This is the quality of critical thinking at the University of Oslo

lifted from (rubbish google translate but you get the gist)

Apollon creates eclipse

Conrad Myrland, general manager With Israel For Peace
In Greek mythology, Apollo god of light, truth and prophetic vision. At the University of Oslo is Apollon a research magazine that not always reaches the same divine standard.
In the latest issue of Apollon is page 16 to 43 allocated to the theme “the Middle East.” The front is illustrated with a bloody heart glued atop a hundred years old German map of the area. At that time, Palestine was a geographical area that comprised greater Syria – occupied and controlled remotely from Istanbul in the Ottoman Empire.

In 28 pages you will obviously find interesting stuff to read. Everything is in no way darkened. But there are priorities, text and images should not be a research magazine worthy.

Middle East and North Africa has been in flames for almost four years. Nevertheless reveals Apollon that editors have a very morbid focus on Palestinians and their conflict with the Israelis. We can read about the Palestinian public health (2 pages), maternity (2), uncertainty and hopelessness (2) and Christian (4). In addition, three sides of America’s relationship with Israel. In two articles of six and three sides discussed the Arab Spring (here’s one again visited Israel) and Islamism in more general terms by researchers at the University. The last six pages are about sacred sites in Lebanon, Christians in the Middle East and the Arab ordhistorie.

In 13 of 28 pages thus provides various Palestinian spokesmen and Norwegian scientists grumble over the Palestinian situation, and all too often rightly accusing finger pointing against Israel, while there is not a single article that puts focus on Syria where over 200,000 people have been killed or Iraq disintegrates. This year big news – the Islamic caliphate which was declared in June, being rather short shrift with just over a column in one article about the Arab Spring.

Countries like Egypt, Yemen, Morocco is under the Palestinians at the UN living index, but Apollon not provide column space to their health, maternity, hopelessness, minorities or conflicts. Research magazine has not managed to get out of the Norwegian straitjacket where the Middle East is synonymous with the Israel-Palestine. When research magazine provides such an extreme shelter, and without speaking a single Israeli, it goes without saying that distort images are created.

On page 30 there is depicted a suffering woman behind a crucifix and candles. “Jerusalem and Damascus emptied [Christians],” says the headline placed over the image. The picture is neither from Israel or Syria, but from Egypt. It turns Copts providing after several of their own was killed by police. But here’s the headline most misleading. Jerusalem does not drain the Christians. Unlike other Middle Eastern countries, the number of Christians in Israel increased in recent decades.

The eclipse continues. Apollon writes about “wall” which is now “been about 700 kilometers long.” Security barrier can be so long, if it ever gets completed, but the trail consists mainly of a fence. Apollon claim “the green line” is “the formal border between Israel and a future Palestine.” Completely wrong. “The green line” is the ceasefire line, and it explicitly stated in the agreement from 24 February 1949 that this shall not be deemed a political or territorial boundary.

Other errors are more innocent. “Despite the occupation and all difficulties arising from it, Birzeit university ranked as the third best in the Arab world,” writes Apollon. University in Ramallah is ranked 24 in the Arab world and that number 2245 in the world by Webometrics. Al Najah in Nablus is ranked higher.

The eclipse peaks in the interview with Bjorn Olav Developers. Without critical issues receive University professor comparing Islamists with “Christian revivalism in Norway nineteenth century.” Had only editor for Apollon, Trine Nickelsen, matched that her interviewees followed her good guide leading article: “There is no solution to politicize the research by drawing stronger or more inconclusive than the research results provide a basis for.” It is time for reintroducing the good principles to Apollo.

1 comment for “This is the quality of critical thinking at the University of Oslo

  1. motti
    December 3, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Surely one does not expect truth or honesty, does one?

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