Author: Kafka

QED NRK

NRK has its knickers in a twist over the Auditor General’s decision to audit the national (taxpayer-funded) broadcasting corporation routines and controls to ensure compliance with its ethical standards. Even though it is painfully obvious to everyone except the editorial…

Drefvelin defends his dreck

Political cartoonists are rarely as good as they think they are. The adage that a picture is worth a thousand words typically works the other way: what would be too plain, crude, or outright stupid to put in text, cartoonists…

NTB’s incomplete version of history

Reporting that some schools on the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip will be offering Hebrew lessons, fake news organization NTB highlights the Israeli “blockade” of Gaza. It may be worth comparing the NTB article with this one from the New York Times,…

“Minister of justice” to Jews in Oslo: too bad

The synagogue in Oslo – already one of the most fortified structures in Norway – applied to the government for additional funds to secure its congregation. They asked for NOK 21 million but got NOK 7 million. After all the…

Letter from a 17-year old Jewish boy

Aftenposten today published an op-ed from “Daniel,” a 17-year old Norwegian student who happens to be Jewish. He feels surrounded by antisemitic attitudes, ranging from comments by a fellow video game player (“just pretend they’re Jews when you aim at…

Ambassador Sevje is the real victim

Norwegians are so damn touchy. Svein Sevje, the Norwegian ambassador to Israel’s largest city (the Norwegian government knows better than the Israeli people where Israel should have its capital), presents a litany of complaints to the Jerusalem Post. He complains…

Kristin Halvorsen’s real game

At the debate at Litteraturhuset, (college drop-out) Kristin Halvorsen, appeared officially as the minister of (mis) education (SV is nothing if not Orwellian), but really as a representative of SV and the “red-green” coalitition. Kristin Halvorsen knows it, SV knows…

Vinmonopolet’s foreign policy

The current Norwegian coalition government has pretty much demolished any diplomatic credibility it once had by self-righteously chastising Israel at every turn. The Palestinian leadership – who are not fools – are thankful for the useful idiocy Norwegian officials provide,…

Galtung lets it rip

Johan Galtung takes credit for inventing the notion that peace is a desirable condition, making it clear that his field of work (“peace studies”) is the one true pursuit of humankind’s nobler instincts. All those other fields – like history,…

Sidsel Wold, never to be confused by facts

As expected, there is a lot of praise for Günter Grass’s missive in rhyme against Israel’s imagined plans to annihilate Iran with a pre-emptive nuclear strike. One interesting perspective comes from Sidsel Wold, for several years the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s…

Støre in hole, keeps digging

Question from Torkil Åmland of the Progressive Party to foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre: Will the foreign minister retract his previous condemnation of Israel’s reaction to the border violation on June 5th this year, and instead condemn the Syrian government’s…

Jørgen Jensehaugen phones it in

Jørgen Jensehaugen is what passes for an “expert” on Middle Eastern affairs in Norway. Apart from an IB from Rome, his main qualification is that he worked as a research assistant for Hilde Henriksen Waage and has his degrees in…

Willoch is a Palestinian

Willoch might want to take a look in his Norwegian passport, where it will explain that acquisition of another country’s passport requires that he submit his Norwegian passport to the nearest diplomatic post. I hope he does, so he can…

The 36 bravest kids in Oslo schools

“Mapping of knowledge and attitudes about racism and antisemitism – a survey of students (8th through 10th grade) in the Oslo schools” was published yesterday, with very little attention from the mainstream press. Next week, delegates from unnamed American Jewish…