Inside The Swedish City Where Gun Violence is on The Rise – VICE News Published on Mar 30, 2017

Donald Trump’s recent comments lamenting a nonexistent terrorist attack in Sweden have put the Scandinavian country’s crime rate into the global spotlight. But while the terrorist incident might not have happened and the crime rate in Sweden has only been rising modestly, one city there does have a real problem with gang violence.

Malmö, Sweden’s third-largest city, has seen a spike in shootings this year already; and given Sweden’s reputation as a refugee-friendly nation, many commentators have been quick to point a finger. And now, hysteria from both the Left and the Right is overshadowing the facts.

VICE News went to speak to some of those caught up in the violence in Malmö.


Shooting Suspects Had Bombs, Piles of Ammo; Terrorism Not Ruled Out – WSJ

The two suspects who stormed a holiday gathering of San Bernardino County, Calif., employees on Wednesday, killing 14 people, deployed remote-controlled pipe bombs at the scene and had amassed thousands of rounds of ammunition. Obama said terrorism couldn’t be ruled out, but cautioned that the investigation is ongoing.

Source: Shooting Suspects Had Bombs, Piles of Ammo; Terrorism Not Ruled Out – WSJ

What everyone gets wrong about the link between climate change and violence – Updated by Brad Plumer on November 15, 2015, 10:20 a.m. ET

During the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday night, CBS moderator John Dickerson brought up the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and then asked Bernie Sanders if he still believes climate change is our greatest national security threat. (Sanders had said as much in a previous debate.)

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During the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday night, CBS moderator John Dickerson brought up the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and then asked Bernie Sanders if he still believes climate change is our greatest national security threat. (Sanders had said as much in a previous debate.)

Sanders didn‘t back down:

Absolutely. In fact, climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism. And if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you’re going to see countries all over the world — this is what the CIA says — they’re going to be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops, and you’re going to see all kinds of international conflict.

Much snickering ensued on Twitter, especially over that bolded sentence, with the prevailing sentiment that Sanders’ argument was self-evidently silly.

I’d say Sanders’ reply was a little off-base — but the outraged reaction was absurd. The truth about climate change and conflict is far more complex and nuanced than a short soundbite can allow, but it’s foolish to dismiss the entire topic out of hand.

Sanders was going too far when he said that climate change is “directly related” to the growth of terrorism. It’s hard to find any climate or security experts who would make that strong or straightforward of a causal link.

But it’s fine to raise the broader issue. What experts will often say — and what the Pentagon has been saying — is that global warming has the potential to aggravate existing tensions and security problems, by, for instance, making droughts or water shortages more likely in some regions. That doesn’t mean war or terrorism will be inevitable in a hotter world. Climate will typically be just one of many factors involved. Still, climate change could increase the risk of violence, which is why many military officials now take it seriously.

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Europe Will Unite Against Security Threats – By SIMON NIXON Nov. 15, 2015 6:44 p.m. ET

The forces that bind together the EU are stronger than those threatening to rend it

Demonstrators attended a Paris unity rally in January.

Demonstrators attended a Paris unity rally in January. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

The last time Islamic terrorists attacked Paris, they brought Europeans closer together.

Following the Charlie Hebdo murders in January, citizens from across the continent took to social media to show solidarity using the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie. European leaders walked arm-in-arm in Paris in defense of European values and free speech. Governments promised to work even more closely together to combat terrorism and religious extremism.

The latest attacks on Paris have engendered similar displays of sympathy, but they do so against an altogether more contested political landscape.

The arrival of more than a million refugees in the European Union this year has fueled tensions both within and between countries. Razor wire fences once again run along some borders between EU members; several governments have reintroduced border checks; trust in the willingness and capacity of countries to enforce EU rules has been severely eroded; and the principle of free movement of people within the EU—a cornerstone of integration—has been widely called into question.

Only the day before the Paris attacks, European Council President Donald Tusk warned that the survival of the EU’s Schengen passport-free travel zone was at stake.

The fact that one of the Paris terrorists appears to have entered Greece alongside refugees in October—and evidence of a possible Belgian link to the plot—is bound to further erode public confidence in open borders. It may also boost support for right-wing populist politicians who insist that the answer to the terrorist threat and migration crises lies in national—rather than European—solutions.

Yet there is little sign so far that any national government is tempted by this populist agenda. Even the new right-wing Polish government, which initially responded to the Paris attacks by saying it would no longer participate in the EU’s refugee resettlement program, backtracked somewhat from its position on Sunday.

Instead, the attacks seem more likely to underline the central message behind Mr. Tusk’s warning: that unless EU governments swiftly take the necessary steps to restore trust in the security of the EU’s external borders, the wider benefits of European integration, including its single market, risk being lost.

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Paris attacks: Omar Ismaïl Mostefai identified as gunman as getaway vehicle found – live updates

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Surviving ‘Chi-raq’: How communities take a stand against violence – by Sarah Hoye November 3, 2015 1:15PM ET

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CHICAGO – In 2006, 18-year-old Terrell Bosley, who played the bass in several church bands, was helping a friend unload his drum set from his car when shots rang out outside of a church on Chicago’s far South Side.

His mother, Pam Bosley, was preparing dinner while her husband was helping their two other sons with their homework when she got the call that her son had been shot.

“We ran to the church,” she said. “Police was everywhere.”

Later that night, Terrell died at a nearby hospital.

“[Terrell] didn’t do anything wrong. He was in college and working a job, doing so much, doing all the right things,” she said. “And at church, a place that’s supposed to be safe.”

This year, Chicago has had nearly 400 homicides, with most of the victims being young and black. After the bullets, their friends and families are left to heal – and to try to move forward.


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