Demonstrations in Venezuela

The power struggles in Venezuela were one of the most debated topics on Swedish opinion pages during the week. Photo: Eneas De Troya / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Melancholy leadership pages about a gloomy development

This week's debate and leader pages have had a gloomy tone around the world's development. Among other things, they have discussed the media's image of Venezuela, the abolished nuclear agreement between the United States and Russia and the major banks' responsibility for human trafficking.

The monitoring of developments in Venezuela has been intense in recent weeks. August Eliasson writes in Göteborgs-Posten that the Swedish media gives a distorted picture of Venezuela and creates a drive towards President Maduro.

"When the United States appears to be preparing for another military intervention in an oil - rich country, it should be the task of the media to critically examine the claims and threats of the great power. Instead, many journalists and liberal editorial writers choose to give their support to coup plotters, and make cheap points on the 'failure of socialism' ".

On Monday, the Swedish government recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president. This should please the debater Johan Moberg, who before the decision advocated recognition of Guaidó with the motivation: “Now Sweden has the chance to take the right side. To support democracy and freedom. The Swedish government's current stance on this issue is cowardly, false and pathetic. "

Gunnar Jonsson, Dagens Nyheter, writes about a more unstable world when the United States withdraws from the nuclear agreement reached with the then Soviet Union in 1987. Jonsson emphasizes that shortcomings in the agreement were discovered already during Obama's time as president, and is thus not only a result of Trump's tough foreign policy. The fact that China has gained increased influence over security policy makes the decision "logical but tragic", Jonsson concludes.

Parul Sharma and Malin Roux Johansson write in OmVärlden about the big banks' responsibility for online sex trafficking, so-called digital brothels. Digital brothels are simplified by fast banking transactions and efficient card payments. But who is responsible is uncertain.

Service companies, such as Visa and Mastercard, believe that banks must take responsibility. Sharma and Roux Johansson believe that lack of knowledge or motivation can be contributing factors: "Unfortunately, the knowledge about the digital brothels 'progress is very low or is the issue at the Nordic banks' priority?" they end.


"Media spreads false image of Venezuela"
August Eliasson, Gothenburg Post

"That is why Sweden should recognize Venezuela's Juan Guaidó"
Johan Moberg, Gothenburg Post

"SVT's and SR's reporting on Venezuela is unreasonable"
Juan Velásquez Atehortúa et al., Göteborgs-Posten

"Wallström, why are you silent about Venezuela?"
Fredrick Federley, Aftonbladet

"Maduro must be removed and the ballot box picked out"
The editorial staff, Dagens Nyheter

Nuclear Weapons Agreement

"Nuclear armaments in Europe may be here again"
Gunnar Jonsson, Dagens Nyheter

"We must sign the nuclear agreement"
Laila Naraghi et al., Aftonbladet

Human Rights

Swedbank, Nordea, SEB et al. - how do you view your work in relation to human traffickers? ”
Parul Sharma and Malin Roux Johansson, The outside world

"Sustainable fishing increases human rights"
Linnéa Engström, Dagens ETC

"Young girls in Sweden risk being mutilated"
Bayan Nashi, The Express

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