Sunday, August 28, 2005

Sweden: Bomb threat against provincial daily

As reported here several times, organized crime keeps getting worse in Sweden, adding to the ongoing disintegration of Swedish society:

Bomb threat against provincial daily

Reporters Without Borders voiced shock today that the Norrköpings Tidningar (a daily based in Norrköping, southwest of Stockholm) received an anonymous letter on 23 August warning that four bombs would be set off in the town, one of them next to the newspaper, if it did not stop carrying reports about organised crime and did not apologise for the reports already published. "We are outraged by this attempt to silence journalists by such methods," the press freedom organisation said. "We call on the Swedish authorities to take these threats seriously and to do everything necessary to track down those responsible." Reporters Without Borders added : "A threat like this should be a wake-up call in a country such as Sweden, where press freedom is taken for granted." This is the second time the newspaper has been the target of threats of this nature in a month. An anonymous letter received on 8 August contained death threats against one of its reporters who had written a story about organised crime rings. Editor Karl-Åke Bredenberg said : "This is very serious, this is our possibility of working in a free society that is being threatened. But we won't be silenced."

Immigrant crime can lead to 'mafias'

A Norwegian researcher warns that ethnic gangs can give Norway the kind of immigrant-related organized crime that accompanied waves of migration to the USA. Dr. Inger-Lise Lien has just finished a report commissioned by the Department of Local Government and concludes that the ethnic groups themselves are worried. "Ethnic-based gang crime can give Norway the same problems that the USA has had with the Mafia. Society, and most of all the immigrants themselves, will be hit hard," said Lien, researcher at NIBR (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research).


At August 28, 2005 4:41 PM, Blogger sissyblue said...

This was interesting. My mother, who lives in Canada, said that the violent crime rate in Canada is now TWICE the USA rate per 100,000! I guess gun control doesn't work out that well afterall. Hmmmm,,,

At August 28, 2005 5:14 PM, Blogger erp said...

Don't believe everything you see in gangster movies or any other movies that portray life in the United States negatively. They are gross exaggerations or simply fabrications.

The mass migrations of the early 20th century were difficult, but the vast majority of people adjusted and their chidren went on to become forces of good in the United States.

The few that formed themselves into gangs have been immnortalized and made into myth like figures. The Godfather series, while very entertaining, mustn't be confused for historical accuracy.

At August 28, 2005 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not true erp. The Mafia had huge influence in the early-mid 20th century. It's only since the RICO laws were passed in the 70s and the FBI started strictly enforcing them that the Mafia has been diminished.

I think we should use RICO against some of these radical Islamic organizations, as a matter of fact, and the FBI's use of them against the Mafia is a rather good game plan to follow.

At August 28, 2005 8:34 PM, Blogger erp said...

Irene, I didn't say immigrant gangs weren't a problem at all, just that they weren't a problem for the vast majority of people. Even in New York and Boston, their rackets didn't touch the lives of most citizens and when it got too hot, they moved their operations south to Miami and west to found modern Las Vegas where lots of us go and pretend to be naughty, voluntarily leaving gazillions of dollars behind us so now they can rob by legal means . . . and BTW don't you think it was a bit of a coincidence that the RICO laws came to pass just as the mob was moving into legitimate businesses anyway? Sure they jailed some big names, but so what? Politicians like Clinton hurt far more people than any gangster and that hurt is continuing.

Of the two hundred million or so of our citizens, how many do you think had their lives touched by gangs of immigrants? Not even a statistical few.

At August 29, 2005 1:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're at 300 million now erp. We passed 200 million round about the time Gerald Ford was in office.

At August 29, 2005 11:11 PM, Blogger erp said...

Noted. Thanks. The percentage is even smaller then.


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