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2009-06-08 06:50:16
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A citizen called refugee

A 61 year-old man, who is a Swedish citizen, is suspected of having committed gross unlawful espionage, the most severe charge available under the law. The court followed the prosecution's recommendation and remanded the man into custody.

Both the prosecution and the man's lawyer confirmed that he is Uyghur, an ethnic minority primarily residing in the north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang. The group is Muslim, speaks a Turkish dialect and the Chinese government has identified several armed Uyghur separatist groups. The man came to Sweden as a political refugee in the late 1990s and became a Swedish citizen in 2002. Björn Hurtig, the man's attorney, said he was unable to comment on whether the Chinese government may have leverage over the man, and if he is being blackmailed.

Oddly for one more time we forget to report that the man is …not a refugee but a Swedish Citizen!


A Cyber attack

The June List (Junilistan) party website was shut down for several hours on Friday due to a cyber attack. “At first we thought that the site was overloaded. Then we discovered that the site had been attacked.”

Jonasson said that the attack was traced to the IP address associated with a computer at Södertörn University College. “It hit our homepage several hundred times per second, and the site couldn't recover and shut down. When the IP address was removed, it worked again,” he said. This isn't the first time that the site has experienced problems. Several days ago, something was wrong and visitors were unable to load the page.

“The answer we got was that it was overloaded, but now we are wondering if something else has actually been going on. We don't want to be unnecessarily conspiratorial, but this is really not good,” he said regarding the EU-parliamentary elections on Sunday.

Perhaps has something to do with the …hackers’ movement?


Swedish 'n***o' neighbourhood

An association working for Africans' rights has reacted with fury to a decision by a state agency to preserve the name of a neighbourhood called Negern ('the negro') in the western Swedish town of Karlstad.

"I'm extremely upset. The N-word is racist and this just confirms the nature of Sweden today," said Kitimbwa Sabuni of the National Afro-Swedish Association (Afrosvenskarnas riksförbund).  The neighbourhood's name came under scrutiny when the National Land Survey of Sweden (Lantmäteriet) was asked by the Karlstad town council to reevaluate the designation. A private citizen had complained that "many people regard the name as objectionable, insulting, or just plain rude".

But the agency's 'Place Name Division' countered that the name was part of Sweden's cultural heritage and should instead be seen as "exotic and evocative". "Accepted place name practices dictate that place names should not be changed without strong reasons, and the Place Name Division cannot see that there are such reasons in the case of the neighbourhood name Negern."

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