I heard just now about a play being staged at the city theatre in Malmö about religious radicalization – namely Christian radicalization. Newspaper Sydsvenskan reports about one called “Martyrer,” “Martyrs” in English, about a 15-year-old boy displaying “extreme” devotion to the Bible, and the steps the authorities take to “rectify” this “problem.” Continue reading
A few weeks ago I got invited to an interview about Sweden and my book “The Madhouse” at Red Ice Radio – it’s up now at http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2014/11/RIR-141114.php . The first hour is available for free, whereas the second one requires you to be a member at that site. We talk about topics like immigration, the lack of free speech, statism and such, having quite a good discussion.
I got myself an invite to Red Ice Radio, a program that will air in maybe two weeks, so for that reason I’m undertaking a way overdue makeover of my site. For this reason things might not make all that much sense here over the coming days. Then again, the site was far from perfect before either, which is why I’m changing theme. But anyway, all the blog posts will remain up at least.
This is a review of Randye Kaye’s book “Ben Behind his Voices” that I just posted on Amazon and Goodreads.
Horrifying Read – A Testament to Abuse of Power and Parental Authority
With the interest I have in getting an insight into the living circumstances of people suffering from schizophrenia and perhaps a glimpse of their unique way of seeing things, Randye Kaye’s book did catch my eye, So I went ahead and read it. It was even lauded as “inspirational” in the description, but to me it was anything but. What I really got out of the book was an insight into how parental power and medical authority trumped civil liberties – something I didn’t think possible in America. Up until that point, I had thought that the supreme court verdict in O’Connor v. Donaldson prevented anyone from being involuntary committed unless they constituted a clear and present danger to other people or at least themselves. Yet here I see how a mother wants her son committed because he talks about “psychic vampires” – and gets her way.
Tonight they showed a feature on children being victimised by staff at one of Sweden’s biggest orphanages – Barnhemmet Oasen. For the next month it can be found on the TV 4 webpage with English subtitles: http://www.tv4play.se/program/kalla-fakta?video_id=2296617
I’ve personally touched a bit on this orphanage in my own international reporting and had planned to make a major expose, talking to parents of children who had been placed there etc, but never had the resources at my disposal to follow through with this. Almost a bit surprised that they cover it this extensively, and with English subtitles no less. Yet what was shown there was only the tip of the iceberg. Children who are placed at this orphanage and others like it can expect a hellish time, and rarely are they placed for good reasons.
Apparently in today’s Sweden, you have to watch your language even in private letters to public-owned companies. A 45-year-old man wrote derogatorily about immigrants in e-mail to his landlord after they’ve annoyed him on the yard outside his apartment. Then he lost both his job and was charged with agitation against ethnic group (“hets mot folkgrupp”), with the prosecutor calling for “a couple of months in prison” for him. Was the Soviet union ever this bad? http://www.dt.se/brottsplats/1.5604929-hotas-av-fangelse-for-hets-mot-folkgrupp
Mono, or glandular fever as it’s known outside of America, is very rarely lethal. That is, assuming you’re not a client of the Swedish foster care system, which Donia Hassan, born in 1997, had been for the last five years – against the will of both herself and her mother.