While we are in many places of the world now seeing massive disrespect for human rights, loss of democracy, widespread propaganda and preparations for war, there are also scary signs of a development towards devaluation of life. All these components remind us about what happened before WWII.
In Sweden, some have raised concerns over how elderly people are treated, in particular when they have Covid. Geriatrics professor Yngve Gustafson says (link to article in Swedish):
Routinely administering respiratory inhibitors to the elderly with lung infection is active euthanasia, to say the least
It makes you wonder how many have actually died of what might be called euthanasia (despite that active euthanasia is not allowed in Sweden) but have been reported as having died from or with Covid. The Swedish journalist Elisabet Höglund uses words like “killing” (“avlivning”) instead, when she describes this (link to blog post Swedish). It is also very unfortunate that the term “palliative care” is misused for this.
If anyone thinks that lack of resources is a valid excuse for not giving also older Covid patients real care, then remember that the external hospital built with assistance from the military in Stockholm 2020 was dismantled after not having treated a singe patient (link to content in Swedish).
There are also disturbing reports from the UK that patients with mental illness and learning disabilities, including children, were given “do not resuscitate” orders. In at least one case this appears to have led to the patient’s death.
Ecuador becomes the first country to mandate Covid vaccines for children from age of 5 (and also for adults). Other countries that require or will require vaccination for adults include Indonesia, Micronesia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Austria.
As Julian Assange spends another Christmas in prison, the perpetrators of many of the crimes he helped reveal still enjoy their impunity. The Assange case keeps reminding us about the ongoing extreme failure of justice, in a number of countries. The failure is causing serious damage to our society in general, because a well-functioning legal system is so important for society to become successful.
Don’t miss the articles about Assange published yesterday by Erling Borgen (in Norwegian) and Ameen Izzadeen.
Read the blog post by Craig Murray about the countries that unsuccessfully tried to stop the UN General Assembly from adopting a resolution condemning Nazism. Note that in addition to the two countries voting against the resolution, 49 countries (including Sweden and Finland, where many influential people were pro-Nazi in the beginning of WWII) abstained in the vote.
This is the location just outside of Letichev (in Zaletichevka) where about 7,500 Jews were killed in 3 different mass shootings in 1942 and 1943. A monument stands at this site. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mass_killing_site_Letichev_1995.jpg
Nils Funcke writes that for the past seven years, the Swedish government has, with some exceptions, dismantled the protection of our fundamental freedoms and rights. Read the chronicle (in Swedish).
Sweden is known to be one of the least corrupt countries in the world. Or perhaps more accurately, it used to be that way. Three political scientists are now challenging the Swedish self-image. They claim that the Swedish institutions seem vulnerable to infiltration, corruption and fraud. Read more in Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish).
Around the world, many people suspect that some leading politicians are bought off by powerful interest groups, such as Big Pharma. A recent report from Germany highlights the problem:
Pfizer is one of the sponsors of the party conference of SPD, which is one of the ruling parties in Germany. Norbert Häring writes on his blog about this form of institutionalized corruption (in German):
Together with Biontech, Pfizer is producing a vaccine whose unrestricted patent protection was rigorously defended by the SPD
Pfizer profits enormously from vaccination, which is compulsory for health workers in Germany and perhaps soon for the general population.