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Summer lull

Dear friends Summer… but no holidays for me… yet. I have loads of paperwork to plow through before I can pack that bag and head for a nice beach somewhere (rumors have it that I am bound for the Caribbean,…

Happy 17th of May

Once more, we gather under our flag to celebrate our freedom. Each 17th of May,  the Jewish community in Oslo organize a formal and serene  commemoration of Henrik Wergeland, the son of one of the member of the Constituent  Assembly…

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,…

Støre in a bit of a pickle

FM Støre, or as we call him here, Teflon-Støre, now has found himself in a bit of a pickle; In 2008, the Foreign Ministry awarded NOK 6 million for a development project in the High North, ostensibly initiated by the…

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…