Radio Sweden Tuesday
In today’s half hour from Radio Sweden, we’ll be looking at a controversy over secrecy, responsibility and alleged betrayal concerning Sweden’s emergency stand-by list – in the wake of the tsunami flood disaster which claimed Swedish lives in Southeast Asia.
We’ll also hear about a top-level debate over the environment – with church-led accusations that the Swedish government hasn’t done enough to tackle global warming.
We’ll take another look at the continuing discussions, demonstrations and ugly newspaper headlines about street violence in an otherwise so peaceful Sweden.
And hear more of the fiddles, guitars, percussion and key fiddles of modern updates of traditional Swedish folk music.
Closing music: Väsen, Skumpolska
We check out a stormy political debate raging in Sweden crossing political lines with both supporters of the center-right coalition government and opponents blasting what they see as a violation of principles and practices concerning Sweden’s stand-by high security list in case of emergencies - both at home and abroad.
In a scathing opinion column in the country’s leading national paper co-signed by the head of the country’s biggest environmental movement and other opinion-makers, the Archbishop of the Lutheran Church of Sweden, Anders Wejryd, described the government’s environment policy as devoid of vision and characterised by inaction.
Archbishop Wejryd tells reporter Azariah Kiros that all parties, irrespective of their politics, should pull their energy together to come to grips with the what he calls monumental environmental challenge:
Swedish police have announced that they intend to get tough with the increasing incidents of street violence.
This follows the beatings and even killings of youngsters in different Swedish cities, and led to a massive protest demonstration in Stockholm.