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There was nothing remarkable about the small woman carrying a box of leaflets—certainly nothing to justify the clutch of reporters waiting for her across from San Francisco’s Federal Building on a July morning in 1966. Still, there they were. She arrived at exactly 9 a.m., greeted them, and began distributing fliers to anyone who passed. There were two of them: One was a yellow slip of paper titled “Classes in Abortion,” listing topics like female anatomy, foreign abortion specialists, and police questioning. The other—which she gave only to the assembled journalists and the five women who signed up for her class that Wednesday evening—described two techniques for DIY abortions. “I am attempting to show women an alternative to knitting needles, coat hangers, and household cleaning agents,” she told the reporters, adding that she had notified San Francisco police of her whereabouts and plans.

The woman was Patricia Maginnis, a laboratory technician and founder of the Society for Humane Abortion, an organization that she ran out of the front room of her small apartment in San Francisco. She’d started the SHA in 1962 (back then, it was called the Citizens Committee for Humane Abortion Laws). Arguably the first organization of its kind in America, its mandate was radical: The SHA sought to repeal abortion laws, endorse elective abortions, and offer women any resources it could in the meantime. These resources would come to include “the List,” an up-to-date directory of safe abortion specialists outside the country, classes on DIY abortions, and symposia where sympathetic doctors could confer with each other about the safest and best abortion techniques. SHA would eventually formalize its legal strategy with a branch called the Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (ARAL, which would form the basis for NARAL), specifically devoted to challenging legislation.

But on this particular day, and on this particular mission, Maginnis claimed she was acting alone, outside of her organization. The leaflets were her way of knowingly violating both a city ordinance and Section 601 of the California Business and Professions Code, which declared it unlawful to distribute information about abortion. She was also flouting Penal Code 276, which made it a crime to “solicit[] any woman to submit to any operation, or to the use of any means whatever, to procure a miscarriage.” The violation was the point: Maginnis had politely informed the police of her every move in advance. The aim was to goad the legal apparatus into an ugly confrontation that it preferred to keep as merely a threat; she wanted to make the system own the consequences of its laws. “I could get arrested for soliciting women to undergo a felony,” Maginnis told the alt-weekly Berkeley Barb, “but I feel it is necessary at this point to have a test case.” To get a law thrown out, you first need to go to court. And to get to court, you must be arrested.

She’d launched her leaflet campaign about six weeks earlier, and the police had so far refused to respond to her provocation (some cops would later tell Maginnis that they knew she wanted to be arrested—implying this was why they’d refrained). Still, things were going smoothly enough this morning; a man named Steve Hooper, writing for the Barb, described the women to whom Maginnis gave leaflets as ranging from neutral to receptive. Some wished her luck. (As for the men, they “seemed indifferent except for one old suit who said he wanted a leaflet for his secretary,” Hooper wrote.)

Then it happened. While the reporters watched, a documentarian named Gary Bentley interviewed Maginnis for 10 minutes with a camera crew. Content with his footage, he asked his cameraman to film as he walked up to Maginnis. Here’s Hooper describing what happened next:

With microphone in hand and cameraman turned on, he said, “I’m placing you under citizen’s arrest for violating Section 188 of the Municipal Police Code. What do you think of that?”

“Excuse me, please,” Pat Maginnis said, and she hurried after one more woman to give her a leaflet.

When the police arrived in response to Bentley’s citizen’s arrest, they did so unwillingly. They tried to argue that they weren’t the ones arresting her even as they helped Maginnis into a cop car. It didn’t matter. Maginnis’ “test case” paid off. San Francisco’s Section 188 would be declared unconstitutional, and the case against her would be thrown out in court. It was the first of her many legal victories.

A social history of American abortion shows two things: 1) that it’s always been around, and 2) that anti-choice efforts tend to intensify in response to women’s perceived “liberation.” This was certainly true when Pat Maginnis came of age. Women had joined the workforce in unprecedented numbers during World War II, and the 1950s were engaged in the genie-rebottling project of fetishizing traditional gender roles. One result, as Leslie Reagan points out in When Abortion Was a Crime, was a sharp increase in the (medicalized) oversight of women’s choices. A system in which abortions were decided between the patient and her doctor or midwife would eventually give way to hospital committees, which debated on a case-by-case basis whether women deserved “therapeutic” abortions. The discussions were humiliating and sometimes even coercive, particularly when they concerned lower-income women and women of color: It wasn’t uncommon for committees to approve the requested abortion if the woman agreed to be sterilized. As medical bureaucracies solidified, hospitals started reporting abortions (and attempted abortions) to police.

That this compromised women’s privacy and subjected their health care to literal policing barely registered in these discussions, which tended overwhelmingly to prioritize the physicians’ perspective rather than women’s needs. Doctors worried about the semilegal status of “therapeutic” abortions, but they also didn’t like committees telling them what to do with their patients. In either case, the debate revolved around doctors’ preferences and anxieties. There were plenty of organizations trying to reform abortion laws, ranging from Planned Parenthood—which in 1955 held an “abortion conference” to address possible reform efforts—to the California Committee to Legalize Abortion. Some abortion activists also chose to work within the existing framework: steering patients toward favorable hospital committees or training women on what to say to get “therapeutic” abortions, whether by emphasizing excessive vomiting or offering up stories that would earn them permission on psychiatric grounds.

Maginnis aimed for more than reform. She wanted a total system overhaul. As a figure in feminist history, Maginnis, now 90 years old, may not loom as large as a Margaret Sanger or a Betty Friedan. But while she’s finally getting some belated recognition, she was never particularly interested in taking credit for her work. Nor was she much invested in making herself or her positions respectable or palatable to mainstream culture. This may have made her an awkward figure for a movement that was then treading delicate territory. And yet, a decade before Roe, with her ungainly activism, her proclivity for wearing clothes she’d found on the street, and her righteous, unquenchable rage, Maginnis helped to fundamentally reshape the abortion debate into the terms we’re still using today. She was the first to take a passionate, public stance arguing that the medical stranglehold over women’s reproductive lives was corrosive. And the Society for Humane Abortion was arguably the very first American organization to advocate a pro-choice position that centered the woman, instead of the legal dilemmas of the physician—specifically, her right to privacy and choice. Rejecting the finicky gatekeeping protocols, the committees and evaluations and red tape, Maginnis proposed that the only question anyone should ask prior to approving an abortion was a simple one: whether the woman wanted it.

* * *

Pat Maginnis grew up with six siblings in Okarche, Oklahoma, during the Great Depression. Her father, a veterinarian, barely scraped by. Her family’s troubles were compounded by Catholic strictures: Her mother had converted in order to marry her father and—because birth control was not an option—consequently continued having children long after the doctors advised against it. “She had constant ‘female trouble,’ ” Maginnis says, recalling her mother’s unhappiness and pain. “I don’t know what that meant, but she had constant problems.” Her father, the illegitimate son of an opera singer, was differently scarred by the vagaries of unplanned pregnancy. “My grandma was on her way to be a star,” Maginnis says, “but she got pregnant. And apparently pregnancy was just a killer of dreams.” Her father never got over the humiliating circumstances of his birth. “He was a good soul, but forever tortured because he had been conceived out of wedlock.”

It’s hard to separate Maginnis’ refusal to become a parent herself from the misery that this litany of reproductive events inflicted on her family. Maginnis says that her father was so abusive that her older brother confessed to her that growing up he’d feared for his life more than once. Her family was not, in consequence (and despite its size and religious piety), particularly close. Some years after she started the SHA, her mother sent her a letter: “Dear Patricia,” Maginnis reads now, affecting a formal, slightly prissy voice, “I was thinking you must be about 40 years old. I do think you could do something besides teaching these girls to commit murder. P.S. If you come this way, do look us up. Love, Mother.”

It was a sufficiently chilly relationship—and Maginnis was so eager to get away—that she describes her banishment to a boarding school as a relief and remembers her mother’s trip to visit her in California with some acidity. “I never talked to her about my sex life,” Maginnis says. I’d asked whether she ever discussed abortion with her mother; that her answer took this form surprised me slightly. I wouldn’t necessarily have used the phrase “sex life” (which, to me, connotes pleasure) to include abortions. But Maginnis would; in fact, that was sort of her point. Any campaign for elective abortion is, of course, at least in part aimed at granting that women, too, might find joy and delight in sex (rather than just pain, danger, and obligation). As a guilt-ridden ex-Catholic myself, I was both baffled and impressed by Maginnis’ immunity to the shame that ailed her family: How does a soft-spoken, scrupulously polite Oklahoma girl who attended Catholic schools with strict Catholic parents shed her sexual guilt to become not just sexually adventurous, but a pioneer in activist lawbreaking?

When Maginnis was growing up, the family’s house looked out on a highway where convoys of young soldiers would pass during World War II. The Maginnis girls didn’t date, but, Pat says, “I was bursting with hormones.” She gasps at the memory of a convoy of young men passing her house: “Oh, I was just—I ran in the house, and I grabbed a pink satin bedspread. … In about five minutes, I made a halter.” Her parents came home to find their 14-year-old busily waving at trucks filled with men in her pink halter. When she saw her parents, she ran back inside and changed back into her gray togs, but it was no good: She was sent to a convent school. “I was naughty,” she says. But as with all these sorts of stories, the prudery only half-strangled her desire.

Instead of going straight to college like her sisters, she went to work in a lab at the Bureau of Mines in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and funded her own sea voyage to the Netherlands to meet a longtime pen pal and notional fiancé. They did not marry in the end. (“I knew that the intimacy required and the responsibilities and the thought of children I couldn’t face,” she says. “I decided that marriage was not for me.”) Then, partly because a friend told her the uniforms were cute, she joined the Women’s Army Corps. She was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina until she was spotted walking with a black soldier: “The captain called me in and scolded me. She said, ‘You’re setting a bad example for young white women who might join the military.’ ” She was shipped off to Panama as punishment.

During those two years in Central America, she experienced a different kind of discrimination. She’d trained as a surgical technician, but instead of being allowed to work in surgery as she’d hoped, she was assigned to the pediatrics and obstetrics wards—the realm of women. There, she was exposed to women suffering from botched abortions, women being forced to give birth, infants with terrible abnormalities. What she didn’t get in surgical experience, she got in perspective. “A general overview of the status of women,” as she puts it to me. “And I wasn’t at all happy with it.” Then she went to college at San Jose State—and got pregnant. She’d been fitted for a diaphragm. Used foam. None of it worked.

Maginnis is amiable and funny. She has a gift for impressions and chuckles ruefully at things I find sad or hard to hear. But when I ask her about her decision to terminate, she speaks with real anger—present-tense anger she still feels, decades later. “I was not in the family-ing business, and a child coming from me was not going to happen,” she tells me. “I simply thought my parents were ruthlessly forced into parenthood, and they … took it. They accepted it,” she says. “My mother would tell you she enjoyed having children. I didn’t go through childhood with that impression.”

She got her first abortion in Mexico and swore to herself that she would never again leave her own country to get medical care. She spent the next decade producing a list of legitimate abortion providers outside the country while also working quietly with those within it. Despite her best efforts, she would get pregnant twice more. But she would continue to have a sex life. And the horror of having to wrestle down her own fertility forged her into the formidable antagonist to the law that she became.

* * *

It helped, perhaps, that Maginnis was no longer young by the mid-1960s. She came of age long before the sexual revolution, which meant she had a particular experience of—and a particular fury about—what women had been routinely expected to tolerate. It’s hard for statistics to express just how urgent the abortion conversation was in the 1960s, or how difficult it was to even have the conversation, given the laws. In 1961, Los Angeles County Hospital admitted over 3,500 patients treated for illegal abortions. As of 1967, almost 80 percent of the women who died as a consequence of botched abortions were nonwhite.

From Dorothy Fadiman’s documentary “Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance”

Maginnis can’t pinpoint a single moment that turned her into an activist. She admits to once feeling great sympathy for a celebrity who was pilloried for needing an abortion, but it’s clear that there was no single precipitating incident. Her work, rather, was inspired by a slow and building rage. “What I saw was law, medicine, and religion were largely at fault for our problems,” she says.

When Maginnis launched her leaflet campaign, she chose a location that would maximize her ability to confront a medical community she saw as at best patronizing to women and at worst exploitative and controlling. The state Board of Medical Examiners had gathered at the University of San Francisco to discuss the implementation of hospital committees that would determine whether women could receive abortions. As the mostly male board debated the circumstances under which women could be forced to give birth, Maginnis was outside handing out information on how to abort without the help of the doctors within. She was shocked at how unseriously the board took their mandate. She told the Berkeley Barb that when she’d handed some board members a leaflet titled “Are you Pregnant?” with abortion information on it, they “twittered like a bunch of schoolgirls.”

This, she felt, was the collective effect of the laws and ordinances that made even talking about abortion illegal: The entire concept had become untouchable, a boogeyman. “The word abortion was taboo,” she says. “And I thought: That’s crazy. People won’t talk about abortion! They’re afraid to. I’m going to talk about abortion! ABORTION!” she yelled. “Women weren’t talking about it. They were afraid to talk about it.”

Maginnis wasn’t. She relied on logistical help from two women, Lana Phelan and Rowena Gurner, who joined her to form the Society for Humane Abortion’s central trio, which came to be known as the “Army of Three.” Maginnis was the fire, Gurner the strategist and organizational genius, and Phelan the organization’s eloquent mouthpiece. Gurner, like Maginnis, also worked full time, professionalizing the organization in her spare hours. She spent many nights sleeping on SHA’s floor. Gurner “had polish,” Maginnis tells me, her eyes lighting up. “She gave me $20 once. Now, Patricia!” she says, mimicking her. “You go buy a new dress for this occasion, and don’t bring something that you found on the street or in the thrift store!

Gurner’s gift for strategy and Maginnis’ grit turned the leafleting plan into an all-out, accelerating assault on laws they saw as punitive or unjust—using themselves as bait. “I plan to leaflet for abortion until they get sick of me and arrest me or repeal the law,” Maginnis had announced to the Berkeley Barb when she launched her campaign on June 16, 1966. Her initial plan had been to distribute a thousand leaflets. A week later, when she hadn’t been arrested, she escalated. “My minimum goal is to distribute 50,000 leaflets by July 25, telling women where they can get abortions,” she announced through the press. When she finally was arrested (in late July, thanks to that “citizen’s arrest” by Gary Bentley), she caused the city ordinance under which she was arrested to be ruled unconstitutional. She had no intention of stopping there. “I was arrested under a local ordinance,” she told the Barb in 1966. “Now it’s the state laws that need changing.”

When the San Mateo County district attorney announced that if Maginnis and Gurner showed up, he intended to enforce California’s state law forbidding the dissemination of written matter on abortions, the pair immediately arranged a class in San Mateo that covered abortion laws and DIY abortions. As Gurner put it to the Barb: “We just want to get this law on trial. … We obviously and willingly broke the law. And we did it so that no DA could weasel out because of ‘insufficient evidence.’ ” It worked. They were arrested on Feb. 20, 1967, and faced (according to the Barb) a sentence of five to seven years in state prison if found guilty. While their hearing was in progress—in a courthouse in Redwood City—an unrepentant Gurner and Maginnis advertised that they were still looking for a place in Berkeley they could rent on Thursday nights to hold more abortion classes. (The room needed to hold 50 people, and they were willing to pay $10 a night.)

It took six years from their 1967 arrests for Maginnis and Gurner’s efforts to pay off. Initially, both women were convicted of violating Section 601 of the California Business and Professions Code—the state statute that made it unlawful to advertise abortion. But in 1973, the state Court of Appeals overturned their convictions, ruling that Section 601 was overly broad—for one thing, it “does not distinguish between abortions which are permitted and those which are not”—and thus unconstitutional.

The Army of Three hadn’t been trying to get arrested merely as a matter of strategy: They had real information to distribute, information that was hardest to obtain for women who weren’t rich. Maginnis was incensed by a medical consensus that effectively discriminated against the poor. “The medical profession’s committee idea of legalized abortion is very discriminatory,” she told the Barb. “It will help those with lots of money or contacts, not the majority of women.” Lower-income women suffered—like the third member of the Army of Three, Phelan, who struggled to collect the $50 she needed for an illegal abortion. Women in search of abortions were also easy to exploit. According to Maginnis, some parties whose phone numbers and addresses were being circulated (or sold) as abortion providers weren’t actually doctors. This discovery, and the accompanying stories of botched abortions and sexually exploitative abortionists, spurred her to create “the List.” Essentially a Yelp for abortion seekers, the List offered a continuously updated and reliable list of qualified abortion providers in Japan, Sweden, and Mexico. The Jane Collective in Chicago would follow suit a few years later, performing the abortions themselves.

By 1969, the Society for Humane Abortion claimed to have sent 12,000 women out of the country to get abortions from reliable, trustworthy providers. To give you a sense of just how necessary the List was, here’s an excerpt from one List user’s earlier attempt to obtain an abortion domestically (as printed in a set of letters to ARAL published by the Los Angeles Free Press): “I was two weeks along then and he made me wait until I was 3 months along. Then he said it was too late to get any help from anyone but he would do it if I would sleep with him!” The classes SHA organized instructed women on every aspect of an abortion: how to schedule one, how to prepare, what to expect, how it was done, how to respond to police interrogations if you had to be hospitalized, and how—if you couldn’t travel—to perform your own.

The classes sometimes included DIY abortion kits with items like gauze, a thermometer, cotton, and a syringe. Maginnis was by all accounts a vivid teacher. Newspapers reported that she lectured using an IUD for a pointer and that she “graphically illustrated the dangers of unsanitary abortion by holding up anal bacteria cultures and infected blood samples.” The class taught women female anatomy. It instructed them on how to calculate how many weeks pregnant they were. It instructed them on exactly how to call for an appointment (the woman, not the man, should place the call).

These classes were understood by many to be essential but legally risky. When the Los Angeles Free Press took the bold step of republishing the entire class’s contents across several pages of an October 1967 issue, the layout was anxiously peppered with editor’s notes and legal disclaimers like: “The Free Press can not and does not advise women who are not legally entitled to an abortion to follow the advice of Pat Maginnis.”

The Society for Humane Abortion didn’t interact much with the feminist movement or Planned Parenthood directly, at least at first. “It was too touchy,” Maginnis says. In the SHA’s early days, Planned Parenthood was more invested in advocating for contraception than abortion. Margaret Sanger’s theory was that abortion would become unnecessary if women had sufficient access to contraception. Maginnis disagreed. “Margaret Sanger, bless her,” she says. “We can’t thank her enough for Planned Parenthood, but it isn’t enough.” Under Maginnis’ leadership, the SHA spoke out—and in certain regards, provoked change—in ways Planned Parenthood wouldn’t. “We used to say we made Planned Parenthood respectable,” Maginnis laughs.

Her admiration of Sanger, though, is genuine. “Sanger took rotten eggs and tomatoes and rotten fruit thrown at her when she went out, and I don’t think people know that today,” she says. She understood that an organization with Planned Parenthood’s institutional heft needed to keep some distance from the SHA; Maginnis’ strategy of flagrantly flouting the law had made her something of a too-hot-to-handle legend.

When the Therapeutic Abortion Act was signed into law by California Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1967, the Army of Three planned a program of civil disobedience. The act, an unhappy compromise between groups whose politics hadn’t yet coalesced into well-defined positions like “pro-choice” and “pro-life,” ostensibly aimed to make legal abortion more widely available. (National Review called the signing of this bill Reagan’s “darkest hour.”) Abortion at the time was only legal to save the life of the mother; the act made “therapeutic” abortion legal in cases that would “gravely impair” women’s mental as well as physical health. But it also added a draconian 20-week limitation and required that any medical committee discussion of a prospective abortion for reasons of rape or incest include the relevant district attorney. Functionally, as even some attorneys at the time argued, it meant that wealthy women (who dealt with private hospitals) would have access to abortions, whereas women in public hospitals would be bound by a more conservative take on the law: They would need to show sufficiently “severe” mental distress—like psychosis—to obtain a legal abortion. (“How much for a psychosis?” reads a political cartoon Maginnis once drew, depicting a patient asking a psychiatrist for a diagnosis that would legitimize a therapeutic abortion.)

“We’re going to instruct women in the arts of phony psychosis and false hemorrhage,” Pat Maginnis told reporters. “This unbelievable piece of legislative slop must be violated to the point that the medical profession and legislature is pressured into accepting more modern abortion techniques.” ARAL issued a leaflet asking members of Congress whether they would request permission to get a vasectomy or treatment for venereal disease from a panel of female doctors.

It was a combative stance—and a sign of SHA’s uncompromising position on the right to choose—for a bill that Planned Parenthood, among others, now credits with being among the first to functionally legalize abortion.

* * *

The “Che Guevara of abortion reformers,” as alt-weeklies called her at the time, now seems like an unlikely avatar of female rage. When I visited her at her home this summer, I found a 90-year-old woman who laughs a lot and peppers her speech with gentle exclamations. “Oh, my goodness,” she chuckles, remembering the time she invited police to attend a class she was teaching on DIY abortions—and they asked her to pay $3 an hour for a female officer’s time. “I think a policewoman did show up, but more out of personal interest,” Maginnis says wryly. She conveys a bemused mildness I found hard to reconcile with the working-class firebrand I’d expected.

But there’s no real contradiction here: The woman who said “excuse me” to the man detaining her in 1966 is also the woman who faced down the San Francisco homicide squad in 1959 in the hospital while recovering from a self-induced abortion. Had she given herself an abortion? the police asked. “Sure I did,” she replied. “Want me to demonstrate how in court?”

In her 10th decade, Maginnis remains equal parts polite and independent. She lives alone in a house in the San Antonio neighborhood of East Oakland that she bought back in 1979 for a song (the owner had tried to burn it down for the insurance money). Until just a few years ago, when she gave her archives to a library, her house was filled with several decades’ worth of handwritten letters from women telling her about their abortions or asking for help.

In the ’60s, especially given the respectable caution that characterized organizations like Planned Parenthood, there was a radical politics to the matter-of-factness with which the Army of Three openly talked about their own abortions. And that matter-of-factness still feels radical today. The second time she got pregnant, Maginnis recalls, she was deeply frustrated at the prospect of being forced to leave the country again for an abortion. But by then, she says, “I had figured out, if I start just giving my uterus no rest, that fetus is going to fall out.”

Startled, I ask Maginnis to explain. She elaborates that her plan was to “squat down and take my clean, scrubbed fingers and manipulate until I could get it to rebel and kick the fetus out.”

“So you could reach your cervix?” I ask.

“Oh yeah, very easily. You probably could too.”

“Does that work?”

“I manipulated, I worked on it, and finally, at five months, the fetus went into—I went into labor. It took a long time and a lot of work.”

Five months of daily effort to induce an abortion, followed by labor and police questioning—all instead of a simple, fast, safe procedure. In telling me this story, she betrays none of the story’s weight; rather, there is a relationship between her tight understatement and her rage.

In interviews, Phelan was less circumspect and much more graphic about the horrors she endured because safe abortions weren’t easily available. After she had one child, her doctor told her another pregnancy would kill her but didn’t tell her how to avoid getting pregnant. When she did—as a woman, she once said, “you don’t know how to say no to your husband. That silly Bible says you can’t say no!”—it took her so long to gather the $50 she needed for an illegal abortion that by the time she’d saved it, she was four months pregnant. The abortionist—a woman on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida—stuffed her uterus with slippery elm bark and told her not to come back. She was at her sister-in-law’s house when she started to feel extremely ill. She’d told no one, not even her husband. As she recalled in 2004:

This is a thing you do yourself. And if you die and go to hell, it’s you that goes, not anybody else. So I excused myself to go to the bathroom because it was hurting so. When I sat down on the john and looked down, there was a little tiny hand protruding from my vagina and the blood was just flying, and I thought, “Oh my God, what do I do now?”

I didn’t take as long to think about it as Bush did the war … [laughs] I gathered up all the toilet tissue I could get in my hand and stuffed it back inside of me, pushed everything back up inside my vagina and just packed it. And got all the blood off I could and cleaned everything up. And then I went out back inside and said I had to go home because I was so sick, and that was not a lie.

She was 16. First came fear. The anger would follow. This seems to be a pattern: Restrict women’s rights, force them to suffer needlessly, blame them when they fail impossible tests, and you will eventually create unsuspected forces for change. “It seemed to me when I got involved wasn’t really when I got involved [in the abortion rights movement],” Maginnis says. “I’d been involved for years before, just not driven to do anything except be angry. In a constant rage over it. And wondering why women, in addition to myself, were in a constant upheaval.”

Was Roe v. Wade a relief when it was passed? I ask her. “For me it wasn’t a big relief,” she says. It had felt more like the expected course of events—reality inching closer to how things should be. But then she continues: “I thought, yeah, that is a good thing. Now, let’s hope we can at least maintain the healthy ideas of it being available. We don’t have to sneak, we don’t have to beg.”

If the Federalist Society—which supplied the list of judges from which Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court—has its way, we’re in danger of returning to the times when women had to sneak and beg. Trump pledged during his campaign that Roe would be overturned “automatically” through the pro-life judges he would nominate. It probably won’t be so straightforward: The route the GOP is taking to greatly restrict women’s access to abortion has been circuitous, with progress marked by legal restrictions, by expanding definitions of fetal personhood, by permitting women to be lied to in the service of a single end goal. As my colleague Dahlia Lithwick has written, “women’s experiences, memories, and suffering don’t matter; their control over the truth of what they themselves have lived through is determined by those who win.”

Faced with a similar orthodoxy half a century ago, Maginnis and her cohort refused to let it stand.

The classes a modern-day SHA might teach would likely be different. There’s the internet, for one. The first time we met, I asked Maginnis what she thought women should be doing now, as the country seems poised once again to try to control our bodies. “I’ve thought about that,” she said then. “If I was going to reinvolve myself at this point, what would be the entry point? Kind of like setting out a map, looking for an entry.” She doesn’t quite have an answer. Yet.

It’s late afternoon on my final visit with Maginnis, and the warmth and long conversation have made the upstairs room where we sit feel especially lived-in. Her compatriots Gurner and Phelan died years ago. It’s not lost on me that I’m talking to someone who fought for reproductive freedom pre-Roe, at a moment when a Supreme Court justice has just been hand-picked to take it away again. In recent months, rage has been much on my mind. If over half of Americans stand to have a committee of men overrule their right to bodily autonomy after a mere 45 years, we can learn a lot from Pat Maginnis—about how women survived, and how they died, and how they fought. So what should we do now? I ask her again, as she raises the blinds to open the window overlooking the street below. “Keep talking about the issue,” she says. “Sure, not everyone is a brilliant speaker, but I think people have to keep talking about it.” She looks at me, her eyes bright. “Don’t you?”


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Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, / Who never to himself hath said, / This is my own, my native land! / Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d, / As home his footsteps he hath turn’d…”

—Sir Walter Scott

 

Native land means different things to different people. To some it’s a nation with well-defined borders, like France or Sweden; to others, it transcends borders, à la Ireland or Korea. For many, I think, native land invokes something more intimate and parochial: a patch of earth that, no matter where life takes us, stays synonymous with home. For me, that place is the Bronx of the 1950s and ’60s, a lower-middle/middle-middle-class agglomeration of apartment houses, single-family homes, and small businesses sprawled between Long Island Sound to the east and the Hudson River to the west, a so-called bedroom borough whose north-south subway lines transported its inhabitants to and from jobs in Manhattan. 

Reeking of exhaust and incinerators, the Bronx was chockablock with pizzerias, German and Jewish delis, Irish bars; blessed with spacious parks, a world-class zoo and botanical garden; and possessed of the Ruthian diamond—the crown jewel of major league baseball—Yankee Stadium. The skyline looming to the south was the imperial city, a dream-big place, proximate yet far away. Ours was the workaday, no-illusion city, its concrete precincts filled with cops, firemen, pipefitters, clerks, mechanics, motormen, taxi drivers, teachers, housewives, shop owners, wire lathers, civil servants, and union members, the everyday people who kept the place running.

Solid, stolid, often the butt of jokes (“The Bronx, no thonx,” wrote Ogden Nash), the borough was a small-scale Yugoslavia: ethnic enclaves interspersed with areas in which, though physically mingled, groups lived psychically and culturally apart. Jews, by far the most numerous population, branched out from the Art Deco stem of the Grand Course. Highbridge, Kingsbridge, and Woodlawn were heavily Irish. Fordham, presided over by the Jesuit Gothic of the eponymous university, was bordered to the west by the well-heeled Irish parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentine; to the southeast by Belmont, a tight-knit Italian village of modest apartment buildings and meticulously tended one- and two-family homes.

The once-Irish/Jewish South Bronx filled with newly arrived Puerto Ricans and African Americans. The East Bronx was a trifecta of Jews, Irish, and Italians. Riverdale, in the borough’s northwest corner, felt like an appendage of suburban Westchester County. Fieldston, adjacent to it, was a privately owned enclave of privilege and palatial homes.

Home to almost a million-and-a-half people, the borough had only one real hotel, the Concourse Plaza. It was often referred to as the “Bronx’s Waldorf Astoria,” a description more aspirational than exact, which is not to say it wasn’t a fine place to spend the night. Around the corner from where my wife was raised and a Mickey Mantle home run away from Yankee Stadium, the Concourse Plaza is at the center of the 1956 movie A Catered Affair, a tale of working-class Irish-Catholic parents in conflict over their daughter’s wedding reception.

In an improbable feat of casting, the taxi-driving, Irish-Catholic dad is played by Ernest Borgnine, the daughter by Debbie Reynolds, and the mother by Bette Davis, whose attempt at a Bronx accent is somewhere between a misfire and weird. (Barry Fitzgerald, her brother, has a rich Irish brogue, a discrepancy left unexplained.) The movie was based on a television play by Bronx-native Paddy Chayefsky, who the previous year had won the Academy Award for best screenplay for Marty, another Bronx tale with Ernest Borgnine in his Academy Award–winning role as an Italian-American butcher.

I recall Marty receiving accolades from relatives and neighbors. Scenes shot in the Bronx and mention of places like Fordham Road and Arthur Avenue sprinkled Hollywood stardust over the borough’s prosaic precincts. As opposed to Marty, which had a ring of authenticity, A Catered Affair was a blatant attempt to piggyback on the success of its predecessor, with Irish characters substituted for Italian. The screenplay was written by Gore Vidal who, if pressed, could probably have located the Bronx somewhere between Montreal and the Upper East Side. The movie earned mostly Bronx cheers.

 

When I heard talk of intermarriage, it referred to Irish-Italian nuptials.

We Bronx Irish defined ourselves as much by parishes as neighborhoods. I was from St. Raymond’s, in Parkchester, in the East Bronx. Founded in 1842, it was the first Catholic church in Westchester County. (The Bronx became a separate county in 1914. The five boroughs of New York City are coterminous with state counties.) In the burial yard in front of the church were three towering Celtic crosses, monuments to the half-century reign of a triad of Irish monsignori. Despite all belonging to the genus of B.I.C. (Bronx Irish Catholic), we at St. Raymond Elementary School considered ourselves distinctly different from our counterparts in the neighboring parish of St. Helena’s.

A planned community of 12,000 apartments spread across 171 buildings between 7 and 13 stories, Parkchester was created by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, which also financed construction of Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan. Parks and open spaces were strategically placed. The main means of transportation were subways and the extensive system of city-owned bus lines. But in anticipation of a rapid increase in car ownership, there were multistoried garages and copious parking spaces.

Parkchester’s residents were overwhelmingly Jewish and Catholic—Irish in the main. The few Protestants who lived there were regarded with curiosity. Up until the 1960s, Metropolitan Life excluded African Americans from both Stuyvesant Town and Parkchester. This was of a piece with the intransigent residential segregation that prevailed (and still prevails) across large swathes of the city. Desperate to increase the supply of middle-class housing—at least for whites—New York’s progressive mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia, reluctantly went along. (Ironically, the oval at Parkchester’s center once contained the ballfield on which the Negro League’s Lincoln Giants played their home games.)

Parkchester was built on the site of the old Catholic Protectory, which was founded in 1863 by Archbishop John Hughes, the Ulster-born hierarch who established Fordham University, initiated the building of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and made the New York Irish into a political as well as religious constituency. The Protectory housed orphans and abandoned children, mostly Irish, whom the Children’s Aid Society had begun shipping west on “Orphan Trains” to be settled among God-fearing, Anglo-Saxon Protestants.

Bordering Parkchester, Morris Park to the west and Castle Hill to the east were heavily Italian. A step behind in terms of assimilation and economic advancement, Italians generally preferred houses with small gardens rather than apartments. Parochial schools brought us together. Friendships blossomed and so did fights. I remember the schoolyard of St. Raymond’s as an asphalt Serengeti where the weak were bullied and Irish toughs battled tough Italians. (Pugilistically inept, I did my best to be inconspicuous.)

Sometimes the rivalries were humorous. One Italian carting company emblazoned on its garbage trucks “We Cater Irish Weddings.” When I heard talk of “intermarriage” it referred to Irish-Italian nuptials. It wasn’t until later that miscegenation escalated into ethnic meltdown and bred a new strain of Hiberno-Mediterranean offspring notable for their good looks.

Over the years, I’ve heard from Jewish Bronxites about suffering verbal harassment (“kikes,” “sheenies,” “Christ-killers”) and physical abuse from, as one friend put it, “Irish pogromists.” Without doubting their accounts, that wasn’t my experience. Through all my years of parochial school, I never heard anti-Semitic professions by teachers or clergy. We were told it was our sins that nailed Jesus to the cross. If either of my parents suspected we were cursing or bullying Jews, retribution would have been swift and severe. Yet I had no Jewish friends. We lived separately together. One thing shared by gentiles and Jews was a familiarity with Yiddish. To be a Bronxite was to schlepp and kibitz, and to understand the difference between a schmuck and a mensch.

I had no acquaintance with Jewish girls, except one. We rode the 20 BX bus together, she to Walton Girls High School in Kingsbridge, me to all-male Manhattan Prep in Riverdale. I sat in the back with my school buddies, she in front with her classmates. The first time I saw her, I was smitten by her thin and graceful figure, clothes loose and flowing (our style then was tight), thick black curls (the fashion was long and straight), an early-blossoming flower child. It was part of growing up in the Bronx to figure out, as quickly as possible, a person’s tribe. I identified her Jewishness in the same way, if she bothered to notice, she perceived my goyishness.

We never spoke. And then, one September, she was gone, off to college I presumed. I spent months bereft. Recently, for the first time in fifty years, I rode a bus along the old route, and it all flooded back, my lonely-hearts Bronx tale, unbridgeable worlds in the same borough, on the same bus.

 

Economic change drove social change, and reinforced it. Vatican II altered our unalterable church.

My first ancestors arrived in New York when Margaret and Michael Manning fled the Great Famine. Margaret Manning, their daughter and my paternal grandmother, was born in 1863, in the village of Fordham—at that time part of Westchester County—and baptized in the university church. (It was then called St. John’s College.) My grandfather Patrick Quinn, a union organizer, was born in Tipperary in 1859. His family emigrated to New York in 1870. He married Margaret Manning, a seamstress, in St. Brigid’s church, on the Lower East Side, in 1899. They moved to the Bronx in 1914, where they bought a small house in the West Farms neighborhood which, despite its name, was absent all things agricultural.

Contra the notion of Irish obsession with ancestry, my family showed little interest in the past. My mother had an active disinterest, routinely tossing out documents and obfuscating or bowdlerizing the fate of relatives who fell victim to impoverishment or their own misbehaviors (or both). The primary focus of my parents and grandparents wasn’t on the Irish past but the American future, and their children’s role in it.

My father recalled that as a boy on the Lower East Side he shared a room with his older brother in which they rarely stayed. My grandparents hosted relative after relative as they arrived from Ireland, until none were left to bring over. If my grandfather heard anyone sentimentalizing about the old country his instant riposte was, “If you miss it so much, why don’t you go back?” Romantic Ireland didn’t ring very convincingly in crowded tenement rooms.

Catherine Riordan of Blarney, County Cork, landed at Castle Garden in 1888. (It would be four years before Ellis Island opened and processed its first immigrant, Annie Moore, also of County Cork.) Though Catherine claimed to be eighteen, it’s more likely she was fifteen or sixteen and lied about her age so she could join her older sister as a domestic and begin sending remittances home to finance her siblings’ journeys. She stayed at maid’s work until she met James Murphy, a native-Irish speaker from near Macroom, who worked as a mechanic at Yorkville’s Rupert Brewery. My mother, Viola Murphy, the last of their six children, was born on the top floor of a four-story walkup on 149th Street, in the Bronx.

Coming of age in the 1920s, my parents belonged to the first truly modern generation. Electricity rolled back night and blazed the Great White Way. New appliances alleviated the burden of ancient drudgeries. Movies and radio revolutionized entertainment. Cars and airplanes shrank old barriers of distance. Credit and the installment plan made commonplace what were once luxuries. People’s expectations rose exponentially. The population of the Bronx tripled to 1.2 million in 1930 from 400,000 in 1910. Progress and prosperity were presumed, with America in the vanguard, and Jazz Age New York ahead of all.

While none of my grandparents went beyond primary school, my parents graduated from college. My father received a B.S. in civil engineering from Manhattan College (despite its name, it’s in the Bronx) and worked on the construction of the IND subway while attending Fordham Law School at night. My mother was a classics major at Mt. Saint Vincent, in Riverdale. They met in 1928 at a parish St. Patrick’s Day dance in the Bronx. They loved nightclubs, the theater—musicals, the Marx Brothers, Shakespeare—and reveled in the speakeasy hubbub in which my mother’s bartender brother was much admired for his skill as a mixologist.

The presumption that they had escaped their ancestors’ world—a chronicle of unhappy endings that culminated in starvation and migration—was rocked by the Crash of ’29 and the Great Depression. My mother lost her small savings as a teacher when the Edgewater Savings Bank folded. Her immigrant father lost his life savings, the accumulation of forty years working in a brewery. Pensionless, he worked until he died. My two aunts, one a teacher, the other a secretary, stayed unwed and at home to support my grandmother.

Though he had an engineering and law degree, my father struggled to find a full-time job. He volunteered with the local Democratic Club. Edward J. Flynn, the formidable Fordham-educated leader (aka “The Boss”) of the Bronx Democratic organization and a confidante of Governor Franklin Roosevelt, took a liking to him. Flynn sent my father to the 1932 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as part of a contingent that worked behind the scenes to keep the New York delegation in line for FDR. My father campaigned hard for FDR, speaking around the city from the back of a flatbed truck. In 1936, he was elected to the State Assembly. A week after the election, eight years after they met, my parents were married.

My father spent the rest of his life in Bronx politics, serving in the assembly until 1944, then a term in the U.S. Congress (he was one of the two congressmen from New York who rode FDR’s funeral train to Hyde Park), and the rest of his career as a judge of the Municipal Court, chief judge of the City Court, and a justice of the State Supreme Court. He was at home in the Bronx, in the parish in which he grew up.

His obituary in the New York Times states that his “associates described him as a witty and brilliant man who loved to sing Irish songs and tell Irish stories.” My father and mother were both fine singers and dancers. The songs were mainly from Broadway shows or The Great American Songbook, the dances foxtrots and waltzes, not reels and jigs. The “Irish songs” weren’t folk tunes but Irish-American favorites like “Harrigan,” “Galway Bay,” and their all-time favorite, “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” (lyrics by Jewish songwriter E. Y. Harberg). The stories my father excelled at telling—stories salted with theatrical mastery of dialects—rarely involved Ireland (when they did, they were ghost stories) and rose instead from his life amid the mishegas of Bronx politics.

I took for granted that the Irish-American world my family existed in for over a century would remain as it was. The election of John F. Kennedy as president in 1960 felt like a capstone. Shortly before the election, Kennedy spoke at the Concourse Plaza. My father, running in his last election for the state Supreme Court, also spoke. Afterwards, Kennedy traveled up the Grand Course on the back of a convertible, a quaintly distant, pre-Dallas image. My friends and I stood in front of the Loew’s Paradise, a movie palace that has since then been stripped and defaced, and helped swell the panethnic delirium that arose when Kennedy mounted a platform in front of the long-vanished Sachs Furniture and Krum’s Candy stores.

 

Permanence of any kind is the grandest of illusions. What was different about the Bronx was the velocity with which the illusion crumbled. The origins of the Bronx as one of the city’s five boroughs (the only one on the U.S. mainland) were obscure even to Bronxites. I heard passing mention among my elders of “annexation” and “consolidation,” but the hardedge, unremitting brick-on-brick streetscapes disguised its overnight transformation from pastoral to metropolitan and made it seem pretty much the same since the Dutch forcibly evicted the peaceable, innocent Lenapes.

The centrifugal swirl that memory insists descended suddenly, like a fast-moving storm, had been building for some time. The pharaonic schemes of Robert Moses carried traffic around and across the Bronx to Long Island and New Jersey. The fund-starved, once-efficient public-transit system creaked and sputtered. FHA mortgages spurred the upwardly mobile, suburban aspirations of would-be homeowners and at the same time maintained and abetted the enduring injustice of residential apartheid that condemned minorities to a decaying, substandard housing stock.

Economic change drove social change, and reinforced it. Vatican II altered our unalterable church. Priests and nuns molted back into civilians. Parishioners moved away. Once-thriving parishes became enfeebled. Rock ’n’ roll and the sexual revolution made the generation gap seem more like a chasm. Crime, and fear of it, escalated. The Concourse Plaza became a welfare hotel. The celluloid Bronx of Marty and A Catered Affair, the home of good-hearted working-class stiffs, descended into Fort Apache, The Bronx, a crime-ridden wasteland ruled by drug addicts and crooked cops. Formerly a synonym for low-rent blah, the borough was now “the burning Bronx,” a global synecdoche for urban ruin.

The future fled the Bronx. Friends moved away or never returned from college. Soon enough I followed, serving as a VISTA volunteer in Kansas City. Beckoned by the beautiful and new—everything the Bronx wasn’t—I felt the lure of California. It was then, for the first time, I thought about what I was leaving behind: the saga of the Atlantic passover from poverty and subservience to steerage and immigrant tenements; those who made it, those who didn’t, those whose names I knew, those I didn’t. I turned my footsteps home and returned to New York.

I attended Bronx Catholic institutions from kindergarten to the last stages of a PhD. Though they were all founded or largely staffed by Irish and Irish Americans, my first encounter with Irish history was in a college course on Victorian Britain. The past was a blur. It was as if we emerged from the shadows and fully entered history when we came to the Bronx.

My threadbare connection to Michael Manning, my great-grandfather, was my father’s memory of him as a blind old man, quiet and gentle, who never talked about what led him to emigrate other than to say that he would never think about going back “until they hanged the last landlord.” Except that he was born in pre-famine Ireland and emigrated before the Civil War, all I knew of him was a line in the census—“occupation: laborer”—and the place of his death on January 10, 1910: 296 East 7th Street, a long-ago demolished tenement. I later learned the name Manning was an errant transcription of Mangan that, for whatever reason, stuck. The rest was silence.

 

Why the past means so much to some and not much—or not at all—to others is hard to figure. At bottom, I think, it involves history as therapy.

When I returned to New York, any research I did was lackadaisical and accidental. So was my career. I worked as a Wall Street messenger, a court officer in Bronx Landlord & Tenant Court, an archivist at the New York Botanical Gardens (natives always refer to it as the Bronx Botanical Gardens), et al., until I found my way to a graduate program at Fordham. I was a graduate assistant to the late Maurice O’Connell, a scholar of Irish history and descendant of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator, a towering figure in that history.

I traveled to Ireland and studied there. Though I felt an intimate connection to the land and people, I confronted the fact it wasn’t home and I didn’t belong. On one occasion, I took my mother to her father’s village. Not a trace of the family remained. The journey my ancestors made was final and irreversible. Caught on the hyphen between this small island to the east and the vast continent to the west, I recognized that my native land was the interspace on America’s Atlantic ledge.

Why the past means so much to some and not much—or not at all—to others is hard to figure. At bottom, I think, it involves history as therapy, as a key to understanding self as well as society, as a restless desire to uncover what we don’t know about ourselves, however partial or fractured that must be. Perhaps that hope was best captured by New York novelist and memoirist Kathleen Hill when she wrote, “our journey toward understanding the selves we had considered lost forever or, worse, have never even missed, may be restored if we are patiently attentive to our inner promptings.”

In the early-morning hours and in the time I could game or grift from my corporate day job, I began trying to reconstruct what I could of my ancestors’ immigrant world. It gradually dawned on me that the history I sought belonged to lives too unimportant to record, people who suffered history rather than recorded it, servants, laborers, anonymous poor, ordinary moments that weren’t written anywhere, the intricate tangle of existences shrunk to generalities, statistics, accidental mention, a census line.

Despairing of history, I decided to venture into the terra incognita of fiction and attempt a novel set during the Civil War Draft Riots, an epic explosion—part race riot, part insurrection—that tore New York City apart and exposed the perennial, often-feral struggle among those at the bottom of American society.

I copied paragraphs from novels I admired, scribbled the beginnings of the story I wanted to tell. I researched, wrote, despaired, rewrote, deserted, returned, persisted across an entire decade. I discovered in fiction truths I didn’t in history. I grappled with the power of the past to bolt in place the exoskeleton that supported and shaped—sometimes misshaped—expectations and relationships far into the future. I came to grasp the human need to forget as well as to remember. I learned that what goes unspoken, unacknowledged, has the greatest sway of all. Everything around me, parish, school, politics, religion, the Bronx I grew up in and carry with me, sprang from and contained what came before. The past never goes away, I realized; it only goes ignored or denied.

My characters became my companions, comrades-in-arms, soulmates, a company of aspiring, compromised, lustful, decent, cowardly, ruthless, compassionate, befuddled human beings—Irish, African Americans, old-stock New Yorkers—that I gathered under a phrase from a prayer I said since childhood: “banished children of eve.” Some were imaginary, some reconstructed from random facts and fragments inherited from my family, some, like Stephen Foster and John Hughes, real.

I listened as they mumbled, murmured, shouted, revealed themselves. They prompted me, guided me, led me through the vale of tears and weeping, laughter and rejoicing, that each generation travels in its own way. They gave me back the past and reminded me of what I thought I didn’t know. They taught me that the borders of our native land are the borders of our hearts.

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A Security Council resolution that allows the UN to deliver aid across Syria’s borders into opposition-held areas without the permission of President Bashar al-Assad is up for renewal and, as with so many diplomatic manoeuvres in the seven-year war, all eyes are on Russia.

 

The UN relies on Resolution 2165, first passed in 2014, to use two crossings with Turkey to bring aid to millions of civilians in Syria’s rebel-held northwest, many of whom have fled their homes elsewhere in the country. A government offensive to retake the area, which includes Idlib province, is currently on hold after a deal brokered by Turkey and Russia.

 

The lion’s share of cross-border assistance is delivered by groups outside the UN system, but humanitarians say the UN provides a reputational and organisational backbone that bolsters the entire aid operation – one that risks being lost if Russia vetoes the resolution.

 

In an interview on Monday with IRIN’s Ben Parker, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said there is “no plan B” for delivering UN assistance without the backing of UN resolutions, as the Syrian government is “not willing” to allow aid to cross its front lines to reach rebel-held areas.

 

☰ Read more: The backstory of Resolution 2165

 

UN General Assembly Resolution 46/182, which is the basis for all UN international humanitarian action, states “humanitarian assistance should be provided with the consent of the affected country”. The Geneva Conventions also say the consent of affected states is required but may not be arbitrarily withheld.

In the early years of Syria’s war, many NGOs said that aid was being arbitrarily withheld to border regions and argued that by bringing aid in across borders they were therefore safely within the bounds of the Geneva Conventions.

But that wasn’t good enough for the UN, which had an assertive member state – Syria – saying no to assistance; to work under 46/182 the body needed a Security Council resolution. They got it with 2165, which said that UN agencies no longer had to request permission from al-Assad, they only had to notify Damascus before crossing the border through one of four entry points:

  • Bab al-Hawa, from Turkey into Idlib in northwestern Syria
  • Bab al-Salameh, also from Turkey into northwestern Syria
  • Ramtha, from Jordan into southern Syria
  • Yaroubiyeh, from Iraq into northeastern Syria

In 2018, the Ramtha crossing with Jordan was retaken by the Syrian army. Yaroubiyeh has been used sparingly, partly because of insecurity in Iraq.

As a result, 2165 now mostly matters for northwestern Syria – an area which, according to statistics compiled by the Mercy Corps Humanitarian Access Team and made available to IRIN, holds some 3.3 million Syrians, three quarters of whom live in the wider Idlib area. (However, population statistics in Syria are highly unreliable.)

Although 2165 does not require permission from Damascus, a demanding apparatus of border inspections came with the resolution, staffed by the UN and funded by donors.

New UN hubs sprang up in the Turkish city of Gaziantep and in Amman, from where UN agencies began to organise a regular supply chain for civilians in border areas outside al-Assad’s control.

 

With 2165 set to expire 10 January, Kuwait and Sweden are readying a one-year renewal. The two Security Council members will circulate a draft “soon”, Kuwait’s ambassador to the UN said on Friday.

 

“The resolution allows the UN and its partners to deliver humanitarian aid through the most direct routes to people in need in Syria,” Per Örnéus, Sweden’s special envoy for the Syria crisis, told IRIN. “The mandate is strictly humanitarian, offering a lifeline for millions of people,” he added. “It must be extended.”

 

The resolution has been renewed annually since 2014, but last year’s vote caused friction – and nail-biting for humanitarians working on Syrian aid operations – when Russia singled it out for harsh criticism, saying it threatened Syria’s sovereignty.

 

While al-Assad’s top ally on the Security Council opted not to veto last year, Moscow is sending out mixed signals as the January deadline approaches. Renewal looks more likely than not, but it is far from a sure thing.

 

Major impact

Resolution 2165 was first mooted at a time in the war when Damascus regularly denied UN requests to bring help across its borders to areas dominated by the opposition. It allows the UN to bring shipments in at specific points, as long as it notifies the Syrian government.

 

Humanitarians insist 2165 is crucial, and stress that its importance should not be measured just in terms of the actual quantities of aid delivered.

In 2017, UN agencies like WFP or UNHCR provided only around 20 percent of the cross-border aid deliveries to Syria. NGOs outside of the UN system brought in the rest, often delivering it through local Syrian organisations and importing their aid mostly through commercial channels (the official Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salameh crossings with Turkey) or a separate network of crossings monitored by the Turkish Red Crescent.

Map of Syria border crossings with Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon

 

Most goods – like food and fuel – enter northwestern Syria on a for-profit basis, imported by Turkish or Syrian businessmen.

Aid agencies say more than three million people live in northwestern areas not controlled by the Syrian government, though population estimates in Syria are notoriously unreliable and have in the past often suffered from overcounting.

Without 2165, private traders and NGOs could still bring goods in, as long as Ankara approved. But UN involvement would likely end immediately if Damascus objected, and, while NGOs might be able to fill the tonnage gap created by a UN pull-out, losing 2165 would be a big blow to the humanitarian relief effort.

A source with significant experience of the Syrian aid operation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 2165 brought a “significant increase in the overall response” by helping “what was a fragmented humanitarian community come closer together, coordinate, build institutions, and deliver a more joined-up and effective response as of 2015.”

Mathieu Rouquette of the Syria International NGO Regional Forum, a network of 70 aid groups working in Syria, said the resolution “still underpins access to millions of people in areas that we are not able to reach from Damascus.”

There would be other impacts too.

Aid operations would likely suffer if the UN stopped planning and coordinating deliveries in the Turkish border town of Gaziantep, as many NGOs rely on the UN hub for logistical support.

“The resolution is what underpins the overall architecture of the humanitarian response,” explained Rouquette. “So an end to that would necessarily mean a return to a fragmented humanitarian response.”

Moving to Damascus

Aid workers said the loss of a UN role in the cross-border response would also accelerate the shift of international NGOs from opposition-held areas towards parts of Syria controlled by al-Assad’s government, while enhancing Ankara’s influence over cross-border operations.

The Syrian government has told most NGOs that in order to register in Damascus they must end their “illegal” cross-border work under 2165.

Many international NGOs were originally drawn into cross-border work early in the war by US and EU funding streams geared to shore up opposition regions, while others branched out from working with Syrian refugees. They also filled in the gaps before 2165 when the UN could only assist Syrians in state-controlled areas, except for very rare “cross-line” exceptions, like convoys from Damascus to besieged areas.

Some chafe under the rules laid down by Turkey: Ankara has told international NGOs they can either provide cross-border assistance from Turkey to Syrians in the rebel-held northwest, or work in in northeastern Syria, which is controlled by US-backed Kurdish groups hostile to the Turkish government. They can’t do both.

In 2017, Turkish authorities ordered Mercy Corps to leave the country, apparently as punishment for its work in the Kurdish-held regions.

With al-Assad now back in charge of most of Syria, and the sole remaining cross-border hub in Gaziantep catering to an area of northern Syria that is largely under Turkish tutelage, many NGOs have come to view Damascus as the best option.

“The resolution is what underpins the overall architecture of the humanitarian response.”

Several NGOs have voiced concerns about what being stripped of the UN cover would mean for the overall optics of cross-border work in a place like Idlib province, which is currently controlled by rebel groups – some of whom are designated terrorists by the United States and other countries.

Bab al-Hawa has been controlled by the UN-designated al-Qaeda spinoff Tahrir al-Sham since 2017 and has been at the centre of diversion scandals that triggered Western aid cutoffs and NGOs suspensions. USAID is now rolling out a stricter inspection regime, further tilting the risk analysis for NGOs pondering where to focus their operations.

On Monday, the Charity Commission – the UK government department that regulates and registers NGOs in England and Wales – issued an alert, warning “there is a risk that a terrorist organisation may financially benefit from any aid passing through the Bab al-Hawa crossing.”

Tripping over counter-terrorism sanctions can cause very serious problems for NGOs: legal issues, economic losses, reputational damage, and donor flight. In the face of these risks, UN involvement offers them and their donors a sense of reassurance and legitimacy.

Should the cross-border operation be stripped of its UN participation, it would likely prod more Western NGOs to withdraw from Syria altogether or rebase in Damascus on terms set by al-Assad. And, as a result, the northwestern cross-border response would come to rely even more on the Turkish Red Crescent and other Ankara-friendly groups.

 

Russian roulette

With a resolution expected on the table in the coming weeks, a Swedish diplomatic source told IRIN that Turkey and Russia are now the “key actors” in the battle over 2165. Ankara may influence Moscow’s views, but it is Russia’s vote in the Security Council that will be decisive.

☰ Read more: Moscow’s mood swings

 

Moscow joined Western states in voting for resolution 2165 and extensions of it in 2014, 2015, and 2016. But last year’s vote was different.

In November 2017, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia slammed 2165 as “unprecedented and extreme” and said it “usurps Syria’s sovereignty”. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson accused the resolution of contributing to “the division of Syria”.

US-Russian conflict in the Security Council was then at a high pitch after Nebenzia cast three successive vetoes to shut down a UN investigation that found the Syrian military had gassed civilians, and many humanitarians feared that 2165’s time was up.

However, Moscow relented and said it would abstain from voting in return for a review of cross-border aid and monitoring procedures by the secretary-general, allowing 2165 to be renewed on 19 December 2017 with 12 votes in favour and none against. (China and Bolivia also abstained.)

While aid workers were relieved, many assumed that the resolution was unlikely to be renewed again in recognisable shape.

But something happened soon after that: Instead of ramping up attacks on 2165 as the vote approached, Moscow fell silent.

IRIN has learned that a Russian diplomat unexpectedly told NGO representatives in Geneva last month that cross-border aid “should remain and should remain as it is”.

Four humanitarian and two diplomatic sources confirmed that Russia voiced support for continued cross-border aid.

Most attributed Russia’s apparent 180 degree turn to the 17 September Turkish-Russian agreement over Idlib, which seems to reflect an unspoken understanding that northwestern Syria will effectively remain in Turkish hands for the foreseeable future.

“The only explanation I can think of is that there was some sort of deal struck between Turkey and Russia as part of the broader negotiations over Idlib in which Turkey sought non-opposition on this to avoid having to let in another wave of refugees”, a humanitarian source told IRIN.

Russia could also have decided that it is not currently in its interest to hand back control over cross-border aid to al-Assad, when it currently has that control itself through the Security Council. Even then, Moscow may of course seek to dilute or amend Resolution 2165.

 

After abstaining from voting on a renewal in 2017, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia as recently as June called the UN secretary-general’s positive review of the resolution  “disappointing” and said “it is essential to work to end the mechanism”, warning that the UN needed to “prepare for the closure of cross-border operations”.

More recently, Moscow has signalled it will not look to block renewal. But some supporters of 2165 worry that Russia may be trying to lull rivals into a false sense of security, while others fear that poorly handled debates or unrelated quarrels could still encourage a veto.

“To be honest, I’m not convinced the renewal will be so easy,” one humanitarian source said, accusing parts of the aid community of showing a “baffling” faith in renewal and of failing to prepare for other outcomes.

On 29 November, Russia’s deputy UN ambassador Dmitry Polyansky told the Security Council that terrorist-listed groups are exploiting cross-border support and insisted that the “significant changes” on the ground in Syria in 2018 require “commensurate adjustment of the cross-border mechanism”.

Polyansky did not elaborate, but even if Moscow has decided to let 2165 live until further notice, there are a number of limited amendments that may be in the Russian interest.

Russia could, for example, condition renewal on new language that reinforces al-Assad’s legitimacy or supports reconstruction aid for Syria, which would infuriate Western nations. And while Turkey would presumably oppose the UN’s loss of access through Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salameh, stripping away UN access to US-backed Kurdish areas through the third crossing at Yaaroubiyeh might be another matter.

If Moscow wants to have 2165 on the table more often, as a source of leverage, it could also seek to cut the time between renewals.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian UN mission, and representatives of the Syrian government all failed to responded to IRIN’s requests for comment.

(TOP PHOTO: Internally displaced Syrians in northern Aleppo province's Tel Rifaat collect aid supplies. CREDIT: Antwan Chnkdji/UNHCR)

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Houthi Ansarullah Delegation Departs Yemen for Peace Talks in Sweden
Tue Dec 4, 2018 10:44PM
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Delegates from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, escorted by United Nations Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, prepare to board a Kuwaiti plane and head for UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden, in Sana’a, Yemen, on December 4, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Delegates from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, escorted by United Nations Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, have flown from the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a to Sweden to attend UN-sponsored peace negotiations with representatives from the administration of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The Houthis left aboard a Kuwaiti airliner on Tuesday, one day after 50 wounded fellow fighters were allowed to fly to neighboring Oman for treatment in a major boost to peace efforts.

An unnamed senior United Nations official said Griffiths offered to accompany the Ansarullah delegates after they voiced fears that the Saudi-led military coalition, which has imposed an aerial blockade on Yemen and is conducting a devastating aerial bombardment campaign against the impoverished Arab country, might intercept the flight.

Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the spokesman and chief negotiator for the Ansarullah movement, wrote on his official Twitter page that the Houthis “will spare no effort to make a success of the talks to restore peace and end the aggression.”

Ansarullah officials said that preliminary consultations with Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists could begin as early as Wednesday.

Although no date has been announced for the start of the talks, there are reports they could begin on Thursday.

Britain has presented a draft UN Security Council resolution on Yemen, and called on parties involved in Yemen’s crisis to restart peace negotiations.

“The conflict in Yemen can only be resolved though an inclusive political process,” the draft resolution said.

The draft sets a two-week deadline for warring Yemeni parties to remove all barriers to humanitarian aid, halt attacks on civilian areas and allow unhindered access to the strategic port city of Hudaydah.

Also on Tuesday, tens of Saudi-backed militiamen after Yemeni army troopers, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, thwarted their offensive on al-Qatab area in the Nihm district of Yemen’s province of Sana’a.

Moreover, a young girl lost her life after Saudi military forces and their mercenaries targeted residential buildings in the al-Durayhimi district of the western Yemeni province of Hudaydah with a barrage of artillery rounds and mortar shells.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah movement.

According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

A number of Western countries, the US and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.

          Know the Rapid Growth Factors of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Market: Key Players- Photovoltaics Ltd, GCell, Dyenamo, Sono-Tek, Dyesol, Exeger Sweden AB, G24 Power, Fujikura, Solaris Nanosciences, Solaronix SA, Merck KGaA, Dalian Heptachroma Solar Tech, Yin      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Komentar na [UŽIVO] Dora 2019. – pratite konferenciju za novinare, komentirao/la SwedenEurovisionFan      Cache   Translate Page      
<a href='https://eurosong.hr/ekipa/precious/'>@precious</a> Upravo to, rekli su da će biti još jedna presica kasnije, vjerojatno tamo negdje nakon 10.01. kad završava natječaj pa će onda valjda reći više detalja oko same Dore...
          Woman gives birth after first successful womb transplant from dead donor      Cache   Translate Page      
A WOMAN has given birth to a baby girl following the first ever successful womb transplant from a dead donor. The major breakthrough gives fresh hope to 50,000 infertile Brits. The pioneering operation has already been a hit in Sweden and the U.S. where surgeons used wombs from live donors – normally from close relatives […]
          (USA) Junior Business Development Manager      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Company The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people. It's a Question of Taste Do more, be more. Whatever your aspirations, experience something exceptional at Kraft Heinz. We'll give you the freedom to determine your own direction and deliver in your own style. Outperform our expectations and you'll move forward faster than you ever thought possible. Come ready to dream. Come eager to grow.Get a taste of what your career could be at kraftheinzcompany.com/careers. Job Description The Distributor & Export Business Unit is in charge of the Kraft Heinz business in more than 20 European markets, amongst which the Nordics, Baltics, Hungary, Czech, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Israel and others. It is the growth engine of Kraft Heinz’s European business with its fast-developing business and ambitious year over year growth. Joining the D&E team, you will be joining a family of highly entrepreneurial, ambitious and passionate team players, dedicated to reaching our goal of being the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world. D&E is located in 2 offices of Kraft Heinz, Malmö (Sweden) and Amsterdam (the Netherlands). The majority of the people is sitting in Amsterdam. We have an excellent opportunity available for a Junior Business Development Manager in our Distributor & Export Business Unit to make a difference at Kraft Heinz. The Business Development Manager reports to the Commercial Head and is responsible for creating and delivering the JBPs (Joint Business Plans) with our external partners (distributors and Key accounts supplied directly). He/She owns the relationship with the distributors, ensures the budget delivery, drives growth and is a true ambassador for our brands and products. The role will involve managing multiple countries, with frequent travel, that will give you the exposure to FMCG markets in different regions in the above countries. The role will engage in a variety of tasks including sales, successful launching of KraftHeinz products, forecast, coordination, strategic planning, relationship management, negotiation and most of all, development and drive growth opportunities. In brief, you will be responsible for: + Delivery of annual sales objectives + Distributor Management + Driving growth opportunities / listings via tenders + Ownership of the volume forecasts + Pricing implementation Hard SkillsPlease kindly note that you need to have an EU Working Permit (Orientation Year Visa not included) in order to proceed for this position. + Bachelor Degree; Master Degree is a plus; + 2-4 years’ experience in a Sales position. Experience in managing international clients/distributors will be considered as a plus; + Language skills: fluent in English both written and oral. A second/third European language is a plus; What we offer you + An ambitious employer; + A competetive salary and an excellent bonus structure; + A permanent contract; + Reimbursement for your commuting Location(s)Amsterdam The Kraft Heinz Company is revolutionizing the food industry – we will be the most profitable food company powered by the most talented people with unwavering commitment to our communities, leading brands and highest product quality in every category in which we compete. As a global powerhouse, Kraft Heinz represents over $26 billion in revenue and is the 5th largest food and beverage company in the world. At Kraft Heinz, to be the BEST food company, growing a BETTER world is more than a dream – it is our GLOBAL VISION. To be the best, we want the best – best brands, best practices and, most importantly, the best people.
          Re: Young EU investor long term portfolio feedback      Cache   Translate Page      
celerity wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:10 pm

I'm a 28 yo Swedish investor saving for the long run (retirement etc.). My portfolio:

Good job starting early on saving, investing, and learning.



Fund: 100% MSCI World index (60% USA 40% EAFE)

AA: 100/0

I only have one fund. Is that all right? I try to keep it simple. Some questions:

One fund is fine. Everything should be as simple as required, but not simpler, to paraphrase Einstein. However, I'll suggest another fund below.



a) Do I need emerging markets? The cheapest EM fund here is 0.34% TER while MSCI World is 0.10%

Need is hard to know. Emerging markets are around 10% of global stocks. I prefer to have them, if I have a global fund available, even if it's a few basis points more expensive. But are they so essential as to devote 10% of my stock allocation to an extra fund? That'll have to be up to you.



b) What about small cap? There’s talk about SC premium, specifically SCV. I do have the option to buy a fund which tracks MSCI World Small Cap (although it’s pretty expensive at 0.66%). There are also Russell 2000 and MSCI Europe Small Cap funds (both 0.30%). Are these indexes any good?

To tilt to these stock factors, I think you need a high degree of conviction of the evidence of factor premiums, the ability to take the extra risk (the extra return is not free), and a high degree of conviction that the premiums will both persist into the future and manifest over your investing timeline. Tilting is not necessary. From what you've written, I don't sense a high enough degree of conviction on your part to make factor investing worthwhile for you at this time. But again, it's not me that has to be convinced, it's you.



c) Home bias. How much, if any? Currently I have none but some have suggested up to 1/3.

As Sweden is approx 1% of global stocks, 30% of your stocks would be a lot. If it's really important to you to be able to stick with you investing plan, perhaps consider no more than 10%. And note how easily simplicity slips into complexity. Carving out 10% for emerging markets, 10% for small cap, and 10% for home bias, you're suddenly at four funds---and counting.



However, with that said, I'll argue that adding a bond fund would be worthwhile. Even if you think you don't want bonds today, you'll get older and will want bonds. It's better to experience, rather than read about, the different reactions of stocks and bonds to various market conditions. That's why I advocate 10 or 20% bonds, even for the young. If you can get a Swedish government bond fund or a global bond fund hedged into krona, that'll also substitute somewhat for home bias because more of your total portfolio will be denominated in your home currency. And I think these things should be viewed on a total portfolio basis, rather than looking at pieces of the portfolio in isolation.



Good luck on your investing adventure.
          Skier Mikaela Shiffrin clinches historic win      Cache   Translate Page      

She made her name as a slalom specialist but Mikaela Shiffrin won an historic super-G at Lake Louise Sunday to become the first skier to win races in all six World Cup disciplines.

The 23-year stormed to a first ever super-G title to clinch her 46th World Cup victory and move into fourth in the women's all-time list.

Only Switzerland's Vreni Schneider (55), Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proll (62) and US teammate Lindsey Vonn (82) have won more World Cup races on the women's circuit.

"It was one of my big goals to win in every discipline when I first started racing...one of those goals that you don't think you're ever going to achieve, and it's incredible," Shiffrin said.

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In only her ninth career World Cup super-G start, Shiffrin took an aggressive line to beat Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel by 0.77 seconds with Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg third.

The technical specialist won her first World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise last season and has now triumphed in slalom, parallel slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and alpine combined.

She also became the seventh woman to win in skiing's five different disciplines of downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and combined.

Shiffrin, bidding for a third straight World Cup overall crown, has already won slalom races in Levi, Finland and Killington, Vermont this season.

She will be going for a fourth straight world slalom title at alpine skiing's biennial World Championships, in Are, Sweden in February.

'Huge blow'

Vonn, who is chasing Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86 World Cup wins, missed the race weekend at Lake Louise after injuring her knee in training last month.

On Friday she backtracked on her decision to retire at the end of the season with the announcement she will race at her favorite Lake Louise location in 2019.

The Canadian venue has been so successful for Vonn it has earned the nickname "Lake Lindsey" -- she has won 18 of her 44 starts on the Alberta track.

Vonn said in a video posted on social media that missing the Lake Louise stop was "devastating" and a "huge blow."

READ: How to ski fast -- the US special forces way

READ: Guide to "Lake Lindsey"

"Hopefully, I break the record this season and can have fun," she added.

"I don't want the record to determine the level of success I've had in my career. I want to push out of the starting gate (at Lake Louise), even if I'm not there to win. Lake Louise is just really special to me. It's not about the record. It's not about, 'Oh, well you said you retired.' I really don't care what people think. I really don't. I want to do it for myself."


          Disgusting Food Museum coming to Los Angeles      Cache   Translate Page      

Sweden's Disgusting Food Museum is opening a touring exhibition in Los Angeles's Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibit runs from December 9 to February 17. "What we find disgusting has to be learned -- it's purely cultural," says curator/psychologist Samuel West. This is a fine opportunity to taste foods you've been curious about, like fermented shark, durian, maggot-infested cheese (above), bull penis (seen below), or mouse wine (also below). From CNN:

...American favorites such as root beer and Jell-O salad sit in the museum alongside fried tarantula and cooked guinea pigs. "If you give root beer to a Swede they will spit it out and say it tastes like toothpaste, but I think it's delicious," he notes...

While many food-related "museums" of late have mostly just been opportunities for novel selfies, West is adamant that the Disgusting Food Museum is there to help people learn and think critically, not just to pose for photos. The downside? "One of my worries that it will start stinking in here," West says.

Also see posts about Samuel West's previous Museum of Failure here and here.

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          Houthi Delegation Leaves Yemen for Talks in Sweden      Cache   Translate Page      
A U.N. envoy accompanied the negotiating team for the first talks with the Saudi-led coalition since 2016. The war has killed an estimated 57,000 people.
          Woman gives birth using womb transplanted from dead donor      Cache   Translate Page      

Patient in Brazil who had been born without uterus gives birth to baby girl

A woman in Brazil has successfully given birth after receiving a womb from a dead donor, the first time such a procedure has been successful.

While researchers in countries including Sweden and the US have previously succeeded in transplanting wombs from living donors into women who have gone on to give birth, experts said the latest development was a significant advance.

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          Crown Princess Victoria and Estelle visited Friends Arena      Cache   Translate Page      
On the afternoon of December 1, 2018, Crown Princess Victoria and her daughter Princess Estelle attended the family matinee event of Sweden International Horse Show 2018 held at Stockholm Friends Arena. Sweden International Horse Show is an annual event in equestrian sports and includes numerous international competitions with participants from several countries.
Crown Prenses Victoria and her daughter Estelle attended the family matinee of Sweden International Horse Show 2018

          STARBREAKER Feat. TONY HARNELL, MAGNUS KARLSSON: Listen To 'How Many More Goodbyes' Song      Cache   Translate Page      
"How Many More Goodbyes", a new song from STARBREAKER, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's third album, "Dysphoria", which will be released on January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl. Tony Harnell, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and former vocalist of hard rock band TNT, and Magnus Karlsson, current PRIMAL FEAR guitarist extraordinaire, have rejoined forces for the release of "Dysphoria". The disc showcases everything the project has become known for: metal sensibilities, melodic songs with killer hooks, thought provoking lyrics, inventive, intricate guitar playing, occasional prog twists, and a crisp production. Along with explosive performances from Harnell and Karlsson, these are the trademarks which the listener will find in "Dysphoria" and that make this album so very unique and special. Of calling the album "Dysphoria", Tony states that the "title is simply a reflection of a state of mind and I thought it fit the lyrical theme of the songs. If I tried to summarize the lyrical theme of the album I would say it's beautifully sad, but infinitely hopeful. Life is always my biggest inspiration. It was an easy album to write lyrically for that reason. There was no writer's block and the themes are probably pretty obvious. I don't like to paint too clear a picture for the listener, it's best to let the words speak to them without guidance". On the first song released from the album, he says: "'Pure Evil' is the heaviest the album gets and not indicative of the album as a whole, although there are some metal overtones throughout." Of the music direction on the album, Magnus states: "Tony's voice gives me inspiration to write my riffs and melodies. I imagine his voice, so in my head, I visualize the finished songs with great production. The two first albums didn't take much more than a year from finish to start. This release was made over a much longer period because of our other bands and productions. It's the first time I worked on an album with breaks in the production. In the end, it came out much better. I'm really happy with the sound on a STARBREAKER album. Thanks to Simone Mularoni (DGM) who did a great job with the mix. And Jonni Lightfoot and Anders Köllerfors who really made the songs shine! Tony's voice sounds better than ever, just amazing! You can have the best songs, best production or fastest guitar solos, but if the vocals aren't top notch, you have nothing!" STARBREAKER started as Harnell's side project while he was still fronting TNT. He was initially working on a solo record, with Karlsson, former TNT drummer John Macaluso, and bassist Fabrizio Grossi, but they morphed into STARBREAKER, releasing their first self-titled studio album in 2005. In late 2007, Harnell flew to Sweden to write the bulk of the songs for the new album with Karlsson, and started recording the new songs at the end of that year. The group's second album, "Love's Dying Wish", was released in August 2008. It featured new bassist Jonni Lightfoot, who replaced Grossi, and was produced by Harnell and Karlsson, with Tommy Hansen (TNT, PRETTY MAIDS, HELLOWEEN) serving as the mixer. The songwriting for the new STARBREAKER album started back before Harnell rejoined TNT in 2016, but it was after his ultimate split from that band, in October 2017, that he and Karlsson put the pedal to the metal and quickly completed "Dysphoria". "Dysphoria" track listing: 01. Pure Evil 02. Wild Butterflies 03. Last December 04. How Many More Goodbyes 05. Beautiful One 06. Dysphoria 07. My Heart Belongs To You 08. Fire Away 09. Bright Star Blind Me 10. Starbreaker STARBREAKER 2018 is: Tony Harnell - vocals Magnus Karlsson - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals Jonni Lightfoot - bass Anders Köllerfors - drums

          Loja sueca lista Metroid Prime Trilogy para Switch      Cache   Translate Page      


Metroid Prime Trilogy ainda não foi oficialmente anunciado pela Nintendo, mas segundo a loja sueca Inet a coleção de jogos da série está pronta pra ser anunciada no The Game Awards. 
A própria loja deixa claro a seus consumidores que não passa de um rumor, mas que existem grandes chances de serem concretizados e que o lançamento estaria previsto para Fevereiro de 2019 para Nintendo Switch.



          Disgusting Food Museum coming to Los Angeles      Cache   Translate Page      

Sweden's Disgusting Food Museum is opening a touring exhibition in Los Angeles's Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibit runs from December 9 to February 17. "What we find disgusting has to be learned -- it's purely cultural," says curator/psychologist Samuel West. This is a fine opportunity to taste foods you've been curious about, like fermented shark, durian, maggot-infested cheese (above), bull penis (seen below), or mouse wine (also below). From CNN:

...American favorites such as root beer and Jell-O salad sit in the museum alongside fried tarantula and cooked guinea pigs. "If you give root beer to a Swede they will spit it out and say it tastes like toothpaste, but I think it's delicious," he notes...

While many food-related "museums" of late have mostly just been opportunities for novel selfies, West is adamant that the Disgusting Food Museum is there to help people learn and think critically, not just to pose for photos. The downside? "One of my worries that it will start stinking in here," West says.

Also see posts about Samuel West's previous Museum of Failure here and here.

Read the rest


          Sweden talks ‘critical opportunity’ for Yemen peace: UAE official      Cache   Translate Page      
ABU DHABI (AFP) – Proposed United Nations (UN)-led talks in Sweden mark a “critical opportunity” to bring peace to war-torn Yemen after four years of conflict, a top Emirati official said yesterday. The comments came as UN envoy Martin Griffiths is in the rebel-held capital Sanaa seeking to push forward the planned talks. “Evacuating wounded Huthi […]
          Riksbank predicts Sweden will be "cashless" within five years      Cache   Translate Page      
LONDON, Dec 4- Sweden is likely to become cashless within the next five years, the deputy governor of the country's central bank, Cecilia Skingsley, predicted on Tuesday. The use of notes and coins has been declining in Sweden for years and instant mobile phone payments and other new technologies means it is has now dwindled to almost insignificant levels.
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Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, from the 20th of October 2020 to the 10th of April 2021. Expo 2020’s theme is “Connecting minds, Creating the future”. Expo 2020 will be divided into three thematic districts: opportunity, mobility and sustainability. The Swedish pavilion will be located in the sustainability district. Participation at Expo 2020 in Dubai will be Sweden’s single largest export and investment promotion activity during the coming years.
          Mailis Reps, Minister of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia      Cache   Translate Page      
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019. 12:00 PM.
Location: Bender room, Green Library

Join us for an engaging conversation with Mailis Reps, Minister of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia, who will discuss:

The Future of Education and Skills

"We should not see education solely as an instrument that helps us to adapt/react to the changes or compensate for negative developments outside of the education system. We should have a strong vision for education as a driver of positive social change.” – Mailis Reps

The world is in a state of flux. We all work hard to respond to the constantly emerging challenges globally, in Europe, in societies and communities. Education and skills have become the new currency. What are the opportunities to get ahead? What policies and actions can help equip people with the skills of tomorrow?

Estonia is one of the frontrunners in education. The Baltic country of a 1.3 million people believes in education and innovation. What is behind e-Estonia in formal and non-formal education? How has the digital revolution transformed education and skills?

Mailis Reps is the Minister of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia since November 2016, she has held the same position also in 2002–2003 and 2005–2007. Mailis Reps has been a long-time member of Riigikogu, the Estonian Parliament and she has been elected to Tallinn City Council several times. From 2000 to 2009, Mailis Reps lectured on European and International Law and on International and Comparative Law at Riga Graduate School of Law. She has graduated from Central European University in Budapest (Master’s degree in Law) and from Maastricht University (Master’s degree in European Public Relations). Mailis Reps is currently obtaining a PhD in European Law from Uppsala University, Sweden.


          Swedish banks considering Stibor alternative      Cache   Translate Page      
STOCKHOLM, Dec 4- Swedish banks will look at ways to revamp Stibor, an interbank rate used as a reference for billions of crowns of financial contracts, the Swedish Banker's Association said on Tuesday, after worries about transparency and governance. Sweden's Banking Association said its working group would investigate alternatives to Stibor, partly...
          CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (CRA) - Sweden       Cache   Translate Page      
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits: Excellent Salary and Benefits
Location: Sweden, Home based, Sweden
Company: PRA Health Sciences
Posted: 04 December 2018 08:58:44
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          Keith Brooks Describes Being the Target of Anti-Gay Attack in Norway      Cache   Translate Page      
Keith Brooks was waiting for a bus while on traveling in Oslo, Norway, when he was approached by two men who asked if he is gay. When he said yes, the men began to beat him, and a third man hit him with a bottle, cutting his face and head. Keith is a friend to the show, and our colleague at the Fairness Campaign. He joined us to describe what happened, and the aftermath—both legal and emotional. You can keep up with Keith and this story (and his many other travel adventures) on twitter at @keithbrooks. [Note: This interview is via Skype from Stockholm, Sweden, so please pardon our occasional audio glitches!] Coverage of the incident on Towleroad (warning: there's a photo of Keith's injury at the link): http://www.towleroad.com/2014/07/gay-man-attacked-with-glass-bottle-in-oslo-after-being-asked-if-he-is-gay.html
          Strange Fruit #42: Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney      Cache   Translate Page      
Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney has been called the next August Wilson. Maybe that can be partially attributed to the fact that there are so few prominent African American playwrights, but there's still no doubt he is carrying an important mantle.  At age 33, he's already had plays debut at the Royal Court London, New York's Vineyard Theatre, the Young Vic, and Steppenwolf Theatre, where he is an artist in residence. In March, he received the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize. We spoke to McCraney this week about his career, and how and why he writes about black gay life. He told us the real-life roots of some of his most famous works, and about working as August Wilson's assistant at Yale (including an unforgettable story about buying Wilson an iPod). In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we had lots of news to cover: The #solidarityisforwhitewomen and #blackpowerisforblackmen hashtags, "straight" men who sleep with men, Oprah's experience of racism in Sweden, black ESPN colleagues calling each other racial slurs, and more.  Photo Credit: Playbill
          Sweden Makes Music at Baby's All Right on 12/04/2018 08:00 PM EST      Cache   Translate Page      
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          UN envoy pushes Yemen peace talks after key rebel demand met      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The UN Yemen envoy sought Tuesday to press forward planned peace talks in Sweden as a key backer of the beleaguered government said they offered a "critical o...
          : Showery eastern Mediterranean - Unsettled northern Europe, 12 05 - 05:43      Cache   Translate Page      

Cool and showery eastern Mediterranean, unsettled northern Europe Wednesday Fair for most of Portugal and Spain on Wednesday. Plenty of sunshine but some morning mist and fog patches too. Fine for the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia with lots of sunshine and dry weather too. Remaining dry in Italy although foggy at first, especially in the north. Cool in Greece with sunny spells, some wintry showers in Turkey. Rain and wind in central and northern France, fair to the south with sunny spells. More rain and cloud in the Low Countries and much of Germany, but mild. Poland should be dry with sunny spells. Dry in Austria and Hungary as well as Switzerland. Increasing cloud bringing wind and rain in the afternoon to Denmark. Rain in southern Sweden but dry for most of the country. The Baltic States will be fair, although soe snow later. Breezy with snow in Finland. air in southern Norway but snow in central and northern areas.

Thursday Another fine day in Iberia with plenty of sunshine and dry weather, although there could be some fog early in the morning in sheltered areas. Staying fair in the balearics, Corsica and Sardinia as well as Italy. Fair for Greece with lots of sunshine. Chilly and breezy in Greece with some showers in the eastern mediterranean and eastern Turkey. Cloud and patchy rain in the far north of France. Cloud and rain in the Low Countries and northern germany as well as much of Poland. Windy in these areas too. The south of France will be brighter with sunny spells. Some broken cloud in Switzerland with showers. Mainly dry in Austria with cloud and patchy rain in Hungary. Cloud and outbreaks of rain in Denmark. Breezy with cloud and some patchy rain in the baltic States. Breezy and rather cloud in Finland although windy with snow in the north. Cloud and rain affecting southern Norway, with some snow showers to the north.


          The importance of being acceptable - psychiatric staffs' talk about women patients in forensic care - Eivergård K, Enmarker I, Livholts M, Aléx L, Hellzen O.       Cache   Translate Page      
Currently, women comprise about ten percent of those sentenced to psychiatric forensic clinics in Sweden. Those who are sentenced to forensic care because of offending and violent behaviour have already taken a step away from the usually expected female be...
          The increase of firearm-related violence in Sweden - Khoshnood A.       Cache   Translate Page      
Firearm-related violence is common in our contemporary world and causes serious harm to humans as well as to the society. One of the countries in which firearm-related violence is increasing is Sweden and its most southern region, Skane, in which Malmo, Sw...
          Sweden for taxon Convoluta pusilla Westblad, 1946      Cache   Translate Page      
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          How Did Sweden's Most Prominent Protestant Choose Catholicism?      Cache   Translate Page      
From Sweden to Jerusalem to Rome, the Ekmans' conversion is an inspirational and moving story of discovering the truth in the Catholic Church Contact: Kevin Wandra, 404-788-1276, KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- Every Catholic convert has their own unique story of the journey that led them to the Catholic Church. For Ulf and Birgitta Ekman, theirs played out in public in secular Sweden, where they led an enormous, worldwide Protestant Source: Carmel Communications
          CORRODED Streaming New Single “Burn”      Cache   Translate Page      
Sweden’s Corroded are streaming their new single “Burn”.  The band’s previous release, Defcon Zero was an album borne out of frustration and anger due, in no small part to on-going label politics, and although the album finally saw the light of day last year, it was actually held in...
          THE MOTH GATHERER Detail New Album Esoteric Oppression      Cache   Translate Page      
Sweden's The Moth Gatherer, an atmospheric doom/sludge/post metal band based in Stockholm, will release its third studio album, successor to critically acclaimed The Earth Is The Sky (2015) on February 22nd via Agonia Records. The new album is titled Esoteric Oppression. Its cover artwork and tracklisting are available...
          [Maurice Winn] Silly Euroserfs gearing up to battle Russia which can barely keep itself going l...      Cache   Translate Page      
Silly Euroserfs gearing up to battle Russia which can barely keep itself going let alone invade. China at 1.3 billion rapidly increasing GDP can simply buy Russia just as Great Britain bought into everywhere.

Meanwhile the conquest of the Euroserfs is going great after 1000 years of substantial but not total success by Islamic jihadists.

The great European industrialisation and scientific expansion along with Virtuous Victorian Values rolled the Moslems back. Spain and the Balkans were their limit with skirmishes right up to Tours and Vienna.

Now the Moslems have conquered Sweden, Londonistan, Belgium, France ... but the remaining dopey Euroserfs think Russia, Putin, USA, Big D and China are the problem.

China meanwhile is sensibly not messing about with the Uighur jihadists.

Tarken was named after Tarkan who is the character created by Istanbul man Sezgin Burak who befriended my wife and me in 1974 while Turkey was in conflict with Greece over Cyprus. He took us to meet his lovely family. He called one of his sons Tarkan. There is a Tarken Moore in Canada named after our Tarken ... note to self .. ElM tells me to get out more ... giggle

Tarkan with wolf and horse would ride far far out east to do battle with the evil Chinese.

Meanwhile, Genghis Khan did similar battles far far west and as far down as Turkey. Crimea was easy meat for Genghis.

Via China, Hong Kong, NZ and Londonistan, Genghis descendants are in a pincer move on jihad.

It's quite a moving picture.

There's quite a constituency for a Made in China approach to jihadists in Eurostan. The easterners are spitting the dummy, pulling up the drawbridge and dropping the portcullis.

The Euroserfs would do better to ally with Russia than to think of fighting them.

The Norwegian manoeuvres to plan Yank tanks to Murmansk were ridiculous when the actual threat is inside the capitals of Eurostan.

Meanwhile England ponders Brexit freedom while Eurostan plans to keep them in serfdom.

The end of history is far from now. At least full scale WWIII did not yet happen and G20 was smiley.

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          Swedish Journalist Says Tribe Was Right to Kill US Preacher Because he was White      Cache   Translate Page      
In a much-critisised anti-white diatribe, one of Sweden’s most respected journalists argued it was “completely rational” for Sentinelse tribesmen to kill a US missionary who had travelled to their islands to proselytise. Aftonbladet, one of Sweden’s most popular newspapers, has sparked outrage with an opinion piece by Peter Kadhammar, who defended the residents of Northern […]
          Programmable LED Drivers Market Expectations & Growth Trends Highlighted Until 2028      Cache   Translate Page      

Fact.MR has announced the addition of the “Programmable LED Drivers Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking - Global Market Insights 2018 to 2028"report to their offering.

New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/05/2018 -- Global Programmable LED Drivers Market: Overview

Considering the recent adoption of technology in the electronic components the devices are getting smarter than the old ones and becoming more user-friendly regarding operations. Today's LED lighting designers are focusing on maximizing performance of their lighting fixture designs using programmable LED drivers for enhancement in the quality and features of the lights they offer. To sustain this changing scenario, the designers are demanding for more sophisticated technologies such as programmable LED drivers from the power sources they choose. Evolution in the lightening technology is resulting in its increasing applications in the different areas including households to the industrial and for this programmable LED drivers are in constant demand nowadays. Programmable LED drivers are gaining popularity from the past few years as using these drivers the efficient lightening solutions are established. Designers and assembly lines are personalizing the key output characteristics using the programmable LED drivers as it allows the modifications using programming. Applications of programmable LED drivers is expected to increase in different areas as these drivers help in efficiency improvement and are offered with advanced features, which is expected to fuel the growth of the programmable LED drivers market.

Global Programmable LED Drivers Market: Drivers and Restraints

The fact that programmable LED drivers allow the user to control the input and output voltage as well as current and their availability in the wired as well as wireless forms, which is expected to fuel the demand for programmable LED drivers. In addition to this, users can manage the dimming curve for matching the output from the existing luminaires and also programmable LED drivers introduce the flexibility in the platform for new luminaire designs. Programmable LED drivers market is expected to grow at a significant rate over the forecast period due to availability of the advanced features such as auto programming, grouping, step dimming, dim-to-off, DMX address, and others. Manufacturers of the programmable LED drivers are increasingly focusing on development of the drivers as per the industry standards to increase the sale of the programmable LED drivers, which is also expected to drive the demand for programmable LED drivers over the forecast period. The other benefits of using the programmable LED drivers including reducing design time, lead time and inventory are some of the other factors responsible for growing demand for programmable LED drivers over the forecast period. On the other hand, lack of awareness regarding the programmable LED drivers applications in the developing and underdeveloped countries and higher prices are major factors expected to hinder the growth of the market for programmable LED drivers.

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Global Programmable LED Drivers Market: Segmentation

The global programmable LED drivers market is segmented on the basis of sales channel, applications, and regions.

Segmentation Based on Sales Channel:

On the basis of sales channel, the programmable LED drivers market is segmented into OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and aftermarket.

Segmentation Based on Application:

On the basis of application, the programmable LED drivers market is segmented into the areas where programmable LED drivers are used for controlling the lightening appliances. Based on application, the programmable LED drivers market is segmented into office lighting, shop/retail lighting, hospitality and decorative lighting, industrial lighting, outdoor lighting, and others.

Segmentation Based on Region:

On the basis of region, the programmable LED drivers market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Eastern Europe, CIS & Russia, Japan, and MEA.

Global Programmable LED Drivers Market: Key Players

Examples of some of the key players in the global programmable LED drivers market include Efore Group, MOONS', MOSO, Hatch Lighting, FULHAM, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Hangzhou Moonlight Box Technology Co., Ltd., and Ningbo Luxdator Electrical Co., Ltd., among others. Programmable LED driver manufacturers are continuously focusing on innovations in their products. This strategy is followed by key programmable LED driver manufacturers for sustaining themselves in the increasing global competition. In addition to this, programmable LED driver manufacturers are focusing on delivering programmable LED drivers to different industries as per their product requirements. In addition to this, the companies are focusing on launching new products to increase the customer base and generate revenue. For example, in February 2017, MOSO launched LHP series, a series of programmable LED drivers. These drivers are offered by company with the warranty period of 5 years, IP67, and these are output programmable using the software.

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Global Programmable LED Drivers Market: Region Wise Outlook

Considering the demand for the programmable LED drivers the APEJ region is expected to grow at significant CAGR over the forecast period due to increasing government initiatives such as smart cities, which is parallel fuelling the demand for smart lights and hence programmable LED drivers. North America and Europe are expected to hold major market shares in terms of revenue generation from the sale of programmable LED drivers as its application in the hospitality and decorative lighting is increasing rapidly in developed countries present in these regions such as the U.S., U.K., and Germany. The demand for programmable LED drivers in Japan and CIS & Russia is expected to increase over the forecast period due to its use in industrial lighting. On the other hand, the MEA programmable LED drivers market is expected to grow at moderate CAGR over the forecast period due to less adoption rate for the more technologically advanced products.

The report covers an exhaustive analysis on:

Market Segments
Market Dynamics
Historical/Actual Market Size, 2013-2017
Market Size & Forecast, 2018 to 2028
Supply & Demand Value Chain
Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
Competition & Companies Involved
Value Chain of the Market
Drivers and Restraints
Regional analysis Includes:

North America
U.S.
Canada
Latin America
Brazil
Mexico
Argentina
Chile
Peru
Rest of Latin America 
Europe
EU – 4 (Germany, France, Italy, Spain)
U.K.
BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg)
NORDIC (Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden)
Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Czech Rep., etc.)
Rest of Europe
CIS & Russia
Japan 
APEJ
Greater China
India
Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of APEJ
Middle East & Africa
GCC Countries
Turkey
Iran
Israel
South Africa
Rest of MEA
The report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, and inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain. The report provides an in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators, and governing factors, along with market attractiveness as per segment. The report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on market segments and geographies.

Report Highlights:

Detailed overview of parent market
Changing market dynamics of the industry
In-depth market segmentation
Historical, current, and projected market size in terms of volume and value
Recent industry trends and developments
Competitive landscape
Strategies of key players and product offerings
Potential and niche segments/regions exhibiting promising growth
A neutral perspective towards market performance
Must-have information for market players to sustain and enhance their market

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          Sweden: Alcazar’s Lina Hedlund gets surprise marriage proposal from gladiator boyfriend      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Ticket Admission Systems Market Inclinations & Development Status Highlighted for the Forecast Period Between 2018 to 2028      Cache   Translate Page      

Fact.MR has announced the addition of the “ Ticket Admission Systems Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking - Global Market Insights 2018 to 2028"report to their offering.

New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/05/2018 -- Ticket Admission Systems Market: Introduction

Continuous improvements in infrastructure and advancements in automation facilities are the main factors driving the global ticket admission systems market.  The ticket admission systems market is witnessing traction due to its growing usage in multiple interface applications. Ticket admission systems can read multiple configurations, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) and cross section of the barcode. They enhance industry utility. RFID chips installed in cards, tickets or wristbands are used for security, identification, payment and statistical tracking purposes. Ticket admission systems track the number of tickets purchased in real time.  Vendors prefer RFID cards for ticket admission systems since RFID is touch to forge and thus, reduces fraud. Another advantage of ticket admission systems is the use of RFID technology in. RFID tags are easy to read and do not require direct contact with the scanner or reader. Ticket admission systems speed up access at terminals. Ticket admission systems also reduce the manpower required at terminals by automating the security process. Ticket admission systems use RFID readers which use advanced technologies, such as HID and Mifare. HID and Mifare are the contactless technologies used for cashless purchase access control and ticket events. Admission ticket systems are cryptically protected.

Ticket admission systems witness wide applications. Major applications of ticket admission systems include turnstiles and revolving doors, door access control, locker access control, car parking payment access systems, port ACC access control, etc. Turnstile and revolving doors use non-contact RFID systems and are mostly used in high traffic areas, such as airports, banks, sports and concert venues and others. Ticket admission systems (door access control) allow only a specific person to enter based on the protocols entered in the card. Ticket admission systems (locker access control) provide additional security and also monitor the lockers. Ticket admission systems (car parking payment access system) comes different types and are capable of calculating toll, tax, parking time charges and others. Advanced ticket admission systems have multiple types of automated points of access.

Several developments in ticket admission systems with reference to technology, steady growth of the market and recent developments & innovations are among the factors expected to drive the global ticket admission systems market during the forecast period.

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Ticket Admission Systems Market: Drivers and challenges

Continuous developments in ticket admission systems and shift towards automated buildings is driving the global ticket admission systems market. Features, such as reduced manpower, reduced cost, time efficiency, high security, fast ticket validation, real-time tracking, restricted entry on exit points and use of advanced technologies, such as RFID and barcodes, are increasing the adoption of ticket admission systems and also significantly contributing to the growth of global ticket admission systems market. Continuous advancements in infrastructure and public sector, such as railway stations and airport developments, are having a positive impact on the growth of global ticket admission systems market during the forecast period.

The threat of data hacking, ticket admission systems failure during rush hours and card forging are some of the major challenges hindering the growth of the market. However, vendors are continuously focused on the development of advanced ticket admission systems to overcome the above mentioned challenges.

Ticket Admission Systems Market: Segmentation

Segmentation based on the application:

The ticket admission systems market is segmented based on the type of application into turnstile or revolving door, car parking payment access system, locker access, door access, port ACC access and others.

Segmentation based on the component:

The ticket admission systems market is segmented based on the type of component into hardware, software and services. Software segment can further be segmented into on-premise and cloud based.

Segmentation based on the end-user:

The ticket admission systems market is segmented based on end user into airports, stadium, commercial buildings, offices, amusement parks and others.

Ticket Admission Systems Market: Key Players

Some of the key players operating in the ticket admission systems market are Gateway Ticketing Systems, Advance Systems Access Control, Experience Ticket.com, Semnox Solutions Private Limited, Admit One, AuthentiGATE, Q-Systems, Totem Ticketing and Access Solutions, VIVATICKET SPA and Thunder Data Systems, Inc.

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Ticket Admission Systems Market: Regional Overview

North America and Europe are expected to hold major market share in the global ticket admission systems market during the forecast period due to growth of smart cities and the huge number of national events happening in these regions. APEJ is expected to be the fastest growing region during the forecast period due to the continuous developments taking place in developing countries, such as China and India.

The report covers exhaustive analysis on:

Ticket Admission Systems Market Segments

Market Dynamics
Historical Actual Market Size, 2013 - 2017
Market Size & Forecast 2018 to 2028
Value Chain
Market Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
Competition & Companies involved
Market Drivers and Restraints
Regional analysis for Ticket Admission Systems Market includes development in the following regions:

North America
US
Canada 
Latin America
Brazil
Mexico
Argentina
Chile
Peru
Rest of LatAm
Europe
EU – 4 (Germany, France, Italy, Spain)
UK
BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg)
NORDIC (Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden)
Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Czech Rep. etc.)
Rest of Europe 
CIS & Russia
Japan
APEJ
Greater China
India
Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of APEJ 
Middle East & Africa
GCC Countries
Turkey
Iran
Israel
South Africa
Rest of MEA              
The report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative & quantitative assessment by industry analysts, as well as inputs from industry experts & industry participants across the value chain. The report provides in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators and governing factors along with market attractiveness as per segments. The report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on market segments and geographies.

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Report Highlights:

Detailed overview of parent market
Changing market dynamics of the industry
In-depth market segmentation
Historical, current and projected market size in terms of value
Recent industry trends and developments
Competitive landscape
Strategies of key players and product offerings
Potential and niche segments/regions exhibiting promising growth
A neutral perspective towards market performance

Must-have information for market players to sustain and enhance their market footprint

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          Comment on Canada’s PM Trudeau supports the UN Migration Pact that could extinguish Canadian identity by Oracle9      Cache   Translate Page      
3 percent per yer times the next four years is the government's target in its mad scramble to outdo Sweden. That's an order of magnitude higher than what the US is dealing with. Every totalitarian regime needs an external enemy to demonize. And lo and behold, TRUMP! Talk to any Canadian, that's the truth. Sick. The saddest part is that the majority of Canadians are asleep, completely ignorant of a long list of Canadian political abuses. The State Broadcaster, CBC, will not report on these things. The only conservative media is the excellent Rebel.media but nearly everyone slanders them as "far-right", even throughout all parties in the Canadian Parliament. Too bad, since it's the most intelligent coverage and analysis in the country. The rest of the Canadian media has been directly bought by direct subversion of the government's national credit card. What could go wrong?
          Comment on The Battle of Stones River – Civil War by Richard Purdee      Cache   Translate Page      
Excellent brief. There is so much to learn from our history. On my dad's side, our family history goes back further than the Civil War. Mom's side, no. My grand parents immigrated from Sweden around 1891. Traced my dad's side back to 1507, John Purdee, Odiham, UK.
          Yemen war: UN-backed talks set to launch      Cache   Translate Page      
Talks in Sweden this week aim to end fighting and what the UN calls the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history.
          Sweden's Clas Ohlson to close stores in Britain, Germany      Cache   Translate Page      
Swedish budget retailer Clas Ohlson said on Wednesday it would close its loss-making stores in Britain and Germany.

          Expectations low as Yemen’s warring parties meet for talks      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemen's warring parties will meet in Sweden this week for another attempt at talks aimed at halting their catastrophic 3-year-old war, but there are few incentives for major compromises, and … Click to Continue »
          Clavister Products Deployed in Large Transportation and Performance Venue Critical Infrastructure in Japan      Cache   Translate Page      

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NTTBP, a key client for Clavister security products, secures deals with a premiere railway operator, as well as a new venue built for the multi-sport event to secure their wireless networks. Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 05 December, 2018. Clavister, a...


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STOCKHOLM, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NTTBP, a key client for Clavister security products, secures deals with a premiere railway operator, as well as a new venue built for the multi-sport event to secure their wireless networks. Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 05 December, 2018. Clavister, a...


          This is where the high-stake Yemen peace talks will take place      Cache   Translate Page      
A Yemeni government delegation was on its way to Sweden early on Wednesday for high-stake talks with Huthi rebels aimed at ending the country's devastating war, sources close to the team told AFP..
          George Michael Tribute Show FASTLOVE Will Embark on an Arena Tour      Cache   Translate Page      

In just over a year, Fastlove has become the world's leading show celebrating the incredible career of George Michael. Playing sold out shows across the UK through the whole of 2018, 2019 will see this it step into Arenas for the first time bringing with it a larger production and band worthy of one of the worlds greatest ever performers.

Already a smash hit in the West End with a run of shows at the Lyric Theatre, it has gone from strength to strength thrilling the public and critics with Encore Magazine calling it a "... a must see show", event specialist magazine Access All Areas saying it's "... hauntingly beautiful" and the North West End quite simply stating, "I think it's amazing!". In just over a year the show has sold over 300k tickets and due to huge demand, it has gone global with tours currently in Germany, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark and Holland with more to be announced in the coming months.

ORIGINAL BAND MEMBERS - Also playing on the tour is Ed Barker, George's original saxophonist, Anton Stephans, a former backing singer to George Micheal, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, as well as an X-Factor finalist., and Colin Graham, Wham!'s incredible trumpet player.

Fastlove is also excited and proud to announce a partnership with The Terrence Higgins Trust (www.tht.org.uk). Following George's death, his rarely-publicised philanthropy became apparent with a number of charities, one being The Terrence Higgins Trust. It was important for James Taylor, CEO of Entertainers, the promoters of Fastlove, and Joseph, Fastlove's George, that the show honour this vital part of his legacy as much as the performance, as James explains...

"George Michael the musician and performer was there for all to see. Rightly he was regarded globally as one of the greatest pop stars of all time with an unmistakable voice, that was coupled perfectly with his incredible songwriting and performances, and with Joseph we have the world's leading George Michael tribute who has worked tirelessly with our production and engineering team to ensure the Fastlove show gives everyone the opportunity to remember and celebrate George's musical legacy.

"But as importantly, George used his position of fame for a greater good. For me, Joseph and everyone at our company, it was as important for us to continue to support causes that were important to him. We are delighted to be working with The Terrence Higgins Trust moving forward and for every ticket sold a donation will be made to them to continue the vital work that they do."

This is a show that celebrates everything about George Michael. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.seetickets.com/tour/fastlove-arena-tour.

January 12th 2019 - Edinburgh Playhouse

March 15th 2019 - Newcastle City Hall

March 23rd 2019 - London Eventim Apollo

March 28th 2019 - Liverpool Echo Arena

April 11th 2019 - Glasgow Kings Theatre

May 3rd 2019 - Plymouth Pavilions

May 16th 2019 - Derby Arena

June 6th 2019 - Bournemouth International Centre

June 21st 2019 - Leeds First Direct Arena

September 13th 2019 - Bridgewater Hall

September 20th 2019 - Hull Bonus Arena

September 21st 2019 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

October 19th 2019 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

November 8th 2019 - Brentwood Live

December 12th 2019 - Birmingham NEC

These Arena dates will mark the evolution of Fastlove, showcasing a larger production, a bigger band, more classic show-stopping numbers and the appearance of George Michael's own saxophonist, Ed Barker.

Joseph Sansome, leading man and lifelong George Michael fan, comments of his role "Being the star of the Fastlove show has been a dream come true and it's amazing to perform at theatres and Arenas all over the UK. I am honoured to be representing George Michael and his memory through the show, and we have very exciting times ahead with a UK Arena Tour and performing at some of the same venues that the great man performed at. I often have to pinch myself to the reality of it all".

George Michael's saxophonist Ed Barker, who will be playing on select shows says, "It was an honour to play for George Michael as his sax soloist and as you can probably imagine, that's a hugely tough act to follow. But every night this show reminds me how it felt. As Fastlove tours the nation's best venues, I almost feel like I'm there with him again each time I walk on stage. We've got a fantastic band, fabulous dancers, Joseph is great, and the audiences really know how to party. It's a huge pleasure to be involved and a real privilege to be able to keep George's music alive".

Anton Stephans, who will be performing on the arena shows, that will include performing as Elton John for the 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down' duet, says "Performing with George is, without doubt, the highlight of my career, it was an absolute honour. I went to the Fastlove West End premiere in January (2018) out of pure curiosity and I knew immediately that this is a show that loves George and wants to celebrate him and his incredible music. I contacted James (the show's creator) immediately to tell him how much I loved it and that I wanted to be involved. It's taken a while, but we are finally here and I can't wait to get started on the special arena tour."


          Commission adopts Action Plan to improve fisheries control in Lithuania      Cache   Translate Page      
After Sweden (last March) and Finland (May), the Commission has adopted an Action Plan with Lithuania on 26 November to further improve the control of Baltic fisheries.
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LUND, Sweden, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply air cooler systems to a gas processing plant in the U.S. The order has a value of approximately SEK 110 million. It is booked in...


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UPPSALA, Sweden, Dec. 4, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Onlay mesh placement of the synthetic and fully resorbable TIGR®Matrix surgical mesh (Novus Scientific AB, Uppsala -- Sweden) for the prevention of incisional hernia in septic ...
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          Sweden's Telia sells its stake in Uzbekistan's Ucell for $215 million      Cache   Translate Page      
Telia has sold its direct holding in Uzbekistan's Ucell to the local government committee for $215 million on a debt free basis, as part of its strategy to exit its Eurasian businesses, the Nordic telecoms operator said on Wednesday.

          Saturday, Dec. 15: Harry and the Potters’ 9th Annual Yule Ball       Cache   Translate Page      
Harry and the Potters’ 9th Annual Yule Ball : The Whomping Willows, Tonks and the Aurors, The Swedish Shortsnouts (from Sweden!), Jocelyn Mackenzie. $22. 5:30 pm. Bell House, 149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue, (718) 643-6510, www.thebellhouseny.com

          Karlstad University Global Scholarships 2019/2020 for International Students – Sweden      Cache   Translate Page      
The Karlstad University Global Scholarship programme is aiming at top academic students from countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area (and Switzerland) who are required to pay tuition fees for studies. Application Deadline: 1st February 2019. Offered annually? Yes Eligible Countries: Countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area (and Switzerland). This scholarship programme is not open for students […]
          Sales Consultant - Scandinavia (Sweden or Denmark)      Cache   Translate Page      

A market leading Educational publishing company is seeking a Higher Education Learning Consultant to join their sales department with the objective of promoting the company's renowned products and services across the Scandinavian territory. This role offers a competitive salary and bonus, and excellent benefits. The ideal candidate will be located in either Southern Sweden (Stockholm / Gothenburg) or in Southern Denmark (Copenhagen); this is a field based role with the main territory focus being on Denmark, southern Sweden and southern Norway.

The HE Learning Consultant will play a pivotal role in maximizing revenue across the territory, primarily through direct sales of new print and digital products and services to Higher Education institutions and academics. As well as through direct sales, you will achieve the annual sales goal through sales via all reseller and distributor channels. Responsibilities include:

·visit HE institutions within the territory to promote & increase sales of relevant products
·generate new business opportunities with an emphasis on digital and institutional sales
·arrange, prepare and give presentations to key faculty decision makers

The Learning Consultant for Scandinavia will ideally be a driven sales professional with a strong customer focus. Experience within Higher Education or academic publishing sales, selling digital and/or print products, would be ideal, or within a related industry. You will need to have a full driving license, and flexibility to travel throughout the territory as well as some travel outside the territory for conferences. Fluency in verbal and written English is essential and additional language skills may be required, such as Swedish, Danish or Norwegian.

Get in touch now to find out more about this fantastic opportunity!

For a full description of the role, please send your CV with a brief paragraph outlining your relevant skills.

Closing Date: Early applications may be prioritised.

**Inspired Selection operates an Equal Opportunities policy. We treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability or union membership status.

Organisation: 
Inspired Search and Selection
Location (from list): 
Sweden
Employment type: 
Full-time, Home Working, Permanent
Type: 
Account Manager, Sales Manager, Business, Business Development, Field Sales, Sales
Job sector: 
Academic, Educational
Required languages: 
English

          Higher Education Learning Consultant- Scandinavia      Cache   Translate Page      

A global educational publisher is looking for an experienced learning consultant to join their higher education team. They are looking for an English speaking sales manager to be home based in Southern Sweden, Southern Norway or Denmark and you will be travelling around the territory selling print and digital products to Higher Education Institutions.

Key duties:

•           Visit Higher Education Institutions across Scandinavia to promote products and solutions in digital and print format.

•           Identify new business opportunities with particular emphasis on digital content and assessment products in educational institutions.

•           Monitor competitor activity across the region including competitor adoption activity, sales strategies and personnel.

•           Arrange, prepare, and deliver presentations to key contacts or decision makers.

•           Work with Inside sales team to maintain existing business, maximising up selling opportunities

•           Promote new products with campus bookshops and distributors

 

Experience / skills required:

•           Proven track record of sales success in the educational publishing industry, or selling digital/print solutions

•           Excellent presentation, communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.

•           Fluency in English essential, fluency in Swedish or Danish or Norwegian desirable

•           Must be a dynamic, enthusiastic and articulate individual.

•           Experience of living and working in the relevant territory advantageous.

•           Strong IT and Microsoft Office skills.

 

For further information, please apply online or email a CV and salary expectations to clairecs@atwoodtate.co.uk

Contact:        Claire Carrington-Smith

Tel:              01865 339 532

Applications ASAP, please

Reference: 
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Employment type: 
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Other Publishing, Sales, Export, Special Sales, Business Development
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Academic, Educational, Publisher
Required skills: 
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          EUMOFA Monthly Highlights n°12/2016      Cache   Translate Page      
First sales in Europe and focus on Belgium (ray and gurnard).|Herring preserved in glass jars in Sweden: Sweden manufactures herring preserved in glass jars mostly for the domestic market (82% of total sales). The main export markets are Finland, Denmark, and Germany. | Norway lobster in the EU: The EU fleet accounts for the absolute majority of catches and landings of Norway lobster and mainly supplies the EU consumer market which is the largest end-market globally. | Consumption: fresh common carp.| Fish and seafood prices increased slightly since the beginning of the year.
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First sales in Europe and focus on: DENMARK - EUROPEAN EEL, PORTUGAL – SCABBARDFISH, SWEDEN – NORTHERN PRAWN | EU trade in the first semester 2016 – EU imports from third countries reached EUR 11,6 billion, 8% increase over the same period in 2015. Exports to third countries ended at EUR 2,2 billion. Intra EU trade increased 9% reaching almost EUR 12 billion. | Consumption: fresh pollack | Macroeconomic context: Fuel prices increased 37% since the beginning of the year.
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          Yemen crisis: Government team heads to Sweden for talks with Houthi rebels      Cache   Translate Page      
A delegation of the Iranian-aligned Houthi group has arrived in Sweden for U.N. sponsored peace talks, and a Saudi-backed Yemeni delegation is on its way. The negotiations are a renewed push to end a civil war that has brought economic ruin and famine to the country and are considered the biggest step towards peace since 2016. The latest round of talks will focus on agreeing on other confidence-building steps and the formation of a transitional governing body, as the U.S. Senate is set to consider a resolution to end support for the coalition in the war. U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths secured some new measures, including the evacuation of Houthi wounded, to help persuade the rebel movement to attend the talks. "Griffiths was true to his word ... we are certain he has put in place a general framework for negotiations in order to proceed with the political process," delegate Abdelmeguid Hanash said. The nearly four-year-old conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and left more than 8 million facing famine although the United Nations has warned this could rise to 14 million. Three-quarters of the population, or 22 million, rely on aid. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Tuesday that the Sweden talks are a "critical opportunity". "A sustainable Yemeni-led political solution offers the best chance of ending the current crisis. A stable state, important for the region, cannot coexist with unlawful militias." The talks, which will focus on reopening Sanaa airport, implementing a prisoner swap and securing a truce in Hodeidah, the entry point for most of Yemen's commercial goods and aid. This would serve as a foundation for a wider ceasefire that would halt coalition air strikes and Houthi missile attacks on Saudi cities. WATCH: The Houthi team arriving in Sweden for the talks and chairperson of the Food4humanity Foundation, Muna Luqman, who told Euronews she is optimistic about its outcome:
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          Eternell - Still Light [Sound In Silence 054]      Cache   Translate Page      
Coming in from the Greek Ambient-staple that is the Sound In Silence-imprint is the label debut by Höör / Sweden-based producer Ludvig Cimbrelius, better known in the world of highly relaxing music under the name of Eternell. Named "Still Light" the longplay piece, which once again is limited to 150 copies, is comprised of a total of three tracks with the opener "Inner Song" paving the way for things to come over the course of 19 minutes, fusing soft, slowly moving pillows of Ambient with inward-looking, slighty twangy guitar play for ultimate relaxation. Following up is the title track "Still Light" which brings half an hour+ - sic !!! - of the purest floating comfort which might classified as Pop Ambient by some, especially by followers of the Cologne-based Kompakt label, and the final cut "Resting On The Surface Of A Stream" perfectly describes the calm, all embracing nature of this 23 minute epos built on more billowing pads and slightly esoteric, yet even more romantic guitar workouts. Beautiful.



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A delegation from Yemen's Saudi-backed government left for Sweden on Wednesday to attend peace talks with members of the Iran-aligned Houthi group, in a renewed U.N. push to end a war that has brought economic ruin and famine.
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A delegation from Yemen's Saudi-backed government left for Sweden on Wednesday to attend peace talks with members of the Iran-aligned Houthi group, in a renewed U.N. push to end a war that has brought economic ruin and famine.

          UPDATE 1-Sweden's Telia sells its stake in Uzbekistan's Ucell for $215 mln      Cache   Translate Page      
Nordic telecoms operator Telia said on Wednesday it had sold its stake in Uzbekistan's Ucell for $215 million on a debt-free basis, as part of its strategy to exit its Eurasian businesses.

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Telia has sold its direct holding in Uzbekistan's Ucell to the local government committee for $215 million on a debt free basis, as part of its strategy to exit its Eurasian businesses, the Nordic telecoms operator said on Wednesday.

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A delegation from Yemen's Saudi-backed government left for Sweden on Wednesday to hold peace talks with representatives of the Iranian-aligned Houthi group, in a renewed U.N. push to end a war that has brought economic ruin and famine to the country.

          El Gobierno de Yemen y los rebeldes hutíes retoman las conversaciones de paz en Suecia      Cache   Translate Page      
Un hombre desplaza a un hospital un niño herido en un bombardeo saudí en la zona rebelde de Saada, el pasado agosto.

Una delegación del movimiento rebelde hutí ha llegado a Suecia para participar en las consultas de paz con el Gobierno de Yemen, después de que fracasaran las anteriores el pasado mes de septiembre en Ginebra por la ausencia de los insurgentes, informaron el Gobierno sueco y un medio yemení.

El avión, de bandera kuwaití, aterrizó ayer en Estocolmo con la delegación de los hutíes a bordo y acompañado del enviado especial de la ONU, Martin Griffiths, que llegó ayer a Saná para supervisar el viaje y que se cumpliesen las garantías de seguridad que pedían los rebeldes, indicó el canal yemení Al Masira, portavoz de los hutíes.

La ministra de Exteriores sueca, Margot Wallström, aseguró en su cuenta de Twitter que la delegación hutí ya ha llegado a Suecia "junto a los enviados especiales de la ONU, Suecia y Kuwait para las consultas previstas sobre el Yemen", auspiciadas por la ONU.

Indicó que espera que "la delegación del Gobierno de Yemen llegue pronto", sin dar más detalles, pues el Ejecutivo reconocido internacionalmente del presidente yemení, Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, todavía no se ha pronunciado al respecto.

Asimismo, Wallström afirmó que espera que estas consultas "que se llevarán a cabo pronto" sean "un paso urgente hacia el final del conflicto". Hasta el momento no se ha revelado ni la fecha de inicio ni el lugar preciso en el que se llevará a cabo esta reunión.

LAS GRANDES CIFRAS

  • Al menos 6.800 civiles han muerto
  • 10.700 más han resultado heridos
  • 22 millones de personas necesitan ayuda humanitaria
  • Unos 85.000 niños menores de cinco años han muerto por malnutrición aguda
  • 14 millones de yemeníes están al borde de la hambruna
  • 1,2 millones de personas han sufrido un brote de cólera

Fuente: Naciones Unidas y Save The Children

(Puedes seguir leyendo tras la foto...).

SANA'A, YEMEN - DECEMBER 04: Yemeni Houthi delegation members to leave Yemen to attend the UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden on December 04, 2018 at the Sana'a airport, Yemen. Yemeni Houthi delegation, escorted by the UN's envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and the Kuwait ambassador to Yemen left the Houthi-controlled capital Sana'a in a Kuwaiti chartered plane in route to Sweden to attend peace talks with the Yemeni government.

"No escatimarán esfuerzos"

El líder del comité de las negociaciones hutí, Mohamed Abdelsalam, dijo hoy que no escatimarán "esfuerzos para que las consultas tengan éxito, traigan la paz, acaben con la guerra agresiva y con el asedio".

Una de las condiciones para que los rebeldes participaran en las conversaciones de Suecia era la evacuación de un grupo de heridos desde el Yemen.

Esa exigencia se cumplió ayer después de que la coalición árabe liderada por Arabia Saudí, que controla el espacio aéreo yemení, facilitase la evacuación a petición de Griffiths "por razones humanitarias y para construir confianza entre las partes yemeníes de cara a las conversaciones de paz de Suecia", anunció el portavoz de la coalición, coronel Turki al Malki.

El pasado mes de septiembre, la ONU intentó celebrar unas consultas de paz en Ginebra, en las que solo participó el Gobierno yemení dado que los rebeldes se negaron a viajar por esa falta de garantías.

La guerra en el Yemen comenzó a finales de 2014, cuando los hutíes, que cuentan con el respaldo de Irán, se hicieron con el control de Saná y el conflicto se generalizó en marzo de 2015 con la intervención de la coalición árabe.

QUERRÁS VER ESTO

Yemen enfrenta la peor hambruna del último siglo.

TAMBIÉN TE PUEDE INTERESAR

- Todo lo que necesitas saber sobre el conflicto en Yemen

- La ONU denuncia posibles crímenes de guerra de todas las partes en conflicto en Yemen

- La historia no contada de las víctimas más pequeñas de la brutal guerra en Yemen

- SOS de la ONU: hacen falta 20.000 millones para ayudar a casi 94 millones de personas en 2019


          Healthy Habits: Natural Supplement Serenol® Proven to Ease Emotional, Physical Symptoms of PMS      Cache   Translate Page      



The visitor that comes monthly--but is never welcome--premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects nearly 85 percent of women during childbearing years, causing mood swings, bloating, food cravings, fatigue, and cramps as 'bad as having a heart attack', according to a professor of reproductive health at University College London.
Serenol® is a uniquely formulated, non-hormonal supplement specifically created to treat the emotional symptoms of PMS, particularly irritability, mood changes and uneasiness, and can help with physical symptoms as well. So women can feel like themselves again. 
Three potent ingredients in Serenol naturally combat symptoms of PMS: Swedish flower pollen extract, Chromax® Chromium Picolinate, and royal jelly.

The Magic of Swedish Flower Pollen
News of Swedish flower pollen extract, a main ingredient in Serenol, is buzzing, with good reason. Discovered in Sweden, the flower pollen extract has been used for years by millions of women in Europe, credited with numerous health benefits, including non-hormonal treatment of women’s health. Numerous studies show a link between the use of flower pollen extract and relief for PMS symptoms. Women who took the extract experienced less water retention and cramping, a more positive mood, better sleep, less irritability and overall improvements in wellbeing. 

Not to be confused with bee pollen, Swedish flower pollen extract is found in plants before bees extract it, so it is a clean substance. Specifically, flower pollen extract comes from the core of the pollen grain, rather than the whole pollen grain. This nutrient-rich extract contains a rich amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which have notable health benefits. It has very few contaminants (no bee parts or dirt!); is easier to digest, which leads to better nutrient absorption; and is less likely to trigger allergies.

Chromax® Chromium Picolinate are well studied and safely used in women, with side effects no different from a sugar pill. Royal jelly is a substance naturally created by honeybees and assists in the reduction of emotional symptoms. (Women who are allergic to bees or bee products should not take Serenol. Royal jelly may act as a phytoestrogen.)

In a clinical study, the ingredients in Serenol showed:
  • 33% Reduction in Irritability
  • 41% Reduction in Mood Fluctuations
  • 45% Reduction in Uneasiness
  • 33% Reduction in PMS Severity
The ingredients in Serenol were also clinically shown to help reduce certain physical symptoms of PMS as compared to a sugar pill:
  • 57% Reduction in Water Retention
  • 34% Reduction in PMS Weight Gain
To learn more about Serenol® or read reviews from actual women who have tried it, visit www.serenol.com. 






          Step Inside a Cool, Calm and Collected Home in Sweden      Cache   Translate Page      

Step Inside a Cool, Calm and Collected Home in Sweden

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          Beautiful Interior Inspiration From Elegant Residential Project 79&Park      Cache   Translate Page      

Beautiful Interior Inspiration From Elegant Residential Project 79&Park

Sophisticated monochrome looks and thoughtful details.


          How Did Sweden's Most Prominent Protestant Choose Catholicism?      Cache   Translate Page      
From Sweden to Jerusalem to Rome, the Ekmans' conversion is an inspirational and moving story of discovering the truth in the Catholic Church Contact: Kevin Wandra, 404-788-1276, KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4, 2018 /Standard Newswire/ -- Every Catholic convert has their own unique story of the journey that led them to the Catholic Church. For Ulf and Birgitta Ekman, theirs played out in public in secular Sweden, where they led an enormous, worldwide Prote Source: Carmel Communications
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(Telecompaper) Telia Company said that it and Ericsson have started up Sweden's first 5G network at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm...
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In certain forms of cancer, connective tissue forms around and within the tumour. One previously unproven theory is that there are several different types of connective tissue cells with different functions, which affect the development of the tumour in different ways. Now, a research team at Lund University in Sweden has identified three different types of connective tissue cells. In studies of breast cancer patients, the team found that two of these are linked to a worse prognosis.
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BOLIDEN, Sweden, Dec 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boliden has decided to invest in increased capacity at the Rönnskär copper smelter. A total of MSEK 350 will be invested. The commissioning of the new production capacity is expected to take place in the beginning of 2021. Boliden has decided...


           Comment on Old owl and falcon pellets, new research by Great grey owls in Sweden, ten videos | Dear Kitty. Some blog       Cache   Translate Page      
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          Debate: Almost a Messiah? Climate activist Greta Thunberg      Cache   Translate Page      
With her appearance in Katowice Greta Thunberg has garnered worldwide attention for her environmental commitment. The 15-year-old went on strike in the summer. Instead of attending school she has called on the parliament in Stockholm to stop climate change. Greta's activities are provoking strange reactions, Sweden's press reports.
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          Baby born after first womb transplant from dead donor      Cache   Translate Page      

A mother has given birth to a healthy baby girl after surgeons implanted a womb in her body taken from a dead person. The birth, in Brazil, is the first reported involving a deceased donor womb transplant. Ten previous attempts, in the US, Czech Republic and Turkey, to achieve a live birth using a womb taken from a dead individual, had all ended in failure. The first birth after a womb transplant from a living donor took place in Sweden in September 2013. Since then there have been 39 such procedures resulting in 11 live births. The recipient in the ground-breaking latest case involving a dead donor was a 32-year-old woman born without a womb due to a rare genetic disorder. In September 2016 she was given an unexpected chance of motherhood after undergoing the womb transplant at the Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo. The uterus was taken from a 45-year-old donor who had died from a brain haemorrhage. Surgeons spent 10.5 hours plumbing in the organ by connecting veins, arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals. News of the procedure was disclosed in The Lancet medical journal. The use of deceased donors could greatly broaden access to this treatmEnt Dr Dani Ejzenberg, from the Faculty of Medicine at Sao Paulo University, who led the team, said: “The use of deceased donors could greatly broaden access to this treatment, and our results provide proof-of-concept for a new option for women with uterine infertility. “The first uterus transplants from live donors were a medical milestone, creating the possibility of childbirth for many infertile women with access to suitable donors and the needed medical facilities. “However, the need for a live donor is a major limitation as donors are rare, typically being willing and eligible family members or close friends. “The numbers of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own deaths are far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population.” After surgery, the anonymous recipient remained in intensive care for two days before spending another six days on a specialised transplant ward. She received five immunosuppression drugs to prevent her body rejecting the new organ, as well as other treatments to combat infection and blood clotting. Five months after the transplant, the implanted womb appeared to have been successfully incorporated into her body. Ultrasound scans showed no abnormalities and she was menstruating regularly. Two months later eight fertilised eggs were implanted into the womb. The early embryos produced by IVF treatment had been frozen and stored four months before the transplant. Pregnancy was confirmed ten days after implantation, said the medical team. No complications were reported other than a kidney infection at 32 weeks that was treated with antibiotics. A baby girl weighing 2.55 kilos (6.6 pounds) was born by caesarean section after a pregnancy lasting 35 weeks and three days. During the delivery, the transplanted womb was removed and showed no abnormalities. After the birth both patient and baby appeared healthy and well. At the age of seven months and 20 days, when the case report was written, the baby was breastfeeding and weighed 7.2 kilos (15lbs 14oz.) The authors pointed out that despite its success the procedure involved major surgery, high doses of immunosuppressants, and moderate levels of blood loss. This opens the possibility of women donating their womb following death, as with many other organs Future recipients undergoing similar transplants would have to be fit and healthy to avoid complications, they said. An estimated one in 500 women have no wombs or abnormal wombs due to hysterectomies, inherited disease, malformation or infection. Before womb transplants became a viable possibility their only options for having a child were adoption or surrogacy. British expert Andrew Shennan, professor of obstetrics at King’s College London, said: “Uterine transplant and subsequent pregnancies, including from live donors, have previously been reported, but this is the first case of a successful pregnancy from a deceased donor. “Successful pregnancy, without evidence of any compromise in spite of the uterus (womb) being without oxygen for eight hours before transplant, was unique. “This opens the possibility of women donating their womb following death, as with many other organs.” Richard Kennedy, president of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS), said: “The IFFS welcomes this announcement which is an anticipated evolution from live donors with clear advantages and the prospect of increasing supply for women with hitherto untreatable infertility.”

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          How Did Sweden's Most Prominent Protestant Choose Catholicism?      Cache   Translate Page      
From Sweden to Jerusalem to Rome, the Ekmans' conversion is an inspirational and moving story of discovering the truth in the Catholic Church Contact: Kevin Wandra, 404-788-1276, KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- Every Catholic convert has their own unique story of the journey that led them to the Catholic Church. For Ulf and Birgitta Ekman, theirs played out in public in secular Sweden, where they led an enormous, worldwide Protestant Source: Carmel Communications
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KAYO, based in Shenzhen, China, is a professional manufacturer of lithium ion battery for POS and medical devices, Golf TROLLEY, EV, HEV, ESS, UPS etc. KAYO was founded in 1999 as a SINO-JAPAN joint venture. With more than 200 employees and strong R&D team, our company is active world-wide. In recent years, our company has introduced a series of advanced equipments to improve our production efficiency. In addition, we have obtained UL and UN38.3 certificates. Selling well in all cities and provinces around China, our products are also exported to clients in such countries and regions as USA, Germany, Sweden and Japan.The sales volume for lithium iron phosphate battery achieved 300 million Yuan in 2015. We also welcome OEM and ODM orders. Whether selecting a current product from our catalog or seeking engineering assistance for your application, you can talk to our customer service center about your sourcing requirements. Contact me at Annielau186@gmail.com for details.
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          Sweden’s first 5G network is live at KTH Royal Institute of Technology      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Decimal numbers with comma fail validation in German or Turkish      Cache   Translate Page      

Hi,

I have Language option in my project with localization. 

if I use  type="number" in Turkish Or German I get this error that "Please enter a number". Number is 1,5

if I use English, I mean 1.2 in Enlish, there is no problem ?

how to fix it ? why I can not use type="number"

public decimal Price { get; set; }
<div class="form-group">
   <label asp-for="Price"></label>
   <input asp-for="Price" class="form-control" type="number"/>
   <span asp-validation-for="Price" class="text-danger"></span>
</div>

in Turkish and Germany, Decimal Symbol is comma and 

Digit grouping symbol is dot/full stop

The following examples show the decimal separator and the thousands separator in various countries.

Style Countries
1,234,567.89 Canada (English-speaking; unofficial), China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, México, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States.
1234567.89 SI style (English version), Australia, Canada (English-speaking), China, Sri Lanka, Switzerland (officially encouraged for currency numbers only[40]).
1234567,89 SI style (French version), Albania, Belgium (French), Bulgaria, Canada (French-speaking), Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latin Europe, Norway, Peru, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland (officially encouraged, except currency numbers[40]), Ukraine.
1,234,567·89 Ireland, Malaysia, Malta, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom (older, typically hand written)[41]
1.234.567,89 Argentina, Austria, Belgium (Dutch: most common), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia,[42][43] Denmark, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain,[44]Turkey, Vietnam.
12,34,567.89 Bangladesh, India (see Indian Numbering System).
1'234'567.89 Switzerland (computing), Liechtenstein.
1'234'567,89 Switzerland (handwriting).
1.234.567'89 Spain (handwriting).
123,4567.89 China (based on powers of 10 000—see Chinese numerals).

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          Disgusting Food Museum coming to Los Angeles      Cache   Translate Page      

Sweden's Disgusting Food Museum is opening a touring exhibition in Los Angeles's Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibit runs from December 9 to February 17. "What we find disgusting has to be learned -- it's purely cultural," says curator/psychologist Samuel West. This is a fine opportunity to taste foods you've been curious about, like fermented shark, durian, maggot-infested cheese (above), bull penis (seen below), or mouse wine (also below). From CNN:

...American favorites such as root beer and Jell-O salad sit in the museum alongside fried tarantula and cooked guinea pigs. "If you give root beer to a Swede they will spit it out and say it tastes like toothpaste, but I think it's delicious," he notes...

While many food-related "museums" of late have mostly just been opportunities for novel selfies, West is adamant that the Disgusting Food Museum is there to help people learn and think critically, not just to pose for photos. The downside? "One of my worries that it will start stinking in here," West says.

Also see posts about Samuel West's previous Museum of Failure here and here.

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          Europe forecast: Showery eastern Mediterranean - Unsettled northern Europe, Dec 05 - 04:43      Cache   Translate Page      

Cool and showery eastern Mediterranean, unsettled northern Europe Wednesday Fair for most of Portugal and Spain on Wednesday. Plenty of sunshine but some morning mist and fog patches too. Fine for the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia with lots of sunshine and dry weather too. Remaining dry in Italy although foggy at first, especially in the north. Cool in Greece with sunny spells, some wintry showers in Turkey. Rain and wind in central and northern France, fair to the south with sunny spells. More rain and cloud in the Low Countries and much of Germany, but mild. Poland should be dry with sunny spells. Dry in Austria and Hungary as well as Switzerland. Increasing cloud bringing wind and rain in the afternoon to Denmark. Rain in southern Sweden but dry for most of the country. The Baltic States will be fair, although soe snow later. Breezy with snow in Finland. air in southern Norway but snow in central and northern areas.

Thursday Another fine day in Iberia with plenty of sunshine and dry weather, although there could be some fog early in the morning in sheltered areas. Staying fair in the balearics, Corsica and Sardinia as well as Italy. Fair for Greece with lots of sunshine. Chilly and breezy in Greece with some showers in the eastern mediterranean and eastern Turkey. Cloud and patchy rain in the far north of France. Cloud and rain in the Low Countries and northern germany as well as much of Poland. Windy in these areas too. The south of France will be brighter with sunny spells. Some broken cloud in Switzerland with showers. Mainly dry in Austria with cloud and patchy rain in Hungary. Cloud and outbreaks of rain in Denmark. Breezy with cloud and some patchy rain in the baltic States. Breezy and rather cloud in Finland although windy with snow in the north. Cloud and rain affecting southern Norway, with some snow showers to the north.


          Czechs advance to World Floorball Championship quarter-finals      Cache   Translate Page      
The Czech men’s floorball team has qualified for the quarter-finals of the ongoing World Championships in Prague as group first. In a battle for first place in Group A, the Czech Republic defeated Switzerland on Tuesday evening by a score of 6:4. In Group B Sweden obliterated Denmark by a score of 25:0…
          I want to feel Safe: Strengthening child protection in the initial reception of unaccompanied and separated children in Sweden      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Ikea eyeing acacia from Sabah      Cache   Translate Page      
KOTA KINABALU: Ikea is not planning to open a store in Sabah yet but the Swedish home furnishings company is focusing on making deliveries to customers as cost efficient as possible. Ulf Johansson, Global Wood Supply and Forestry Manager, Ikea of Sweden AB, said the company was also looking at sourcing acacia raw material originated […]
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KOTA KINABALU: Over three million trees have been replanted to restore 18,000 hectares of severely degraded rainforest at Luasong, Tawau under a collaboration project between Yayasan Sabah, Ikea and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences that began in 1998. Ulf Johansson, Global Wood Supply and Forestry Manager, Ikea of Sweden AB, said the 20-year project was […]
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          For Sale: SOLD pending funds-1968 Banjo-Killer "Goliath" dreadnaught! Hide glue, excellent craftsmanship - $479 USD      Cache   Translate Page      
This model is well-known to a select few collectors. This is the Levin "Goliath" model GG174. It is a dreadnaught sized guitar, very similar in the bracing and body size dimensions to a Martin dread, but it is about 3/8" wider and 1/4" longer than a Martin, and this guitar is a flat-out banjo killer! My luthier friend said it is about the loudest guitar he's ever heard. The bass projection is amazing! This model routinely brings $1000-1200 or more--I've priced this one to sell! Branded as "Goya" in the US market, these guitars were extremely well-built in an instrument factory in Sweden using hide glue construction, solid spruce (Englemann?) tops, solid maple back and sides, solid ebony fingerboard, solid Brazilian rosewood bridge, and bone nut. The craftsmanship is excellent, and the hardware very high-quality--better I feel than most US-built guitars of the era. With the exception of a replacement pickguard and bone saddle, this guitar is all-original, with no cracks or noticeable scratches, other than significant crazing of the lacquer finish. There is a small chip of wood missing from one corner of the headstock. The high-quality tuners are all-original individual Ghent tuners, made from solid brass and nickel-plated, with removable covers. Very cool. Comes in the new hardshell case pictured.
          Expectations low as Yemen's warring parties meet for talks      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemen's warring parties will meet in Sweden this week for another attempt at talks aimed at halting their catastrophic 3-year-old war, but there are few incentives for major compromises ...
          Radisson Blu Hotel, Lund opens in Sweden      Cache   Translate Page      
Radisson Blu, the upper upscale hotel brand announced the opening of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lund in Sweden. The 192-room hotel is a rebranding of the existing Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Lund.

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          CasinoNyt - A New Casino, Bonus Guide and Comparison Portal in Denmark      Cache   Translate Page      

Casinonyt.dk is a danish casino, bonus guide and comparison portal. The site aims to make the online casino world an easier place to navigate in and always be up to speed with news, guides, how to gamble, bonuses and what casinos to play at. This market is highly competitive and CasinoNyt aims to be in the top 5 casino portals by the end of 2019. CasinoNyt also strives towards this along with opening similar sites in both US, UK, Sweden and Bulgaria. In the process of accomplishment th...

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          TIGR(R)Matrix shows promising results when used for incisional hernia prevention in septic patients undergoing laparoscopy      Cache   Translate Page      
UPPSALA, Sweden, Dec. 4, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Onlay mesh placement of the synthetic and fully resorbable TIGR®Matrix surgical mesh (Novus Scientific AB, Uppsala -- Sweden) for the prevention of incisional hernia in septic ... Devices, Surgery Novus Scientific, TIGR Matrix, surgical mesh, laparoscopy (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
          Vintage TGL Stockholm cotton button down shirt with hearts by fuzzymama      Cache   Translate Page      

18.00 USD

Cute heart design. This vintage all cotton!!! shirt is from TGL Stockholm--a now defunct store from sixties Sweden.

This is new old stock, never washed, never worn. Marked a size 42, it fits like a modern 6/8.

18" flat across the chest and 21" from shoulder to hem. Sleeves are 20" cuffed and 23" uncuffed.

Excellent, mint condition.

100% cotton, machine wash and hang dry.


          Strong New England Presence at Road Course World Championship      Cache   Translate Page      

Strong New England Presence at Road Course World Championship 2018 Road Course World Champions beat out drivers from around the world and race regularly at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. LOUDON, N.H. – The Road Course World Finals brought a great group of racers from as far as Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Canada to Las Vegas […]

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          6 December, Gothenburg: Film Screening – “Imprisoning a Generation”      Cache   Translate Page      

Thursday, 6 December 5:30 pm Hagabion Linnegatan 21 Gothenburg, Sweden Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1105584919624178/ Samidoun Gothenburg will be screening the film, “Imprisoning a Generation,” at Hagabion! Every year, Israel imprisons between 500 and 700 Palestinian children as young as 12 years of age, and this year alone, the occupying power has already detained 908 children under 18. At the time of writing, 5580 Palestinians are in prison or administrative custody, and among these are 250 children. In addition, Israel’s occupying forces have already murdered 44 children so far thie year. This information is accessible through the efforts of groups like Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Defense for Children International – Palestine, the International Solidarity Network and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. Follow these groups to support the Palestinian people and the Palestinian children in their struggle for liberation from imperialist settler-colonial violence. The documentary “Imprisoning a Generation” follows four young Palestinians, Moataz, Marwan, Nooran and Shadi, who have been arrested and imprisoned by the Israeli military apparatus. Their perspectives, together with their families’ voices, provide an insight into the intertwined structures of oppression that extend far beyond the prison walls. Read more about the movie and check out a trailer here: http://www.anemoia.net/ . The movie is 50 minutes long, is partially subtitled in English and contains violent scenes. Afterwards, there will be a chance to discuss the content and how we can organize ourselves in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian Liberation movement. In addition, there will be the opportunity to write letters to Palestinians who are imprisoned and also to contribute solidarity photos to campaigns for Palestinian prisoners’ release. NOTE! Come on time Late entry can not be guaranteed. If you come early, you can if you want to hang out with others waiting to watch the film. Date: Thursday 6th December Time: 17:30 Location: Hagabion (Linnégatan 21, Göteborg) Cost: FREE! Vi i Samidoun Göteborg visar filmen Imprisoning a Generation – Documentary på Hagabion! Varje år fängslar Israel mellan ungefär 500 och 700 palestinska barn så unga som 12 år (https://www.dci-palestine.org/children_in_israeli_detention), och bara i år har ockupationsmakten redan fängslat 908 barn under 18 år (https://maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=781852). I skrivande stund sitter 5580 palestinier i de israeliska fångmyndigheternas fängelsen eller adminstrativa förvar, och av dessa är just nu 250 barn (http://www.addameer.org/statistics). Därutöver har Israels ockupationsstyrkor redan mördat 44 palestinska barn i år (http://www.palestinechronicle.com/leaving-palestinian-children-behind-on-world-childrens-day/). Denna information har vi tillgång till tack vare det idoga arbetet från grupper som Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association, Defense for Children International – Palestine, International Solidarity Movement och Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network i att uppmärksamma och stötta det palestinska folkets och inte minst de palestinska barnens kamp för befrielse från imperialistiskt bosättarkolonialt våld. Dokumentären Imprisoning a Generation följer fyra unga palestinier, Motaz, Marwan, Nooran och Shadi, som har häktats och fängslats av den israeliska militärapparaten. Deras perspektiv, tillsammans med deras familjers röster, ger en inblick i de sammanvävda förtrycksstrukturer som sträcker sig långt bortom fängelsemurarna. Läs mer om filmen och kolla på en trailer här: http://www.anemoia.net/. Filmen är 50 minuter lång, är delvis textad på engelska och innehåller våldsamma scener. Efteråt kommer det finnas chans att diskutera innehållet och hur vi kan organisera oss i solidaritet med palestinska fångar och den palestinska befrielsekampen. Dessutom kommer det finnas möjlighet att skriva brev till palestinier som sitter fängslade och även att bidra med solidaritetsfoton till kampanjer för olika palestinska fångars frigivning. OBS! Kom i god tid! Sent insläpp kan inte garanteras. Kommer du istället för tidigt så kan du om du vill umgås med andra som väntar på att bli insläppta till filmen. Datum: Torsdag 6:e december Tid: 17:30 Plats: Hagabion (Linnégatan 21, Göteborg) Kostnad: GRATIS!

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          Hugo Leufvenius Named to Team Sweden World Junior Preliminary Roster      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Pay-as-you-go energy startup SolarHome raises US$10M in debt financing to accelerate Myanmar expansion      Cache   Translate Page      

Investors include cross-border crowdfunding platforms Crowdcredit (Japan) and Trine (Sweden) SolarHome, a Singapore-based company that brings pay-as-you-go solar solutions into off-grid households in Southeast Asia, has received US$10 million in debt funding from a consortium of international investors, including Crowdcredit, a cross-border crowdfunding platform based in Japan, and Trine, a Sweden-based crowdfunding platform for off-grid solar. This follows a […]

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          The center is not holding -- and Trump is our proof       Cache   Translate Page      
If a devastating new report from The New York Times is to be believed, the falconer’s falcon is but one of the innumerable creatures wiped off the planet just in the past 50 years.

As the world’s pre-eminent heads of state gather in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this weekend for the annual G-20 summit, the postwar order has never looked more fragile. War threatens to break out at any moment between Russia and Ukraine, Britain is staring into the abyss of a failed Brexit negotiation and the U.S. faces a rising tide of ethno-nationalism, reinforced in no small part by Donald Trump’s presidency. Compounding this larger crisis, new research indicates we have just 12 years to radically reduce carbon emissions or risk climate catastrophe.

The center is not holding, and if a devastating new report from The New York Times is to be believed, the falconer’s falcon is but one of the innumerable creatures wiped off the planet just in the past 50 years. As Jonathan Aronson argues in his new book, “Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance,” we are living through a period of profound social and economic upheaval—one that threatens the very foundations of our political system.

“Last week, Sears declared bankruptcy,” Aronson tells Robert Scheer in the latest installment of “Scheer Intelligence.” “Sears, in many ways, was the Amazon of another age. They were the ones who distributed everything; they changed everything. So what has happened is the world has changed; the economies have changed; the companies have changed; but as usual, the rules have lagged behind.”

A professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Aronson examines what he refers to as a “hollowing out” of the working class and our elected officials. While the former has seen its jobs shipped overseas, the latter has grown increasingly beholden to multinationals, many of which now underwrite their campaigns. This, in turn, Aronson says, “pushes people left, it pushes people right. And at the same time you have an economic dearth in the middle. … The people who were in the middle in politics are also gone.”

That the United States and the West at large have arrived at an inflection point seems undeniable. Rather than give in to pessimism, however, Aronson argues we must view this historical moment as one of tremendous possibility.

“If we don’t get our act together and improve things for everybody—including your workers, your middle class, your poor, and not just the 1 percent—we could really descend into chaos,” he says. “But there is an opportunity, if we can get things right, which can only be done through bringing diverse groups with different interests together, and sort of finding ways to build a coalition among them, not against them—that there is still some hope.”

Listen to Aronson’s interview with Scheer or read a transcript of their conversation below:

Robert Scheer:Hi, this is Robert Scheer with another edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” where the intelligence comes from my guests. In this case, it’s Jonathan Aronson, who has written a book with Peter Cowhey called “Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance.” The interesting idea of this book is–it’s a contradictory idea; on the one hand, clearly, digital communication, the digital age, the age of the internet, has changed everything. On the other hand, we have a set of problems that have been with us forever–problems of accountability, truth-telling, democracy, representation, bias. Our politics seem to be as much of an irrational mishmash as ever. And the public seems to be, well, more divided and more confused than ever. So what is the great wonder of the digital age?

Jonathan Aronson:It’s two things. You’re right; it’s contradictory. On the one hand, what has changed a great deal is the internet changes everything. Now, that’s both true and meaningless, because what it means is that you have to break it down and look piece-by-piece at what’s going on. In the case of this book, what we’re saying is communication, information technology, has forced the change of supply [chains] and business models of every kind of business. From agriculture to mining, from manufacturing to high-tech. All of those are changing, and all of those companies are scrambling to figure out how to continue to make money. This week, Sears declared bankruptcy. Sears, in many ways, was the Amazon of another age. They were the ones who distributed everything; they changed everything. So what has happened is the world has changed; the economies have changed; the companies have changed; but as usual, the rules have lagged behind.

RS:So let me ask you a question about this, because you’re a professor here at the University of Southern California Annenberg School in communications, but you also have a joint appointment in international relations. And when I look at this whole international situation, you know, at first we thought, as you say, the internet changes everything–we thought we’d get smarter, we’d have more information, our lives would be more meaningful. But there was a lurking fear that our work models may be broken, robotics may change everything. It seems to me the unexpected consequence of the internet is that capitalism, in a fundamental way, may be at risk. And an old concern of social well-being, of social welfare, is asserting itself: if people are going to lose their jobs, or the jobs are going to go abroad, or if some, a number of people are going to become billionaires and the others are going to have stagnant wages. You have a great fear that life as we know it no longer exists. And here we’re teaching at a university, where people are going to graduate; they have to go out and work, and they’re probably as set up for the internet world as any group of students; our school is very good at that. But on the other hand, the good-paying jobs may not be there. Their parents already know that; they’ve gone through a housing crisis, a recession. So let me ask you, in terms of your book–and I read it very carefully–I actually found it quite depressing. Not because of your writing or anything, but because of its vision of the world: that the brave new world of the internet might not sustain meaningful, productive, and stable life.

JA:We are in a period of dynamic change. I’m more optimistic about this. On the one hand, I see that the top-end students, people who are coming from here, people who know something about coding, people who are entrepreneurial, are probably going to do just fine. Even in an age of robots, I haven’t seen a student here in forty years who said, “I want to be on a manufacturing line.” We don’t produce students who will be displaced by robots. They may be involved with it. In addition, you have AI, artificial intelligence; you have 3-D printing, sometimes called advanced manufacturing. All of those are changing things, and it’s dynamically shifting very quickly. The other end of the scale, people who don’t have very much education at all–there are still going to be jobs there. The big problem is in the middle: what do we do with people who were making good money in steel factories, at automobile manufacturers, and those jobs are rapidly going away? Even in a place like a coal mine–President Trump is fond of saying “I’m going to bring back the coal mine.” Well, if that happens to be true, the miners are much more likely to be whizzing around–non-humans, robots of some sort that don’t get black lung disease, don’t unionize, and don’t demand pay. You’re never going to get the return of miners, and nobody much wants it.

RS:Well, let me tell you who wants it. When you’re a miner and you belong to the United Mine Workers union, or you’re an auto worker and you belong to the United Auto Workers, we had a mechanism for social justice in this society. We had a way of people getting decent wages, decent health care, decent opportunities, a prospect of sending their kids to the state university or somewhere else, where they would get ahead in life, and so forth. So we had the, for once, a modern economic component of equality, of opportunity, of a growing middle class. However, the internet has destroyed a model of sharing wealth. You see it with Amazon that doesn’t have unionized workers. You see it with the end of the journalism industry. We’re a school of communication and journalism; we now have more PR students than we have journalism students. So the business model of the internet begs for a new kind of socialism–or, on the right-wing side, a new kind of fascism.

JA:It’s a real serious problem. The book does not address employment directly, but what it acknowledges and what is embedded in it is that there is an extreme hollowing out in the middle. That the middle class are the ones who have not made the gains. It’s not just for themselves, because the coal miners may not have wanted to raise kids who were coal miners; they wanted to raise kids who could do well, and they’re losing that opportunity. So that’s where they are pushing it. At the same time, we have had the polarization and hollowing out of our elected officials. So it pushes people left, it pushes people right, and at the same time you have an economic dearth in the middle. You have–the people who were in the middle in politics are also gone.

RS:Well, but let’s take this disappearing middle class, or hollowing out of the middle class. Because the middle class was the great hope of democracy, economic democracy and stability. De Tocqueville, as a foreign observer, made a very important point: the saving grace of the American experiment was this ever-expanding middle class–of opportunity, of increasing skills, education, and so forth. If that has been hollowed out, what comes in its place? Maybe what comes in its place–and this is why I bring up Sanders and Trump–is either a regimented society, which rewards people who go along and march in lock-step, which is the neofascist model, and you keep your nose clean and OK, we’ll take care of you. Or a society which empowers people, aside from whether they have wealth or not, where you have meaningful elections without–with real campaign finance. Where you have guaranteed health care, so your job is not the ticket to your actual survival, right? Where you have guaranteed minimum wage, so people can live off their work. And it really seems to me a battle between a vision of fascism and a vision of social democracy.

JA:Or at least of authoritarianism. Doesn’t have to be a completely fascist state.

RS:Well, let me explain, because you’re a professor of international relations, I just want to defend the fascist label. Because the key to fascism really is an alliance between corporations, and a chauvinistic, jingoistic political message. And what I fear, and the reason I use the fascist element, it seems to me that one way you get stability is through this law-and-order, jingoistic, chauvinistic model. The other is by empowering–through unions, or through public education, or social services, or guaranteed health care–you empower, as maybe the Swedish model, the ordinary person to have a decent life, with or without wealth.

JA:Democratic socialism is the term that is sometimes being used. The problem is quite simple, which is those on that side, at this stage, are still losing, and losing consistently. So you take Sweden, for example; a right-wing party came in third, and has increasing power in Sweden in the election that happened last month. What you’re seeing over and over again is that those forces may win small pieces–individual elections–but they’re not winning the big elections. And the people who are afraid of immigrants, on the one hand, losing their own prosperity, are in the ascendant right now. I asked my students today what was the difference between strategy and tactics, and nobody knew. That catches us into the political side of this, because we have a president who doesn’t understand strategy, but who is a master tactician. He has a tactic, which he applies over and over and over again. And it works often enough that it attracts a stable base of supporters. But there’s no perception of where he wants to go with that.

RS:Tell us about the tactic.

JA:The tactic is pretty simple. And pretty well understood. One, President Trump believes that anything that he didn’t do, was wrong. So NAFTA was terrible, but the NAFTA revision, which was really an update, and quite incremental, was wonderful. Anything Obama did was terrible, by definition. Often anything a fellow republican did. So if it wasn’t his idea, it was a terrible thing. That’s part one. Part two, we all know he’s transactional. So that he is dealing in the moment, he is trying to think in terms of a zero-sum game; he plays what game theorists would call “chicken.” So he goes full-throttle ahead and hopes very much that the other side, being more rational than he, turns aside. Fourth, he is shameless. So it has been documented over and over and over again that he simply doesn’t tell the truth. He may not understand the difference between truth and lies, and he doesn’t care. And then fifth, he never apologizes.

RS:OK. So I got that, and I think that’s a pretty accurate description. But let me throw in another element, because this is true of any demagogue, effective demagogue. There has to be something they’re feeding on. There has to be angst, fear, a desperation–

JA:Anger.

RS:–anger, in the society. And we make a mistake if we minimize the significance of that. And I want to just throw in–and this does go to your book. And what we are seeing is a resurgence of a kind of nationalism, a jingoism. And Trump personifies that, but we’re seeing that in other countries. It seems to me we underestimate the Trump strategy and appeal if we don’t recognize that there is a big problem. And the big problem is that globalization doesn’t deliver back to the citizens of the nation-state. It actually begs the question, why do you need a nation-state? OK? When I look out at our students, the first thing I see are these open computers–every one of which, by the way, has been made in communist China. You know, now, if [Laughs] 20 years ago, when I first arrived here, or 25 years ago, if somebody had told me that communist China would represent the most successful capitalist model in this new economy, I would have thought they were crazy. But the fact of the matter is, an authoritarian state–China, still run by a communist party–has developed a model of catering to consumerism, of using this new technology, and so forth. OK. The big question for China or the United States really is, do you distribute the wealth? Really, your book begs the question, in the internet age, what is the significance of the nation-state?

JA:Let me both agree and disagree with you. Agreeing that business models are now global, and not going to be turned around. If you look at why the NAFTA is at some level trying to chase something that’s already happened, if you look at an auto engine right now, we are worrying about whether it’s 70 percent American, what part of it, what do we do with Mexico, what do we do with Canada. And in fact, an auto engine, the average number of times it moves across one border or another in North America is eight. From the time they begin it to the time it is delivered to wherever it is. It is impossible to figure out, is this an American, Canadian, Mexican, or something else in terms of that. So the model is global, and that runs in stark contradiction to the nation-state. In that, you’re absolutely right. The book is trying to do something else. First, we are believers in patience. That the reason we think there’s going to be a need for some global agreements, is that the system will be much less efficient, it will be much less robust and productive, if you don’t get some principles and norms agreed among nations. Do we expect this in the next two years? No, we do not.

RS:Right. And the book is “Digital DNA: Disruption and Challenges for Global Governance.” I am talking to Jonathan Aronson, a professor at the University of Southern California in international relations and in communication. [omission for station break] And I want to pick up on the point you were just making about where cars are produced, and NAFTA. And I think you kind of minimized–dare I say it, I hope I don’t get fired over this–Trump’s achievement with NAFTA 2.0.

JA:Well, let me make a couple of quick notes. OK, first, I want to note for the audience that the book is written with Peter Cowhey, who is a professor at the University of California, San Diego. Two, the data on NAFTA is very mixed. What we know is that the extremes are wrong. It did not help people in any country as much as those who proclaimed that it would had promised. Two, it did not hurt people inordinately. The best data that has come out seems to suggest that what you got was–it’s marginally better overall; it caused some real job growth, but the jobs that were lost tended to be much more union jobs. So the unions were hurt, but not the overall employment, in terms of this.

RS:By the way, NAFTA 2.0, I don’t want to give Trump too much credit, there was a serious cave-in on pharmaceuticals, which undermines Canada’s example of being able to control the prices of pharmaceuticals. This was a surprisingly good improvement over NAFTA, coming as it did from Trump. The bottom line is that no one of significance speaks for ordinary people. That’s why they turn to outliers–a good one like Bernie Sanders, a bad one like Trump. The reality is–and I was at the Democratic [National] Convention, and this TPP for instance, the trade agreement, and NAFTA, were attacked by the union people there, and many of the delegates felt the party had betrayed them on this issue, OK. So the significance–and this is why I’m bringing it up in context to this globalization–is that the average person in this country, including many democrats, feels they’ve been betrayed by this shift in the economy. And I want to spend a little time on this view of the new tech world. Because, yes, there are people in Silicon Valley who make good wages. But the fact is that most of the jobs connected with those computers and everything else in the high-tech world are either done abroad, you know, where profits for Apple and others are basically earned, and from low-wage workers; or they’re created here. I mean, a company like Amazon is a national scandal. Think about it! I mean, here’s a company where people are running around warehouses, and they are low paid, have not had basic rights to organize, unions have been busted. So all of the progress–but the fact is, in all of these trade agreements, no one cared about the tenure for ordinary workers. They got screwed. OK? I know I’m bringing some anger to the thing–

JA:That’s good!

RS:–but I don’t want to lose the issue. And the reason I think we can’t lose it is we can’t understand this election. We can’t understand this dynamic in the world. And yes, you get a rise of the right-wing when you don’t have a rise of the progressive left. But the fact of the matter is, the status quo cannot hold if trade and financial decisions and deregulation are all made for the one percent. That’s the bottom line.

JA:I agree with that. My problem is, I don’t have a good answer of how to get from here to there, to where you’re talking about. And I don’t know anybody who really does. Should the taxes on the one percent be higher? Absolutely. Where should you go with this? How do you manage to do that? I don’t have a good answer. I don’t know very many people who even have the beginning of an answer. So what I try to do, in my modest but not too modest way, along with Professor Cowhey, is plot a path to help improve the overall situation, and hope to hell that people smarter than I am can figure out how to solve, or how to begin to solve, the kinds of problems you’re describing. How do you set the, reset the equilibrium so that you can begin to focus on issues like this? The one that’s gotten a lot more attention is climate; how do you reset this when we have people who deny science running the country? There is a climate problem right now. It should be obvious to pretty much everybody; it isn’t. There is an employment problem. How do you deal with it? It should be obvious that we have the problem, but then where do you go? I’m reasonably certain, in terms of the areas that I deal with; I’m not a labor economist.

RS:I think we can find common ground. And that’s why I wanted to talk to you about your book. I think the book is very powerful, very interesting, in that you grasp the significance of what the title of the book is, “Digital DNA: Disruption and Challenges for Global Governance.” It’s worth reading–let me just be on the record here–it’s worth reading this book to get the scope of the change. I agree that there’s disruption and challenges for global governance. What I’m trying to say is, your book is a launching pad–I’m trying to take you to the next stage. And so I would like to move this discussion to this area of what do we do. And I’m going to give you some answers that I think lie in our history, OK. And this is why I brought up these old-fashioned labels of social democracy–and I’m not the first one; we finally do have people in our political process now who call themselves social democrats and so forth. And that’s a very good rubric for people who say, government has to care about the least among us and about working people and ordinary people, and the wealth has to be shared, to a degree that we have stakeholders and people can live a good life–OK. There’s a program connected with that–meaningful public education that is free, and Bernie Sanders was not being a wild-eyed guy when he said you could go through college, and should. When I went to City College in New York, you know, it was a free university. So we had a model of meaningful, free education: the state universities, the land-grant colleges, here in California the community colleges; we dropped that. We went for elite education, we went for a meritocracy, and you know, what does industry want, and we’ll be a service, we’ll feed industry what it wants. OK. So, ah, raising the minimum wage to something significant goes a long way to giving people a sense of safety–OK, do what you want with the economy, do trade, make all the deals, but make sure that people working here can make a living wage so they can support their family, and they will not be responsible for their children’s education, and they will not be responsible for their health care. That in fact, this is a human right, OK? So we extend human rights, and we extend it in these trade agreements, and here’s my beef with your book. These trade agreements did not include environmental protections in any significant way; they certainly did not include labor protections; but most important, they didn’t contain guarantees of democratic decision-making. The problem with NAFTA, these courts–if you have a legal issue, you go into basically a private court controlled by the corporations, who then bring in their own lawyers, and the judges are their lawyers from their thing. And there was no–they didn’t even let people, in the latest trade agreements, they didn’t even let people in Congress share it with the media. They had to go into secret rooms to read these things. So what you really have lost is the most fundamental human right, which is the democratic right of individuals to know what’s going on and what’s supposedly being done in their name. Unfortunately, if you don’t have that, you end up with this fascistic model of–that it seems to me Donald Trump is pushing to–where you disenfranchise ordinary people, by appealing to jingoism, by scapegoating immigrants and others, by buying them off with trinkets like the Volkswagen. And you give them jobs working in a militarized economy, and that’s the alternative model. That’s the dilemma that this new DNA of technology has presented us with.

JA:Let me answer in three parts. First, what I absolutely agree with is that what we created was a launching platform. But it is a multi-use launching platform. By describing the way the world economy exists today, it gives and opportunity for people to–and nations, and corporations, and civil society–to negotiate on a number of issues, from climate to environment to trade agreements. Second, something that hasn’t been mentioned here, but it’s gotten really messy and more complicated. To throw in three specific issues that have complicated matters, but make this really hard: one, we have the cloud; your data may be floating around anywhere. It’s not national anymore; you have no idea where it is. Two, and better known, we have all of the cybersecurity issues that have been raised. Trade people never dealt with those; they haven’t a clue how to deal with those, though they are trying hard to deal with it. And third, privacy issues are increasingly on the front page, are extremely important, from Facebook to Amazon. But in terms of what should be private–what do you think of “the right to be forgotten,” a European phrase? So those three things aren’t there. And finally, we haven’t talked about the way we suggest organizing the movement forward. And we are very strongly in favor of what are called multi-stakeholder organizations. We do not think that in this complicated, messy world, it is any longer possible for you to have states, to state, a big international institution, maybe a bank or two, do the negotiations. If civil society, if unions, if interested groups are not at the table, you’re not going to create the kinds of agreements that are going to hold going forward. So that in your sense of seeking a more democratic and transparent perspective, we’re all in.

RS:We’re in a total agreement on this. I think the–what we’re seeing with Trump is the center is not holding. The agreements don’t hold, whether it’s Iran or whether it’s NAFTA, or whatever. You can make agreements; if the public feels disenfranchised and left out and not attended to, these things are not going to hold. You’re going to have disruption, you’re going to have chaos; Donald Trump is a chaotic president. So we’re in agreement on that. Now, I want to end by taking the three points that you raised: the cloud–that it’s not national, it’s multinational–cybersecurity, and privacy. They’re all three interrelated, and the significance of the cloud not being national is, they’re basically talking about the collection of data worldwide, the commingling of data, the mining of data. And the reality is that you can think you’re giving your data over to a democratic society in England or the United States, but that data is circulating in Egypt, it’s circulating in Brazil, anywhere else–China, Russia, and so forth. And one of the ironies here is that Jeff Bezos, who now owns, personally owns the Washington Post–their main money that Amazon has made is not by selling you books or selling you articles of clothing–

JA:TWS, the cloud.

RS:Yes. The cloud. Amazon is, this money is coming–and they are a defense contractor. They are building the cloud for our intelligence agencies, right? They’re getting all the data that NSA has, CIA; they get to mine it, they get to work with it. So they are defense contractors. The contradiction for the people doing the cloud are the same as that go into cybersecurity, and the same that go into privacy. And this is the fundamental point I wanted to bring up with you: is nationalism dead? Because–and this is where Google and Apple and Facebook are all in trouble–you can cater to the CIA or the NSA or your own government’s congress, or what have you. But how are you going to enter the Chinese market, the Indian market? How are you going to be in Europe, the European Union and so forth? And it goes to the privacy question; you’re absolutely right, the European Union has pushed back on this invasion of privacy. But the dirty secret of the internet is that without invading privacy, you don’t have a profit model. For most of these companies. Their money-making model is by destroying your privacy. It is also opening up to cybersecurity questions, and it also has to do with the cloud; these three are joined. And they’re basically, the dirty secret of the new internet world is your private data, your most sacred, who you are, the definition of who you are, the thing that can be used to imprison you, to con you, to betray you–that is the stuff that is the source of profit, exploiting that. So I’m going to give you the last word on this: is this the brave new world that you’ve described in your book?

JA:I think very much that we are at an inflection point. If we don’t get our act together and improve things for everybody–including your workers, your middle class, your poor, and not just the one percent–we could really descend into chaos. But there is an opportunity, if we can get things right, which can only be done through bringing diverse groups with different interests together, and sort of finding ways to build a coalition among them, not against them–that there is still some hope. So I have spent a career trying to be an optimist. Sometimes it’s hard, but I prefer that way than to, trying to duck things that are falling from the sky.

RS:The book is “Digital DNA: Disruption and Challenges for Global Governance,” Oxford University Press. Came out last year. And I’ve been talking to Jonathan Aronson, who is a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, as well as a professor in this school of international studies, here at USC. And we are grateful that they made this studio available. Our engineers at KCRW are Kat Yore and Mario Diaz. Our producers are Joshua Scheer and Isabel Carreon. And we’ll see you next week with another edition of Scheer Intelligence.

 


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Cool and showery eastern Mediterranean, unsettled northern Europe Wednesday Fair for most of Portugal and Spain on Wednesday. Plenty of sunshine but some morning mist and fog patches too. Fine for the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia with lots of sunshine and dry weather too. Remaining dry in Italy although foggy at first, especially in the north. Cool in Greece with sunny spells, some wintry showers in Turkey. Rain and wind in central and northern France, fair to the south with sunny spells. More rain and cloud in the Low Countries and much of Germany, but mild. Poland should be dry with sunny spells. Dry in Austria and Hungary as well as Switzerland. Increasing cloud bringing wind and rain in the afternoon to Denmark. Rain in southern Sweden but dry for most of the country. The Baltic States will be fair, although soe snow later. Breezy with snow in Finland. air in southern Norway but snow in central and northern areas.

Thursday Another fine day in Iberia with plenty of sunshine and dry weather, although there could be some fog early in the morning in sheltered areas. Staying fair in the balearics, Corsica and Sardinia as well as Italy. Fair for Greece with lots of sunshine. Chilly and breezy in Greece with some showers in the eastern mediterranean and eastern Turkey. Cloud and patchy rain in the far north of France. Cloud and rain in the Low Countries and northern germany as well as much of Poland. Windy in these areas too. The south of France will be brighter with sunny spells. Some broken cloud in Switzerland with showers. Mainly dry in Austria with cloud and patchy rain in Hungary. Cloud and outbreaks of rain in Denmark. Breezy with cloud and some patchy rain in the baltic States. Breezy and rather cloud in Finland although windy with snow in the north. Cloud and rain affecting southern Norway, with some snow showers to the north.


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Press Statement
Heather Nauert
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 4, 2018


As consultations are set to commence between the Republic of Yemen Government and the Houthis in Sweden, the United States calls on parties to engage fully and genuinely, and cease any ongoing hostilities. The people of Yemen have suffered far too long. The parties owe it to their fellow Yemenis to seize this opportunity. We strongly support UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who has undertaken tremendous effort to bring these consultations to fruition, and thank the Government of Sweden for hosting. We have no illusions that this process will be easy, but we welcome this necessary and vital first step. Now is the time for Yemenis to replace conflict with reconciliation and work together to realize a brighter future for Yemen. Peace, prosperity, and security can be on the horizon and those participating in the consultations have the chance to be part of a new chapter in Yemen’s history.


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If you're a fan of thrillers, you know that they're defined by two extremes. At one end are the plot-driven worlds that work like clockwork machines (for instance, Murder on the Orient Express ); at the other are the stories that sprawl outward to offer a portrait of the larger society (like James Ellroy's Los Angeles or Stieg Larsson's Sweden). As it turns out, I've recently come across an enjoyable example of each extreme. This Is What Happened is the latest book by British writer Mick Herron, whose ongoing Slough House series — about a branch of British intelligence stocked with disgraced and incompetent agents — is the sharpest spy fiction since John Le Carré. Herron's new novel stands apart from that series, but like all his work, it sucks you in from the opening page. There we meet Maggie Barnes, a 26-year-old country lass who's moved to London only to find herself stuck in a drab office job and enduring a crushing loneliness. Maggie is burning for something to give her life some
          Razer Blade Stealth updated with a refreshed design, 4K screen, and Windows Hell ...      Cache   Translate Page      

Razer is updating one of its most recognizable laptops, the 13.3-inch Blade Stealth, with a new chassis and specs. The updated Blade Stealth can be configured as a full HD, battery-conscious laptop or a 4K touchscreen machine with discrete graphics. Ultimately, this is going to be Razer’s most portable and affordable laptop, putting it in direct competition with machines from Apple and Dell.

The big deal with the Stealth’s fall refresh is its changing footprint. At first glance, I thought the new Blade Stealth was smaller than the previous generation, until I placed them side by side. In reality, the 2.82-pound laptop is actually four-tenths of an inch thicker, with thinner 4.9mm bezels flanking the screen (which are 60 percent thinner than the last gen’s) that make it appear to have a smaller footprint. It also has a smaller power brick for charging over USB-C.

Razer revamped the Stealth’s speaker setup, with four Dolby Atmos tuned speakers (two more than before) on both sides of the keyboard. There’s also a larger windows Precision Touchpad than before, complete with native gesture support.

You might be getting slightly more for your money this year, too: the new Blade Stealth starts with a quad-core processor, but with the same $1,399 starting price. Previously, you’d only get two cores, and $1,499 would get you a quad-core chip.

The new Blade Stealth has an Intel Core i7-8565U quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz (Turbo Boost to 4.6GHz), Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics, 8GB RAM, a 1080p matte screen (with 100 percent sRGB coverage), and a slower 256GB SATA SSD.

If that’s not enough power, you can upgrade the Blade Stealth laptop to a 4K glossy touchscreen, a new 25-watt version of Nvidia’s MX150 discrete graphics chip that Razer claims is fast enough to play League or Fortnite (on lower settings) at 1080p or 4K, 16GB RAM, and a faster 512GB PCIe solid state drive. These upgrades push the Stealth’s price tag up to the $1,899 mark.

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On its own, the Stealth isn’t a gaming laptop (even with the MX150 chip), but both models still have eGPU support. That’ll allow you to use an enclosure like Razer’s own Core dock to attach a desktop-class GPU over a Thunderbolt 3 connection, with four PCIe lanes capable of 40GBps data transfers.

Razer hasn’t retained the individual Chroma key backlighting we’ve seen in the advanced Blade 15 and the last-gen Stealth. Instead, Razer swapped it for the single-zone layout in the base Blade 15 in order to conserve battery life, which company reps claim is “up to 13 hours” on the base 1080p Stealth, or three hours more than previously claimed with the last-gen Stealth. We’ll see how that pans out when we review the new Stealth in the coming weeks.


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The new Blade Stealth in matte FHD (left) and glossy 4K (right) screen configurations.

Another new hardware addition is the IR camera mounted at the top of the display that allows you to log in to the Blade Stealth using Windows Hello facial recognition. It’s been a heavily requested feature of mine on previous Blade laptops, so it’s great to see facial recognition finally making an appearance in their lineup.

The new Razer Blade Stealth launches today, starting at $1,399 fromRazer.com and select retailers in the US and Canada. It’s also coming soon to retailers in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan.


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          A new birth-control gel that men rub on their shoulders once a day is being tested in the US      Cache   Translate Page      

male birth control trial begins

  • A man in Washington state just became the first US patient to start a trial of a male birth-control gel.
  • The gel is a once-a-day treatment that men rub into their shoulders, and it reduces sperm count.
  • Roughly 420 other couples in seven countries are also set to try the gel in the coming months.

Shower, shave, and apply your male birth-control rub. 

Daily personal-care routines are changing for at least two US couples this week, as a worldwide trial of male birth control gel kicks off on the West Coast. 

The couples are the first two of about 420 around the world who will eventually participate in a groundbreaking study of a form of male birth control that gets rubbed into a man's shoulders once a day.

The gel works by inhibiting a man's natural testosterone production. Using a combination of progestin (Nestorone) and testosterone, the treatment interrupts the normal hormone production processes in the testicles, thereby preventing men from producing viable, mature sperm.

"That's why it works, because sperms require all that testosterone inside the testicle," Dr. Stephanie Page, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington who's leading the trial, previously told Business Insider.

The gel, which takes about eight to 12 weeks to become fully effective, is administered in a single pump on each shoulder. Study leaders suggest that men apply it after they shower, then wait to swim or bathe again for at least four hours (even though the goo dries in about five minutes).

After they rub the birth control on, men are instructed to wash their hands. They're also advised to wear a shirt if they're going to be getting cozy with women or children, since the gel contains male sex hormones. 

"If they are preparing for intercourse or close contact ... they need to be wearing clothes. Or they need to shower," Dr. Christina Wang, the project's principal investigator said.

The quest to develop a reversible form of male birth control that's not condoms

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The first couple participating in the year-long trial began on Tuesday in Washington state. A second couple is set to receive their first gel pump on Friday at LA BioMed, the research center where Wang works. A third man in the US has been pre-screened at the University of Kansas and is set to start his trial soon as well.

Couples are also being recruited at sites in Chile, England, Scotland, Kenya, Sweden and Italy. The study is set to run until at least fall 2021, with each couple using the gel birth control for a full year. 

There are many reasons — biological, political, and financial — why commercial male birth control hasn't gotten off the ground yet. For one, pharmaceutical companies have focused on developing birth control for women because it's easier, biologically speaking, to block one or two eggs per month than it is to stop millions of sperm from coming out of men's bodies.

But some women can't take birth control pills, and some men want their own reliable way to prevent pregnancies (condoms are only about 85% effective) that doesn't require an irreversible and expensive vasectomy. 

"The goal of the whole field of male contraceptive development is to try and create choices for men and for families," Page, who's been working on male birth-control solutions for roughly a decade, previously told Business Insider. "A lot of women can't use contraceptives, and men want to share the burden of contraception."

Read More: A new form of male birth control is being tested around the world — and men only have to rub it on their shoulders once a day

That’s true of at least one couple starting the trial this week. Wang said they came to her California clinic because female birth control wasn't a good option for them. Page also said she personally answered messages from at least 20 interested couples in the Seattle area after news broke last week that the trial was kicking off with funding from the National Institutes of Health

The male gel keeps other tissues in the body functioning at normal testosterone loads, so it won't chemically castrate the men, which has been a concern in the past with some male birth control pill trials. 

The researchers have already completed a six-month trial of the gel, and found that more than nine out of 10 men saw their sperm levels suppressed "to levels compatible with effective contraception," Page said.

But so far, the new gel has yet to pique the interest of a pharmaceutical company that wants to take male birth control to market.

Male birth control might come with fewer side effects than the female version

Some women are already lamenting on social media about how simple and side-effect-free the new men's gel sounds. 

"I’ve had no shortage of painfully inserted IUDs dislodge and stab my uterus," Dr. Kehaulani Watson wrote on Twitter, "but yes, let’s invent a birth control GEL for men. #maleprivilege" 

gel pumps

Researchers say they hope the gel will have fewer side effects than female birth-control pills, which have been on the market for nearly 60 years yet can still heighten a woman's risk of developing breast and cervical cancer, increase her risk of depression, and cause her blood pressure to rise.

"We hope to be better," Wang said. "Or, at least, not worse!" 

Previous tests of male birth control have come back with mixed reviews. The World Health Organization recently ended a trial of a male birth control injection early, after participants complained about acne and mood swings (both of which are common side effects for women who take the pill). 

When researchers conducted the first large-scale trial of female birth control in Puerto Rico in 1956, they didn’t seem to have such concerns about potential side effects (which at the time included nausea, dizziness, headaches, and blood clots). Part of the reason that birth control went to market just four years later is the fact that for women, "pregnancy is still a life-threatening condition," Page said.

Couples have to clear a high bar to participate in the gel study

Because the gel study lasts for over a year, participating couples are required to have been in a stable, committed, monogamous partnership for at least a year before they start the trial. Men can range in age from 18 to 50, as long as they have no skin conditions, while the women must all be under 35 with regular, monthly periods.

The study asks male participants to keep a daily log of when they rub their gel on and come into the clinic for a monthly check up. Men can also choose to get a daily reminder text message, if they want it. That could be critical to the study's success, given that one of the most common reasons female birth control fails is because it's hard to remember to take a pill once a day

Christina Wang

"Clearly, if you don't apply the gel, like you don't take an oral contraceptive pill, you will fail. " Wang said. 

The couples also have to keep track of when the woman has her period and mark on a calendar every time they have sex. Additionally, all participating men and women will complete surveys every few months to track whether their views on contraception shift, Wang said. 

Despite the study's stringent preconditions, the hassle of putting on a shirt or showering before sex, and the awkward coital tracking, couples in the study get a few perks. The birth-control gel is given to them for free, and they're paid for their participation.

If this worldwide trial winds up being a success, the study results would then need to be replicated among several thousand people before the Food and Drug Administration would allow male birth control to be sold on pharmacy shelves.

SEE ALSO: A male birth control pill that dramatically lowers testosterone levels is moving forward into a 3-month trial

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  Telia said it expects to launch full commercial 5G services in the Nordic country in 2020 Nordic carrier Telia and Ericsson have launched what they claim is Sweden’s first 5G network at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The cooperation between Telia, Ericsson and KTH aims to “build an innovation arena where the [...]

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          Sorry, Gaga: Glenn Close Deserves The Oscar for ‘The Wife’      Cache   Translate Page      

I was on a flight to San Francisco earlier this week where one of the movies available to watch was The Wife, starring screen legend Glenn Close.

I’ve been closely watching the expert predictions for the upcoming Oscars and have noticed a similar pattern that puts Glenn and Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) as the front runners for Best Actress.

It’s an award that Glenn is quite familiar with but never taken home over her illustrious career. It remains to be seen if she will actually get nominated, but her emotional portrayal of a wife at her breaking point not only deserves a nod but an actual win all these years later.

The Wife focuses on the marriage between Joan Castleman (Close) and her husband Joe, brilliantly played Jonathan Pryce. The opening scenes of the film find them in bed with one another at their home in Connecticut back in 1992.

It is here that he receives a joyous call in the middle of the night about his Nobel Peace Prize win for Literature. He is lauded throughout for his writing, but little does anyone know that the work he is praised for really isn’t his.

Joan remains present yet very much in the background compared to her husband throughout the movie as they make their way to Sweden for the Nobel ceremony.

Along the way there are vital characters that come into play who shift their seemingly normal marriage. Their son is one of them, who has a lot of disdain towards his father due to him not reading his short story that he wrote.

There’s also a journalist, played by Christian Slater, who heads to Sweden as well for his award and happens to be on the same flight. He is wanting to pen his biography, much to his dismissal. His role of exposing who he really is plays a big factor in Joan’s meltdown later in the film.

Then there’s the young and attractive female photographer who was hired to take photos during the days leading up to his award. Her role is pivotal as it shows him for being the cheater that he is, something that was displayed in some flashback scenes as Joan and him initially got together when he was married to someone else.

Essentially Joan giving up on her dreams of being a writer to further her husbands career is only exacerbated when (spoiler alert) its discovered that she was the one to do all his writing.

You take that aspect, plus the ongoing issues with their son, the nosy journalist and the photographer with no shame, and it leads to her losing it in a way that showcases what a brilliant actress Glenn is.

I know a lot of us want Gaga to win as she really did an outstanding job as the ingenue singer in A Star is Born, but she might be too green in the acting field to win something as big as this.

I’m fine if she does, but it’s criminal that someone as talented and amazing as Glenn has been passed over for this award so many times. It’s my hope that she finally gets this coveted honor come Oscar time next year.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.


          EXCLUSIVE: Peaches Christ Gives a Look Into Her Transgressive Drag Parody Productions      Cache   Translate Page      

If you’re a lover of the art of drag and you have a sweet spot for cult classic movies, you MUST know Peaches Christ. A drag artist and film maker who is known for her campy iterations of over a hundred movies, Peaches is no stranger to the punk rock scene of the 90s. The man behind the makeup, Joshua Grannell, found inspiration in revolutionary artists like Divine and John Waters and used his passion as a launch pad for creating his own revolution of storytelling and entertainment.

With this creative zest for drag, Peaches began to make a name for herself hosting events during her Midnight Mass in San Francisco. Over the last 20 years, Peaches Christ has produced and starred in parodies of movies like Steel Magnolias (Steel Dragnolias), Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Showgirls, The Silence of the Lambs (The Silence of the Trans), Sister Act (Mister Act), The Craft, Hocus Pocus (Hocum Pokem), Mommy Dearest (Mommie Queerest), Clueless, and so many more that I can’t even list!

Peaches Christ is a drag performer who has collaborated with seasoned and rising queens as well as screen actors who have left their mark on cult classic films.

The latest cult classic Peaches has added into her arsenal of spectaculars is the 80s film Troop Beverly Hills, which has toured several cities with as the parody Troop Beverly Heels. The original film stars Shelley Long as soon-to-be-divorced socialite from Beverly Hills who becomes troop mother for her daughter’s Wilderness Girl troop and gets more than she bargained for. The movie is a perfect title to add to Peaches repertoire as it is an over-the-top depiction of Long’s character—who serves look after look in the film.

Troop Beverly Heels stars RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 winner the skinny legend herself--Trixie Mattel. Peaches Christ is also joined by a cast of hilarious and talented artists Visage LaRue, Thomas Dekker, Sam Pancake, Helena Levin, Meatball, Jelly Jellyfish, Nili Segal, Beverly Chills, Aram, Louis Chavez, Frankye Palomares, Victor Reyes, and Leticia Alcuran.

I had a great conversation with the iconic Peaches Christ who shared much about her inspiration, creativity, and the upcoming Troop Beverly Heels, which I can’t wait to see:

How did you get started doing drag?

I was in college in the mid-90s at Penn State University and I was a film major and I was really inspired by Divine and John Waters. I grew up in Maryland so when I discovered them I just couldn’t believe anything like that existed. I discovered Divine and John Waters, I discovered the Rocky Horror Picture Show, so when I was making my own movie I wrote a part for a drag character in the script. When the actor who was playing the part disappeared we were sort of screwed so I ended up putting on the drag and directing the movie while also being in the movie as Peaches. So my start was in my move Jizzmopper.

Would you say that your look is inspired by Divine?

Absolutely! I read everything written about John Waters and Divine. I was always inspired by the fact that she was inspired by clowns and really over-the-top exaggerated makeup. So certainly Divine was a huge inspiration as well as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who do clowny exaggerated makeup.

Have you had the pleasure of meeting John Waters?

We’re actually really good friends! It’s very surreal where you have a career where you are a filmmaker I have been able to invite my idols to come and do shows with me. After meeting people like Mink Stole and doing shows with John Waters and Elvira and actually becoming friends with them, John has been a great friend and mentor to me—which is still very surreal.

How do you think drag has evolved since when you began—or even when Divine was around?

People like Divine are the people that really redefined drag. In the original punk rock, transgressive way, they really put it out into a wider audience. When I got my start in the mid-90s, and performed at places like Trannyshack in San Francisco, it was very much inspired by that punk rock, grungy, kind of offensive renegade style of drag. Political performance and entertainment, for sure, but also art. I would say that over the years drag has taken some of the edge out of it—which of course makes me an old bitter queen! But I miss the edgier more transgressive moments of drag. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy this explosion of popularity because I think it’s really opened doors and broken down walls so drag performers and artists can play to big audiences. They can be on television, they can be in movies, they can do anything. So now it’s up to drag queens to find a new way to be transgressive and I think that’s a good thing.

Would you say your career has changed positively because drag is now more mainstream?

Absolutely! I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t more lucrative for me because I work with girls who have gigantic marquee value after being on shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and Dragula. And my friends and I who are considered [Laughs] legends—which I guess means we’ve worked more than 10 years in the business—there’s a reward for staying true and putting one foot in front of the other. Careers like myself, and Coco Peru, and Jackie Beat, Varla Jean Merman, Heklina—and lots of my peers—have only been enriched by this popularity. It hasn’t hurt us. I think everyone wins. When one of us wins, we all win. And we just want everyone to just do the best job they can. That’s the really positive thing about all of this.

What inspired your parody performances?

Back when I started my show called Midnight Mass in 1998 it was about screening cult movies, but we would always do a performance tribute to them which was a contest or a special guest from the movie or even sketch comedy. Over the years one scene turned into three scenes and before we knew it we were doing 30-minute shows, and then we were doing musicals, then I was writing bigger and longer scripts. So really it evolved very naturally to where I was doing full stage shows that are essentially drag shows that include stage comedy, traditional play elements, but also break out into giant ridiculous lipsyncs. We do a mash up of the drag character and the regular character and we’ve created our own queer universe around our love of this film.

Of all the parodies you’ve done so far—has there been a highlight?

One of the ones I really love doing—because it’s so bizarre and twisted—is this parody I do with Jinkx Monsoon of Grey Gardens where the whole conceit is that Jinkx and I have performed the same Grey Gardens parody for 40 years. The theater is empty, the audience is invisible, the theater is decayed and crumbling, infested with cats and raccoons, and I love that show because we really are playing ourselves. But I love them all! They’re all my babies. Some of them I’ve done only once and some I’ve performed for years and years and years. I really quite like Mister Act, which we do with Latrice Royale. I do have an affinity for anytime I get to work with Bianca del Rio, where we do a Baby Jane parody. I really love working with these talented people. It’s just super fun performing with your friends.

How do you choose the movies that you parody?

In the early days I just basically did all of my favorite movies because I was such a movie lover. It was years before I had to ask for help or suggestions and now I really listen to people who make suggestions that I hear repeatedly. What I’m finding as I get older and my audience gets younger is that I can’t rely on my own sensibility of what is a ‘cult’ movie to someone who is in their 20s because they grew up in a different time. Something like Hocus Pocus, I was in my early 20s when that came out so I didn’t grow up watching it. I think I watched it once and I thought it was kind of bad, but as I re-watched it and starting seeing it from the eyes of a young queer kid watching it every Halloween I realized “Oh! This is their Elvira! This is drag! These kids grew up watching these women do drag!” As an adult I can celebrate it the way fans want it to be celebrated.

What can audiences expect from Troop Beverly Heels?

The funny thing about Troop Beverly Heels is that Troop Beverly Hills is such a drag movie already that it was sort of a challenge to figure out where to twist and turn because it’s already so right for a drag parody. I think what you can expect is all the bits that you love in the movie we will celebrate for you. Of course Trixie is going to wear some of the amazing, iconic, campy, wild costumes that Shelley Long wore. And there are also some surprises—some twists and turns and connections that are maybe a little more adult or queer that would have existed in the movie.

What are some parodies that are on the horizon?

I think in 2019 we’re finally, after many people asking, going to do Mean Gays. I think I would also like to do The Devil Wears Drag—and I’ve been talking to Bianca about that as the Meryl Streep character—it’s too delicious. A lot of the success in these things is in the casting.


Troop Beverly Heels will make its final stop on its trek on Saturday, December 8th at the historic Montalban Theater in Hollywood for a show at 4pm and 8pm. If you are anywhere near L.A. you gotta get there! Purchase tickets HERE before they sell out!

 


          Consequences of increases in wild boar-vehicle accidents 2003-2016 in Sweden on personal injuries and costs - Jägerbrand AK, Gren IM.       Cache   Translate Page      
This study examined whether the rising trends of wild boar (Sus scrofa)-vehicle accidents in Sweden are accompanied by a higher amount of personal injuries and costs. Temporal trends in accident frequencies and the number of persons injured in wild boar-ve...
          Candle - The Keeper's Curse (2018)      Cache   Translate Page      
Artist: Саndlе
Title Of Album: Тhе Кеереr's Сursе
Release Date: 2018
Location: Sweden
Label: Fighter Records [FIGHT 016 CD]
Genre: Heavy Metal
Quality: FLAC | lossless (*image + .cue,log, covers)
Length: 43:37 min
Tracks: 9
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Artist: Crippled Black Phoenix
Title Of Album: (Mankind) The Crafty Ape
Release Date: 2012
Location: UK / Sweden
Label: Cool Green Recordings (CGR 7360 2)
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock, Post-Rock
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Length: 86:06 min
Tracks: 13 (2CD)
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          Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioengineering of polymeric adhesives for hard tissue fixations      Cache   Translate Page      

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden's technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes Architecture, Industrial Management and Urban Planning. There are a total of 12,400 full year students at first and second levels, almost 1,900 active (at least 50 per cen…


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http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index.php?/topic/592126-st-lansen-c-straight-outta-sweden/ Pictures from CT is on most official sites. So it's not like there is none of it.
           Ichthyosaurus that lived 180 million years ago were like dolphins       Cache   Translate Page      
A remarkable analysis of its fossilised soft tissue - conducted by Lund University in Sweden - has shown for the first time that ichthyosaurs had blubber to insulate them against the cold water.
          MIPS Helmet Technology      Cache   Translate Page      

Extra brain protection from Sweden

MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and is now used in 60 motorcycle and bicycle helmet brands.

          'We Have Not Come Here to Beg World Leaders to Care,' 15-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Tells COP24. 'We Have Come to Let Them Know Change Is Coming'      Cache   Translate Page      
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"Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago," said Thunberg, who has garnered international notoriety for weekly climate strikes outside her school in Sweden, during a speech on Monday.
UN Secretary General António Guterres seated next to 15-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who explained that while the world consumes an estimated 100 million barrels of oil each day, "there are no politics to change that. There are no politics to keep that oil in the ground. So we can longer save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed." (Photo: UNFCC COP24 / Screenshot)

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          Europe Forecast: Showery eastern Mediterranean - Unsettled northern Europe, Dec 05 - 10:13      Cache   Translate Page      

Cool and showery eastern Mediterranean, unsettled northern Europe Wednesday Fair for most of Portugal and Spain on Wednesday. Plenty of sunshine but some morning mist and fog patches too. Fine for the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia with lots of sunshine and dry weather too. Remaining dry in Italy although foggy at first, especially in the north. Cool in Greece with sunny spells, some wintry showers in Turkey. Rain and wind in central and northern France, fair to the south with sunny spells. More rain and cloud in the Low Countries and much of Germany, but mild. Poland should be dry with sunny spells. Dry in Austria and Hungary as well as Switzerland. Increasing cloud bringing wind and rain in the afternoon to Denmark. Rain in southern Sweden but dry for most of the country. The Baltic States will be fair, although soe snow later. Breezy with snow in Finland. air in southern Norway but snow in central and northern areas.

Thursday Another fine day in Iberia with plenty of sunshine and dry weather, although there could be some fog early in the morning in sheltered areas. Staying fair in the balearics, Corsica and Sardinia as well as Italy. Fair for Greece with lots of sunshine. Chilly and breezy in Greece with some showers in the eastern mediterranean and eastern Turkey. Cloud and patchy rain in the far north of France. Cloud and rain in the Low Countries and northern germany as well as much of Poland. Windy in these areas too. The south of France will be brighter with sunny spells. Some broken cloud in Switzerland with showers. Mainly dry in Austria with cloud and patchy rain in Hungary. Cloud and outbreaks of rain in Denmark. Breezy with cloud and some patchy rain in the baltic States. Breezy and rather cloud in Finland although windy with snow in the north. Cloud and rain affecting southern Norway, with some snow showers to the north.


          SCM Coordinator for Samsung Denmark, Workshop International Sweden AB      Cache   Translate Page      
Workshop International Sweden ABSCM Coordinator for Samsung Denmark

Workshop International Sweden AB, Ballerup

Do you want to join a fast-growing company in the electronic industry?

As a Supply Chain Management Coordinator, you will lead the coordination activities needed in planning the product supply from Samsung factories to the Danish market.

You will work with demand forecasting, securing product allocation and timely purchasing, and be in charge of information sharing between the local office and the Nordic headquarters in Sweden in order to give the best support to Sales for maximized operational efficiency.

As a SCM Coordinator you will:

  • Input and update demand forecasts
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  • Keep track of new model introduction schedule and channel model selection

          Police prepare for nationalist and far right marches on Independence Day, won’t ban Nazi salutes      Cache   Translate Page      

Helsinki will play host to marches by nationalists, Nazis and antifascist groups on Thursday as the city gears up for Finland’s 101st independence day. In recent years far-right marches have grown in size each Independence Day, with counter-protesters also making their presence felt.

The National Police Board said on Tuesday that it had laid out guidelines for handling the marches, with an emphasis on the judgement of officers on the ground trumping hard and fast rules for behaviour and crowd control.

Police will not, for instance, necessarily stop people making Nazi salutes during their demonstrations. Konsta Arvelin of the board noted that Nazi salutes were not permitted in Sweden, for example.

“And everyone can consider for themselves whether that kind of thing is appropriate in this society,” said Arvelin, who added that the Nordic Resistance Movement was already at the boundaries of legally acceptable behaviour as shown by court proceedings to outlaw the organisation.

Along with the PVL march (known as ‘for freedom’ or ‘kohti vapautta’) there will be a ‘612’ march of nationalists, along with the traditional torchlit procession of students through the city centre and a ‘Helsinki without Nazis parade.

The marches will have staggered start times, but it is possible there will be some clashes between different groups.

The guidelines prepared for police emphasise that the police aim to stay neutral.

“Police ensure everyone’s safety and security and also everyone’s right to free assembly and freedom of speech,” read the text. “That also means PVL members and their supporters.”

The guidelines state that in the first, most peaceful situation, police will ensure everyone’s right to freedom of speech. In the second and third levels of readiness, police can consider measures to restore order--but there are no hard and fast rules as to what they must do, with officers on the ground granted broad discretion as to their tactics.


          Finnish National Prize honours creators of rock 'n' roll, film and fashion      Cache   Translate Page      

The Finnish National Prize, an annual cultural award from the Ministry of Education and Culture, went to Henry "Remu" Aaltonen, the drummer and vocalist of the 1970s band Hurriganes; the fashion designer behind Ivana Helsinki, Paola Suhonen; and Academy Award nominated director Selma Vilhunen.

This year each of the prizes, which were handed out by culture minister Sampo Terho on Monday, include an award of 25,000 euros.

Other recipients of this year's prize include the Oulu-based design firm alt Architects, the non-profit hobby group Finnish Game Jam, poet Jyrki Kiiskinen and Helsinki's Koko Jazz Club.

Aaltonen, Suhonen and Vilhunen

The 70-year-old bald-headed rock star Aaltonen helped to found the rock band Hurriganes in 1971 in Helsinki. The group went on to enjoy more than a decade of success and popularity in Finland, Sweden and Estonia, releasing their music on the Love Records label. The band's name was intentionally misspelled and their music has been described as nostalgic roots-based rock 'n' roll which has become icons of the rock scene of the 70s and 80s. During its heyday, the band recorded several covers of popular 50s hits, but the group also wrote their own songs, including one of their most well-known, Get On. The track was recorded - and improvised - at the producer's request for an extra song at the last minute when the band was finishing up their second album in 1974.

Fashion designer Suhonen founded the clothing, art and film company Ivana Helsinki in 1998. By 2007 the company was the first Nordic firm ever to take part in the prestigious Paris fashion week. Suhonen has continued to design products and concepts around the world. The designer also ran into some controversy earlier this year when the charity group Plan International Finland ran a high-profile ad campaign featuring a pregnant 12 year-old Zambian girl posing in a line of maternity clothing design by Suhonen.

Director and screenwriter Vilhunen has made fiction and documentary films during a career that started nearly two decades ago. Her short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? was nominated for an Academy Award for best live action short film in 2013. Vilhunen has received awards for her other work as well, like 2008's documentary Pony Girls and the TV film Pietà in 2007 and was co-writer of the 2005 feature film Homesick. Her 2016 film Little Wing was one of Finland's most prominent films in the past few years.

This year's prizes were handed out on Monday in Helsinki and the recipients will be acknowledged at the Independence Day gala at the Presidential Palace on Thursday, 6 December.

The Finnish National Prize has been handed out annually since 1993.


          Expectations Low As Yemen’s Warring Parties Meet For Talks      Cache   Translate Page      
(AP) – Yemen’s warring parties will meet in Sweden this week for another attempt at talks aimed at halting their catastrophic 3-year-old war, but there are few incentives for major compromises, and the best outcome might be to firm up a shaky de-escalation. U.N. officials say they don’t expect rapid progress toward a political settlement, […]
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Bergman’s dreamlike family chronicle is set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where the members of an upper-middle-class theatrical clan are sheltered by their own theatrics from the deepening chaos of the outside world. Bergman has the grace in this most graceful film not to view their histrionics and eccentricities as neuroses. One tumultuous year in the life of the Ekdahl family is viewed through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, whose imagination fuels the magical goings-on leading up to and following the death of his father. His mother’s remarriage to a stern prelate banishes Alexander and his sister Fanny from all known joys, and thrusts them and the movie into a kind of gothic horror. The bishop is a typical Bergman figure whose severity has gone awry—he has become sinister—and the film’s round rejection of him in favor of “kindness, affection, and goodness” may be Bergman’s fondest farewell to cinema, in what was announced at the time as his last film.

This is a rare theatrical presentation of Bergman’s magnum opus in its television version, which runs more than five hours; the shorter version originally released in theaters screens on December 21.
          A Holiday Message from the UK Foreign Office      Cache   Translate Page      
posted by Christopher W. Holton The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a dozen identically worded advisories for European nations. The nations for which the advisory was issued are Poland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, and France. The advisory text reads: “May be increased security in place over […]
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          Ichthyosaurus that lived 180 million years ago were like dolphins      Cache   Translate Page      
A remarkable analysis of its fossilised soft tissue - conducted by Lund University in Sweden - has shown for the first time that ichthyosaurs had blubber to insulate them against the cold water.
          Alcohol-related deaths among UK women at record high      Cache   Translate Page      
Overall alcohol-related deaths are at a 10-year peak Related items fromOnMedica Drinking alcohol linked to higher risk of PMS Women drinking almost as much alcohol as men Deaths among under-fives more likely in England than in Sweden Less risk of obesity in children of healthy mothers Only a third of women with regular bloating would see their GP (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
          Yemen rebels arrive, begging ban stopped, meat-eating falls      Cache   Translate Page      
Radio Sweden Daily brings you a round-up of the main news in Sweden on December 5th 2018.

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          “Our leaders are behaving like children” school strike founder tells UN climate summit – Greta Thunberg, 15, tells summit that students are acting in absence of global leadership      Cache   Translate Page      

Greta Thunberg during her Friday, 30 November 2018 climate change protest. Greta, 15, began a solo climate protest by striking from school in Sweden in August 2018. But more than 20,000 students around the world have now joined her. The school strikes have spread to at least 270 towns and cities in countries across the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the US, and Japan. Photo: Hanna Franzen / EPA

By Damian Carrington
4 December 2018

KATOWICE, Poland – Action to fight global warming is coming whether world leaders like it or not, school student Greta Thunberg has told the UN climate change summit, accusing them of behaving like irresponsible children.

Thunberg began a solo climate protest by striking from school in Sweden in August 2018. But more than 20,000 students around the world have now joined her. The school strikes have spread to at least 270 towns and cities in countries across the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the US, and Japan.

“For 25 years countless people have come to the UN climate conferences begging our world leaders to stop emissions and clearly that has not worked as emissions are continuing to rise. So I will not beg the world leaders to care for our future,” she said. “I will instead let them know change is coming whether they like it or not.”

“Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago,” she said. “We have to understand what the older generation has dealt to us, what mess they have created that we have to clean up and live with. We have to make our voices heard.”

The conference of nearly 200 nations is taking place in Katowice, Poland, and its main task is to turn the vision of tackling global warming agreed in Paris in 2015 into concrete action. On Monday, Sir David Attenborough told the summit that without action “the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon”.

Thunberg, who had a meeting with the UN secretary general, António Guterres, on Monday, said: “What I hope we achieve at this conference is that we realise that we are facing an existential threat. This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. First we have to realise this and then as fast as possible do something to stop the emissions and try to save what we can save.”

On Tuesday, Guterres said: “Our younger generations will have to help drive, and complete, the work we start today. We need to harness their energy, invention and political power to raise climate ambition.”

Toby Thorpe, a school student from Hobart, Tasmania, who took part in the recent school strikes in Australia and is also at the UN summit, said: “We are in this together. Together we are strong and we will not give up.” Australia’s resources minister, Matt Canavan, had dismissed the school strike – “the best thing you’ll learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue” – but the Senate later approved a motion in support of the students. [more]

'Our leaders are like children,' school strike founder tells climate summit


          Yemen govt team heads to peace talks with rebels      Cache   Translate Page      
Members of a Yemeni rebel delegation prepare to fly accompanied by a UN peace envoy, heading for high-stakes talks in Sweden with the government aimed at ending the country’s devastating war. — AFP photo STOCKHOLM: Yemeni government representatives were e
          Sweden talks best chance yet to end Yemen war      Cache   Translate Page      
Dubai (AFP) Dec 5, 2018
The first Yemen peace talks since 2016 are the best chance yet to end the war, analysts say, as the international community throws its weight behind resolving the devastating conflict. UN envoy Martin Griffiths flew out of the rebel-held capital Sanaa on Tuesday with a delegation of Huthi insurgents, heading to Sweden for negotiations with the Saudi-backed government. The four-year-war b
          Nutraceutical company Swedencare expanding its operations in Ireland      Cache   Translate Page      
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          12/5/2018: SPORT: Parkhead bank £1m from FIFA World Cup      Cache   Translate Page      

CELTIC have banked £1m from FIFA following the World Cup this summer. Figures released from FIFA show the Parkhead side earned $1,185,062.50 for having Belgium’s Dedryck Boyata (pictured), Costa Rica’s Cristian Gamboa, Sweden’s Mikael Lustig and...
          Ericsson and Telia Switch On Live 5G Network as Key Testbed in Sweden      Cache   Translate Page      

Ericsson and Telia Switch on Live 5G Network as Key Testbed in Sweden Swedish carrier Telia Company is the latest carrier to announce it has switched on a 5G network, with the help of Ericsson of course.


          Sweden's first 5G network is live at KTH Royal Institute of Technology      Cache   Translate Page      

Telia Company, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology today launched a  5G  network on the KTH campus in Stockholm that will serve as an innovation and research platform for the academia and partner companies. Sweden's first 5G network  is using a test license and will serve as a testbed for developing innovative new solutions and services. It is the latest result of the strategic partnership between Telia Company and Ericsson, and it will further strengthen the tw...

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