Monthly Archives: January 2011

Academic vs “academic”

I just read a very interesting OpEd by social anthropologist Unni Wikan, a true academic with feet firmly planted in reality to judge both by her CV and published material. Unni (I am sure she wont object to this familiarity,…

Norwegian aid money lost in transaction…

Aftenposten presents us today with a most interesting article on the fate of financial aid to developing countries. The general gist of the article is that a lot of the money Norway gives in direct financial aid to many countries,…

Also not in Norwegian news

Anybody keeping tabs on the UN human rights council must by now be aware of the big booboo by Richard Falk, the special investigator of suspected human rights abuses in PA territories, when he claimed on his blog that the…

CPD for Norwegian Journalists

Norwegian Journalists must have laid the golden egg, as direct press subsidy to the tune of  NOK 264,4 million in 2009,  prop up newspapers that barely have readers, for instance, Dagsavisen with a circulation of around 28000 a day received NOK…

Tromsø – a paradise only if you shut up

Here is another non-Israel story, with focus on the state of affairs for Norwegian prison inmates, in particular the wrongful use of prolonged detention before trial (in effect, suspects of crime are routinely imprisoned),  isolation, sub standard medical care of…

Aftenposten at it again.

Browsing the evening edition of papers, I cannot help but to chuckle at Aftenpostens insistence on writing on Israel, no matter how trivial, stupid or embarrassing. Tonight’s editor is delighting us with a WikiLeak story about corrupt Israeli border inspectors.…

Testing Norwegian Media II

In a rapidly spinning news world, you cannot expect journalists to cover all stories. With this caveat lector, lets go back to see what the Norwegian press corps(e?) so far has managed to get across regarding the possibility that Jawahe…

Testing the Norwegian media…

Lets just wait and see how long before this piece is picked up by Norwegian media. Apparently, the Palestinian woman whom it is claimed died of inhaling Israeli tear gas at a anti-fence demonstration on the West Bank was not…