Week 38: Debaters demand support for Iranian women's freedom struggle

Protests have spread across Iran, and also elsewhere in the world, since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died after being beaten by Iran's so-called morality police for wearing her veil "the wrong way". The protests have been a central topic on Swedish debate and editorial pages during the past week. Pictured: Protest in London against the compulsion for women to wear the veil in Iran. Photo: Gary Knight. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elianne Kjellman and Ella Sjöbeck

The wave of protests in Iran, which erupted after the 22-year-old mahsa Aminis death that occurred in connection with her arrest by the Iranian morality police, has characterized the past week's debate and editorial pages. Several debaters are now calling on governments, organizations and individuals to support Iranian women's fight for freedom. Concerns about the consequences of cuts in Swedish aid has also been debated.

September 26, 2022, Current debate

Cultural expression is not a matter of course for everyone

Mehdi rajabian setar مهدی رجبیان سه تار نوازی. Jpg "by Mif.dang. CC Search.

Of: Isabelle Hed

In repressive regimes, cultural expression can have devastating consequences. Composer Mehdi Rajabian has been arrested for the third time due to the Iranian regime's disapproval of his music. Privileged countries must act on the basis of their assigned rights and freedoms for those living under tyranny and oppression.

September 25, 2020, Chronicle

"Global emission reductions must be the overriding goal of policy"

The international perspective must permeate all Swedish climate policy, write nine researchers at DN Debatt.

Of: Sarah Hyde

Sweden's climate policy has continued to be debated on several opinion pages during the week. Some want the international perspective to permeate Swedish climate policy, others that large-scale environmental damage should become an international crime. The EU's role in the US-Iran conflict has also been discussed.

January 16, 2020, Current debate

"Culture and leadership pages have been completely silent"

Today's ETC lead writer Somar al Naher is critical of the lack of interest in the uprising in Iraq, both from the Swedish left and from the journalist corps.

Of: Sarah Hyde

This week's debate has called for support from several quarters for the fight for democracy - in both Iran and Iraq as well as Hong Kong. At the same time, Sida is responding to criticism of the assistance provided in the form of cash benefits to the very poorest.

November 27, 2019, Current debate

When Soda Replaces Water

While soft-drink producers are making their sodas cheaper than ever, San Cristóbal in Mexico is running out of water. Photo: Pixabay.

Of: Fredrik Björksten

In the mountains of southern Mexico lies the city of San Cristóbal with around 170,000 inhabitants. Located in one of the rainiest regions in the country, you might be surprised to learn that many neighborhoods in San Cristóbal only has running water two days a week. Luckily for the people, however, there's a local bottling […]

June 17, 2019, Editorial, English, Magazine

Disastrous floods after prolonged droughts have challenged Iran

The historic Kashkan bridge was damaged in the recent flood. Photo: Ali Mostafanezhad.

Of: Seyyed Hasan Hosseini

Heavy rainfall and flooding in late March and early April 2019 affected millions of people in Iran, causing deaths, displacement and catastrophic damage to the infrastructure. This is happening while the country has long suffered from frequent droughts and adaptive management practices are not in place to deal with such fluctuations.

June 17, 2019, English, Guest piece, Magazine

Sweden should act more harshly against dictatorships

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during press conference 2013. Photo: Meghdad Madadi

Of: Mona Monasar

Several debaters this week raised the question of how Sweden should act against dictatorships. For example, it has been 40 years since the Iranian theocratic regime came to power, which was noticed on SVT Opinion. The debater believes that Sweden and the EU should pursue a tougher line against dictatorships and stop giving in just to avoid conflict.

February 13, 2019, Current debate

No Space for 'Otherness'

A hijra

A hijra (term for individuals in South Asia who feel neither male nor female) at the annual Transgender Festival in Koovagam, India, in 2017. Photo: Lingeswaran Marimuthukumar, Flickr.

Of: Hanna Geschewski and Lauren Tropeano

What happens if you do not behave like your gender 'should'? Examples from Native American, Indian and Iranian cultures highlight that gender is diverse, but that the acknowledgment of gender variance does not necessarily make us inclusive.

December 10, 2018, Article, English, Magazine