Swedish police pump up security
Given an increase in spectators' unsafe behavior at sports events, Swedish police have developed new guidelines for higher standards of public safety. The organizers of public events, and especially football (soccer), have primary responsibility for security and order at an event, but the police will decide whether special conditions should be followed and if their resources are needed at the event. The new guidelines were announced and posted on the police website May 18. "The guidelines will govern the conditions developed, designed and decided on when we get a request for a soccer event," said Thomas Eriksson from the legal department.

Samuelsson brings breakfast to Harlem
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, Sweden's most famous culinary export of the moment, has been spending a lot of time in his second home, New York. After opening his fifth restaurant, Red Rooster, in the Big Apple six years ago (he has more than 10 others in Sweden, Bermuda and Chicago), he’s been busy on reality cooking shows, writing cookbooks and memoirs, winning awards and managing his restaurants. This week, he hosted a breakfast party and cooking demonstration for 1st–3rd graders at East Harlem Scholar Academy in Harlem, which is near Red Rooster. Samuelsson worked with the students, discussing the sweet and tart ingredients and teaching them to make quick-fix healthy breakfast kabobs (mini whole wheat pancakes, strawberries and bananas) with yogurt, honey and berries. "It's fun to teach what you taste and engage with the kids," Samuelsson said. The breakfast party was part of the No Kid Hungry program.

Some refugees are ready to leave Sweden
Some refugees are finally feeling they can return to their homelands. But according to many Iraqis who are filing for compensation and temporary passports to return home, it’s because Sweden couldn’t offer what they expected. "My father sold his car to pay for my trip. He wanted me to study in Sweden and have a good life," says Ali Abdul Rahman, 20, whose story is typical of so many young people who leave their homeland for a better life in Sweden. Baghdad, however, isn’t any better off than it was when he left seven months ago. “Our parents want us to stay here. They say it's dangerous in Baghdad. I think now all the time that I might be doing wrong, but I feel I must return to my family,” said Rahman. In the refugee camp, "Nothing happens. We just eat and sleep.” There is no work, there is no school; Rahman doesn’t feel well and misses his family. Like many, he doesn’t feel he can live like that — for what could be several years, pending a decision by the Swedish Migration Board. Today Rahman joins hundreds of Iraqis who are seeking temporary passports at the Iraqi Embassy in Stockholm so they can return home.