Klara Fredriksson

Zuma out! Zooming in on South African politics

The African National Congress (ANC) is undoubtedly the most popular political party in South Africa. They were a driving force in the process of abolishing apartheid laws, and the first party to be democratically elected in 1994, with Nelson Mandela as their leader. It is therefore hard for South Africans …

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“I want to become a YouTuber”

Last year’ s Christmas family gathering was a good reminder of how bad I am at defending my life choices, and my lack of social skills in communicating with children. When seeing my cousins and nephews, for the first time in years, I could only think to ask them what I, …

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Operation Olive Branch: a conflict between two American allies

On the 21st of January, the Turkish prime minister declared that Turkish troops, together with Turkish-allied Syrian rebels, had crossed the border, entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in Northwestern Syria. This followed a day of intense aerial bombardment. The Turkish prime minister Binali Yıldırım motivated the invasion by declaring …

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Time is trickling for Cape Town’s water supply

In Cape Town, South Africa, the day known as Day Zero is approaching fast. This ominous sounding day is the day the city is projected to run out of water. Water scarcity is not a new problem by any means, but has for the past months recieved a lot more …

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Chewing gum for the soul

“We, the People, are taking our country back.” The rallying cry of the American right since at least 2009 provokes as many questions as answers. Taking our country back from whom? Or indeed: taking it back to where and when? When the Industrial Revolution broke out in Europe in the …

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UN condemns the EU over immigration agreement with Libya

The UN recently condemned the EU and Italy for helping the Libyan Coast Guard to intercept migrants in the Mediterranean and sending them back to Libya where they face abuse and violence. On 14 November in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al Hussein discussed the …

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Three Years of Feminist Foreign Policy – What Difference Does It Make?

On the third of October 2014, Sweden made history. In a surprisingly sunny Stockholm, the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, proclaimed the first explicitly feminist foreign policy in the world. This subject was nothing new for the minister, who had recently served as the Special Representative of …

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Mr Al-Sisi, we need to talk about human rights

Since taking power in 2013, the president of Egypt, Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi has been criticised for violent repressions of oppositions and of minorities. Despite the protests of human rights organizations, he continues to seem untouchable. Egypt has been exposed to multiple political changes since the Revolution began in Tahrir Square …

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Managing the Russian threat: Finland’s 100 years of independence

Finland, the small Nordic nation situated in the shadow of Russia, celebrated its 100th birthday last week. More specifically, Finland celebrated 100 years of being independent from its eastern neighbour. During its century of liberty, Finland has become talented at maintaining strong ties with the Western world while simultaneously having …

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An Interview with the Australian Ambassador to Sweden

On 28th November 2017, I had the opportunity to interview Jonathan Kenna, Australian Ambassador to Sweden, following on from an event where members of UPF were able to ask the Ambassador questions, especially pertaining to Australia’s new Foreign Policy White Paper. I asked him a few questions regarding recent domestic …

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