SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 6 2010
Communists honoured in Stockholm
by C G Holm
In Stockholm there are some less appealing public monuments, monuments
of the type that have disappeared in Eastern Europe. There are two monuments
commemorating Communist butchers, Mao and Lenin. The Lenin monument specifically
honours Lenin’s visit in Stockholm on his way from exile in Zurich
to the revolution in Petrograd. In addition there is a monument in memory
of Swedish communists fighting in the Spanish civil war.
The ships that disappeared in the Baltic
by C G Holm
During the years after World War II several Swedish ships disappeared
in the Southern Baltic. One or two might have sunk due to bad weather,
but for several of the ships there are proofs or circumstantial evidence
that there were other causes of the disapperance.
New information on disappeared
ships in the Baltic
by Susanne Berger and Kerstin von Seth
During 1948 Swedish defense thought that it was possible that the ships
Iwan and Kinnekulle purposely had been captured by the Russians in connection
with smuggling operations. Several months before the disappearance of
the ships Foreign Secretary Östen Undén met a Swedish captain
who hade been questioned by Polish authorities in connection with smuggling
operations conducted by Swedish ships. At least once the Swedish Defense
staff infiltrated an agent into Poland with the help of a commercial vessel.
These questions have been important for Swedish ships that travelled in
the dangerous Gdansk-Trelleborg corridor during the Cold War. Read
the full text here!
Active communist leaves her past
by Maria Walden
Maria Walden has been active in different Communist movements since
age 12. She was ”born a communist” and lived in the Soviet
Union for more than ten years. When she moved from the USSR to Sweden
in 1990 she immediately joined the stalinist Arbetarpartiet Kommunisterna
(APK), now Sveriges Kommunistiska Parti (SKP). She tells that she hardly
knew anything about the crimes of communism.
– 13 wives from 9 years old and up
by C G Holm
Muhammad’s relationship to women is only partly dealt with in
the Quran. There you mostly get the view of Allah on women in general.
But in hadith (recognized narratives on Muhammad not made part of the
Quran) there is a lot to find. In the year 595 Muhammad married a distant
relative, Khadija, who hade become a widow twice. She was approximately
40 and very wealthy. Muhammed was only 25. They had six children. Khadija
died in 619, over 60 years old. During his marriage with Khadija Muhammad
had only one wife.
The year after Khadija’s death Muhammad married Sadwa, who hade
politically important family connections. Later the same year Muhammad
married six year old Aisha. But the marriage was not ”fulfilled”
until three years later, Aisha was then nine years old. And then Muhammad
continued marrying another ten women. Yes, Allah had said that you should
not have more than four wives, but the reason for that was that you could
not possibly be just to more than four wives. But it was otherwise for
Muhammad, according to a timely revelation he had.
The market friendly voice of Latin America:
Mario Vargas Llosa
by Fredrik Runebert
This year’s Nobel Prize Winner in literature started his career
as an author as a Marxist, but today he is one of the most important advocates
of the free market economy in Latin America. Mario Vargas Llosa has no
prejudices when he looks for the truth. He is one of the few Latin American
authors that have been critical to all types of dictatorship.
The Tea Party movement moves on
by Fredrik Runebert
The Tea Party movement dominate the American political scene. Candidates
from the Republican establishment have been defeated by candidates from
the Tea Party movement. On their agenda you find lower taxes, lower public
expenditure, less red tape, opposition to bureaucracy, excessive spending,
gallopping budget deficits, stimulus packages, health reform and bail-outs.
The movement is divergent and has no defined leader.
The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority:
Almost unlimited power
without public control
An institution with almost unlimited power on financial markets in Sweden
is the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. The Authority never needs
to fight for their grants, they just write the government to inform them
that they increase the charges, as the operations of the authority is
fully paid by fees paid by institutions supervised. The authority is very
strong as few dare to criticise it in the public domain. Those who are
knowledgeable enough on the institution’s operations are working
in the financial industry and are dependent on the Authority to keep their
Two worlds – two ideas:
Russia and China in the Far East
by Frank Gordons
In the Far East, on the shores of the Amur river, two cities ar located
opposite each other, the Russian Blagovechchcenska and the Chinese Heihe.
More and more of the inhabitants of Blagovechchenska moves across the
Amur in order to have a good life on money that they would hardly manage
with on the Russian side of the border.