We Sweden

Another blog at The Local
Share

24.5.2015

May 24th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Today: Shavuot – the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai

Today: Ethiopia goes to the polls

Here, Peter Wolodarski interviews the President of India, the world’s largest democracy. He will be visiting Sweden this coming week…

Ramadi (nothing to do with Lord Rama)

Other heroes: The Shia militias which along with what’s left of Iraq’s regular army will be taking on Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State terrorists whose aim is to consolidate – if only they could, the Anbar province and then to take Baghdad.

US and Hizballah coordinate spy drone flights over Qalamoun, share US combat intelligence

Former UK army chief: Send 5,000 ground troops to fight ISIS

BBC: Iraq Forces lack will to fight – understandably , the Sunni elements in the Iraqi forces are reluctant to fight ISIS since they too are completely Sunni – and they would much prefer to fight the devil instead

Heroine: A very brave and committed woman by the name of Ronahi Avsin – a Kurdish fighter on two fronts

Social media is about making others lose” – Nathan Hamelberg

And starting tomorrow 25th May and lasting twelve days is the Arctic Challenge 2015 in which Sweden will be participating in jet exercises with NATO members (100 planes in the air!)

Some great rapping by Timbuktu: Nolltolerans

Books

As soon as I turn on my computer – you can call it extra sensory perception if you will or in this era of the busybody’s mass surveillance, the sort of paranoia that fulfils a psychological need – but I have this uncanny feeling that there’s always somebody there, waiting. Of course, I have incontestable proof of this precognition, almost on a daily basis but I’m no terrorist so I don’t worry about exactly who they are.

On putting on my computer this morning here was I, at first staring at the blank white page of Microsoft word before scribbling all of the above and before any of that, thinking of Robert Burns’ To a Mouse

So, in the same vein, “all is vanity” and I write to my imaginary friend, in verse or to make it all rime would take just a little longer, like lines to Ramona. As Touchstone the clown said, “much virtue in “if” and of course there’s some redemptive virtue in “like” too…

Stockholm,
Sweden
24.5.2015

Hello Barrow –

Today I can make three predictions (not prophecies) about what shall come to pass in the Middle East – almost making everything else that could be said to become irrelevant.

Are you already here to see how I will fill this space with the freedom of speech which you pretend to espouse but which you deny me?

One-eyed jack in the land of the blind of what are you afraid? Your image as king of your little cyberspace kingdom or empire, tarnished? How could that ever be? By saving myself from me? The world is 6,000 years old man, almost as old as you, older than Adam and certainly a lot older than the CIA guys I knew in the jungle and elsewhere. I can smell their eau de cologne a mile away…

Let me tell you this: On the planet of the apes, I won‘t interrupt your show as you “elevate” the conversation – your pretty inter-lectual conversations on the terms that you set within the spider-webs that you weave in your bringing what you believe to be your civilizational light to darkness, and you can have some fun, you can quote Mudimbe and Foucault and Mbembe to the flock as much as you want, as your holy reference points. And then I wonder whatever happened to the aesthetics of conceit, and what happened with chapter 3 “The Aesthetics of vulgarity” – can we quote some of that too from his “On the Postcolony “?

I’ve seen it happening elsewhere and it’s always some big white hairy ape carrying a can of light to darkness, the guardian of the universal mind so to speak and that’s what happens when the cat’s not around, undeterred, the little white mice suffering from a neo-colonial complex are at liberty to take over completely and are promoted to become little company directors – you choose, you nominate, you recommend and in no time at all we have the Adis, the Ochis, Idis and the Kongis etc. bestriding your biosphere and with regard to “what we say goes” what about the Chomsky?

Not at all my kind of music but I did listen to him and the Australians and the guy from Cyprus but Måns Zelmerlöw was the man of the Eurovision night and he won with this song: Heroes

Just Before that Ireland had declared with a resounding 62% YES vote for same-sex marriage.

That’s alright with me too, as long as they don’t start proselytising and converting the little people in their kindergartens.

Very surprising coming from a very Roman Catholic country. I guess that there is going to be much greater resistance in Jamaica and in Africa North of South Africa and in all Muslim countries. And Israel? Well Tel Aviv is already the Holy Mecca of the Gay and very proud of it. Indeed!

You’re going to Sodom and Gomorrah
But what do you care? Ain’t nobody there would want to marry your sister
” (Jokerman)

If things are going to change much when their Messiah comes, that’s another question that maybe a referendum will not be allowed to decide.

Oddly reminded of these Leonard Cohen lines :

“It’s coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It’s coming from the feel
that this ain’t exactly real,
or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there.
From the wars against disorder,
from the sirens night and day,
from the fires of the homeless,
from the ashes of the gay:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.”

Report abuse »

Happy Birthday Pippi Longstocking!

May 21st, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International news

It’s Many Happy Returns of the Day to Pippi Longstockingmundi fortissimus puella – the strongest girl in the world, on her 70th birthday !

Ocho : Coco may may

The celebrations actually started yesterday; at least that’s when I started celebrating, after going through Expressen’s special 24 pages Jubilee edition devoted exclusively to Pippi Longstocking, THE WORLD’S STRONGEST GIRL!

Today’s front page of Dagens Nyheter’s Culture pages is also piping hot: CONGRATULATIONS PIPPI !!!!

I don’t want to be too long about this, but one thing you must know about the Swedish woman’s psychology, Swedish woman’s psyche and at least certain types, the femme fatale, other types, from the churchly devoutly Mary Magdalena types to the Margot Wallströms (but not Hillary C or those who don’t make the lads tremble in their breeches) Mrs Browning, the rebels, the adventurers, the revolutionaries, the iconoclasts and extremist feminist brands: Along with their mother’s milk they were reared/ brought up on Pippi since they were tiny tots. So, as to the rest, you can experience or go figure…

Apart from Pippi Longstocking, in real life one of the strongest lasses in the world is Sweden’s Sandra Lönn – European and World Champion in weigh-lifting, also most likely inspired by Pippi when she was a little girl…

Astrid Lindgren the creatress…her “unknown sides

Two classic books for children ages 8–12 by Astrid Lindgren, author of the Pippi Longstocking series.

To be released on 26th May, 2015:

Seacrow Island

Mio, My Son

More voices: Freedom

Meanwhile in Iraq and environs where it’s a man’s world:

We’re ridding the world of polytheism, and spreading monotheism across the planet” (ISIS preacher)

China warns US surveillance planes to leave islands sky

Iran in the news again

and in Europe it‘s The European Migration Crisis

Report abuse »

Re- “Europe’s tide of migrant tragedy can be stemmed only in Africa” (1)

May 20th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International news

¤ EU to launch Mediterranean naval mission to tackle migrant crisis

Cogito ergo sum ?

When she or he is

not busy being born

is

busy

dying

And it’s not just about infant mortality rates

The stream of immigration started long ago, to wit, listen to Dr. Alban’s nostalgia,

Hello Africa

Best line there: “Why be humble? I just came straight out the jungle!”

Believe it or not existential conditions are much worse than this

it is the refugee’s song: here’s one: African Citizen

and the latest one: Exile

We have to look into this matter, seriously, and see what can be done about it. We ought not sneer at the Sweden Democrat line that a good practical approach would be to spend more money on ameliorating conditions in countries where refugees usually come from and also in investing in the neighbouring countries of war zone areas that are usually the refugees’ first port of call in their long Golgotha travels to the safer havens of heavenly Europe where the grass is supposed to be much greener and like the streets of heaven, paved with gold…

The assumption is that the Atlantic slave trade
is over and today has been replaced by the slave wage
and still everybody including non-white people still wanting to go to America
but if only things were a lot better in Africa
where today even the elephants
are no longer safe…

Normally, nobody would want to risk their lives getting to Europe in unseaworthy boats mostly sinking in the Mediterranean Sea, bringing premature ends to dreams of a better life in Europe.

By analogy, if on the whole things were a lot better in the world even the suicide bomber and indeed some of the holy men and women of God would like to tarry a while longer down here on earth and some even resist the temptation of a better future life and seventy two houris each in paradise…

Europe’s tide of migrant tragedy can be stemmed only in Africa

The biggest question is, what is Africa and Africa’s leaders and the African Union doing or going to do about it?

Personally, I would like to hear for example Yahya Jammeh’s views on this crisis, as he is a man who never fears to speak truth to his own people or even to world powers as he deems it fit…

Coming soon: A peaceful or not so peaceful transition in Zimbabwe. It’s a good place to start as that is where most of the immigrants to the ANC’s South Africa come from. “In an exclusive interview with BBC HARDtalk, Zimbabwe’s influential and outspoken Information Minister Jonathan Moyo has warned that recent violence in South Africa directed at foreigners could “sow the seeds of genocide“.

Some insights into the situation as Professor Jonathan Moyo battles with Stephen Sackur

Yesterday’s BBC Hardtalk was Stephen Sackur visiting a refugee camp of mostly Congolese immigrants in South Africa. One of the good things that has come of Congolese immigration to South Africa – especially Congolese musicians, is the resultant new infusion of Congolese music a cultural confluence/ fusion of mostly soukous and ndombolo meeting South African kwela and of course jazz, something even more exciting than what happens on each side of the border which separates Angola from the Congo and what happens with cross-borders music as between e.g. Guinea and Senegal and the other countries surrounding Mali which was the heart of the Mali Empire

A few preliminary thoughts, as European Union policy takes shape in order to combat the boat tragedies of Africans drowning in the Mediterranean Sea just outside of Italy:

Three speeches by Thabo Mbeki:

1. I am an African ( 1996)

2. I am my brother’s keeper ( 1999)

3. “With heads bowed in shame“: Thabo Mbeki’s 2008 xenophobia speech

Heaven knows what Hon. Desmond Tutu has been thinking during all this. Probably still blaming the devil

And most recently (today) Pravin Gordhan South Africa’s Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs says that “only seven people have died“ and explains why he believes that Xenophobic violence “should never happen again

I Should soon be turning our sights to other parts of Africa from where people are fleeing to Europe, places like Senegal and Nigeria from where the rich ones still send themselves and their sick relatives “overseas” for medical attention, Libya, Eritrea and the Sudan, refugees from the latter two countries creating the bulk of the illegal immigration crisis in Israel – as if they don’t know that Israel has enough of internal problems already, Israel being only twice the size of Africa’s smallest country, the Gambia

Report abuse »

Badly needed in this world: Ahimsa + Peace + Love

May 19th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Today

Latest Swedish and International news

Puppet Opera

Shahram Nazeri – Kurdish singer from Iran – (did you also see him perform at Södra Teatern some years ago? Here’s some sung poetry

Badly needed in this world: Ahimsa + Peace + Love

And I am conscious that the plus sign looks like the sign of the cross

They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions; so whether it is the love that leads to

Ahimsa

or

Ahimsa

is the starting point that leads to the peace is not the question, since we can start anywhere and I think that it is best to start with the love since it is written amor vincit Omnia

Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi along with one hundred other Egyptians have been sentenced to death after a mock trial. The psychological torture and the daily uncertainties and worries about the future during his long detention and imprisonment without trial are enough to make even Amnesty International and maybe, also Margot Wallström and Human Rights Watch weep…

Yesterday, I also received this letter from Barack Obama and replied with one word: BRAVO!

Compared with some of the main actors in the Middle-East and North Africa, we (Sweden) are as close to Ahimsa as can be. Which other prime minister or European head of state apart from Fredrik Reinfeldt has exhorted their people to open their hearts to receive refugees?

And that too has its benefits: If it’s true that “the present now will later be past”, then here’s some good news:

High immigration rescues Swedish pensioners

This is an excerpt from The Local’s newsletter dated 15th May:

“Sweden’s immigration policy dominated the headlines this week as the latest figures showed the Nordic country had processed more asylum applications per capita than any other EU nation over the past year — a total of 81,325. We interviewed Justice and Migration Minister Morgan Johansson as he backed proposals announced in Brussels for a more even distribution of refugees between member states.”

The facts speak for themselves: Immigration to Sweden

Five stars for Morgan Johanssson !

Add to that the constant stream of destitute Roma people to Sweden and their living on the generosity of the general public…

Meanwhile, in Iraq, the US continues to pound Islamic State fighters from the air and they are doing so as and when they like since Islamic State does not have an air force – so, it’s difficult to see how they (IS) will be able to hold on to any territory overwhelmed by their ground forces, and that includes Ramadi, especially if Shia militias backed by Iran come muscling in, as a result of which, in no time at all the regional war between the Sunni and the Shia is exacerbated and considerably expanded : Yemen, Syria, Iraq.

A tough question: Why Does Baghdad Let ISIS Keep Winning?

No matter where they are fighting, whether it’s Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya or Yemen, it is mostly the most able-bodied, brave young Muslim men that are overwhelmingly being killed, their countries getting weaker and weaker, decimated, peace finally and ineveitably on it’s way when they are completely exhausted, destroyed. Sad. So sad.

Islamic State have their sights set on Baghdad and as I heard a TV commentator opine yesterday, Caliph Abu Bakr’s surname al-Baghdadi is not for nothing. He probably intends to establish himself firmly on the Arabian Peninsula with Baghdad as his main base from which to eye Mecca and Medina and maybe even Mashhad (but I doubt that he would ever succeed with the latter even if his name was Umar…)

However,in the Islamic Republic this sort of persecution is still going on . Sad, very sad. Is that not injustice?

Finally, there’s this compliant about Jesus Christ’s Vicar on earth, from some concerned people of the Holy Land, that Pope Francis is aligning himself against Israel

It may be that the two Palestinans that were recently canonized by His Holiness are laughing at this complaint..

Report abuse »

What a morning!

May 13th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

From Tehran with love: a picture worth a thousand words

Beautiful India : The Colours of Yaman

A rabbi gives a lecture on Satan

Latest Swedish and International news

“Only a matter of time ’til night comes steppin’ in”:

This doesn’t look too good either: Video of demonstration in Tel Aviv (Over here in Sweden, Germany etc it would be the Neo-Nazi scumbags, xenophobes and islamophobes that would mostly be shouting the same sort of things)

Iran : The coming showdown on Yemen, phase two

Phase Three is the cemetery, remember?

My Lord What a Morning (autobiography – Chapter 13 : p.147ff : Scandinavia) and what an extraordinary morning it has been going through this series of bad early morning news items, enough to rattle your nerves:

Not killing me softly or with his bomb, just Killing us but before we die and we are verified and confirmed verily dead, just this little sign of hope : Here

Please, let’s not rejoice too soon, the threat is not over yet:

Merkel: Nuclear deal with Iran unlikely.. and then what?

In the meantime everybody is telling me how strong and powerful Israel is, that militarily little Israel is stronger than all of Israel’s Middle Eastern enemies combined – to which ignorance usually enquires, “You mean that Israel’s enemies can be deterred or annihilated/ wiped out, if Israel so chooses?” All someone has to do is push the button?

There was a time I asked such a question and the reply came from someone almost as ignorant as I am – ignorant, but he was convinced or maybe trying to convince me when he said, “Baghdad will burn!” – But that was long before Saddam was hanged, and poor Saddam, I don’t remember him threatening to wipe out either the Great or the Little Satans before he himself got wiped out. Is that what the world is coming to, to wipe out or get wiped out yourself?

O how are the mighty fallen – the greatly feared Saddam found hiding in a hole in the ground. Indeed, greatly feared – an Iraqi guy that I worked with in the later 1980s told me that Saddam once came to their office and that when one of his collegaue saw Saddam in person , he started trembling uncontrollably. Saddam asked him, “Why are you trembling? What guilty feelings are making you tremble so uncontrollably when you see me?” He ordered some of the people who had accompanied him on the visit to take the man who was trembling away and to shoot him.

The great Gaddafi, no place to run to, he too apprehended hiding in an underground tunnel in his own country.

and al-Qaeda’s Supreme Commander apprehended living a peaceful, secluded family life in Pakistan

Never say never. It’s even more understandable after watching this documentary on the Six Day War

Report abuse »

From Stockholm, Monday, 11th May, 2015

May 11th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg


This is not America

Barack Obama in 1995

THE NEVER-ENDING discussion on race and racism in the Mighty States continues

Latest Swedish and International news

On the lighter side :Eliane Elias : Bossa Nova Stories

Last night’s party leader debate on STV 2 Agenda 10/5/2014 was a boring event as far as new content or any conclusive resolution on the matters discussed is concerned, but certainly not lacking in dramatic quality. I watched the debate on immigration, the housing shortage and unemployment before turning off the TV having had enough and not wanting to hear any more from or by anybody in that studio. I would have continued to listen if they had chosen to sing their parts instead – at least then it would have been some kind of dramatic opera instead of just some more soapbox theory, permanent residence permit on arrival versus temporary residence permit for refugees until they land their first job within the first three years.

That’s being a little too hard on the poor refugee don’t you think, Anna Maria? Too hard even for an iron lady. And what if they get a job just a month before the three years is / are up and then get fired after three months? For crying out loud there are hundreds of thousands of natural born Swedes in full possession of mother tongue competence who continue to be unemployed even though the prospective employer can’t pull the wool over their eyes with the “but you speak Swedish with a foreign accent” or the sometimes unstated reason: “you speak good Swedish but it’s a pity that your name sounds so foreign and so un-Swedish” … like Batra.

The government should set up a commission to look into the matter of how best Sweden can take care of the newly arrived refugees from among other places, Syria.

Here’s the latest news on the EU quota proposals (Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia think it’s a bad idea)

Back to last night:

The Conservative – New Conservative’s Anna Maria Kinberg Batra acting as commander-in-chief of the opposition Alliance Forces was doing her very best at battering Stefan Löfven and the king of the reds – Jonas Sjöstedt – and there was an unprecedented number of interruptions and interventions by the moderating duo Anna Hedenmo and Mats Knutson who to my consternation did not at all appear to be neutral and took every opportunity to violate the holy Swedish principle of “tillåta att man tala till punkt” – a person must be allowed to speak without being (rudely) interrupted in midstream…

It was many a nice try, but no cigar: the compassionate Jonas Sjöstedt ’s preamble/preface to his argument didn’t sound too sincere either, starting as it did with his lamenting “How I miss Fredrik Reinfeldt!”, he sounded like the late Chairman Arafat

“The peace of the brave
Not the peace of the grave” -

mourning the loss of his peace partner Yitzhak Rabin.

But the lumpenproletariat‘s Chief Sjöstedt was only missing the Great Fredrik because one the last of the great things that the Great Fredrik did as Sweden’s Prime MInister was to exhort the Swedish nation : You must open your hearts “ – to receive refugees and now what a disappointment that there was new party boss Anna Maria Kinberg Batra the Great Fredrik’s successor, standing there, sounding so hard-hearted and as it were, diametrically opposed to the Great Fredrik’s humane exhortations and thereby taking a few major steps towards synchronising with the Sweden Democrat position – ostensibly in an attempt to win back some of the Swedish electorate who have traditionally voted for her Conservative Moderate party but have since deserted the party in disgust, attracted by the Sweden Democrats’ hard line on immigration.

A fresh look Jimmie Åkesson (looking fully recuperated from burnout) was the only exception. At least he was being consistent or so I thought for a few seconds but PM Löfven wasted no time in bringing him (Åkesson) to heel, charging him with hypocrisy and with having just voted for his (Löfven’s ) immigration budget proposals.

Otherwise, apart from Annie Lööf (smiling like a Cheshire cat as usual) , everybody else was busy being a gnällgubbe (Whining old man/ woman) garrulous, cantankerous, self-contradictory and even dis-honest. I switched the TV off in disgust after all the babble about unemployment – the cornerstone of the Social Democrats succesful election campaign and behold – this morning the text TV headline news is that there are now more people in Fas3 / Phase 3 than ever before!

There’s the saying,

No prospects in sight:
after phase three/ Fas 3
it’s the cemetery…

A Record number of the unemployed participating in Phase 3: The number of long-term unemployed in the much criticized Phase 3 has again reached record levels according to the latest monthly statistics. The Employment Service (AF) shows that 36,275 people are now in Phase 3, which is the highest figure ever. The Phase 3/ Fas 3 measure for the long-term unemployed was introduced five years ago and for years was severely criticized by the Social Democrats when they were in opposition and demanded that Phase 3 should be scrapped and replaced by education/ job training and real jobs. Now, the number of long-term unemployed who end up in Phase 3 has increased sharply.” (Source: SVT text)

Report abuse »

Present tense

May 10th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International news

Africa

Giant steps

More congratulations and Celebration:

Lincoln Awards Honorary Degree to Distinguished University of Texas at Austin Professor Toyin Falola

Photo session

More giant steps – and how I wish that especially in the bigger African nations there would be more devolution of powers – thinking of oil and Nigeria in particular, the amalgamation/ welding together of several great nations and the constitutional umbrella under which they are supposed to be democratically and equitably governed – to every region’s great satisfaction. Greater devolution of powers to the various ethnic regions would ease the sort of imbalances exacerbated by both ethnic and religious tensions, and in thinking about Nigeria I am also thinking of what was once very briefly Biafra just as a Scot – any Scot – thinks of Scotland…

Over there in the United Kingdom that night, even before the full results had been announced, when it was already clear that Mr. Cameron would soon be commissioned by Her Majesty to form the next government, it was all about “one nation, one UK

David Cameron
: “Also we should never in politics duck the big issues, whether it’s dealing with our deficit, whether it is holding that referendum which we were right to hold on the future of Scotland in our United Kingdom, or indeed in the future that referendum that we must hold to decide Britain’s future in Europe.

My aim remains simple, to govern on the basis of governing for everyone in our United Kingdom. I want to make sure that our economic recovery reaches every part of our country. I want to make sure as our economy grows that the poorest in our country can benefit from that recovery and of the chance of work and a stronger future.

I want to make sure there are good schools for all our children, no matter where they live or what their background.

Above all I want to bring our country together, our United Kingdom together, not least by implementing as fast as we can the devolution that we rightly promised and came together with other parties to agree both for Wales and for Scotland.

In short I would like my party, and I hope the government I would like to lead, to reclaim the mantle that we should never have lost. The mantle of One Nation, one United Kingdom, that is how I will govern if I am fortunate enough to form a government in the coming days.”

Ooooooh oooooh oooooh what an election victory! Oi oi oi oi oi!

The first proclamation that Prime Minister David Cameron made after he & his Better Half Samantha had been over to Buckingham Palace to have a chat with Her Majesty the Queen about forming the next government of the United Kingdom – well, here’s

David Cameron’s speech in full!

And now the wheel’s still spinning : Election 2015: with 56 seats in her national bag, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Cameron must go further on devolution and is already calling for new tax and welfare powers to be devolved to Scotland as a priority !

About the referendum on the UK’s future in Europe, I heard Barroso in effect tell Richard Quest on CNN that the UK is such an important member of the EU that he was sure that the EU would prefer to accommodate some of the UK’s demands – would much prefer that to allowing the UK to quit the EU. My EU expert tells me that then other countries such as Italy might also want to have their share of concessions and that ultimately Germany might then say fack it and fack them! (the EU) – Sollen wir die goldene Gans sein? Sollen wir wie die Gans, die goldene Eier legt weiter?

Some time ago

Report abuse »

“Sweetest victory” says Prime Minister David Cameron

May 9th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International news

This is the sweetest victory of all (David Cameron) and he almost sounds like a victorious or better still triumphant African politician, since in Africa “power” is spoken of in terms of “Sweetness”. The popular saying in “Broken English” is, “Power sweet” i.e. power is sweet, the consequence of course being that once some African presidents or prime ministers have once “tasted” this “sweetness” – not of office, but of power, they are never willing to relinquish this “sweetness of power” and 2nd term, 3rd term , more terms, some would like to cling on to it forever – or till death do they part or depart from it. There are still some living examples of this tendency. Robert Mugabe/ King Bob is an example of that kind of attachment as opposed to non-attachment to power.

It was a stunning victory for David the lion-hearted, whipping the upstart, his Labour rival as he did by a good 99 seats – an absolute majority in the Lower House of Parliament. It’s the economy stupid – and that’s what it was. This means that even if Nicola Sturgeon and everybody in Scotland had voted for Labour, poor Eddie Miliband would have still been 39 seats short of getting even close to his second termer Prime Minister David Cameron. It’s the economy stupid and that’s why shortly after that five minute cruise in the Prime Ministerial Jaguar XJ Sentinel for a twenty five minute chat with a very happy Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II (also very happy about her latest grandchild Princess Charlotte) Prime Minister Cameron lost no time in re-appointing George Osborne as Chancellor of the Exchequer and in addition to that , has appointed Hon. George Osborne First Secretary of State as a reward and an extra show of appreciation. It’s a meritocracy. British.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List is next!

Then there were the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II celebrations coinciding with the Tory victory. As Rastaman Bob Marley sang,

As a man sow, shall he reap
And I know that talk is cheap.
But the hotter the battle
A the sweeter Jah victory.

There’s still some talk of tribal politics in the UK

(There have also been tribal wars of course, not least of all in Europe, Africa, and the Far East. Btw, did you know that the words “tribal” and ”tribe” still mainstream English words in the Oxford Dictionary are anathema in certain post-modernist African circles? They would like to create their own language and the truth is, no one is stopping them)

Saturday, 9th May, 2015: RUSSIA

Russian military parade, 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two

I mark – but not with bemusement – that among the boycotters of the event, Mr. Stefan Löfven was also not there in attendance at the Victory celebration in Moscow, but then again neither were any Swedish troops at the battle-front seventy years ago and Russia lost over twenty six million souls during various stages of that war. Indeed, it was Russian troops that finally liberated Auschwitz

Other news:

North Korea successfully test-fires ballistic missile from submarine

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un also celebrates the successful launch as “a time bomb which will go off on the backs of our hostile enemies at any time

All that’s needed to send some shivers down the spine of Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama (maybe) is for the Supreme Leader of Iran to say the same sort of things while addressing the Revolutionary Guards about the successful launch of an un-nuclear tipped ballistic missile. Just the other day, one of the Iranin generals said,

Today, the Islamic Iran’s pride and might has made the world’s biggest materialistic and military powers kneel down before the Islamic Republic.”

Other other news:

Who wants to be the next professor of poetry at Oxford ?

A few days ago there were these two interesting programs on Axess: –

Some surprising details from David J Taylor (writer and critic) on Orwell in the Civilization Series…

and German political science professor Karsten Fischer talking about Change as transformation (in English) in the 1900 hundreds

Report abuse »

The present continues: Big things happening: The 7th and 8th of May, 2015 will soon be here

May 4th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Jury, think about it : Before Freddie Gray was dragged into that Police van, he was alive and did not have a broken neck

Latest Swedish and International news

Mighty Congratulations to Floyd Mayweather !

Sunday morning Swedish time the boxing crown stayed with Floyd Mayweather, hands down, King Floyd threw those punches, won nine (9) out of 12 rounds and therefore the unanimous and indisputable points decision

Today: First the bad news:

Texas Attackers Communicated With Islamic State (ISIS) Operatives On Twitter

Prophet Muhammad Cartoon Provocations moves to the United States: Two shot dead

The Muslim leaders simply have to teach the faithful the best way of responding to this kind of provocation in the Wild West, that violence is not the way. (I was angry and gave the guy the finger and added the m-fk word – he asked me in the most threatening manner, “What did you just say? “ I looked at him and saw that his eyes were red, so ( instinct of self-preservation) for my own good I said, “I didn’t say anything”…

Bidad

Endless Ocean

Today: Assad loses battles as US, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and UAE arm Al Qaeda’s Syrian branches…

Yes, US, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and UAE arming Al-Qaeda terrorists…

Once uopn a time, Syria was at peace with itself.

A simple question: what is so bad about Assad and why would US & Israel so desperately want to topple Assad only to set up a unified al-Qaeda terrorist base right next to the Golan – or is the expected power struggle supposed to implode in Syria, forever or until the total and complete destructionof Syria ? God forbid !

Today, we (Sweden) are in the news again, a follow-up of yesterday’s agenda debate on STV 2:

The Guardian (Left Wing) :

Sweden urged to rethink parents’ choice over schools after education decline

At least one good thing should be happening on Friday morning of the 8th May, 2015 and it’s

Mighty Congratulations!!! :

Dearest Oga Toyin Falola

to be honoured

with an honorary doctorate by Lincoln University which is the alma mater of luminaries such as

Langston Hughes


Thurgood Marshall
,

Zik of Africa, also known as Nnamdi Azikiwe (a classmate of Thurgood Marshall)

William Fontaine

Africa’s great Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah

Cab Calloway

Oscar Brown, Jr.

Gil Scott-Heron

to name just a few…

On the 7th of May the UK goes to the polls. Today’s DN is full of it.

As you may have noticed, at that Question Time debate, Ed Miliband kept his left hand in his pocket whilst answering questions from the floor – hand in pocket, and it looked so contrived, striving to appear to be exuding nothing but self-confidence and to be looking statesmanlike whilst being floored by one question after the other. According to Dagens Nyheter , “The ugly duckling has acquired Style” and is now decked out in an expensive suit : he wants to be the UK’s next Prime Minister! If he were a Swedish Social Democrat he’d probably be playing the dandy and sporting a red red rose on his lapel/ breast-pocket/buttonhole. In any case we can be sure that he’s praying that the Scottish National Party doesn’t sweep (all the votes in) Scotland

One is oddly reminded of Neil Kinnock who, feeling buoyed by the opinion polls in which he was said to be leading, in an effort to look statesmanlike and worthy of occupying Number 10 Downing Street was already cruising around in something that resembled a Jaguar XJ Sentinel the UK prime minister’s usual means of locomotion.

Report abuse »

Here on Planet Earth: 2nd May, 2015 – a short note on the fight, on Baltimore and more…

May 2nd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

The latest Swedish and International news

The Mayweather – Pacquiao fight will be taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at about 5.a.m Sunday morning, Stockholm time. I like both fighters. Pacquiao is being portrayed as the good guy and I feel touched by Pacquiao saying, “I drank, womanizing, gambling, everything. But when I surrendered my life to the Lord, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior, I surrendered my whole life” and a little later, elsewhere, like David the shepherd boy about to face Goliath or like George W. Bush sworn enemy of Saddam who had tried to kill his father, Pacquiao hopes that, “The Lord will always be with me and strengthen me and deliver him into my hands.”

Deliver who? Floyd Mayweather? You want to crucify another of the Lord’s children, in the ring?

Well with the Lord, all things are possible – only problem is that Mayweather will most probably be saying the same kind of prayer to the Lord and not to the d-evil as he steps into the ring.

I know that I’m a bit of an unabashed racist when it comes to boxing and that for me the motto and prayer is always, may the black man or the black woman win! And may there be a resurrection of whoever it is that is knocked out.

The only thing I fear is that since there’s so much heavy betting on this affair, taking place in the Mecca of gambling, anything could happen. You remember when Buster Douglas knocked out Iron Mike in Japan – and then went out like a light, as we never heard of him after that?

Although Pacquiao is currently the underdog in both height and reach and number of knockouts delivered when measured against the as yet professionally undefeated Mayweather, Pacquiao is known to be both fast on his feet and quick with his hands – this means that his unexpected southpaw knockout punch or series of punches could come unexpectedly from nowhere and that’s what Mike Tyson thinks whilst Evander Holyfield is more guarded when he says that the match reminds him of the situation he was in in his fight with Mike Tyson…

Stockholm

On Friday, in the tube on the way to Kista, I met a young lady who told me that she was on her way to the SOUL DANCE at Mosebacke and explained to me, what it was all about.

I told her about Dr. Azmayesh and a little about the daf drum. She dropped off at T-Centralen and I continued the conversation with another young lady who told me about her vegetable garden – at the traditional “koloni lott” where the production, just as in most of Africa, is still ecological. I could have told her about early 1970’s Stockholm and the influence of Ann Wigmore and the likes of I and I growing wheat germ grass, which tasted and still tastes very chlorophyllic; I could have added that the Vietnam War ended forty years ago and some of the many hundreds of conscientious objectors in Stockholm where they had added so much to the social and cultural atmosphere, were eventually soon on the way back home…

Conclusion: What people did then is not much different from what people do now – except that now, everybody is not going to India on a spiritual mission as much as before, then we didn’t have computers, cellphones, and everybody wasn’t “training” or doing body building, Abdul Mati Klarwein’s neat artistic designs on record covers were equally interesting in those days, and the words xenophobia, islamophobia, unemployment, homeless were missing from the Swedish vocabulary

USA – land of the free !

It’s not a matter of terrorism or militant rap,
nor do I fear that I’ll become my own enemy,
in the instant that I preach.

What could happen in Baltimore could make what we’ve seen so far in Sweden the little flash known as the Husby riots, look like a schoolboys & girls picnic, a Boys Scouts jamboree…

Happening in Baltimore which is a big city in the world’s greatest Democracy:

Nothing as chilling as this partial list of the names of Black people so far killed by the US police this year and last year

No better news to hear than the news that the six Police officers who were there in the police vehicle transporting

Freddie Gray

and are therefore directly linked to the death of Freddie Gray

who died of a broken neck “spinal injuries” whilst in transit, back there in the police vehicle that was supposed to be transporting him from one place to another, not from life to death, and that’s why it’s very good news that these officers have been charged with being responsible for his death in transit to the police station. And it took two weeks of demonstarions to come to this point!

No one in Baltimore is more worthy of our admiration and respect than our courageous Black sister

Marilyn Mosby

doing what’s right, standing up for Human Rights that BLACK LIVES MATTER and after the preliminary investigations and common sense pointing in that direction, indicting the six police officers most directly and most certainly present in the vehicle where Freddie Gray met his untimely death.

Finally, having combed the media far and wide, here’s

the Black star commentary (by Ikhide) – on their indictment and our collective predicament and responsibility –

please pay the requiste attention to what he says…

To me it looks like the attacks on Black youth have increased and muliplied and given an extra prominence during Brother Obama’s tenure in the White House, and it’s a challenge, as if to say, ok you’re there, Black Boy, so what are you going to do about it?

If Malcolm X was president of the US – or Marcus Garvey or Robert Mugabe or the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, or James Baldwin, what would he or any of them be doing about it? It’s a question to ponder.

My neighbour Anders, turned me on to The Wire – when he said that it was “the Picasso” of TV series , otherwise week after week , the rest of my family had been watching The Wire religiously, series after series and I had been wondering what else was it about apart from crime? Indeed the crime rate in Baltimore is high – check it out – with an average of over 250 murders per year the past twenty years, and of course, it’s grinding poverty in the ghetto, the crucible in which they live and it’s poverty that’s said to be what gives energy to violent crime in the crucible…

Now there’s already some dumbass talk that the Baltimore police officers “did nothing wrong” – as if those who want to exonerate them of all responsibility were there in the van with them and saw it all happen back there in the back of the van with Freddie Gray and that’s why they broke his neck…

The worst case scenario now is that these police officers – all to a man are freed just as happened in the case of Trayvon Martin when George Zimmerman the guy who shot him was found “not guilty”

This time round should the verdict of not guilty be reached and the police officers in question all be set free, then you don’t have to be a new prophet to know that there will be hell to pay and it’s not only Baltimore that will burn so bright that the national guard will have to be dispersed everywhere to the war zones in the cities, maybe making it necessary that even some US troops will have to be recalled from the Middle East to put out the new fires in the US as the bruthas sing, burn, baby, burn!” as billions dollars’ worth damaged property goes up in smoke and to quell the looting sprees – because white on black, justice ought not be compromised because “justice delayed is justice denied” and as the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King said, in his letter from a Birmingham jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!”

Africa and the whole world is watching role model America …

Report abuse »