Facebook censors Norwegian Prime Minster on Vietnam war


Kim Phuc with baby in 2005

This photo shows Ms Kim Phuc, who became well-known from a photograph, taken when, as a nine-year-old girl in Vietnam in 1972, napalm bombs injured her. As this 2005 photo of Kim Phuc shows, the napalm scars are still visible and still hurt.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Vietnam photo also deleted from Facebook page of Norwegian Prime Minister

Today, 15:14

The historical photo of the “napalm girl” from Vietnam has not only been removed from the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten‘s Facebook page, but also from the page of the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

She placed the picture, like many other Norwegians, on her page in protest of Facebook’s removal policy. The company believes that there is too much nudity in the photo.

Solberg has posted a new message in which she expresses the hope that Facebook will change its policy. She writes: “I want our children to grow up in a society where they can learn history as it really was.”

Ms Solberg is a member of the Norwegian conservative party.

But, apparently, not conservative enough for Facebook. Apparently, to Facebook one is only a ‘real’ conservative if, to quote George Orwell’s 1984, one believes that ‘War is peace‘. And if one censors the crimes of the Vietnam war and other wars out of ‘history as it really was’.

UPDATE: after many protests, Facebook gave in and restored the photo.

Dutch play on Norwegian racist terrorist Breivik


This 21 July 2016 Dutch video, about a new theatre play on racist extreme right Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, shows a clip of Dutch TV news of 22 July 2011 on Breivik’s terrrorist attacks, about which at that moment the TV did not know yet they were by Breivik.

The name of the play is Dorst; Thirst.

The play is on 30 and 31 August 2016 in Zutphen in the Netherlands. Young director Jelle van der Meulen wrote it, as his final work at theatre school.

Dutch NOS TV writes about it today (translated):

The presentation shows how Breivik is evolving towards his actions for years and how he prepares the attacks in seclusion. …

In the attacks in the summer of 2011 77 people were murdered. The fascination which Van der Meulen felt for this outrage was mainly fueled by the killed youths on Utøya being of his age. Added to that, he felt politically allied with the youth wing of the Norwegian Labour Party, which had a summer camp on the island at that time. …

“And then I also have a connection with Norway because we always used to go on holiday there,” said Van der Meulen. “Norway was heaven on earth and then especially there something so bad happens.”

Van der Meulen intensively studied the person Breivik three years after the attacks. …

Van der Meulen wants to show in the play that Breivik was not acting impulsively, but that he evolved gradually towards his actions. “He was not someone who suddenly grabbed a weapon and started shooting at random, as ‘militia’ men do in American schools. That makes it so horrible, because with people like Breivik you do not notice what they intend to do.”

Norwegian golden eagles threatened?


This is a golden eagle video from Spain.

From BirdLife:

Norway’s Golden Eagles could be under threat

By Christopher Sands, 3 June 2016

Vigorous debate has erupted in Norway around a potential change in the protection provided to the country’s magnificent Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). A new proposal is due to be voted on in the Norwegian Parliament next week. Norwegian law has protected these and other birds of prey since 1968. The new proposal seeks to reduce the population of Golden Eagles in the belief this will reduce the deaths of livestock, including reindeer, which some believe are killed by Golden Eagles.

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening (BirdLife in Norway) considers this idea unfounded in the scientific evidence, riskily setting a precedent for other Nordic and European countries and actually unlikely to result in a reduction of losses in livestock. Extensive scientific evidence cited by NOF indicates that the loss of livestock to Golden Eagles is not related to the population density of the birds.

Kjetil Solbakken, CEO of NOF, says “Shooting Golden Eagles is unheard of in Europe. The removal of Golden Eagles that haven’t caused any damage will almost certainly…place Norway in the international Hall of Shame.” Norway’s own Environment Agency does not support this weakening of the protections for Norwegian Golden Eagles.

NOF is hopeful that international awareness of this loosening of the law protecting the Golden Eagle based on flawed and misinterpreted science will be seen as a dangerous wedge in species protection, and a door to an open season on a protected species that sets a terrible precedent. They have launched a petition drive; click here to view and support.

Pre-Viking settlement discovery in Norway


A delicate blue glass bead found during the recent dig in Norway. Photo: Age Hojem, NTNU University Museum

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

1,500-year-old Viking settlement discovered underneath Norwegian airport

The site discovered expands across an area roughly the size of 13 football pitches

Will Grice

A 1,500-year-old Viking settlement has been discovered underneath an airport in Norway.

1,500-year-old means 6th century AD. So, well before the Viking age, of Scandinavian attacks in non-Scandinavian countries, is said to begin, about 790 AD. I would call it a pre-Viking settlement, not a Viking settlement.

During expansion work on the Ørland Airport, archaeologists found a plot of ancient land that reportedly to expand across 91,000 square metres – just under the size of 13 football pitches.

Some of the artefacts pulled from the excavation site include jewellery, animal bones and a shard from a green glass goblet.

It is believed the area was inhabited by a fishing community, with a large proportion of the site acting as an Iron Age rubbish tip, known as a midden.

This is the first time materials of this age have been discovered in Norway, with many of the archaeologists believing the remains were in good condition due to the soil in the area having low-acidity.

Historians have long anticipated the area to be rich with ancient artefacts but have previously been unable to excavate it due to government restrictions on archaeological digs.

The law require[s] archaeologists to wait for an opportunity to excavate an area to arise before commencing a dig, meaning the government’s plan to purchase 52 F-35 fighter jets and expand Ørland Airport came at exactly the right time.

Buying expensive warplanes, and especially super-expensive F-35 aka Joint Strike Fighter planes with all their scandals and problems, never comes at the right time. Though this time, it happened to help archaeology. The Iran-Iraq war happened to help leopards. Israeli-Syrian warfare happened to help wolves. That does not make these wars any less bloody and horrible.

“This as a very strategic place,” Ingrid Ystgaard, the dig’s project manager told Ars Technica.

“It was a sheltered area along the Norwegian coastal route from southern Norway to the northern coasts. And it was at the mouth of Trondheim Fjord, which was a vital link to Sweden and the inner regions of mid-Norway.

“Nothing like this has been examined anywhere in Norway before.

“Now our job is to find out what happened here, how people lived. We discover new things every day we are out in the field. It’s amazing.”