How Sami resistance stopped Harvard’s controversial climate air balloon

Photo: Swedish Space Corporation
Published in Morgenbladet on 28 June 2021. Original title:
Slik stoppet samisk motstand Harvards kontroversielle klimaballong.  

This June, an air balloon was supposed to have risen to the sky outside Kiruna, Sweden’s northern-most city. On board would have been advanced equipment, a small first step test of solar geoengineering – defined as large scale emissions of particles in the stratosphere to reflect sunlight. The technology is seen by some as a potential vital part in the fight against a climate disaster by cooling down earth. However, the Sami people will have none of it above their territories. Their resistance have laid bare once more the struggle between technology optimism and nature conservation in climate policy.

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Denmark wants to create asylum centers in Africa with aid money and Norway’s help

Photo: IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation
Published in Bistandsaktuelt on 11 February 2021
Original title: Danskene vil ha bistandsfinansierte asylmottak i Afrika – ber om hjelp fra Norge

Documents obtained from the Norwegian Ministry of Justice shows how the Danish government wants Norway on board in creating asylum centers in Africa. The plan, which have gotten no parliamentary support in Denmark, says asylum seekers on Danish land would be flown to Africa while the authorities process their application. The exact location in Africa remains unknown.

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The same documents later revealed that the Danish Minister of Integration did know know if the plan would lower the number of asylum seekers coming to Denmark. My collaboration with the Danish news outlet Altinget (press here to read the article) made the opposition demand a parliamentary hearing on the matter.

Huawei’s own story is cracking

Photo: Matti Blume (CC-BY-SA 4.0)
Published in Morgenbladet on 4 February 2021
Original title: «Huaweis historie om seg selv slår sprekker»

In December, Huawei’s Danish PR executive Tommy Zwicky publicly announced his resignation on Twitter. Three months later he was ready to tell his story: He sought an explanation after Huawei were revealed to have provided technology to a surveillance scheme against China’s Uyghur muslim minority. He received none.

Read the full interview here.

Bird flu: An aerial threat

Photo: Bernd Focken, Pixabay
Published in Morgenbladet on 22. Januar 2021
Original title: Disse smittebærerne vil hverken respektere landegrenser eller innkvartere seg på karantenehotell

In November 2020, Norway registered a highly pathogenic bird flu virus for the first time. That poses a serious threat to all kinds of birds, both domesticated and wild – and, with time, potentially also humans. As farmers shivers, strict measures are put in place to secure the nations chickens, much like humans are now used to thanks to the covid-19 pandemic.

Read the full front page story here.

The pandemic: Drifting face masks

Photo: Dronepicr, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Published in Morgenbladet on 16. December 2020
Original title: Halvanden milliard munnbind kan ende i verdenshavene i år

When Gary Stokes is not running his restaurant in Hong Kong, he’s monitoring the illegal fish trade and the area’s marine debris. In march, 2020, he discovered something new: face masks. Soon after, his organisation OceansAsia began researching how much of the world’s face masks would end up in the sea. Their answer, according to OceansAsia’s co-founder Teale Phelps, is 1.5 billion in 2020 alone.

The story can be read here.

A capital in ruins

Photo: Bernard Khalil, European Union
Published in Klassekampen on August 6, 2020
Original title: En hovedstad i ruiner

Together with my colleagues, we spoke to several Lebanese all effected by the massive explosion that struck the country’s capital Beirut on August 4. All of them slammed Libanon’s political system, were corruption is rampant, as the reason for the tragedy.

Read the story here.

Being hunted in Portland

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Published in Klassekampen on July 30, 2020.
Original title: «Vi er alle fritt vilt»

Protest following the death of George Floyd swept the US during the summer, and especially in Portland, Oregon.
On protest-day number 62, I spoke to a military veteran in charge of the so-called «Wall of Vets» group in Portland. As more protesters were targeted by federal forces inside the city, the veterans was working as a protective human shield. I spoke to the veteran from my home office outside Oslo as the protests were ongoing.

The story can be read here.

A billion Euro fight for the future

Photo: Sandro Halank, Wikimedia Commons
Published in Klassekampen on June 18, 2020
Original title: Milliardkamp om framtida

The EU’s attempt to counter the economic damage inflicted by the covid-19 pandemic met resistance by the Frugal Four – a group consisting of Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Holland. They argued that the EU went too far in securing the union’s member states in the south at their expense.

The story can be read here.

The untouched industry

Photo: UNODC/Zalmai
Published in Klassekampen on June 10, 2020
Origintal title: Den uberørte industrien

As the covid-19 pandemic wrecked havoc on the world economy, one industry seemed to continue as usual: Afghanistan’s opium industry. The industry, accounting for more than 90 procent of the world’s illegal opium, is used to exist under harsh conditions. A global pandemic didn’t change much.

The story can be read here.

Sailed into a trap

Screen shot of original article in Klassekampen.
Published in Klassekampen on August 2, 2019.
Original title: Seilte i USAs felle

This story details how the Iranian owned oil tanker Grace 1 was seized by British authorities outside the coast of Gibraltar on July 4th, 2019. Through an agreement with Panama, the US was able to strip Grace 1’s Panamanian flag, where it was registered. Since sailing without a flag is illegal, Grace 1 was forced to hoist the Iranian one.

The following confusion is believed by experts to have led to the British seizure of the oil tanker. It was believed that allowing the ship to continue – with its massive load of oil headed towards a port in Syria – was against EU sanctions on the Assad regime.

The story can be read here.

Colombia: Women lead the way to peace

Carolina Vargas on her visit to Copenhagen. She joined the guerilla group at the age of 21 and became a commandant. Photo: Pål Velo
Published in Arbejderen on 26.06.18|Language: Danish
Original title: Kvinder leder vejen til fred

The election of Iván Duque is set to jeopardise the 2016 peace agreement between the FARC and the Colombian government.

But in the post-war areas formerly held by FARC, the world’s oldest rebel group, women leads the way to economic and cultural prosperity, says Carolina Vargas, a former FARC commandant and currently in charge of the now political party’s work for women’s- and LGBT-rights. Continue reading “Colombia: Women lead the way to peace”

Palestine commemorate 70 years of exile

Demonstrations at the DCO check point north of Ramallah, Occupied West Bank on the 70th Nakba Day. Photo: Pål Velo
Published in Arbejderen on 16.05.2018 | Language: Danish
Original title: Palæstina samles i sorg over Gaza-ofre

On the day commemorating the 70th “al-Nakba” – Arabic for «catastrophe» – the Palestinians gather in Ramallah to mourne the death of 60 Palestinians in Gaza.

This is my third report from Israel/Palestine, where Israel celebrates 70 years of existence and Palestine continue an equal number of resistance.

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Ilan Pappé: Myths of the Six-Day War

Israel's defence minister, Moshe Dayan (center) speaks to the Palestinian guardian of the Cave of the Patriarcs in Hebron, Occupied West Bank. Photo: The Israeli Press Office
Published in Arbejderen 07.07.16 | Language: Danish
Original title: Myterne om Seksdageskrigen

In an essay by Ilan Pappé—an Israeli historian and director of European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom —we are taken through common myths of the events leading to and following the 1967 war between Israel, Egypt and Syria, also know as the Six Day War.

The essay was originally published in the Cairo Review of Global Affairs. A shortened version was translated by me for Arbejderen with personal permission from Ilan Pappé.

Click here to acces the essay in Danish or here to read the full essay in English.
(I will not post the full Danish text due to copyright reasons)

Killing them slowly: Diabetes in Palestine

Published in Al Jazeera English on 16.08.16

About one fifth of Palestinians are diagnosed with diabetes, a ticking bomb underneath a fragile health care system.

In this article, I trace the factors causing the endemic and look at how life is with a chronic condition under occupation.

Read the full article on Al Jazeera English here.