American. Prof. of Journalism at Stockholm Univ. Ph.D. Univ. of Texas at Austin. Contributor @TheLocalSweden. Editor Popular Communication (@comm_pop). 49ers.
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May 24 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
26 years ago, a gunman entered Dunblane Primary School in Scotland, killing 16 kids and a teacher. The UK govt responded by enacting tight gun control legislation. In the 9400+ days since, there have been a total of 0 school shootings in the UK. #Uvalde
You may well ask: "Were there mass school shootings BEFORE Dunblane?" Answer: No. But, the fact that UK government took action after one event shows what I consider to be decisive action. Gun control clearly made it less likely to happen again...and that's the whole point.
May 13 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
1) Danish far-right "activist" Rasmus Paludan burnt 3 Qur'ans in Sweden yesterday. There's a tendency to claim that people who criticize these acts are "against free speech." That's not only intellectually juvenile, but shows a lack of understanding about how free speech works.
2) Critiquing the MANNER in which free speech is exercised isn't the same thing as saying the right should be revoked or speech banned. For example, I was opposed to the US occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. I was also opposed to any bans on protesting against these occupations.
May 5 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
1) Ukrainian refugees in Sweden arrived at assigned housing. Unhappy w/location some refused to get off bus & guards forcibly removed them. Outside of Sweden you probably didn't hear story. Yet, when same thing happened in 2015 it was covered internationally. Try and guess why. 2) Ukrainian refugees recently taken to new housing location. A number heard rumors that location was not good (poor heating, lack of hot water), some thought they were going elsewhere. Upset, some refused to get off. This was April 27. No intl. coverage, little on social media.
May 5 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
1) Devastating thread by local politician in Sweden's Gothenburg on how Ukrainian refugees discussed versus eg Syrian. Says local pols lament how few rights Ukrainians have & how little money they get. Problem? These local policies were set by same pols when refugees were Syrian.
2) Members of anti-immigration Sweden Democrats complained Ukrainians can't afford to take bus on money they get, ask why they can't ride free. Other pols ask how they can take kids to school or look for work without access to transport. In other words, how can they "integrate"?
Mar 30 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
1) Usual to hear that recent arrival of large # of immigrants to Sweden resulted in country having unusually high rate of rape. Recorded rape offenses in Sweden was 18.2 per 100k: most among 35 Euro countries & 3x Euro average. So, point proven? Not quite. These are 1996 numbers.
2) Comparing intl crime stats can be problematic, misleading. 2000 paper in European Journal on Criminal Policy & Research shows Sweden having an unusually high rate of rape is not new, debunking argument that it's historically unusual & emphasizing importance of various factors.
Mar 16 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
1) Excellent by @nordbergj on prosecution of women making public accusations of rape in Sweden. Two recent Swedish stories put rape in media spotlight: immigration & #MeToo. Thread on how these two were treated differently in a country known for feminism. nytimes.com/interactive/20…2) When #MeToo hit Sweden in 2017, public debate on sexual assault in relation to newly-arrived immigrants to Sweden was already in full swing. The political right was leveraging the ”protecting women” angle to smear all immigrants as actual or potential sexual predators.
Oct 30, 2021 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
1) Sweden's Corona Commission, put together by the Swedish govt to evaluate national response to COVID outbreak, came out with a new report. It contradicted a great deal of bullshit spread by people outside of Sweden. Here are some of the key findings, and they aren't flattering.
2) Conclusion 1: "Sweden’s handling of the pandemic has been marked by a slowness of response. The initial disease prevention and control measures were insufficient to stop or even substantially limit the spread of the virus in the country."