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A few hours ago:
Israeli woman stabbed to death
Refugee centre worker fatally stabbed in Sweden
Yesterday: Mr. Maju Bah from Sierra Leone stabbed to death in Stockholm (Condolences to his family and friends) May his soul rest in peace…
“Netanyahu took a swipe at Sweden, one of Israel’s most vocal critics in the EU, saying – when asked why more Palestinians have not been attracted to Islamic State – that “there are probably more Swedes in ISIS than Israeli Arabs, and that’s good.” (Jerusalem Post)
The full Transcript of Benjamin Netanyahu interviewed at Davos by Fareed Zakaria
in which Zakaria asked: How do you defeat the idea? How do you…? If you, if a Muslim leader were to come to you and say, look, 95% of my society is moderate, mainstream, non-violent, but I do have these pockets of extremism. What do you think is the answer to purging these Muslim societies of this, of extremism, even if it affects only a small minority?
Netanyahu: You want my…?
Netanyahu: In a word? I think the key is despair, it’s to rob them of hope, the hope that their wild fantasies will actually win out the day. That’s the main thing you have to say. They have to keep on defeating them over a persistent… Because this has been around, you know? This has been around for centuries. It’s been brewing under the surface and now it pops up and people have hope. Yes, we can establish the instant caliphate; yes, we can dominate the world; yes, we can re-impose a medieval creed, a savage creed that is a thousand years old, over modernity. And you have to show the opposite. No, modernity defeats you.”
This is an approach that has to be taken seriously, long before they come knocking on your door as they have already warned through e.g. this terrifying Al-Aqsa Mosque Address: The Upcoming Islamic State Should Conquer Rome, Washington, Paris Through Jihad.
The Swedish Sports Gala 2016 (could be better called Sweden’s Sports Oscars)
Video of the fabulous Swedish Sports Gala 2016
where Sarah Sjöström
was crowned queen of the night, several times.
Khaddi Sagnia – The 2015 outstanding newcomer
Håkan Ericson, impressive as 2015‘s outstanding sports leader – the coach of Swedish football glory:
Sweden’s under -21 Football team – European Champions, 2015
It was a really exciting presentation of the Honorary Award to the ice hockey trio, Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin and Niklas Lidstrom, three of the greatest Swedish ice hockey players of all time…
The year’s Male athlete: Johan Olsson, World Champion cross-country skier, winner of the 15 kilometres cross country skiing
Sarah Sjöström (swimming): The year’s best female athlete. She took two World Championship Gold Medals and set Two World Records…
The Jerring Prize: Sarah Sjöström – for the second year in a row.
The program was superb, causing me to feel so humble and at the same time so nationalistic – (one usually forgets about humility when brim-full of pride and feeling nationalistic, His Majesty’s birthday, Royal Weddings etc) although surprisingly enough this time the heart-tugging Swedish National Anthem did not accompany each and every high point of the evening – of course the National Anthem always makes some of us emotional/ sweetly sentimental – except when hearing the drums of terror or war) and this time wistfully emotional about what one was reminded of today: Sweden, a great sporting nation with great sportsmen and sportswomen, many of them many times over World champions, European Champions, world record holders and world record breakers. The music too was good, with the Teddy Bears bringing the whole event to a grand finale..
Good: an al-Jazerra discussion programe :
China looks to bolster its Middle East reach
In the pipeline: railway that will link China to Iran…
The planned Silk Road railway will ultimately be arching up to Europe, and all the way to Stockholm, hopefully, in our lifetime. The last armchair travelling that I did was with Paul Theroux through his travelogue “The Great Railway Bazaar”
- a great read….
Good. I’m thinking positively and so are they: The President of Iran meets the Pope (at the Vatican)
The big meet would be the Supreme Leader of Iran meeting with His Holiness the Pope, at the Vatican or at Tehran – then it could be one holy man meeting with another holy man.
Hope, which I recently learned is a word which means assurance /trust/ confidence in the Almighty, when it occurs in the Bible.
Hope fulfilled : How they must have been patiently suffering and praying that the blessed day would soon come. With the sanctions finally lifted, Sweden’s business community hopes to vastly increase their exports to Iran
Our neighbour : Denmark passes new refugee/ immigration Law whereby relatively rich refugees cannot easily gain access to welfare bailouts but must qualify in the same way as all other Danish citizens. A strong comment about this
USA: Later tonight Ms Hillary Clinton will be duelling with Bernie Sanders . They both want to be elected leader of the free world. And so does Donald Trump.
Despite Brother Obama’s near endorsement of old lady Hillary as “ smart “ and “experienced” whilst describing Brother Sanders as a “bright, shiny object” it’s not going to be a one-horse race for the Democratic nomination. I’m sure that in this evening’s debate even in the given 90 seconds that she will have to answer the questions that she’s sure to be expecting – she will spend all of the little time showing off that she’s a besserwisser and should be the United States next Commander-in-Chief, the one who knows exactly how to handle Bill , Putin, China, and when necessary (after listening to Bill) where to send in the marines. Every time I think of her as commander-in-chief I also think of the Russian ultra nationalist, Vladimir Zhirinovsky who famously said of Finland’s Elisabeth Rehn, soon after she was appointed Finland’s Minister of Defence, “I cannot respect a country that has a female as its minister of defence!” Now, I liked Madeleine Albright very much indeed and equal respect for Mary Robinson and we don’t have to say anything about Republican Reagan’s best friend Margaret Thatcher apart from singling out this one fact, that throughout the Iron Lady’s political career her husband Denis Thatcher was very much in the background, much more so than Edward Heath…
The problem with Hillary Clinton is that she seems to be always putting on airs, and it may be because of her peruk she is increasingly beginning to look and to act like Dolly Parton
More Sweden: Once again, it’s Wallström, Wallström & Wallström!
To say the least, this is very serious, appearing as it does in Mondoweiss, that
“Adelson newspaper suggests Swedish foreign minister deserves assassination for questioning Israeli policy”
Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has been reported to the Constitutional Committee for the second time, this time for not informing the Foreign Affairs Committee about Swedish assistance to France in the fight against the ISIS terrorists after the attacks in Paris in November.
She’s still dealing with the big bad world of International Affairs:
Polisario gravely disappointed in Wallström
Margot Wallström’s Sweden sorting things out with Morocco and Western Sahara: Understandably, Khadad Emhamed says about her, “I am shocked and disappointed” – about Ms Wallström’s flip-flopping on the support for Western Sahara independence that the Swedish Government had declared at the Social Democrat Congress and have now done an about face turn leaving West Saharans in the lurch.
In today’s DN debate article, Julia Finér, chair, human rights and aid organization Emmaus Stockholm argues that it’s A historical mistake not to recognize the Western Sahara
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