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JOURNALISM:

"Stink journalism" against whistleblowers

Professor Gisle Selnes writes that Harald Stanghelle's article in Aftenposten on 23 February 2020 "looks like a statement of support, [but] lies as a framework around the aggravated attack on Assange". He is right. But has Aftenposten always had this relationship with whistleblowers, as in the case of Edward Snowden?

About Assange, torture and punishment

Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, says the following about Assange:
Pandemic / "Immunological disability"
Perhaps the fear of bacteria and viruses in the future will increasingly lead to a disease preparedness characterized by totalitarian surveillance and control. A blind trust in vaccinations can lead to a phasing out of the human own immune system.
Punishment / Juicy fines for coronal fractures in Spain
In Spain, the authorities have the option of imposing hefty fines on citizens who refuse to be vaccinated or oppose restrictions during the pandemic.
Chronicle / Coronary vaccines: science and myths
Science has made rapid progress in producing a vaccine against Covid-19. But can vaccine programs be based on active consent and autonomous choice by citizens? And does scientific rationality now go hand in hand with creative forms of irrationality?
Response / Vaccine compulsion – some corrections
Author Trond Skaftnesmo comments on MODERN TIMES 'review of the book Vaccine intake.
Covid-19 / Vaccine coercion in the shadow of the corona crisis (by Trond Skaftnesmo)
There is no real skepticism from the public sector about the coronary vaccine – vaccination is recommended, and the people are positive about the vaccine. But is the embrace of the vaccine based on an informed decision or a blind hope for a normal everyday life?
Surveillance / Infection tracking, monitoring and consequences
How much freedom do you really have, if your movements are restricted by a corona pass and you get fired if you refuse to be vaccinated?
Corruption / 85In crisis situations, the risk of corruption increases – as with the money behind the upcoming corona vaccine.
CHRONICLE:

Do not take into account what damage the wind turbines can cause?

Has the wind power developer on Haramsøya grossly neglected? This is the opinion of the resource group that says no to local development of wind turbines. The development may interfere with radar signals used in air traffic.

BOOKS

GIMMICK:

The «smart» interior of everyday life


Sianne Ngai: Theory of the Gimmick
Sianne Ngai is one of the most original Marxist cultural theorists of her generation. But she seems keen on pulling the aesthetics down into the mud.
COMMUNITY BREACH:

Divorce is as common in Niger as in Norway


Alhassane A. Najoum: The conjugal ruptures in Muslim sub-Saharan Africa
It is expensive to get married in Niger even though the bride price varies, and in the event of divorce, women are obliged to pay back the bride price.
Ethics / What ethical principles are behind the first vaccine stings?Behind the authorities' vaccination strategy is an ethical chaos.
Chronicle / Norway at the top of Europe in nationalism?We constantly hear that Norway is the world's best country, but this is not necessarily the case for the vast majority of Norwegians and people who move here.
Obituary / In memory of Nawal El-SaadawiUncompromisingly, she spoke out against power. Now she is gone, 89 years old. Author, physician and feminist Nawal El-Saadawi wrote for MODERN TIMES from June 2009.
Debate / What is security today?If we want peace, we must prepare for peace, not war. In the preliminary party programs, no party in the Storting is in favor of disarmament.
Notification / Sweden and England were democraciesThe treatment of Julian Assange is a legal disaster that began in Sweden and continued in the United Kingdom. If the United States manages to get Assange extradited, it could prevent the publication of information about the great power in the future.

You should know this before applying for a consumer loan

If you are first going to borrow money without providing security, it is about making and finding the best deals, and getting thoroughly acquainted with the terms.
ACCELERATIONISM:

A liberal left?

Several thinkers believe that it is possible for what they call a rather complacent left to carve out a better and freer future through capitalism and technology.

MODERN TIMES: video interview

CULTURAL HISTORY:

Africa and «the brutish museums»


Amin Maalouf, Block Museum of Art, Dan Hicks, Alice Procter: Leo Afrikaneren, Caravans of Gold – Fragments in Time – Art Culture and Exchanges Across Medieval Saharan Africa, The Brutish Museums, The Whole Picture
It is necessary to relinquish ownership of colonial loot. The treasures of European museums have been stolen. And what about the Cultural History Museum in Oslo – which is also on the list of museums that have Benin's stolen bronze sculptures?
TRAVEL ESSAY:

Under the sacred protection of Babas (Saddhus)

I spent the corona quarantine in an ashram in legendary Rishikesh, India, spiritually led by Juna Akhara naga babas – naked men smeared in human ashes.
CARIBBEAN CHILDREN:

An economic system based on slave labor

Alexander Hamilton's upbringing on the Danish sugar colony island of St. Croix marked his policy as the United States' first finance minister and one of the founders of the United States. He was particularly interested in slaves – and what traces did slavery leave on the island?
ANARCHISM:

To have everyday life in its power

If not now – when? Is social ecology an answer?
Essay / I was completely out of the worldThe author Hanne Ramsdal tells here what it means to be put out of action – and come back again. A concussion leads, among other things, to the brain not being able to dampen impressions and emotions.
Prio / Silently disciplining researchMany who question the legitimacy of the US wars seem to be pressured by research and media institutions. An example here is the Institute for Peace Research (PRIO), which has had researchers who have historically been critical of any war of aggression – who have hardly belonged to the close friends of nuclear weapons.
Spain / Is Spain a terrorist state?The country receives sharp international criticism for the police and the Civil Guard's extensive use of torture, which is never prosecuted. Regime rebels are imprisoned for trifles. European accusations and objections are ignored.
Military / The military commanders wanted to annihilate the Soviet Union and China, but Kennedy stood in the wayWe focus on American Strategic Military Thinking (SAC) from 1950 to the present. Will the economic war be supplemented by a biological war?
Bjørneboe / homesicknessIn this essay, Jens Bjørneboe's eldest daughter reflects on a lesser – known psychological side of her father.
Y-block / Arrested and put on smooth cell for Y blockFive protesters were led away yesterday, including Ellen de Vibe, former director of the Oslo Planning and Building Agency. At the same time, the Y interior ended up in containers.
Tangen / A forgiven, refined and anointed basket boyThe financial industry takes control of the Norwegian public.
Environment / Planet of The Humans (by Jeff Gibbs)For many, green energy solutions are just a new way to make money, says director Jeff Gibbs.

BOOKS

PHILOSOPHY:

Obedience in a corona time


Frédéric Gros: Disobey! A Philosophy of Resistance
 Why, where, when and for how long are we obedient?
MYTHOLOGIES:

Heads floating in the sky


Roberto Calasso: The Celestial Hunter
In Calasso's fourteen essays, we often find ourselves between myth and science.
CHINA:

The authoritarian state capitalism


Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg: The silent conquest. How China is undermining Western democracies and reorganizing the world
It is known that China under Xi Jinping has developed in an autocratic direction. The authors show how the effect has spread in the rest of the world.
PHILOSOPHY:

Political or despotic?


Oskar Negt: Political philosophy of common sense. Volume 2, Morality and Society: Immanuel Kant
Oskar Negt asks how the modern political citizen came into being in the wake of the French Revolution. When it comes to political terror, he is clear – it is not political.
SELF-HELP:

The whole world is overwintering in our time


Katherine May: Wintering – The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times
With Wintering, Katherine May has projected an alluring, essayistic self-help book on the art of overwintering.
THE MIMETIC POWER:

To imitate nature in order to master it


Michael Taussig: Mastery of Non-mastery in the Age of Meltdown
Imitating another is also a way to gain power over the person portrayed. And how often do we see an imitation of the cosmos at a bar in a dark side street?
Radiation:

Up from the trenches


Nina FitzPatrick: Tesla's Curse
Do the researchers in the novel find the ultimate proof that parts of modern technology are destroying human neurological biology?
HAPPINESS:

Is it a national goal to create happy citizens?


Edgar Cabanas, Eva Illouz: Manufacturing Happy Citizens – How the Science and Industry of Happiness Control our Lives
Joy has recently become a large and lucrative business in most of the western world. New book takes a wise assessment of modern society's pursuit of happiness, and concludes that happiness in many cases is illusory.
Big tech:

What about surveillance in the digital culture revolution?


Thomas Hylland Eriksen: The planet of apps – how the smartphone changed the world
The planet of apps is probably one of the richest things you can now read about how we humans "sew together" with communication technology. But what about surveillance?
AUTHOR MOTHER:

A life of triumph and tragedy


Dagmar von Gerstorff: Julia Mann. The mother of Heinrich and Thomas Mann
Talented Julia Mann defended the children against an irreconcilable father and husband and supported the author sons Thomas and Heinrich all their lives. Her daughters, on the other hand, committed suicide.
NAWAL EL-SAADAWI:

Nawal El-Saadawi – in memorandum

A conversation about freedom, freedom of speech, democracy and elites in Egypt.
ACCELERATION:

To look at the present as the past of the future

We have interviewed the thinker Armen Avanessian about "accelerationism" and the possibility of a new political thinking.

DOCUMENTARY PHOTO

"I do not see beauty in war, but there is beauty in everything"

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Beauty, suffering, wealth, poverty, superficiality and raped children are different sides of the same coin, says photographer Marco Di Lauro, who spent a week with the Red Cross in Bergamo during the covid-19 outbreak.

FILM

Photo / Helmut Newton – The Bad and the Beautiful (by Gero Von Boehm)
Photographer Helmut Newton's controversial cult status persists long after his death.
Norwegian feature film / Gritt (by Itonje Søimer Guttormsen)
Itonje Søimer Guttormsens Gritt is made with a different method than most feature films and is a fascinating and rarely refreshing Norwegian debut film.
THE PENTAGON REPORT:

This is how five presidents of the United States deceived public opinion and Congress

So far, Norwegian newspapers have brought surprisingly little from the revelations that have been published in the New York Times.