Why is Sweden talking about Venezuela and not Haiti?

Protesters in Haiti

In Haiti, there is both a humanitarian and a political crisis. Here, Haitians demonstrate against the corruption in the oil program subsidized by Venezuela. Photo: Media Room (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Of: Carmen Blanco Valer

In this year's foreign declaration, the Swedish government draws attention to the crisis in Venezuela, but does not mention the even worse humanitarian and political crisis that is taking place across the Caribbean Sea - in Haiti. Is it oil and the US interests in power that decide where in the world Sweden should act? debater Carmen Blanco Valer wonders.

February 26, 2019, Debate

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

Melancholy leadership pages about a gloomy development

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)

Of: Karl Follin

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.

February 6, 2019, Current debate

The outside world must react when countries fail

Venezuela's flag, which is at the heart of this week's debate.

Of: Celina Lindgren

This week's debaters have focused on the whole world when the Davos summit ends and Venezuela enters political turmoil. At the same time, the political situation in Turkey is being discussed. Although the debaters are based on different continents, they agree that the outside world must react and take responsibility for human rights and democracy.

January 30, 2019, Current debate