Why is Sweden closing its prisons? | Society Swedish prisons have long had a reputation around the world as being liberal and progressive. So much so that in 2005 even Saddam Hussein requested to be transferred to a Swedish prison to await his trial – a request that was rejected by the Swedish authorities. But are the country's prisons a soft option? The head of Sweden's prison and probation service, Nils Oberg, announced in November that four Swedish prisons are to be closed due to an "out of the ordinary" decline in prisoner numbers.
The EU must move fast and persistently to convince potential voters to gain confidence in its relevance and abilities. Reframing Europe in unfriendly times
Carlos Lujan for the International Herald Tribune Darío Villanueva of the Spanish Royal Academy, which has updated a dictionary with new terms spawned by the economic crisis. A Continent Mired in Crisis Coins a Language of Economic Pain
But the purveyors of conventional wisdom forgot that people were involved. Suddenly, Spain and Greece are being racked by strikes and huge demonstrations. Europe’s Austerity Madness
Ship Europe Film Socialisme, Wild Bunch, 2012 by Srećko Horvat Costa Concordia, the famous cruise ship that hit a rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea in January 2012 might furnish another aptly-named example for symbolizing the harmony and unity between European nations.
More than 16,000 people have died at the borders of Europe since 1993, but who is responsible? Death at the global frontier
Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space STOCKHOLM – Julian Assange’s bizarre bid for political asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London has claimed headlines everywhere, but it has obscured an important truth: last month’s decision by the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court that Assange should be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual crimes was the only possible outcome. "Justice for Sweden" by Marten Schultz
lm Tóibín on Joyce's Dublin: city of dreamers and chancers | Books One hundred and eight years ago today James Joyce and Nora Barnacle went out walking together for the first time. "Bloomsday", the day on which the novel Ulysses takes place, happens also on 16 June 1904. Hidden aspects of his own life nourished the narrative for Joyce. His own mythology could thus merge with a number of other mythologies to add weight and substance to what was, on the surface and maybe buried in the depths too, an ordinary day in an ordinary place. Nora worked in Finn's Hotel, and the walk between there and Merrion Square, where they originally arranged to meet, passed by 6 Clare Street, from where Samuel Beckett's father ran his business, and where Beckett would write some of his novel Murphy.
The fall and future of Dutch neo-liberal nationalism The collapse of budget negotiations and the upcoming elections in Holland provide opportunities for the emergence of better answers to the violence done by nationalist antagonisms, imposed through neo-liberal austerity programmes
There are cities that are as uninteresting as the stone they are made of, rigid and heavy, done up as stylishly as if they had been completely untarnished by the vagaries of history. Poland Has Become the Success Story of Eastern Europe
With ‘Polish Death Camps’ Remark, Barack Obama Stumbled Into a Raging Debate About Poles’ WWII History During Tuesday’s awards ceremony for this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama honored Polish resistance hero Jan Karski as a man who was “smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself” the savagery of Nazi anti-Semitism. What appeared to most American political observers a minor gaffe—the infelicitous word choice of a White House speechwriter—quickly metastasized into a diplomatic incident between the United States and Poland. As was quickly pointed out by angry Poles, the death factories were built on German-occupied Polish soil by Germans.
Europe’s star? This year’s Euro 2012 host has been untouched by the financial crisis, but for Poland, success has not come without strain Chuck Norris, a cult figure in Poland, advertises bank services. A cautious financial culture helped the nation avoid the worst of the crisis Flying into Rzeszów on a clear day, the company name “Zelmer” appears in bold letters across a vast factory roof, surrounded by acres of birch trees. Last summer, after 60 years in a warren of old workshops in the middle of the city, an unshowy city in southeastern Poland, the company moved into a purpose-built plant on the edge of town.
Ethnic identity training in Bosnia and Herzegovina begins in the classroom. National Subjects
Visegrad, site of one of the worst atrocities of the Bosnian war, is still in denial about the past Unforgiven, unforgotten, unresolved: Bosnia 20 years on
My home, ripped apart My American friend James and I were watching soccer at a restaurant in Queens, but I couldn’t stop reading a story about Ratko Mladic’s trial at the Hague.
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