New issue of Utblick: Africa?, out now!


Africa, this big continent on the rise, is home to more than a billion people in over 50 countries with diverse cultural and political structures. Many African countries today are said to be at the forefront of economic and social development, making the continent a potential challenger to the world order of today and tomorrow. But still, these glimpses of progress seem to cover a very small part of what media in general reports. In this last issue of 2015 we dwelve into the past and present of the continent. Join our discussion by reading our latest articles, essays and interviews, aiming to give an alternative point of view than the mainstream media!

You can look for this issue of Utblick at coffee shops, libraries, museums, movie theatres and university faculties all across Göteborg, or read it online here!

New issue of Utblick: Terra Incognita, out now!

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The latest issue of Utblick focus on the current refugee crisis. The question is adressed through the lens of “Terra Incognita”, the unknown land. The articles gathered here discusses it from a psychological perspective and how standing face to face with “Terra Incognita” affects the search for the new or better, as well as discussing it from the perspective of the recipient countries: how it affects the mentality of the state and its citizens. Join our discussion by reading our latest articles, essays and interviews, aiming to give an alternative point of view than the mainstream media!

You can look for this issue of Utblick at coffee shops, libraries, museums, movie theatres and university faculties all across Göteborg, or read it online here!

New issue of Utblick: Responsibility and growth

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The latest issue of Utblick focuses on global growth, by addressing problems of responsibility and growth in relation to morality and economy (both on a local and global level). Topics we discuss include trade agreements, urban development, corporate responsibility, and even air pollution, medical resources and overfishing. Join our discussion by reading our latest articles, interviews and poems!

You can look for this issue of Utblick at coffee shops, libraries and university faculties all across Göteborg, or read it online here!

Radio Utblick #3 – Vad är en stat?

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Vad är en stat egentligen? Vad händer om man försöker bli självständig men inte får erkännande av omvärlden? Vilka konsekvenser får Sveriges erkännande av Palestina och vad låg bakom beslutet?

I dagens avsnitt av Radio Utblick pratar vi om stater, frusna konflikter och erkännanden.

Vi hör från Andreas Bågenholm om vad en stat är och hur de skapas, nu och historiskt, Peter Wallensteen och frusna konflikter och ett återberättande utav Torgny Hinnemo’s ord angående hur det är att leva i ett icke-erkänt land.

Följ länken och lyssna!

Radio Utblick #2

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I det femte programmet av Radio Utblick frågar vi oss vad “höger” och “vänster”, som det ju så flitigt pratas om i politiken, egentligen betyder.

Vad är det egentligen vi pratar om när vi använder denna politiska skala. Pratar vi om samma sak över hela världen? Hjälper det oss att sortera in partier och åsikter i fack eller skapar det bara förvirring? Kan det till och med vara så att begreppet i dagens samhälle har förlorat sin relevans?

Ni kommer att få höra röster från studenter vid Göteborgs Universitet och från en politiker som inte vill definiera sig som varken höger eller vänster. Dessutom kommer statsvetaren Jacob Sohlberg försöka hjälpa oss att bena ut begreppet.
Vi kommer att ta upp hur etnisk tillhörighet snarare än ståndpunkt på höger-vänsterskalan styr röstandet på närmre håll än man kanske skulle kunna tro och hur den israeliska befolkningen noga väger in vem de tror bäst kan garantera deras säkerhet innan de lägger sin röst.

Följ länken och lyssna!


Radio Utblick #1

Radio 1Radio vänster eller elitens lakejer?

Public service är ju vänstervridet. Pengar styr media. Och på nätet vinner klickvänliga snabbnyheter. Går allt åt skogen eller är det en ny demokratiseringsrevolution i sikte nu när alla kan producera sitt eget medieinnehåll? Vilka röster blir hörda i media egentligen? Radio Utblick fortsätter att granska sin omgivning!

Du hittar vårt senaste program här på Mixcloud.

New issue of Utblick: Freedom of Speech

The latest issue Freedom of speech_coverof Utblick tackles the hot topic of freedom of speech! We are proud to present articles ranging from the Charlie Hebdo massacre’s effects on French society, to London’s public transport workers speaking their minds via protest, as well as a reflection on traditional journalism’s challenges in the 21st century. Throughout the magazine, you can find poetry that we hope will add a personal interpretation to these complex discussions on freedom, censorship and the right to speak your mind.

You can look for this issue of Utblick at coffee shops, libraries and university faculties all across Göteborg, or read it online here.

The Importance of Music in the Palestinian Resistance

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“Fighting for the right of not being forced to do something, to just be”

At the academy of Music and Arts of Gothenburg University we sit intact, within rose colored walls flowing with the oriental sounds that seduces us with fantasies of a different place and time; pulling us to a world of ancient music and its power in connecting with humanity. The musician puts down his kereshmeh and life throws everything back to the harsh reality played out in a different part of the world, yet in the same sphere of time as ours:

“We are […] sick of the wall of shame that separates us from the rest of our country and keeps us imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece of land; sick of being portrayed as terrorists, home-made fanatics with explosives in our pockets and evil in our eyes; sick of the indifference we meet from the international community, the so-called experts in expressing concerns and drafting resolutions but cowards in enforcing anything they agree on; we are sick and tired of living a shitty life, being kept in jail by Israel, beaten up by Hamas and completely ignored by the rest of the world. […] Here in Gaza we are scared of being incarcerated, interrogated, hit, tortured, bombed, killed. We cannot move as we want, say what we want, do what we want.”

It’s the last day of Global Week and the university has arranged a seminar about the importance of music in the Palestinian resistance. Ahmad, musician and teacher at the academy of music and arts at Gothenburg University, shares some thoughts from his own experiences of the importance of his life in Palestine:

– As an artist in Palestine, you often end up stuck in a box by which you and your art is defined; music and life in a bigger sense is very politicized. Avoiding politics or not making a statement is understood as a political act. Even sitting at the toilet is seen as that; fighting for freedom in Palestine as a human-being in my opinion means fighting for the right of not being forced to do something, to just be.

“ENOUGH! Enough pain, enough tears, enough suffering, enough control, limitations, unjust justifications, terror, torture, excuses, bombings, sleepless nights, dead civilians, black memories, bleak future, heart-aching present, disturbed politics, fanatic politicians, religious bullshit, enough incarceration!…”

Khaled Harara, an exiled Palestinian author in Gothenburg shows us two of his music videos: Wind of Pain and We Teach Life, Sir. The first one mixes the lyrics from a traditional Swedish folksong “Vem kan segla för utan vind?” and videos from the war between Palestine and Israel that broke out again this summer with rap in both Arabic and Swedish. The song is meant to convey the confusion and hopelessness Khaled felt being separated from his family while bombs were falling over their heads in Palestine. The second song is a mixture of different genres and the lyrics are mostly in English, a method that is used as a way to reach out to the world. The importance of music to Khaled is the way he can communicate to the world what is happening in Palestine, and to show the bravery of the citizens in adapting to an extreme situation:

– The only thing that I can do living outside of Palestine is to tell other people the stories of my own people. Living in Palestine means living with the presence of death. It’s like death and life is at equilibrium…But as the war continues, life moves on and people try to live their lives as best as possible whatever happens.

A man from the audience adds to the discussion by telling a story of a female singer and actor, and how she defined the situation for artists in Palestine.

– To create there’s always a battle between two enemies, the one from the inside and the other from the outside. The enemy from the inside is the suffering and hopelessness you feel living in a situation as in Palestine. The outside enemy is the one who destroys all possibilities to create: instruments, infrastructure etc. To be able to create, you have to fight against both.

The music of resistance is not defined by its sound but by the way it is created and what it communicates. Driving the seminar to a close, a conclusion appears to be that the music of resistance is not a specific genre but depends entirely on context and how it is interpreted by the audience. Ending the discussion, Ahmad recalls the importance of music in giving children a way to escape the harsh realities of war and a heavily politicized society by becoming a platform where children can play.

“…WE SAY STOP! This is not the future we want! We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask?”

Written by Emil Zawadski
Photo by Olivier Blaise

Note: the bits of text written in bold print are taken from “The Gaza Youth Breaks Out Manifesto”The music videos Khaled Harara screened are: “We Teach Life Sir” and “Wind of Pain”


About Radio Global Voices

radioGlobal Voices är programmet för dig som är intresserad av det som händer i världen. Vi tar upp utrikespolitiska ämnen och blandar stort som smått. Tycker du att Sverige är för litet, då är Global Voices något för dig! Programmet görs i samarbete med Utrikespolitiska föreningen (Göteborg)s medlemstidning Utblick. Vi diskuterar ämnen som relaterar till utrikespolitiska frågor och inkluderar såväl lokala som globala röster. Vårt syfte är att bidra till en ökad förståelse för världen omkring oss.

Are you interested in what’s happening around the world? Global Voices raises different topics within foreign politics. We bring up big and small topics. If you think Sweden’s too small, then Global Voices is the programme for you! The programme is cooperating with Utrikespolitiska föreningen (Göteborg)’s magazine Utblick. We discuss topics related to global affairs and incorporate voices, local and global, to broaden our view of the world surrounding us.

Patrik Wendeblad, Senka Purkovic, Anna Reumert, Ermelinda Kanushi, Hanna Katarina Nyroos, David Skansholm och Susanna Németh.

Tisdagar 21:00 – 21:30

FM 103,1 MHz