FAIR: Euphemisms for Israeli Settlements Confuse Coverage
"The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported last month (5/31/02) that at the behest of a Likud party minister, the Israel Broadcasting Authority has banned its editorial departments from using the terms "settlers" or "settlements" on radio and TV. According to Ha'aretz, "it is not clear if the editors will obey the order," which was seen as an attempt by the new IBA director to curry favor with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. What does seem clear is that settlements-- housing built on land illegally seized by Israel after the 1967 war-- are such a contentious issue within Israel that the Israeli government would like to stop reporters from even saying the word."


Take It as Red
A new leftist blog. Mission statement:
"Don't expect well-balanced opinions here. I don't give a shit about showing both sides of the story: there's enough woolly liberals out there to do that. That's how the right wing nutters win. This is an unashamedly pinko commie blog."


where can i get avice on how to deal with people that I hate?
I wonder what the guy who searched for this and ended up here got out of his visit...
Does the emperor of wine have any clothes?
Globalizing wine.
Aftenposten Peace, not problems, from protest march
"Over 10,000 demonstrators marched in downtown Oslo's streets on Monday evening as part of a massive protest against the World Bank's research conference.

The colorful demonstration set off from Oslo's central train station at 6:30pm, half an hour later than planned, and defied public fears by proceeding peacefully. Police forces were massed at a nearby quay ready to move in case of violence.
Despite elaborate preparations for rioting, the uniformed police presence was muted, and remained in the background."

Ann Coulter: Left Is 'out to Destroy the Country'
This is such a good parody. Newsmax must be the new "Onion" or something.


John Galt is a communist
He runs the financial operations of the Communist Party of Great Britain...
‘Combatants’ lack rights, U.S. argues
"June 20 — Prisoners declared enemy combatants do not have the right to a lawyer and the American judiciary cannot second-guess the military’s classification of such detainees, the Justice Department argued yesterday in a brief to an appeals court."


Satpal Ram is free
"This is a Victory but not Vindication
At 7.00pm on Tuesday 18th June 2002, Satpal Ram walked through the prison gate of HMP Blantyre House, for the last time.
Satpal's conviction has not been quashed and though he is now out on licence, Satpal will continue to fight the conviction, that has kept him in prison since 1987."


Perugia dump Korean hero
"Perugia president Luciano Gaucci said his club's decision to sack South Korea's Ahn Jung-Hwan was not for dumping Italy out of the World Cup but for his offensive remarks afterwards."
"It has nothing to do with the goal he scored against Italy," said Gaucci.
"He could have scored 10 and I wouldn't have felt offended. It was simply the comments he made."
"He said Korean football was superior to Italian football, when Italy is a footballing nation.
"We have treated him well with all our love, but his comments were offensive to me and to the whole Italian nation.
"I feel offended by what he said. He should respect other nations as well as his own."
Gaucci earlier told Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport: "That gentleman will never set foot in Perugia again.
"I am a nationalist and I regard such behaviour not only as an affront to Italian pride but also an offence to a country which two years ago opened its doors to him. "

Sore losers...
Read more about the 'security' overkill in Oslo in advance of the demonstrations against the World Bank ABCDE-conference.


Linguistic convergence finally laid to rest

"Cultural Affairs Minister Valgerd Svarstad Haugland (Chr.Dem) has quietly laid to rest the policy designed to achieve the convergence of Norway’s two official versions of the Norwegian language. Last Friday a bill to repeal the so-called convergence clause in the Norwegian Language Council Act was approved by the Council of State. A long and difficult chapter in the at times acrimonious debate over the Norwegian language has now been formally brought to a close, more than 30 years after the convergence policy had been abandoned in practice."

Finally! This report is somewhat flawed though: the nynorsk language has been forcefully 'converged' towards Danish-Norwegian (or bokmål) during the last thirty years.
Again 1966
The Korean supporters came prepared: they made a display to remind everybody of the 1966 World Cup when North Korea sent Italy out of the World Cup.
Oslo 2002
Bjørn Stærk doesn't believe the protests against the World bank the coming week will be non-violent. In this regard he's in disagreement with Kjetil Wiedswang in Dagens Næringsliv(The Norwegian Financial Times). He writes, among other things:
"The French use bricks to get their political views across. The Norwegians seldom do. The coming demonstrations in Oslo will probably be more peaceful than the Police Chief fears."
"The indignation of the large majority of peaceful Norwegian protesters will most likely passivize the bullies."

Demonstrators gag Vigeland statues
"The demonstrations against next week's World Bank meeting in Oslo got off to an early start on Tuesday. A group of activists tied white cloths around the mouths of all the statues in the Frogner Park, calling it a symbolic protest against World Bank politics."

Artist sells his soul for £11.61
Life's cheap.


Police prepare for World Bank meeting

"Four armoured trucks are among the measures taken to protect Oslo police units against possible attacks by violent demonstrators during the World Bank meeting in Oslo next week."

The police and press are building up hysteria around this event, which most likely will be very peaceful. Read about the organizing coalition here.



Music Industry Unveils Piracy-Proof Format
"Music bosses have unveiled a revolutionary new recording format that they hope will help win the war on illegal file sharing which is thought to be costing the industry millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Nicknamed the 'Record', the new format takes the form of a black, vinyl disc measuring 12 inches in diameter, which must be played on a specially designed 'turntable'. "
Turkish state mobilises against Kurdish names
"When Tufan Akcan, a Turkish father from Ardahan in north-eastern Turkey, named his baby after his favorite singer, little did he expect that he could be charged with attempting sabotage against the state. What Akcan, a 26-year-old construction worker, had done wrong in the eyes of the state was to choose a Kurdish name for his daughter: Berivan, which means milkmaid."


I loved the ending on this piece about the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) May Day celebration:
"Next year’s London May Day rally will take place on 1 May 2003."
The French parliamentary elections
My trotskyite friend Bjarke has collected some links to stories on tomorrow's French elections.
With or without me
A collection of bootleg remixes of Eminem's 'Without me'.
philly da kid - this charming booty is very cool: The Smiths vs Eminem

Ann Coulter: Build them back!
Now, I like skyscrapers. And I can't see anything wrong in building up the World Trade Center again. But Coulter is a genocidal maniac:

"A little grassy park where people go to weep does lack something in the way of defiance. Instead of us crying, evidently many Americans feel there should be a lot of Arabs crying."

"Moreover, this argument neglects to consider that by the time a new World Trade Center is built, Arabs will be about as threatening as the Japanese. Who would have imagined after Pearl Harbor that the Japanese were governable? Yet Japan hasn't shown a disposition to fight in 60 years. It is the rare individual who does not succumb to horrendous physical pain. Muslims feel humiliated now? We'll show them humiliated."


British troops could police Kashmir
This can hardly be the New Imperialism that New Labour speaks about. I mean, British troops in India and Pakistan?

British troops in Estonia or Switzerland - that would be new!
England 1 - Argentina 0
Nestor Gorojovsky from Buenos Aires writes:

"Such is life.

England won the Argentine-England match on the World Soccer Cup.

Penalty by Pochettino, 1-0, the whole English team ran back to their field and made access to the goal line impossible. The right thing to do.

England deserved the victory. I send my homage to that great lion Seaman (a goalkeeper of 39 who gallantly became a youthful Gallahad against Argentinean attackers), my warm salute to the British working
class who offered her best children to the team, and another -less warm- one to the former colonial subjects who make their old slaveowning and opium-introducing masters the present of their talents.

But I want to add a domestic, Argentinean, political comment.

During the whole week before the match, the Argentinean media were hammering in our heads the wishy-washy and false idea that this was "just another match". Demalvinisation is still full gear. They were trying to make us forget the obvious symbolism of the situation: "if we can at least be better than them on soccer, then we can expect to be better than them on any field of human life"

The English fans gave them the answer: when they realized (say, around the 35/40 minutes of the second part) that they were winning the match, a brass band that was with them began to play "Rule Britannia".

They don't forget. Neither do we. Only the commercial media in Argentina look elsewhere.
Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky"
My Escape from Maxim
Great story by former editor at the US-edition of Maxim.


I took the bait
A polar bear called NZ asked people to send in lefty and liberal sites. So I did.
Microsoft to charge for e-mail forwarding
Bad news for hormail.com-users, some good news for mailinglist moderators:
"In an e-mail notice to Hotmail users, MSN announced that for $19.95 a year, MSN Extra Storage would allow them to continue to use POP Mail Retrieval. The POP service allows customers to access various e-mail accounts through one Hotmail account.

In addition, the paid service provides 10MB of Hotmail storage, allowing people to send and receive larger attachments, and ensures that unused accounts will not expire. Hotmail requires its free users to log on every 30 days to keep an account active."

Ahh... to get rid of all those dead hotmail-adresses.


Jesus of Siberia
"Sergei Torop was a traffic cop in the small Russian town of Minusinsk until 1989, when he announced that he was the son of God. Now he commands a following of thousands and rules over a large swath of the Siberian mountains."
Antiimperialisme - Palestina - Solidaritet
This is the blog of a comrade of mine, Lars Akerhaug - only in Norwegian, and not updated very often. Still worth a visit, though.

The Long March Goes On
Interesting review of a book on the women who took part in The Long March.
The Royal Sims of Norway
Here you can download playable "The Sims-versions" of the Norwegian royal family and their hang-arounds...
This Is Only a Test...
The 'defense' alluded to in this section of TCS must be 'in defense of racism'. I found this via Remco, who also reminds us of another US test.


The Spanish state moves to ban Batasuna
"The lower house of the Spanish parliament has voted to outlaw the political arm of the Basque separatist organisation ETA.
Deputies voted by 304 to 16 in favour of the bill to ban the Batasuna party, which the Justice Minister, Angel Acebes, described as being part of a terrorist movement. "
G8 murder squad
Dawn from Canada writes: "Brig.-Gen. Ivan Fenton has publically covered his ass for deaths of unarmed civilians and peaceful protesters at the upcoming Greed8 summit in Kananaskis.

In an interview with the calgary herald, Fenton said "terrorists could very easily use the "peaceful" protesters as a cover to slip into Kananaskis" and that "his soldiers might mistake a protester for a terrorist if there's a confrontation in the dark, forested environment of Kananaskis."

This is so frustrating. How many problems today can be attributed to terror or terrorism? How easy is it for the people in power to do so? I fear attending the Greed8 in Kananaskis, I am too scared to excercise my democratic right to protest."

Here in Oslo there has been a lot of fear-inducing statements from the police in the run up to the Worldbank ABCDE-conference in june, but none as bad as this.

I hope the mobilistations are large and defiant, to counter such propaganda of fear.


Australian indigenous languages suffer in budget
"Indigenous languages and the stolen generations were another casualty of the 2002-03 federal budget. The $7.2 million previously allocated to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) for preserving and maintaining Indigenous languages was almost halved under the new federal budget.

ATSIC invests around $4.2 million annually in the preservation and revitalisation of Indigenous languages. During the last three years, it has received an extra $9 million to help reunite members of the stolen generations with their Indigenous languages."
Terror war must target 60 nations, says Bush

"The United States must be prepared to take the War on Terror to up to 60 countries if weapons of mass destruction are to be kept out of terrorists’ hands, President Bush said at the weekend"
The absence of World Cup tickets
Here in Norway no national, public channel show the World Cup. It's available through Danish or Swedish TV, and via pay-per-view.

In South Korea and Japan, tens of thousands of seats are empty but the fans are without tickets...

The game is being taken away from the fans. Just see what Norwegian capitalists are doing to Wimbledon.
Lincoln Brigade Memorial
As my great-grandfather fought in the International Brigades, Thälmann batttalion, I'm very happy to see the Abraham Lincoln Brigade-fighters honoured.