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A Fourth Night Of Riots Shakes Stockholm



STOCKHOLM – The Swedish capital suffered through a fourth night of violence, with firefighters reporting at least 90 different incidents around the city by early Thursday.

The Financial Times’ correspondent in Stockholm reports that cars were set on fire in 15 locations around the city, a police station was attacked and a restaurant set on fire in the south of the capital.

“The fire brigade is having difficulties keeping up,” a police spokesman told the Svenska Dagbladet.

A 16-year-old girl was taken in by the police, bringing the total number of arrests to 12 over the past few days. “It is a form of guerrilla warfare,” Jörgen Ohlsson, a local chief of police, told Dagens Nyheter. The shooting of a machete-wielding 69-year-old man by the police last Monday is believed to be what triggered the spurt of violence, The Local reports.

In the northwestern borough of Husby, where the riots started on Sunday, the unrest started around 10 pm Wednesday, but tensions were calmed down by older residents who came onto the streets and talked to young rioters.

According to Awad Hersi, a Stockholm city councillor, “This is a wake-up call for decision makers and Swedish society as a whole,” the FT reports. The incidents are raising questions about integration and immigration policies.

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The Changing Destiny Of Chicago's Polish Diaspora

Based on conversations with author and psychotherapist Gregorz Dzedzić, who is part of the Polish diaspora in Chicago, as well as the diary entries of generations of Polish immigrants, journalist Joanna Dzikowska has crafted a narrative that characterizes the history of the community, from its beginnings to its modern-day assimilation.

The Changing Destiny Of Chicago's Polish Diaspora

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Polish diaspora was still quite insular.

Joanna Dzikowska

“There were instances when people came here from Polish villages, in traditional shoes and clothing, and, the next day, everything was burned, and I no longer recognized the people who came up to me, dressed and shaved in the American fashion. The newly-dressed girls quickly found husbands, who in turn had to cover all of their new wives’ expenses. There were quite a lot of weddings here, because there were many single men, so every woman — lame, hunchbacked or one-eyed — if only a woman, found a husband right away."

- From the diary of Marcel Siedlecki, written from 1878 to 1936

CHICAGO — To my father, Poland was always a country with a deep faith in God and the strength of Polish honor. When he spoke about Poland, his voice turned into a reverent whisper.

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