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(en) Sweden, Arbetaren 29/02 - ENGLISH EXCERPTS/SUMMARY

From Mikael Altemark <altemark@home.se>
Date Sat, 20 Jul 2002 01:33:56 -0400 (EDT)


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Arbetaren ("The Worker") is a syndicalist weekly published by SAC - The
Syndicalists since 1922.

SAC website http://www.sac.se/en/
Arbetaren website http://www.arbetaren.se

- IN THIS ISSUE: 

The hidden past of Walther Sommerlath. The father of the swedish queen
Silvia was a member of NSDAP. Syndicalist continues struggle against
individual wage-setting. When Arbetaren was printed in 132 000 issues.
Nostalgia at the Falun folk music festival. Gothenburg EU top
"communication central"-case to be tested by the Supreme Court.

- NEWS IN SHORT: 

The EU commission has put forward a suggestion to make it easier to
export nuclear power to developing countries, according to the Green
Party, who were of the view that EU should work to create a climate in
developing countries that are favorable to the development of renewable
energy sources.

Hugo Chavez expects to sit as president until 2013, the bank accounts of
the Batasuna party have been frozen.

Leader of Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, supports zimbabwe president
Mugabe and his controversial land reforms

USA to Bolivia: vote correctly! If the Bolivians elect the socialist Evo
Morales to the post of president support from the US will be cut.

Thousands of bosniacs gathered on a field by Potocari, close to
Srebrenica for a memorial ceremony. Seven year have passed since 7000
moslem men were killed when the bosnian-serbian army took the
UN-protected moslem enclave.

- FIGHT AGAINST INDIVIDUAL WAGE-SETTING CONTINUES

The medicine-technician and syndicalist Rasmus Hästbacka continues his
battle against individual wage settings at his workplace. A demand for
negotiation has been submitted, and the possibility of strike is not
excluded.

- SUPREME COURT TO TEST GOTHENBURG SENTENCES

The Supreme Courth has decided to take up the case of the so-called
"communication central" which operated during the EU summit in
Gothenburg last summer. Eight youth were sentenced to one to two years
of prison because of them sending SMS messages telling people to come
help activists under siege at the Hvitfeldtska school. The case has been
severly critized by amongst others former Head Prosecutor Eric Östberg.
The Supreme Court thus acts against the will of the Prosecutor-General,
who earlier denied permit to test the sentences. The trial is expected
to start early October.

- CRITIZED SPANISH GOVERMENT REFORMED

Three weeks after the spanish general strike the 20th June the parts of
the government which are led by the Partido Popular are exchanged. Both
the spokesperson of the government and the Minister of Labor lost their
posts. Spanish unions view the reforming of the government as a direct
answer to the general strike.

- CONTINUED DISARMAMENT OF UNITA-SOLDIERS IN ANGOLA

Monday the incorporation of Unita-soldiers in the Angolan goverment
army.

- BLACKMAIL GAVE RESULTS

The UN security capitulate before the USA. When the constitution of the
ICC, the international crime court, the idea was that no one would stand
above the law. This weekend USA made the UN security council make a
decision which Amnesty describes as "illegal".

- THE HISTORY OF A GERMAN NAZI IN BRAZIL

1967. Sweden is in marrying fever. The Swedish king will mary the
German-Brazilian Silvia Sommerlath. The newspaper tell of the coming
queens family. The father of Silvia denies that he had been a member of
the german nazi party NSDAP. The worker reveals that Walther Sommerlath
lied. He already became a member of the party's São Paolo division in
1934. The royal court does not want to comment on the revealing
information published in Arbetaren.

- ARBETAREN IN THE MIRROR

Torbjörn von Krogh tells about his experiences as redactional secretary
during 1977. The question of nuclear power was hot and Arbetaren focused
on just as hotly. The theme-issues were introduced. 

Carsten Nilsson writes about the anti-nuclear power campaign which was
waged by Arbetaren which ultimately resulted in a large gala 1979. 132
000 issues of Arbetaren were pressed. In 1974 the SAC central committee
were ready to accept nuclear power if the problems of security were
solved, but in 1975 they adopt a stance of total stop of nuclear power.
By the end of 1979 Arbetaren has 7300 subscribers.

- DEBATE: "MASS MEDIA CANNOT BE REFORMED"

Mattias Forshage of the Surrealist Group critizes calls for a "just
mediacoverage" on the one year anniversary of the Gothenburg events,
which he means would only lead to political control and censorship or
toothlessness and formalities. He means that of course different kinds
of medias does the business of different interest groups, be it
capitalists or parties or leftist organizations. A greater diversity
picture of reality can only be reached through increasing number of
voices with different perspectives and a de-professionalization of the
informational mediation.

- DEBATE: "IT IS NOT ABOUT BEING AGAINST OR FOR PROSTITUTION"

Syndicalist Henrik Hirseland continues the debate on wether SAC should
organize "sex workers". As an answer to criticism of his suggestion he
points out thtat the question is not wether you are for or against
prostitution, but the fact that prostitution takes place and under what
conditions it does, how we relate to this and try to solve it with
analysis and laws or by listening to and helping the people who work
with sex.

- EDITORIAL: GOOD BYE OAU - HERE COMES AU

It remains to be seen if the birth of the African Union, AU, after the
dismantling of the OAU, organization for african unity turns out to be
something else than the discussionclub for dictators which failed to
prevent the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and passively watched at how the
democractic republic of kongo turned into a war-zone.

ARBETAREN THANKS HÅKAN JALDUNG FOR A GOOD POLICE WORK
The chief of police during the Gothenburg EU summit, Håkan Jaldung, is
retiring. Arbetaren extends a rose to him because the fact that he is
retiring partly outweigh the fact that he claims that he has no regrets
of his actions during the EU summit.

--
Mikael Altemark


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