100 år med Mandela

I dag ville Nelson Mandela have fyldt 100 år. I de 95 år han levede, nåede han at blive betragtet som både terrorist og frihedshelt. Men mest af alt vil han blive husket som en inspiration og et symbol for undertrykte mennesker i hele verden.

Nelson Mandela var en vigtig brik i sejren over det sydafrikanske apartheidstyre, der delte mennesker op i racergrupper, med de hvide som overherrer. Og han er et vigtigt symbol for alle mennesker der kæmper imod racisme og undertrykkelse.

Ikke fordi den vision han havde for Sydafrika er realiseret i dag. For selvom Sydafrika på mange måder er et bedre sted i dag end før 1994, er landet (ligesom resten af verden) blevet mere ulige siden ANC kom til magten, Read more of this post

Breaking the curse of 1966

As a player, Gareth Southgate missed the final penalty that saw England crash out of the 1996 European Championships in the semi-finals – a kick that started the latest 22 years of hurt for England. As England manager at Russia 2018 he might just have begun a quiet revolution that could end the curse of 1966.

England did not win or reach the final of this year’s football World Cup, crashing out to Croatia in the semis. But perhaps manager Southgate, the Football Association and the players have sown the seeds for future success. Read more of this post

Students saved South Africa

The Nelson Mandela Centenary will be making headlines around the world on July 18. But 50 years ago, Mandela was in prison and the ANC were virtually defunct within South Africa. Instead, it was a students’ organisation that reignited the struggle against apartheid.

As we celebrate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela and his contribution to the defeat of apartheid in South Africa, as well as the inspiration he still holds for oppressed people around the world, we must remember to also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO). Read more of this post

Ny bog om Afrikas sidste koloni: Pres på firmaer og retssager virker

Ny bog beskriver de politiske aspekter og EU’s og multinationale firmaers rolle i udplyndringen af naturresurser i Afrikas sidste koloni Vestsahara, og hvordan retssager og aktivisme har presset firmaer ud af landet.

Hvis man vil have en hurtig introduktion til Vestsahara-konflikten, en udførlig gennemgang af hvorfor landet har været koloniseret af Marokko siden 1975, og en plan til at sætte en kæp i hjulet på koloniseringen, så er bogen Profit over Peace in Western Sahara et godt sted at starte. Read more of this post

Det er svært at blive dansk

Det bliver sværere og sværere at blive dansker. Selvom jeg er født i Danmark af en dansk mor, har boet i Danmark siden 1979, og er dansk gift og har danske børn, fik jeg for nyligt afslag på min ansøgning om dansk statsborgerskab.

”De har ikke dokumenteret Deres kendskab til danske samfundsforhold, dansk kultur og historie”, stod der i anslaget til min ansøgning om dansk statsborgerskab. Afslaget dumpede ind af min brevsprække, næsten to år efter jeg havde ansøgt. Read more of this post

Becoming Danish is hard

It is increasingly hard to become Danish. Even though I am born in Denmark to a Danish mother, have lived in Denmark for most of my life, and am married to a Dane and have two Danish children, my post-Brexit application for Danish citizenship was rejected.

“You have not documented your knowledge and understanding of Danish society, culture and history,” I was told in a letter from the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration. I received this letter nearly two years after I had applied for Danish citizenship. Read more of this post

Live a little better with the myths and the lies

40 years ago today, Joy Division released their first record, An Ideal For Living. Front man Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980, but the myth of Curtis and the handful of albums and singles Joy Division made live on.

Ian Curtis and Joy Division stand out. Not least because their music portrayed emotions, sorrows and terrors in a way that most popular music never comes within a country mile of and because Ian Curtis held nothing back in revealing his inner feelings, both live and on record. Read more of this post