Friday, August 31, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Bruce Springsteen: Radio Nowhere
I like the single – Radio Nowhere – because it is three minutes of simple, straight Bruce Springsteen rock. However, this one will not be a classic. Maybe a 6 on a scale from 1 to 10. It is not a few minutes of pure rock that blows you out of your shoes, like ”Roulette”, ”Where the bands are”, ”Loose Ends” and other wonderful Springsteen-songs from the late 1970s (to be found on the box-set Tracks, for example).
But there is a new album coming and the rumor says that Bruce Springsteen and the E-street Band will play in Stockholm on December 10th. That will be a great warm up for Christmas.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Dear SSU – summary of the Congress of 2007
1. Overall, I was positively surprised. When I sat listening to the political debates, I was impressed by many really ambitious, smart and young delegates who address the congress with detailed speeches about feminism, LesBiGay-issues, the UN-system, etc etc. I felt old but also pleased, knowing that there are loads of talented, young people in the organization.
Moreover, my impression is that there is a real insight into the historic problems of the organization (notably the fights between the ”left and right fractions”). As Jesse Jackson said, a bird needs two wings to fly, and after a few crashes, the bird [SSU] has learnt that the hard way.
2. But, it is still evident that there is still a bitterness that needs to be healed. A few people were extremely bitter during the closing ceremony, something that surprised me (we are not talking about young political newcomers here; a congress should be closed with respect and in good spirit).
3. I think that Jytte Guteland, the new president, will be great. Yes, she is a close friend of mine but we have also worked a lot together in SSF so I know her enormous working capacity and impressive political compass.
However, I think she is facing a dilemma: The organization needs to heal, but SSU must also become a relevant force in Swedish politics again, and then they need to take controversial political standpoints. For example, this autumn Jytte will have to tell us journalists what the SSU thinks about the new EU-treaty. Whatever the SSU-standpoint will be (good or bad, referendum or no referendum) – not everyone can or will be pleased.
In short, SSU will have to manage two things at the same time: Organizational healing and a political battle of ideas and standpoints.
So, that is my summary. And I would like to underline that it is a summary from the sideline. I was never really active in SSU (but in SSF) and today I watch SSU from a distance. I would never dream of giving any advice (unless if a specific question arrives). I just hope that SSU will be an enormously relevant political force (again) that I feel I just have to write about more than only once in a while.
The best of luck, Jytte, the new board, and SSU.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
On October 2nd there will be ”Magic”
”Bruce Springsteen's 'Magic' Set for October 2 Release on Columbia Records
'Magic,' Bruce Springsteen's new studio recording and his first with the E Street Band in five years, is set for release by Columbia Records on October 2, 2007. Produced and mixed by Brendan O'Brien, the album features eleven new Springsteen songs and was recorded at Southern Tracks Recording Studio in Atlanta, GA.”
More, including all the song titles, here. And yes, I am excited, even though I find the title of the album kind of lame. But it is the music that matters.
Labels: Bruce Springteen
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Karl Rove resigns, and America turns left?
And yes, Karl Rove has a brilliant political mind, that I love(d) to hate and fear. But so many nasty things come to my mind when I think of his legacy. On such thing is the campaign against Democratic senator Max Cleland (Wiki here).
However, Karl Rove’s major idea – to create a lasting Republican majority, just like FDR’s Democratic majority in the 1930s – will hopefully never become a reality. The reason is the war in Iraq that should give us a Democrat in the White House and a larger majority in Congress after the 2008 Elections. Please, plays those cards well, dear Democrats.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Mona Sahlin’s ”Summer speech” in Fittja
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Obama and foreign policy
”Obama is correct in asserting that the war in Iraq has fueled jihadist terrorism around the world, but, it is not clear that a U.S. withdrawal would unwind this extra jihadist energy any time soon. While the Bush administration's myopic focus on Iraq has allowed Al Qaeda to regroup elsewhere, we must not make the same mistake again, refocusing our energies on Afghanistan and Pakistan while leaving Iraq to become a regional and global operational base for Al Qaeda.
Fighting the war on terrorism on two fronts, of course, is a daunting challenge, and the United States will not be able to do so alone. In his speech yesterday, Obama also made clear that he hopes to enlist the support of Muslims to root out Al Qaeda across the globe. With his inspiring rhetoric, he may just succeed. And, since refocusing money and munitions is not enough, he'll need to.”
Friday, August 03, 2007
Welcome to the blogosphere, Bill
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Lifelong Truman Show?
But, and most naturally, this would also mean that Chelsea Clinton would be the child of an American president for probably another eight years. Here is an article on this lifelong Truman Show from The New York Times.