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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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Frekkhetens nådegave

September 14, 2010

Da frekkhetens nådegave blei delt ut, sto transportselskapet Ruter utvilsomt  langt fram i køen. Selskapet ønsker nå  å ilegge passasjerer med gyldig billett glemmegebyr. Ikke nok med det, Ruter-sjef  Bernt Reitan Jenssen har til og med nerver til å påstå at dette er til kundenes eget beste.

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What happens in Burma…

September 9, 2010

…stays in Burma. At least, that has been the case for decades. While the Burmese junta has destroyed more than 3,500 villages, routinely used rape as a weapon of war against ethnic minorities, forcefully displayed over 1 million refugees and recruited tens of thousands of child soldiers, the so-called civilized world has largely turned a rather myopic – if not totally blind – eye.

Hopefully, this may be about to change. In March, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Burma called for a UN Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma. The claim is supported by both Burmese human rights organizations and The European Parliamentary Caucus on Burma (EPCB).

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A certain political bent

August 31, 2010

While I am not currently a member or supporter of any political party, I am, as most of  my readers have no doubt noticed, far from apolitical.

I do try to keep my blog fair, reliable and truthful, but honestly, objectivity is not my priority when it comes to blogging.  I am not and will never be politically neutral, and neither are my posts on this blog.  My blog is neither a newspaper nor a research paper, and if you think you have detected in my posts a certain bias or political bent, you are probably right.

I, on the other hand, am not right. I am left. Economically left, socially libertarian, to be precise. At least, that is, according to a test called The Political Compass.

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