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“Plurality is a resource, not a weakness” – an interview with Father Jacques Mourad

Since 2011 over half a million Christians have fled Syria as a result of the Civil War and the rise of the Islamic State. The Syrian priest, Father Jacques Mourad, was one of them; after his unique experience with IS, he remains determined to continue working towards a dialogue between …

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Can beer stop human trafficking? An interview with Ulf Stenerhag, CEO and founder of Not For Sale Ale

“Having a product that is basically in some way bad, can actually move into the areas of bad activities and promote the issue.” Says Ulf Stenerhag founder and CEO of Not For Sale Ale in an interview with Utrikesperspektiv.se. Not For Sale Ale aims to create a world where No …

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Interview: Cecilia Malmström on Migration and Asylum Policy in the EU

Cecilia Malmström speaking at the UPF/LUPEF lecture. Source: UPFThe EU’s Common Migration and Asylum policies often spark heated debate between member states and parties. The Lampedusa boat disaster in October coupled with the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis have reinvigorated the debate on the EU’s responsibilities toward asylum seekers. On November 25, 2013, the current EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, was welcomed to Lund by UPF and LUPEF to speak about the challenges facing the EU’s asylum and migration policies.

By Likki Lee Pitzen

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Don’t forget about AIDS – The future of the pandemic is in our hands

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus was discovered in 1981, and since then over 21 million people have lost their lives due to AIDS and related diseases. In the western world, treatment with antiretroviral drugs have reduced the spread and severity of disease, but in Sub-Saharan Africa, the pandemic continues to hinder economical, social and political development. While much is still yet to be done to stop the pandemic, the financial crisis and declining public interest in the issue are leading to decreased funding at a time when it is most needed.

Kristina Bolme Kühn is the president of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF) in Sweden. She has a long history of working with HIV in Africa. In her recent UPF lecture, ”HIV in a Humanitarian Perspective”, she described how the MSF went from being a purely emergency relief-based medical organization to tackling the pandemic of untreatable HIV-infections:

"We simply defined HIV as a medical catastrophe, and so, MSF automatically had a mandate to deal with this problem. People are dying of AIDS related diseases all the time, so it would be inhuman not to act!"

MSF currently treats more than 170,000 people in 19 countries, relying to about 90% on private donors for their activity.

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Human Rights with Ove Bring

Ove Bring is well known in the fields of international law and human rights. He has been a professor in international law since 1993, and currently works at The Swedish National Defense College. He has been a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration since 1999.

Bring visited Lund last week to participate in a panel discussion, organized by the Association of Foreign Affairs and Amnesty International, concerning the West Bank.

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Cecilia Uddén

Interview with Cecilia Uddén, correspondent working in Cairo for Sveriges Radio (Swedish Broadcasting)

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“People are not after money anymore, they are after solutions”

Sahar El-Nadi. Photo: Leif Jansson

INTERVIEW WITH SAHAR EL-NADI 

Sahar El-Nadi, an internationally known Egyptian journalist with an impressive CV, is rushing into the lobby of Hotel Concordia. She smiles and is in a good mood, even though her schedule is hectic. She complains about the cold weather but emphasises how beautiful Lund is. This is her first time in Scandinavia and yesterday she was in Malmö. 

 

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“Being frustrated about inequality and injustice was not enough”

Cecilia Malmström. Photo: Hans Doverholm. wikicommons

Interview with Cecilia Malmström

One year since the Arab spring the European Union is facing a great challenge in handling the stream of refugees trying to get across its borders. On Friday the 27th of January the Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund invited European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström to give a lecture about the current situation and the aim for a common European migration policy. The crowded lecture hall proved that these are hot topics and the Commissioner had to tackle several questions from vocal students.

Migration is a controversial matter. Today the stakes are even higher with six Union members receiving 75 percent of all migrants. An unsustainable situation according to the Commissioner who claims that a joint solution regarding migration is urgent.

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“They throw good money after bad money”

Johan Norberg is a Swedish classical liberal thinker and a freelance writer as well as the author of several books. Recently, he has been active in the debate over Europe's economic crisis. Utrikesperspektiv met him to ask about the crisis in Europe and the banking system.


What is the biggest problem in terms of Euro-crisis today?

The problem is that three countries are bankrupt and two can't borrow and the Southern European banking system has collapsed. Everybody is on life-support from other governments and the European Central Banks. And in the long run that will not work. The only result is that they throw good money after bad money and undermine their own financial situation. And now we are all in this together. The governments are in a bad situation, and then, so are then banks, because they lent the money. And then governments look even worse, because they might have to support those bankrupt banks, and so on. It's a very negative spiral.

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Hina Jilani – Women’s Rights in Pakistan

HINA JILANI AT THE SECOND SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, GENEVA IN 2006. PHOTO: UNITED NATIONS INFORMATION SERVICE. FLICKR

Last week Hina Jilani was invited by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and the Lund University to give a lecture in the memory of the late Swedish Foreign Minister – Anna Lindh. Ms. Jilani has been fighting for the human rights for over 30 years, not only in her home country, Pakistan but around the world. She has served as the Special Representative to the UN Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders from 2000 to 2008. Her work has been recognized with many international human rights awards. In our interview we paid special attention to the situation of the women rights in Ms. Jilani’s homeland.

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