One year after the Taliban took power: "Do not forget Afghanistan"

Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to repression under the Taliban regime, something Elham Kohistani, an activist, and Najiba Sanjar, a crisis coordinator and consultant, said at a seminar during Almedalen Week. Photo: Julia Lundén Azzeddine.

Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine

One year after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, the country is hard hit by poverty, famine, unemployment and dismantled health care. During Almedalen Week, several people discussed the crisis situation in the country. 

July 20, 2022, Almedalen - article, Report

Several parties point to Israeli forces as guilty of journalists' deaths in the West Bank

Several parallel investigations are being carried out into the fatal shooting of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, which occurred in May this year. Now the UN has determined that Israeli forces are to blame for her death. Photo: Alisdare Hickson. Source: Flickr.

Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine

Din 11. May the journalist was shot Shireen Abu Akleh, employed on the Arabic-language television channel Al-Jazeera, dead on the West Bank. Since then, it has been going on several parallel investigations to sort out the debt issue. Now the UN has determined that it was Israeli forces that killed the journalist.  

June 30, 2022, News

Ukraine's 2,7 million disabled people are excluded from humanitarian efforts

Disabled people do not have the opportunity to get to shelters in time during bombings, not least fleeing the country due to mobility impairments, writes Jesper Hansén in Omvärlden. Photo: Aleksey Filippov / UNICEF. Source: Flickr.

Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine

The war in Ukraine has left great traces of destruction and has had serious consequences and changed living conditions for the country's civilian population. A particularly vulnerable group are the approximately 2,7 million Ukrainian residents with disabilities.

April 22, 2022, Notis

Week 14: Debaters critical of aid being used for refugee reception

"If Sweden is to continue to be seen as a pioneering country in development aid, we must be prepared to lead - not by creatively trying to circumvent the main purpose of development aid." Several leaders of Swedish aid organizations write about the government's announcement that Sweden's refugee reception should be able to be deducted from the aid. Pictured: informal settlements in Yemen. Photo: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid. Source: Flickr.

Of: Fanny Andersson and Julia Lundén Azzeddine

The leadership continues to be largely dominated by political consequences stemming from Russia's war against Ukraine. But now voices are also beginning to be raised about Swedish development assistance and the need to also focus on other humanitarian issues.

April 11, 2022, Current debate

Amnesty criticizes pharmaceutical companies for unequal vaccine distribution

Amnesty's latest report on vaccination distribution is a follow-up to the "report A Double Dose of Inequality" from September 2021, which evaluated the influence of pharmaceutical companies on vaccine distribution Photo: Mufid Majnun Source: Unsplash.

Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine

Today, the population of many countries, including Sweden, is urged to take three doses of vaccine for adequate protection against becoming seriously ill or dying in covid-19. But only four percent of the population in low-income countries have been vaccinated with two doses, according to a report published by Amnesty in February. Now the organization is calling on the pharmaceutical companies for change.

March 17, 2022, News

Withdrawal of development aid could accelerate the humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan

This summer, protests were held around the world against the actions of the outside world during the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. Photo: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona. Source: Unsplash.

Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine

During the intensive news reporting on the Taliban regime's takeover of Afghanistan this summer, Sweden's aid authority Sida announced that they will end million payments in aid for development projects in the country. - It will destroy development programs concerning education, health and more, says Anders Fänge, Afghanistan expert and board member of the Swedish Afghanistan Committee.

December 8, 2021, Interview

Week 48: Vaccination distribution and apartheid review provoke reactions

- With a constantly mutating virus, it is important that everyone can take part in the vaccine. But that is not the case today, Zina Al-Dewany writes on Aftonbladet Ledare about the vaccine distribution in the world.

Of: Elin Holm and Julia Lundén Azzeddine

Sweden can do more to give more people access to vaccines, according to Zina Al-Dewany on Aftonbladet's editorial pages. The Church of Sweden's review of international law in Israel-Palestine was also discussed on Swedish debate pages during the past week.

December 6, 2021, Current debate

Water scarcity can cause conflicts in the Middle East

The issue of water resources has become absolutely crucial for countries in the Middle East and their security. Photo: VicunaR / Flickr.

Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine

Crises and conflicts in the Middle East seem to have an almost permanent place in Swedish as well as international media reporting. What is rarely mentioned is the effect that water scarcity exacerbated by climate change has and will continue to have on the region's countries and any conflicts that may erupt as a result of the water issue in the future.

November 3, 2021, Analysis