Author: Frank

Censorship of the uninformed

Blogger arrested in Egypt, Norwegian broadsheet Aftenposten reports. Somehow, the journalist failed to find out why. In a piece in today’s Aftenposten, “The army sets limits on people’s freedom”, Journalist Tor Arne Andreassen mentions blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, who was…

Only one notion for crossing the ocean

Last year’s “Ship to Gaza” led to the loss of nine human lives. A steep price, one would have thought, for transporting expired medicine. Yet it was considered such a resounding success by it’s organizers, they are now at it…

“Jews are like nazis”, claims popular academic

Claiming that “the Jews” have become “pretty much like nazis” no longer raises eyebrows. Thomas Hylland Eriksen is a professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, and if any Norwegian academic can claim household recognition, it’s him. He…

School bus recap

What the Norwegian media has told us, and what it couldn’t be bothered to mention. Information in Norwegian about how Hamas targeted an Israeli school buss with an anti-tank missile yesterday has been almost exclusively channelled through one piece by…

What a difference a verb makes

It’s the kind of thing you just can’t stop noticing, once you know what to look for. Listen, we can’t for the life of us believe journalists do this consciously. But pay attention to pieces about the Arab/Israeli conflict, and…

Once more, with feeling

Associate professor Trond Andresens response to being criticized by Alan Dershowitz (mentioned previously on this site) was published on Aftenpostens website, serendipitously, on April 1st.  Yesterday it appeared in print as well. We might take this opportunity to meditate on Andresens…

Up again

The microblog Normakor is now up and running again, after having been subjected to some bizarre technical problems. “Makor” is Hebrew for “source” and the “nor” part obviously refers to Norway. Normakor provides a real-time update on Norwegian media reporting on Israel, the Middle…

The closed eco-system of the BDS movement

Creating a closed eco-system is the holy grail of space exploration. Nothing goes out, nothing goes in, everything remains in a perpetual loop. Astronaut urine recycled into drinking water is, by virtue of the mere mention of a bodily fluid,…