27.03.2002

NPA declare Good Friday ceasefire
Congratulations on the NPA 33rd anniversary!
Abe Lincoln and the internet pirates
Disney CEO Michael Eisner namedrops Abraham Lincoln and Vaclav Havel to show us how evil P2P-filesharing is. The Havel-bit is a real gem:
"Mr Havel, president of post-cold-war Czech Republic, wrote in 1995: "The separation of executive, legislative, and judicial powers, the universal right to vote, the rule of law, freedom of expression, the inviolability of private ownership ... enable man to live in dignity, freedom, and responsibility.""
What president of a capitalist country hasn't said something like this?

26.03.2002

Food drops found to do little good
An obvious story.
Missing Manic: Feet found
Have they found Richey Edwards' feet?
Poto passed in joint session of Parliament
Draconian anti-terrorist laws passed in India.
The Social Props of Bush's Terrorist War
A good article from the Ray O. Light group.
Liisas Skanlog
Wow. It's a German blog on a Swiss domain devoted to Scandinavia, and mostly Norway, it seems. Thanks for the permalink, Liisa!
The great game email list
For those of you who are interested in the the oil-and-gas-pipelines approach to the war in Afghanistan, like mentioned here, a good email list to join would be The great game.

25.03.2002


"Tribal Leaders in Pakistan Warn the U.S. to Keep Out
Tribal leaders from the treacherous mountainous areas along the border with Afghanistan have an unambiguous message for American commanders who have suggested that they might enter the region in pursuit of Al Qaeda fighters: Don't"

23.03.2002

The strange battle of Shah-i-Kot
I've looked for this kind of article! Brendan O'Neill goes through all the stories on the Shah-I-Kot battle. This is a must-read.

UPDATE: Comment from Jak.

21.03.2002

Paris returns
My all time favourite rapper Paris returns after several years out of the spotlight and some not so good records. He has returned to the more poltiticised lyrics of the earliest albums too... this looks very promising indeed.
EFF: Chilling Effects of Anti-Terrorism
The Electronic Frontier Foundation tracks attacks on free speech, and lists website shutdowns and information removals.
Marines to face guerrilla war as Taleban fighters change tactics
As I've said all the time, the war is just beginning. And as I've also said a lot: the basic ideas of protracted people's war are still valid - the US hasn't beat the Afghan resistance despite their enourmous armory.

20.03.2002

Norwegian weblogs
Remco Brink has made a good directory to Norwegian weblogs, so I changed my link to his site in the bar to the left.
Only three Norwegian blogs are listed in the Pepys directory...
The Wild growth of the weblog
An article in Norwegian on weblogging.

19.03.2002

War on terror: Burma next?
"The United States has declared the Wa drug dealers are important targets in the war on terrorism, a significant policy change that could put the Burma-based narcotics cartel in the US bullseye.

Diplomatic sources in Bangkok said it was clear US policy in the region is quickly evolving, and will put pressure on Burma to strike fast and hard against drug kingpin Wei Hsueh-kang or risk intervention from outside."

17.03.2002

St. Patrick's day special
Brendan O'Neill: Paddywhackery goes global

"Thanks, but no thanks. If Irishness is nothing more than an attitude, a football top or the right colour hair dye from a bottle, you can keep it. I'll pretend to enjoy a few pints of the black stuff on Sunday - but I won't pretend to be Irish."


15.03.2002

So what happened to the anthrax investigation?
Jak from Vancouver looks at what happened to the anthrax investigation on her very fine blog.

UPDATE: BBC has a story on the anthrax mailings being a CIA experiment gone bad.

14.03.2002

Mohammed Atta's visa application
The Smoking Gun has scans of Atta's approved visa application. One thing this story did for me was to give some reassurance: however bad the backlog at the office is, someone is always worse.

UPDATE: WSWS has a very good article article on the Atta visas, pointing out that many of the post-11/9-detainees may have done nothing more than the crime of being among the unprocessed files at INS's private subcrontractors.
The commodification of Britney Spears
Need an example of commodification and alienation for a study circle in Marxism? The editor of fansite worldofbritney.com has closed the site down, and explains why.

13.03.2002

Israel attacks the international press

"Any PR is good PR" they must think...

Israeli Army Fires on Journalists
"Israeli forces fired for 10 to 15 minutes from tank-mounted machine guns on a hotel where journalists were photographing armor targeting the al-Amari refugee camp early Tuesday."

Italian journalist killed by Israeli tank fire in West Bank town, doctors say
"An Italian photographer was killed by machine gun fire from an Israeli tank in Ramallah early Wednesday, Palestinian hospital officials and witnesses said. A French photographer was injured by shrapnel and an Egyptian journalist was shot at, also in the West Bank town."
The battle that was over

The claims that the fighting in Gardez is over doesn't all much water...

Allies split over peace plan to let fighters escape


US making tall claims on fighting: French military

Afghan governmentt fears uprising in east

U.S, Allies Seize Shah-e-Kot Valley
"I think we got a lot of them but we're not really sure," one U.S. special forces soldier said, refusing to give his name. He said there were apparently hundreds of caves in the area, many of which were believed to have collapsed in the bombing."
Blogspot down...
Blogspot.com has been down all day, therefore no updates. I'm thinking of migrating here. But I do love the"blog this" bookmarklet.

12.03.2002

Arafat Accuses Israel of Tattooing Numbers on Prisoners' Arms
"Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Tuesday accused Israeli troops of tattooing numbers on the arms of dozens of Palestinian prisoners in the Tulkarem refugee camp in the West Bank."
'Inadequate' US troops pulled out of battleground
"HUNDREDS of American troops were pulled out of the ground battle with al-Qaeda forces because they failed to adapt to the guerrilla tactics required for fighting in the mountains, according to their Afghan allies.
More than 1,000 Afghan troops rushed to the front line yesterday to take up the slack after the withdrawal of 400 US troops from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan."
Indian rebels shoot exam cheats
"At least seven people have been shot and injured in the past few days in what appears to be a draconian attempt to clean up the state's education system. "
"The outlawed Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) has said it carried out the attacks, saying it believed in quality education and would not allow anyone to get through exams by cheating. "
Jihad in Afghanistan
Read the spin from the other side:
SECRET MESSAGE SENT TO MUJAHIDEEN FOR NEGOTIATIONS OF CAPTURED US SOLDIERS
50 SOLDIERS KILLED IN DESTRUCTION OF 6 US HELICOPTERS IN GARDEZ
"THE MUJAHIDEEN HAVE AN UPPER HAND OVER THE US TROOPS ", US SOLDIERS ACCEPT
Afghan battle 'over'
Any bets on how many times we will here this over the next months?
UPDATE: It's not over, Pentagon says.

11.03.2002

06.03.2002

Dismiss the Killer Government of Gujarat!
The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation on the events in Gujarat.
Zim Watch
Emmanuel Goldstein's continues providing interesting links on the Zimbabwe elections.
Hunters up in arms after EU game proposal
"EU bureaucrats in Brussels are preparing legislation so shocking for Norwegian hunters that they don't know whether to laugh or cry. The EU wants all game butchered at approved plants and immediately frozen. A trained specialist must be in the vicinity to assess the suitability of the game as food. Further, the EU wants to ban giving game to family or friends."

Now, my hope is this: the Norwegian government finally shows some guts and ardently refuses this. If the Eu still pressurizes Norway into this, we'll never, ever vote 'Yes', and most likely the demand to ditch the undemocratic European Economic Agreement will rise. So, for once I say: Go Brussels, don't back down now!

UPDATE: Fellow Norwegian and not-so-fellow Ayn RandianFredrik Norman also comments on this. A right-left convergence if I ever saw one.
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05.03.2002

"We were soldiers - Green Beret II
Brendan Miniter: "Mr. Gibson's film, which he might have named "We Were Soldiers, Not Baby Killers," is an argument for honoring the Americans who fought in Vietnam--and what they fought for. John Wayne's 1967 film "The Green Beret" made the same argument, and leftists have despised it since the day it was released. In that film Wayne dared to show the cruelty meted out by the communists and be unabashedly patriotic."

Sunday quake might have been caused by bombing
Can this really be true?
Women Rebels in Nepal
In the run-up to the International Women's Day 8th March, here's a Li Onesto story from Nepal.
Kostunica attacks Milosevic trial
"There has been little legality but much shallow, superficial... and often forged quasi-history."
German government angry at U.S. Military
"German officials on Monday expressed their extreme displeasure about the U.S. military announcement that elite German forces had joined the largest ground offensive launched in the war against terrorism in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Franz Borkenhagen, said officials considered the American "contribution" to be unhelpful. "I am speaking in a reserved manner. I would have preferred that the information about the German deployment in this operation had not been released in this form," Mr. Borkenhagen said."

04.03.2002

Closed disinformation agency can't convince staff it's closed
"Washington, D.C. (SatireWire.com) — Following Tuesday's announcement that the Pentagon had closed the controversial Office of Strategic Influence, which allegedly was created to spread false information abroad, the agency said it has been unable to convince OSI employees to stop reporting for work."
CPI (ML) Liberation to organise rally against Gujarat riots - The Times of India
Good to see revolutionary forces organise against this awful communalism.
Afghans aghast as US military chiefs blunder into ambush
Not so tough on the ground, eh?
Norway out of Afghanistan!
An unlikely slogan if I ever heard one. Sadly, it needs to be shouted out.
Bravenet down, me down
Due to Bravenet being down, this page hasn't loaded over the weekend. Arrgh. Arrgh.
Well, it's not been updated either has I've had a net-free weekend. It felt very strange...