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FREEDOM OF SPEECH: The opportunity to say something is always very limited, says MODERN TIMES's regular writer in this essay about different authorities' use of force. Away from today's mass media, an "underground" network of intellectuals has now emerged, including experienced journalists, intelligence officers, renowned professors and politicians.

Is it a pity for America?

Great power madness? America's shadowy sides have for many made fatal love and the relationship destructive. Bjørneboe's indignation towards America was of the solidarity type.

Green system change and circular economy

ESSAY: In order to safeguard our livelihoods, we should move away from a system that continually requires us to become more efficient, productive, and profit-maximizing.

Slavery belongs to history – racism is timeless

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.

David Graeber (1961–2020)

Obituary: David Graeber died recently. MODERN TIMES chooses for once to bring an obituary – here over the anarchist who wanted to change our usual notions of what is possible and impossible, right and wrong, normal and strange.

The document that started the war in 2001

United States / Militarization: Niels Harrit points out in this article that the participation of European countries in the attack on Afghanistan in 2001 was illegal – according to the UN Treaty. Were a number of countries tricked into the "war on terror"?

homesickness

Bjørneboe: In this essay, Jens Bjørneboe's eldest daughter reflects on a lesser – known psychological side of her father.
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Is it time for a new kind of democratic involvement?

COMMENT: Do we need far less elected politicians to represent our opinions?

Jens Bjørneboe and Gateavisa

ANARCHISM: Audun Engh on Jens Bjørneboe's significance as a source of inspiration for Gateavisa in the 70s

Mercedes without engine

Donald Trumps "Deal of the Century" could, in the worst case, end up being a trigger for the original potential for conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.

HUXLEY'S DYSTOPIA: What would you rather be – happy or free?

SCIENCE FICTION: The TV series based on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World contains – by including digital surveillance – also an essential element from George Orwell's dystopian vision of the future.

Freedom, dignity and hope

GAZA: MODERN TIMES meets different voices in Gaza today: About America's new plan, and conditions on the ground.
Above and to the right, student workers. Academy. Photo: Truls Lie

The creation of the academy in Ramallah

Palestine voucher: In the occupied West Bank, art became a form of knowledge based on research and free critical thinking. One of the founders of the art academy in Ramallah, tells here what happened – supported by Norway.

- We documented that we had everything in place for a Palestinian state

Palestine voucher: Salam Fayyad, former Prime Minister of Palestine, Ramallah 2014
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South America's upcoming technology showdown

CAPTURE: The authorities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico are now investing in start-ups, incubators and training programs. But at the same time, Colombia can confiscate protesters' phones; in Ecuador, the authorities block the same access to servers; and in Nicaragua and Venezuela, governments have routinely restricted access to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The United States and China are on aggressive courtship trips to countries throughout the region.

Brave soldiers and lost system criticism

cinema Relevant The Outpost confirms the turn American war films have taken from system criticism of the hero cult.

A voice from Poland

ESSAY: It is embarrassing to look at how horrible the Law and Justice Party (PiS) and the government are behaving. We sign signature campaigns.
Nothing To Be Afraid Of Director Silva Khnkanosian

Behind the idyll lurks the landmines

Guns:  Five female miners try to remove land mines in the beautiful landscape of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Book tips for the summer. (Photo: Pixabay)

Recommended literature this summer

Book tips MODERN TIMES's critics and editors recommend books for the summer holidays.

Truth in the time of the corona crisis

BIOMAKT: Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has had several controversial statements about the management of the corona crisis. Agamben states that the media handling of the corona crisis in some perverse way has a similarity to the commercial advertising. And warns against a new, despotic security community.
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CORRUPTION: In crisis situations, the risk of corruption increases – as with the money behind the upcoming corona vaccine.

"Personality Disruptive Marketing"

DOPAMINE capitalism: Is "freedom" all valued so highly, in fact, illusory? Today, more and more information is gathered about our bodies, emotions, habits and brains.

Blacklisted workers were denied a job

CONTROL: Unthinkable bureaucrats, sneaky employer organizations and a corrupt police monitor and blacklist "troubled" or suspicious workers systematically.
NAK-ED Director Jan Dalchow Norway

Who dares disappoint the camera?

NUDENESS: Norwegian Jan Dalchow's new documentary series about body shame is honorable, but also trivial and sentimental.

Unrestrained apartheid

Palestine voucher: Israel was quick to portray the Palestinians as carriers of the virus and as a health threat. Today, Gaza's crisis is both territorial, demographic, political – and biological.