Neo-liberalism, Soros and CIA – conspiracy theories in areas of ex-Yugoslavia and the Soviet union

Why do many people in Balkans believe that Corona does not exist and that 5G is a conspiracy connected to Bill Gates? Recently, I read an article by weekly columnist Hynek Pallas who often writes about Central Europe in Swedish speaking daily media as Göteborgs Posten. Pallas has reviewed two research book called ”Conspiracy Theories inContinue reading “Neo-liberalism, Soros and CIA – conspiracy theories in areas of ex-Yugoslavia and the Soviet union”

Monument politics in ex-Yugoslavia

During 2020 there have been many debates about monuments concerning demonstrations and riots connected to the Black Lives Matter movement. Monuments as of Edward Colston in Bristol, UK and of General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, USA have been vandalised and/or destroyed.  My position when it comes to monuments is the following: Monuments are notContinue reading “Monument politics in ex-Yugoslavia”

500 Billion Dinar Question

In 1991, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ceased to exist as a sovereign state and UN-member. Before its collapse, socialist Yugoslavia had economic problems, including inflation. The inflation problems were temporarily handled by its last prime-minister Ante Markovic. According to the historian Tvrtko Jakovina based in Croatia, Markovic was especially successful in stopping theContinue reading “500 Billion Dinar Question”

Public Enemy in Sarajevo

This photo was taken by photo-journalist Fernando Costa Netto when he worked in Sarajevo during the war. Before and even during the war, many teenagers, youngsters and kids in Sarajevo grew up with music made in the USA such as rock and roll, rap, and hip hop. In Sarajevo, as in other parts of Bosnia,Continue reading “Public Enemy in Sarajevo”

The Soviet Soldier

I was watching a video clip via Youtube called “Soviet Soldier”.  The clip is from 1991, and I am unsure about the primary source since the clip seems to be either from some documentary movie or news session. Also, I am not aware at the moment of what tendencies this Youtube channel has. Hopefully isContinue reading “The Soviet Soldier”

The first smartphone

Recently I was watching a ColdFusion video from 2015  about “the first smartphone”. Here is a short history of Simon Personal Communicator from 1994.  IBM and Mitsubishi  Today, the Simon Personal Communicator can be seen as the world’s first smartphone, which featured several functions that contemporary mobile phones could not perform, such as sending emails. Its batteryContinue reading The first smartphone

När hotstridsvagnen kom till Sverige

Denna artikel baseras på boken “Svenskt pansar. 90 år av svenskt stridsfordonsutveckling”  I samband med det kalla krigets slut fanns det tankar att Försvarsmakten skulle köpa och skaffa den sovjetiska stridsvagnen modell T-80. Syftet var att T-80 skulle bli standardmodell för Arméns mekaniserade brigader. Något storskalig köp kom aldrig att genomföras men tankarna fanns ochContinue reading “När hotstridsvagnen kom till Sverige”

DOS Games Nostalgia

Stockholm 2020-11-21 Recently I was watching several YouTube videos about games for the Microsoft DOS operative system. Watching the videos felt very nostalgic because I recognised many games that I used to play mostly during the end of 1990s and the beginning of 2000s. The first time I came in contact with computers and PC-gamingContinue reading “DOS Games Nostalgia”

Swedish Military Binoculars

As a military historian, I am used to reading different books reflecting on various topics and time periods. This summer I read a book that I find as very unique due to its unusual topic — binoculars. As a former military officer and optical enthusiast, Robert Forslund wrote a book in 2009 called “Swedish Military Binoculars”. TheContinue reading “Swedish Military Binoculars”