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Norway and immigration through the eyes of WikiLeaks

April 18th, 2012 by admin

Lets take a look at Norway pre 22/7 2011 through the eyes of WikiLeaks.

Judging from American diplomatic cables, Norway was facing serious problems regarding immigration and integration.

Lets go through some out takes. (PS: These are not facts, but opinions and observations of US diplomats!)

[1] Pakistani Norwegians Ripe For Radicalization? (2007)

“there are concerns that even more conflict and further radical figures are to be found beneath the surface”

[2] NORWAY IS GOOD: NORWEGIAN EXCEPTIONALISM (2009)

Norwegians truly believe that there is something inherently good about being Norwegian and that Norway has a special role in promoting peace globally. (Photo:  Erlend Aas / Scanpix)

[3] Norway Has Terrorists? The Rising Tide Of Anti-semitism And Extremism In Norway (2006)

combination of extremism and anti-Semitism is a surprise to many Norwegian authorities and with very few exceptions they seem uncertain how to combat it in public.

Norway is justifiably proud of its reputation as a country for free speech, but this seems to hamper their ability to respond vigorously against radical views.

[4] Minority Anger In Norway Rises (2009)

This aspect shocked many Norwegians who like to believe that integration of immigrant populations is more advanced in Norway than other European countries.

However, the causes of the violence accompanying these demonstrations appears to stem at least as much from frustration about deeper integration issues, despite the GON,s (Norwegian Government’s) denial.

[5] Norway’s Immigration Policy A Hot Topic In Public Debate (2009)

the Labor Party is being held largely responsible in the media for measures implemented so far to try to curb the steady stream of asylum applicants coming to Norway.

it is unlikely that FrP’s more radical immigration policy ideas would be implemented due to sharp opposition from other political parties in parliament and Norway’s predominantly consensus-based political and legislative process.

[6] The Unlikely Oslo Peace Conference (2007)

The Norwegian public genuinely believes they can make a difference resolving conflicts worldwide and are willing to commit substantial time and capital to the effort.

[7] NORWAY: GROWING AWARENESS OF TERRORISM THREAT (2008)

Norway still lags behinds its neighbors in awareness and preparedness for terror incidents but we will use this momentum to fight prevailing opinion that “it couldn’t happen here.

we repeatedly press Norwegian authorities to take terrorism seriously. We will seek to build on this momentum to fight the still-prevalent feeling that terrorism happens elsewhere, not in peaceful Norway

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Go brows through the cables yourself at: cablegatesearch.net

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The Norwegian anti-anti-communist movement

April 1st, 2012 by admin

We just got word of a breakout group from the Occupy Wall Street movement, forming an anti-anti-communist movment, contering a certain someones rumored anti-communist movement.

Afterall, it’s a well known fact that Norway is one of the last sovjet states.

Hopefully they will be more succsefull than the far-lefties in the 70s.

 Viva la revelution.

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FreeJonas

March 25th, 2012 by admin

Norway have been kind of a rough place lately, with tendencys to ripp appart our dearest leaders.

And, now the time have come to “ripp appart” our Minister of Foreign affairs.

Accused for the most simple of crimes of them all. Granting tax-payers money to random friends.

Now, lets see if this match the carracter of Mr. Store.

Our partners over at wikileaks, tells us a quite different story, and I quote:

“(Mr. Støre red.anm) said we should “trust the process” which will be on time and based on quality, price, and industrial participation. There is “integrity to the process” and if we “sit still in the boat” all should work out.”

Now, does this looks like the words of a corruptee?

No, I did not think so.

This is, at its worst.. a honest mistake.

And, for those who have been following the departement of foreign affairs for the past few years, know that “high north” gets a dispropotional amount of attention. That’s just the way it is.

More evidence..?

” … real increase, with the High North (Arctic area) remaining Norway’s top defense and foreign policy priority” (click)

“The High North is one of the top foreign and domestic policy objectives for Norway, as it holds the keys to Norway’s future energy and economic growth” (click)

Rest my case.

*yawn*

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Starbucks – Oslo

March 24th, 2012 by admin

Finally, one can enjoy a frappuccino without travelling to another country.

 

<3

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Promotion and protection of human rights

February 29th, 2012 by admin

United Nations A/C.3/66/L.44/Rev. 11 November 2011 – adopted by @OccupyOslo

1.

The UN calls upon all States to promote and give full effect to the Declaration onthe Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society toPromote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and FundamentalFreedoms, including by taking, as appropriate, practical steps to that end;

 

2.

The UN welcomes the reports of the Special Rapporteur of the Human RightsCouncil on the situation of human rights defenders and her contribution to theeffective promotion of the Declaration and the improvement of the protection of human rights defenders worldwide;

 

3.

The UN condemns all human rights violations committed against personsengaged in promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedomsaround the world, and urges States to take all appropriate action, consistent with theDeclaration and all other relevant human rights instruments, to prevent andeliminate such human rights violations;

 

4.

The UN calls upon all States to take all measures necessary to ensure theprotection of human rights defenders, at both the local and the national levels,including in times of armed conflict and peacebuilding;

 

5.

The UN calls upon States to respect, protect and ensure the rights to freedom of expression and association of human rights defenders and in this regard to ensure,where procedures governing registration of civil society organizations exist, thatthese are transparent, non-discriminatory, expeditious, inexpensive, allow for thepossibility to appeal and avoid requiring re-registration, in accordance with nationallegislation, and are in conformity with international human rights law;

 

6.

The UN also calls upon States to ensure that human rights defenders can performtheir important role in the context of peaceful protests, in accordance with nationallegislation consistent with the Charter of the United Nations and internationalhuman rights law, and in this regard to ensure that no one is subject to excessive andindiscriminate use of force, arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and other cruel,inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, enforced disappearance, abuse of criminal and civil proceedings or threats of such acts;

 

7.

The UN urges States to ensure that any measures to combat terrorism andpreserve national security are in compliance with their obligations underinternational law, in particular under international human rights law, and do nothinder the work and safety of individuals, groups and organs of society engaged inpromoting and defending human rights;

 

8.

The UN also urges States to take appropriate measures to address the question of impunity for attacks, threats and acts of intimidation committed by State andnon-State actors, including cases of gender-based violence, against human rightsdefenders and their relatives, including by ensuring that complaints from humanrights defenders are promptly investigated and addressed in a transparent,independent and accountable manner;

 

9.

The UN urges all States to cooperate with and assist the Special Rapporteur inthe performance of her mandate and to provide all information in a timely manner,as well as to respond without undue delay to communications transmitted to them bythe Special Rapporteur;

 

10.

The UN calls upon States to give serious consideration to responding favourablyto the requests of the Special Rapporteur to visit their countries, and urges them toenter into a constructive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur with respect to thefollow-up to and implementation of her recommendations, so as to enable theSpecial Rapporteur to fulfil her mandate even more effectively;

 

11.

The UN strongly encourages States to translate the Declaration and to takemeasures to ensure its widest possible dissemination at the national and local levels,among public officials as well as individuals, groups, organs of society and othernon-State actors;

 

12.

The UN encourages States to promote awareness and training in regard to theDeclaration in order to enable officials, agencies, authorities and members of the judiciary to observe the provisions of the Declaration and thus to promote betterunderstanding and respect for individuals, groups and organs of society engaged inpromoting and defending human rights, as well as for their work;

 

13.

The UN encourages relevant United Nations bodies, including at the countrylevel, within their respective mandates and working in cooperation with States, togive due consideration to the Declaration and to the reports of the SpecialRapporteur, and in this context requests the Office of the United Nations HighCommissioner for Human Rights to draw the attention of all relevant United Nationsbodies, including at the country level, to the reports of the Special Rapporteur;

 

14.

The UN requests the Office of the High Commissioner, as well as other relevantUnited Nations bodies, offices, departments and specialized agencies, within theirrespective mandates, to consider ways in which they can assist States instrengthening the role and security of human rights defenders, including insituations of armed conflict and peacebuilding;

 

15.

The UN requests all concerned United Nations agencies and organizations,within their mandates, to provide all possible assistance and support to the SpecialRapporteur for the effective fulfilment of her mandate, including through countryVisits;

 

16.

The UN requests the Special Rapporteur to continue to report annually on heractivities to the General Assembly and to the Human Rights Council in accordancewith her mandate;

 

17.

The UN decides to consider the question at its sixty-eighth session under the item entitled “Promotion and protection of human rights”.

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Tuba Atlantic

February 26th, 2012 by admin

Its the Oscars again.

And as usual, a short Norwegian film, noone evere have heard about is among the nominees. (photo: Ramon Felix)

Rumor has it the director Hallvar Wizø will be wearing an all Norwegian ensamble down the red carpet.

Let’s hope he mix and match it well.

*Post will be updated with his outfit as soon as its available*

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Moods of Norway – Cocktail Mountaineering

February 13th, 2012 by admin

Well, oh well!

This time around, Moods of Norway have toned it down just a tad. (photo: Per Ervland)

Ditching the 90s color pallet for the savy 20s and 30s.

For once, making clothes you can actually wear to work.

At best, reminiscent of the fantastical Norwegian Fairytales

Such as this.. (Photo:Dmitry K. Valberg)

That being said. It needs to be pointed out… (photo: Per Ervland)

the beyond terrible tailoring. (photo: Per Ervland)

Oh no they didn’t!

How many times must I say this Peder and Simen?

HOW MANY TIMES?

 

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MGP finale 2012

February 11th, 2012 by admin

Tonight is the night, that will determine the course of histoty for the next two years.

The selecton of Norways contestant for the international Eurovision Song Contest finals.

Now who will it be?

My guess:

1) Nora Foss Al-Jabri (Photo: Håkon Eikesdal / Dagbladet)

 

2) Plumbo *sigh* (Photo: Håkon Eikesdal / Dagbladet)

3) Tooji (Photo: Håkon Eikesdal / Dagbladet)

Who is your favourite?

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Watch Moods of Norways SS2012

February 10th, 2012 by admin

.. from the comforts of your own home. (photo: Erling Hægeland/Dagbladet)

Just follow this link.

Enjoy.

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Norway goes shopping

February 3rd, 2012 by admin

… for drones.

According to the twitter-feed of Norway’s minister of defence. NATO/Norway just acquired some fierce new drones. (photo: NATO)

Those could  always come in handy.

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