Jordan’s IS Fighters – Products Of A Flawed Educational System

Jordan's IS fighters - products of a flawed educational system

This is a summary in English of an article by Björn Brenner recently published in the Journal of the Swedish Institute for International Affairs (Utrikesmagasinet). The article in Swedish can be read in full here. Since 2011, around 30,000 young men and women from all over the world have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the ranks of the Islamic State and other jihadi groups. Among these, 6,000 people have come from Europe and as many as 17,000 from the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa) alone. These figures show that the foreign fighter phenomenon is first and…

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Lame Hate Crime Legislation In Sweden Concerning Islamic State Flags?

Lame hate crime legislation in Sweden concerning Islamic State flags?

The ruling by a Swedish prosecutor not to press charges against a man waving an IS flag in a Facebook post has drawn international media attention. A 23-year-old man from southern Sweden posted a picture on Facebook of himself posing with an IS flag. The posting was reported to the police and investigated by Swedish prosecutors. However, the case was eventually dropped without resulting in any legal consequences. In addition to the media reporting, a closer look at what actually happened is needed: The prosecutor’s dismissal of the case was not related to any form of complaisance towards the Islamic…

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Women’s Boat To Gaza And The Association’s Reluctance To Criticise Hamas

Women's Boat to Gaza and the association's reluctance to criticise Hamas

Op-ed by Björn Brenner in the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet about some of the several problematic aspects of the Ship to Gaza initiative. Below is a summary of the main points of the article: Considering the current anti-Swedish sentiments in Israel, it is particularly problematic when Swedish political representatives choose to take part in activism against Israeli authorities and express one-sided criticism of Israel. This type of criticism serves only to increase hostile sentiments towards Sweden, plays into the hands of those instigating these sentiments, and in particular it counteracts the Swedish Government's current efforts to repair both countries' damaged…

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Customary Dispute Resolution As A Form Of Mitigation In Palestinian Courts

Customary dispute resolution as a form of mitigation in Palestinian courts

The latest issue of The Barrister, Journal of the Swedish Bar Association, features an article by Dr Björn Brenner about the practices of informal justice-making in Palestine and how they are linked to the formal judicial system. Read the article in full here 'Arabisk sedvanerätt i Palestina: Sulha som förmildrande omständighet', Advokaten, 82, No. 6, 2016. Summary of the article in English For reasons of both practicality and jurisdiction, the Palestinian formal courts usually await settlements of legal disputes through reconciliation outside the courts before a final ruling is reached in a particular case. This kind of mitigation practice serves…

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