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  • Left Party wants men to pee sitting down (Sweden)

    06/16/2012 10:01:28 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 89 replies
    The Local, Sweden's News in English ^ | 6/11/2012 | The Local (Sweden English)
    Men who work for the Sörmland County Council in central Sweden should sit down rather than stand up when urinating in office toilets, according to a motion put forward by the local Left Party chapter. The Left Party in Sörmland is taking a stand to ensure men take a seat when emptying their bladders in the county council's own toilets. According to the party, there are two very important reasons for the proposal encouraging men to sit instead of stand when they urinate. One reason has to do with hygiene and a desire to ensure that no one who uses...
  • Stop stand-up urination for men, Swedish politicians urge

    06/15/2012 7:23:32 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 97 replies
    CBC News ^ | June 14, 2012 | Lauren O'Neil
    A Swedish political party is taking a stand against upright urination. At a county council meeting Monday, the Left Party, or Vänsterpartiet, tabled a motion that would require office washrooms to be genderless with a sit-down-only requirement, reported the news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå.
  • MEPs agree on proposals towards (EU) 'fiscal union'

    06/13/2012 3:51:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.06.13 @ 18:09 | Honor Mahony
    The European Parliament on Wednesday (13 June) approved draft laws that would strongly increase Brussels' power over eurozone countries' budgets. But they tempered the previously austere proposals with measures for growth, debt redemption and democratic scrutiny. "This is the core of a fiscal union," said Austrian MEP and socialist leader Hannes Swoboda. "This is the first time that there is a structural solution [to the eurozone crisis] on the table," said Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt. His Green counterpart Daniel Cohn-Bendit called it a "milestone" for the strength of agreement among MEPs. The pair of laws—also known as the two-pack—is among...
  • Swedish party wants sit-down urination

    06/12/2012 7:47:32 AM PDT · by massmike · 98 replies ^ | 06/12/2012 | n/a
    Left Party members of a Swedish county council said they want to encourage men using the council's toilets to sit during urination. The Left Party in Sormland said it wants the Sormland County Council to pass a motion requiring toilets reserved for stand-up urination to be labeled, Swedish news agency TT reported Monday. The party said sit-down urination is more hygienic and reduces the risk of bathroom users having to negotiate their way around puddles en route to the toilet. The supporters of the motion said sitting during urination also has medical benefits, including reducing the risk of prostate problems...
  • Sweden: The Sensible (and Slowly Shrinking) Welfare State

    06/11/2012 6:30:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | June 11, 2012 | Daniel Mitchell
    Sweden must be a schizophrenic country. Something strange is happening, after all, if a statist like Jeffrey Sachs and a rabid libertarian like yours truly both cited it as a role model in our remarks last month at the United Nations. So who’s right? Well, it depends what you care about. Jeffrey and other folks on the left are correct in that Sweden has a big government financed by high tax rates. According to OECD data, only France and Denmark have a bigger burden of government spending. And the OECD also shows that Sweden’s top income tax rate of 56.6...
  • Implementing Religious Law Will Make Egypt the Mightiest Country in World, Richer Than Sweden

    06/07/2012 5:16:20 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 6-7-12 | Sheikh Muhammad Sallah
    Egyptian Cleric Muhammad Sallah: Implementing Religious Law Will Make Egypt the Mightiest Country in World, Richer Than Sweden Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Egyptian cleric Sheikh Muhammad Sallah, which aired on Al-Hekma TV on May 4, 2012: Muhammad Sallah: "[In the West] they want to clone the civil strife that has afflicted Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, and Afghanistan. Yet the Islamic world has not collapsed. They have realized that the collapse of the Islamic world must begin in Egypt. Be sure not to allow any room for civil strife to afflict this country. If civil strife afflicts...
  • Should Jews Leave Europe Before its too Late ?

    01/22/2009 6:38:51 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 15 replies · 781+ views
    The Spectator/Yidwithlid ^ | 1/22/01 | Yidwithlid
    England's Scotland Yard estimates that security costs for anti-Israel protests last week exceeded $1.4 million. In one protest alone, more than 12,000 angry Palestinian sympathizers in London smashed windows, destroyed a car, and set Israeli flags ablaze. Across Europe, police took to the streets to prevent full-scale riots. In Paris, 30,000 protesters denounced Israel and pelted police with stones. Norwegian police used tear gas to disperse several hundred rock throwers in Oslo. Swedish police arrested forty-seven demonstrators at an anti-Israel rally Norrmalmstorg. These demonstrations are not surprising. The Gaza war is the latest excuse for Islamist violence on Europe's streets....
  • Déjà Jew

    01/19/2012 5:11:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies ^ | 1/19/12 | AARON D. RUBINGER
    Is European anti-Semitism different today or is there a feeling that we've been here before? The term déjà vu brings to mind the English expression, been there, done that. The odd sensation of reliving something for the second time unnerves us precisely because it’s so convincingly familiar. Over the course of 2 months, I visited Jewish communities in the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium and the UK and interviewed dozens of Jewish leaders as well as “laymen” – both Jews and non-Jews. While attempting to determine the seriousness of contemporary European Anti-Semitism, I experienced what I would term “déjà...
  • Sweden: 6 out of 10 imams give illegal advice. "Deeply regrettable that they live up to all the

    05/18/2012 5:05:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/18/12 | Robert
    wedish State TV (SVT) has made its own Undercover Mosque as part of the investigative series call Uppdrag. Translated from Swedish by Nicolai Sennels, Sydsvenskan, May 16: "Women advised not to report to the police": With hidden cameras and secret telephone recording equipment, two women went to the country's ten largest mosques to ask for advice regarding polygamy, abuse and sex without consent. Tonight's Uppdrag, broadcast on SVT, documents that the advice of the mosque's representatives are often contradictory to Swedish law. ... Six out of ten mosques advised the woman not to report the beatings to the police. At...
  • (D@mn Dirty Apes!) Deceptive Chimp Hides Ammo, Blasts Unsuspecting Zoo Visitors

    05/17/2012 7:27:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Live Science ^ | 17 May 2012 | Charles Choi,
    Deceptive Chimp Hides Ammo, Blasts Unsuspecting Zoo Visitors - (Santino just 1 second before the throw.) A chimp that creates hiding places for rocks he throws at zoo visitors reveals for the first time that humanity's closest living relatives can plan to deceive, researchers say. These findings could shed light on the evolution of higher mental functions such as planning, investigators added. The chimpanzee known as Santino is the dominant male of his group at Furuvik Zoo in Sweden. Intriguingly, past research showed the ape calmly gathered stones from his enclosure's moat and pieces of concrete he pulled off an...
  • Israel Not Invited to NATO's Chicago Summit

    05/12/2012 9:54:38 AM PDT · by 444Flyer · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5-11-12 | Slobodan Lekic
    Israel will not be invited to NATO's May 20-21 summit in Chicago, the alliance's top official said Friday. But he denied that alliance member Turkey had blocked Israel's participation. Instead, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the reason is because Israel does not participate in NATO's main military missions. News reports have claimed that Turkey blocked Israel's participation because of the raid in 2010 by Israeli troops on ships heading to Gaza in which eight Turks and a Turkish-American died. NATO has a system of partnerships with dozens of nations across the globe such as the Mediterranean Dialogue, a NATO...
  • City slammed for 'special treatment' of Muslim kids

    05/12/2012 8:47:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | May 12, 2012
    A Swedish school district has sparked outrage for striking a deal with local Muslim groups ensuring Muslim students can skip out on overnight class trips and Muslim girls don't have to be naked when showering at school.
  • Sweden's Reputation As A Welfare State Is In Trouble

    05/11/2012 5:19:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 11, 2012 | Editor
    Economics: The president has been accused of seeking to turn the U.S. into an Americanized Western European welfare state. If he insists on imitating one particular model, we suggest he follow the Swedish paradigm. Sweden has a reputation as the prototypical cradle-to-grave socialist European nation, and the political left has long yearned for America to be more like the Scandinavian nation. But it's looking through a smudged window. With little notice, Sweden has changed. The turnaround has been driven in no small part by the election of Fredrik Reinfeldt as prime minister in 2006. He took office in October of...
  • H&M apologizes for super-tan bikini model ad

    05/10/2012 8:13:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | May 10, 2012
    Swedish cheap-and-chic fashion giant H&M on Thursday apologized over a swimwear campaign featuring a deeply tanned model that sparked outrage among cancer groups.
  • PICTURES: Swiss pilots fly next-generation Gripen

    05/09/2012 7:47:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Flight International ^ | 05/09/2012 | Craig Hoyle
    PICTURES: Swiss pilots fly next-generation Gripen Switzerland has advanced its planned purchase of the Gripen E/F fighter, with two pilots from the nation's air force and Armasuisse procurement agency having flown Saab's development aircraft in Sweden. Four test flights totalling a combined 3h 36min were conducted between 2 and 4 May from the Swedish manufacturer's Linköping site, with Switzerland also having sent flight test engineers to the location. © Armasuisse "We performed flight performance tests using an air policing scenario," says Armasuisse chief test pilot Bernhard Berset. "We simulated a quick reaction alert and a maximum performance intercept to high...
  • Anti-Keynesian Supply Side Tax and Spending Cuts in Sweden, and the Finance Minister Behind It

    05/09/2012 4:26:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Carpe Diem ^ | 05/09/2012 | Mark J. Perry
    From the U.K. Spectator's report on the amazing success of supply-side economics in Sweden, and finance minister Anders Borg, the man behind it: "When Europe’s finance ministers meet for a group photo, it’s easy to spot the rebel — Anders Borg (pictured above) has a ponytail and earring. What actually marks him out, though, is how he responded to the crash. While most countries in Europe borrowed massively, Borg did not. Since becoming Sweden’s finance minister, his mission has been to pare back government. His ‘stimulus’ was a permanent tax cut. To critics, this was fiscal lunacy. Borg, on...
  • Swedish Stonehenge? Ancient stone structure spurs debate

    04/19/2012 1:53:22 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2012 | Crystal Gammon
    Ancient Scandinavians dragged 59 boulders to a seaside cliff near what is now the Swedish fishing village of Kaseberga. They carefully arranged the massive stones — each weighing up to 4,000 pounds (1,800 kilograms) — in the outline of a 220-foot-long (67-meter) ship overlooking the Baltic Sea. Archaeologists generally agree this megalithic structure, known as Ales Stenar ("Ale's Stones"), was assembled about 1,000 years ago, near the end of the Iron Age, as a burial monument. But a team of researchers now argues it's really 2,500 years old, dating from the Scandinavian Bronze Age, and was built as an astronomical...
  • U.S. Sends Anti-Israel Advisor to Anti-Semitic Sweden

    04/17/2012 4:55:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | April 17, 2012 at 5:00 am | Soeren Kern
    U.S. President Barack Obama's controversial anti-Semitism advisor, Hannah Rosenthal, will be visiting Sweden on April 24 to meet with Ilmar Reepalu, the famously anti-Israel mayor of the city of Malmö. According to the American embassy in Stockholm, Rosenthal has been following the rise of anti-Semitism in Malmö for some time and wants to make sure that there are no politicians in the area that encourage discrimination, racism or hatred for Jews. … Like other European countries, Sweden has experienced a significant uptick in anti-Semitic hate-crimes in recent years. Jews in Sweden are frequently subject to harassment and some have been...
  • Shock Video: Swedish Politician Eating From Screaming..trunc (Graphic Depcition Warning)

    04/17/2012 1:35:04 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Ron · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-17-12 | Unknown
    "A macabre scene with racist undertones took place on Saturday when Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth attended a tax funded party for the powerful Stockholm cultural elite. The self proclamed "anti-racist" Liljeroth, who is currently in the process of removing press subsidy for the only nationalist newspaper in Sweden, declared the party officially started by slicing a piece of a cake depicting a stereotypical African woman."
  • Ikea to enter home electronics market

    04/17/2012 4:11:19 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 32 replies ^ | 04/17/2012 | Rebecca Martin
    <p>I wish IKEA good luck. I don't know much about the market for home electronics in America, but If they manage to compete over here in Europe with the German chain of Media Markt, I'll readily admit Mr. Kamprad (founder and owner of IKEA) to be the greatest business genius on Earth.</p>
  • Swedish Home-Schoolers Flee 'Parental Inquisition'

    04/16/2012 9:54:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | April 10, 2012 | Dale Hurd
    ... Before 2010, it was possible to home-school in Sweden. But new laws now ban the practice in almost all cases and forces private schools to teach the state curriculum. Swedish human rights lawyer Ruby Harrold-Claesson calls what's happening in Sweden a "parental inquisition." "Sweden's treatment of parents in the area of education is totalitarian, essentially. They want to take children from birth to graduation and control them," said Michael Donnelly, director of international relations at the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Donnelly claims Sweden's treatment of parents violates established standards of human rights. "In fact, the U.N. Declaration on Human...
  • The European Evidence Shows Why the Left’s Real Goal Is Higher Taxes on the Middle Class

    04/14/2012 8:40:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | April 14, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Why are taxes so much higher in Europe, consuming 46 percent of economic output compared to 32 percent of GDP in America? Is it because nations such as France, Greece, and Sweden have adopted the kind of class-warfare policies that Obama wants for the United States? Surprisingly, the answer is no.As explained by Veronique de Rugy, the United States actually has a more “progressive” tax code than European nations. The corporate tax rate is higher in the United States than in any European country, and the double taxation of dividends and capital gains also is far above the European average....
  • Should the Free World develop in the Mexican or the Scandinavian direction?

    04/13/2012 7:00:07 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 30 replies
    04/14/2012 | WesternCulture
    The Mexican countryside is sunny, pleasant, full of stray dogs and in each corner of Russia, you'll find decaying houses containing a samovar. But today, a nation like Mexico or Russia probably wouldn't last two months in a full out military confrontation with tiny Sweden (9.5 inhabitants). But that isn't the real point here, although it is worth pointing out how pathetic nations like Mexico and Russia really are considering the fact they have an abundance of natural resources and border to two of the largest and most successful economies on Earth (USA and the EU). America is presently being...
  • 'Women and children first' a myth: study

    04/13/2012 3:05:52 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 28 replies ^ | 04/12/2012 | Rebecca Martin
    Scientists at Uppsala University have found that the widespread belief that women and children are saved first in maritime disasters is a myth, unless the men are threatened with physical violence like on the Titanic. “It is expected that the crew should rescue passengers, but our results show that captains and crew are more likely to survive than passengers,” said Mikael Elinder at the Department of Economics, Uppsala University and at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) in a statement. “We also found that women and children were more inclined to die than men.” This, the scientists think, indicates...
  • Saab to defence clients: 'See first - Kill first'

    04/09/2012 11:14:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Saab to defence clients: 'See first - Kill first' An aggressive marketing campaign from Swedish defence firm Saab is extolling the virtues of weapons that help users to ”see first – kill first” and can be adjusted to focus specifically on ”soft targets”. At a weapons fair in Qatar in late March, the company informed potential buyers that its Gripen fighter planes guaranteed a high ”death ratio”, newspaper Expressen reports. In its marketing materials, the firm also boasts that its Bill 2 anti-tank guided weapon contains a ”soft target mode” that can be used to hone in on civilian houses,...
  • ‘Llama-Man’ Jailed After Nutmeg Induced Frenzy

    04/04/2012 12:17:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Mar 12
    A 28-year-old man from Gävle in eastern Sweden, previously in trouble for his “llama-like” spitting in strangers’ faces, went amok while in hospital last summer, injuring staff in an alleged nutmeg induced rage. The man was behind a series of incidents in central Gävle in January, where he spat unknown people in the face “like a llama”, according to local paper Gefle Dagblad (GD). A month later, police arrested him on suspicion of harassing two sisters by sending them death threats and rude comments via text messages. The man was then held in custody by police until his verdict on...
  • Cashless: The Coming War on Tax-Evasion and Decentralized Money

    04/02/2012 4:01:06 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 25 replies
    Financial Sense ^ | 03/30/2012 | By Cris Sheridan
    There are two major trends taking place that are shaping up as a recipe for disaster. On the one hand, we have massively indebted governments around the world desperate for tax revenues and, on the other, steadily growing multi-trillion underground economies whose main goal is to avoid paying them. According to a recent study, the amount of uncollected tax revenues in the U.S. is estimated around a whopping 500 billion dollars per year1—enough money to bailout most of Europe. At 8 percent of GDP, the underground or shadow economy in the U.S. is much smaller percentage-wise than other nations like...
  • How long would your country last?

    03/29/2012 2:38:21 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 40 replies
    03/29/2012 | WesternCulture
    In theory, tiny Finland could have done nothing against Stalin. Just like my Sweden, a tiny country up North in Europe, eternally, by sheer geographical and demographical laws were forced to eternally bow down to Rome. Theory is one aspect of reality. Action is a completely different matter. Scandinavian troops probably are the toughest enemy any opponent on this planet ever could challenge. Our "small" nation have recently been successful in fighting Talibans. Our equipment is superior. Our organization is superior. Our training is superior. Our genes are superior. Our health is superior. Our military tradition is superior. Our planning...
  • Mass grave from Thirty Years' War opened

    03/27/2012 3:30:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 24 Mar 12 | DPA/arp
    Archaeologists have started unearthing human remains from a mass grave near the German town of Lützen, a find that dates back to the Thirty Years' War. "We estimate that there are at least 75 dead, who were buried very close together in several layers," archaeologist Susanne Friederich said on Friday. The Battle of Lützen, which took place in 1632, pitted Swedish soldiers against those under the command of German Roman Catholic general Albrecht von Wallenstein. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the Thirty Years' War, with an estimated 6,500 to 10,000 casualties. The Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus was...
  • Commission: 'Robin Hood' tax would save EU countries billions

    03/25/2012 11:43:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies · 2+ views
    EU Observer ^ | 22.03.12 @ 17:08 | Honor Mahony
    Member states will pay 50 percent less into the general EU budget by 2020 if they agree to implement a financial transactions tax (FTT), the EU commission said Thursday (22 March). In a last-ditch attempt to undermine government opposition to both this specific 'Robin Hood' levy and the general idea of Brussels raising taxes, EU budget commissioner Janusz Lewandowski put some concrete savings figures on the table. By the commission's estimate, Germany would pay €10.7 billion less to the EU budget by 2020, Poland €1.8 billion, Italy €6.4 billion and Latvia €81 million. The UK, the Netherlands and Sweden—the strongest...
  • China, Marx, USA or Scandinavia?

    03/24/2012 6:40:20 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 19 replies · 1+ views
    03/24/2012 | WesternCulture
    Everyone knows the US today is the single most powerful nation on Earth and corners of Europe like Switzerland, Scandinavia and Luxemburg are the richest (yes, Qatar is pretty rich too). But what part, if any, will lead the World in say 200 years from now? Marxists claim the US is heading for a fall. Perhaps it is, but don't expect North Korea or Cuba to take its place. Hundreds of times, I've been telling members of this forum what is right about Scandinavia. We dare to stand up for freedom of speech, we dare to fight Islamofascism, we dare...
  • Ivan Drago Hates Socialism

    03/23/2012 11:09:59 AM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    MK Hammer Time ^ | March 23, 2012 | Mary Katharine
    Ivan Drago. He was the soulless, socialist automaton of our 80s imagination, threatening to smash America’s Apollo Creedian hubris under his monstrous fists. This week, the man who played perhaps the most iconic Communist character of 80s cinema (Sorry, moustachioed dudes of “Red Dawn”) reflected on why he left his home country for America in an interview with Adam Carolla. Swedish-born Dolph Lundgren, already a karate champion, came to America as an engineering student. Somewhere between MIT and martial-arts tournaments, he became a body guard for Grace Jones, was photographed by Andy Warhol, and got cast as a virtual unknown...
  • Security raised at Jewish schools in Sweden

    03/22/2012 11:32:50 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 17 replies ^ | 03/20/2012 | AFP/The Local
    <p>Security has been tightened at Jewish schools in Sweden after the murder of three children and a teacher at a Jewish school in France is suspected to be the work of a serial killer.</p> <p>"We have raised it (security) a little extra in places where we have children and young people," Lena Posner-Koeroesi, who heads the Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities, told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.</p>
  • Sweden moving towards cashless economy

    03/19/2012 2:47:16 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 48 replies ^ | March 18, 2012 5:09 PM | AP
    (AP) STOCKHOLM - Sweden was the first European country to introduce bank notes in 1661. Now it's come farther than most on the path toward getting rid of them. "I can't see why we should be printing bank notes at all anymore," says Bjoern Ulvaeus, former member of 1970's pop group ABBA, and a vocal proponent for a world without cash. The contours of such a society are starting to take shape in this high-tech nation, frustrating those who prefer coins and bills over digital money. In most Swedish cities, public buses don't accept cash; tickets are prepaid or purchased...
  • Teen caught with nipple chain down his pants

    03/21/2012 5:39:41 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03/19/2012 | The Local/rm
    A cash-strapped 18-year-old man from northern Sweden was found leaving a sex shop with a nipple chain hidden in his pants after his lack of funds prompted him to pilfer the trinket for his girlfriend. The man took his time browsing around the shop, which is called Ladyland and located in central Sundsvall, in June last year. Store employees recalled him as friendly and chatty, according to local paper Sundsvalls Tidning. However, upon leaving, the 18-year-old set off the store's anti-shoplifting alarm. A search of the man revealed he had pocketed a so called nipple chain, worth some 119 kronor...
  • Swedish Government Kidnapps Child of Home Schooling Family

    03/21/2012 4:42:54 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 11 replies
    CBN News reported today on the government kidnapping of a young homeschooled boy in Sweden. This little boys name is Domenick Johansson, he was taken from his family as they were boarding a plane, he has been kept at social services since June 2009. The Swedish government is now speaking of taking away the parents rights. This is hard to believe but it is true. Please read these two stories:
  • Your Peace comes from the fruit of your Obedience !

    03/20/2012 4:32:56 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 3-20-12 | Jedediah
    My solace in you is derived from obedience that even in this small act you receive a great blessing ((( ("ME" ) )))"Jesus" So as you listen , follow and obey, We truly are one for you walk in my steps and I light the pathway before you ! Now come and remain well within my voice for I AM ALL of your provision in just this simple thing ! Joshua 5:6-12 New International Version (NIV) 6 The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt...
  • Al-Qaida gunman kills American teacher in Yemen

    03/18/2012 6:26:27 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    msnbc ^ | 3/18/2012 | Charlene Gubash
    A gunman riding on the back of a motorcycle shot to death an American teacher in the city of Taiz, Yemen, on Sunday, a high-ranking government official there told NBC News. The official said the teacher, an adviser at a Swedish-affiliated institute, died immediately after he was struck by gunfire Sunday morning. Taiz is about 50 miles south of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. Officials from the institute identified the victim as Joel Shrun and said he was born in 1983. However, a U.S. State Department official later told NBC News it had not yet been able to confirm the...
  • Sweden sparks row over who owns 'Nordic Model'

    03/14/2012 12:23:56 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies ^ | 03/14/2012 | AFP/The Local
    The successful trademark registration of “Nordic Model” by Sweden’s Social Democrats has prompted a sharp reaction from the rest of the Nordic region's political establishment. The move has led other political bodies to protest the Social Democrats' move, which has put the question of who created the Nordic Model into ever sharper focus. "We may have understood if they had (trademarked) the 'Swedish Model', but when it comes to the 'Nordic Model' we have no choice but to protest," Jens-Erik Enestam, who heads the Nordic Council representing opposition parties from across the region, said in a statement Tuesday. Sweden's opposition...
  • Train kills reindeer 'like meat grinder': farmer

    03/14/2012 2:04:06 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 15 replies ^ | 03/12/2012 | The Local/og
    A new high-speed railway in northern Sweden has already claimed the lives of 200 reindeer since it opened three months ago, forcing the farm owner to move to safer pastures. The train line, which runs between Umeå and Lycksele, has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of reindeer over the last three months, when the unfortunate animals have wandered onto the tracks. Finding a dead reindeer or one that is injured and needs to be euthanized is a daily occurrence for reindeer owner, Per-Mikael Jonsson, who is forced to put down many injured reindeer fearing that their internal damages...
  • Train kills reindeer 'like meat grinder': farmer [Swedish high-speed rail]

    03/13/2012 1:38:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 25 replies
    The Local [Sweden] ^ | 12 Mar 2012 | unattributed
    A new high-speed railway in northern Sweden has already claimed the lives of 200 reindeer since it opened three months ago, forcing the farm owner to move to safer pastures. The train line, which runs between Umeå and Lycksele, has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of reindeer over the last three months, when the unfortunate animals have wandered onto the tracks. Finding a dead reindeer or one that is injured and needs to be euthanized is a daily occurrence for reindeer owner, Per-Mikael Jonsson, who is forced to put down many injured reindeer fearing that their internal damages...
  • Nobel Foundation rejects Peace Prize criticism

    03/08/2012 7:11:54 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 23 replies ^ | 03/08/2012 | AFP/The Local
    The Nobel Foundation, which administrates the prestigious prizes in line with the will of Alfred Nobel, on Thursday rejected criticism of recent choices for the Peace Prize. "Despite that many lively discussions have been held on whether the chosen Peace Prize laureates fulfilled the prescribed provisions, the Foundation does not consider that the prize decisions made by the Norwegian Nobel Committee have entailed any such deviation," it said in a statement. Swedish authorities had asked the foundation to look into claims from Fredrik Heffermehl, a lawyer and author of the book "The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really Wanted," that...
  • Sweden 'helping plan secret arms factory in Saudi'

    03/06/2012 7:39:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | 03/06/2012 | Pia Ohlin
    Sweden 'helping plan secret arms factory in Saudi' STOCKHOLM — Sweden has in secret been helping Saudi Arabia plan the construction of an arms factory to produce anti-tank missiles, public broadcaster Swedish Radio reported Tuesday. The Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) has helped Saudi Arabia since 2007, though construction on "Project Simoom" has yet to begin, the radio said citing hundreds of classified documents and interviews with key players. Sweden has in the past sold weapons to Saudi Arabia, but classified government documents state that Project Simoom "pushes the boundaries of what is possible for a Swedish authority," the radio...
  • Scandinavian Ancestry -- Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan

    12/15/2001 2:43:28 PM PST · by spycatcher · 56 replies · 3,406+ views
    Azerbaijan International ^ | Summer 2000 | Thor Heyerdahl
    &nbsp; &nbsp; Summer 2000 (8.2) Scandinavian Ancestry Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan by Thor Heyerdahl Above: Thor Heyerdahl with Peruvian children who still construct traditional boats made of reeds, the principle material that enabled early migrations on trans-oceanic voyages. Courtesy: Thor Heyerdahl. Archeologist and historian Thor Heyerdahl, 85, has visited Azerbaijan on several occasions during the past two decades. Each time, he garners more evidence to prove his tantalizing theory - that Scandinavian ancestry can be traced to the region now known as Azerbaijan. Heyerdahl first began forming this hypothesis after visiting Gobustan, an ancient cave dwelling found 30 miles ...
  • Why Sweden has had a good crisis

    03/02/2012 12:00:45 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 11 replies ^ | 03/02/2012 | Lars Calmfors/Stockholm University
    Stockholm University professor Lars Calmfors explains why Sweden has so far escaped relatively unscathed from the financial crisis. As the financial crisis continues to hold much of the world in a vice-like grip, Sweden has become one of few pockets of resistance, where the impact of the recession has been felt less than elsewhere, having learnt vital lessons from its own recent past. However, although government bail-outs, high unemployment and irresponsible consumption have been more rare in Sweden than in many of its European counterparts, it doesn't mean there is room for complacency just yet, analysts warn. The banking crisis...
  • 'Real Rebound' in World Economy: Barclays' CEO

    02/29/2012 6:53:08 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies · 3+ views
    CNBC ^ | February 29, 2012 | Margo D. Beller Special to
    Once again the world economy has proved the naysayers wrong and there's been a "real rebound" so far this year, Barclays CEO Robert Diamond told CNBC Wednesday. "One of the lessons we’ve learned in the last couple of years is every time it’s doom and gloom ... the economy is far more resilient," he said. "We see China at 8 percent to 9 percent growth, and reduction in unemployment [cnbc explains] in the U.S. So we’ve seen a real rebound." That even extends to Europe, which was stabilized by the European Central Bank's [cnbc explains] second liquidity injection. President Mario...
  • Armed Forces: 60-80 new fighter jets needed (Sweden)

    02/29/2012 7:10:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Stockholm News ^ | 2012-02-29 | David Jonasson
    Armed Forces: 60-80 new fighter jets needed Sweden | 2012-02-29 Sweden needs 60-80 new fighter jets of the Swedish-developed Gripen model for the period from 2020 to 2030. This is the opinion of Sverker Göranson, Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, according to news agency TT. It is necessary in order to satisfy the operational requirements on the Armed Forces, according to the Supreme Commander, who submitted this proposal to the government today. These new fighter jets should be of a rebuilt and modified Gripen model with a larger airframe, a more powerful engine, and a better warning and...
  • Imam shot in the head in northern Sweden

    02/24/2012 1:09:01 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 42 replies ^ | 02/23/2012 | The Local/dl
    A 54-year-old imam was found shot in the head in Strömsund in northwestern Sweden on Wednesday in what police have classified as attempted murder. Police received a call around 1:30pm on Wednesday afternoon that the man, identified by Sveriges Television (SVT) as Obydkhon Sobitkhony, had been found with gun shot wounds. “He was shot at least once in the head, but there may have been more shots. He was improving for awhile last night but during the day on Thursday certain complications came up which have made his condition worse,” Östersund police detective Ted Persson told the local Östersunds Posten...
  • Swedish soldiers held 'fight club' in Afghanistan

    02/21/2012 11:00:42 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 14 replies ^ | 02/12/2012 | The Local/rm
    Swedish military police are investigating a suspected illegal boxing match arranged by a group of Swedish soldiers at the Mazar-i-Sharif base in Afghanistan which reportedly left one soldier in need of medical treatment. ”This wasn't something that the unit organized. But I haven't received any information that anyone required medical treatment,” said Colonel Rickard Johansson to daily Expressen, confirming the investigation by the military police. The fight, rumoured to have taken place at the end of last year, lacked both rules and a permit and was reminiscent of the Hollywood movie ”Fight Club” staring Brad Pitt and Ed Norton, according...
  • Sweden snow: Man 'survives two months trapped in car'

    02/19/2012 8:32:36 PM PST · by EnglishCon · 10 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 02/19/12 | BBC News
    A Swedish man has survived being trapped in his snow-covered car for two months without food, police say. The car was found on Friday at the end of a forest track more than 1 km (0.6 miles) from a main road in northern Sweden. Police say the temperature in the area had recently dropped to -30C (-22F).