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  • Sweden ready to use force to surface sub

    10/21/2014 10:38:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    The Local ^ | October 21, 2014 | Staff
    UPDATED: Sweden's military has announced that if it finds a suspect foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, it is prepared to force it to the surface "with weapons if necessary". Battleships, minesweepers, helicopters and more than 200 troops are scouring an area about 30 to 60 kilometres from the Swedish capital after a "man-made" and foreign object was spotted in the waters. "The most important value of the operation - regardless of whether we find something -- is to send a very clear signal that Sweden and its armed forces are acting and are ready to act when we think...
  • Sweden passes law to criminalize any criticism of immigration

    10/20/2014 9:18:43 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 52 replies
    A new law will come into effect in Sweden after Christmas 2014, that will allow people to be prosecuted for criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. The Constitutional Committee’s report has been voted for in parliament, seen in a letter from the Parliamentary Offices. Member of Parliament Andrew Norlén, member of the Constitutional Committee, has been pushing the issue and he says it will rapidly become a deterrent. ... Without freedom of speech there can be no democracy. If you are not allowed to say certain things then parties that support your ideas cannot exist and Sweden...
  • Swedish military releases photo of mysterious ‘foreign vessel’ (Russian sub?)

    10/19/2014 9:44:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    AFP-JIJI ^ | OCT 20, 2014
    STOCKHOLM – The Swedish military has presented photographic evidence of a mysterious “foreign vessel” off the coast of Stockholm but rejected reports it was on the “hunt” for a damaged submarine. Ever since the armed forces received a tip-off about a “man-made object” off the coast of Stockholm on Friday, 200 men, several stealth ships, minesweepers and helicopters have been searching the sea around islands about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of the Swedish capital. “This is not ours, it’s a foreign vessel,” Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad told reporters, pointing to a grainy photo taken on Sunday morning by a...
  • Seeking the annihilation of Israel: Initiators and accomplices

    10/19/2014 1:07:16 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/18/2014 | Shlomo Slonim
    The announcement by Sweden’s new prime minister that his government plans to extend recognition to a “Palestinian” state raises major questions in both international and United Nations law. Israelis are frequently asked: “Why is Israel opposed to recognizing a Palestinian state? Detach yourselves from the Palestinians like the French detached themselves from Algeria and the two states will live in peace with each other as was originally envisaged under the 1947 Partition Resolution...”
  • Sweden enters 3rd day of undersea investigation of suspected foreign activity

    10/19/2014 8:38:36 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | October 19, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    HELSINKI – A Swedish military search for evidence of suspected undersea activity in its waters has entered its third day amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion. The military has declined to comment on the operation except to say it is searching for evidence of "foreign underwater activity." Daily Svenska Dagbladet reported the Swedes had picked up an emergency message suggesting a Russian mini-submarine had run into trouble in Swedish waters.
  • Russian Submarine sends SOS in swedish territorial waters. Sunk by the Swedish navy?

    10/18/2014 12:48:47 PM PDT · by ConfusedSwede · 109 replies
    Breaking news in Sweden after two days of hunt. Swedish government report that a russian submarine is sending an SOS message on a de-crypted frequency.
  • Sweden - Ship of fools (video)

    10/13/2014 8:04:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 10-13-2014 | Pat Condell
    The shape of things to come on planet "progressive."
  • Dear US Navy: The Futuristic X3K Is What Littoral Combat Ships Should Be (Indonesian ship!)

    10/10/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/10/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    The last decade has seen some pretty awesome looking warships hit waters around the globe. On the "blue water" side of things the Star Wars looking Zumwalt Class and the minimalist art-like Lafayette Class were clearly designed with stealth in mind. Yet the "brown water" is where the most exotic vessels roam, and this is precisely where the X3K was born to fight. An Indonesian Combat Trimaran Designed In Sweden The X3K was built by Indonesian-based Swedish boat builder North Sea Boats, and designed in part by renowned exotic boat builder LOMOcean Design LTD. The goal was to build a...
  • New 'feminist' government with a Green tinge in Sweden

    10/10/2014 7:14:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    afp ^ | 03 Oct 2014
    Sweden's new Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Loefven unveiled what he called a "feminist" government including Green Party ministers for the first time in the Nordic country. ... Sweden is in a serious situation -- unemployment has become entrenched at high levels, school results have collapsed and the welfare system has major shortcomings ...
  • Sweden to become first major European country to recognize state of Palestine

    10/07/2014 10:06:25 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 22 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 10-03-2014 | Johan Ahlander
    Sweden's new center-left government will recognize the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday. U.S. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki called Sweden's decision "premature," citing the need to first resolve final status issues. The UN General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most EU countries, have yet to give official recognition. "The conflict between Israel can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international...
  • Sweden to recognize Palestinian state

    10/03/2014 2:41:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2014 2:38 PM EDT | Karl Ritter
    Sweden’s new prime minister said Friday that his government will recognize a Palestinian state, a move that drew praise from Palestinian officials. In a declaration listing his government’s priorities, Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven told lawmakers that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be resolved through a two-state solution requiring “mutual recognition” and a will from both sides to co-exist peacefully. “Therefore Sweden will recognize the state of Palestine,” Lofven said. …
  • Russian Su-27 Flanker performs dangerous intercept putting itself within 10 meters of Swedish plane

    10/02/2014 6:37:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Oct 02 2014 | David Cenciotti
    One again, Russian Su-27s have been involved in a dangerous close encounter with a plane they have intercepted. The Swedish Air Force operates a pair of Gulfstream IVSP aircraft, known in Swedish service as S102B Korpen, used for ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) purposes. The aircraft, based on the American Gulfstream business jet but equipped with eavesdropping sensors, conduct surveillance missions in the Baltic Sea. According to Swedish Air Force officials, during those sorties, the Korpens fly in international airspace, with their transponders turned on, and regularly transmit their position to the relevant civilian air traffic control agency, both domestic and, if...
  • No proof that elks get drunk

    09/28/2014 9:39:10 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 33 replies
    Radio Sweden ^ | Sep 24, 2014
    Swedish Radio Science News asked about a dozen researchers, and many say the 200-550 kg animals are simply too large to get drunk on the amount of fermented apples they are reported to eat. Professor Petter Kjellander, expert on wild animals at the agricultural university SLU, says that neither he nor the colleagues he asked has ever come across a test confirming high blood alcohol in an elk. Despite thousands of people all over the world reading about the aggressive "drunk" Swedish elks Petter Kjellander speculates the animals might simply be protecting their stashes of tasty fallen fruit. One elk...
  • Bill Whittle: Socialism - The Loch Ness Monster of Politics

    09/26/2014 7:38:16 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | 9-26-2014 | Bill Whittle
    Hi everybody. I’m Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall. Ah, Progressives! You really have to – well, not admire them exactly – but if not admire them then at least grant them a grudging respect for the tenacity of their beliefs. Unfortunately for them, the Socialist utopia is a Cryptid, which, according to Wikipedia’s serviceable definition, is “a creature whose existence has been suggested but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community.” Here’s another example of a cryptid: it’s called the Loch Ness Monster. Like the socialist utopia, the Loch Ness Monster requires a lot of...
  • Snowden honored with 'alternative Nobel'

    09/24/2014 7:53:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    My Fox New York / The Associated Press ^ | September 24, 2014 | Karl Ritter
    STOCKHOLM (AP) - Edward Snowden was among the winners Wednesday of a Swedish human rights award, sometimes referred to as the "alternative Nobel," for his disclosures of top secret surveillance programs. The decision to honor the former National Security Agency contractor with the Right Livelihood Award appeared to cause a diplomatic headache for Sweden's Foreign Ministry, which withdrew the prize jury's permission to use its media room for the announcement....
  • Scandinavians Split Over Syrian Influx

    09/23/2014 7:58:57 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | SEPT. 19, 2014 | By HUGH EAKIN
    THE narrow victory of the left-leaning Social Democratic Party in Sweden’s elections last Sunday marked a broad shift in its politics. But a new coalition government is unlikely to reconsider one of the country’s most challenging policies: its response to the Syrian civil war. Sweden has taken an open-door approach to people fleeing the conflict, accepting more Syrians than any other European country. Never mind that Sweden has double-digit youth unemployment. That there have been riots in immigrant neighborhoods in Stockholm...Or that the Swedish Migration Board, which handles asylum seekers, needs a drastic budget increase — almost $7 billion —...
  • Ex-Prime Minister: Sweden is falling apart

    09/21/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 29 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 09/21/2014 | The Local/TT/pr
    Background: The anti-Islamist party of the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna) recently made huge success in national elections. Despite the fact that Swedes drive around in $35 000 Volvos and build even larger homes for themselves than other rich people like Americans and Australians do, something obviously is rotten in this neighbor state of Denmark and it's not surströmming (google it!). Sooner, it's a failed policy on immigration. Anyhow, this is the analysis of former (Socialist or at least Social Democratic) PM Persson who once expressed doubts about the numbers of non-Western immigrants Sweden has let in. The article: "Former Swedish Prime...
  • AMERICAN FIGHTERS INTERCEPTED RUSSIAN WARPLANES OVER ALASKA

    American fighters intercepted the Russian warplanes over Alaska United States officials have attributed the provocation in the sky with the visit of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko US fighters intercepted six Russian military aircraft in the area of ​​Alaska. About it on his Twitter said CNN journalist Jim Skuitto. "Russian planes stormed the US airspace larger group than usual: Two fighters, two bombers and two tanker" - wrote the correspondent. Skuitto reported that the Americans intercepted the Russians. According to him, officials of the United States associated with the arrival of a provocation President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko States. On...
  • Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests

    09/20/2014 11:11:54 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 13 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 09/19/2014 | The Local
    A Swedish priest has been fired after telling his congregation that people who support female priests would be rejected by God - despite the fact that his own church is led by a woman. The Church of Sweden priest in Halland, south-western Sweden, was defrocked after a sermon in which he claimed that Christian salvation was only available to people who rejected the ordination of women. The priest made the controversial comments after finding out that a reorganisation of the church in his area meant that he would soon be working with two female pastors. “The very idea that a...
  • Sweden: Russian Military Jets Violate Air Space

    09/19/2014 5:54:09 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | SEPT. 19, 2014, 1:47 P.M. E.D.T. | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    STOCKHOLM — Sweden says it has summoned the Russian ambassador over an air space violation by two Russian military aircraft.
  • Sweden far-right makes huge election gains

    09/14/2014 4:55:18 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 21 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 14 Sep 2014 | Al Jazeera
    Sweden's Social Democrats and their centre-left allies are poised to return to power after defeating the centre-right government, in a general election that also resulted in strong gains for the anti-immigration party. With all but two voting districts tallied on Sunday, the Social Democrat-led bloc won 43.8 percent of the vote while the ruling centre-right coalition, led by the Moderate Party, gained 39.3 percent. But the anti-immigration far-right Sweden Democrats were celebrating large gains as the party won 12.9 percent of votes cast - more than doubling the 5.7 percent of votes won in the 2010 election. "Sweden friends, party...
  • Sweden's Social Democrats set to reclaim power as far-right makes gains

    09/14/2014 10:11:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 1 hour ago | Peter Harmsen
    Stockholm (AFP) - Sweden's Social Democrats look set to reclaim power after eight years in opposition, according to an early exit poll which predicts the far right will make historic gains in Sunday's general election. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats could double their seats in parliament as some in the nation of 10 million known for its liberal asylum rules express frustration with a growing influx of refugees. .... An electoral gain for the Sweden Democrats and their dapper 35-year-old leader Jimmie Aakesson would confirm a Europe-wide trend of soaring popularity for populist right-wing parties. The eurosceptic Alternative for Germany, which...
  • Feminism Comes to the Forefront of Swedish Politics

    09/14/2014 2:28:42 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    time.com ^ | Sept. 12, 2014 | Viola Gad
    With its slogan “Out with the racists, in with the feminists,” the party has broadened traditional feminist values to also fight discrimination on the basis of race, sexual identity and physical disabilities.
  • Swedes launch desperate bid for Oz submarine project

    09/11/2014 1:16:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian Financial Review ^ | 9/11/2014 | John Kerin
    Sweden has emerged from a bitter submarine technology row with Germany to mount a last-ditch effort to outbid Japan and Germany for the contract to build AustraliaÂ’s new submarines. The chief executive of Swedish defence giant Saab, Hakan Bushke, weighed into a heated Australian political row after Prime Minister Tony Abbott all but broke an election promise to assemble AustraliaÂ’s new submarines in Adelaide. Mr AbbottÂ’s insistence the decision will be based on value for money and regional policy rather than jobs in Adelaide suggests 10 submarines will be built in Japan for about $20 billion, though the government has...
  • IKEA ridicules silly Apple commercials

    09/11/2014 12:21:45 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 31 replies
    Just click the link below to find out what this is all about.
  • Speech on Islam in the Swedish Parliament

    09/10/2014 1:48:26 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 37 replies
    09/10/2014 | WesternCulture
    Sweden has let in thousands of Muslim immigrants during the last decades. Many native Swedes are strongly opposed to the idea of Multiculturalism becoming the new 'state religion'. Some members of parliament have begun speaking the truth about Islam. Link below.
  • Electrolux to Buy GE Appliances Business for $3.3 Billion

    09/08/2014 12:47:59 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 27 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | 09/08/2014 | Jens Hansegard and James R. Hagerty
    Electrolux AB has agreed to pay $3.3 billion to acquire General Electric Co.'s appliances business, a move that would put the Swedish group head-to-head with Whirlpool Corp. at the top of the U.S. market for white goods. The deal is the largest ever by Electrolux and comes amid consolidation among makers of stoves, dishwashers and washing machines. Whirlpool agreed to pay more than $1 billion this summer to acquire a majority stake in Italian company Indesit Co. , a purchase that would roughly double Whirlpool's business in Europe. Electrolux shares surged 5.1% in Stockholm on news of the deal.
  • Finland and Sweden to strengthen ties with Nato

    09/02/2014 4:27:46 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 08/27/2014 | Associated Press in Helsinki/The Guardian
    Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with Nato by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations, officials said on Wednesday. The move comes as Nato prepares for a summit next week in Wales amid heightened tensions with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. Finland shares a 1,300km (800-mile) border with Russia. The Finnish government said the host nation support agreement applies to situations which include "disasters, disruptions and threats to security". It also enables joint training exercises and military cooperation. Finnish defence ministry senior adviser Mika Varvikko said Finland...
  • Sweden raises military alert level due to Ukraine crisis

    09/02/2014 1:42:05 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:16pm EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Sweden put its top military staff on higher alert on Friday as a result of the situation in Ukraine, the armed forces said. It is already participating in international maneuvers in Finland, which borders Russia, and has moved its quick-response fighter jets to the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, off Sweden's southeast coast.
  • FINLAND, Helsinki: Finland Suspects Russian Airspace Violation

    08/28/2014 1:09:43 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014, 9:35 AM ET
    This handout picture from the Finnish Air Force taken Thursday shows a Russian AN-72 transport plane, taken by a Finnish aircraft pilot. Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such incident in six days. Ministry spokesman Max Arhippainen told The Associated Press that a Russian AN-72 transport plane is believed to have crossed into the Nordic country's airspace over the Gulf of Finland for a few minutes. (Finnish Air Force/Lehtikuva via AP) Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the...
  • A Real Live Gnome in Pennsylvania?

    08/24/2014 10:17:04 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 45 replies
    Earthfiles.com ^ | 23AUG2014 | Linda Moulton Howe
    August 23, 2014 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - In 1200 A.D., a Swedish man named Frederik Ugarph found a hard wood statue only about six inches (15 cm) high of a little person wearing a conical hat in what is now Trondheim, Norway. The statue was standing on a pedestal engraved with the words: “NISSE Riktig Storrelse.” That means, “Gnome, actual height.” Owned and housed today by the Oliv family in Uppsala, Norway, X-ray tests indicate the wooden statue is more than 2,000 years old, perhaps carved from a tree that is no longer known. Another historic account of a “miniature person”...
  • Swedish household debt soars as poll nears

    08/24/2014 6:03:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 24 August 2014
    Johan and Alejandra are the kind of Swedes the IMF has been warning about - piling up debt to keep up with an ever-rising property market and fund a lifestyle of travel, maids and nights out. The couple plan to buy a flat in Stockholm for 5 to 6 million Swedish crowns ($724,000 to $869,000), initially with an interest-only bank loan, among other spending plans. "I may travel, I may want to invest in a new business," said Alejandra, who runs a cafe in the city centre. Less than a month away from a general election, there are no votes...
  • Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy

    08/24/2014 3:04:51 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 36 replies
    www.thedailybeast.com ^ | 05/12/2014 | Bill Sweetman
    In 2020, tiny Sweden will dispose of the most lethal weapon ever developed by man; The A26 stealth sub that could go anywhere and destroy whatever it wants without any adversary standing a chance of detecting it.. "The U.S. military is relying on sub-hunting tech that’s decades old. Meanwhile, the targets they’re trying to find are getting quieter and more invisible by the day. Submarines are getting quieter, stealthier, and better armed. And that could mean major trouble for the U.S. Navy and its aging fleet of sub-hunters. The tactical balance between the surface warship and the submarine has strategic...
  • GE in talks to sell historic appliance division

    08/14/2014 4:19:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 14, 2014 4:20 PM EDT | Jonathan Fahey
    General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division, part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and profitable industrial equipment. The confirmation came after the Swedish appliance maker Electrolux released a statement Thursday that it was in discussions to buy the business from GE, which is based in Fairfield, Connecticut. …
  • World's oldest eel dies in Swedish well[155]

    08/13/2014 11:28:58 AM PDT · by Theoria · 48 replies
    The Local ^ | 08 Aug 2014 | The Local
    The world's oldest European eel just died in its home, a well in a southern Swedish fishing town, aged 155. Some people have ghosts in their attics. Tomas Kjellman, resident in the little fishing town of Brantevik in Skåne, has always had an eel in his well. "My family bought the cottage in 1962, and we always knew the housepet was included," Kjellman told The Local. Its presence has been well-documented for more than a century. But no more. "Of course it's sad. I have memories of the eel from when I was a child," Kjellman said. The eel featured in...
  • Swedish Politician Quits Following Anti-Semitic Facebook Post (religion of peace again)

    08/06/2014 9:38:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 8/7/2014, 5:45 AM | Elad Benari
    A Swedish politician resigned following sharp criticism after he wrote on Facebook that “Jewish pigs” are responsible for mass murders in Gaza, according to the English language Swedish website The Local.Omar Omeirat, Social Democrat candidate for the town council of Filipstad, central Sweden, gave a speech in the town on Friday evening advocating diversity and openness. On Saturday he sang a very different tune. “The entire Muslim world is sitting and watching while our brothers and sisters in Palestine are slaughtered by the Jewish pigs,” Omeritat wrote on his Facebook page, according to The Local. “May Allah strengthen those who...
  • Major Swedish city allows for self-driving cars in everyday traffic

    08/05/2014 9:31:12 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies
    youtube.se ^ | 12/03/2013 | AutomotiveTV
    Don't know 'bout the rest of ya, but as a Swede and Volvo owner, I pretty much trust this company to experiment some.. (Link to clip below)
  • (Swedish party leader and MP) Åkesson: 'Islamism is the Nazism of our time'

    08/05/2014 2:40:09 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 14 replies
    thelocal.se ^ | 08/03/2014 | TT/The Local/pvs
    Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson kept to familiar themes in his summer speech on Saturday, focusing on Islam, immigration and crime. Swedish party leaders traditionally hold summer speeches on their home turf during the holiday season and Saturday was the turn of the Sweden Democrats' Jimmie Åkesson. A crowd of a few hundred people had gathered in Åkesson's home town of Sölvesborg in Sweden's far south to hear the 35-year-old launch the party's push towards the general election in September. Following a sweeping review of the current global conflict zones, Åkesson shifted focus to Islam. "Islamism is the Nazism and...
  • JIHAD IN SWEDEN: POLICE LURED INTO AMBUSH - STONED BY HUNDREDS OF MUSLIMS

    08/04/2014 9:36:35 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 50 replies
    Liberty News Online ^ | 2 August 2014 | Unknown
    Tonight the immigrant population in Stockholm’s suburb of Rinkeby was awakened by riots. Around 200 people took part in throwing stones at the police; cars were set on fire and shoots were fired.
  • US Admits Swedish Airspace Incursion

    08/04/2014 3:35:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local - Sweden ^ | 03 Aug 2014
    The US has confirmed that one of its reconnaissance aircraft violated Swedish airspace on July 18th, according to a media report. US authorities told the CNN news channel that the plane was conducting reconnaissance missions in international airspace when it was observed by Russian radar. Russia is reported to have scrambled aircraft to chase the US plane away. The US crew elected to exit the area by the fastest route possible, which meant passing through Swedish airspace. The flight passed over Gotland, an island off the east coast of Sweden, on July 18th in the late afternoon. A classified document...
  • US spy plane evades Russians, enters Swedish airspace

    08/03/2014 4:36:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/03/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This story apparently took place last month, right after Malaysia flight 17 was shot down over the Russia – Ukraine border area, but we’re only hearing about it now. A United States aircraft – a Boeing RC-135 – was performing reconnaissance of Russian forces when the Russians noticed, began tracking the craft using ground radar and dispatched a fighter jet to intercept it. Complicating the issue is the fact that the US plane took evasive action which included flying into Swedish airspace without getting permission to do so. Once the crew on board the spy plane realized they were...
  • US: Spy plane flew over Swedish airspace to avoid Russian military

    08/03/2014 10:39:37 AM PDT · by McGruff · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 03, 2014
    The U.S. military acknowledged Sunday that an Air Force spy plane slipped into Swedish airspace without permission last month to avoid a possible encounter with a Russian aircraft. The incident occurred one day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down by a missile over eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border. The craft, in which all 298 onboard were killed, was allegedly downed by Russian separatists in Ukraine who were supplied and trained by Moscow.
  • U.S. official: Spy plane flew over Sweden to evade Russian military tracking

    08/02/2014 10:42:10 AM PDT · by McGruff · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | August 2, 2014 | Barbara Starr
    A U.S. Air Force spy plane evaded an encounter with the Russian military in recent days by flying into nearby Swedish airspace without that country's permission, a U.S. military official told CNN. The RC-135 Rivet Joint plane was flying in international airspace, conducting an electronic eavesdropping mission on the Russian military, when the Russians took the unusual action of beginning to track it with one of its land-based radar. The Russians then sent at least one fighter jet into the sky to intercept the American aircraft, the U.S. official said Saturday.
  • Politician Reported for Selling 'Negro Ball'

    07/26/2014 11:11:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local - Sweden ^ | 26 Jul 2014
    UPDATED: The Afro-Swedish national association has reported Swedish politician Eva Sidekrans to the police for selling chocolate balls labelled as "old fashioned unprejudiced negro ball" saying it incites racial hatred. She has since apologized. Business woman and Moderate party politician Eva Sidekrans sparked controversy by selling the items with the label which was widely picked up by social media. "We have this morning lodged a police notification against her for a hate crime against an ethnic group," Zakaria Zouhir, chairperson of the Afro-Swedish national association told the TT news agency. Zouhir added that there is, at present, no discrimination law...
  • Seven-Year-Old Swede Cycles to Berlin

    07/26/2014 11:06:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Local ^ | 24 Jul 2014
    Edvin Blomdahl is seven-years-old. He also cycled from Sweden to Berlin, a journey of 370 kilometres, in four days. "We actually thought we would take a week to make the trip, but then we didn't have time. We thought we might have to take the train for part of it," the boy's mother, Linda Blomdahl Petersson, told The Local. "But then on the first day we biked 103 kilometres, and we thought, 'This may actually work'. When we booked the trip it felt like a half crazy idea." The family took their bikes to the Swedish town of Trelleborg, cycled...
  • The Best Air-to-Air Missile in the World Is in Sweden

    07/25/2014 6:15:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 24, 2014 | Thomas Newdick
    The air force of neutral Sweden may not be one of the big-hitters in terms of global power projection. Indeed, it has barely even undertaken combat operations. When Swedish jets went into action over Libya in 2011, during Operation Unified Protector, the government only allowed them to fly reconnaissance missions. The previous time Swedish fighters deployed in combat was almost 50 years earlier, during the Congo crisis. However, Sweden always has taken its air defense very seriously—and has a proven track record of developing innovative, often indigenous solutions to meet its air-power needs. Now, the Swedish air force is about...
  • Swedish Anti-Abortion Midwife Sues County

    07/18/2014 4:22:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    A Swedish nurse who was fired for refusing to perform abortions due to her religious beliefs has enlisted the help of an American Christian legal organization as she takes her dismissal case to court. Anti-abortion nurse claims religious bias (24 Jan 14) Anon abortions hinder Swedish foetal research (03 Jan 14) Prenatal tests boost Swedish abortion figures (20 Nov 13) Ellinor Grimmark made headlines in January when her contract offer at a hospital in Eksjö, southern Sweden, was rescinded. She had completed an internship at the hospital and had been offered a job, but the employment offer was scrapped after...
  • US Congress Gives Gold Medal to Swedish Hero

    07/18/2014 4:11:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Raoul Wallenberg, famous for rescuing thousands of Jews during WWII - and President Obama's personal hero - will be posthumously presented with a Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday. Integration minister slams migration myths (01 Jul 14) Scores protest neo-Nazi talks in Gotland (28 Jun 14) "It's absolutely fantastic that the congress has chosen to recognize Wallenberg in this way," Lena Posner-Korosi, President of the Council of Sweden's Jewish communities, told The Local on Wednesday. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award bestowed by the US Congress - an honour Posner-Korosi said Raoul Wallenberg certainly deserved. "He had truly...
  • Swede's Salary Chopped for Facebook Use

    07/18/2014 4:04:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Jul 2014
    An employee at an insurance agency in central Sweden will lose 15 days of pay as punishment for surfing the web on the job, spending over 40 hours this summer mainly using social media. Multiple employees at a branch of Försäkringskassan (Swedish Social Insurance Agency) in Gävle face serious repercussions for browsing the web instead of helping customers. In one case, the employee spent about 50 hours of work time during one month visiting 350 websites - including plenty of shopping, weight-loss sites, and blogs. Over a period of seven months the woman had worked 51 hours overtime, but over...
  • 'Battered Women Should Stop Whining' (Female Democrat Official Says)

    07/18/2014 3:51:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 16 Jul 2014
    Sweden Democrat MP Anna Hagwall has been censured by the party after saying that women should "stop whining" about domestic violence and that they shoulder the responsibility to end the abuse. "These types of statement signal a high level of naivete and it's obvious this person shouldn't handle these kind of questions," Sweden Democrat party spokesperson Paula Bieler told The Local. Hagwall uttered the comments when asked by Sveriges Radio her view on equality and men's violence against women. The Swedish MP, one of four female Sweden Democrats sitting in parliament, later declined to retract her position in an interview...