CONTRA # 1 1996

Wei Jingsheng

On Wei Jingsheng, China's leading dissident, recently sentenced to 14 years in prison. Mr Wei served in prison from 1979 to 1993 and was free for only half a year before he was arrested again in the spring of 1994. On December 13 1995 he was sentenced to a new 14 year sentence, convicted of having tried to topple the Chinese government. The sentence was pronounced behind locked doors. In this issue of Contra a letter from Mr Wei, written in prison is published. The letter was written in 1992 and discusses the relationship between Tibet and China. Mr Wei stresses the special relationship which he wants to develop, at the same time that he concludes that there are no legitimate reasons for Chinese claims on sovereignity over Tibet. Compare Tibet to Australia or Canada, sovereign nations having the same Queen as the United Kingdom. The letter will be concluded in the next issue of Contra.

Bolsheviks in the public Swedish broadcasting company
On leftist domination of the government-owned Sveriges Television (national TV company operating two channels). During many years in the 1970s the "bolshevik bloc" at the company was however so busy with their own internal discussions on dialectics at union meetings, so that non-leftists were the ones doing most of the reporting.

Author Gunnar Unger
On the well-known Swedish conservative writer Gunnar Unger.

The fall of the Soviet Union
On the fall of the Soviet Union. The author and regular Contra contributor (and reviewer of a book on the subject by Staffan Skott) Marek Zyto, himself a Jew of Polish origin who forcefully was enrolled in the Red Army during WWII, asks why the millions of Communist criminals in the former Soviet Union are not charged and sentenced for their crimes, as the nazis were after WWII.

Heroes of the Cold War: Andrei Amalrik
The heroes of the Cold War. This time we present the leading Soviet dissident Andrei Amalrik, writer of the prophetic Will the Soviet Union Survive 1984? The title of the book was chosen in order to link it to George Orwell's famous novel. Mr Amalrik discussed the contradictions of Communism and how they would tear the system apart. His predictions came true with only seven years delay. Mr Amalrik served in prison in Siberia and was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1975. He died in a car accident in Spain in 1980. His first contact with KGB anti-dissident operations was when he was trying to get in touch with a Danish scientist in order to get views on a study he had written on Slav-Scandianvian relations during the 9th century. Instead of forwarding the text of Mr Amalrik to the Danish scientist, the Danish embassy in Moscow turned it over to the KGB!

The forgery the Protocols of the Elders of Sion
The World's most distributed forgery, the Protocols of the Elders of Sion. Contra editor Tommy Hansson discusses the background of this never-dying anti-semitic forgery, and concludes that much of it is word-by-word based on a book published in 1864, a book containing criticism against the French government under emperor Napoleon III, a text which was re-written in order the attack Jews in general instead of the regime of Napoleon III.