Yearly Archives: 2017

Helping refugees is not enough – we must prevent future refugee disasters

“- we know there is no country in the world that has managed to lift poverty without investing in family planning.” Interview with Melinda Gates in Dagens Nyheter. This post was first published on Liberal Words, a blog for ALDE Party Individual Members How many immigrants are welcome to Europe? For many years there has been a conflict in the migration issue between liberals claiming human rights to free movement and xenophobians opposing all forms of immigration of people with different skin color and background. While the former focus on…

Separatism in a united Europe

While we have a strive to unite Europe, there are ongoing activities in Catalunya to separate this region from Spain. I have no specific opinion on how well founded this is and what advantages a separation from Spain would have for the Catalans, but I think that each people has the right to self-determination. The problem is that this right is not generally accepted. If we take United Nations, it consists of states, all of those negative to separatist tendencies in their own countries and therefore, in principle, against such…

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…