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I don’t think there is much arguing that there is a lot of problems in the world.
We have wars, corruptions, a climate crisis, a monetary system that is failing all over the world, both USA and EU takes punch after punch waiting for the final knock.
It is clear we need changes and new thinking.
I am convinced I will see a lot of big changes in my lifetime, but the changes will not come from our generation. The shift to a more sustainable world will be brought on by our children.
In a world becoming smaller and the information flowing faster they will not just sit silent. Thanks to evolution every new generation are born more intelligent than the former I can promise you they will stand up and show their parents they can do what we couldn’t.

Never the less. We can’t sit back and let our children clean up our mess, we have to give them the best possible chances to succeed.
As adults we learned that people are different, but still we force our children to be the same, do the same, think the same. They must all fit in the same square hole even if they are triangles, hexagons or round.
We need an educational change, maybe even and educational revolution.

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Saturday it was a new demonstration against the election fraud in Mexico, this time in Malmö, Sweden.
Somehow I have become involved with this even though I try to stay out of politics. But, I do support Mexico, democracy and fair elections.
A big difference between this manifestation and the one I attended in Denmark is that this was called up by students and thus a little more organized.

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Big Boys Gone Bananas!
Documentary filmmaker Fredrik Gertten followed a lawsuit Nicaraguan banana workers brought against Dole Food Company ending with the movie Bananas!
Then it turned bad, bad as it only can be in USA.
This is the movie about a multi-billion company’s hunt for a small Swedish filmmaker and the attempt to silence the freedom of speech

Following the controversy from the sideline, with sporadic updates weekends at my local coffee place, I have been waiting for this movie.
Even if I got to know the outcome and have heard some things throughout the years I had no idea what kind of pressure Fredrik Gertten and his staff and colleagues went through.

One of the, if not The largest fruit company in the world with billions to spend together with a battalion of lawyers and a successful PR-firm tried to scare the documentary film community to silence.

Without even have watched the movie they claimed the movie was built on a fraud and threatened with legal actions if it was ever screened.

When threats didn’t work and the film still was screened at the Sundance film festival in Los Angeles, although out of competition, Dole went on suing Fredriks company WG Film, Fredrik himself and everybody involved in making the movie.


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I used to complain about all the negative news regarding Mexico and the fact you never read about the warm, friendly people you meet everywhere you go.
But today I am happy with what I read.

I read a Swedish chronicle about how bad news are good news and it all made sense.
Suddenly it is so clear, I can’t believe I haven’t thought about it earlier.

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A week ago, January 22, around 12 000 activist in Guatemala tried set a world record in forming the longest human chain while climbing the volcano Agua.
The climbing of the 3760 meter (12336 feet) extinct volcano was only an attempt for a world record, the real cause for the event was to raise awareness of, and protest against, domestic violence.
According to official numbers over 1000 women have been killed the last two years of which nearly a third is domestic violence. The Guatemalan justice system do very little to prevent it, less than 5% of the crimes end is successful convictions and when they do the penalty rarely fits the crime.

Among the participants in ‘subida por la vida’ was the new president Otto Perez, members of the congress, artists and diplomats.
Among the foreign guest British ambassador Julie Chappell was seen.

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En mis dos últimos viajes a México me he encontrado en la extraña situación de defender a México de los mexicanos.
Para ser justo, cuando regreso a casa yo estoy constantemente defendiendo a Suecia de los suecos. Creo que todos necesitamos un poco de perspectiva hacia nuestro país. Nada es del todo malo, y nada es del todo bueno.

Después de pasar tiempo con mis amigos mexicanos me he dado cuenta de una considerable diferencia entre ambos países. Al reunirse para tomar un café o una cerveza en la noche, los mexicanos tienden a hablar de los problemas, las cosas malas que les han pasado a ellos, o a un familiar, o simplemente hablar de alguien que se ha pasado de listo. Y ahí se enfrascan y las historias van de mal en peor. Por supuesto que eso va a hacer que todo parezca oscuro y sin sentido.

Los países nórdicos están entre las personas más deprimidas del mundo, vivimos en la oscuridad y el frío la mitad del año, así que sé una cosa o dos acerca de la negatividad. Pero no nos sentamos alrededor de una mesa a hablar de todas las cosas malas que han sucedido o podrían suceder, o que nunca va a suceder. Lo peor de lo que se habla es del mal tiempo.


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