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Kareem Amer free at last!

November 17, 2010

Photo: Michael Connors

On Monday 15 November, Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer was finally set free. Kareem is believed to have been imprisoned longer than anyone else in the world for the contents of a blog. He was held for 1470 days, and the Egyptian authorities kept him for 10 days after he had officially completed his four-year prison term.

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Egypt: Diminishing Democracy or Fair Elections?

November 2, 2010
President George W. Bush and Egyptian Presiden...

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Photo: Eric Draper, Executive Office of the President of the United States

Even though the republic of Egypt is supposedly governed by a multi-party semi-presidential system, President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak has ruled with near dictatorial powers since 1981.

Mubarak did win the 2005 presidential elections, but not necessarily without a little help from his friends. Election observers have accused the government of fraud and vote-rigging, and reported police brutality and violence by pro-Mubarak supporters against the opposition.

Will the upcoming parliamentary elections in November and the presidential elections next year be any freer and fairer, or will democracy continue to diminish in 2011?

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Åtte argumenter mot oljeboring i Lofoten og Vesterålen

October 19, 2010
  • Bravo-utblåsninga, 22. april 1977
  • Ixtoc I, 3. juni 1979- 23. mars 1980
  • Exxon Valdez-ulykken, 24. mars 1989
  • Server-forliset, 12. januar 2007
  • Statfjord, 12. desember 2007
  • Full City, 31. juli 2009
  • Deepwater Horizon, 20. april – 15. juli 2010
  • Godafoss, 17. februar 2011
  • Oljeflaket etter Ixtoc-utblåsninga. Foto: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Egyptian blogger to be released on the 5th of November?

    September 23, 2010

    In February 2007, Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Soliman was convicted of insulting Islam and President Hosni Mubarak and sentenced to four years in prison, after being held for months without charge. This November, Soliman, better known as Kareem Amer, or just Kareem, will have completed his prison sentence. According to Freekareem.org, the website of the Free Kareem Coalition, his lawyers note that he would be released on the 5th of November.

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    Snuoperasjon fra Ruter

    September 16, 2010

    Etter det Aftenposten kaller en storm fra passasjerer, har byråd Jøran Kallmyr (Frp) og Ruter tatt til fornuften og gjort helomvending i Flexus-saken. Byråden og transportselskapet avlyser nå alle planer om å innføre gebyr for passasjerer som ikke “validerer” kortet før hver reise med T-bane, buss eller trikk.

    – Vi har helt gitt opp å tenke på bøter, og har helt gitt opp å tenke på å innføre andre typer sanksjoner, sier Kallmyr til Aftenposten.

    – Det er viktig å snu i tide. Jeg er overrasket over folks reaksjoner, og motstanden er større enn vi trodde. Ruter har fått et omdømmeproblem, og Flexus er blitt et belastet prosjekt, konkluderer han.

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