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.

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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.

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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.

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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.