbrella

6 April next year it is one hundred years since the United States, reluctantly, entered into World War I. This made a major contribution to the victory of the allies, but to a huge cost for the Americans, including 110,000 deaths. During the past century we Europeans have come to taking the American interest in guarding our interests for granted. The question is, for how long time will this last? In a newly published interview with the new US ambassador to Sweden she was asked: What do you say to…

EU – a proposal for a new immigration policy

Europe was unprepared for the influx of immigrants European politicians turned, during four years, a blind eye to the war in Syria. When finally the accumulated amount of Syrian refugees and migrants from other countries started to flow into Europe last year like ketchup splashing out of a ketchup bottle, this seemed to come like a total surprise. Since so few preparations, political as well as practical, had been made, this has lead to a major European crisis, at least as serious as the economic crisis a few years ago….

Europe is our values

For more than four years we Europeans neglected the ongoing conflict in Syria. Assad was allowed to terrorize his own people with poison gas and barrel bombs, without interference from neither Europe nor USA. Only after Daesh (IS) became a major force in the region, there came a reaction. And now, after terror attacks in Paris and threats in other places in Europe, several politicians show willingness to cooperate with any force, how evil it may be, just to get rid of Daesh. And seemingly with little consideration to our…

Om flyktingar och Europas framtid

Under hösten har en enastående insats skett för flyktingar som kommit till Europa. Protester som funnits mot invandring har mer eller mindre svepts bort i en solidaritetsvåg för fördrivna från Syrien. Tyvärr är reaktionen på katastrofen i Syrien senkommen och sker först nu när flyktingarna väller in i Europa. Under drygt fyra år har en ständigt eskalerande konflikt härjat Syrien och av hela befolkningen på cirka 18 miljoner har över 200 000 människor dödats medan över 12 miljoner är på flykt. Inte ens president Assads saringasattack mot befolkningen i Ghouta…

Abraham’s Children

Abraham Abraham is the first of the three biblical patriarchs and given a high position of respect in three major world faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Therefore, followers of those monotheistic religions can, in a sense, be regarded as “Abraham’s Children”. Even in the Bahá’í Faith Abraham is in high regard as a prophet. While Abraham by the believers is considered a historical person, modern research considers him, together with his son Isaac and grandson Jacob, as a mythological figure. In the chapter “Searching for the Patriarchs” in their book…

Bang! – – – – and a flat universe from nothing

Incomprehension and doubt Where do we come from and where are we going? These are questions we humans have asked in all times. Personally I can not see that I am here for a specific purpose and accept that my existence has arisen by coincidence. If a meteorite had not fallen unto earth 65 million years ago the dinosaurs might still have been here and no humans could have existed. And if my great grandfather had made just a little different path of life he would not have married my…

Come on, Europe!

Background Although the European Union has a 60 % larger population than USA, its influence in the world is much smaller and steadily diminishing. There are increasing problems in our neighbourhoods as well as internal problems in many EU countries and future trends may further increase the stress on our democratic societies. In order to meet present and coming challenges it is necessary for Europe to change from a passive attitude where action is determined by the “lowest common denominator”, often zero, to a more forceful way of action. A…