Stockholm + 50 is already forgotten - but the climate activists continue the fight

When politicians promise a lot but do not live up to their promises, it is no wonder that people get annoyed. It's easy to lose hope - it's been a long time since I thought a climate conference would lead to results that actually work. It writes FUF correspondent Sofia Karlsson in a column. Photo: Derek Read. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Sofia Karlsson

At the beginning of June, the UN meeting Stockholm + 50 took place, to mark 50 years since the first international climate conference was held in Sweden. But despite a lot of commotion before the conference, it was mostly talk and a little workshop. It is still young climate activists who are forced to lead the fight for climate justice.  

June 30, 2022, FUF-correspondents, Chronicle

Art gallery creates community for genocide survivors in Rwanda

One of Inema Arts Center's many initiatives is Art with a Mission, where orphans are trained as Rwanda's next generation of artists. When their art is sold, they can pay school fees and other living expenses. Photo: Inema Arts Center. Source: Inema Arts Center, Rwanda.

Of: Agnes Durbeej-Hjalt

Inema Arts Center is an art gallery in Rwanda with many outstretched hands to Rwandan society. It is primarily a platform for promising artists, but creative workshops are also organized for orphans, schoolchildren and women from vulnerable areas. In a country where a terrible genocide was committed almost 30 years ago, community is both a fragile and a strong concept. 

May 12, 2022, FUF-correspondents, Chronicle

Agricultural reform in Peru raises both hope and criticism

Peru has developed an agricultural reform that will serve as a support package for small farmers and to modernize agriculture in the country. But the reform has received both positive and negative reactions. Pictured: Potato harvest in Viraco. Photo: Leo Berggren-Lagercrantz.

Of: Leo Berggren-Lagercrantz

One in four Peruvians live on agriculture and many small producers in rural Peru struggle daily to survive. Now the government is starting the implementation of the new agricultural reform in the country - an initiative that has aroused both enthusiasm and criticism.

March 11, 2022, FUF-correspondents

Theater projects for young people will fight social structures in Bolivia

The theater project against patriarchal and colonial structures is founded in Bolivia by Ramiro Mendoza Quisbert and mixes theater with Andean cosmopolitanism and social critique. Photo: Gabriela Magne Widmark.

Of: Gabriela Magne Widmark

The struggle against colonial and patriarchal structures continues in Bolivia - a country that is strongly marked by its colonial history. Government initiatives lead to a slow change in society, but they are not enough. With the help of a theater project based on Andean cosmovision, norms among young adults are being questioned with the hope of a faster social change in the country.

February 23, 2022, FUF-correspondents

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

New plastic law in Spain is criticized by marine biologist

The Spanish seas have a high concentration of so-called hotspots for biodiversity, which makes ecosystems extra vulnerable to external influences. Photo: Furious Germans. Source: Flickr.

Of: Jonna Erdös

Studies show alarming levels of plastic in the deep sea areas around the Spanish coast. New Spanish legislation will be implemented to reduce the use of plastic, but it is criticized for being misdirected and insufficient.

January 7, 2022, FUF-correspondents, Interview

Aukus - the agreement that can change the global security situation

According to the UK, the security pact Aukus will contribute to increased security for the country and create hundreds of new jobs. Photo: 12019/10259 images. Source: Pixabay.

Of: Myra Pernvall

In September this year, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States went public with the countries forming a new security pact called Aukus. The vision of the agreement is to establish peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. At the same time, most countries have clearly expressed their disapproval and it can be questioned whether Aukus is really stabilizing the global security situation - or whether the pact will lead to the opposite.

December 17, 2021, FUF-correspondents, Reconnaissance

Omikron, travel ban and uncertainty around Christmas

FUF correspondent Sofia Karlsson is unsure whether she will celebrate Christmas in Sweden or in Zambia, where she now lives for a volunteer position at the UN. Photo: Sofia Karlsson.

I wake up to the buzzing of the air conditioning and to a notice of new travel restrictions. A new covid variant called omicron has been discovered in South Africa. Many countries are now closing their borders to travelers from this region. Zambia, where I currently live and work as a volunteer at the UN, is also covered by these new restrictions.

December 15, 2021, FUF-correspondents, Chronicle

Are countries underdeveloped or overexploited?

The organization "Black History Walks" organizes guided tours in London, where they highlight the colonial history that has built up the city and its streets. Photo: Leandra Pedretti.

Of: Leandra Pedretti

During a guided tour with the organization Black History Walks in London's financial district, I reflect on the assumptions that exist in the language we use when discussing development issues. What do we really mean when we talk about "underdeveloped" countries? What does it mean to be underdeveloped? I find my own answers to these questions in the colonial history of England.

November 30, 2021, FUF-correspondents, Chronicle