For almost two weeks, starting on the first of November, the UN climate conference is taking place in Glasgow. Already now, politicians, interest groups and activists are choosing to profile themselves and present their ambitions and proposals regarding the fateful issue of the climate. With the international meeting on the Holocaust in Malmö, there has also been a debate about how society should fight anti-Semitism.
Klimate is one of the topics that has been discussed on Swedish debate pages during the past week. Zina Al-Dewany at Aftonbladet gives Greta Thunberg the right to world leaders' talk of climate change does not matter, but is just a game for the galleries.
- Our international climate meetings increasingly feel like a useless Almedalen, she writes in an editorial.
Fishing in the Baltic Sea is another issue that has been in focus on Swedish debate pages. Jarl Strömbäck, sea captain and former liberal politician, writes that Swedish authorities betray coastal fishing as the requirements are much higher than for industrial fishing.
- The authorities and politics have let down and let down one of the world's oldest industries in our country, he writes in a debate article on Expressen.
Environmentalists Maria Gardfjell and Elisabeth Falkhaven also believe that small-scale fishing along the coast risks being destroyed, and therefore demands more extensive regulation of industrial fishing. At the same time, Peter Ronelöv Olsson from Sweden's fishermen's producer organization, SFPO, says that the problem does not lie in fishing, but in the poor marine environment - caused by the absence of a functioning marine environment policy.
The international meeting on the commemoration of the Holocaust in Malmö is also an event that has created debate. Among other things, 54 researchers warned to politicize the struggle against anti-Semitism.
- We want to issue a sharp warning against letting the fight against anti-Semitism become a tool for political purposes, they write in a call to Svenska Dagbladet.
The most widely used definition of anti-Semitism prevents effective criticism of the state of Israel and thus threatens freedom of expression and democracy, according to the researchers. Instead, they advocate the definition of the new Jerusalem Declaration - which is freer from the political agenda. The vice chairman of the Swedish-Israeli Friendship Association, Mats Fält, on the other hand, is critical of the new definition and believes that one cannot turn a blind eye to the anti-Semitism which is often found in criticism of Israel.
- In a Swedish context, the debaters underestimate the problem that criticism of Israel is designed so that in practice it supports anti-Semitism, writes Mats Fält in a reply to the researchers' text.
Climate and environment
Jarl Strömbäck, Expressen
Maria Gardfjell and Elisabeth Falkhaven, Aftonbladet
Peter Ronelöv Olsson, Aftonbladet
Zina Al-Dewany, Aftonbladet
The fight against anti-Semitism
Göran Rosenberg et al., Svenska Dagbladet
Mats Fält, Svenska Dagbladet