In the news: Erna Solberg speaks to UN General Assembly

She mentioned the importance of girls’ education and spoke about other sustainable development goals, such as Life below Water and the huge amount of plastics found in our oceans. She also spoke about Norway’s candidacy for a seat in the UN Security Council.

H.E. Mrs.Erna Solberg

Listen to the whole speech/read the transcript here:

https://gadebate.un.org/en/73/norway

“The extremists have shown what frightens them the most – a girl with a book”

Yesterday, this article was posted in the New York Times. It relates directly to the topics we are working with, quality education and gender equality. It is about an incident in Pakistan where 14 schools, most of them for girls, where burned down during one night, in a district where only 11% of the girls know how to read and write.

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Freedom of speech for everyone?

The French philosopher Voltaire once said:

“I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Watch Farred Zakaria on CNN talk about how conservative voices are being silenced, being concerned about how on both sides of the political spectre, people seem less interested to hear the arguments and opinions of the other side.

How far does freedom of speech go?

Can you lose your freedom of speech? How/why?

How should we react when someone uses their freedom of speech to offend us?

Visit this site from The Wall Street Journal and choose a topic.

See how conservative and liberal Facebook present the topic you have chosen.

Write a post where you discuss:

  • which topic did you choose to look at?
  • What is the conservative posts about, and what is the liberal posts about?
  • Are there any posts which you felt were offensive or promoting hate/negativity? Why?
  • Think about freedom of speech, should we be allowed to post whatever we want on social media, or are there limits?
  • Look at the side you disagree the most with, and try to find their best argument. Is there anything you can see having merit, making sense, something you can understand that people would think? What?

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(Picture from https://thequeerness.com/2016/03/07/freedom-of-speech-is-no-longer-about-rights-its-about-power/)

Media coverage

The media has immense power, and often it is easy to forget that the cases written about, and its angle, is chosen by someone for some reason. Some media are more conservative, some more liberal, some write from one cultural background and some from another. This causes the both what is reported and how it is reported to vary from different media and different countries.

Look at the front pages of these different media: The LA Times, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, CNN, The Australian and BBC .

Do all these media report on the same issues? Which are the recurring ones?

What are the various media focusing on? Do any of them focus on similar topics, or do they all vary?

Look up The Guardian, CNN and Al-Jazeera on social media (FB, instagram, twitter) – what are they sharing on social media? Is this different from the headlines on the actual newspaper? If so, why do you think they choose to share other cases on social media?

Choose two articles about the same topic to read, make sure they are from different media sources. Compare the two in terms of what it reports and focus on, the language – for who is this written, and possible opinions or views shining through. Write a short text where you discuss your findings.

Modern Slavery

Did you know that there are more slaves in the world today than it was back before slavery was “abolished?”

Did you know that slaves are much cheaper today than ever before?

Did you know that people are born into slavery, live their whole lives in slavery, without ever knowing that they are slaves?

Poverty, hunger, desperation are all things some people know to take advantage of. Every day, they manage to lure men, women and children into slavery. Slavery exists everywhere, even though it is forbidden everywhere.

We will look closer at modern slavery since it can be closely linked to poverty, and we will use photographer Lisa Kristine’s TED talk as an introduction. lisa_kristine_human_slavery_14

Photo: https://www.lisakristine.com/shop-image-collection/modern-day-slavery/

 

Asria Mohamed

Today we are so lucky to have a visitor – Asria Mohamed. She works for The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara, and will be talking about the Morroccan occupation, life in Algerian refugee camps, and the part of the UN in this conflict.

You are going to write a blog post about this visit – a portrayal of Asria and of what she works for. Therefor you need to pay close attention to what she tells us – maybe take notes (?) – and feel free to ask your own questions. You should also ask her permission to publish your blog post and if you take a picture of her – you need to ask permission to publish that as well. The blog post is to be published by Friday October 6th at the latest. If you have trouble publishing your blog you send what you have written to your teacher.

Enjoy the visit – Asria is an excellent speaker and a brilliant woman.

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Picture from: http://www.vest-sahara.no/a1x1724