Margot Wallström, Sweden’s energetic minister for foreign affairs, tried to tackle Saudi Arabia on human rights and is learning the hard way a few basic facts about the Middle East. In fact she might have to resign to defuse the situation, writes Zvi Mazel, former Israeli ambassador in Stockholm.Read More
It was sweaty, dirty and pulsating. It was music everywhere. It was hell in Copenhagen.
Why descend to hell? The answer is simple. It is so much better there. You get sand in your eyes, the temperature changes more than the mood of a jealous partner. From time to time the wind blows tornadoes of refuge. But who is complaining?Read More
Big men, beards, long hair, tattooed bodies and kilts. Death’s heads, 666, stone-hard music from the hip and lots of alcohol. Even the Prince of Darkness (Ozzy Osbourne) was there. Had I landed in hell? Quite the opposite. I was at Sweden Rock in Sölvesborg and was beginning to understand how world peace can be achieved.Read More
The moment we pass security control at the Western Wall, we hear happy song. Forty young people dance in a ring and sing ”Hava Nagila” at the top of their voices while ultraorthodox Jews whisper their prayers to the wall a few meters away.Read More
A majority in the Swedish parliament is ready to limit the public’s access to certain documents relating to the EU. ”A very serious development”, says the chairman of Sweden’s constitutional committee but the politicians claim they have no alternative because the proposed change has been ordered by the EU. The problem is that it’s not true.Read More
I don’t really know why I went there but the other day I listened to a luncheon conversation between former EU Commissioner Margot Wallström and Swedish Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag in Malmö. Next time I will choose a puppet show.Read More
We are in the midst of a crisis affecting us all. It stems from two sources: One is the structural and practical corruption prevalent in all parts of society. The other is the mentality behind this corruption: value relativism.Read More