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Vietnam War

Before World War III

Report from Hanoi. Books about Vietnam.

At a time when only "necessary" travel is allowed

TO TRAVEL: Where are you going to travel when the pandemic ravages the destination? In the literature, of course. On the desolate islands of the books, you can stretch up the hammock without being infected by anything other than longing.

The self-medication of complacency

BJØRNEBOE FILM: Is it the freedom we are afraid of? asks film director Terje Dragseth.

The divine comedy

EVIDENCE: God Himself is the problem of evil: must we kill, and must we kill many, and all the time, for the world to be better?

FASSBINDER AND BJØRNEBOE: "I am mistaken for the most unworthy."

CRISIS, ADVERSITY, DRUGS: The 100-year-old Jens Bjørneboe and the German film director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who would have turned 75 this year, were both put in the public eye. Did this lead to shortened lives for both?

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.

From the convict's point of view

Jens Bjørneboe's post on the Without a Thread judgment.

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.

A late hippie confessions

GATEAVISA: MODERN TIMES prints one of the essays in a new book about Gateavisa. Here is a reflection on how, in the postmodernist spirit, they had to reinvent themselves as an eighties magazine: In the editorial offices, everyone largely disagreed with everyone on everything from layout to US foreign policy. Here were purple undershirts, jackets from flea markets, scrolls and books about the eco-crisis.

Bjørneboe's perhaps the rarest book

PROHIBITED BOOK: Red Emma is Bjørneboe's scenic story about the anarchist Emma Goldman and her faithful «fellow soldier», Alexander Berkman.

homesickness

In this essay, Jens Bjørneboe's eldest daughter reflects on a lesser - known psychological side of her father.

Elektra - the child who would be cleansed of pain

ESSAY: Sophocles' Elektra asks the question: what happens to a person who fails to formulate for himself who her revenge is directed at and why? Is it the need for revenge that drives us, the urge to punish someone who has ruined for us? And what about young, religious terrorists today who, out of love for the "ruler," perform cruel rituals and rites?

Bjørneboe, Gateavisa, and post-anarchism

Is it possible that traits from anarchism still have great validity for some of us today?
Marilena Nardi, Se Www.Libex.Eu

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
Cape (Spain) Librexpression. Www.Libex.Eu

"A murderous system"

SWEDEN ACCUSED: Why does the Swedish authorities not cooperate with the UN mechanisms and respect principles of openness, accountability and law when it comes to the Assange case, asks the former Swedish editor-in-chief Arne Ruth.

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.
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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.

Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence?

HUAWEI: The United States is as believing as China in using national technology as a means of mass surveillance and political manipulation.

"You are my creator, but I am your lord - obey!"

FRANKENSTEIN: About killing drones, artificial intelligence and Frankenstein. It has become easier to fight - and more dangerous. If, or when, the machines themselves take over, humanity may suddenly be on the wrong side of the table.

Libra Facebooks

Krypto: The time when bank payments across national borders took five days is not yet over. But it does not cost five percent of the transaction anymore. But what about those without a bank account? Libra is driving development

The destruction, death and militarization of everyday life

NECROPOLITICS: To leave millions of people to hunger, epidemics, war and escape.

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.
Niels Bo Bojesen

Information totalitarianism

Self Straight? The companies behind platforms, smartphones and the Internet of Things continuously track all our movements. With a digital footprint, one can determine a person's access to credit, transportation, social services or health care. We lose our individual freedom and autonomy.
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