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Dag Herbjørnsrud

Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

In memory of Nawal El-Saadawi

Obituary: Uncompromisingly, 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.

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
Cultural history: 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?

More universal philosophy

ESSAY: Time to learn what the world's many translating female philosophers thought? Or what about the omitted African philosophy? Four books provide a broader understanding of the history of thought.

Leader: Memories of a decade

According to the myth, a Chinese saying should read, "May you live in interesting times." Understand that you do not want everything well. But...

Leader: Anundsen should go

On Thursday came the argument that should also make Erna Solberg see what is best for the government and Norway: The Minister of Justice should step down.

LEADER: The world of fun

According to 24-hour media, "a whole world is waiting" for some rocks in Rauma to slide down a mountain side. Something has to wait, since no submarine was found in Stockholm.

LEADER: Take that ring…

June 2014 has so far been the month of coalitions in the so-called Middle East, or West Asia.

LEADER: Monarchy for Fall

Departure. In the long term, this may be a historical event we experienced this week:

The 2. June Juan Juan Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón and Borbón-Dos Sicilias (76) resigned in Spain. The said gentleman is better known as Juan Carlos I, who on Monday made it known that he wanted to abdicate. It was about time.

LEADER: Required info support

Measures. Two new patterns are emerging in the new blue-blue government's policy towards oppositional and power-critical voices in society:
One is that "they can manage themselves" – some assistance from the blue-blue should at least be made possible. The second pattern lies in the "grandiose thinking": The big ones can just as easily do the same as the small ones, picking up work tasks.