Stockholm is reeling as two schools, a police station and dozens of cars were set ablaze in the fifth night of riots.Twelve people were arrested as rioters and police clashed with stone throwing youths in poor, largely immigrant districts of the Swedish capital.Blogger and social commentator, Mishra Mrutyuanjai, believes Sweden has full right to apply restrictive immigration policies when there aren’t many jobs to offer to the people who come to the country. RT: You are a member of the Swedish Democrats known for their have an anti-immigration stance. Youth unemployment in the suburb at the center of these riots is close to 30 per cent – is that to blame?Mishra Mrutyuanjai: Let me start by saying that I’m a member of the Swedish Democratic Party, which stands for fair immigration policy. It’s not an anti-immigration political party. Secondly, I think what has really caused these riots is, you know, a lack of open debate. And, you know, many rioters including myself have warned for long time that this kind of things do happen and now they’re happening. RT: Riots flared up in an immigrant suburb of Malmo five years ago, and violence is hitting Stockholm now. What can be done to stop it from happening again?MM: What really is required in Sweden is to shed this guard of political correctness. We’ve had this is Sweden… one of my good Swedish friends has said to me: in Denmark, you have an open debate; in Norway, you have a half-open debate; and in Sweden you have, actually, a closed debate. What we, actually, should start doing in Sweden is to start debating about things among other issues like what we recently now see happening in Stockholm. RT: Are there similarities between these riots and others, like the London riots of 2011, or those in the suburbs of Paris that flare from time to time?MM: Well, there are similarities and there are also arguments for that it’s quite unique because one must understand that Sweden is a very generous welfare state. It, actually, had given more to its immigrants than is the case in France or London. But the thing is that it’s a never-ending story like, I mean, the demands keep on increasing. Probably it’s high time that Sweden starts making demands on its immigrants and say: well, you have to learn the language; well, you have something more to do to get employment etc. and etc. RT: Do you think that the measures are you talking about will be able to improve the situation and how soon it can happen?MM: Well, this very generous and open immigration policy has resulted in a kind of ghettoized suburbs. And you see these problems emerging from these suburbs. So, first and foremost, there’s a need of a very realistic immigration policy which means that when there aren’t so many jobs that there’s a need of some restrictive and selective immigration policy. And this is in the interests of immigrants. Mind you, these aren’t just Swedish people saying this. I’ve written this in my blog that immigrants want that they should be getting jobs before they keep on inviting more and more people to Sweden. …
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Peace may finally be on the way for the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon announced 3000 more UN troops will be deployed in the area, during a visit to the eastern city of Goma.
He said their mandate will now allow them to enforce peace if necessary.
“The intervention brigade will address all this violence and will try their best to protect human life and human rights and human dignity of all the people here.”
This part of Congo is close to Rwanda, which is accused of helping the M23 insurgent group, currently involved in hostilities with the Congolese army.
Meanwhile, the World Bank has announced an aid package totaling a billion dollars, to finance health, education and Hydro electric projects.
It’ll also try to stimulate development and cross border trade.
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IMF chief Christine Lagarde is back in court today facing more questions over her role in a controversial payout made to a French businessman.
If the judges feel she has a case to answer she will be placed under formal investigation and could lose her current job.
Although she’s not being accused of benefiting from the 400 million euro payout, she is being questioned over an alleged misuse of public funds.
Back in 1993 Bernard Tapie sold his stake in the sports company Adidas to Credit Lyonais which then sold it on at a vast profit. Tapie claimed he had been defrauded.
In 2007 Nicolas Sarkozy suggested the finance ministry, which was overseeing the dispute and was led by Lagarde should move the case to arbitration.
An agreement was reached over a payment to Tapie.
Our reporter Giovanni Magi in Paris said:
“One day before the Republic’s court of justice was not long enough for the judges to make up their minds. There are many questions to be answered and many things at stake for the IMF’s director Christine Lagarde.”
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Supporters and opponents of the Ukrainian government have clashed in Kiev as both sides held rival demonstrations. Police intervened as scuffles broke out close to the main opposition rally.
Both sides have been holding demonstrations across Ukraine. This time many people had come to the capital to protest over the economy: the cost of living has soared as pay has failed to keep up with inflation.
But politics runs alongside economic concerns. The opposition again demanded the release of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko.
They also accuse the ruling party of President Yanukovich of deliberately putting off elections – including for the mayor of Kiev.
“We press on the government to start elections as soon as possible, but look, the Party of Regions is just scared about the elections because they fully realise that they will lose and they are going to fail. And the same will happen with the presidential elections. We need the unity of the opposition forces in order to reach the target,” said Arseniy Yatsenyuk, leader of United Opposition.
The governing party has been on the counter-attack, accusing nationalist opponents from Svoboda in particular of fascism – charges it denies, despite links with various European far-right parties.
For one prominent figure on the government side, there is good reason to worry:
“When people are not allowed to speak other languages, when national holidays are cancelled, when monuments are destroyed, whether we like them or not, I think those are the signs of fascism,” said Serhiy Tigipko, a Party of Regions MP .
The removal of statues of former Soviet leaders Lenin and Stalin has aroused the hostility of many Party of Regions supporters who naturally tilt towards Russia and are nostalgic for Soviet times.
They are also hostile to the critical stance of Ukrainian nationalists towards current Russian policy.
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