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Malaysian ruling coalition remains in power

Sun, 05 May 2013 20:27:42 +0000

The Malaysian ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) seems to have managed to remain in power after today’s general elections, having at least passed the mark of the 112 necessary seats necessary to retain their parliamentary majority, reports Al Jazeera. The Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times reports the number to be 133 at the time of writing […]



An “Arab Spring” for Malaysia?

Sun, 05 May 2013 11:19:22 +0000

Yes, I know. Malaysia isn’t an Arabic country, and the current Malaysian regime is far from the former regimes of Libya and Egypt. Nevertheless, today’s general election in this Muslim majority South-East Asian country could possibly be a pivotal point with several similarities to the Arab Spring, and with a peaceful transfer of power, could […]



Slow growth creates inequality or the other way around?

Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:18:50 +0000

Through the Twitter account of Gudmund Hernes, I became aware of a very interesting and thought provoking piece by Alexander Stille, based on the work of French economist Thomas Piketty. Titled “The heirs of inequality”, it highlights the connection between periods of slow growth and much economic inequality. Looking at the French economy from 1820 […]



The opposite reaction to terror

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:30:18 +0000

Norwegian newspapers today report the following: A month after the terror at Oslo and Utøya, a group of researchers from the University of Bergen repeated three of the survey questions they asked Norwegians as part of the International Social Survey Programme, right after the terror in Madrid in 2006.  They were amazed at what they […]



We killed the bastard! Let’s party….?

Mon, 02 May 2011 15:15:43 +0000

So, Osama bin Laden is dead. The most hated man in the western hemisphere has been brought down. Justice is served. Or is it? If we take a step back from the thrill of the moment and examine the facts, what has really happened here? United States’ agents have localized and killed a foreign national […]



Deliberating or quarrelling? Final draft of my thesis.

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 14:00:33 +0000

After a long and arduous process, the work on my master’s thesis is finally nearing the end. Here is a slightly adapted version of the introduction, and a link to the  print ready version (PDF). Some of the inspiration for my thesis comes from an article in the student newspaper in Trondheim, Under Dusken, and similar comments […]



Gore and Wolfowitz on Anwar Trial

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 13:47:01 +0000

The Wall street Journal today published a joint editorial by Al Gore and Paul Wolfowitz  ((Hidden behind paywall at WSJ, so I’m linking to Lim Kit Siang’s publication of the entire piece)) regarding the trial against Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. This trial is the latest in a series of various legal actions most likely politically motivated and engineered […]



The Jedi and free trade – the political economy of Star Wars

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:16:42 +0000

Were the Jedi knights enemies of liberty? The political philosophy of the Jedi is explored by both Reason‘s Jesse Kline and Dan Drezner of Foreign Policy in recent blog posts. Kline claims that the main goal of the Jedi was to enforce the big government agenda of the Galactic Republic. Drezner refutes that we actually […]



On parliamentary censorship in Malaysia and the Jew connection

Sat, 24 Apr 2010 14:25:15 +0000

Malaysia has a parliament and elections, but it is nowehere near being a working democracy. This week they have once again proven this with the censorship of MP and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.



Law without ethics?

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:42:45 +0000

The Norwegian weekly newspaper Morgenbladet brings a thought-provoking piece this week by professor Hans Petter Graver, dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. In a recent book by novelist Kjartan Fløgstad, the way the law profession went into the service of Nazi Germany is put in a very bad light. Professor […]