14 Mar, 2013

On so-called "foreigners" 


Posted at 03:50 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


Being a 'long-nose' is not easy anywhere, my friend Mikael Wiehe wrote to me last year regarding being a foreigner. It doesn't matter which country you go. As long as you look different or have a strange-sounding name the police, the customs officers, etc, etc, etc, will treat you with suspicion.

In Sweden, the not-so-intelligent Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask supports the police's harassment of foreign-looking people (in their search for "paperless immigrants"), and yesterday, Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri wrote an open letter to her in DN, Sweden's biggest daily newspaper.

Within one day (!) it was DN's most shared article on the web ever.

Please read this. It may open your eyes to the situation of foreigners in your own country, wherever you live. Because it's the same everywhere. It's not just about the police. It's rooted in our collective consciousness, the "foreigner", the "stranger", the "weirdo", the "strange name", the "big nose", etc.

The letter google-translated into English
http://translate.google.com/translate?s ... mp;act=url


Original Swedish text:
http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/basta-beatrice-ask


It's FANTASTIC.

And unfortunately very very true.



Jonas Hassen Khemiri and Beatrice Ask.





21 Feb, 2013

John Pilger 


Posted at 14:28 under THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


JOHN PILGER is an amazing Australian journalist, and his documentaries are wonderful proof of his passion to show a truth that we many times are not supposed to know about, a truth which our governments don't want us to know.

With the internet, people all over the world have more access to information than ever before in history, and the fact that many of John's documentaries are available on youtube is wonderful news for all of us who long to hear the truth.


Read more about him here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pilger

or on his website;
http://www.johnpilger.com


Here are two of his documentaries (in English, no subtitles).

Please watch them. The awakened awareness may change your life. At the very least, it will open your eyes.


The New Rulers of the World -
Showing the secrets behind globalization, and the growing gap between rich and poor.





War by other means -
Showing how the lifestyle of us in the rich countries is actually paid for by the poor countries.








31 Dec, 2012

Happy New Year! 


Posted at 14:21 under THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


HAPPY
NEW
YEAR!


I wish for 2013 to be a year where we all learn to accept eachother on a true and deep level.

Truly and deeply.

Many of us (not me, but maybe you?) were really worried that the world would end on December 21, because of the Maya indians' calendar.

I just feel, ok, can we go on now? Can we continue with the important things? We're 7 billion (7,000,000,000) people in this world. A child dies every second because of lack of clean water or medicine, and we argue about which day the world will end.

Grow up.

There is a real problem here, because so many of us escape from thinking and caring about the really important things, such as green energy, food for everyone, clean water, education for everyone - including girls in poor countries. It's all connected. We're all connected. Will 2013 be the year when we all understand that?

I hope so.

Here's for a new world.

It starts with me and you.


Happy New Year!





14 Dec, 2012

Open letter to my friends in Japan 


Posted at 03:01 under MUSIC, JAPAN, OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


http://nation.time.com/2012/12/13/elect ... -honestly/

To my friends in Japan:

Sunday's election is very important. This election can change the constitution of Japan (Peaceful since the bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and even wars with China or North Korea if people really vote for ABE.

* Prime minister NODA will lose his job, because opposite of the people's wish, he wants Nuclear Power.

* Expected new Prime minister ABE will boost the army and spend more public money on the army, weapons & aggresive foreign policies ("war"). Shouldn't public money go to rebuilding the country after the tsunami or improving schools? ABE also wants to put Japanese citizens to live/work on the disputed "Senkaku" islands, and you can only guess China's response. Several western countries have expressed worries about him from an international peace point of view.

* And nationalist canditate ISHIHARA, 80-years-old, wants Japan to test Nuclear weapons. Doesn't he remember the bombs?

* There are many small candidates as well. PLEASE check what they want, even though there's an accepted policy in Japan for politicians to lie about everything and suddenly change opinion.

Follow your heart. This election is Very Important.


Sincerely,
Johan Christher Schtz





22 Dec, 2011

Johan Persson & Martin Schibbye 


Posted at 14:25 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


Swedish journalists Johan Persson & Martin Schibbye were found "guilty of supporting terrorism" by an Ethiopian court yesterday.

It's awful.

They entered the country illegally on an assignment for Filter Magazine, to dig for the truth about the Swedish oil company Lundin Oil (now Lundin Petroleum), which previously had Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt as a board member. Bildt has refused to talk about the issue all the time, obviously covering up his dark, oilstained secrets.

Lundin Oil has been accused for forcefully relocating thousands of people in Ethiopia to be able to get their hands on the oil. People may have been killed during these "relocations".

Finally, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said they were innocent and should be freed. Bildt just says his job is to support the decision of the prisoners and their families.

English (BBC):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16283332

Swedish (SVD):
http://www.svd.se/kultur/litteratur/rat ... 725447.svd


Johan Persson & Martin Schibbye may face between 11-18 years in Ethiopian prison.

I guess it's time for Bildt to tell the truth for once.

And after that, it's time for Sweden to get a government who cares about Free speech and not only about covering up their ministers dirty past.

Just stop letting greed show your way. How far does it have to go?


FACEBOOK PAGE - please show your support:
http://sv-se.facebook.com/freejohanandmartin






28 Feb, 2011

New blog 


Posted at 01:07 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


to give room for my thoughts on Democracy and Society, i've started a new blog at
http://democracyrevolution.wordpress.com


i'll continue to write here about things concerning me, my music, my thoughts in general, etc.

however, i feel that the time is ripe for supporting a change in our society. the transit needs to be started now, before we run out of oil or clean fresh-water.

we can do anything together.

today we DO NOT have a true democracy, i'd say ANYWHERE. i advocate creating a new, internet-based DIrect Democracy, where we no longer need full-time politicians in parliaments.

and where the votes can no longer be SOLD to the company with the strongest lobbyists.

our system of Representative Democracy is outdated. it was introduced as it became physically impossible for citizens to join the voting in the Townhall on a specific day each week, or month.

to vote once every 4 years is NOT DEMOCRATIC.

especially when 'our' politicians don't follow our wish.

the system we have today is conflict-CREATING, it supports conflicts for the sake of sales or export or short-term profits, and from the following inequality between individuals or countries or peoples rise conflicts, terror and war.

with an internet-based direct democracy, we can all become more involved in OUR OWN WORLD.


our greed is making the world collapse.

we can stop that from happening but it's necessary that we do it together.


http://democracyrevolution.wordpress.com


peace!





22 Feb, 2011

"I am in Tripoli not Venezuela" 


Posted at 03:26 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


Libya's justice minister has quit, several ambassadors in different countries have done the same. leader Gaddafi claims he is in Tripoli and not in Venezuela.

quite a strange statement. but after 41 years of dictatorship it's time for him to go as well.

where is he welcome after having ordered his armed forces to kill the demonstrants?? hundreds of people have apparently been brutally shot down in the streets of libya during the latest week. it's probably just Saudi Arabia that welcomes him.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/fe ... et-gaddafi

oil prices go up because the world depends on these countries. is that's why western (and other) countries have not condemned these regimes earlier? we have been continously selling weapons and armoured vehicles to libya and many other countries for ages, and buying their oil.

let's just care about money!

let's continue pretending that everything is perfect, so i can drive around in my oversized car listening to radio with ads but without news.

it's a bubble.

the developments in the arab world are shaking the whole world. and after the US recently vetoed the UN condemnation of israeli settlements, the palestines are furious. let's not forget the history. let's ask the US which powerful forces BEHIND the government is making the rules. you can't blame Obama, he has no real power.

but palestinians plan a 'day of anger', as we have seen it in other arab countries recently, with mass demonstrations, on this friday. the development is written in the stars, but the world is changing, and the prosperous 'western' countries is beginning to see an end to the colonial era.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/fe ... settlement

it's about time, and i stand completely behind the idea of democracy.

also from a world-perspective: why should some countries on the northern hemisphere make the rules for all the world?

that's not democracy in the first place.



my democracy song on youtube soon has 2000 views!

send the video to your friends, download the song to your ipod, send it to your cousins. it's free for the sake of democracy:





download links are here:
http://www.peacebirdmusic.com

peace!





20 Feb, 2011

Ego and democracy 


Posted at 00:50 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


the unrest of the people in bahrain seems to pay off. police and military withdraws. the government should too, as it's not supposed to be there in the first place.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12514849

during the last month people have started to stand up for themselves in MANY arab countries in the middle east and northern africa. it's not difficult to feel happy for the people's success in Egypt to tear down such a long dictatorship.

it is however, difficult to accept that the countries in the european union (such as sweden where i come from) and the usa have not cared about these 'democratic issues' before.

big (mostly western) corporations make billions every year by putting their manufacturing in low-cost countries in asia, northern africa and south america.

people who work in banana plantations die of cancer at the age of 35 because of the pesticides used to keep the fruit 'fresh'; people who work in clothing factories get skin diseases because of the chemicals used in the production; children work as unpaid slaves in african mines digging for diamonds and other metals; the list can go on forever.

about one year ago 21 workers died in a factory in Bangladesh which produces clothes for successful swedish clothing chain H&M. the doors to the factory were apparently LOCKED, and when the fire began, people could not escape. another 50 persons were injured.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 14292.html

this takes us to my point. we do live in a globalised world, which it wouldn't make any sense to change, it would only take us back in time instead of learning from our 'mistakes' and move forward.

it seems the biggest obstacle is the Human Ego. because BILLIONS of people knows about these horrible problems but we don't do anything about them. the big corporations KNOWS about them but they don't care because they need to maximise their profit and make their shareholders happy. the governments DON'T SEE the problems because the corporations pay them to keep quiet.

one can see the uprisings in africa and the middle east as something more than just a 'call for democracy' or 'more rights to the oppressed peoples'. in the end, it's the fact that people live under such poor conditions that gives us people in the 'developed' parts of the world to live in luxury.

but someone has to pay the price.

the 'developed' governments (such as Sweden, England or the USA) have been supporting these oppressive governments in the arab world all the time, and they have never complained before. suddenly, with the massive demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt, they started to ask for 'change' and 'respect for the wish of the people'.

that's what i call double standard. it's called 'double moral' in swedish, but it's the same thing. it's pure hypocrisy.

we have supported these horrible governments for our own 'peace of mind', for our own corporations to make as big profits as possible.

but now the people have started to demand an end to this.

the world today is indeed a rest of the COLONIALISM. companies in the developed world use the poor conditions in other countries to maximise their profit.


we need an end to this.

i'm asking for true democracy now. a democracy that comes from the people, and not from the EGO of the owners of corporations.

there's just one planet earth, and we are very much here together, all of us. it doesn't matter where you're born or what language you speak. we're all brothers and sisters, and we need to help eachother.

we cannot force another human being to live as a slave because we want glittering jewelry or noisy mobile phones. we need to care about the environment. we need to care about eachother.


i sincerely hope that the uprisings in the arab world will bring a final end to the colonialism that our elected governments don't seem to care about. swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt previously was a prominent shareholder in questionable companies in the Oil and Gas industries (i don't know as of today).

and he is the foreign minister of sweden?

but just the fact that he is a multi-millionaire whose riches come from buying and selling shares in companies that allegedly have killed and forced away people in africa from their homes and villages, can he ever be a good foreign minister?

he is all about ego.

unfortunately i must say that people like him is what makes Democracy and Peace impossible. people like him cling to their thick wallets while drooling something about 'the interest of the country'.

it's just bullshit.

but as long as all of us just care about ourselves, nothing will change. capitalism and democracy just don't go together.

the arab countries have reached a point where the people have had enough. they can take NO MORE. and the change must begin now. and they can only do this TOGETHER.

i deeply and honestly respect and support the courage and strength of the people in the arab world today. they do what is necessary. what we see now is hopefully the beginning of a new, more equal and more democratic world.


when will democracy come to europe and america?




* * * * * * * * * *

keep downloading the song and send to your friends. empower the people now!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dXAVS7FX40





12 Feb, 2011

Good luck people of Egypt! 


Posted at 00:35 under OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


mubarak resigns after 30 years as the president of egypt. wonderful news to find when drinking the morning coffee in tokyo.

my thoughts are with the people of egypt, with the people who have struggled and with the families of the victims that have died along the way.

congratulations!

now, next step is just as important. a system change is necessary, who will bring it?

this can mark a new era in the modern world. the power of the USA may be diminished, for better and for worse.

today i'm with the people of egypt!

may peace be with you all the way.





07 Feb, 2011

Swedish Radio 


Posted at 14:45 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, DEMOCRACY


tomorrow morning (tuesday) i'll talk on Swedish Radio P4 about my new song PEACE! (Give the people the power back), and they will play the song for the first time on radio.

that's quite fast for being 2011. i record the song one week and it's played on radio on the other side of the world the next. like Music Business used to be in the 1960's before money ruined it.

listen online:
http://www.sr.se




keep spreading the video and download!
keep supporting the people of Egypt. they need us now!


write to your local radio station and ask them to play the song!

download links are here:
http://www.peacebirdmusic.com
or right under the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dXAVS7FX40


the song is free, and you can choose between MP3 or CD quality (WAV).

thank you all
and
peace!






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