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God’s wonderful world

May 19th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International News

Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

The Gatestone Institute


A few BBC Hardtalk episodes


Silk Road Summit

The Islamic Republic of IRAN : Presidential elections today ! Hassan Rouhani is of proven mettle and given that after 119 days in office President Trump kick-starts his very first trip abroad, not in Iran but in Saudi Arabia (Iran’s arch-enemy) and from there to a not so good friend, Israel, and from there to Papa Francis 1 to pray that America becomes God-fearing and great again and to beg God’s forgiveness, with sincere promises not to do it again) the majority of Iranians should prefer not to be further isolated from the wild west, because such isolation has economic consequences even if his conservative opponent, 56 year old Ebrahim Raisi is promising to triple the amount of money that is going to be given to the poor.

London : Julian Assange is a very happy man today because the Swedish prosecutor has decided to drop the rape charge investigations against him

France : After a few days in office, President Macron’s first trip abroad is to Mali.

NIGERIA: Cause for celebration : Through negotiations, 62 of the Chibok Girls that were kidnapped by Boko Haram, have regained their freedom in exchange for the release of five Boko Haram warriors from prison…

Denmark :

This kind of anti-Semitism is reprehensible in 21st century, post-Holocaust Europe and should neither be permitted nor encouraged.

Third World War

Putin Warns Against WW3

Ha ha ha : Netanyahu not invited to go with Trump to Western Wall as US official says it’s part of West Bank

The military exercise Aurora //Aurora-17

Yesterday (Thursday) Sweden’s Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist met USA’s Mad Dog Mattis

By Peter Hultqvist Sweden’s Minister of Defence and Micael Bydén Sweden’s Supreme Commander (Military) :

Risk of disinformation about the military exercise Aurora

Sweden : The other night, could you believe it a party leaders’ debate in which every party leader was brilliantly themselves. It’s absolutely clear to me that Jonas Sjöstedt the leader of the Left Party is closer to Jesus and Muhammad (S.A.W.) than e.g. Jimmie Åkesson. We will bear this in mind when they start discussing “Swedish values” and we won’t forget what we bear in mind when it’s voting time.

A devastating report in yesterday’s DN, about the new wave of violence sweeping over our big cities, Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, : The Men Who Shoot

Bilan Osman has started a series of articles in DN on the very sensitive subject of Islam and the prospects of reform. Reform perfection?

Her articles are going to provoke a debate, at least in this country. Hopefully, Muslim voices will be heard and will prevail over the voices of Islam’s most hostile critics, the Jews and the kuffar.

Praise God! The jihadists exhorted their local supporters to last minute terrorist attacks but their exhortations must have fallen on deaf ears; in any case they did not succeed in disrupting the French Presidential elections!

The democratic world needs Macron to succeed” says Bernard-Henri Lévy

In the same spirit, in equal measure, the democratic world should also need the Kurds to succeed so that “Independent Kurdistan will be a shining star” wishes Bernard-Henri Lévy and other well wishers.

What kind of optimism does he have about an independent Palestinian State, I wonder. There, the man of the new moment is Ismail Haniya the new political leader of HAMAS

Bad News: Michael Moore filming Donald Trump documentary Fahrenheit 11/9

More trouble : Congo-Kinshasa

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Stockholm. Friday, 28th April : Future tense.

April 28th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International News

Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

The Gatestone Institute


A few BBC Hardtalk episodes

You can close your eyes.

Pope Francis to visit the Copts in Egypt

Jay Z to make documentary series about race and inequality in the Trump era

US to supply Estonia with advanced fighter planes

Security in the Baltics: USA to send 1,000 military personnel to Gotland (Sweden) for the Aurora military exercises


Since the end of round one of the French Presidential Elections last Sunday, there have been several newspaper articles in which the pundits have told us that Macron should not take his forthcoming victory as fore-granted. Reminds one, unpleasantly, about what happened with Neil Kinnock in 1992 – a week before election day he was already cruising around in a Black Jaguar or was it a Daimler that looked like the Prime Minister’s limousine…

After reading Roger Cohen’s warning in the NYT in which he says that “the greatest danger to Emmanuel Macron, at once the fresh face of French politics and a familiar product of the French system, is the assumption that his first-round electoral victory makes triumph in the second round inevitable.” – and many similar warnings/ fears expressed in the Swedish press – poorly informed and far away in Stockholm here one still has a sense that even if there is or there is not a terrorist attack before the French presidential elections, predictably, Macron will win – because he is the one who best represents the more moderate values that most of France and the world (including the EU) would like to see reflected by France. La France.

Not exactly a clash of civilisations but at the heart of the matter: French Values and which of the two presidential candidates best represents the world famous “French values” of Liberté, égalité, fraternité – will it be Macron’s en marche (Moderate French Values) – touted as “The choice for French Muslims” or will it be Marine Le Pen Inc. (a slightly more reaching back to a more intense and Frenchly French value, some critics say an extreme form of xenophobia and Islamophobia, the former, certainly not a good Christian virtue considering the parable of “The Good Samaritan” – the latter (Islamophobia) particularly inflamed by all recent acts of so called “Islamic” terror/ terrorism, in France.

But in a people as emotional and level-headed as the French (emotional about Liberté, égalité, fraternité – and – level-headed about Liberté, égalité, fraternité – this time around the election will be about the economy, French Citizenship, immigration etc. and French values will determine how French Citizens cast their ballot in this contest between a more extreme and a more moderate – in my opinion moderation should have a greater gravitational pull…

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The war of words between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump set to escalate.

April 25th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International News

Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

The Gatestone Institute


A few BBC Hardtalk episodes

USA’s Minister of Justice Jeff Sessions says that arresting Julian Assange is a priority

What about Edward Snowden?

Roots: An unfinished/unfinalised war at the end of which the North was much more technologically advanced than the South…

If Saddam indeed had “weapons of mass destruction” would the US have invaded?

And if in addition to Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq had a couple of nuclear weapons each what would happen then?

Israel would negotiate immediately and without preconditions. Because Israel can only use their nuclear weapons and survive – if the Almighty will allow it.

The man of the moment : Kim Jong-un

Dear everybody, we only have this planet. So Trump had better be careful. Kim Jong-un is dangerous and is not afraid of Trump. Nuff said.

Of relevance if we want to understand IS’s appeal to young would-be jihadists – including those from Sweden, is Malise Ruthven being interviewed here on Axess TV (in English) about the IS jihadists

Of relevance to the French Presidential elections which Macron is going to win even if the Muslims don’t vote for him :

Salafi-Jihadi Campaign Against Muslim Participation In French Presidential Elections

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Worldly matters.

April 19th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International News

Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

The Gatestone Institute


A few BBC Hardtalk episodes

Dateline London ( Last Sunday’s episode was brilliant)

One strong man to another :

USA’s Trump phones Turkey’s Erdogan to congratulate him on the referendum

Theresa May calls for early Elections in the UK

North Korea: V-P Pence says “ The era of strategic patience is over

Palestinian Prisoners hunger strike

The embattled Rima Khalaf (Executive Secretary of UN ESCWA 2010-2017) defends herself on BBC Hardtalk

Stepehen Sackur’s opening question to her was

Now that the dust has settled for a few weeks on this episode of you , the report you commissioned on Israel and Apartheid , you’ve had some time to reflect on it all, do you have regrets about the way you handled it?

On hearing “now that the dust of battle has settled” my initial, rather my immediate reaction to the whole question was that indeed the dust of battle settled a long time ago, soon after the six day war, and as to the other connotations as opposed to the denotation of the word “settles” there’s the never-ending new influx of settlers, still forever settling on the West Bank which today’s Israelis, just like the Israelites of yore , still refer to as “Judea and Samaria”

Sometimes this Stephen Sackur is a bully.

There he is sitting in the BBC control tower in London, with a gentlemanly smile or frown saying “be my guest” and calling all the shots. Over the years I can give hundreds of instances of Sackur, towering like an omniscient colossus, never short when it comes to memory, bullying, bamboozling people, with sleight of hand pulling all kinds of facts and figures out of his magician’s rabbit hat, confronting some of his guests with their sins or lapses into error – I suppose that’s why the programme is called “Hardtalk” – that Mr. Sackur’s guest had better be prepared to take the heat in the studio kitchen or not sit on that hot seat or electric chair at all. In any case, so far Sackur’s guests have all survived; there have been no sudden heart attacks in the middle of any of his interrogations. Perhaps it’s also a matter of temperament – I can imagine some dignified albeit volatile African leaders/ representatives of jihadism and prone to violence this could lead to an exchange of blows – at least a headbutt right there in the studio – even if – and I’m sure of it – at heart Sackur is nothing like a pugilist, but the occasion might arise where he may have to defend himself, physcially.

I guess that sometimes a questionnaire is sent to the prospective interviewee about the state of his/her blood pressure. I should like to see how Sackur handles a probably much more aggressive Richard A Falk the beast and lead author of the Apartheid Report on Israel.

Israel and Apartheid ?

You want to hear the truth?

Hmmm. Where are the gas chambers?

It’s not a White versus Black scenario, South Africa’s demonic Apartheid style and that’s the crux of the matter.

Even before Jimmy Carter’s book Palestine : Peace not Apartheid (published in 2006) for which he took a lot of flak, that was the crux of the matter.

In South Africa in 2001 there was the world conference against racism to which Israel and the United States did not send any delegates.

Long before that there was the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379 which equated Zionism with racism

1993 – 1995 or thereabouts I read The Palestine Times weekly serialisation of Israel Shahak essays on the Jewish religion. These essays were later on published as a book entitled Jewish History, Jewish Religion (The weight of three thousand years) published by Pluto Press 2004) with a forward by Gore Vidal.

As early as then, page 2 : “The actual policies Israel pursued after the Six Day War, and in particular the apartheid character of the Israeli regime in the Occupied Territories and the attitude of the majority of Jews to the issue of the rights of the Palestinians, even in the abstract, have merely strengthened this conviction

Bottoms Line : The Jewish State

James Brown and the Original JB’s

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The futuristic Trump was right : Last night in Sweden, who would have believed it?

April 10th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International News

Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

The Gatestone Institute


A few BBC Hardtalk episodes

Since I was incommunicado between Wednesday night and late Sunday afternoon, I only got to know about the crazy terror attack in Stockholm at approximately 1600 hrs on Sunday evening. It was, I thought, surreal – athough one does not have to be a prophet – of any nation – to know that the next terrorist attacker, probabaly traumatised, culture-shocked, definitely dangerous, is on his way.

Terrorist attack in Stockholm

Trump : Last night in Sweden who would have believed it?

Last Night in Sweden. Problems? What problems?

Fact: Trump was right

Today he could say, “I told you so” without anyone batting an eyelid not any of the sanctimonious Swedish media breathing Swedish Exceptionalism or any of the political corps, from the deep left to the self-righteous so called New Conservatives kicking up a storm of criticism as they did the last time Trump merely asked, “Sweden ! Who could have believed it?”

I understood then that President Trump who obviously has more brains than hair, certainly more brains than some of our Swedish politicians, could have also been speaking prophetically as some of the ancient prophets of Israel did ,though not necessarily in the name of YAHWEH as they sometimes did, speaking about their visions of the past the present and the future simultaneously, sometimes using the same tense, the present,for the past and future all rolled into one continuous spinning ball.

One thing’s for sure, the lone wolf Uzbek refugee terrorist was not a professional genius – thank God – because if he was he could have killed hundreds or thousands – like the many thousands that are being killed daily (check your fact checker) in the killing fields of Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya – to name just a few of the killing fields, including the many, many mistakes that pass with mere apologies, great regret – as “collateral damage when non-Islamic combatant forces, drones & bomber-planes accidentally bomb innocent hospitals – in Syria, Afghanistan , even wedding parties in Waziristan

So far, I only know of two other people from Uzbekistan, neither of whom is a potential terrorist, one of whom I met during a seminar on Israeli politics conducted by one Rabbi David Rose, here in Stockholm just a few weeks before the 1999 Israeli elections which Ehud Barak won with a landslide. At the end of the seminar one of the Jewish participants, a guy named Eugene, born and bred in Uzbekistan came up to me in the corridor, nose to nose, to tell me that I should not raise my voice above his when I’m sitting in the same room as him at which point I thought “messing with the wrong nigga” : this white boy Uzbek is now being aggressive – he probably hasn’t met any dark skinned fellow before and so doesn’t quite realise that standing nose-to-nose against me like that, would be standing too close to danger. I could have given him a headbutt there and then resulting in at least a bloody nose – his. For someone from my end of the earth that would have been the right thing to do. Apparently he was still surprised by my surprise that through no fault of my own he had not been permitted to be taught anything about his Jewish Faith back there in Uzbekistan or was probably still feeling incensed that at one point of the short exchange I said that I thought that they should all be deported. (I meant the Muslims of course – that all the Muslims in Uzbekistan should be deported.) Because of bad experiences, the words deport and deportation are anathema to those Jews who have an historic sense of persecution.

(Ditto in Sweden too, for absolute peace and quiet and to hasten the rise of the Islamic Caliphate in Sweden, all Swedes should be deported – maybe to Denmark and Norway, and the Muslims of Sweden left to their own devices, to take care of their new Islamic country. That would solve many problems. They want a Sharia country in Scandinavia, so give them at least one. Peace and love. And Security)

The second person that I know from Uzbekistan have heard so much about but have not yet met personally is Lev Leviev said to be the biggest diamond cutter in the world.

The value of the Sweden Democrats stocks must go up as they get a few more percentage points in the opinion polls from this first act of terror in Stockholm, which means that if the refugee terrorist trend continues, then the no nonsense Jimmie Akesson is likely to be our next Prime Minister and Anna Batra his deputy Prime Minister.Just kidding. But who knows tomorrow? This was just a wakeup call with the first terrorist attack in Sweden so far, but what could happen to the political spectrum – the smorgasbord of those who want to lead us if God forbid there are a few more terrorist attacks before the next elections?

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Mother Svea wants you!

March 3rd, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International News

Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael


A few BBC Hardtalk episodes
My James Bond Years – by Bernard Porter
Trump and Sweden again – by Bernard Porter

Sweden-Russia Relations

Fear of The Bear : Swedish defence wants more money

If I’m not wrong, the Russians used to think of Carl Bildt (forever greatly paranoid about Russia) as an American poodle.


Let’s hope that they do not interfere in the next Swedish elections

The Swedish mission in Afghanistan

The Sweden Afghanistan Report

(It’s amazing to learn that Sweden’s input in Afghanistan has cost the tax payer eighteen billion kronor! Terese Cristiansson‘s news headline in today’s DN reads ” Low marks for a costly input.” I missed attending this ABF event about Sweden’s engagement in Afghanistan

So I googled Bengt Kristiansson and Kajsa Johansson and the Afghanistan Committee perspective for further information.

Mother Svea wants you! (Möder Svea vill ha dig!)

Which is not a signal that a radical Black Jew or Black Christian or Black Muslim or a Black Somebody, like a Black Swede or a Black Anybody should mis-interpret as “Black Power’s gon get your momma

In case any of the uninitiated is wondering, “Who is Mother Svea?” or “Why does she want me – me in particular?” or “What does she look like?”, well here’s a little about all one needs to know about Mother Svea

As far as National Personification goes, fact is that Mother Svea is the Swedish equivalent of Uncle Sam ( US = Uncle Sam ) and just now “Mother Svea wants you” means that in Sweden, conscription has returned : 4,000 youngsters will be doing their military service next year.

This is no surprise whatsoever, even if Sweden is the most peaceful nation that the Almighty in His wisdom created and that’s why Swedem hasn’t known war in two hundred years, although in truth, Sweden has not always been the most peaceful and democratic nation in the world – every ignoramus should know that in the seventeenth century (just like George W. Bush) the Great King of Sweden Gustavus Adolphus was busy kicking ass everywhere – in his case, everywhere in Europe, respect, establishing Sweden as a Great Power.

But today, Mama Svea is not the great military power she once was, kicking ass everywhere, in fact, today the truth now is that Mama Svea is a little worried about the Russian Bear which is breathing hard, well not exactly everywhere, but we can feel his breath as a strong, cold wind blowing over the Baltic Sea, in the middle of which there’s our little Gotland. There’s also Ukraine, Crimea, Syria and if Trump is not very careful biting off more than he can chew he could be foolish enough to go locking horns with the Russian Bear over IRAN and risk – Heaven forbid, seeing his little baby Israel disappear into thin air – or radioactive dust because both Iran and Hezbollah – and who knows – at the last minute the others (of the Islamic Brotherhood) – Egypt, Saudi Arabia etc. could make a suicide pact and join in the fray, to dump everything, every payload that they’ve got on Dimona which is in the holy land and with a sigh of relief watch the whole thing go up in smoke – unlike the holy smoke from the daily animal sacrifices of yore which some want to restore when they build the next holy temple , the smoke of the animal sacrifices said to be (according to LEVITICUS 1:13), “a burnt offering, a fire offering with a pleasing fragrance to the Lord.”

But back to twenty-first century reality and why Mama Sweden wants you.

This should come as no surprise whatsoever, because – exactly as Nobel Laureate Albert Einstein in some circles known as “the father of the atomic bomb” put it :

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

After reading about Einstein’s views on religion one has no illusions that he believed that God is or was going to save us either from the Holocaust or from the devil and it does make absolute sense what Talmud says :

One must never stand in a place of danger expecting a miracle to protect the faithful” (Kiddushin, 39b)

Do I love the Jewish people? Yes.
Is there anyone I don’t love? No – apart from the devil. I don’t love him.

Trump wants to invest a trillion dollars on the US military

Gil Scott- Heron: Work for peace (The military and the monetary

Today more than ever, we are living in dangerous times and you’ve probably heard the Donald say from the bottom of his heart that he’s gonna make Uncle Sam Great Again in which case, in this era of fake news and mass deception your ears were not deceiving you, in fact, you heard him right that building the Great Wall of China along the US- Mexico border is part of making Uncle Sam GREAT AGAIN, but more importantly, at his inauguration he took the sacred oath of office when he laid his hand on the Holy Bible and swore

I Donald J. Trump do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Donald Trump

Of course, not only to “defend the Constitution of the United States”, about greatness / the Great Uncle Sam, Trump has said

I will make our Military so big, powerful & strong that no one will mess with us!

Just now, I’m closing my eyes and like John Lennon just trying to imagine our Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Peter Hultqvist his Minister of Defence receiving Vladimir Putin in Stockholm and putting it to him straight in a language that Putin understands very well, the Russian language, saying to him in unmistakable Russian :

Vladimir, let he and she that has ears hear: I’m going to make our Swedish military so powerful and so strong, that no one , I mean NO ONE is ever going to dream of messing with us !

But now, at best, with Sweden not a member of NATO, our dear Prime Minister probably still a little nervous about what Trump originally said about European NATO members having to pay their fair share in maintaining full NATO protection, he can only say something like what the Palestinian Brother Husam Zomlot, responding to his interlocutor on BBC Hardtalk said last night:

We are worried, indeed we are worried about some of these signals, but you know we might not be the strongest party in the world , definitely as Palestinians, but we are certainly the strongest when it comes to our issue

Trump’s “I will make our Military so big, powerful & strong that no one will mess with us !“, his biggest, most powerful and strongest military that the world has ever known or will ever know could be of no avail, especially not against the sort of earthquake and the flak that he will be sure to take when and if he finally moves his embassy headquarters from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or starts talking about rebulding the temple – if he thinks that’s the best deal for Israel within his own life time

Making America greater than ever before, by among other things building the biggest, most powerful and strongest military that the world has ever known will mean that he will be needing to big-up the number of soldiers in his army to go and fight any crazy wars that he may decide to embark on and that in a very short while we will be seeing these image posters probably with a nice portrait of Great Uncle Trump on them announcing:

Uncle Sam Wants You !

Me? My only song is this one

and Donovan’s Universal soldier

and Bob Dylan’s Masters of War

and Marvin Gaye’s question “What’s goin’ on ?

and Curtis Mayfield’s If there’s a hell below, we’re all going to go

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En Marche! The fallout from President Trump’s innocent comments about Sweden, will never end

February 28th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International News

Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

Wes Montgomery
Israel & the Pals almost exchanging blows in this video:

Will Israel annex Palestinian territories? – Inside Story

France is finally on the move – En Marche !

aljazeera: Emmanuel Macron

¤Emmanuel Macron¤

Minister Farrakhan: Have No Fear For The Future: The Future is Ours!

Wayne Shorter : Speak No Evil
The Rinkeby Riot by Bernard Porter

I had a nice evening at Brian Kramer’s Blue Monday at Engelen

I dropped by expecting Chuck Anthony to be playing with Brian and was pleasantly surprised that it was Stevie Klasson – a real blues showman being featured – it was a round of applause for each and every solo by Kramer, Klasson, Kramer’s steady bass man, great harmonica, drums. I first saw Klasson at a music shop – I saw this guy with a feather in his hat come in, pick up a steel string acoustic guitar and was wondering, “Can he do something?” and then listened to him rip off some Blind Lemon Jefferson, straighten up and leave just as mysteriously, left me wondering, “Who’s that dude?” Next week same time, same place, Kramer & Co with Jon Berger. The evening came to a rapturous end just before 2300 pm. but,

The fallout from President Trump’s innocent comments about Sweden, will never end

Who can stop it? It is vibrating and will be re-verb-erating till “the last syllable of recorded time”…


The villain of the piece is one con-man impersonator by the name Nils Bildt a wanton, pathological liar and a malicious purveyor of false news about our Sweden. The surname Bildt might sound familiar but let me hasten to add that this sodden piece of goods “Nils Bildt” is an unknown entity in Sweden and not even remotely related to our son of the soil, even though he has the same first name ” Nils” and the same surname “Bildt”, as our former Prime Minister of Sweden whose full name is Nils Daniel Carl Bildt, of noble Swedish breed and minted here in Sweden!

The tale spins on with this very latest : Sweden’s Former PM Says Mass Migration Makes Country Safer

From time to time I have reasoned like that too:

that since Sweden is not bombing IS, IS has no reason to be bombing Sweden,
that since Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström is demonstrably supportive of the Palestinian cause – no supporter of the Palestinian cause has any reason to be wishing to do our Sweden any harm and since the Swedish trade delegation led by our Prime Minister arrived in Tehran – and because of the numerous Iranians living here in Sweden there has never been nor is there ever likely to be any bad wishes for Sweden from the Islamic Republic or allies. (For some enlightenment about Sweden-Iran relations and such good relations go back several centuries, please read Ashk Dahlén‘s forward to Kent Eklind’s book on Iran

It was Fredrik the Great Reinfeldt, so far the most successful leader of the Swedish/ the New Swedish Conservative Party who started the ball rolling during his last days in office when he exhorted his Swedish countrymen and women with his clarion call : Open your hearts !

I was also moved by his words, not that my heart had been closed before he said “open your hearts!” – like God said “Let there be light” – and there was light. With the Great Fredrik, for some people whose hearts remain closed it has been mostly like what John said about Jesus: “and the light shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not

It is this “open your hearts” policy that Carl Bildt is “personally very proud” of as he blows his Swedish horn in his Washington Post opinion piece entitled “The truth about refugees in Sweden

So far, his opinion piece has generated 700 comments in that paper, giving us a fair idea of what mostly non-Swedes believe is happening/ has happened in Sweden. His article has also been generating strong reactions in other media outlets, especially here in Sweden. The curious thing is that right now there is a hue and cry about how wrongly Sweden is being presented to the outside world by this sexed up Fox News documentary, but no one has really taken e.g. Ingrid Carlqvist to task for crowning Sweden “The Rape capital of the West
or for these her articles about Sweden which do not showcase her beloved country in anything like a glorious light.

Normally, it should have been a golden opportunity for the new party leader Anna Kinberg Batra as the successor to the Great Reinfeldt to be chirping along or at least to be blowing her own trumpet for Sweden, in unison with Carl Bildt her former party leader, Prime Minister, Special Envoy to the Balkans and lastly Foreign Minister in the Great Reinfeldt’s government, but for the fact that just a week ago she (a wannabe next prime minister of Sweden) unwisely made a major announcement – a wrong move that has caused her popularity to nose-dive in the opinion polls: she announced that the anti-immigration party the Sweden Democrats was to be her comrade-in-arms in toppling our wonderful Social Democrat Government.

But there’s still room for her recovery. No doubt she is now the underdog and as underdog she might win some sympathy, even if not a round of applause for each and every solo. I don’t forget Mingus

Sweden Democrats stoutly resist the holy rosy picture being painted of Sweden and are strongly asserting that it is disingenuous to say that they are smearing beloved country Sweden

“Somebody got murdered on New Year’s Eve
Somebody said dignity was the last to leave
I went into the city, went into the town
Went into the land of the midnight sun…

I went down where the vultures feed
I would’ve got deeper, but there wasn’t any need
Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men
Wasn’t any difference to me …

Soul of a nation is under the knife
Death is standing in the doorway of life…”(Dignity by Bob Dylan)

Carolina 2

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Why blame Trump?

February 23rd, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International News

Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael


A strong response to my last post, by Salimonou Kadiri
Jimmie Åkesson and Mattias Karlsson :
Trump Is Right: Sweden’s Embrace of Refugees Isn’t Working

Once upon a time

CC Rider (I’m playing this song and thinking about Israel)

Settled in Sweden

Give credit where credit is due: To his credit, President Trump has probably heard it said that “Sweden has not been at war for over two hundred years“, enough reason for him to be flustered and flabbergasted and and that’s why we hear him say and take it to heart:”You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?” Our own Jimmie Åkesson too could say, “Fings ain’t what they used to be” and maybe he too would like to Make Sweden Great Again.

Bear with me – “for me to stay I’ve got to be me”

The late Al Jarreau sang,

You don’t see me

I listened to the late Brother sing, over here at the concert house in Stockholm, sometime ago,

You got a right to shout,
You’ve been living the Golden Rule
” (Letter Perfect)

I’m not at all angry. Why should I be?

This was a hit song in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in 1981 : It’s my house (and I live here)

I remember someone knocking on my hotel door (Aba Lodge). I open the door and it’s a call-girl stinking of perfume and waving a bottle of beer that she’s holding in her hand as she enquires, tipsy and a little unsteady on her feet, “Where is the man who used to live here?” I tell her “I don’t know” and then she has the temerity to ask me, “Can I come in ?”

That was many years ago.

2017. I know what I’m saying, because I live here, have lived here since 1971 and I am aware. Aware that there are no polar bears running around in the streets of Stockholm

Trump and Sweden

I know that it’s a matter of national honour that in Sweden everything’s okidoki, immigration, integration, national health, education, and that it was only as far back as two weeks before the Merry Christmas of 2010 and not last night or a couple of days ago that we could talk about one Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly who blew himself up in the middle of one of Stockholm’s crowded main streets, Drottninggatan (the Queen’s Street) in the middle of the mad Christmas shopping hours, his hope being that he would thereby take as many innocents with him, as possible. Fortunately for his intended victims, the street around him was not as crowded as he had prayed it should be just at that precise moment around him when he detonated the explosive device strapped on his person and because he bungled the job – only had himself and fate to blame for things not working out as he had planned. So, he ascended alone to Paradise and to his reward, the 72 holy virgins waiting there for him.

Although this is not something that happened last night, we can still ask, “Why Sweden?” Why Sweden that never did Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly any harm?

Sweden angry with Trump” (Holy, sactimonious Swedes’ “righteous indignation”)

And why Blame Trump? Because he said “last night”? He would only need a little foresight to talk about tomorrow (any day now) and then crow, “I told you so!”

Ditto : France, Germany, the EU headquarters, Belgium.
God save Sweden, the queen and the United Kingdom…

The original question: Why blame Trump? Because he viewed and believed and was thereby misled by the serpent of a TV documentary that was misleadingly stitched together about Sweden and aired on Fox News? We could argue that if only Trump had access to the upbeat rosy, glowing assessments of our late great Hans Rosling he would have had a better grip on reality when it comes to exactly how things are in Sweden and the rest of the big bad world, would have had less reason for despair about his troika of China, Russia and Iran, more reason to dream about a more positive future for the developing world, Africa, Asia, South America, even Antarctica…

A better title yet, this book by J.A. Rogers which I gave to Chernor J many years ago, then published as “Don’t blame nature ” – because sooner or later each and every young Afro-Swede has to grapple with realities around that sort of problem.

Why blame nature?

… the nature of The Beast (the name of the presidential limousine.)

It’s almost like a sickness now, blaming Trump for everything. As the Holy Quran tells its readers,

In their hearts is a disease, and Allah increaseth their disease. A painful doom is theirs because they lie.”

As the Nobel Laureate prophesied,

Only a matter of time ’til night comes steppin’ in

In fact Mr. Dylan was very clear about the state of things as far back as 1983 – and if you don’t believe me, just check out these here lyrics in “Union Sundown

They don’t make nothin’ here no more
You know, capitalism is above the law

sounds like an essential part of Trump’s election platform about Making America Great Again!!

Change has come!!!!!

In Sweden, something like all our last nights and all our yesterdays becoming our tomorrows. Indeed, we are living in the last days….

On Tuesday’s idea & critique it was Peter Englund, not asking “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf/ Margaret Thatcher/ Theresa May/ Anna Kinberg Batra ?” but informing us that

In Donald Trump, the US has got its most dangerous leaders ever !

This kind of media opinion being penned in Sweden. “Sweden ! Who would believe this?”

Who would believe this powerful article by one Hynek Pallas surfacing on the culture pages of yesterday’s Dagens Nyheter? Like Dagens Nyheter’s commander-in-chief Peter Wolodarski and indeed almost without exception from the army of the Swedish nation’s journalists worth their salt, this one was not only taking out his knife and fork for President Trump, this time he was going to have his devil, Trump’s chief adviser Stephen Bannon for breakfast – in this epistle according to Pallas:

This is how Trump’s adviser corresponds to the classic image of evil

at one point comparing Bannon who appears on Time Magazine’s cover – as “The great manipulator” comparing him to the role played by Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello

The bard is on the ball as usual: “Manipulator of crowds, you’re a dream twister

Too true:

The bridge at midnight trembles
The country doctor rambles
Bankers’ nieces seek perfection
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring
” (Love Minus Zero / No Limit)

but it’s not all Machiavellian cloak and daggers, the devil’s smoke and mirrors skulduggery. Stockholm has so much to offer in terms of creative living. As late as only last week Monday (13th February ( I almost said “last night”) I discovered poetess Kristina Frostenson – winner of the 2016 prize for Nordic Literature, in conversation with Ingrid Elam a literary critic, also a representative of the Nordic Council and of course K-F’s lyrical reading her own poetry – as nobody else can – at the rotunda at Stockholm’s main public library at Sveavägen.

She spoke highly of another Swedish poet, Vilhelm Ekelund and – not a surprise for a Nordic Literature prize winner, she spoke positively about the Danish Language. That was some quality evening , had to resist going over to tell her what I thought but finally didn’t, for fear of unnecessarily maybe occupyig too much space…

Stockholm, Sweden. On Tuesday, more poetry, this time at the Romanian Cultural Instituteat Skeppsbron 20 in the Old Town, where Magda Carneci (Romanian poet) and Agnes Gerner (Swedish poet) read some of their poetry in their respective languages. A special mention must be made of the Swedish actor who read Magda Carneci’s poetry as rendered in translation into Swedish – he read so beautifully, followed by a discussion between the two poets, conducted by a moderator. The evening concluded with some refreshments (wine) and a mingling of the guests, met a very interesting lady from Spain and another lovely Swedish lady poet who won a prize in Hong Kong – for actually singing her poetry..

Today at 1800 hrs at ABF what promises to be a very informative evening about another epic tragedy: The civil war in Yemen with these participants:

Afrah Nasser, a journalist, a well-known blogger in the Arab World
Steen Hohwu-Christensen, former Swedish Ambassador in Saudi Arabia
Walid al-Saqaf, researcher at Stockholm University, Yemen specialist
Moderator: Thair Ismail, method developer, Olof Palme International Centre

No more war

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Never a dull moment. Trump accidentally locks horns with Sweden

February 21st, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Trust Sweden. A new theatre production in Sweden will soon have its first night: it’s a counterpoint to Trump’s famous grabbing and the piece is entitled :

Grab them by the balls !

Guys, better watch out – this means that we’re in trouble or could be in a lot of trubbel. They could be on the warpath. Who wants to be grabbed, just like that? Without your permission? Plead in court, “I was first grabbed”

Americans say and have said all kinds of things about Sweden, sometimes in admiration, as when Bernie Sanders praises Sweden’s Healthcare System or when Obama says there’s a lot to learn from Sweden and the Swedish model

I may be remembering correctly or incorrectly, but it was not so many years ago that another hopeful candidate for potus of the United States was busy saying that Sweden’s alleged high suicide rates should be blamed on socialism without causing yesterday’s or today’s mass hysteria in Sweden !

When Trump speaks or tweets his tweets everybody listens or reads what he says, has to say, has said. Nobody ever ignores him. It must be important because, love him or not, he’s important. I’m sure that if he didn’t tweet for a couple of days, some of the wayward media pundits would start suffering from heartbreak/desertion, or a sense of deprivation or suffering from either depression or some extended anxiety about what he’s going to say next and when he’s going to say it and that he had better hurry up and say something! President Trump keeps the media pundits’ heads spinning, just as Dr. Dre brayed, “keep their heads ringin‘”

Sometimes, I wonder what all the fuss is about. Before Trump said “Sweden” all Sweden already had their ears cocked and were on the ready but not for any bitter home truths. Now every sanctimonious and not so sanctimonious Swedish somebody, nobody, is aghast or fiercely patriotic : “What’s that he says about Sweden?”/ “He had better not talk any nonsense about Sweden !”/ He had better not say anything that’s not complimentary about our Sweden !Have you heard what Trump said about Sweden ?” / “ It could be bad for tourism!” And not least of all, our one time Prime Minster, and foreign minister of Sweden Carl Bildt once referred to in an American diplomatic dispatch as “a medium sized dog with a big dog attitude tweeted indignantly, wondering about America’s President Trump : “What has he been smoking?”

When I first read Mr. Bildt’s comment, for one terrible moment I feared that Mr. Trump had either been grabbing or praising or making some unsavoury remarks about “Swedish pussy“. And then I was told that he had merely said something about yesterday – as in

All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
Oh, I believe
In yesterday”

Ok, so Trump’s exact words were, “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this ?

(Believe it or not, those remarks of Trump just produced 99,100,000 results in 0.65 seconds in Google. Never seen anything like this, it was like an earthquake and everybody went bananas, fuming, “How dare Trump!!

Well, he did say “yesterday” – and figuratively as opposed to very literally speaking, yesterday/ “last night” was some time ago. I was positive that Trump had been briefed by one Ingrid Carlqvist, just before he started talking to the folks over there in Florida. It’s the same Ingrid that has crowned Sweden as “The Rape Capital of The West”

Well, here’s a sampling of yesterday’s Ingrid Carlqvist of Sweden’s views on Sweden going back a couple of months now

You must agree that Trump’s in synch with her and she’s in synch with him…

There’s only one little bit of advice that I have to give to President Trump, today’s leader of the free world and that is to please not say something nasty about Muslims or Islam that could antagonise the Muslim world or cause anyone to pass a fatwa on him…

One last little question : Why Sweden – and why “last night”?

As far as I can see the only thing that Sweden has done so far that would get President Trump a little more grumpy is our Prime Minister’s visit to Iran (good for business) and an improvement of Sweden-Iran relations . This is like kicking Trump in the teeth just after he (Trump) has been blasting the Iran nuclear deal and threatening Iran with new sanctions.

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The uncertain world in which we live

February 17th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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I was replying to my Facebook friend Ramzy Baroud’s

Farewell to Doublespeak: Israel’s Terrifying Vision for the Future

but my reply was getting kinda long, so I’m posting it here:

la hawla wala quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azim !

From Trump’s two-state solution to his final (one state) solution which will signify the end – i-e. when all the real Israel is gathered in one place (I say real – as the rabbi says, “You can’t pretend to be a Jew” although you can pretend to be what Jesus called “children of the devil“.

A nation of priests, a holy nation etc. May the Almighty forgive this one and the rest of us perishable sinners…

To his credit, he has not yet signed an executive order to remove his embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Jokerman trusts in the Great God Almighty, but he fears an earthquake if he does so:

“Nightsticks and water cannons, tear gas, padlocks
Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain”

Trump the Goliath Ozymandias should be more afraid of Hezbollah – they have too many wicked bombs to dump on the Holy Land – they can do that, whereas Trump and Allies cannot afford to nuke Beirut…

From the moment he and his wife stepped out of that black limousine just outside the White House, to the first welcoming huggings and kissings, unto stage two, sharing the podium for the press conference – before their tête-à-tête behind closed doors with son-in-law Jared Kushner completing the troika – I have never seen a Prime Minister of Israel on TV so full of joy as Mr. Netanyahu next to President Trump his best friend ever. For one frightful moment I thought Trump was going to erupt into glorious song, do a welcoming libretto like Placido Domingo – or to the consternation of all declare his dearest Ha-Bibi Netanyahu his new Zaddik Ha-Cohen, his Messiah and an honorary co-president of the United States of America! No wonder the most ardent Israel supporters are thumping one another on the back and beaming “The Obama era is over forever!”. If anybody ever thought that the pussy-grabber was going to be a neutral peace broker, such illusions have now been dispelled forever, or at least for as long as the Donald breathes corrupted air. Arrogance shows its naked face under that mop of peroxide blond hair : “One of the worst deals I’ve ever seen is the Iran deal” he crowed,” My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing — I mean ever — a nuclear weapon.” Fact is that Iran will still be there long after the Donald has buckled and kicked the bucket – gone forever, his foes celebrating “good riddance!”

Meanwhile, whilst he’s still here, it should be a present fear for all – since Trumpy takes everything so personally, wears his emotions on his sleeve even when he tweets; but let’s pray that he doesn’t completely lose all self-control – lose his cool completely – remember he has his finger very close to that nuclear trigger. Then there’s the coming showdown with Kim Jong-un of North Korea. It could begin with North Korea telling Trump that his mother is not so great – something like that – and Trump of course will tweet that nobody should be allowed to talk to the reigning president of the Great United States like that – and before we know it, without permission from Congress Trump will be signing one of his most infernal executive edicts ever, this time personally declaring war on Kim Jong-un , whereby the whole of that region and all the climate change in Alaska could go up in smoke.

Aquí El Que Baila Gana

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