The Peace Wall divides the people of Belfast

The so-called Peace Wall divides western Belfast, with the mountain Black Mountain in the background. Photo: Wilma Sörman Ivarzon.

Of: Wilma Sörman Ivarzon

Although Northern Ireland has been peaceful on paper for 23 years, the parties to the conflict have remained divided. Some argue that it is because of the so-called peace wall, which divides Republican and loyalist areas and thus prevents meetings and integration. Others say that the wall is a vital protection against aggression from the other side, and that if it is torn down, Belfast may once again be marked by violence, death and terror.

January 21, 2022, Analysis, FUF-correspondents

Street art depicts the oppression in Northern Ireland - and in the world 


A mural on Falls Road depicting South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. He was and is much admired in Northern Ireland. Photo: Wilma Sörman Ivarzon.

Of: Wilma Sörman Ivarzon

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) was an active combatant in the conflict in Northern Ireland. The group is estimated to be directly responsible for around 1 deaths, of which 800 are civilians. Some see them as a brutal terrorist organization. Others believe that the IRA is a freedom fighter - whose solidarity extends across national borders to other rebels' struggle against oppression and imperialism.

January 20, 2022, FUF-correspondents, Report

The decline of democracy in the world disadvantages the protests in Kazakhstan

Democracy is currently facing several setbacks in the world - something that may have hampered the success of the protests in Kazakhstan, according to Ashok Swain, professor of peace and conflict at Uppsala University. Pictured: Presidential Palace in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan. Photo: Francisco Anzola. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elise Olsson

Poverty, corruption and large economic income gaps - it is not just the shock rise in petrol prices in Kazakhstan that has triggered a violent riot in the country. And even though this type of uprising can be a starting shot for democratization, the weakened democracy in the world can also be an obstacle to the starting shot, says Ashok Swain, professor of peace and conflict at Uppsala University.

January 18, 2022, Analysis

Who will scoop and who will row?

Rising sea levels make the island nation of Kiribati one of the countries in the world most exposed to climate change. Photo: United Nations Photo. Source: Flickr.

Of: Sofia Jonson

We waited a long time for the international climate summit in Glasgow, the summit that would lead the way to a sustainable society. But now afterwards, when I sit on my bike in the rain, it feels like I'm the only one who cares, why is that? It writes sustainability specialist Sofia Jonson.

January 18, 2022, Guest chronicle

Week 2: The NATO issue is brought to the forefront with Russia's demands for a sphere of interest

The question of whether Sweden should maintain its security policy line or adopt a so-called NATO option has divided the Swedish debate over the past week. Photo: Canva.

Of: Andreas Klawitter and Beata Sjödahl

The NATO issue has once again become highly topical after the deteriorating security situation in Europe and the Swedish debate has centered on the adoption of a NATO option. The Church Board's investigation of Israel and the crisis in Bosnia has also been the subject of last week's debate.

January 17, 2022, Current debate

That is why many Palestinians do not believe in a two-state solution

Two police officers arrest a 14-year-old boy despite being in a grocery store during a clash between Palestinians and Israeli police. Photo: Carl Bradshaw.

Of: Carl Bradshaw

How long should one stick to a strategy that overturns rather than helps? Among Palestinians in the West Bank, few believe in a two-state solution, and the Oslo Accords are seen as a tool for Israeli annexation rather than peace.

January 14, 2022, Guest chronicle

Peace begins with meeting as human beings

Israeli settler Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger (left) and Palestinian peace activist Khaled Abu Awwad (right) share a vision to bring more people together. Photo: Ebba Åkerman.

Of: Ebba Åkerman

"Go home as a strong supporter of Palestine. Go home as a strong supporter of Israel. Go home as a strong supporter for a solution. To support both peoples is to support peace ”. The call comes from Rabbi Schlesinger - a former New York resident, Israeli settler, peace activist and co-founder of the organization Roots.

January 13, 2022, Guest chronicle

Therefore, Palestinian friends should define anti-Semitism

Protesters criticizing Israel are not anti-Semites according to the IHRA's definition of anti-Semitism. Photo: Humbleslave / Flickr.

Of: Carl Bradshaw

Anyone who wants to contribute to a lasting peace between Palestine and Israel should support the IHRA's definition of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism also exists in Palestine and among so-called Palestinian friends, and needs to be discussed in order to combat it. Only when criticism of Israel is free from anti-Semitism is it legitimate and effective. It writes Carl Bradshaw, who has stayed with the Ecumenical Companion Program in Jerusalem and in the village of Yanoun on the West Bank.

January 12, 2022, Debate

More than 160 dead and thousands arrested after violent protests in Kazakhstan

The protests in Kazakhstan are the most extensive against the authoritarian regime in the country in decades. Photo: Ezetok. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Sara Lannebo

The last week's protests in Kazakhstan, which degenerated into clashes between protesters and police, have calmed down for the time being. President Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev's order to the security forces to "shoot without warning" and the reinforcing troops that Russia has sent to the country seem to have calmed the situation. According to Kazakh authorities, at least 164 people have been killed in the violence.

January 11, 2022, News

When will Palestinian children be able to go to school in peace and security?

The children at the school between the villages of as-Sawyia and al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya, the West Bank, meet heavily armed soldiers on the way to school every day. This is what such a day can look like. Photo: Fanny Lingqvist.

Of: Fanny Lingqvist

Every day when the children go to school along the highway, they are met by heavily armed soldiers. Some days the soldiers aim their weapons at the children, other days they block the way to school. On particularly bad days, children are arrested and abducted in military vehicles, often in front of their schoolmates or family members who are desperately trying to get them released.

January 11, 2022, Guest chronicle