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Joris Luyendijk: “Att stå utanför eurosamarbetet var kanske inte en bra idé för Sverige” (English and Swedish)

Written by: Ruben Dieleman (Swedish translation by Anna Lindvall) Innan bankkrisen bröt ut år 2008 visste den nederländska journalisten och antropologen Joris Luyendijk “ingenting om finanssektorn, förutom att den var väldigt viktig”. Det som hände på börsmarknaden sköttes troligtvis av kvalificerade och kunniga ekonomer – så tänkte han då. Med krisen växte hans nyfikenhet och han bestämde sig för att spend ...

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I samhällets tjänst

Frivilligorganisationer och civilsamhället har under hösten tagit ett stort ansvar för att möta och hjälpa flyktingar i Sverige. På flera håll i landet har man sett nybildade initiativ som har samordnat resor, mat och boende för människor som har kommit hit. Många kände att kommuner, Migrationsverket och lokala myndigheter inte var på plats i den utsträckning de efterfrågades och att det fanns ett behov av ...

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At the Frontiers of Europe

In early May, five members of The Society of International Affairs participated in a project in Palermo, Italy about how civil society can work against organized crime. Sicily is famous for its mafia, yet the understanding of most people abroad is limited to gangster movies and the mafia wars in the 1980s and 1990s. This project was essentially about understanding, on a deeper level, how the strong influenc ...

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Interview with Cosmopolitan Associate Professor Eyassu Gayim – “Out of the Ordinary”

Q: First of all, I would like to thank you for responding to this interview. Let me start with the course on globalization which you gave us last February. This is an important course since very few students realize the broader implications of the currents of economic globalization or that we live in a globalized world. As I told you earlier, taking that course and interacting with all those interesting stu ...

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Inga-Britt Ahlenius: an Unabashed Voice in Global Politics

On Thursday the 16th of May, Inga-Britt Ahlenius is coming to the Society of International Affairs and this calls for a quick overview of her life and work. What were the highlights of her career, and what was the specific content of her criticisms of UN's Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon which have become so famous in the international community? Born in Karlstad in 1939 and graduated from the Stockholm Schoo ...

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Intervju med Michael Alexander, numera vapenvägrare

Michael Alexander ville göra militärtjänst. Trots att han bott i USA hade han alltid känt sig som en israel. Med judisk mor fick han israeliskt medborgarskap, och snart fick han vakta israeliska bosättningar. Hur kändes det att göra militärtjänst i Israel? – Att göra den allmänna värnplikten är en del av att vara israel, det är då du ”blir en man”. Men snart började jag fundera, jag passade inte in. Allt ja ...

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Interview with Cecilia Malmström

When I start off the interview by asking the Swedish commissioner to the EU Cecilia Malmström to describe her work in a few words, she smiles, gives a short laugh, and answers: – I’m primarily responsible for two questions: Migration and asylum, and crime fighting. Malmström gave a lecture hosted by the UF on March 4th in front of a big audience. Considering the high interest in her lecture, I ask her why s ...

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Photo Interview with Julio César Soler Baró

For more than half a century, the Caribbean island of Cuba has been run as a socialist republic by the Castro brothers. Julio César Soler Baró, a Cuban in exile, sat down with Utblick to share his thoughts on Cuba`s political future and grant insight into his political activism. Soler Baró is engaged as writer, artist, actor, editor, dishwasher and intellectual. Further, he has earned several degrees at the ...

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Interview with Ronald Inglehart

Ronald Inglehart, Professor in Political Science at University of Michigan, gave an open lecture on “Evolutionary Modernization and Social Change” at University of Gothenburg in 21st November 2012. In connection, Utblick’s David Westerberg met with him to discuss issues of politics, religion and secularism. Q: Is religion an independent variable? Inglehart: Yes. I would say yes because religion has been aro ...

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Photo Interview with Georgios Xezonakis

Beautiful island landscapes, the Acropolis, philosophers like Aristotle and Plato – of course, it is Greece that is being referred to. More recently, however, global newspaper pages have been filled with news about a frantic electorate demonstrating outside and decisions being made inside Athen`s parliament building. For almost five years, Greece has been shaken by waves of recession, an impending economic ...

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