Tag: Sweden

How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’ | Common Dreams Views

Sweden and Norway, for example, both experienced a major power shift in the 1930s after prolonged nonviolent struggle. They “fired” the top 1 percent of people who set the direction for society and created the basis for something different.

via How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’ | Common Dreams Views

Why Sweden doesn’t keep stats on ethnicity and crime – The Local

Why Sweden doesn't keep stats on ethnicity and crime

“More often than not the questions are framed in a way that’s related to being repressive towards immigrants. It’s worth remembering that numbers have to be interpreted, and it’s also about what kind of political interest there are in using the stats, how those stats are read. Stats are in themselves neutral, they have to be interpreted,” he emphasizes.

“If you really want to deepen understanding in this area you have to consider what the stats are and also what they’re going to be used for. Are they going to be used to better locate people without residence papers, for example? To track down migrants and their kids? Or are they going to be used to improve how the police act, and to create a less discriminatory police? It’s very complicated, and more often than not the discussion in the area in Sweden is too simplistic,” he concludes.

via Why Sweden doesn’t keep stats on ethnicity and crime – The Local

What the statistics say about Sweden, immigration and crime | PolitiFact

President Donald Trump smiles as he prepares to speak at his "Make America Great Again Rally" at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP)

Correcting Bolt’s BS is a full time task because there is so much of it (ODT)

Asylum applications in 2016 dropped to about 29,000.

Sweden used to grant permanent residence permits to individuals granted asylum. The legislative changes in mid 2016 began restricting residence authorization by granting temporary permits and putting more requirements in place for permanent permits.

What about claims linking new arrivals and crime?

“In general, crime statistics have gone down the last (few) years, and no there is no evidence to suggest that new waves of immigration has lead to increased crime,” Selin said.

Generally, there’s a certain over-representation of people with immigrant background in crime statistics, but that tends to be closely related to high levels of unemployment, poverty, exclusion, low language and other skills, Selin said. “Swedes with these characteristics are also overrepresented in crime statistics,” he said.

If we look specifically at sex offences, which the Fox News segment highlighted, there were 18,100 sex offenses reported to the police in 2015, down 11 percent from 2014, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.

via What the statistics say about Sweden, immigration and crime | PolitiFact

Sweden figured out how to stop people from smoking

A chart published last month by the European Union as part of a survey about attitudes towards tobacco in Europe lists the per centage of daily smokers in 28 countries. At the top is Bulgaria, where 36 per cent of the population smokes daily. Greece and France are close behind, with 35 and 33 per cent respectively.

Source: Sweden figured out how to stop people from smoking

Trump said: ‘look at what’s happening in Sweden’ – here’s what’s happening there

Analysis by a Swedish newspaper came to the conclusion that refugees were responsible for only one per cent of all incidents.

Source: Trump said: ‘look at what’s happening in Sweden’ – here’s what’s happening there

Trump’s ‘last night in Sweden’ terror claim prompts bemusement, questions from embassy – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump mentions Sweden in a list of countries that have experienced recent terror attacks, leaving Swedes scratching their heads.

Source: Trump’s ‘last night in Sweden’ terror claim prompts bemusement, questions from embassy – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump Lied About Immigrant Crime and Terror Attack on Sweden That Never Happened – Juan Cole – Truthdig

It is clear that the president and his advisers despise Sweden and Germany for sheltering more than their fair share of refugees since the crisis began.

Source: Trump Lied About Immigrant Crime and Terror Attack on Sweden That Never Happened – Juan Cole – Truthdig

Swedish police accused of covering up sex attacks by refugees at music festival | World news | The Guardian

PM says police report’s failure to mention incidents at 2014 event amounts to ‘double betrayal’, while reports emerge on New Year’s Eve attacks in Malmö

Source: Swedish police accused of covering up sex attacks by refugees at music festival | World news | The Guardian

Sweden introduces six-hour work day | Europe | News | The Independent

Sweden is introducing a six-hour day

Sweden is moving to a six-hour working day in a bid to increase productivity and make people happier. Employers across the country have already made the change, according to the Science Alert website, which said the aim was to get more done in a shorter amount of time and ensure people had the energy to enjoy their private lives.

Source: Sweden introduces six-hour work day | Europe | News | The Independent

Assange’s extradition order upheld by Swedish Court of Appeal

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US and Australian Intelligence Agencies Dodgy Dossiers and Mass Surveillance:

Intelligence agencies are hollowing out Western democracies and their global credibility. Maybe one of our leaders could try and restore dignity to the political system by reining in agency overreach and prosecting wayward agency officials.

The agencies draw from derivative material they know to be tainted, because they themselves tainted it with hearsay, they quote a canned sound bite from a collaborator or present fabricated evidence and brazenly lie, on the assumption they will never be held to account, never face independent judicial scrutiny, be subject to discovery and sanction. They understand their power and the practical limits on others of constraining it. Merely their act of raising certain allegations or making insinuations can leave a lasting smear, even when retractions, corrections, clarifications or exaggerations are made. Even once a ruse is uncovered or facts corrected, toxic residue remains in some peoples’ minds. As Susan described it, in the worst case, if the target is convicted of sexual offences and goes to jail, they will be are at the bottom of the prison hierarchy and treated abysmally; in the best case, a niggling doubt will remain in some peoples’ mind. The target is damaged no matter the outcome, it is just a question of degree.

It is a widely held belief that this strategy is being used in the case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who has received political asylum and is currently confined in Ecuador’s London embassy, hounded by authorities in the US, Sweden, UK and Australia over unsubstantiated, contradictory, and retracted or concocted, statements regarding encounters he had with apparently consenting women.