SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 6 2012
There is no housing shortage in Sweden, only a shortage of
rented housing. The part of the housing market that is strictly regulated.
by C G Holm
You might read about the ”housing shortage”. But there is
no housing shortage, only a shortage of rented housing, as the CEO of
Stena Fastigheter (one of the major owners of housing for rent in Sweden)
Christel Darvik, said at a seminar in December. Single houses and condos/coops
are not regulated, and thus there is no shortage. The balance between
supply and demand is managed by the pricing mechanism and the free market,
and to a limited extent of construction of new housing.
The shortage of housing for rent cannot be corrected by construction of
new housing, as is the major theme in the political discussion on the
problem. New construction only corresponds to one or two per cent of the
total stock. The only valid solution is improved use of the existing housing
Not long time ago the Arctic Ocean was ice free!
by Sven Enberg
The climate varies. With or without doomsday prophecies. One of the major
threats today seem to be an ice-free Arctic Ocean. Which we actually had
not more than 7 000 years ago. With no emissions of fossil fuels. And
mankind survived that catastrophe. The past 10 000 years are an interglacial
period. An interglacial usually is 10 000–12 000 years, followed
by a new ice age for some 100 000 years. The passing from an ice age to
an interglacial and vice versa might take a couple of thousand years.
Don’t worry about the global warming, but about the coming ice age.
Was Catrin da Costa a victim of a serial killer?
by Patrik Nyberg
Catrin da Costa was murdered in 1984. Main witnesses against the two doctors
that were acquitted from the charges of having murdered the prostitute
were the ex-wife of one of the doctors, who claimed that the couples’
one year old daughter had told the mother that she had seen her dad cut
up the body at the forensic clinic of the Karolinska University Hospital
(where the other doctor worked). The other main witness was a photo shop
owner who claimed that she had seen the pictures of a cut up body, developed
by her shop on behalf of one of the doctors. In the acquittal the court
said that there was no proof that the doctors had killed da Costa, but
in the sentence the court said that the cutting up of the body was proved,
although that crime had passed the time limit. The doctors’ licenses
of practice was revoked and when they appealed against the sentence they
were denied to appeal, because they were acquitted. The lives of the doctors
have been destroyed and they have tried all legal measures to get their
licenses back and damages paid – in vain. They were for a long time
even denied the DNA test of remnants on a towel found with the dead body.
When finally they had the test made one of the hairs found was da Costa’s
and the other was none of the doctor’s. After also the murder had
passed the time limit, the doctors were refused to make a DNA test of
other suspects in the case, in spite of the fact that there are two suspects
(deceased by now) that could be tested. The reason? Probably that the
Swedish judicial system does not want another proof of its fallibility.
The failure of the government’s anti-regulation measures
by Fredrik Runebert
Before the election of 2006 the Centre-Right Alliance promised to decrease
the volume of regulations for business by 25 per cent during the following
four years. When this wasn’t achieved, the period was extended until
2012. Now we can see that the decrease was 7 not 25 per cent. Within the
area of taxation the regulations have actually increased. The Comptroller
and Auditor General has studied what has happened, and Contra reports.
Vladimir Putin: A study in ruthless power
by Tommy Hansson
A typical example of Vladimir Putin’s use of power is the reaction
against the US Magnitskiy law. The Putin regime banned, at the end of
December, all US adoptions of Russian children. The victims of the measures
are primarily the Russian kids that have to stay in orphanages instead
of getting loving parents.
Are Europeans ashamed of their Christian background?
by Britt Louise Körninger
Are Europeans ashamed of their Christian background? Shouldn’t westerners
be proud of their cultural background and Christian heritage? The ideas
that once built the wealth and freedom of the Western world. Today, the
only time we use our cultural heritage seem to be at baptisms, marriages
and burials. The flow of refugees from other parts of the world to the
Western world has never been bigger. Once the US received religious refugees
from Europe, but no one has to flee from the US to secure his or her rights.
Why are people fleeing from communism, socialism, Hinduism or islam? Why
do these refugees want the West to adapt to what they have fled from?
Do we really want to have these systems running in the Western world?
China expanding in the South China Sea
by C G Holm
The South China Sea is situated south of China, east of Vietnam and west
of the Philippines. There are a lot of small islands that never have been
inhabited, but now six countries fight for control in order to secure
fishing rights and oil exploration rights. China uses its superior firepower
to extend its control far away from the Chinese mainland, while Vietnam
and the Philippines have US support for their claim on the same territory.
SS batallion in Luleå, Sweden
by David Stavenheim
Early in the morning of October 4 1940 a fully equipped SS battalion landed
in Luleå, a port in the north of Sweden. It was transferred by rail
to Narvik in Norway. 1030 German soldiers hade gone with the ship Isar
from Germany to Luleå, escorted by the Swedish navy through Swedish
minefields. Much has been said on the transfer of the Engelbrecht Division
from Norway to Finland in 1941. But almost nothing is known in Sweden
about the transfer of the Kirkenes battalion in 1940.