Monthly Archives: September 2009

NTNU academic questions virtue of boycott

Far from all NTNU academics are convinced of the necessity of imposing an academic boycott on Israel. Here is the stance of NTNU academic Bjørn K.Alsberg. Unauthorized translation: A boycott of Israel? (14.9.09, 13:37) An academic boycot of Israel? In…

On Norwegian journalism

Back in March, the Jerusalem Post published an erroneous article on anti-Semitism in Norway. Now we Norwegians, as opposed to Israelis, are not used to having erroneous articles printed about us in foreign newspapers. So naturally there was a legitimate…

Sri Lanka accuses Solheim of gun-running

Allegations against other countries should not be made with ease. Yet for Norway, so quick to condemn Israel, it is difficult to cry “foul” over allegations made against Norway by Sri Lanka. Unauthorized translation from Verdens Gang, Norway’s largest daily:…

Is Norway becoming Extreme-istan?

Aslak Nore is a young Nowegian journalist who just will not stop rocking the boat. He now appears to have picked up a cue from Melanie Phillips’ (author of Londonistan) and is now publishing a book in which he claims…

Norwegian development aid and Al-Aqsa TV

Norway supports the Palestinian people (pr.capita) more than any other people on earth. For left-of-centre Norwegians with political aspirations, a tour in the Palestinian territories is almost compulsory. As for the programs on Al-Aqsa TV, the protests of the Progress…

Why should Digernes resign?

In a letter to Rektors side, Ronnie Fraser of the Academic Friends of Israel suggests that it can only be “a matter of time” before NTNU dean Torbjørn Digernes “falls on his sword” and resigns “in order to save NTNU…

Temporary leave of absence

Due to more pressing concerns, I will have to take a temporary leave of absence for anything up to six months. Unless a replacement can be found, this means that this blog will be down for that time. To keep…

Morten Levin and the serpent’s egg

In Shakespeare’s Julis Caesar, Brutus looks for a reason to join the conspiracy against Caesar. As he does not immediately find any such reason in the past or present, he engages in some seriously innovative thinking. What if, Brutus speculates,…