The Local: ‘Opinion: Do series such as Young Wallander feed the Malmö myth?’

“Far-right international media touts Malmö as a dangerous, crime-ridden city and because of this, TV shows like Young Wallander have to tread carefully, writes freelance journalist Saga Ringmar.

Warning: spoilers

In the Netflix series Young Wallander, released this autumn, we follow the young detective (played by Adam Pålsson) solving crime in a bleak Malmö. This Malmö is full of criminal activity, anti-immigration riots and nightclubs where half-naked people writhe around in cages. However, in a world where far-right media touts Malmö as a criminal hub with immigration gone awry, a series like Young Wallander must tread carefully…”

Read the article here.

IcaNyheter: ‘Näthandel med färskvaror ritar om Kinas städer’ (E-commerce is rewriting Chinese cities)

“I Kina är e-handel en mångmiljardindustri – och nu vill e-handelsföretagen dominera offline-tjänster också. I ett brev till aktieägarna år 2017 lanserade Alibabas grundare, Jack Ma, planer på en så kallad ’new retail’-strategi. Tanken är att sudda ut gränserna mellan traditionell handel och handel online.”

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Sveriges Radio/ Swedish National Radio: “Kina som Framgångsrik Fotbollsnation”

2015 drog president Xi Jinping upp riktlinjer för att förvandla Kina till en framgångsrik fotbollsnation och sen dess har kinesiska superligan investerat motsvarande 300 miljoner dollar i utländska spelare. Men för fotbollsentusiaster i Peking står det klart att stora kulturella förändringar måste till innan presidentens fotbollsinitiativ kan ge verkliga resultat.

Hör reportage av frilansjournalisten Saga Ringmar.

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The Sundial Press: “Gina Haspel, Another Evil Female First”

“Gina Haspel has been working at the CIA for three decades. During her time at the agency she was known as the brightest and most successful in everything she did. Haspel took part in undercover operations, recruited Russian agents, and survived coup d’etats —  and now, just weeks ago, she was chosen as the first female director of the CIA. Is this a win for feminism? Is she the female James Bond we have been waiting for?”

Read more here.


The Sundial Press: “Xi Jinping and Europe”

Chinese netizens love a good joke. And when Xi Jinping was compared to Winnie the Pooh, the joke seemed too good to miss. The discovery brought on an onslaught of memes and stickers that circulated on the Chinese web comparing Daddy Xi to Winnie the slow-witted, loveable bear. China’s most censored picture in 2015 was one of Xi Jinping standing up through a parade car that was paired with the image of Winnie the Pooh’s toy car.

But by July of 2017 the jokes were over. Searches of Winnie the Pooh drew up pages which read: “warning, content is illegal”. Image searches found no results.

This incident shows two things: firstly, that when anonymous, Chinese netizens are cynical and ironic about their government and society, even though publicly nobody would own up to such sentiments. Secondly, and more importantly in light of recent events, the Chinese Communist Party does not deal with issues like a slow-witted, loveable bear. Their responses are swift and merciless.

Read more here.