North Korea and fascism

North Korea never attracted my attention before. I knew next to nothing. Angry leader, communism, weird rules and that was about it. A blank spot on the map. But, I’ve done some studying and the biggest discovery is:

North Korea is a fascist state. People are starving so the leader can build his guns. People executed if they fail to shed tears in morning of previous leaders. People prohibited from their own opinions. And maybe the worst example: People living in fear of a imminent nuclear attack from America – each day for years. Millions of people suffering a horrible leader.

It’s the old fascist recipe for ruling – keep people in fear. Instigate segregation laws or apartheid laws. In the history there have been fears of Jews, Russians, Africans and today Americans, Muslims and so on. Create propaganda. Or “fake news”. Make believe.

Something about North Korea that would profoundly mess with my personality: The speakers everywhere. Playing music when they think you should go to bed or wake up in the morning.  The fusebox would blow for sure. I’ve lived hearing sermons in speakers and I’d take that any day. It’s cultural, it’s given by concern or love or lack of seats in the building. It’s not to annoy anyone.

I’m not sure the North Koreans want to be free. I don’t think they understand the concept of freedom. How can you, if you never saw it?

 

 

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Stockholm, my home

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Beautiful Stockholm

I’m tired and affected by a long day including a terror attack. I just got in contact with my sister and with that my family is all accounted for. I couldn’t get in contact with her earlier because her office worked with the incident in a secluded area.

So, while I was sleeping (long time ago) Mr Trump pressed the war button. It seems like a impulsive response to the horrible pictures that came out of Syria. But it also seems like a typical Trump pattern. Doing the odd thing and then blame Obama. He might have gotten away with it this time but next time? Not likely. Attacking a sovereign country is a crime according to international law. Like Russia in Crimea, Like China in Hong Kong and so on. Hopefully it will not affect the American soldiers working to help Syria with Daesh.

The ones first to condemn the American airstrike was the countries that have stolen land and countries themselves. The world seem to be built on double standards. So many people doing their very best to kill as many as possible in one way or the other.

“Go home to your country”

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It’s become a common phrase in fast food restaurants, malls, on the bus and streets of America. And growing in England. At least if you believe You Tube. Click for proof  Or just search “racist people” And you will find a serious amount of this at the internet. Has it always been like this? No, I don’t thinks so because there’s a political message quite often. It’s “my country, you democrat!, we the people”. And a lot of other epithets that I’m not going to quote. But the degrading of people seem massive and endless.

I feel bad for children growing up in these situations, because they didn’t choose it. They don’t deserve it. It’s a voluntarily fight that racist people pick. These actions can be put in a few sentences: My child, in this country we are divided. We stand for fighting each other so that the country that you will take over makes your future as horrible as possible.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand what will be in the future for these countries. For any country in this situation it’s devastating. And as the world are watching it doesn’t help how many patriotic movies Hollywood make. The reality is clear. Countries divided can’t be trusted. Can’t be taken seriously. It doesn’t matter how powerful it’s leaders are.

I imagine the “go home” rhetoric hurts. Or at least it’s the aim for the racists. But earth is home. And don’t you think only white people are racists. Unfortunately racism comes in every color. And every time is a good time to stand up for a fellow citizen.

 

Islamophobia

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There are two types of fear, rational and irrational fear. I have two irrational fears.  I’m not too keen about spiders or heights. For some reason I’m not afraid of Muslims. I don’t have Islamophobia. It’s great. Irrational fears is some kind of a test in itself. Who needs it?

So far I have not come across rational Islamophobia.  (Rational fear, by the way, is what you would feel when facing a bear, realizing your brakes don’t work on the highway and imminent things like that.) Islamophobia is not rational at all. But it is possible to build up irrational fear, and create things to be afraid of. Just like the bonfire stories youth like to tell. It often starts in small groups. Among family, neighbors and friends.

So if you manage to build up Islamophobia, you have achieved two things. You have created something you don’t really want. And if acting out, you have started to hurt people around you.

The words hurt. The posts in social media hurts. The YouTube films hurt. The epithets screamed at schoolyards hurt. Because yes, children are very quick to learn, and they are taught hatred. The more of this that Muslims have to face in their daily life, the more they are likely to turn extreme. To find a way to respond to oppression.That’s how it works.

If you come by a Muslim that you think is not integrated – you got half the responsibility.

It comes to my mind that when I was living in a country where I couldn’t understand the language, I didn’t know people but every time I walked the dirt road to run an errand it took hours. Because all the neighbors invited me, wanted me to eat, share a few moments and that is how a learned their language. It started in gardens. I learned the names of the fruit. There’s riches to be discovered. And I hope you find yours.

 

 

 

 

 

The Iraqi man and his dream

I was driving an Iraqi man to his doctors appointment. While driving through the forest he told me how beautiful Sweden is. We talked a little about Sweden and suddenly he tells me the story of how he decided to come and live in Sweden.

He dreamed of peace for his family but it was nowhere to be seen. So, whenever he could, he started search the internet for a place to go. He had two criteria; It must be far away and have no war. He looked at maps, studied information and there it was – Sweden.

“Did you know, he said, Sweden didn’t have a war for two hundred years.” This really excited him. And at the end of the ride he concluded, with a smile, that the beauty of Sweden is a bonus. The main goals were reached: Far, far away from Iraq and no war.

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Trump needs his leaks

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The Flintstones also had a White House

If you’re a good liar you should have a good chance to get a job in the White House. The methods used to achieve their objectives is not the forward truth as we knew it.

Of course it starts to leak. The more the truth is covered up, the more leaks will come out. That’s what happens in closed societies as seen in the far east. The leaks will make America stay democratic. (As long as we don’t get to hear about where he’s nukes are pointing)

No one in the WH seem familiar with open and transparent working methods. No one seem to understand the importance in being scrutinized. And there is the threat to democracy. Agendas that can’t be viewed by the people shouldn’t be on the table. There should not be a need for lying or suggest alternative facts. That’s not to serve the people.

As Trump keep complaining about the leaks he seems okay with the people lying in the administration. He’s obviously more troubled about things leaking out.

Well, it’s not all bad. As long as the administration deals with internal problems it can’t stir up the world. Trust me, that would be so much worse.

 

Religion doesn’t kill – people do

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Historically Christianity and Islam have been involved in war. I would love to recommend books but there’s millions. It’s easy to find online if you’re interested.

Christianity and Islam are missionary religions. Meaning that they do reach out to people trying to share their beliefs. It’s a part of the teaching and it’s taken various displays through the history. Those we’ve herd of are mostly the ones that went wrong.

 

Now. Religion doesn’t kill. People do. Even that religion has been used to justify just that.

Contemplate this: If every Muslim is a violent killer – how come you’re alive?

Terrorist is what you become when acting on extreme thoughts. No matter what ideology, religion or views you have. When threatening someone, making people uncomfortable for who they are, when acting as you, and only you, know the truth and the world should submit.

So we have terrorism of every religion. And it’s growing right now in America. I’ve seen tendencies that Christians uses their religion to justify hatred towards others.

It’s natural. As the American president claims that “no one knows more about ISIS than I do.” And at the same time he bashes Muslims over and over.

I can’t really see the motive for this strategy. And I can’t really understand why so many people are buying it? I think politicians should leave the religion at peace and deal with the terrorism on all ends. That is the commitment to the people.