Posts tagged Norway
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- Christians oppose anti-bullying rules, demand right to fear queers
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- Equality law a step forward but queers still second class in Moldova
- Twelve reasons why marriage equality will definitely ruin society
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- Obama officials demand renewal of once-controversial warrantless wiretapping
- Over 700 students arrested in Canada during protest against tuition fee hikes
- White jury declares white cop innocent despite video of him beating black teen
- A justice system that deserves its name: Crime and punishment, Norwegian style
- WikiLeaks founder Julia Assange stands ‘real chance’ of election in Australia
On the icy fringes of Europe, a proud and ancient people struggle to sustain their imperilled culture. Many of Norway’s 25,000 Lapps live in Finnmark County–but less than a tenth follow the twice-yearly reindeer migrations.
Young Nils Johan Mienna (photo on the left, click it to check out his fancy boots!) will be one of the few of his generation to continue the nomadic tradition. Another 20,000 or so Lapps are scattered across the northern reaches of Sweden, Finland, and the USSR. [From the September 1977 issue of National Geographic, sent in by Tim, thx!]
Johan Kuhmunen (photo below), with his dog Cammu, lives in Sweden, but the summertime range for his family’s herd crosses into Norway. The Sami tradition of learning from the elders is an important part of reindeer herding, and knowledge is passed down from generation to generation and not learned in books.
- Belgian Socialist Elio Di Rupo will be world’s first openly gay prime minister
- Transgender woman poised for seat in Poland’s new parliament
- Homophobic bullying rife in Northern Ireland schools report says
- New Zealand Labour party will push for gay couples to be allowed to adopt
- Effort to force referendum on California’s gay history law for schools fails
- Archbishop: Treating gays equally leads to ‘gross discrimination’ of Christians
- Life expectancy for people living with HIV has risen by 15 years in the last decade
- Male cheerleader in Texas suspended for gay kiss seen on surveillance camera
- Anger at greed goes global: protests boil around the world
- United States House of Representatives passes “Let Women Die” act
- German minister wants investigation of state authorities’ use of spyware
- Goldman Sachs let off paying £10m interest on failed tax avoidance scheme
- BP risks worst ever oil spill in Shetlands, internal report warns of ecological disaster
- Police called after man takes picture of his own daughter in shopping centre
- U.S. Homeland Security moves forward with ‘pre-crime’ detection
- Norway terrorist attacks didn’t change anything: Police refuses to carry arms
In lots of ways, it is the ideal human interest story. It is the story of heroism in the face of the unthinkable. Yet we did not get to hear about it until a week later, and it is worth asking why.
Two campers on the other side of the lake from the island of Utøya, where the Norwegian massacre happened, heard gunfire and screams while they were eating their supper. Without thought for their personal safety, they took their boat and crossed towards the firing. Bullets hit the boat, but they pulled the fleeing youngsters from the water and crossed back and forth repeatedly. It was not a very big boat, so it took four trips to save 40 teenagers who may otherwise have been shot, or drowned trying to escape. Without them, the massacre could have been considerably more bloody even than it was. So why have we hardly heard about them?
In the first place, Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen are women. A lot of the press like their tales of heroism to fit standard narratives, in which men protect and women nurture. In action films, women are mostly there so that the manly men can be rivals for their love, and to make sure that audiences never ever think that there is anything even the littlest bit gay about the boyish tussling for supremacy they enact while being heroic. Women are not, in these narratives, supposed to be competent: they don’t drive well and they twist their ankles running away in unsuitable shoes.
In the second place, Dalen and Hansen are lesbians. In television narratives, the few heroines we are allowed to see are always heterosexual; even when they are allowed to be competent, and wear sensible action-adventure outfits, they always end up melting into some man’s arms in the end. Mainstream culture does not like the idea of lesbians being people who would put themselves in danger to save teenagers, probably heterosexual teenagers, that they have never met. We are far more used to lesbian couples, in very special issue-driven episodes, being in danger, and having to be rescued themselves.
Third, they are a married couple and you can just imagine news editors in Washington worrying that, if they pushed the story, they would be accused of promoting "the gay agenda". American rightwing pundits that came close to saying "well, we disapprove of Breivik’s methods but you have to understand that there is something quite sinister about a summer camp of leftwing youth activists" was never going to be happy with lesbian heroism, and married lesbian heroes would just have made their heads explode.
It is a shame. We all need stories about people who put themselves in danger to save lives when bad things are happening; we all need to know that there are people out there who are not ideologically driven killers. In particular, gay teens need to be told not just that it gets better, but that they, personally, may one day get the chance to step up, be heroic and make it better. [By the Guardian]
Someone identifying himself as “a conservative Christian” has killed more than 90 people in Norway yesterday, most of them kids & teenagers.
The fact that Norway is the country with the highest quality of living & education, one of the wealthiest of the world and ranks among the top with the other Scandinavian countries when it comes to social fairness & equality makes it hard to understand what reason there possibly could be to drive someone to such actions.
The one thing giving me hope is to see the sane reactions of the Norwegians. The title of this post is a quote from Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
The island of Utøya, where at least 90 people have died after a gunman opened fire at a camp
In the safest, most boring country, the worst lone gunman shooting happens. The worst in the world, in history. But it will not make our country worse. The safe, boring democracy will supply him with a defense lawyer as is his right. He will not get more than 21 years in prison as is the maximum extent of the law. Our democracy does not allow for enough punishment to satisfy my need for revenge, as is its intention.
We will not become worse, we will be better. We lived in a land where this is possible, even easy. And we will keep living in a land where this is possible, even easy. We are open, we are free and we are together. We are vulnerable by choice. And we will keep on like that, that’s how we want to live. We will not be worse because of the worst. We must be good because of the best. –Ola
Looks like Swedish talent Kåre Hedebrant, best known for his great acting in the instant classic Let the Right One in, is growing up nicely. The trailer below is from the Norwegian film, Amors Baller in which he plays a Swedish teenager who moves to a small town in Norway and falls in love with the goalkeeper of the local football team (nice bum, Kåre ).