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2006-03-21

The Battle of Khartoon claims another victim - Swedish foreign minister, Laila Freivalds, quits:

Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds has resigned, said Prime Minister Göran Persson at a press conference at Rosenbad on Tuesday morning.

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In recent days her position became untenable as it emerged that that she knew that a foreign ministry official contacted the internet hosting company which later closed the web site of the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraternas).


Her resignation is a consequence of her having closed a web-site, which featured the twelve Mohammed cartoons, and then lying about it:

"We cannot have a foreign minister that does not tell the truth," said Christian Democrat leader Göran Hägglund.

The forced closure of the Sweden Democrats' site on February 9th, after pictures of the prophet Muhammad had been published on it, was strongly criticised at the time. A foreign ministry official contacted the hosting company, Levonline, as did Sweden's security police, Säpo.

Amid allegations of state censorship, prime minister Göran Persson publicly slammed the civil servant behind the move.

"However strong his personal reasons may be, with a political position as adviser in the foreign ministry he should refrain from this sort of activity," said Persson to TT.

Freivalds defended the foreign ministry's contact with Levonline and said that it had simply been to inform the company of the consequences of publishing the pictures.

At the same time, Freivalds denied that she had known of the contact in advance.

That claim has now been contradicted in a statement sent by Carl Henrik Ehrenkrona, the head of the foreign ministry's legal department, to the Chancellor of Justice, who is investigating whether the official was guilty of misconduct.

"On February 8th an official in the department, after consultation with the foreign minister, contacted the company which hosted the web site," wrote Ehrenkrona, according to the publication Riksdag & Departement.

Ehrenkrona said that point had not been for the official to pressurize the hosting company, but to offer information about the situation.

In the statement, Ehrenkrona said that there was therefore no reason to criticise the foreign ministry official for what happened.

Swedish government bodies are banned in the constitution from getting involved in what newspapers, including web-based newspapers, write.

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Hi, Atiest:

Here's a little something special--courtesy of the UN.

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/004807.htm

Wonder what Lego will have to say about this.
 
It's in all the papers. You can also read about it at Piagratia.

Our tax-money at work!
 
Ok, I thought a gazillion other Danish bloggers had covered the story, but I was wrong.

So I posted about it myself.
 
Mindanao Has a long History of Muslim - Christian conflicts, 1973 Zamboanga was a Killimg field of Muslim and Christians, The Philippine economy drop from 1peso to dollar to 12 pesos per dollar, No nights and days allied war planes drop sheelings of bombs to Labangan Tapudok town, It was like ww2 bottle of Rhur Said Puyi Manchukao.

Extremist Muslims or conservative muslims, for as long as muslim, are volatile people, They think of their ego most and neverminded what the future's outcome, Muslims has an inhirent or perenial attitude to collaborate to one onother, regardless of reason no such thing as good or bad, if their brother of same religion was on a desmayed situation.

In this kind of culture, either one is benefitted or you are on the enemy side, commonly the person not in their kind of religion, the other side of racism.

Muslim do respect for other reason, if their family has recieved herioic deed from a christian friend, the intire community of muslim will give up their life for the sake of that person they owe their life.

Let us not be affected by these Muslim notions, especialy our beloved job all of our lives we work hard for it for our honest to goodness prestige, Mutual respect not just from us christian but both sides, Muslim owe apologized too. For Myself I will not exchange my beloved job just fot the sake of a fad in notion in an on going current events.
 
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