By Jordan Shilton, 29 December 2020
Around 100 people are dying on a daily basis, the equivalent of over 3,000 in the US population.
By Bryan Dyne, 14 December 2020
Sweden’s response to the pandemic, which involved allowing schools and businesses to stay open while most of the world enacted lockdowns, was hailed as a model by all sections of the US and European political establishment.
By Benjamin Mateus, 11 December 2020
The “herd immunity” model for dealing with the pandemic has led to a massive surge in infections, with the health system in the Swedish capital reaching capacity.
By Gabriel Black, 18 November 2020
The ruling Social Democrats and Green Party coalition are increasing the military budget by 40 percent as part of the US-NATO war drive against Russia.
By Alex Lantier, 12 September 2020
Revelations that US officials conspired to lie to the public about the severity of the coronavirus pandemic also expose the politically criminal role of the EU.
Architect of Sweden’s coronavirus policy advocated keeping schools open to reach “herd immunity” more quickly
By Jordan Shilton, 21 August 2020
Chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell’s callous disregard for human life is not an individual phenomenon, rather his chilling email correspondence reflects the thinking of the ruling elites in every country.
By Jordan Shilton, 13 June 2020
The announcement settles none of the many unanswered questions about the first assassination of a European head of government in the post-war era.
By Jordan Shilton, 5 June 2020
Sweden’s policy has been lauded internationally by mouthpieces for the financial elite and big business, who were determined to force working people back to their jobs as soon as multi-billion bailouts for the financial oligarchy were completed.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 May 2020
Sweden’s policy has been praised by reactionary political forces and the corporate media internationally to bolster their criminal back-to-work campaigns.
By Jordan Shilton, 13 May 2020
Sweden’s high fatality rate is due to official opposition to a lockdown and mass testing, and to decades-long austerity policies that devastated health care and other key services.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2020
Sweden did not impose a lock-down and even delayed issuing social distancing guidelines, leading to more deaths and pushing the health system to the limit.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 April 2020
As the government refuses to issue shelter-at-home orders, medical personnel are asking how many lives it intends to sacrifice to keep up production and profits.
By Jordan Shilton, 17 March 2020
The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on workers in the travel industry and related sectors is not confined to Scandinavia, but is unfolding on a global scale.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 November 2019
The discrediting of the Swedish investigation, which played a linchpin role in the US-led pursuit of Assange, exposes the lawless character of the entire operation against the WikiLeaks founder.
By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2019
The action confirms that the incessant media claims of “rape” and “sexual assault” by the WikiLeaks founder are a politically motivated fraud.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 July 2019
The responses to the detailed indictment issued by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer are the latest demonstration of the illegal character of the campaign against the WikiLeaks founder.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 June 2019
Despite Swedish prosecutors having investigated Julian Assange on bogus allegations of sexual misconduct for eight years, they have never charged him.
By Mike Head, 22 May 2019
The Swedish allegations, first issued in 2010, are aimed at blackening the WikiLeaks founder’s name and devising a mechanism to have him dragged off to the US.
By Chris Marsden, 14 May 2019
No new evidence has been cited by Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson.
By Jordan Shilton, 29 April 2019
While pilots, cabin crew, and ground staff have suffered wage cuts since 2012, SAS chief executive Rickard Gustafson’s total compensation has shot up by 38 percent over the past three years.
By Gabriel Black, 11 September 2018
The neo-fascist Swedish Democrats won a hearing only because of the bankruptcy of the ruling parties, which have overseen decades of cuts and social decay.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2018
Chief responsibility for the rise of the right-wing extremists lies with the Social Democrats, who have gutted public spending and whipped up anti-immigrant chauvinism.
#MeToo turns deadly
By David Walsh, 3 August 2018
Anne Sofie von Otter, the famed Swedish mezzo-soprano, is speaking out to the press for the first time about the March 2018 suicide of her husband, Benny Fredriksson.
By Paul Bond, 28 July 2018
Elin Ersson’s actions, defying the anti-immigrant policies adopted throughout the European Union, have struck a popular chord.
By Marianne Arens, 11 April 2018
Hervé Falciani, who exposed thousands of cases of tax evasion, now faces extradition to Switzerland, in a deal that could include the extradition of two Catalonian politicians.
By Robert Stevens, 20 May 2017
The case against the WikiLeaks founder was concocted from the beginning so he could be sent from Sweden to the US.
By Kumaran Ira, 8 April 2017
A man drove a stolen lorry into a crowd outside a Stockholm department store, killing at least four people and injuring more than 12.
By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2017
The reintroduction of forced military conscription in Sweden is taking place as the major imperialist powers are militarizing in preparation for a new world war.
By Steve James, 13 December 2016
Assange not only exposes the bogus rape allegations made against him, but presents a devastating review of the US-led campaign to ensure his arrest pending deportation.
By Robert Stevens, 15 November 2016
The Swedish authorities are blatantly flouting international law in their vindictive pursuit of Assange.
By Paul Mitchell, 15 August 2016
Assange remains fearful that attempts will be made to railroad him to the United States, where a sealed Grand Jury indictment involving espionage charges is awaiting him.
By Andre Damon, 12 February 2016
The global sell-off expresses growing fears that the trillions pumped into the financial system since 2008 have done nothing to improve its underlying health, and may have sown the seeds for a crash on an even greater scale.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 29 January 2016
Sweden’s announcement came the same day as Human Rights Watch published a scathing indictment of the curtailment of democratic rights in Europe in response to the refugee crisis.
By Jordan Shilton, 20 January 2016
Measures once associated with fascist regimes are again being employed against refugees fleeing war in the Middle East.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 October 2015
Nearly five years after Assange’s arrest without charge, and in breach of a Swedish law, the prosecutor has still not taken a statement from the WikiLeaks editor.
By Jordan Shilton, 13 January 2015
All of the establishment parties have united around an openly right-wing programme that cannot be challenged by the electorate over the course of the next eight years.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 October 2014
The alleged underwater threat is being exploited to justify the militarization of the region.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 September 2014
Support for the far-right Sweden Democrats has grown as the country’s leading parties intensified their attacks on the social state and democratic rights.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 May 2014
Sweden’s government has revealed plans to boost military spending by more than 10 percent over the next ten years.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 December 2013
The deepening connections of Swedish intelligence services with the US and Britain over the past decade have coincided with the country’s formal abandonment of its posture of neutrality.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 October 2013
Swedish police have created a in illegal database of over 4,000 Roma people based solely on ethnicity.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 June 2013
The Swedish trade unions are utilising the riots, which erupted last month in Stockholm and Malmo, to demand restrictions on immigration levels.
By Marcus Day, 25 May 2013
Rioting has occurred nightly in the suburbs of Stockholm, the Swedish capital, after police shot and killed a 69-year-old immigrant man on Sunday.
By Jordan Shilton, 28 November 2011
The future of Swedish automaker Saab remains undecided following a decision by former owner General Motors to block a proposed takeover by two Chinese firms.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 November 2011
In recent weeks, support for Sweden’s Social Democrats has fallen to historic lows, with polls indicating little more than 25 percent of voters support the party.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 October 2011
Saab faces the prospect of bankruptcy after its plans to restructure fell apart last week.
By Jordan Shilton, 24 October 2011
Sweden’s finance minister Anders Borg has spoken out in favour of a “Swedish solution” to resolve the deepening debt crisis gripping the European continent.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 September 2011
If Saab is able to survive beyond the end of the year, it will be on the basis of a cost-cutting offensive against the workforce by management and the state, facilitated by the unions.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2011
Lars Ohly, the leader of Sweden’s Left Party since 2004, revealed August 9 that he will step down as head of the party at its next congress in January 2012.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 August 2011
Crisis-hit automaker Saab announced last Tuesday for the second month in a row that part of its workforce would not receive their wages on time. The failure to pay employees confirms that the company is essentially bankrupt.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 May 2011
The deal provides no long-term security for Saab workers, and opens the door to a vast cost-cutting drive through the outsourcing of jobs to cheap labour locations in China.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2011
Barely a year after being taken over by Dutch firm Spyker, Swedish automaker Saab is again in danger of shutdown, with the loss of thousands of jobs.
By Steve James, 12 April 2011
Eight Swedish fighter aircraft joined the NATO operation against Libyan government forces last week.
By Steve James, 17 March 2011
Ezedden Khalid Ahmed al-Khaledi, a 30-year-old nursing student claiming to be from Kuwait, has been charged with helping fund the Stockholm suicide bomb attack.
By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2011
The attempt to extradite WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange to Sweden on trumped-up sex charges was stepped up yesterday in the Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 December 2010
The British Independent newspaper reported Wednesday that US and Swedish officials were engaged in closed door discussions aimed at delivering WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange into American custody.
By David Walsh, 19 November 2010
Swedish authorities, stepping up their campaign of persecution against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, have issued an international arrest warrant for his detention.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 November 2010
A man was arrested in Malmö on Saturday in connection with a spate of shootings targeting immigrants.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 October 2010
The right-wing Alliance led by Frederick Reinfeldt is attempting to continue in government despite failing to achieve an outright majority in last month’s parliamentary elections.
By I.K. Karlsson and Jordan Shilton, 30 September 2010
In the September 19 election, the nationalist Sweden Democrats increased their support to nearly 6 percent of the vote and claimed 20 seats in parliament for the first time.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 September 2010
Although the final result from Sweden’s 6,063 electoral districts was declared on Thursday, the outcome of the September 19 vote remains in dispute.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 September 2010
Swedish parliamentary elections saw the right-wing Alliance achieve victory, the first time a rightwing group has secured a second term in office in over 80 years. The Social Democrats dropped to an historic low, with just over 30 percent of the vote.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 September 2010
The Swedish Greens have indicated that they will back a right-wing Alliance government to keep out the far-right Sweden Democrats, a further illustration of the lack of any principled political difference between the two main electoral blocs in the September 19 vote.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 September 2010
The centre-left opposition in Sweden has presented a joint election manifesto ahead of the September 19 vote.
By David Walsh, 2 September 2010
The decision by a senior Swedish prosecutor to reopen the rape charges against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is a transparently political decision. There is every reason to believe this is part of a “dirty tricks” operation.
By Jordan Shilton, 17 August 2010
Campaigning in Sweden’s parliamentary elections has been under way for several weeks, with the vote set for September 19. The supposed success of the governing Alliance has come at the expense of the working class over the past four years.
By Jordan Shilton, 2 February 2010
Spyker and General Motors announced a “binding agreement” at a Stockholm press conference Tuesday, January 28, for the sale of Saab.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 January 2010
More than 3,000 workers gathered outside Saab’s main facilities in Trollhättan on Tuesday to oppose the shutdown of Saab and denounce the actions of its owner, General Motors.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 December 2009
Despite last-minute talks with Dutch sports car maker Spyker on a potential sale, General Motors has confirmed that it will push ahead with its plans to wind down operations at Saab.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 December 2009
Following the collapse of the attempted sale of Saab to the Koenigsegg Group, General Motors has announced it will close down operations at Saab at the end of the month if no new buyer is found.
By Jordan Shilton, 28 November 2009
After months of uncertainty, the Koenigsegg Group announced November 24 that it was no longer interested in purchasing Saab Automobile.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 November 2009
In spite of the decision of the European Investment Bank (EIB) on October 21 to grant Saab Automobile a €400 million loan, the deal to sell the GM unit to Koenigsegg Group remains in the balance.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 October 2009
Sweden’s right-wing Alliance government announced on October 7 that it would provide support to the bid of the Koenigsegg Group to take over automaker Saab.
UN climate change meeting
By Tom Eley, 23 September 2009
Tuesday’s global warming summit failed to ease differences among the major powers in advance of a December treaty conference in Copenhagen.
By Jordan Shilton, 27 August 2009
Having announced in June that it was set to purchase Saab, there is a strong possibility that the consortium Koenigsegg Group AB may be unable to finance its bid.
By Jordan Shilton, 29 June 2009
The struggling automaker Saab will be sold to Koenigsegg, a Swedish company that manufactures luxury sports cars.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 June 2009
Deepening economic problems in Latvia are threatening to spread throughout the region.
By Jordan Shilton, 5 June 2009
A local judge has given Swedish automaker Saab a further three months protection from creditors, as it seeks to find a buyer.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 May 2009
Two months after filing for bankruptcy protection, the future for Swedish automaker Saab remains unclear.
By Jordan Shilton, 14 April 2009
Over half a million people will be out of work in Sweden next year, according to the latest predictions.
By Jordan Shilton, 25 March 2009
Saab announced 750 job cuts at its main plant in Trollhätten on March 12.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 March 2009
Sweden’s trade unions have organised a campaign for state aid to rescue the ailing carmaker Saab.
By Jordan Shilton, 25 February 2009
The automaker Saab is to be given temporary bankruptcy protection to enable it to carry out a “restructuring” programme.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 November 2008
Recent months have seen stepped-up efforts by the Swedish Social Democrats to negotiate terms for a potential coalition after the next general election, due in 2010.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 November 2008
Sweden’s Alliance government has announced that 1.5 trillion kronor (approx. $200 billion) has been made available to bail out the banking sector.
By Jordan Shilton, 6 October 2008
The war between Russia and Georgia has greatly increased tensions, not only in the immediate region but throughout the world. Scandinavia is no exception.
By Robert Stevens, 11 October 1999
The ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Sweden is being pressed by key political figures and institutions to hasten the country's entry into the European Monetary Union (EMU). Sweden had opted out of joining the first wave of countries to adopt the euro in January 1999.