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Obtaining access to electricity tends to have a positive effect on the lives of women and girls.
The last months Mexico has witnessed what could be the equivalent of the "reality" version of the Netflix-series Narcos. It illustrates that the so called drug-war has become a mediawar where facts and fiction gets blurred. The druglords have become the new pirates: main characters in movies, songs and books and motives on t-shirts and caps. But there is a great absence in this mythology: the political contacts of the criminals, I write in this article published as the Internasjonalen column in the daily Dagsavsien (in Norwegian).
This week some of the names of the nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize leaked to the public -they are no secret, but the Nobel committee does not actively disclose them. Most of the time, I don’t envy the Nobel Committee’s difficult job. This year, for a change, it is easy.
In 2016 we will see several pragmatic political changes, mainly within the frames of established political institutions. Incumbents will be punished for corruption and economic difficulties, but there will be no overall shift from red to blue. If we shall speak in color-codes it will rather be a change from red to grey, and only in a few cases very dark, I write in this article that was published (in Norwegian) in the Internasjonalen column in the daily Dagsavisen.
Every year, I make a list of the top events in Latin America of impact on Norway’s relations to the region (see here for 2014 and here for 2015). Not everything changes over a year and some of the key topics are still on top of the list. Here is my list of events the past year of major impact on the relationship between Norway and Latin America for 2016.
This fall homosexual couples have gained the right to adopt children in Colombia, and more than 60 per cent of Latin America's gays will soon have the right to get married. At the same time we see that divorce legislation is being liberalized, abortion is put on the agenda, and birth control is publicly promoted. What has happened in the bulwark of conservative Catholicism that Latin America used to be? I ask in this article published in the Internasjonalen column in Dagasavisen (in Norwegian).
It is extraordinarily sad to conclude this, but if the proposed budget cut from the Norwegian government is approved in the Storting (legislative assembly), it is “goodbye Latin America”. Not only that - it is "goodbye Norway" as a country that seeks to balance its participation in global capitalism, wars and global warming, by also supporting policies, political forces and voices that seek to improve distribution of resources, mitigate climate changes and promote peace.
Last week a joint effort to reflect on the following questions resulted in a book by CLACSO in Buenos Aires: What motivates researchers based in Norway to study Latin America? To what extent are we a product of the political priorities and economic interests of our mother country and to what extent can we pride ourselves as being independent intellectuals striving for new scientific insight?