Atle Hetland

  • T‘The world belongs to all of us’, is a broad principle in issues of migration. That means that any forms of geographic boarders between states ultimately become problematic. We simply need to find ways of establishing open boarders and free movement of people globally, with regulations ...

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  • TFirst we are human beings, said my old friend Ingrid Eide in an email recently. Secondly, she said, we are men and women, and then all the other things that follow in our definitions of roles and categorisations, the way we label ourselves and others label us. We somehow seem to find order in doing ...

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  • TFifteen years ago, a young immigrant father from Pakistan took his seven year old son, Hamza, to see the beautiful old buildings of the University of Oslo, saying he could one day be a student there. They did not see the inside of the buildings, the famous aula, the main auditorium, with murals by ...

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  • TThe famous University of Oslo Aula, the main auditorium used for festive events, is adorned with wall murals by Edvard Munch. The main one at the front is ‘The Sun’, making everyone feel uplifted and optimistic. On the sides, there is an old man sitting with a group of children, looking ...

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  • TI wasn’t sure if I this week should write about the local snow leopards or something more international and perhaps political. But then I decided to write a bit about both, although not quite connected, except for that environmental issues and people movements belong to the most important and ...

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  • TICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize; it was announced from Oslo, Norway a few days ago. It was awarded to ICAN “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and ...

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  • TWe can hold up many mirrors which can give us glimpses of who we are and our time. Journalists are good at it, researchers, too, in the social sciences, contemporary history, anthropology, philosophy, literature, cultural studies, and more. Painters, pop artists, cricket players, and filmmakers ...

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  • TA few days ago, a brother and sister living in Berlin in Germany, discussed what they wanted to become when they grow up. Mathilda, who is about seven or eight, said she wanted to become a doctor and specialize in treating children, like her mother. “Will you become an engineer like ...

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  • TMomento mori is the Latin phrase for “Remember that you must die”. Or, more generalized, “We must remember that we will all die one day”. Yet, most of the time, we live as if life on earth is forever. We don’t want to be reminded of how short it is and that we should ...

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