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A society in panic of reputation?

"Today, we must acknowledge that the belief that whistleblowers would be appreciated was an illusion," says Harald Stanghelle.

"Stand Up for Truth" is a worldwide mobilization for greater understanding of the importance of whistleblowers to democracy, and to strengthen the situation of whistleblowers and to focus on whistleblowers and their interaction with the media. Whistleblowers are crucial if you want to strengthen openness and truth in social life. All democracy depends on the support of a well-informed population. This is not possible when important – and sometimes illegal – political decisions are hidden from the public. One example is the new disclosures surrounding the international free trade agreement for services, TISA, which is to be debated in the Storting.

Wikileaks. The TISA agreement, which, among other things, will push for competitive tendering and privatization of public services in all fields, is being negotiated with a large degree of secrecy with Norway. . .

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An Italian photo cavalcade

PHOTO: It would be almost fifty years before Paolo di Paolo's daughter found the pictures his father had taken, and confronted him with his hitherto unknown past as a (Italian) celebrity photographer.

Ethics in the time of the climate crisis

ECOLOGY: Despite this book's general critique of anthropocentrism, one could go even further in practicing an ecocentric ethic.

The war – and most people

In this issue, as MODERN TIMES's editor, I publish a selection of articles that may reflect different opinions most people have about the war in Ukraine.

War resistance with a feminist look

UKRAINE: In this romantic fairy tale with a pure Hollywood dream of a man stands Volodymyr Zelenskyj. But we know that this could develop into a new world war.

The war on our understanding of reality

RUSSIA / UKRAINE: Journalist Anna Politkovskaya warned us against playing with fire. Now we can ask ourselves the question: Are we in the Third World War – or in the Second Cold War? In his study of "not an inch to the east" statements after the fall of the wall, history professor Mary E. Sarotte shows how Ukraine and Europe ended up in war again.

The Mystery of Vladimir Putin

SPIN DICTATOR: After dictators left their mark on the 20th century with indescribable crimes, it can be difficult to understand how the authoritarian forms of government have made an apparent return in our time.

Jens Stoltenberg's day

It crackles and crackles in the ear of the general secretary, he wakes up dazed and lost after a disturbing dream and shaves carefully and tightens his grip on himself ...

In the direction of the totalitarian

PRE-FASCISM: Timothy Snyder's little textbook on tyranny – written for society "between Hitler and Stalin" – lies between patriotic obedience and political disobedience. The book is still current.

Eternity policy

UKRAINE: What is the influence of the philosopher Ivan Ilyin on Putin's politics? Today, information warfare is at least as important as military warfare.

Zelensky's leadership in a new light: What is not talked about behind Putin's invasion

UKRAINE: It seems that the United States deliberately did everything to trigger a Russian invasion. Ukraine is a victim of this brutal game. For Russia, there are five very limited requirements.

Competence or arrogance?

RUSSIA: The Russian thinkers Aleksandr Dugin, Ivan Iljin and Lev Gumilyov shape the spiritual-political climate in Russia in different ways. Dugin is often claimed to be one of the ideologues behind Russia's attack on Ukraine. Is that an exaggeration?

The rawness of silence

WAR: The barbarism of the West came from the "free world" itself. Because it was silent
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