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Ranveig Eckhoff

Eckhoff is a regular reviewer for Ny Tid.

Caste – a universal system of inequality, abuse of power and humiliation

Isabel Wilkerson: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent
RANK: In India it is the surname, in the USA it is the skin color which determines whether one is at the top or bottom of the caste system's ladder

Food and drink – a burning political, personal and ecological torch

Manfred Kriener: "Lecker-land" is no more. Nutrition lies and the rapid change in food culture.
FOOD: Everyone eats. Some people know what they are eating. Few people know what they ought to.

The American disaster

Klaus Brinkbäumer and Stephan Lamby: In delusion. The American disaster
TRUMPISM: How do democracies die? Often with the help of elected leaders. This was the case in Russia, Hungary, Turkey, Ukraine and Poland, as well as in several South American countries. And in the United States?

Slavery belongs to history – racism is timeless

Ibram X. Kendi One World: How to be an antiracist
ANTIRASISM: In the 1700th century, it was profitable shop to capture people as slaves and commodities. In the 19th century, slavery was abolished. In the world of Ibram X. Kendi, captivity still exists – every time we fail to protest against racism.

It's our own fault

DESTROYED NATURE:  Profit hunting, illegal wildlife trafficking and a growing population taking over natural areas provide the basis for disasters. Covid-19 is not the revenge of nature; we have done this to ourselves.

Obama's loyal advisor

Susan Rice: Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For
ruthless: Democrat Susan Rice was the United States ambassador to the United States and became a national security adviser. After tough negotiations with Iran, she got an explosive alert case in her lap: Edward Snowden.

The oil industry is the root of all evil

Rachel Maddow: Blowout
MONEY AND OIL: If you mix corruption and rogue states with the richest and most devastating industry in the world – the oil industry – the result is an explosive mix.

Australia is burning

INFERNO DOWN BELOW: Like the world's tornadoes and floods, Australia's fires have been named over the years. Now we could call them 'eternal fires'. Can the incredible tragedies we witnessed be the start of a brighter future for Australia? 

Sun and sorrow in Sicily

Maike Albath: Grief and light
SICILY: The South Italian family is still a powerful institution. It slides seamlessly into the mafia's power structure, with its familismo amoral. The family is the law – not the social institutions.