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My pomegranate man

Awwh, my Israeli boycott just went to the board as I bought Ayelett Rose Gottlieb’s “Upto Here  from Here”. True, boycott is a complicated action sometimes. Never would I burn an Israeli book, never would I destroy an Israeli record. But should I buy them? Will it matter if I cease from buying Israeli oranges? Why oranges, not records and books? Of course building impermeable walls between people do no good, and I do think music is one of those holes in the walls we can use to connect. On the other hand, I had more mixed feelings buying Brandon and Kaplan’s materials science textbook, both authors from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, knowing the importance of materials science to military technology… oh well, I bought it… But I try to retain my boycott to some extent.. not buying those oranges

My pomegranate man, he’s my antioxidant, his juices are so bitter-sweet. Eat him in scoops or grain by grain? We’ll see, depending on the moment’s beat.

Are we that different?

I’m quite tired about the use of culture and ethnicity as dividing factors between human groups. There are no such thing as «clash of civilizations» or «axes of evil». And it’s way too simple to use culture as an explanation for cruel acts. We are all human beings, and even though we get very different initial conditions for our lives, we are not that different when it all comes together. Avaaz has made a brillliant video and a petition for real middle east talks. Watch the video and sign the petition:

Wikipedia in China

Ibsen in ChineseThe blocking of Wikipedia in China seems to be history! Andrew Lih brings this good news for the chinese internet community. For long time, the Chinese government has been very hard on community-contributing or community-driven websites (“read-write-sites”). Beeing active in a local Amnesty-group some years ago, I remember we worked with a case where a young man was detained for several years without a sentence. The reason was his website. The main content on the site was not problematic, but he was held responsible for a comment, where a guest mentioned the 1989-massacre. In other words, including open comment-fields on your website in China is dangerous, and then, what about leaving the whole website open for editing by anyone (like Wikipedia)? Keeping that in mind, it will be interesting to see what is written about Chinese history in Chinese Wikipedia (well, at least it would be if I understood Chinese).

By the way.. Who would guess that the Chinese article about Henrik Ibsen is almost as long as the Norwegian one? And that Chinese Wikipedia includes a long article about my hometown Bergen? Wikipedia is truly fascinating.. 🙂