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All violations of international law

UKRAINE: Rødt's former deputy, in this longer essay, looks at the significance of International Law, not only Russia's so-called "unprovoked" violations of it, but also the West's many violations of International Law. Here follows a, seen from MODERN TIMES, timely criticism of both SV, Rødt, the left side, the media and the ongoing warmongering.
IRAN:

The guardianless faces


Ali Abbasi: holy spider
This is a political film that has chosen the thriller genre to exercise sharp social criticism against Iran. Like many of today's protesters in the country, the people behind the film were met with death threats and hate messages from the Iranian regime.
THE APPENDIX:

The periphery is being urbanised

The articles in this appendix of ORIENTERING shows which problems are linked to cities and poverty, pandemic, war, conflict, energy, food, flight, floods and fear.

Are you dreading Christmas shopping? This is how you can use your credit card in a profitable way this Christmas

If you want to make the Christmas shopping as cheap as possible, it can be profitable to use a credit card as a payment solution.
In Radikalisierter Konservatismus ("radicalized conservatism") by the Austrian political scientist and journalist Natascha Strobl, we get a well-written analysis of how conservatism can become radicalized....
Germany: With the social democrat Olaf Scholz in the driver's seat, according to Brekke's new book, it may seem as if the "Merkelian" leadership style has taken hold. She also believes that Germany's interest in Norway is especially great right now.
Reciprocity: Competition and cooperation are like nature's yin and yang, claim two French biologists. Today, recent biological and psychological research on reciprocity is based on both biochemistry, game theory, empirical examination of symbiotic relationships and the new sociobiology's theories of group selection.
Planets: The three main problems of our time are the mass extinction of species, pollution and climate disturbances. If it weren't for the fact that the author has an overview of what can be done, and what is actually being done, this would be unbearable reading.
With a renewed will to go deeper, Monbiot digs in this new book down to the roots, the very foundation of our modern...
Spania: The Spanish writer Cristina Martín Jiménez illuminates how our supreme freedom, the freedom of thought, is under attack, because the great majority still believe in authority. This weakens our awareness, our critical sense and inner rebel.
Intellectuals: Inspired both by Bakhtin and Foucault, Stephen Chan presents Achille Mbembe's analyzes of the African state in an understandable way. But let's mention what the book leaves out.
The Philippines: After six years of a political death campaign and up to 30 extrajudicial killings, the Philippines went to the polls in May. The inexplicable thing is that the Filipinos have chosen to let the Marcos era be resumed in version 000. President WW's daughter was elected to take up the post of vice-president in a race with former dictator Marcos' son.
Ann Merivale takes us on a very personal and spiritual journey through time in her latest book Woman Through the Ages. The author is "Deep Memory...
Prostitute: "Perhaps I am like a very nice teacup ... used by many, but mostly treated with care," writes Liara Roux about being a prostitute.
The architect and writer Fred Scharmen has written a well-thought-out book about living in space – which so far we only do on...
Media: Magne Lindholm has written an extremely welcome book about journalism and power, which is, however, occasionally brief enough
Essays: Siri Hustvedt writes sensuous and dialogic essays. The writing constantly invites to be disconnected. The reader therefore discovers as much in his own life as in Hustvedt's.
Environmental campaign: The productivity of nature itself must be taken into account – other species, ecosystems, soil, the atmosphere and the sea. This was Bruno Latour's last book.
The Mafia: A new book explains why a political organization is more than a criminal network. It is a correct but dangerous thesis.
USA: Donald Trump broke down established norms and led democracy astray, but he would never have reached this far, if the groundwork had not been laid by others – this new tradition of imprecise wording, secrecy and dodgy methods.
Normality: Mark GE Kelly examines how norms affect important parts of life and our understanding of normality – with regard to sexuality, orientation, body image, identity, illness, death, individualism, hedonism, racism and white privilege.
Literature: Criticism in literary studies is only a special case of criticism in society in general.
Ecology: What does this overwhelming information maze of a book really say about ecofascism? Have we ended up in a downward argument that only leads us deeper into conflict-creating dichotomies – us/them, left/right and nice/naughty?
India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's staging of himself has been successful enough to keep him at the helm for years. Arundhati Roy delivers critique. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), founded in 1925, is the role model for Modi's ruling BJP party. The founders were inspired by German and Italian fascism.
Nature: What about the world's last five megaforests and the people who live in them? The intact forest landscapes are of inestimable importance for the climate.
Biography: "He who is not mad in his own way must participate in the collective madness." This is one of Georg Johannesen's (1931–2005) most apt self-characteristics, writes Alfred Fidjestøl in a new biography of the poet, politician and professor of rhetoric.
The IS brides: Both victims of and renegade supporters of the terrorist organization IS claim that this "state" will rise again, and journalists and experts support the claim. But how many victims' stories are needed before IS loses its appeal to individuals? What about Aisha Shezadi Kausar?
Giving: Kristin Flood's Inferno is a truly creative addition to the Dante literature in Norwegian.
HELL:

Two testaments over life

Is it possible to simultaneously touch on four major themes, such as sin and evil, the desire for knowledge and conquest, relationships and competition, or the fear of death itself? Let me try in this essay – about Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Dante.
ENERGY:

Crystals, algae and ocean currents

MODERN TIMES's commentator Ole Seifert will in future regularly cover ecological technology and innovations. Various innovations in energy and power are presented here: ocean current turbines, solar power with ferroelectric crystals, hemp batteries and mechanical storage of excess power – which replaces batteries.
HERAT:

The Taliban – one year on

What does Afghanistan's Herat look like one year after the Taliban took over? Herat is the example of what Afghanistan could look like – as the city has 780 places on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This report gives a look from both the 1970s and today.
NO PLATFORMING:

Alice Walker, Anti-Semitism and the Price of Conscience

Under the heat of the Israel lobby, The Bay Area Book Festival humiliated one of the most gifted and courageous writers in the United States, Alice Walker. Do you remember her writing The Color Purple, for which she received the prestigious Pulitzer Prize?
MESSIANIAN THOUGHT OF VIOLENCE:

"The New Jew"


Shaul Magid: More Kahane. The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical
From Jewish identity in New York to messianic racism in the West Bank: The controversial rabbi Meir Kahane, whose thoughts live on with certain radical settlers in the West Bank, is the subject of a new and thorough biography.

IKEA, Bratteli, Jewish property…

In the archives of the Swedish security police there is a secret folder from 1943 marked «Memorandum regarding: Nazi». In 1994, this file was opened by journalists in the newspaper ...

Shireen Abu Akleh: "Now is the time for your tears" 

You might know Bob Dylan's The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll? About the black maid who was killed by the rich man's son Zanzinger? For every injustice, ...
PHOTO:

An Italian photo cavalcade


Bruce Weber: The Treasure of his Youth: the photographs of Paolo di Paolo
It would be almost fifty years before Paolo di Paolo's daughter found the pictures his father had taken, and confronted him with his hitherto unknown past as a (Italian) celebrity photographer.
TECHNOLOGY:

ASIA: "We are the ones who are far away, while they are in the center"

According to Kevin Kelly, technology writer, photographer and publicist, the best thing you can do sometimes is slow down technology.
DISPLAY:

Dialogue between sculpture and photography

Peter Lindbergh's photographs of Alberto Giacometti's small, secret sculptures – put together in an exhibition: Showing intimacy is a challenge. You come as a visitor, an intruder…
ESSAY:

Books that become waves

What happens when we listen to a book while we are also doing something completely different?
VENICE:

Why there is something and not just nothing

This year's Art Biennale in Venice feels like the end of a human-centered era, a time where man with his invulnerability, self-sufficiency, the white man as the center of the world is under attack. Now it is the woman's turn to ask the big questions, about the sanctity of life, about connectedness, about man and technology, about what comes after "man".
FILM FROM THE SOUTH:

Actual and imagined boundaries


Jafar Panahi: No Bears
Jafar Panahi's "No Bears" is a strong film in itself, but gains even greater impact in light of the situation the now imprisoned Iranian filmmaker is in.

MODERN TIMES: The ecocentric human being

ORIENTERING 1971:

The poisoning of humanity by militarism

In our time of invasion and occupation [read Ukraine], MODERN TIMES brings here Sigurd Evensmo's review of Finn Alnæs' The Fortress is Falling. A book quote reads: "Without blinking, we follow the motto 'the end justifies the means'. Without blinking, we follow a security policy that makes us accept national and international crimes."
NATO:

New base in northern Norway directs US warplanes and nuclear submarines

Norway has received a new NATO base paid for by the US Navy. This time it is Bratland, Lurøy on the Helgeland coast, which is being built in NATO's service.