‘A Tooth For An Eye’ from The Knife’s forthcoming album ‘Shaking The Habitual’ released on 8/9 April. Available to pre order here: theknife.net
‘A Tooth For An Eye’ deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior? In a sport setting where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance. Their lack of expertise and vulnerability shines through as they perform the choreography. Amateurs and skilled dancers alike express joy and a sense of freedom; There is no prestige in their performance. The child is powerful, tough and sweet all at once, roaring “I’m telling you stories, trust me”. There is no shame in her girliness, rather she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.
Music: ‘A Tooth For An Eye’ by The Knife taken from the album ‘Shaking The Habitual’
Dir. Roxy Farhat & Kakan Hermansson
DOP: Aida Chehrehgosha
Editing: Roxy Farhat
When Julian Assange first got out of jail he was outraged that journalists asked him questions about the charges he is facing, and said he was a gentlemen who wouldn’t kiss and tell.
Well, those days are gone.
In the interview, Mr Assange said he regarded himself as a victim of Left-wing radicalism. “Sweden is the Saudi Arabia of feminism,” he said. “I fell into a hornets’ nest of revolutionary feminism.”
Mr Assange claimed that one of the women who said she had been sexually assaulted by him took a “trophy photo” of him lying naked in her bed.
He said the woman, identified in court documents as Miss A, 31, had invited him to stay in her empty flat in August when he visited Stockholm to give a lecture. By his account, she returned home early and insisted he sleep in her bed. “We went to bed, and things went on from there.”
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is now in British custody, and a London court has refused bail — so Assange will probably be in jail for several weeks.
Gemma Lindfield, for the Swedish authorities, gave details of the allegations against Mr Assange.
One of the charges is that he had unprotected sex with a woman, identified only as Miss A, when she insisted he use a condom. Another is that he had unprotected sex with another woman, Miss W, while she was asleep.
Mr Assange, who was accompanied by Australian consular officials, initially refused to say where he lived but eventually gave an address in Australia. …
US State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said it was possible the US would make an extradition request for Mr Assange but he said it was premature as the criminal investigation into Wikileaks was still ongoing.
Something beautiful for a Friday afternoon, by Swedish filmmaker Bart van der Gaag.
Bad news from Sweden, where the xenophobic far right Sweden Democrats have made big gains in Sunday’s election: Eurofascists Break the Back of Scandinavian Tolerance.
The news cycle is getting shorter and shorter. While I was asleep last night, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was first charged with rape by the Swedish government, then cleared within hours: Swedish rape warrant for Wikileaks’ Assange cancelled.
This smells like a dirty trick. And I hate to smell that first thing in the morning.
Lars Vilks, the Swedish artist who drew a series of sketches showing Mohammed as a “roundabout dog,” is the target of a new round of attacks from Muslim fanatics, and today his home was vandalized.
It was the latest in a week of attacks on the 53-year-old cartoonist, who was assaulted Tuesday by a man while he lectured at a university and saw his Web site apparently attacked by hacker on Wednesday.
Police were alerted just before noon Saturday, as people passing by the artist’s house noted that several windows had been smashed. When officers arrived, they discovered plastic bottles filled with gasoline and fire damage on the surface of the building. Attackers are also suspected of having tried setting the inside of house on fire, but the flames are thought to have fizzled out. …
Vilks, who often jokes about the threats he has received since his 2007 sketch of Muhammad, including from al-Qaida, said the latest attack doesn’t raise his fears more than usual.
“I’m not really more afraid than what I think is realistic,” he told the Associated Press over the telephone.
Blood libel goes mainstream in Sweden, as the newspaper Aftonbladet publishes a disgusting article claiming that the Israeli army kidnaps and kills Palestinians in order to harvest their organs.
Joining Canada, Israel, Italy, the United States, and Australia: Sweden to boycott UN racism conference.
Sweden will not send any ministerial officials to the UN conference on racism in Geneva on Monday, said Swedish Integration Minister Nyamko Subini.
“This has been a difficult and problematic negotiation that has certainly become more constructive and positive in the last week, but we have decided that Sweden will not be participating at the ministerial level,” she said.
In the days leading up to the conference, there have been intense discussions between, grossly oversimplified, “east and west” regarding differences over issues such as freedom of expression vs. religious freedom, the Holocaust and colonialism.
In the last week, the negotiations have led to the drafting of a document that has been seen by the conference as a success, according to Sabuni. But nevertheless, Sweden refuses to participate in a meeting where individuals such as the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has taken controversial stances on many of the issues, will be present. This is due to worry that it will be a repeat of the last conference on racism – which was chaotic – eight years ago.
Civil servants might still participate, depending on how the discussions unfold.
When asked by TT if she thought it might send a conflicting message to those powers who will come face-to-face with the EU during these negotations, Subini answered in the affirmative.
“Yes, and if you read the document right now, it wouldn’t be a problem. But the document is open and as a country, we must send clear signals about what is acceptable. In this case, we are not going to legitimise the non-democratic powers in place at the ministerial level in Durban,” she said.