Atle Hetland

  • TLast Sunday was the first day of the time of fast in the Christian Church, or Lent, as it is called by the Catholic Christians. The time of fast leads up to Easter, the holiest event in the Christian Church when Jesus, Issa, was crucified, according to the Gospels of the Bible’s New ...

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  • TToday, the Norwegian Ambassador Tore Nedrebø hosts an event to unveil a collage painting made by children from Gilgit, showing the majestic mountains with the endangered snow leopards, and also depicting other environmental, climate change and social issues. It is a large painting mounted on ...

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  • TTo promise a miracle in good faith, or even something less, and then it doesn’t happen, is not ‘fake news’ – but to claim afterward that a miracle did happen, when it didn’t, that’s fake news. Last week, the rich, powerful and famous met for the World Economic ...

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  • TThe World Economic Forum (WEF) holds its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland this week. The theme is ‘Creating a shared future in a fractured world’. The January event, with some 400 sub-meetings, a third from developing and emerging countries, a fifth women, is a treat for all of us ...

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  • TEconomic development can be planned, at least its foundation, direction, and priority areas. Sector development, too, can be planned, in the various industrial and agricultural sectors. Education, also, can be planned, with allocation of funds and targets for implementation, content and exam forms, ...

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  • TInstead of only focusing on the #Metoo campaign about sexual harassment and some other areas of political, business and work cultures, as I had planned to do, I shall begin my article with positive issues related to politics and politicians. A few days ago, a former Norwegian Prime Minister, Odvar ...

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  • TThe Norwegian music group Vamp, based in Haugesund, Norway, has made many beautiful songs since it was established in 1990. A particularly melodious song, written by the group’s founder Øyvind Staveland and Ingvar Hovland, is the ‘Little Bird’, in Norwegian, ‘Liten ...

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  • TThis year, as every year, I have played over and over again, Jim Reeves’ beautiful ‘Christmas Songbook’, a collection of carols and popular songs that lasts almost a whole hour, recorded more than a generation ago. It begins with a song about feeling sentimental at Christmas-time, ...

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  • TI am always impressed by how inclusive Pakistanis are in everyday situations, welcoming everyone. If a surprise visitor comes and the family has a cup of tea or a meal, and certainly if it is a party, the doors and arms are open. To invite in the unexpected guest is more than a curtsy, it comes ...

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