THE STORY: Orientering was created as a fighting body after the Norwegian Labor Party had brought Norway into NATO. But the newspaper fronted both the East and West blocks. The newspaper's focus was particularly on working, wage and living conditions for small people, as well as surveying economic power in Norwegian society and the real power holders behind the Storting.
DISSIDENT: More and more scientists and artists are arrested, sent to prison or placed in psychiatric clinics as insane, if they have deviated from the "party line". Evensmo takes up Solzhenitsyn here after spending a couple of years reading everything he has written – well over 2000 pages.
Orientering 1971: 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."
We socialists are often given square opinions about the United States and American politics, Sigurd Evensmo wrote in 1963. A polarized US debate of the kind we see before the election in 2016 is a tradition with strong roots.
Full 100-page MODERN TIMES including the appendix Orientering and Modern Times Review comes out quarterly in early March, June, September and December) with international book reviews (non-fiction) and comments / essays. According to the physical newspaper (and PDF), the articles are published regularly online (see the newsletters).