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I will repeat myself though and say I do love Mexico and the Mexican people, but traveling with my daughter gave me a new point of view I was not prepared for.

Start at the beginning with Mexicans and children

Clearly the child’s best is not of interest and it doesn’t stop with food. Most Mexicans seems to have a very narcissistic way with babies.
It’s not enough to see the new addition to the family, with high noise and shouts the baby must look at visitors and family members as well. Banging on the table or jingle a fork against a glass, “look at me, look at me”.
And when buying toys I don’t think there is any thoughts at all. Instead of look at a toy and think if it’s suitable for a 6 or 8 months old they buy something they think is cute or fun. If it’s marked suitable from 3 years old it’s not a problem because, “The baby is so intelligent”.
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I had plenty to say so it became a double post. It also have a little negative ring, I guess the subject is too close to home.
I will repeat myself though and say I do love Mexico and the Mexican people, but traveling with my daughter gave me a new point of view I was not prepared for.

This can easily be written off as cultural differences. Coming from a cold Sweden where we love our families but every family member live their own life without too much interference in opposite to a warm Mexico where families are very important and the ‘Mi’ – My – in Mi familia almost represent ownership and not only the right but the obligation to get involved in each others life.
But this is more than cultural contrasts, the way Mexicans treat children are at best oddish, sometimes scary and maybe even dangerous.

Don’t change your life just because you’re a parent.


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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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I was close to censor myself from post this. Miss Z told me, which I already know, Mexicans are not very good taking criticism and may be offended. So I nearly trashed it.
Thinking about it I changed my mind, they are fighting for democracy and freedom of speech is big part of it. I would be pretty dumb to self censor, especially in my own blog.
If someone is offended or don’t like what they read you are welcomed to comment.

Thursday I attended a small manifestation at the Mexican embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, against the corrupted election July 1.
This was really an exercise in patience. In a very serious subjected like this I have never experienced such a bad organized event.
People who knows me know I am not the most organized person and usually just drift around, take things as they come, but this was trying even for me.


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I was not going to write about it, not even touch the subject. I know and have heard about the dirty games behind the Mexican election and vote raising, but not being part of it I thought I would leave it to those with power of do something.
Than I got a report. From a small anonymous village in the south of Mexico I got a message, the fraudulent and criminal actions was much worse than I initially thought. This is the poor Mexico, the lower class, people have little or no education and they are not aware of their rights as citizens.

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We will retaliate with more democracy!

Norway is a small country in a corner of the very north of Europe.
Norwegians are a friendly, happy people. Their way of talking is happy, even if they are upset all their sentences end in major notes. It is hard to take them serious even if they yell at you.

All that died yesterday. In the worst day in Norway, in Scandinavia, since World War II the country was shaken by two terror acts. A bomb in central Oslo, the capital, followed by a shooting at a youth camp. At writing moment 7 people were killed at the bombing and a indigestible 84 people killed at the youth camp. Some still missing and many more injured, some still critical and the death toll will, unfortunately, most likely rise.
I sat all night following three different news channels and a twitter feed where all kinds of theories were presented and different groups were blamed.
The Norwegian public service broadcaster, NRK, had their own specialists in the studio which presented the theory it was an act by extreme Islamists, which most people went on with.

Foto: Jan Kåre Ness / Scanpix

Foto: Jan Kåre Ness / Scanpix

A Norwegian citizen has been caught for the shooting and Police are working according to the theory he is responsible for both attacks.
A 32 year old man, born in Norway by Norwegian parents, with established right-wing opinions. Active in extreme right-wing groups.

This morning I read in my facebook feed some updates from well meaning people,
“ …perhaps a lesson to all those who believe that all the threats and terror only works from outside and made of swarthy men who worship Allah… “

Please, let us have at least one day of grief, one day to collect our thoughts and try to grip this horrible acts before you start talking about lessons.
I think we known all extremes are dangerous, right-wing, left-wing, Islamic, Christians. A celebrity fan club can be dangerous if it goes to the extreme.
But yesterday was not an act by an extremist group, the bombing alone could have been a message, a warning. But to go on and cold blooded shoot over 80 children is not something any association, no matter how extreme, wants to be connected with.
This was an act by a delusional man, there is no lesson, nothing to learn. Just meaningless violence.

If there is something to take with us from this tragedy it is the words of Nowrwegian Prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, “We will retaliate with more democracy!”
George W. Bush words after 9/11, “We’re gonna hunt you down.”

“We will retaliate with more democracy!” – Now that is the words of a true world leader.

I have never been more proud of being a citizen of Norway as I am today.

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Taking a look at Brazil and more specific at Dilma Rousseff. January 1st she was sworn in as president of Brazil. Although not the first feamle head of state in a continent with a wide spread machismo culture she is the first woman to hold the position in Brazil, probably much through help from former president Lula da Silva, regarded as the most popular president in Brazilian history.
She was the chief of staff in da Silvas administration and once elected many expected she would be a reserved or even weak president continuing her predecessors politics.

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But those who know her knows there is nothing weak about her. Fighting with the guerrilla against the military government who ruled Brazil for almost two decades she was imprisoned in 1970 and reportedly tortured. Released closed to three years later she continued her studies and started to build up her life again, always looking forward knowing what she wanted.

After her first three months at office she have earn the nickname Durona – The tough, or “The iron lady”, and proven she is doing well without da Silva and that she has her own political agenda.
She started with alienate the much corrupted PMDB by not giving them all the government positions they wanted, being Brazils largest political party and highly depended on them she is taking a huge risk, but she is also preventing them from skimming the states assets.

In her short time of power she have also made some changes in foreign politics turning her back to the Castro-regim and criticize Cuba for lack of human rights.
She also have higher demands on her own administration. Ministers and secretaries used to be in the capital, Brasilia, from Tuesday through Thursday, having long 4-days weekends. President Dilma have taken custom to schedule important meetings to Friday afternoon.

She is no Lula da Silva, he did the dirty work to put Brazil in the right direction. Now they need a Durona, someone to continue the process and take them the last steps on the way. I see four interesting years to come in Brazil.
In a world with a growing feminism movement looking for strong women this is someone to keep track on.

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This is a short post about something I never thought I would write about – Animal rights.

To start off with you will never see me stand on the barricades, I don’t have strong believes in much. I am aware of the fact that the world is not black or white, it is just a huge palette of gray scales.
I do believe in, and support the rights for, freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of religion and human rights. This is the corner stones in a democracy and a better world.
But this is about animals. Yes, I think we should treat livestock and animals with respect and some ethical ground rules, but I love my meat and will never be a vegetarian. I never wear fur, but breaking in to a mink farm and free the minks is maybe not the best way to protest. Minks breath in a farm don’t survive in the wild and will starve to death, but I can see why people do it. All gray scales…

And then I came across this video. Undercover investigators from Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International toured fur farms in China and got some sick footage. I just can’t go on without help spreading this. You will find the full story here

Please, before you press play you must be aware that this is a disgusting video. I usually don’t listen to these kind of warnings myself, and I didn’t this time either. I wish I did. This is just sick. Understand that this video show animals being skinned alive.
Remember you can press stop at anytime and I will not be offended if you leave the site.

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Last night I wrote a blog saying there is no good news anymore. All you read and hear is death, war and violence.
Luckily, I never posted it.

Tonight the people of Egypt is celebrating their victory and a to judge from my twitter and facebook feeds the whole world cheer them on. Less than 2 hours ago Egypt’s Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that President Mubarak steps down and the The Armed Forces is taking over the government.
Those of you following the live stream from Al Jazeera will see the joy of people dancing and singing on the streets, a celebration that will continue for a long time. 2/11/2011 will forever be remembered in Egypt.

A modern revolution starting with a facebook appeal, without weapon, just the strong will of the people and Internet to keep the world updated. Even though Mubarak tried to silent the people with ungrounded arrests and torture, cut the communications to the outside world and state it was a domestic affair, this epic event could not end in any other way. Dictatorship and oppression of a people can not and will not be accepted in this modern-day world. When information is spread to thousands, billions of people in matter of minutes old silent acceptations is worth very little. Which democratic government would like to admit they are supporting a despot?
Just 20 minutes after the announcement wikipedia was updated “On February 11, 2011, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Mubarak had resigned as President of Egypt, transferring authority to the Higher Council of the Armed Forces, following 18 days of protests challenging his thirty-year rule”. This says a lot of this new world we live in, no deeds goes unseen anymore.

Wish the people of Egypt the best of luck and hope they do their best of their new won freedom.

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For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature. Now we’re beating it to death.
~Tom McMillan

The year is coming to an end and it is time for a recap.
It has been yet another fun year full of adventures. But it has also been a year full of tragedies. Is it fair to say this was the year nature stroke back?
Of course there is terrible things happening all the time, but this many in one year? More than 260 000 fatalities, not counting the, more or less, man made disasters like mining or drilling. Compare it with 2009 with not even 11000 deaths by the natural disasters.
No, this year mother earth threw everything she had on us, earthquakes, volcanoes, rain with following landslide and flooding, heat and fire, and it looks like the year will end the same way it started with extreme cold and snow. Europe and North America are suffering from an extreme winter, in Sweden we set one new record after another regarding temperature and snow mass. Even Peru suffered from a severe cold this year although not as bad as the January storm causing The Urubamba river to swell destroying the home for 20 000 in the Cusco area.
It has been a lot to follow, I guess Haiti have escaped no one, on going all year one thing after another.

Soon after Chile was shaken by an earthquake. Flooding in Pakistan and Guatemala, even parts of southern Mexico was affected. South China had extreme heat and drought followed by heavy rain and, yes, flooding. This less than a month after the third big earthquake of the year shook the Chinese province Qinghai.
Also Russia had its drought and wildfire peaking on close to 7500 square kilometers (2900 square miles) and over 2000 homes were lost.
Iceland, recovering from a financial meltdown put its mark on the map with Eyjafjallajökull, luckily no one died, but not only did it ground air traffic all over Europe and across the Atlantic the already bleeding country got to see crops and livestock covered with volcanic ashes. In October a volcano in Indonesia unfortunately took close to 400 lives.
I could go on but I think I got my point through, it has been a lot this year.

I have set some kind of record myself this year, donating more money than I ever done before, in total. Primary reason, it was needed, but also because I like individuals doing stupid/weird/extreme things promoting their cause like this guy, Travis Kiefer.
And, to be honest, this year countries I visit and some friends have been suffering. It’s not that a flooding in Pakistan is not as bad as a flooding in Guatemala, but I have no relation to the country and can’t donate to everything. I choose my causes and really trying to make a difference instead of do a little for everyone.

Save the earth? I don’t know, it seems to take care of itself pretty good. Save the humans!

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