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September 24, 2013

Interview with our substitute teacher Anniken

Today we were able to interview our substitute teacher Anniken (25), who has worked and studied abroad in 1 and a half year. In her last year of bachelor, Anniken decided to study in Lyon, France for 1 year. She also worked in San Francis for six months at the Norwegian consulate.

Visit Tatian's blog for written version of this interview!

This post has been a collaboration between Tatian and myself.

Skyping with Lesotho

September 17, 2013


THINKB4U is a website with videos and tutorials on how to be safe on the internet.
In this interactive game, you can choose your own ''adventure'' where you learn about things like responsibility on the internet and how to avoid scams. The website is great for teachers, parents and children, which in my opinion is very clever, because the topics are presented in different ways for each age groups and professions.
It was quite confusing when I first entered this website, but gradually, I understood the concept. Thumbs up!

September 10, 2013

Syria conflict+ Norway's Foreign Minister

The 3rd of September, Espen Barth Eide came to our school and talked about foreign politics. In that regards he talked about the situation in Syria. He said that what we have is a really difficult situation, and it’s hard to know what’s the right thing to do. It’s not a war between two parties, it’s a war between several – which makes the situation even harder.

He stated that the Security Council has yet to talk about the matter regarding the use of chemical weapons. As of right now, we have strong indications that those types of weapons were used – what we don’t know is who used them. We’ve had a norm in about 90 years forbidding the use of chemical weapons, and he told us that he and foreign ministers in other northern countries has written an appeal to the Security Council stating that they expect them to deal with the fact that chemical weapons has been used. He also said that Norway as a country has a rather big responsibility, and all the countries have a shared responsibility to do something about the situation in Syria. He would, however, not state what Norway would do – he only stated a lot of possible reactions. He wanted to wait for the UN’s findings.

Eide said that he thinks that it has been put too little emphasis on the foreign politics during the election campaign in Norway which is being held in six days, September 9th. He ended by saying that foreign politics deals with many important issues, those issues are more important than the question on how we’re going to finance our roads.
On the 21st of August a gas attack was performed in the area in & around Damascus. With the number of civilians killed rising above 1000, this chemical weapons attack will be the worst the world has seen since the 1980s. The attack happened the night to the 21st, 3am local time (0000 GMT)
(See the timeline below)
01:15 – Heavy fighting in rebel held districts of Ghouta
02:45 – Reports of ‘’chemical shelling’’ in the Ein Tarma district
02:47 – Reports of ‘’chemical weapons’’ had been used in the Zamalka area of Ghouta
03:00 – Doctor who works(worked) in Irbin, told Human Rights Watch that the attack began at 3am. He said at the time there was no fighting taking place between government forces and opposition fighters. The second doctor also told Human Rights WaTch his medical center treated 65 children.
05:30 – (Muhadhamiya, reports from another medical center) Reports of another attack.
The symptoms
Large numbers of patients displayed convulsions, pinpoint pupils, excessive saliva and problems with breathing.
Col Hamish de Bretton-Gordon ( chemical weapons expert) thinks that there was a 3 phase attack.
UN Security Council
The United nations security council consists of 15 countries. Five of the member countries got a permanent seat on the council (USA, France, UK, China and Russia), while ten members only get elected for two years at the time. The security cancels task is to monitor the world situation and intervene if the world security is  at risk. The council is the only UN institution that has the power to ask for and use military power.
To interfere in a conflict the member countries of the council have to decide what to do and vote on a decision. For the council to take a decision nine of the member countries have to vote yes. But all the five permanent members got the chance to put in a veto. That means that even though 14 of the council members votes positive, one of the permanent members could put in a veto on the decision and all the other positive votes will not count.

This post has been a collaboration between David, Haakon, Dimitrije and myself.