SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 2 2013
by C G Holm
Four military researchers from The National Defence University in Helsinki
have recently published a report on Russian military doctrine, Russian
rearmament and the effects for Finland. The authors are Stefan Forss,
Lauri Kiianlinna, Pertti Inkinen and Heikki Hult. The study has significance
also for Sweden. The report is written in English under the title The
Development of Russian Military Policy and Finland.
What once was a military force in decay has during the past years turned
into reinforcements and rearmaments. Not least in the northwest, that
is the area close to the Baltic, Finland and Sweden.
Strategy for dummies
by Roger Klang
Sweden has the longest coastline of the Nordic countries and the largest
area. In the middle of the Baltic there is ”the aircraft carrier”
Gotland, a large island. These are facts that must be considered in Swedish
Chinese neocolonialism in Africa
by Fredrik Runebert
China has, under ”state capitalism”, been developed into a
succesful exporting nation, long called ”the factory of the world”.
Double digit growth figures during the 1980s and through the 2000s is
based on manufacturing of large quantities of goods at low cost. In order
to get supplies China has put large efforts into securing supplies of
zinc, copper and oil from Africa, where a large part of the available
world resources are located. China’s own resources is not at all
enough for its manufacturing volumes. Is the Chinese expansion into Africa neocolonialism or an effort to let the Africans develop themselves?
Criminals in IRS and other authorities
by Bertil Wedin
The Internal Revenue Service have flagrantly supported the Democratic
left and tried to stop the activities of the Tea Party Movement. Even
Barack Obama finally concluded that he had to fire the top officials of
The road to a succesful housing market
by Sten Dybeck
How to solve the crisis in the market for rented housing? The solution
is the same close cooperation between parties and the same entreprenuerial
power that was shown when rent control was introduced 68 years ago (during
World War II, when all construction labour served in the conscript army).
Such efforts would rebuild the confidence in the market for rented housing
and attract new capital.
The Green’s frightening Congress
by Sven Enberg
The recent Congress of the Swedish Green Party was a frightening show
of the left wing pushing through, against the party leadership’s
more pragmatic views. After the Congress, Green Party Leader Gustav Fridolin
said that that’s what Congresses are meant for, giving the leadership
guidelines. But the guidelines this time told the leadership to go against
their former policy. This will reduce the electoral base when the electiorate
realizes what the Greens really mean.
The Swedish middle class cannot afford,
because of high taxes
by Sven Enberg
Sweden is one of the richest countries in the world. The government budget
is healthy and in balance. But the Swedish middle class have small margins
and almost no savings. Actually one fourth of Swedes in ages 30–49
say that they will not manage more than six weeks without their salaries.
And almost half in the same group have less than 50.000 (4.000 $) in liquid
savings. Consultant Philip Ledrulf shows in a report that the smallest
extra expense threatens with disaster for the average family.
The Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939
by Tommy Hansson
Lots has been written on the German invasion of half Poland September
1 1939, the starting point of World War II. Less has been written on the
Soviet invasion of the other half of Poland, two weeks later. The invasion
was brutal and included murder, mass arrests, deportations and torture.