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Should we send weapons to Ukraine, and to Israel?

SCENARIO: MODERN TIMES here tries out an imaginary scenario to compare two irreconcilable conflicts. It is up to the reader to make up their own mind as to what this might mean.

How the majority's opinions are created by the media

Richard David Precht, Harald Welzer: Die vierte Gewalt. Wie Mehrechtmeinung gemacht wird – auch wenn sie keine ist

PUBLICITY: Precht and Welzer want more "well-intentioned dispute" about views – not social media's definition, personorientering and arousal production. Their book has been met with everything from total rejection and hesitant acceptance to detailed criticism.

Presented as solidarity actions

War: In the ongoing conflict between Russia and the West in Ukraine, social democrats, social liberals and green politicians have been among the most ardent supporters of war and confrontational politics. And when "solidarity" becomes a tool for warmongers, the political right can become a strategic ally.

Biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine?

UKRAINE: The Russians have now presented a large number of documents that show exactly which bacteria and viruses have been developed, and which spreading mechanisms would be used. Ukraine experimented with insects and drones for the spread of various diseases.

Can the technology revolution bring us out of disability?

Peter Sloterdijk: The human greenhouse

ESSAY: Today, the extreme state is different than in the post-war period, when Sartre and Heidegger wrote about anxiety and authenticity. The existential threat today lies primarily in an uncertain planetary future.

What is security today?

Debate: If we want peace, we must prepare for peace, not war. In the preliminary party programs, no party in the Storting is in favor of disarmament.

UN states: Far from banning killing robots

WEAPONS OF THE FUTURE: Human Rights Watch has released a report on the regulation of autonomous weapons. What will determine the wars of the future?

The document that started the war in 2001

United States / Militarization:: In this article, Niels Harrit points out 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"?

Behind the idyll lurks the landmines

Silva Khnkanosian: Nothing To Be Afraid Of

Guns: Five female deminers attempt to remove landmines in Nagorno-Karabakh's beautiful landscape.

The US plans were real – but the defense minister still won't respond

ORIENTERING 6. SEPTEMBER 1969: On Monday last week, the West German magazine "Stern" reported that it had received a secret American plan for e.g. ABC warfare in Europe. It states in detail how nuclear, chemical and biological weapons will be used in both Western and Eastern Europe. According to Arbeiderbladet, this has attracted "considerable attention" on the continent.

The iconic bell

Fritz Ofner, Eva Hausberger: Weapon of Choice Directors

: Despite a rather directionless narrative, this collection of stories about a gun named Glock is worth seeing.

What about NATO?

: Ingeborg Breines takes a strong stand against those in power's "security strategies", NATO and the military industry. A secure future is not built with weapons, but with a culture of peace based on dialogue and solidarity, she writes.

Deadly everyday life in the United States

Gary Younge: Another Day in the Death of America – A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives

: Since January, more than 8000 have been killed and 15 injured in more than 000 shooting episodes in the United States. If this trend continues, the total number of deaths will exceed 32 by the end of the year – the corresponding number killed in the war in Yemen.

Norway and the war in Yemen

: Without the people of Norway being aware of it, Norwegian politicians approve the sale of weapons and ammunition to oppressive dictatorships that systematically kill civilians in Yemen. 

Info war and arms purchases

: EU and NATO leaders point out that they want to strengthen military cooperation. Will it lead to increased militarization of Europe?