Posted tagged ‘Sweden’

Racist Cake Causes Stir in Sweden

April 18, 2012

Sweden’s culture minister, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, is in hot water after a weekend art exhibit in which she cut up a cake baked into the shape of what was considered to be a stereotypical African woman.

From CNN:

A group representing Swedes of African descent has called for Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth to resign over that it called a racist caricature. But Liljeroth defended her participation, saying the cake was designed to “challenge the traditional image of racism.”

“While the symbolism in the piece is despicable, it is unfortunate and highly regrettable that the presentation has been interpreted as an expression of racism by some,” Liljeroth said in a statement issued by her office. “The artistic intent was the exact opposite.”

The artist who designed the cake, Makode Linde, is of African descent himself and said the piece was aimed at condemning the practice of female genital mutilation. Pictures from the Sunday exhibition showed Liljeroth slicing into the cake from the “genitals” and feeding it to Linde, who told CNN he made himself the head of the figure and screamed in pain when it was cut.

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Twelve Terror Suspects Captured in Britain

December 20, 2010

British counter-terror police arrested 12 men this morning in a “large-scale, pre-planned, intelligence-led” operation.

From CNN:

The suspects, aged from 17 to 28, were arrested in London, Cardiff in Wales and Stoke in central England. They are due to be questioned Monday, West Midlands police said.

They are all of Pakistani descent, a security source who did not want to be identified told CNN.

Britain’s domestic intelligence service, known as MI5, led the operation, the source said.

The suspects were not planning a “Mumbai-style” attack, where gunmen sprayed bullets at crowded public places in India, and there is no known link to a suicide bombing in Sweden earlier this month, according to the source.

WikiLeaks Julian Assange Arrested, Appears in British Court

December 7, 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police on a warrant issued in Sweden surrounding allegations of sexual crimes.

For those who have been under a rock lately, WikiLeaks is the controversial website that has leaked thousands of secret U.S. military and State Department documents in recent times.

From Bloomberg/BusinessWeek:

Assange, 39, will remain in custody until his next hearing on Dec. 14, Judge Howard Riddle ruled today at City of Westminster Magistrate’s Court. Assange told the court he will fight the extradition.

“These are serious sexual offenses,” Riddle said at the hearing. He said that the case is not about WikiLeaks.

Assange was arrested “by appointment” today at 9:30 a.m. after Swedish police issued an international arrest warrant. His surrender to police followed a European warrant on one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape allegedly committed in August 2010, the police’s extradition unit said in an e-mailed statement.

Police Closing In on WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

December 2, 2010

It seems that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is close to being arrested in England and extradited to Sweden to face possible rape charges.

From the Washington Post:

The Swedish Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder and guiding spirit, must appear before a magistrate in Stockholm to answer accusations of rape and sexual harassment brought by two Swedish women.

Following the court’s refusal to hear an appeal of the warrant, Swedish authorities said they were fine-tuning a “red notice” for Assange’s arrest that is being relayed to member countries by Interpol, the international anti-crime cooperative.

Police in Britain, where Assange is believed to located, had said they could not act on the mandate without more specifics on the potential charges and the penalties Assange might face under Swedish law.

From the Associated Press:

Sweden’s Supreme Court upheld a order to detain the 39-year-old Australian for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual molestation that could lead to his extradition. The former computer hacker has been out of the public eye for nearly a month, although attorney Mark Stephens insisted that authorities knew how to find him.

“Both the British and the Swedish authorities know how to contact him, and the security services know exactly where he is,” Stephens told The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, cables published to WikiLeaks’ website detailed alleged financial support for North Korea and terrorist affiliates by Austrian banks; an allegation by a Pakistani official that Russia “fully supports” Iran’s nuclear program; and a deeply unflattering assessment of Turkmenistan’s president.

Accused in Sweden of rape, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of unlawful coercion, Assange’s last public appearance was at a Geneva press conference on Nov. 5.

WikiLeaks Rape Case to be Reopened

September 1, 2010

According to CNN, the rape case involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, which made international news, is being reopened. Swedish police arrested Assange last month on charges of both rape and molestation.

From the article:

“There is reason to believe that a crime has been committed,” read a statement from Marianne Ny, Sweden’s director of public prosecutions. “Considering information available at present, my judgment is that the classification of the crime is rape.”

She said more investigation is necessary before she can make a final decision.

An ongoing investigation about a separate charge of molestation will be extended, she added, but the charge will also be escalated to include a sexual component.

Ford Motor Company Considers Selling Volvo

December 1, 2008

Ford Motor Company is considering selling Volvo Car Corp. as the struggling U.S. automaker seeks to raise cash and weather a global automotive sales crisis.

From the Associated Press:

Ford said Monday it expects its strategic review of the Swedish luxury automaker will take several months. The move is one of several actions Ford is taking to strengthen its balance sheet amid what it called “severe economic instability worldwide.”

“Given the unprecedented external challenges facing Ford and the entire industry, it is prudent for Ford to evaluate options for Volvo as we implement our One Ford plan,” said company president and CEO Alan Mulally in written statement, referring to a plan the standardize the company globally.

Ford officials would not speculate on how a potential sale would affect the companies. Spinning off Volvo into a separate may be a possibility, as both companies have already taken steps to allow Volvo to operate on a more standalone basis. That effort began in 2007, after a previous strategic review of Volvo.

Study Finds Fear of Commitment Is In Men’s Genes

September 3, 2008

Researchers believe that they’ve found a genetic variation that may be responsible for weakening some men’s ability to be monogamous.

The study, to appear in the medical journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to examine whether a hormone that encourages monogamy in animals plays a similar role in male humans.

From USA Today:

Swedish scientists report finding a genetic link in men who have commitment issues, including sexual fidelity. (Do we hear expressions of disbelief from their partners?)

“There are, of course, many reasons why a person might have relationship problems, but this is the first time that a specific gene variant has been associated with how men bond to their partners,” said Hasse Walum, a postgraduate student at the Karolinska Institute, according to Science Daily. “Women married to men who carry one or two copies of (the variant) were, on average, less satisfied with their relationship than women married to men who didn’t carry” the variant, called an allele.

The researchers found that men who carry one or two copies of a variant of this gene, associated with receptors for the hormone vasopressin, often behave differently in relationships than men who lack the variant. Also, men with two copies were twice as likely to have had a marital or relationship crisis in the past year than those who lacked the variant.

Walum stressed that the effect is relatively modest, and it cannot accurately predict how a man will behave in future relationships.

From the Washington Post:

Men are more likely to be devoted and loyal husbands when they lack a particular variant of a gene that influences brain activity, researchers announced yesterday — the first time that science has shown a direct link between a man’s genes and his aptitude for monogamy.

The finding is striking because it not only links the gene variant — which is present in two of every five men — with the risk of marital discord and divorce, but also appears to predict whether women involved with these men are likely to say their partners are emotionally close and available, or distant and disagreeable. The presence of the gene variant, or allele, also seems predictive of whether men get married or live with women without getting married.