Week 21: Arrest warrants against Hamas and Israel's leaders are both welcomed and criticized

The announcement that the ICC's chief prosecutor wants to issue an arrest warrant against leading men from both Israel and Hamas has sparked reactions on Swedish opinion pages over the past week. Pictured (left): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Pictured (right): Hamas supreme leader Yahya Sinwar. Source: Flickr.

Of: Fatima Shek Behi

Last week, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, announced that he wants to issue a arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country's defense minister, as well as three senior Hamas leaders. The message has been both welcomed and criticized on Swedish debate and editorial pages.  

May 27, 2024, Current debate

Week 19: Debaters disagree about the protests against Israel's participation in Eurovision

Several of last week's opinion texts focused on the demonstrations in Malmö against Israel's participation in the Eurovision song contest. Photo: Eko. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elianne Kjellman

Israel's participation in Eurovision song cuntest induced extensive protester i the host city Malmo during last week. On Swedish opinion pages have dbattlers discussed about demonstrants feed antisemitism - or if they promote fred. 

May 13, 2024, Current debate

Week 18: Debaters believe declining support for Biden after pro-Palestinian student protests

Several writers believe that support for Joe Biden may be declining because of the pro-Palestinian student protests at American universities. Pictured: Anti-Israel protests in Washington DC, 2017. Photo: Ted Eytan. Source: Flickr.

Of: Rania Yassin

The pro-Palestinian protesterwell, like has emerged at several universities in the United States, was subject to debate during last week. Several people believe that the protests may disadvantage US President Joe Biden ahead of the upcoming election in the country.  

May 8, 2024, Current debate

After deadlock in the Congress: the US presents a new billion-dollar military package to Ukraine

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recently presented a six billion dollar aid package to Ukraine - which the Democrats had actually hoped would arrive in August 2023. Image: Chad J. McNeely. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Elianne Kjellman

A military aid package worth six billion dollars will help Ukraine replenish its weapons stockpiles, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced in slate April. The support is part of a larger aid package that was voted on by Congress after a months-long standstill. The package gives Ukraine much of the equipment that the country has requested - but not all. 

May 6, 2024, News

Debaters want to see increased support for Ukraine for Sweden's security

Several debaters call on Sweden and Europe to increase support for Ukraine. Pictured (left): Sweden's Minister of Defense Pål Jonson (M) and NATO's Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană. Photo: NATO. Source: Flickr. Photo (right): Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Source: Flickr.

Of: Fleur Riller Loins

Sweden must increase the support to Ukraine for to protect Europe and Sweden security. That mean several of that walked of the week debaters.  

April 30, 2024, Current debate

A year of war in Sudan: "A crisis that receives too little international attention"

Love-Lis Liljeström works for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sudan. After more than a year of war, she hopes that the situation in Sudan and the widespread humanitarian crisis will receive more attention both in Sweden and globally. Photo (left): Tosco Diaz/Flickr. Photo (right): Love-Lis Liljeström.

Of: Fatima Shek Behi

On April 15 this year, it was one year since the war in Sudan broke out. Several UN employees believe that the crisis in Sudan is a forgotten conflict, which is overshadowed by other conflicts in the world. Now the UN is warning that a humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in Sudan due to the lack of attention from the outside world.   - After a year of war, my hope is that the suffering in Sudan is given more attention, so that more aid can reach those in need and the foundations can be laid for a peaceful future, says Love-Lis Liljeström, program manager at UNDP in Sudan 

April 25, 2024, Report

The conflict between Iran and Israel: This has happened

The development magazine explains what has happened in the conflict between Israel and Iran. Pictured (left): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: World Economic Forum. Source: Flickr. Pictured (right): Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme political leader. Photo: Khaminei.ir. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Rania Yassin

Iran and Israel have long used other actors to challenge each other. On April 1, the conflict between the countries escalated when Israel attacked Iran's consulate in Syria, which prompted en Iranian attack on Israel and later an Israeli response. The development magazine finds out what has happened in the escalating conflict between the two countries.  

April 22, 2024, Development magazine explains

Week 16: Demand for a written no against nuclear weapons on Swedish soil in military agreements

Several debaters are worried that the DCA military agreement between Sweden and the USA could, among other things, enable nuclear weapons on Swedish soil. Photo: NATO. Source: Flickr.

Of: Fatima Shek Behi

A proposal for the bilateral military agreement is due in May Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between Sweden and the USA is submitted to the Riksdag. This has created debate over the past week, as several debaters believe that there is no guarantee in the agreement that excludes nuclear weapons in Sweden. Swedish government representatives, on the other hand, believe that the agreement will not lead to nuclear weapons or permanent foreign bases on Swedish territory.  

April 22, 2024, Current debate

Week 11: Debaters call on Israel to take responsibility for famine in Gaza

During the past week, several debaters have written about the famine in Gaza. Photo: Wafa. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: The Chancellery

The people of Gaza are starving and Israel must take responsibility for it, several write debaters. Greta Thunberg's climate demonstration outside the Riksdag has also been the subject of debate during the past week.

March 18, 2024, Current debate

International court decision against Israel: "Has been ignored"

Several actors believe that Israel is not complying with the International Court of Justice's order to protect the Palestinian population. At the same time, the court relies on the willingness of states to comply with the decisions. Photo: Saleh Najm and Anas Sharif. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Rania Yassin

Earlier this year accused South Africa Israel for genocide in the UN's highest court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The court has decided that Israel must do everything in its power to protect the Palestinian population. Men The ICJ relies on states' willingness to comply with decisions, and many civil society organizations believe that Israel has not lived up to this.  

March 18, 2024, Development magazine explains