Prayer

31 March, 2017 at 18:55 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment


This one is for all you, brothers and sisters, fighting oppression, struggling to survive, and risking your lives on your long walk to freedom. May God be with you.

When one look says it all

18 March, 2017 at 19:22 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

 

Hedersförtryck

12 March, 2017 at 10:13 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

2cUE9xdoProblem kring hedersvåld och hedersförtryck har diskuterats länge. Det uppmärksammade mordet på Fadime Sahindal för femton år sedan blev något av ett startskott. Dessvärre är det lite som tyder på att de ansträngningar som gjorts haft någon påtaglig effekt. Istället förvärras problemet.

I en rapport 2014 som togs fram av Carin Götblad, för närvarande chef för Polisregion Mitt, bedömdes omkring 100 000 svenska ungdomar upp till 25 år leva med “hedersrelaterade begränsningar”. Till detta kommer tusentals vuxna kvinnor som är utsatta för hedersförtryck i olika former.

Götblad anser att situationen har förvärrats sedan rapporten skrevs. Inte minst växer förtrycket i segregerade förorter, sade hon i en intervju förra året:

“Vi kan se hur det blivit svårare för kvinnor och flickor, att deras frihet blir alltmer beskuren i vad de får göra och ha på sig.”

Zeliha Dagli, grundare av organisationen Förortsfeminister, skrev nyligen om hur männen hon kallar “de skäggiga skuggorna” utövar och utsträcker sin makt i segregerade områden:

“Kvinnorna har inte längre någon plats i det offentliga rummet, de stängs in i hemmen.”

Lagstiftningen sammanfattar och speglar de värderingar det svenska samhället bygger på. Där har hederstänkande som inskränker pojkars och flickors, mäns och kvinnors, mänskliga rättigheter, ingen plats. Värderingar och lagar ska stå i samklang. Därför måste lagen också vara tydlig. Och tuff.

Sydsvenska Dagbladet

Rule of law

8 March, 2017 at 12:11 | Posted in Politics & Society | 1 Comment

Till Fadime Sahindal, född 2 april 1975 i Turkiet, mördad 21 januari 2002 i Sverige

fadimeDet är nu mer än femton år sedan som Fadime Sahindal bestialiskt mördades av anhöriga för att hon själv ville välja hur hon skulle leva sitt liv.

Den typen av hedersrelaterat våld har ibland försvarats med — djupt förfelade — kulturrelativistiska resonemang där kulturella skillnader setts som en i något avseende förmildrande omständighet.

Men — i Sverige har kvinnor och män samma värde. Och alla som lever i Sverige måste respektera detta.

Sverige ska vara ett öppet land. En del av världssamfundet.

Men det ska också vara ett land som slår fast att de landvinningar i termer av jämlikhet, öppenhet och tolerans som vi tillkämpat oss under sekler inte är förhandlingsbara.

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Människor som kommer till vårt land ska åtnjuta dessa rättigheter och friheter.

Men med dessa rättigheter och friheter kommer också en skyldighet. Alla — utan undantag — måste också acceptera att i vårt land gäller en lag — lika för alla.

Rule of law.

En långtgående kulturrelativism har medfört en sorts förvärvad stupiditet, som gör att man hellre söker förtiga kulturrelaterade problem och låtsas som om de inte finns än att åtgärda dem. Alternativt skuldbelägger man sig själv, för att slippa ta i den besvärliga konflikten med Den Andre.

Per Bauhn

Why reading newspapers makes you stupid

7 February, 2017 at 12:19 | Posted in Politics & Society | 1 Comment

Lydon: You say newspapers make us stupid, and I’m not quite clear why.

Taleb: Because they always give you an explanation to events so that you have the feeling that you know what’s going on. They tell you the stock market went down, because of fear of a recession, and that’s false causation with uncertainty there. They check their facts, but you can’t check their causes. So, you have the feeling of over-causation from newspapers. That’s number one, the first one.

The second one: newspapers aren’t going to tell you “we had 280 deaths on the roads today in America”. They’re going to tell you about the plane crash killing 14 people. So, you have misrepresentation of the math of risks. They are driven by the sensational. And the statistical and the sensational are not the same in our modern world.

cw5is4bxeaa6kziThere’s a third thing about newspapers. Supplying someone with news reduces his understanding of the world. It’s more complicated than I can go into here, but let me tell you how I cope with it. I don’t mind knowing the news, but I go by a social filter. I eat lunch and dinner with other people. (I try to. I still have people who won’t eat lunch or dinner with me, even after writing the Black Swan). And I make sure. You can eavesdrop on conversations and stuff like that. I can tell if something is going on.

If there’s an event of significance, I know about it. And then I go to the web, or go buy a paper sometimes, or something like that.

Christopher Lydon interview with Nassim Nicholas Taleb

True face of Marine Le Pen

4 February, 2017 at 14:01 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

 

Alternative facts — the latest Newspeak invention

3 February, 2017 at 18:36 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

The US is today run by a president that thinks he can get away with never ending lies by simply calling them ” alternative facts.”

That’s of course nothing but Orwellian Newspeak — and George Orwell himself described the dangers of this postmodern mumbo jumbo truth-relativism already seventy-five years ago:

inconvenient-truthI know it is the fashion to say that most of recorded history is lies anyway. I am willing to believe that history is for the most part inaccurate and biased, but what is peculiar to our own age is the abandonment of the idea that history could be truthfully written. In the past, people deliberately lied, or they unconsciously colored what they wrote, or they struggled after the truth, well knowing that they must make many mistakes; but in each case they believed that “the facts” existed and were more or less discoverable. And in practice there was always a considerable body of fact which would have been agreed to by almost anyone … A British and a German historian would disagree deeply on many things, even on fundamentals, but there would still be a body of, as it were, neutral fact on which neither would seriously challenge the other. It is just this common basis of agreement with its implication that human beings are all one species of animal, that totalitarianism destroys. Nazi theory indeed specifically denies that such a thing as “the truth” exists. There is, for instance, no such thing as “Science”. There is only “German Science,” “Jewish Science,” etc. The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such an event, “It never happened” — well, it never happened. If he says that two and two are five — well two and two are five. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs …

Neoliberalism — a threat to democracy

31 January, 2017 at 19:02 | Posted in Politics & Society | 3 Comments

 

Perhaps the most dangerous impact of neoliberalism is not the economic crises it has caused, but the political crisis. As the domain of the state is reduced, our ability to change the course of our lives through voting also contracts. Instead, neoliberal theory asserts, people can exercise choice through spending. But some have more to spend than others: in the great consumer or shareholder democracy, votes are not equally distributed. The result is a disempowerment of the poor and middle. As parties of the right and former left adopt similar neoliberal policies, disempowerment turns to disenfranchisement. Large numbers of people have been shed from politics.
donald-trumpChris Hedges remarks that “fascist movements build their base not from the politically active but the politically inactive, the ‘losers’ who feel, often correctly, they have no voice or role to play in the political establishment”. When political debate no longer speaks to us, people become responsive instead to slogans, symbols and sensation. To the admirers of Trump, for example, facts and arguments appear irrelevant.

George Monbiot

‘Alternative facts’ and voter fraud

27 January, 2017 at 18:53 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment


Oh, horrible, oh, horrible, most horrible!
What a tragedy — and what shame, all those Americans with more than two brain cells must feel today. I do suffer with them through this nightmare.

Yours truly föreläser om nyliberalism

26 January, 2017 at 11:12 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

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