Tag: Afghanistan

  • Happy Nowrooz, Persian New Year 2023

    Happy Nowrooz, Persian New Year 2023

    Nowrooz is a time of renewal, rejuvenation and reflection. It’s time to leave the past behind and focus on the future. The days before Nowrooz are full of cleaning and decluttering the home, as a clean home is believed to bring good luck for the new year. People also buy new clothes to wear on […]

  • Finland retained the title of the happiest country for the sixth year in a row

    Finland retained the title of the happiest country for the sixth year in a row

    After Finland, Denmark and Iceland are in the top three, and Israel and the Netherlands are in the top five. Other countries in the top ten are Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg and New Zealand. Germany fell two places from last year to 16th place, while the US, UK and France ranked 15th, 19th and 21st […]

  • Denmark is the second happiest country in the world – report

    Happiest is a branch in Denmark. Hardly a day goes by without another headline referring to the Danes as the world’s happiest people. Meik Wiking is one of several writers who have made a career out of it. Not only has he written several bestselling books about the secret behind the Danes’ happiness, he is […]

  • Wag the Bear: How a Danish NGO helps deliver the truth to Russians via YouTube

    “You want answers/I want the truth!/You can’t handle the truth!” Only in the 2023 version of ‘A Few Good Men’, where Jack Nicholson portrays the Russian state and a Danish NGO, The WHY Foundationwill be played by Tom Cruise. That leaves the jury as to the people of Russia, who, courtesy of the NGO, can […]

  • Gender equality "300 years away": Chief of the UN

    Gender equality "300 years away": Chief of the UN

    He also recalled cases where women’s rights were taken away and said that in Afghanistan, women have been erased from public life. He also stated that in many other places women’s sexual and reproductive rights were revoked. “In some countries, girls going to school are at risk of abduction and abuse. In others, the police […]

  • Finland grants refugee status to Afghan women and girls

    Finland grants refugee status to Afghan women and girls

    According to the director of the asylum unit Antti Lehtinen, gender alone is now a sufficient basis for applying for asylum, whereas previously it was only one of many aspects taken into account in the decision-making process. The decision is a proactive measure by the Swedish Immigration Service in response to the deteriorating situation of […]

  • Pak Foreign Office orders Pakistani embassies in European countries not to issue visas to Afghans

    Pak Foreign Office orders Pakistani embassies in European countries not to issue visas to Afghans

    Islamabad [Pakistan]February 13 (ANI): Following an alleged visa scandal, Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) has ordered Pakistani embassies in European countries not to issue visas to Afghan nationals until further orders, Pakistan-based ARY News reported. According to ARY News, the Ministry of External Affairs issued instructions to all embassies across Europe to stop issuing visas to […]

  • Hersh claims Russia’s Nord Stream 1 and 2 blown up on order of Biden

    Hersh claims Russia’s Nord Stream 1 and 2 blown up on order of Biden

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Navy’s Diving and Salvage Center can be found in a location as obscure as its name-down what was once a country lane in rural Panama City, a now-booming resort city in the southwestern panhandle of Florida, 70 miles south of the Alabama border. The center’s complex is as nondescript as […]

  • UN chief Guterres fears that the world is heading towards a wider war

    UN chief Guterres fears that the world is heading towards a wider war

    In a speech to the 193-member UN General Assembly on Monday, he laid out his priorities for 2023, Al Jazeera reported. The nearly year-long conflict has intensified in recent weeks as Ukrainian and Russian forces fight fiercely for control of cities in eastern Ukraine. He pointed to the war in Ukraine, a “runaway climate catastrophe, […]

  • The nuclear family is alive, the EU presidency inaugurated, new book by Åsne Seierstad about Afghanistan

    The nuclear family is alive, the EU presidency inaugurated, new book by Åsne Seierstad about Afghanistan

    Hour 1: Turkey opposes Swedish NATO membership – should Sweden stand up more for its democratic principles? The EU presidency inaugurated in Kiruna – foreign foreign correspondents hear about Sweden’s challenges Healthcare crisis in Great Britain – now the nurses are on strike with strong support from the population Fierce fighting in Ukraine – what […]

  • A Danish passport still opens more doors than most

    A Danish passport still opens more doors than most

    War-torn survivorsOther notables included Great Britain (187), Norway and the United States (186), Canada and Australia (185), Brazil and Argentina (170), Mexico (159), Ukraine (144), Russia (118), South Africa (106), China (80), Indonesia (71) and India (59). “A stronger passport isn’t just about greater freedom of movement: it’s about greater economic freedoms in terms of […]

  • King Charles ready to follow in Queen Margrethe’s footsteps and not give HRH status to Prince Harry’s children

    King Charles ready to follow in Queen Margrethe’s footsteps and not give HRH status to Prince Harry’s children

    You might not think there’s an obvious connection between Denmark and Prince Harry’s recent explosive revelations – Netflix must be upset that he saved them all for his book – but you’d be wrong. The British media is hailing Queen Margrethe II as pioneering the way she stripped the HRH titles of all four children […]

  • Yearender: Xinhua’s Top 10 World News Events of 2022

    Yearender: Xinhua’s Top 10 World News Events of 2022

    BEIJING, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — The following are the top 10 world news events of 2022 selected by Xinhua in chronological order: © Provided by Xinhua RCEP enters into force, sending a strong voice from Asia on integration The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) officially entered into force on January 1, marking the launch of […]

  • Denmark joins major nations in calling on the Taliban regime to end restrictions on women

    Denmark joins major nations in calling on the Taliban regime to end restrictions on women

    Denmark and many countries around the world come together to condemn the Taliban regime’s treatment of women. A number of restrictions have recently been put in place by the Taliban to limit the opportunities for women living there – for example, barring them from working in NGOs. That is why Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen […]

  • Why Russians name shoes, tools and weapons after foreign women

    Why Russians name shoes, tools and weapons after foreign women

    The Russian language, rich in metaphors, surprises many foreigners with the fact that some things are literally feminative of other nationalities. But don’t rush to accuse Russians of misogyny! It’s all about linguistic tradition. The complete coincidence of words denoting a representative of a nationality and an event (or object) is called “homonymy”. In our […]

  • Journey of Relocation: It’s almost all about you

    Journey of Relocation: It’s almost all about you

    Matthew Gray came to Denmark after many years as an expat living in Africa and Asia. His wife had gotten a job with the United Nations here, and this time it was Matthew’s turn to follow her. Matthew, who is Canadian and British, and his wife (from Tajikistan) had been traveling with their work for […]

  • Monday’s papers: energy problem, Finland’s role in Afghanistan and extra days off

    Monday’s papers: energy problem, Finland’s role in Afghanistan and extra days off

    Newspapers report the good news that Finns will get nine “extra” days off in 2023.

  • Sweden brings home the soldiers who fight against terror

    Sweden brings home the soldiers who fight against terror

    For several years, one of the most important tasks of the defense was to protect Sweden abroad, and to acquire allies in the same vein. That was one of the points of the effort in Afghanistan and now most recently in Mali in West Africa. There, Sweden has participated both in the UN force Minusma […]

  • The US expects Sweden and Finland to join NATO soon

    The US administration is convinced that Sweden and Finland’s formal accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will soon be completed, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said at a joint press conference after talks with Finnish and Swedish counterparts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. . “Finland and Sweden are ready to become NATO allies. […]

  • Countries in the Middle East have the world’s most powerful passports

    Countries in the Middle East have the world’s most powerful passports

    The United Arab Emirates has risen to the top of the rankings for unrestricted access to countries around the world UAE nationals now use the world’s most powerful passport and have easy visitor access to all but 9% of the world’s countries, according to the latest Passport Index rankings by Canadian financial advisory firm Arton […]

  • India expresses concern over global food security due to the war in Ukraine

    India expresses concern over global food security due to the war in Ukraine

    New York [US]December 7 (ANI): India on Tuesday said it remains concerned about the deterioration in global food security exacerbated by the war in Ukraine that has entered its tenth month. India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Ambassador Ravindra made these remarks at the UN General Assembly on the theme “Strengthening the Coordination of UN Humanitarian Assistance […]

  • Turkish attacks on America’s Kurdish allies echo the Ukraine war

    Turkish attacks on America’s Kurdish allies echo the Ukraine war

    Bucharest, Romania – US President Joe Biden’s administration is toughening its language toward NATO ally Turkey as it tries to dissuade Turkish President Recep Erdogan from launching a bloody and destabilizing ground offensive against US-allied Kurdish forces in neighboring Syria. Since November 20, after six people died in a bomb attack in Istanbul a week […]

  • UNICEF announces cash support for Afghanistan’s poor families

    UNICEF announces cash support for Afghanistan’s poor families

    Kabul [Afghanistan]December 5 (ANI): The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced cash assistance to 1,00,000 poor families in Afghanistan to help them survive the coming winter, as the local population of Afghanistan is in desperate need of assistance to face their daily household needs, The Khaama Press, a news agency from Afghanistan, reported, citing […]

  • Turkey’s operation against Kurds in Syria risks reviving the IS group

    Turkey’s operation against Kurds in Syria risks reviving the IS group

    Turkey is threatening to send group troops into northeastern Syria in retaliation for a deadly bomb in Istanbul on November 13 that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attributed to the Syrian Kurdish YPG (Kurdish People’s Protection Unit). The group has firmly denied responsibility for the attack. But Erdogan now plans to escalate the offensive in the […]

  • UN launches record $51.5 billion humanitarian appeal for 2023

    UN launches record $51.5 billion humanitarian appeal for 2023

    “The humanitarian needs are shockingly high as this year’s extreme events spill over into 2023,” said the UN emergency coordinator. Martin Griffiths. “Deadly droughts and floods are wreaking havoc in communities from Pakistan to the Horn of Africa. The war in Ukraine has turned parts of Europe into a battlefield. More than 100 million people […]

  • VMA in Gällivare and Malmberget, Norrbotten •

    VMA in Gällivare and Malmberget, Norrbotten •

    When Qatar was named host country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2010, many were surprised because the country was an almost unknown soccer nation. But behind the decision was a well-executed campaign from the kingdom where stone-rich Qatar made huge and strategic investments in France, among others. Virtually all the people within the […]

  • WC Round-Up: Denmark issues well-timed threat to pull out of FIFA ahead of European Parliament’s strong condemnation of world body

    WC Round-Up: Denmark issues well-timed threat to pull out of FIFA ahead of European Parliament’s strong condemnation of world body

    The DBU football association shocked a lot of people around the world on Wednesday with a statement announcing that it is considering withdrawing from FIFA. “It is not a decision that has been made now. We have been aware of this for a long time. We have been discussing it in the Nordics since August,” […]

  • America’s bravado hides a deeply damaged democracy

    America’s bravado hides a deeply damaged democracy

    America is a nation in decline and exceptionalism has blinded us to a dangerous allegiance, writes Bilal Cleland. What is democracy? Abraham Lincolnin Gettysburg AddressNovember 19, 1863, gave one of the most frequently quoted statements about democracy. He described it as “government of the people, by the people, for the people”. It was a state […]

  • The EU contributes EUR 50 million to the World Food Program for Afghanistan

    The EU contributes EUR 50 million to the World Food Program for Afghanistan

    According to WFP’s latest estimate, a staggering nine out of 10 households are unable to meet their food needs, with women-headed households particularly vulnerable. “This is a time of urgent need in Afghanistan. People are reeling from the effects of four decades of conflict, climate threats, COVID-19 and the socio-economic crisis that have taken people […]

  • Suspect arrested in a horrific Holbæk murder case

    Suspect arrested in a horrific Holbæk murder case

    A suspect is in police custody after the fatal stabbing of a pregnant 37-year-old woman in Holbæk on Thursday. He was arrested by the police this morning. This is stated by the police in a statementthe suspect, a 24-year-old citizen of Afghanistan, was detained at 09:11 this morning. “The arrested man is suspected of murdering […]

  • RLI: Bulgaria at the bottom of Europe in terms of the rule of law

    Bulgaria has improved its results on the rule of law, moving up two positions to 60th from last year’s 62nd place among 140 countries, according to The World Justice Project’s (WJP) Rule of Law Index (RLI) for 2022. The country of Bulgaria has 55 points (1 more than last year) out of a possible 100. […]

  • VOA Immigration Weekly Recap, October 2329

    VOA Immigration Weekly Recap, October 2329

    Editor’s Note: Here’s a look at immigration-related news around the United States this week. Questions? Tip? Comments? Email VOA’s immigration team: [email protected] DACA made federal regulation, but future remains uncertain The Biden administration has revised a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, hoping […]

  • Assange tests positive for Covid-19 in prison

    Assange tests positive for Covid-19 in prison

    The WikiLeaks publisher has been put under 24-hour lockdown in Belmarsh, his wife reports WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has tested positive for Covid-19 and is being held in total isolation at Belmarsh prison as he continues to fight extradition to the US, his wife Stella told the media on Monday. “The next few days will […]

  • UN Weekly Roundup: 24–30 September 2022

    UN Weekly Roundup: 24–30 September 2022

    United Nations – Editor’s note: Here’s a quick snapshot of what the international community has been up to this past week, as seen from the UN’s perch. Ukraine’s Zelenskyy briefs the Security Council Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that Russia must be completely isolated internationally for its sham referendums […]

  • Separatists in Iran kill up to 19, including guard chief

    Separatists in Iran kill up to 19, including guard chief

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Iranian state-linked media reported late Friday that up to 19 people, including a paramilitary Revolutionary Guard commander, had been killed in an attack by armed separatists on a police base in the eastern city of Zahedan. It was not immediately clear whether the attack, which took place earlier in the […]

  • India restores historic ties with Central Asian countries under PM Modi

    India restores historic ties with Central Asian countries under PM Modi

    By Heena JoshiNew Delhi [India]Sep 3 (ANI): Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has returned focus to Central Asia after 30 years of neglect of this landlocked and resource-rich region that shares cultural and historical ties with India, the former envoy said. to Kazakhstan, Ashok Sajjanhar. Speaking to ANI, the former envoy to Kazakhstan, Sweden […]

  • Whale pork, Russian collective debt and who is the world’s best stage performer?

    Whale pork, Russian collective debt and who is the world’s best stage performer?

    Wallet choice – then it works The election is approaching, it’s only weeks away now. And alongside the government issue and crime, there is also a lot of talk about the economy. The politicians seem to compete in outbidding each other in proposals to improve the voters’ private finances. And both politicians and experts have […]

  • Overview: A year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan

    Overview: A year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – A year after the Taliban’s return to power, the Islamist group’s efforts to manage an economy already battered by drought, the Covid-19 pandemic and waning confidence in the government it toppled have largely proved fruitless. In Afghanistan’s last fiscal year before the collapse of Ashraf Ghani’s Western-backed coalition government – 2020-21 – 75% […]

  • Danish news overview: It’s official!  Denmark could have its first gay prime minister!

    Danish news overview: It’s official! Denmark could have its first gay prime minister!

    Liberal leader Jakob Ellemann-Jensen is not the only prospective new prime minister among the blue bloc, as Søren Pape Poulsen has officially confirmed that he wants to stand as a candidate to become prime minister. As leader of the Conservatives, he said this week that he wants to improve Denmark without putting the country through […]

  • Finland cuts visa times for Russians in half and gives priority to non-tourist visas

    Finland cuts visa times for Russians in half and gives priority to non-tourist visas

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs announced the decision yesterday after the board meeting held at Säätytalo Pekka Haavisto (Green). He stated that the reduction can be achieved without legislative changes by processing tourist visa applications only on certain days or times. “It would still be possible to apply for a small number of tourist visas,” […]

  • Kaikkonen: Finland is already compatible with NATO – “just connect”

    Kaikkonen: Finland is already compatible with NATO – “just connect”

    According to him, in the best case scenario, Finland could officially join the defense alliance at the end of this year, which will strengthen its defense capability and crisis resilience of the entire alliance. – Naturally, we strive for membership to be realized as soon as possible, he said. Kaikkonen outlined that the country will […]

  • One year after the Taliban took power – this is how the situation looks today

    One year after the Taliban took power – this is how the situation looks today

    It has been a year since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan and proclaimed an Islamic emirate, following the US withdrawal. But despite broken promises and widespread poverty, the population has a better knowledge of their rights today. “We have felt a certain measure of freedom that will have a greater impact than we think,” […]

  • Norwegian Refugee Council Announces $2.5 Million Hilton Humanitarian Award for 2022

    Norwegian Refugee Council Announces $2.5 Million Hilton Humanitarian Award for 2022

    To date, the Hilton Foundation has awarded more than $41 million to awardees. NRC joins a list of 26 award winners, including CAMFED, Homeboy Industries, METAdrasi, SHOFCO, icddr,b and The Task Force for Global Health. In the award, Jan EgelandThe Secretary-General of the NRC said: “We are honored to receive this prestigious humanitarian award at […]

  • VMA in Helsingborg and Höganäs, Skåne •

    VMA in Helsingborg and Höganäs, Skåne •

    Al Qaeda leader killed in Kabul Last week, Al Qaeda’s top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by the US military in a targeted attack. Zawahiri was in a luxury villa in Kabul, apparently a guest of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. How does this affect the relationship between the US and Afghanistan? And how has […]

  • A growing number of victims of abuse turned to the system for helping victims of human trafficking

    A growing number of victims of abuse turned to the system for helping victims of human trafficking

    This information is included the latest semi-annual report about the system for helping victims of human trafficking. “Non-governmental organizations in particular identify people who have become victims of human trafficking in Finland,” says Terhi Tafarisenior adviser of the system for helping victims of human trafficking. Some of the new customers, 63 adults and three minors, […]

  • EU Commissioner: Ukraine’s arms trade fuels violence in criminal networks in the European Union

    EU Commissioner: Ukraine’s arms trade fuels violence in criminal networks in the European Union

    Such smuggling “fuels violence in criminal networks in the European Union”, Johansson said, adding that the center will be a “one-stop shop” that will allow the EU’s border agency Frontex to support local border agencies and enable Europol. to share information. An EU official highlighted the differences in the arms trade process: “It’s hard to […]

  • Iran ranks near the bottom of the Gender-Gap Index

    Iran ranks near the bottom of the Gender-Gap Index

    Iran ranks among the bottom five in the global gender gap index for 2022, dragged down by the lack of opportunities for women in the conservative, male-dominated society. The World Economic Forum (WEF) released one Report on 13 July, which measures women’s economic participation, level of education, health and political survival. Taliban-led Afghanistan is the […]

  • Disinformation campaigns target Finnish speakers of foreign languages, NATO fears

    Disinformation campaigns target Finnish speakers of foreign languages, NATO fears

    Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many news outlets – including BBC and Caretaker – have reported that targeted disinformation campaigns and rumors have flooded online spaces. In response, platforms like TikTok and Twitter have enhanced efforts to counter the Russian disinformation that has spread on their sites. At the same time, research by Ylen’s […]

  • The President of Mexico promises to demolish the Statue of Liberty

    The President of Mexico promises to demolish the Statue of Liberty

    Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he will press the US to drop the charges against Julian Assange Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the symbol of American freedom could lose its significance if Washington refuses to drop charges against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, who risks 175 years in prison. “If they take him to […]

  • The EU grants an additional 40 million euros for polio vaccines and child protection in Afghanistan

    The EU grants an additional 40 million euros for polio vaccines and child protection in Afghanistan

    “That’s why the EU is donating an additional €15 million to UNICEF to help identify boys and girls returning to Afghanistan who need help, as well as children who are at risk of migration, and give them options other than migration or labour,” he said. Credited by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). […]

  • Russia is now the biggest threat: NATO “can adapt its policies accordingly”

    Russia is now the biggest threat: NATO “can adapt its policies accordingly”

    As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth month, NATO leaders will meet in Madrid for their annual conference on June 28-30 to discuss key security issues facing the military alliance, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s growing influence. NATO has also announced its decision to accelerate previously neutral Sweden and Finland membership applications […]

  • The story of the Islamic revolution in Iran

    The story of the Islamic revolution in Iran

    1979 was a year of dramatic events, partly the Islamic Revolution in Iran, but also the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and the occupation of the Great Mosque in Mecca in Saudi Arabia. These events had enormous geopolitical consequences for the entire Middle East. In Iran, a Shiite clergy took over the government and overthrew […]

  • According to the UNHCR, global resettlement needs for refugees will increase sharply next year

    According to the UNHCR, global resettlement needs for refugees will increase sharply next year

    The increase is due to the humanitarian impact of the pandemic, the many protracted refugee situations and the emergence of new refugee situations over the past year. Most of the needs in 2023 will come from asylum countries on the African continent; about 662,012 refugees staying there are estimated to be in need of resettlement. […]

  • 6 reasons why everyone should fight for Assange’s freedom

    6 reasons why everyone should fight for Assange’s freedom

    The justice system has failed to defend the principles it should protect in the case of WikiLeak founder Julian Assange, so the public must wake up to the need for peaceful global protests to run parallel to Assange’s legal battle, writes Sara Chessa. The UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said recently that she had it […]

  • 6 reasons why everyone should fight for Assange’s freedom

    6 reasons why everyone should fight for Assange’s freedom

    The justice system has failed to defend the principles it should protect in the case of WikiLeak founder Julian Assange, so the public must wake up to the need for peaceful global protests to run parallel to Assange’s legal battle, writes Sara Chessa. The UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said recently that she had it […]

  • Julian Assange has no prayer for the Empire of Lies

    Julian Assange has no prayer for the Empire of Lies

    Wikileaks co-founder is on his way to a screening trial of politicians desperate for votes After several years on the run from various governments, Wikileaks editor Julian Assange now seems to be on his way to the United States, where he can expect to face a show trial during the election year built on a […]

  • Creates the war in Ukraine a new world order

    Creates the war in Ukraine a new world order

    The Cold War alliances are strengthened while the classic enemies of the “free west” forge stronger ties in a moment when France leaves the helm of the EU. “It is unwise to take a contradictory position on two opponents in a way that drives them together,” according to the world’s most experienced diplomat, Henry Kissinger, […]

  • The global transition will reach a record 89.3 million in 2021: UN report

    The global transition will reach a record 89.3 million in 2021: UN report

    and more than two-thirds (69 per cent) came from just five countries: Syria (6.8 million), Venezuela (4.6 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million), South Sudan (2.4 million) and Myanmar (1 .2 million). “Every year in the last decade, the numbers have risen,” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Filippo Grandi. In its report, UNHCR stressed that […]

  • International Round-Up: Denmark hits the milestone for vaccine donation, but it has not been easy!

    International Round-Up: Denmark hits the milestone for vaccine donation, but it has not been easy!

    With a donation of more than 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccines to Thailand, Denmark has fulfilled its goal of donating 10 million vaccines worldwide. The 1,266,000 Moderna-Spikevax vaccines arrived in Thailand last Thursday. According to Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke, Denmark will continue its efforts to find recipient countries for its overdoses. Finding countries to take […]

  • Xinhua Middle East News Summary at 2200 GMT, 27 May

    ISTANBUL – Turkey expects Sweden and Finland to take concrete steps and stop supporting terrorist organizations in exchange for Ankara raising objections to the two countries’ NATO membership, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday. “Both countries must take concrete steps. Our expectations are not impossible. They must stop supporting terrorism if they want […]

  • MIGRI publishes new assessment of security situation in Kabul

    MIGRI publishes new assessment of security situation in Kabul

    The suspension was due to significant changes in the security situation in Afghanistan. As of 9 July 2021, the Finnish Immigration Service has granted international protection to 433 Afghan citizens. However, some asylum seekers have had to wait for a decision because not all the necessary information has been available. These applications can now be […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 23 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 23 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 02:00: Russian citizens can express their dissatisfaction with the way the war against Ukraine is going, the British Ministry of Defense predicted on Monday, based on the number of casualties suffered […]

  • US President Biden welcomes Sweden’s and Finland’s applications to NATO

    US President Biden welcomes Sweden’s and Finland’s applications to NATO

    Washington [US]May 19 (ANI): US President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed Sweden’s and Finland’s application to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and said it was a significant day and that his government is giving “full, total, full support” to the decisions of the Nordic countries. After talks with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson […]

  • China In Eurasia Briefing: Why The Ukraine War Matters For Asia

    China In Eurasia Briefing: Why The Ukraine War Matters For Asia

    Welcome back to the China In Eurasia briefing, an RFE/RL newsletter tracking China’s resurgent influence from Eastern Europe to Central Asia. I’m RFE/RL correspondent Reid Standish and here’s what I’m following right now. Why The Ukraine War Matters For Asia The ripple effects of the Ukraine war are spreading across the world and already hitting […]

  • NATO expansion root cause of the crisis in Ukraine: former senior French official

    NATO expansion root cause of the crisis in Ukraine: former senior French official

    © Provided by Xinhua Conesa said that a diplomatic modus vivendi could still be found to achieve peace in Ukraine, but for this to happen, Russia’s security problems must be taken into account. By Xu Chi and Xu Jiatong GENEVA, May 16 (Xinhua) – Attempts to extend membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) […]

  • Live: Finland formally confirms offer of NATO membership

    Live: Finland formally confirms offer of NATO membership

    The Finnish government on Sunday officially announced its intention to join NATO, while Sweden’s ruling party is holding a crucial meeting that could pave the way for a joint application when the alliance’s military alliance leads to a historic expansion prompted by Russia’s war against Ukraine. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. […]

  • NATO decisions are approaching, everyday on the Ukrainian front and they are paying the price for the shortage of nurses

    NATO decisions are approaching, everyday on the Ukrainian front and they are paying the price for the shortage of nurses

    NATO membership, the decision will soon be made How will the Baltic Sea area be changed by that? Three experts in Sweden, Finland and Estonia comment. The students will soon run out The first batch of students get to run out after the pandemic, it is for many a great joy. The tradition is intact, […]

  • This week in Russia: Ambition and reality

    This week in Russia: Ambition and reality

    Like the coronavirus pandemic, Russia’s war on Ukraine is something that President Vladimir Putin cannot control – so the Kremlin is flushing the numbers and trying to shape the story. Putin’s speech on the weekend of May 9 signaled that the killing could continue for months or more. Here are some of the most important […]

  • Heavy shelling in Odesa places global grain shipments at risk

    Heavy shelling in Odesa places global grain shipments at risk

    Russian strikes continue to barrage the port city of Odesa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and Western weapons shipments critical to Kyiv’s defence. Odesa is a major gateway for global grain shipments, and Ukrainian and Western officials have warned that Russia’s blockade threatens global food supplies. Follow FRANCE 24’s […]

  • To burn the Koran – that’s why it’s so sensitive

    To burn the Koran – that’s why it’s so sensitive

    The American pastor Terry Jones tweeted in 2010 that he intended to hold a demonstration entitled “burn a Koran day” nine years after the terrorist attacks on September 11th. At the last moment, that action was canceled, but later the pastor burned a copy of the Koran, which led to protests in Afghanistan. The then […]

  • Naila Saleem on Taliban demands for burqa for women

    Naila Saleem on Taliban demands for burqa for women

    Ekot’s South Asian correspondent Naila Saleem is in place in Afghanistan, where the Taliban have imposed strict demands on the burqa again.

  • European contract organization for Europe

    European contract organization for Europe

    This is not new. In recent decades, European members of NATO have supported U.S. interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, often despite objections from their own people. Not to mention the impact on the people of these countries, the result for Europe was negative in all campaigns: unstable neighbors, loss of life, devastated economies, […]

  • Misinformation, censorship, trigger the global retreat of press freedom

    Misinformation, censorship, trigger the global retreat of press freedom

    Washington – Following the Kremlin’s example, a global increase in disinformation and propaganda has a catastrophic effect on independent news around the world, a new report shows. In its 2022 The World Press Freedom Index was released on TuesdayThe Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has contributed enormously to the […]

  • Not for Putin’s war in Ukraine, not for NATO

    Not for Putin’s war in Ukraine, not for NATO

    This includes the use of extreme violence against the left, as in the case of the far-right “Operation Gladio” terrorist networks. We are seeing this once again today, when the proud Western European socialist tradition of opposing militarism and defending peace, neutrality and non-alignment has been scandalously criticized as a Putin-friendly fifth column – an […]

  • Norway is willing to develop diplomatic ties with Iran

    Norway is willing to develop diplomatic ties with Iran

    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Henrik Thune highlighted his country’s plans to promote diplomatic relations with Iran. – Policy News – In a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in Tehran on Saturday, Thune described the strengthening of diplomatic contacts with Iran as a high priority in his country’s foreign policy regarding […]

  • Xinhua World News Summary at 0030 GMT, April 29

    BRUSSELS – Finland’s and Sweden’s applications to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be processed quickly if the Scandinavian countries choose to do so, said the military alliance’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday. “If they decide to apply, Finland and Sweden will be welcomed with open arms to NATO. Finland and Sweden […]

  • China asks Sweden to respect “religious beliefs” among Muslims even though they are the worst human rights violators: Report

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  • US special envoy discusses recent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan with Swedish officials

    US special envoy discusses recent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan with Swedish officials

    Kabul [Afghanistan]April 27 (ANI): US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West met with Swedish officials Niclas Kvarnstron and discussed the latest attacks on civilians in the troubled country. “Meet Niclas Kvarnström, Andreas von Uexkull their colleagues yesterday to discuss the humanitarian response, the rights of all Afghans, recent attacks on civilians, the economic situation in […]

  • NATO is not the solution to Finland’s security concerns, but part of the problem

    NATO is not the solution to Finland’s security concerns, but part of the problem

    The 1,340-kilometer border with Russia and the traumatic experiences of history make the momentary panic of ordinary people understandable. Unfortunately, the media and political leaders and representatives were also not immune to this hysteria. On the contrary, those politicians and the media who had long pushed Finland into NATO saw this as an opportunity to […]

  • Germany tightens conditions for migrants

    Germany tightens conditions for migrants

    The expelled person no longer needs to be able to meet the subsistence level in the home German courts are no longer obliged to ensure that a deported person who is sent home can support himself in a sustainable way there, the federal administrative court ruled on Thursday. The verdict, handed down in Leipzig, changed […]

  • Codename Pam – the secret life of the elite soldier

    Codename Pam – the secret life of the elite soldier

    The code name Pam protects her identity and Petra Malm is the first operator to come forward with her real name. After passing the tough tests, she joins the elite force where she works for ten years. Her story has recently become a book. SOG – Special operations group Within the Armed Forces, there is […]

  • Australia says it will not challenge Assange’s extradition

    Australia says it will not challenge Assange’s extradition

    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Australia will not challenge the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States and has confidence in the British legal system, a senior government official said on Thursday. – Other media news – A British court on Wednesday issued a formal decision to extradite the Australian citizen to the United […]

  • Why hurry to NATO now?

    Why hurry to NATO now?

    Perhaps we also need to consider why we have not sought NATO before. This is not the first time Russia has attacked a neighboring country recently. We could mention the invasion of Afghanistan, which led many Western countries to boycott the Moscow Olympics. But not Finland. Then there is the invasion of Georgia, the occupation […]

  • Ukrainians can apply for jobs in Finland, but can they find them?

    Ukrainians can apply for jobs in Finland, but can they find them?

    After Russia’s deadly invasion of Ukraine, tens of thousands of Ukrainians are expected to seek refuge in Finland, most of them seeking work. Julia Shevchenko is one of them. He arrived in Helsinki with his five-year-old son a month ago, while his ex-wife, mother-in-law and grandfather remained in their home country of Kiev to help […]

  • Russia says flagship Moskva cruiser of its Black Sea fleet has sunk

    Russia says flagship Moskva cruiser of its Black Sea fleet has sunk

    Russia said late on Thursday that the Moskva, the flagship missile cruiser of its Black Sea fleet, sank while being towed back to port. Ukraine said earlier in the day that its forces struck the Moskva in a missile attack but Russia said the vessel was damaged by an explosion of ammunition on board, making […]

  • Live: Russia to tow stricken flagship of Black Sea fleet back to port

    Live: Russia to tow stricken flagship of Black Sea fleet back to port

    Russia said it was making efforts to tow the Moskva, the stricken flagship of its Black Sea fleet, back to port on Thursday. Ukraine said its forces struck the Moskva in a missile attack but Russia said the vessel was damaged by an explosion of ammunition on board, making no mention of an attack. Follow […]

  • Wednesday’s Papers: NATO Reports Heads to Parliament, Domestic Violence During Covid and Nursing Career

    Wednesday’s Papers: NATO Reports Heads to Parliament, Domestic Violence During Covid and Nursing Career

    On Wednesday, Finland’s debate on NATO membership will proceed as the government reports to Parliament on the change in the foreign and security policy environment as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Helsingin Sanomat wrote that although the report does not take a direct position on NATO membership, it opens a formal debate and […]

  • Danske Nyheder Round-Up: The ministry will probably revoke the church’s right to veto wind turbines following a decision in Viborg

    Danske Nyheder Round-Up: The ministry will probably revoke the church’s right to veto wind turbines following a decision in Viborg

    At the end of January, the newspaper Information reported how the Danish Lutheran Church has vetoed plans to build wind turbines ten times since 2017. It has the right to object to anything that may interfere with the view from a church, provided it is within 3 km. Niels Vium, the official behind the decision, […]

  • Shock doctrine – the crisis in Ukraine and Finland

    Shock doctrine – the crisis in Ukraine and Finland

    Finnish power elite. I have noticed how Finnish students want to apply class-specific analysis to other societies, but are reluctant to use the same frame of reference in Finnish assessment. But perhaps the power elite is not as blatant as in other societies. Research Niklas Jensen-Eriksen recognizes how the power structures behind closed doors enabled […]

  • Supo: Russia’s cyber attacks and espionage threaten a growing threat to Finland’s national security

    Supo: Russia’s cyber attacks and espionage threaten a growing threat to Finland’s national security

    According to the security and intelligence service Supo, the hybrid attacks and illegal intelligence operations carried out by Russia are the biggest threat to Finland’s national security. The agency said on Tuesday that Russia may try to influence the public and political debate on Finland’s possible NATO membership. "Finnish society as a whole must prepare […]

  • Assange marries in prison

    Assange marries in prison

    WikiLeaks co-founder, behind bars in Belmarsh, ties in with the mother of her children Julian Assange married Stella Moris inside London’s maximum guarded Belmarsh prison on Wednesday, in a long-awaited ceremony. The couple has two children. The imprisoned WikiLeaks co-founder is fighting against attempts to extradite him to the United States on espionage charges for […]

  • Denmark is still among the happiest nations

    Denmark is still among the happiest nations

    DK number two since 2016Afghanistan finished at the bottom of the rankings after Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Botswana. Other notables included Australia (12th), Canada (15), USA (16), United Kingdom (17), Brazil (38), Mexico (46), Japan (54), South Korea (59), China (72), Russia (80), Indonesia (87), Denmark finished last at the top of the rankings in […]

  • Ministry: Tens of thousands of Ukrainians arrive in Finland

    Ministry: Tens of thousands of Ukrainians arrive in Finland

    The Ministry of the Interior estimates that tens of thousands of displaced persons from Ukraine will arrive in Finland. The number of arrivals has accelerated this week, while those arriving are in poorer physical condition and more likely to be traumatized. At least 7,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Finland since the Russian invasion began on […]

  • Britain denies Julian Assange’s appeal of extradition to WikiLeaks

    Britain denies Julian Assange’s appeal of extradition to WikiLeaks

    The court rejects WikiLeaks’ co-founder’s request to appeal extradition to the United States, the case has been referred to the Home Office On Monday, Britain’s Supreme Court rejected Julian Assange’s appeal of the decision to extradite him to the United States, where WikiLeaks co – founders are being prosecuted for espionage. It is now up […]

  • Africans and Middle Eastern asylum seekers are criticizing "unfair" Finnish system: "No one has welcomed me"

    Africans and Middle Eastern asylum seekers are criticizing "unfair" Finnish system: "No one has welcomed me"

    Last seven years an economics student Yasin Omer has sought asylum in Finland many times since fleeing the Somali war – but to no avail. Although she sympathizes with the Ukrainians currently fleeing her homeland as a result of Russia’s attack, she told Yle that the situation was at odds with her treatment. "It feels […]

  • Finland’s NATO madness

    Finland’s NATO madness

    Now I am surrounded by so-called experts who have been driven to TV studios to incite war over the events in Ukraine and how Finland is next in line. I see fear overshadowed by political decisions and Twitterat igniting fires demanding intervention and no-go zones. There seems to have been a collective collapse in mental […]

  • UN Weekly Roundup: March 5-11, 2022

    UN Weekly Roundup: March 5-11, 2022

    Editor’s note: Here is a quick picture of what the international community has done in the past week, seen from the UN’s perch. UN appeals for safe corridors in Ukraine for civilian, humanitarian On Monday, the UN humanitarian chief appealed for safe passage for civilians fleeing Ukraine and for humanitarian supplies delivering emergency aid to […]

  • The insecurity of the Taliban is leading to bids for Afghan rights agencies in exile

    The insecurity of the Taliban is leading to bids for Afghan rights agencies in exile

    From his office in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada has appointed ministers to Afghanistan’s de facto government, governors of the 34 provinces and even a chief justice by “decree” that does not require the approval of a legislator. body. However, there is a national institution whose fate Akhundzada has […]

  • Russia victims of its own war history

    Russia victims of its own war history

    Vetenskapsradion Historia takes the tempo of Russia’s tactics during the invasion of Ukraine and discusses Russian war history with the defense historian Lars Ericson Wolke at the Swedish National Defense College. “Russian warfare has deep roots in World War II and the Cold War, but it has not worked in Ukraine,” he said. The experiences […]