SUMMARY IN ENGLISH

CONTRA # 2 2009

Parallells between "autonomous" groups and the Baader Meinhof gang
by Tommy Hansson

After the end of the Cold War and the economic crisis during the 1990s there was a resurgence for left-wing extremism. We could call it a new form of fascism with an ever increasing pace of intolerance and worship of violence. During the last year we have seen crimes like supermarket arson and attempted murders. It very much is similar to what was experienced during the time of the Baader Meinhof gang.

 

Folke Bernadotte – arbitrator and murder victim
by David Stavenheim

Count Folke Bernadotte (1895-1948) is today forgotten by the official Swedish society. He was the son of Prince Oscar and his wife Ebba Munck av Fulkila. The father, a younger brother of King Gustavus V, was an active Christian and he was the man mentioned (together with a third brother, the painter Eugen) in the poem by Victor Rydberg: ”Princes are not born the same, one wants to paint, another wants to preach”. Count Bernadotte became well-known on the international scene when he arranged the ”White Buses”, which brought 15,000 camp prisoners in Germany into Swedish safety during the spring of 1945. After the end of the World War he was appointed a UN arbitrator in the British Mandate Palestine. He was killed by the Stern Gang (in Israel usually called Lehi).

Medieval lifestyle still alive in Sharia Law
by C G Holm

Sharia is the law practice in moslem societies and is claimed to be based on the Quran. In some countries Sharia Law is the only legal source, while in other it is supported by more modern legislation. In still other countries groups apply Sharia Law when possible – for example in civil law cases. If the parties agree in a civil law case it is usually fully possible to apply a legal system of the parties mutual choice. In some countries Sharia Law is also used in criminal law. Sharia is in its basis very remote from the principles that could be accepted in an enlightened society.

Escaping responsibility
by Stig Daun

The philosopher and Nobel Prize Winner Jean-Paul Sartre established the expression ”To exist for others” as a human sense when we desperately try to apply conventions and adjust ourselves to the image we thinbk others expect from us. Sartre was a master in descirbing the landscape of escape, the flight from respionsibility. In the existing financial crisis we see the hunt fpor scapegoats. An analysis of the cause and effects is necessary. But already before world leaders have found a new world order we can note that most decisions today were taken by people who have tried to avoid a personal responsibility.

Ceasar and other political murders
by Tommy Hansson

Political murders have been seen in all time. The most famous political murder was the murder of the Roman dictator Gaius Julius Ceasar March 15 in the year 44 BC. The murder was planned by a group of patricians who wanted to eliminate a man they saw planning the abolishment of old Republican traditions. Other political murders have been committed by lunatics with no political motives, like the murder of the Swedish Foreign Secretary Anna Lindh in 2003.

A Swedish culture should be the norm in Sweden
Dick Erixon interviewed by C G Holm

Dick Erixon is one of Sweden’s most well-known bloggers. He also is chairman of Medborgarrättsrörelsen (the Civil Rights Movement) since 2007. The organization was founded by legendary Supreme Court Justice Gustaf Petrén, who was the champion of applyinbg the principles in the European Convention on Human Rights in Swedish society. Erixon is also well-known for his support of former US president George W Bush. The very day power was transferred from Bush to Obama he published an article in one of Sweden’s best-selling newspapers, Expressen, stressing the importance of Bush’ idealistic view on foreign policy as opposed to pragmatism advocated by earlier Presidents. He was worried that Obama would turn back US foreign policy into a pragmatic policy without moral guidlines.

New Zealand introduced a new thinking on government
by Maurice P. McTigue

New Zealand had a malfunctioning educational system. Some 30 per cent of the kids, especially those from lower social strata, were left with unsufficient education. We could have doubled the budget of education and still not achieved any results. We had increased the education budget for twenty years and all the time the level of achieved knowledge dropped. We decided to try something new. The former cabninet member Maurice P. McTigue tells about the break with old socialist regulation and the return of New Zealand to one of the world’s most developed countries.

Rest in Peace our beloved lightbulb
by Toivo Kuuskla

”May you live in interesting times” is the wording of an ancient Chinese curse. And yes, we live in interesting times. And still more interesting it will be when environment maniacs will have their way. The European Union has decided to ban the lightbulb, starting later this year. The reason for the ban is dubious and the effects are very far-reaching. The benefits are almost non-existent.


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