SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 5 2011
”Ivestiya” on Contra
Older readers of Contra certainly do remeber the name of the newspaper
Izvestiya, the official organ of the Soviet government. Izvestiya is still
alive, though the circulation is not in the millions, but only somewhat
over 200 000. Today the newspaper is owned by an ”oligarch”
(Juriy Kovaltshuk), but during the years 2005–2008 the paper was
controlled by Kreml via the Putin linked gas company Gazprom. In October
this year an article in Izvetsiya reported on an ongoing trial in Archangelsk
in northern Russia. History professor Mikhail Suprun (see Contra # 3 2011)
and police major Alexander Dudarev are prosecuted for publishing a book
on Gulag victims in the Archangelsk area. People linked to Contra has
picketed outside the Russian Embassy in Stockholm and Izvestiya reported
on that October 19 2011.
Wind power threatening the countryside
by Tommy Hansson
As more windmills are built resistance grows. One of the centres of resistance
is Föreningen Svenskt Landskapsskydd (The Association for the Protection
of the Swedish Landscape), FSL. FSL stresses the fact that important areas
in the Swedish countryside are ruined by gigantic windmills (often 500
feet tall). The entreprenuers often promises new jobs, lower price on
electricity and higher real estate values. But all these promises are
taken out of thin air. Wind power is significantly more expensive than
hydropower and nuclear power, which are the alternatives. Employment is
concentrated to windmill manufacturers plants and construction workers
moving around. Very few jobs are offered to local people. And real estate
prices are, history shows, falling close to windmill developments.
Who can afford a windmill
by C G Holm
In Contra # 3 2011 we told about ”certificates” that are used
to forward subsidies from efficient hydropower and nuclear power to inefficient
energy producers, like wind power and solar power. By directing subsidies
from one type of companies directly to other companies, the subsiies are
excluded from the government budget and no decisions need to be taken
on giving subsidies to inefficient producers. They are coming automatically.
In addition there is no transparency, the public does not know the size
of the subsidies (nor does the government!) and previous specifications
of ”certicate fees” have been taken away from power bills.
Per Nilsson reports on the development in a new book.
Are there moslem feminists?
by Isak Nygren
Some moslem women claim that they are feminists and they say that they
are inspired by the ”golden era of islam” a thousand years
ago. But that is not the case . Is it really possible with feminism in
a religion where the woman is definitely placed below the man?
The new leader of the Leftist Party
by Fredrik Runebert
After still another election with lower polls criticism within the Leftist
(formerly the Communist) Party forced party leader Lars Ohly to resign.
One reason for his resignation was the lowering figures in the opinion
polls. A successor will be elected at a party Congress in January 2012.
And this time the election is open and there are four candidates for the
chairmanship. The candidates are scrutinized by Fredrik Runebert.
The Crimes of Communism
A new site on the internet deals with the crimes of Communism. The site
will hopefully grow in the future. Now it gives information on the formerly
occupied countries, on the Gulag, on the KGB and so forth. URL: http://www.kommunismensbrott.se
”The bitter fate of the ”Kiruna Swedes”
– a private bill by Gunnar Andrén (MP)
”The Kiruna Swedes” is a term used for Communists from the
northern mining town (beyond the Polar Circle) of Kiruna, who moved to
the Soviet Union in the 1920s and the 1930s. Most of them settled in the
Karelian Soviet Republic. In spite of the fact that most were believing
Communists, many of them were put into the Gulag camps and others were
executed. A few succeeded in getting back to Sweden and here they faced
new persecutuoion by Swedish Communists who thought they were betraying
”the land of the future”. Journalist Kaa Eneberg has written
three books on the ”Kiruna Swedes”. And this year there is
a private bill in parliament, written by Liberal MP Gunnar Andrén,
who asks for more research on the fate of the ”Kiruna Swedes”.
The bill is as detailed and informative as any Contra article and thus
the bill is reprinted in the magazine.
Swedish vicar worked for the Stasi
by C G Holm
Professor Birgitta Almgren has recently published her second book on the
East German secret police, Stasi and its relations with Sweden. After
her first book professor Almgren asked for access to Swedish Secret Police
files, the files that included information on agents found in code in
the German archives and with the key rescued by the CIA, called the Rosenholz
files for the SIRA archives. She was denied access to the Swedish files,
but succesfully appealed using the Swedish Freedom of Information Act.
She got a very restricted access to the files and her main conclusion
is that the Swedish Secret Police didn’t do any sincere efforts
to prosecute those that were revealed as agents or spies. The had ”interviews”
with them and when they denied the Swedish police accepted their denials,
without checking with German archives. Professor Almgren has checked!
But she is denied to give the proper name of the Stasi people. But Contra
can tell that one of them is a vicar in a small community in Northern
Is there any future for jews in the city of Malmö?
by Tommy Hansson
Jews in the Southern Swedish city of Malmö have been more and more
restricted in their own city. Many moving from Malmö to Stockholm,
Israel or other parts of the world. The reason being a massive influx
of arab moslems that harass the jews in the city.
By Fredrik Runebert
Iran is totalitarian theocracy. The system gives the people cetain possibilities
to influence the choice of their leaders, but as the Guardian Council
has the supreme power on which people are allowed to stand in an election
it’s a sham democracy. A democratic constitution protects the minority
against majority oppression, but in Iran even the majority is oppressed
with reference to the will of Allah, as interpreted by the clergy and
the Guardian Council.