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Global Warming Melts Arctic Permafrost, Floods World’s ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault*

Global Warming Melts Arctic Permafrost, Floods World’s ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault*

The Vault stores and protects millions of precious seeds from more than 930,000 seed samples of essential food crops from all over the world to ensure humanity’s food supply in case of changing climate, natural disasters, and human conflicts.

The Global Seed Vault, buried deep inside an icy mountain on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, above the Arctic Circle, stores and protects millions of precious seeds from more than 930,000 seed samples of essential food crops (such as beans, wheat and rice). The seeds are sourced from across the world to ensure humanity’s food supply in case of changing climate, natural disasters, and human conflicts.

Located in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, about 1,300 km from the North Pole, the Vault is described as “a fail-safe seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time — and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters.” It can store up to 4.5 million seed samples for hundreds of years. Since each sample contains an average count of 500 seeds, a maximum of 2.25 billion seeds can be stored in the facility.

But the world’s largest secure seed storage has been breached. Global warming resulted in soaring temperatures in the Arctic at the end of the world’s hottest ever recorded year (average temperatures of over 7 degrees Celsius above normal).

On May 19, the ensuing permafrost melting and heavy rain caused melt water to leak approximately 15 metres into the entrance of a 100-meter tunnel inside the Vault. Deimos Imaging, a Spanish company that provides imagery services for agriculture, forestry, and monitoring applications, released pictures of the damage to the ‘Doomsday’ seed Vault, as captured by its Deimos-2 satellite.

The Global #SeedVault in #Svalbard, seen by #DEIMOS2, as melting permafrost flooded its entrance. #ClimateChange https://t.co/XWcPHtLY3j pic.twitter.com/bVPkhKVnCe

— DEIMOS IMAGING (@deimosimaging) May 22, 2017

The Norwegian government confirmed the breach. Hege Njaa Aschim, a Norwegian government spokeswoman, told The Guardian:

It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like thatA lot of water went into the start of the tunnel and then it froze to ice, so it was like a glacier when you went in. It was supposed to operate without the help of humans, but now we are watching the seed vault 24 hours a day. We must see what we can do to minimize all the risks and make sure the seed bank can take care of itself. The question is whether this is just happening now, or will it escalate?”

Although the seeds remained safe inside the Vault at the required storage temperature of –18 degrees Celsius, the breach has questioned the ability of the vault to protect the world’s crops from calamities.

Therefore, the Vault’s managers are now constructing a 100m-long waterproof tunnel into the mountain and digging trenches into the mountainside to channel melt water away, Aschim told AFP.

All heat sources from the tunnel will also be removed from inside the Vault for additional protection while pumps will be installed in the Vault itself in case of a future flood, she added:

“It’s not good to have unnecessary heat inside if water is coming in and permafrost is melting. We have to listen to ‘climate experts‘ and we are prepared to do anything to protect the seed vault. The water that leaked in had turned into ice, but we had it removed. Norwegian authorities are taking this very seriously and following it continuously. We have to find solutions. It is a big responsibility and we take it very seriously. We are doing this for the world.”

Even as the Norwegian government detailed the plans to boost the Vault’s defences following the breach, Cary Fowler, former executive director of the Crop Trust — the firm that helped create the vault — took to Twitter to clarify there had been no ‘flooding’ at the facility and that the incident is being overplayed:

@RyanMaue It didn’t flood. Some water enters tunnel just inside beyond building you see yearly and is pumped out. Nothing new. Seeds at opposite end.

— Cary Fowler (@CaryFowler_) May 20, 2017

Seed Vault is fine. Seeds undamaged. No flood as widely but incorrectly reported. Take it from me. https://t.co/tZhiDrLuuS

— Cary Fowler (@CaryFowler_) May 20, 2017


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Norwegian Study Links Flu Vaccine to Narcolepsy Risk*

Norwegian Study Links Flu Vaccine to Narcolepsy Risk*

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has found an elevated risk of narcolepsy among children and young adults who were vaccinated against the swine flu seven years ago. Some who did not take the vaccine against the pandemic of 2009 also developed this severe sleeping disorder.

By Anne Lise Stranden

The study indicates that three years after the pandemic, Norwegians who took swine flu shots had run five times the risk of narcolepsy compared to those who had not been vaccinated. (Illustrative photo: Colourbox)


Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health have followed up those under 30 who took the flu shots and those who didn’t during the swine flu (H1N1) pandemic to appraise whether the vaccine entailed serious side-effects.

The study has shown an increased incidence of narcolepsy among those who took the vaccine, informs the institute. Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder which upsets sleep-wake cycles and is often characterised by daytime sleepiness and sudden lapses into sleep.

A total of 72 persons aged five to 26 were diagnosed with narcolepsy among Norway’s then population of five million between 2009 and the end of 2012. Their average age when symptoms showed up was 12.

Among these 72, 56 were vaccinated and 16 were not. This means of course that unvaccinated persons also ran a certain risk of narcolepsy.

The Institute and other public health officials in Norway recommended vaccinations to much of the population in the autumn of 2009.

Five times the risk

In a three-year follow-up study it was found that those who had been vaccinated ran five times the risk of developing narcolepsy as opposed to those who didn’t take the flu shots. The study was carried out by the physician and researcher Lill Trogstad and colleagues at the institute.

Norwegian Institute of Public Health Director Camilla Stoltenberg commented on the swine flu vaccination issue this week. She said in a comparable situation today the institute would be more forthright about uncertainties and medical disagreements regarding the vaccine than its spokespersons were in 2009 and 2010.

Early warnings from neighbours

Narcolepsy is highly debilitating for those who have it, but fortunately it is a rare disorder.

“Soon after the pandemic started we received signals from Sweden and Finland that several children had been stricken with narcolepsy and a link was suspected to the Pandemrix vaccine,” says Lill Trogstad.

This is why researchers started registering cases of the disorder among children and adults up to the age of 30 in Norway.

“Our findings of a higher risk corresponded with those in other countries,” she says.

Eight months until symptoms occurred

On average it took eight months from the time of taking the vaccination or getting the swine flu until the symptoms of narcolepsy cropped up.

Annually, a total of 1.4 new cases per 100,000 capita were diagnosed with narcolepsy in Norway. In other words, if watch was kept on 100,000 persons for one year, just one or two new persons would be seen to be afflicted.

The researchers calculate that on average, from one-half to one person per 100,000 are stricken with narcolepsy per year. That would be about half the rate seen in the three-year period after the epidemic.

“But we have poor national statistics on occurrences prior to when swine flu struck,” says Trogstad.

Following those under 30

The Norwegian study covered a total of 1.6 million children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 30. Nearly 700,000 persons in this age group, or 42%, took the vaccine.

A little less than 60,000 persons in Norway, or 3.6%, were registered with the H1N1 influenza virus by doctors during the pandemic. The researchers figure that far more were stricken with this swine flu, as most who got sick didn’t contact their doctors.

Other Norwegian studies have calculated that about 30% of the population was afflicted.

Can influenza trigger narcolepsy?

There was a small but statistically significant connection between the swine flu and the risk of narcolepsy in the first six months after being infected.

Data has shown that most children and young people were vaccinated after the swine flu epidemic had already peaked.

“This means that many who were vaccinated had the flu when they took their shots. It cannot be ruled out that having the virus when being vaccinated elevated the risk of narcolepsy. But we can’t conclude this with any certainty on the basis of our data,” stresses Trogstad.

More narcolepsy also without flu shots

A higher incidence of narcolepsy following the influenza epidemic was also noted in countries where few of the population were vaccinated, including China and Denmark.

A vaccination with the drug used, Pandemrix, reduced the risk of influenza by about 70%.

This was the fifth register study following up the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010 published by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Other findings include:

  • Pandemrix vaccinations of pregnant women were safe for their babies. But getting the influenza could involve negative consequences, including twice the frequency of still births.
  • The swine flu was linked to a double risk of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME) whereas those who were vaccinated ran no such additional CFS risk.
  • Influenza increased the risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an immune system disease causing muscle weakness and paralysis. No increased risk of this disease was found after swine flu vaccinations.


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African Trees Kill Both Malaria Mosquitoes and the Parasite*

African Trees Kill Both Malaria Mosquitoes and the Parasite*

Malaria is one of the world’s most serious infectious diseases and affects more than 200 million people each year. Scientists at the University of Oslo have examined the bark from two African trees and found substances that can kill both the mosquitoes that transmit malaria, and the parasite itself.

Traditional healers in West Africa have for many years used extracts from the bark of two trees in the citrus family (Rutaceae) to treat malaria, which is a widespread disease in the region and kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide every year. Researchers at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo in Norway have now shown that bark from the trees contains substances that not only kill the malaria parasite, but also the mosquitoes that transmit the disease.

Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides of the plant kingdom family Rutaceae

Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides of the plant kingdom family Rutaceae


“This project started in 2011, when we were approached by the entomologist Bertin Mikolo fra Marien Ngouabi University (link is external) in the Republic of Congo’s capital Brazzaville. He had learned that local traditional healers were using extracts from the bark of a tropical tree to kill malaria mosquitoes and other insects, and he had demonstrated that the extracts could kill weevils and cockroaches. Now, he wanted Norwegian assistance to investigate whether the bark also contained substances that could kill malaria mosquitoes,” professor emeritus Karl Egil Malterud explains.

Malaria is a disease caused by tiny parasites of the genus Plasmodium, which spend part of their life cycles in the blood vessels of humans and other mammals. The parasite is transmitted between humans during bites from mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles.

Olon tree (Zanthoxylum heitzii)

Olon tree (Zanthoxylum heitzii)

Olon tree (Zanthoxylum heitzii)

Found several important substances

To make a long story short: The scientists found several interesting substances both in the so-called Olon tree (Zanthoxylum heitzii) that is found from Cameroon to Congo, and in a related tree from Mali. The most interesting and active compounds were found in the Olon tree, but also the bark of Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides from Mali contains active substances.

“We produced extracts from the bark of the Olon tree and found that it contained at least one compound that kills the mosquitoes that transmit the malarial parasite. But the bark also contains another substance that kills the parasite itself,” says Associate Professor Helle Wangensteen. She has been the leader of this project.

Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides

Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides


The mosquitoes died — like flies

More than 30 species of the mosquito genus Anopheles kan infect humans with the malaria parasite. This is the species Anopheles Stephensi. Foto: Jim Gathany, Wikispecies/Centers for Disease Control. The scientists have been working with both water-based and alcohol-based extracts from the bark of the two trees, and it turns out that the extracts with alcohol contains more of the active substances. The substance that kills the mosquito is called pellitorine and was found in the bark of both trees, Malterud explains.

“The Master student Nastaran Moussavi managed to isolate pellitorine and several other substances in extracts from the bark of the Olon tree. Later, she travelled to the French research institute IRD in Montpellier(link is external), in order to study their insecticidal effects. IRD has experts in cultivating the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae for scientific studies. Moussavi applied substances from the bark of the Olon tree to the neck of the mosquitoes, in order to investigate if the substances had toxic effects,” Wangensteen explains.

“This caused the mosquitos to die, literally as flies! The experiments showed that pellitorine is toxic to mosquitoes,” Malterud adds.

“We also found that a mixture of four main substances from the bark of the Olon tree had a higher toxicity than pellitorine alone, even if the other ingredients were not toxic separately. This suggests that there is a synergistic effect between the ingredients, says Wangensteen.

Kills even the parasite

At this point, Malterud and Wangensteen suspected that the Olon tree contained even more compounds with interesting effects. Then postdoc Ingvild Austarheim contacted the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne(link is external) in Australia, because they have a laboratory with experts on studying the malaria parasite. The scientists in Melbourne were interested in testing the new potential drugs, and it soon turned out that one of the ingredients was very effective in killing the parasite.

“But this was not the same compound that killed the mosquitoes! The parasite-killing compound is called dihydronitidine and is a relatively simple alkaloid,” says Wangensteen.

The Norwegian scientists had now shown that the bark of the Olon tree from Congo contains at least two interesting compounds: Pellitorine that kills malaria mosquitoes, and dihydronitidin that kills the malaria parasite. The researchers then went on to test the bark from Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides, which is related to the Olon tree and is native to Mali. Professor emerita Berit Smestad Paulsen from the School of Pharmacy has cooperated for several years with healers from Mali, and they knew that the bark of this tree had been used in the treatment of malaria patients.

“We found pellitorine also in the bark from this tree, in addition to several other interesting substances that have effects on the malaria parasite. But the effects were smaller than the ones we found in the extracts from the Olon tree,” Wangensteen explains.

Both pellitorine and dihydronitidine are chemical substances that were previously known from other plants. However, the powerful effects against malaria mosquitoes and the parasites were little known before the Norwegian scientists started their work.

Why isn’t the industry interested?

The scientists have published their findings continually, and you might expect that the international pharmaceutical industry would react with interest. Malaria infects ca. 200 million people every year, and there are major resistance problems with the drugs that are already on the market. There is an urgent need for new drugs — but the scientists have so far not been contacted.

“I can imagine several reasons why we haven’t heard anything. One reason might be, to put it slightly maliciously, that the international pharmaceutical industry doesn’t always seem very interested in diseases that are mostly a problem in the “Third World.” The second possible reason is that these findings have been published in scientific journals, which makes it more difficult to obtain patent protection for active substances,” Malterud suggests.

“The third reason may be that the Convention on Biological Diversity(link is external) (CBD), which Norway and most other nations have ratified, stipulates that the rights to the commercial exploitation of biological material resides in the country of origin,” he adds.

New knowledge transferred to West Africa

The pharmaceutical industry must always carry out extensive and expensive clinical trials before a new medicine can be approved, but there are so far no plans for such actions when it comes to the compounds found in the bark of the two African trees. That doesn’t stop Helle Wangensteen and Karl Egil Malterud from believing that their research can be used for the benefit of malaria-stricken patients in West Africa.

“In the short term, it is realistic to imagine that our colleagues in Congo may communicate the new knowledge to the traditional healers in the region. It could be useful for them to know that the bark from the Olon tree contains active compounds that have effects against both malaria-transmitting mosquitoes and the parasite itself,” Malterud comments.

“We can also contribute with new insights on how these substances can be used. For example, we discovered that water-based extracts contain relatively little of the active substances, whereas alcoholic extracts contain much higher concentrations. Perhaps it would be possible to spray the puddles where the mosquitoes hatch with a locally produced solution containing pellitorine,” he adds.

All in all, the scientists at the School of Pharmacy tested more than ten compounds from the two African trees. In addition to the already mentioned compounds, it turned out that also the alkaloid heitziquinone, which was not previously known, has activity against the malaria parasite.

Why do plants produce drugs?

At least 30% of the active ingredients in modern medicines are derived from ingredients found in plants. Why do plants produce compounds that are effective against human diseases?

“We don’t know the answer to that question, but we can’t imagine that the Olon tree has any interest in killing mosquitoes or malaria parasites. But maybe the substances have an effect also on insects that for instance might feed on the trees,” Malterud suggests.

“The primary function of many natural products found in plants is not known to science, but it’s obvious that the plants use a lot of energy to produce these compounds. Therefore, it is hardly a coincidence that they are produced,” adds Wangensteen.

The research on substances from the bark of two African trees was supported by the programme Functional Genomics (FUGE) in the Research Council of Norway, which had a commitment to bio-prospecting. Nastaran Moussavi’s expenses for the work in Montpellier were funded by a grant from the Norwegian Pharmaceutical Society.


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Norway Aiding Israeli Fuel Extraction on the Golan Heights Under Fire*

Norway Aiding Israeli Fuel Extraction on the Golan Heights Under Fire*

By Ryan Rodrick Beiler

Protesters denounce collaboration with Israeli fossil fuel extraction in front of the Norwegian foreign ministry in Oslo in September – Ryan Rodrick Beiler ActiveStills


A growing movement in Norway is challenging collaboration with Israeli exploitation of fossil fuel resources in the occupied Golan Heights and the Mediterranean Sea.

While producing much of its own energy from renewable sources, especially hydropower, Norway’s prosperity is built in large part on its fossil fuel industry.

Oil and gas, extracted through offshore platforms, has helped to create one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. The Government Pension Fund Global, known informally in Norway as “the oil fund,” has divested from Israeli companies due to their involvement in violations of human rights.

Israel delegation

But in September, Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tord Lien of the ultra-right Progress Party, led a delegation to Israel with representatives from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and the University of Stavanger. The purpose of the delegation was to explore possibilities for research and industrial collaboration in oil and gas extraction.

The delegation met with the Delek Group, which provides fuel for the Israeli military and operates gas stations and convenience stores in West Bank settlements. The firm is planning to begin production in the next two to three years in major offshore gas fields in the Mediterranean.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the gas fields “a gift from God” that would give the country energy independence. Sixteen years ago, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had made a nearly identical statement, but Israel’s blockade of Gaza has made Palestinian exploration of these resources impossible.

The Israeli subsidiary of U.S.-based Genie Energy is already drilling for oil in the Golan Heights, Syrian territory occupied by Israel since its capture in 1967. In recent years, Israel has exploited the ongoing war in Syria to seek international recognition of its annexation of the territory.


This month the student government at the University of Oslo adopted a resolution opposing cooperation in petroleum technology between Norwegian and Israeli institutions.

“Research cooperation has its limits; not all international cooperation is good cooperation,” Kristina Muñoz Ledo Klakegg, who introduced the resolution and serves in the student government, stated.

“It puts pressure on the student democracies elsewhere in Norway to take a stance when we do.”

Because the University of Oslo is not directly involved in petroleum research, the resolution calls on other schools to adopt such measures and tighten ethical guidelines to give human rights and international law a greater role in the formation or continuation of academic cooperation.

A group of Norwegian academics and labour unions are petitioning the University of Stavanger and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology to end natural resource exploitation research projects with Israeli institutions.

“To assist Israel with academic expertise in petroleum technology will strengthen the strategic and economic position of the Israeli occupation at the expense of the rights of the Palestinians,” the petition states.


On 5 November, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s student parliament passed a resolution demanding an end to all communication and collaboration between the school and Israeli institutions regarding petroleum extraction. In 2013, the University of Stavanger entered into an agreement with Technion, an Israeli university deeply embedded with Israel’s military industry.

Such cooperation with Israeli institutions would appear to conflict with Norway’s role as the head of the Donor Group on Palestine, which coordinates foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority, and its foreign policy in general, which is consistent with the international legal consensus that all settlements in the occupied West Bank are illegal.

Israel’s exploitation of natural resources claimed by the Palestinian Authority also stands in violation of the Oslo accords signed by the Palestinian leadership and Israel in the mid-1990s.

That agreement includes “co-operation in the field of energy, including an energy development program, which will provide for the exploitation of oil and gas [and] will encourage further joint exploration of other energy resources.”


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Finland and Norway to Resume Relations with Russia*

Finland and Norway to Resume Relations with Russia*

Originally appeared at A-specto, translated by Valentina Tzoneva

Finland and Norway plan to unfreeze trade and economic relations with Russia despite the sanctions imposed on it because of Crimea. Both countries are increasingly less willing to comply with the sanctions that are actually affecting their economic interests. Financial Times notes that these are signs of warming up of relations. Last week, Norwegian officials met with Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology, Sergei Donskoy. The two sides agreed on the exchange of seismic data for exploration of oil and gas deposits on the Arctic shelf along their common border. The Press Service of the Government of Norway reported that the two sides also discussed the possible resumption of the dialogue on trade and the economy.

“We are positive about resumption of political dialogue on trade and economic cooperation with Russia, which is already done by some countries in the E.U.”, the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Fisheries in Norway, Monica Meland, said. She added that Norway seeks “good neighborly relations with Russia, particularly in the north, where we have a common border and common interests”.

Also last week, for the first time since 2013, there was a meeting of the Finnish-Russian Trade Commission co-chaired by Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak, and the Minister of Foreign Trade of Finland, Kai Myukkanen. Both Finnish and Norwegian ministers agreed to follow up on negotiations with Russia. Next week, the Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, will hold a meeting with his Finnish colleague, Juha Sipilya. Monica Meland is scheduled to visit Moscow in April.

Norway and Finland actually insist that the restoration of relations with Russia is not contrary to European sanctions introduced against the Russian Federation, particularly on energy issues.

“We have a common border with Russia of 1 300 km, which is why we have many common issues that we must work on. It is in our interest that the West preserves unity in terms of violations of international law. These two issues are not contradictory”, Myukkanen said.

Finland and Norway are trying to emphasize that during the meetings there have been no comments on the issue of sanctions but many experts do not believe this. They believe that the small gesture on the part of some Western countries signals a change of attitude towards Russia. For example, Indra Overland of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs said that this is clearly a sign of devaluing the meaning of the sanctions.

“It is a hard-enough-and-a-broad-scale start. It does not directly affect the very sanctions, but it is a signal that the desire to continue the sanctions is weakened”, Indra said.

A Norwegian of the state apparatus reported to Financial Times that business is what prompted the countries for a political dialogue with Moscow.

“Russia is the fifth country in the world by volume of Finnish exports, so it is important to keep the work of Finnish companies in Russia”, the Minister of Foreign Trade of Finland, Kai Myukkanen, said.


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Norway’s Sending Troops to Syria*

Norway’s Sending Troops to Syria*

endless-staircase by Peter BrookerNorwegian lawmakers have given consent to sending troops to join coalition forces in Syria in the international struggle against Islamic State militants.

According to the approved government plans, a contingent of some 60 Norwegian soldiers will provide training, advice and operational support for Syrian groups fighting the radical Islamists in the country. Earlier plans only included helping such Syrian forces outside Syrian territory.

After the approval Wednesday, Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide told Norwegian news agency NTB that as progress against IS militants had been better than expected it was “more important that coalition forces must also be able to train, advise and provide operational support to local groups on Syrian territory.”

The Norwegian troops will be deployed later during the summer and will be based in Jordan.


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Five Times Western Media Failed to Call White Shooters Terrorists*

Five Times Western Media Failed to Call White Shooters Terrorists*

Mourners leave candles in memory of murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox during a vigil at Parliament Square in London, Britain June 17, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

TeleSUR looks at the disturbing trend in which mainstream media fail to use the terror label for attacks unless they’re perpetrated by Muslims.

In the wake of the assassination of British member of parliament Jo Cox at the hands of Thomas Mair, both the conservative and liberal press have once again followed the same old trend of using different labels and language to describe attackers based on their race, religion and ethnicity.

To take just one example, The Guardian newspaper — often cited as a favourite among so-called “progressives” — published a story a day after the attack on June 17 with the headline: ”Suspect in Jo Cox’s killing described as quiet, polite and reserved.”

The article goes on to list how Mair’s family and friends spoke of a gentle and quiet man who they least expected to commit such a hideous crime.

“The picture that emerged of the man known as Tom or Tommy from those who knew him best was of a quiet and caring loner,” The Guardian wrote.

“His half brother, who is mixed race, claimed he had been volunteering at a school for children with disabilities for several years and had never expressed any racist views.”

This sort of language is rarely, if ever, used by mainstream media in the West to describe non-white attackers, who are quickly labelled terrorists. And if the words of families and friends are used, they’re usually taken out of context and twisted to serve a particular narrative and agenda.

This trend is not unique to Mair’s case. It has been a common occurrence for years by media in the United States and Europe. TeleSUR looks at five examples of when the same biased coverage was applied by the media.

  1. 2015 Charleston Shooting by Dylann Roof

On June 17, 2015, during a prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Dylann Roof entered the church, locked its doors and started shooting at the people in it, mostly Black folk.

Roof killed nine African Americans, including senior pastor and state senator Clementa C. Pinckney, and injured one other person. He was later arrested after reports emerged that he was motivated by a longstanding hatred of Blacks and had told friends that he favoured segregation.

Later confessing he committed the shooting in the hope of igniting a race war, the media failed to focus on Roof’s history of bigotry and hate. Instead mental illness and inadequate mental health resources were the primary go-to explanations behind his horrifying actions.

Activist Deray McKesson noted in a tweet days after the incident that while discussing Roof’s motivations, an MSNBC anchor said: “‘We don’t know his mental condition.”

“That is the power of whiteness in America,” McKesson commented.

The Guardian also published a story describing how Roof had a history of drug abuse, further individualizing the narrative as one of subjective misfortune and poor decisions.

  1. 2011 Norway attacks by Anders Behring Breivik

On July 22, 2011, Norwegian national Anders Behring Breivik carried out two lone-wolf attacks, a bomb attack against the Regjeringskvartalet government complex in Oslo and later a shooting of 69 people at the Workers’ Youth League-run summer camp. The attacks claimed a total of 77 lives.

Several articles emerged following the incident demanding that he is not called a terrorist and that he was insane and mentally ill. “Anders Behring Breivik’s not a terrorist, he’s a mass-murderer,” one headline on The Guardian newspaper read in 2011.

The British Telegraph newspaper published an article with the headline: “Don’t call Anders Breivik a terrorist – he is a sad fantasist leading an army of one.”

Despite a Norwegian court charging Breivik with carrying out a “terrorist act”, the author argued that “To call Breivik ‘a terrorist’ is to give him exactly what he wants. The most appropriate response to this psychopathic narcissist is ridicule.”

Forensic psychiatrists examined Breivik before his trial and and he was eventually diagnosed as having narcissistic personality disorder.

But denying the political — and therefore terroristic — nature of the crime was really quite extraordinary, especially considering Breivik himself wrote (and plagiarized) a 1,518 page political manifesto titled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence” which called for a civilizational war against Muslims and migrants.

  1. 2012 Aurora shooting by James Eagan Holmes

On July 20, 2012 James Eagan Holmes carried out an attack against moviegoers at Century movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others.

As is the case for most other white attackers, the media was quick to brand Holmes a mentally ill person who snapped and decided to kill people due to his condition. The Associated Press ran a news story with the headline: ”Doctor who found James Holmes sane says mental illness caused him to attack Colorado theatre.” Medical professionals in fact testified in court that holmes was sane.

Major media organizations ran stories on the attack and Holmes with comments from the FBI saying he had no significant criminal record, while local police said he had a speeding ticket from 2011, and no links to terrorism.

While we now know the attack had no political motive, the media’s collective response in immediately designating Holmes psychologically ill is a trope we have all become accustomed to.

  1. 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by Adam Peter Lanza

On December 14, 2012, 20-years old Adam Peter Lanza stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where he shot 20 children aged between 6 and 7 years old, as well as six adult staff members. As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

Shortly after the incident, news outlets in the U.S. went on to portray Lanza as a “troubled and disturbed kid from a rich family” who was a “ticking bomb”. There was no mention of terrorism or him carrying out one of the most disturbing terror attacks in U.S. history.

A day after the attack, The New York Daily News published story with the headline: “Sandy Hook mass murderer Adam Lanza, 20, ‘deeply disturbed kid’,” in which the newspaper went on to push for a mentally ill and unstable man who was pushed over the edge and committed a troubled yet almost understandable crime against innocent children.

Fox News also digged into Lanza’s past, pushing the mentally ill narrative as it revealed that the attacker had been diagnosed with psychiatric conditions which could explain his actions. Again no mention of terror or terrorism.

While many have argued the shooter did not commit terrorism because he lacked a political motive, the argument has long since been debunked. In fact Lanza, like other shooters, posted a political screed to a website shortly before the incident.

“It goes without saying that an AK-47 and enough ammunition could do more good than a thousand ‘teachers,’ if one is truly interested in reforming the system. In short time the children will be brainwashed, pumped full of Xanax and told to conform, until they have been turned into the oppressors,” Lanza had written ahead of his attack according to MSNBC.

  1. 2007 Virginia Tech shooting by Seung-Hui Cho

On April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide.

The Incident gained international coverage and partially ignited a national debate in the U.S. about gun laws. However, the focus of both the authorities and the media was fixed on the issue of mental health.

CNN, Fox News and other major media outlets in the U.S. quickly filed requests for medical records of the shooter and further pursued the mental health angle as it was revealed that Cho had been diagnosed with several mental illnesses in the past.

A few days after the attack, video games also became part of the conversation. NBC News published a column with the headline: “Were video games to blame for massacre?”. However, the words terror and terrorism were never introduced into the conversation, even when there was uncertainty regarding Cho’s motives.


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U.S. Marines Brutally Ambushed and Defeated by Norwegian Kids*

U.S. Marines Brutally Ambushed and Defeated by Norwegian Kids*

By Ian Greenhalgh

With all the heavy material we deal with at VT, it is important to maintain a sense of humour. 

Therefore, when I came across this article and found it thoroughly amusing I felt it was worth sharing.

I am sure this story will raise a few chuckles among veterans, particularly those that have endured the rigours of arctic warfare training.


US Marines brutally ambushed and defeated by Norwegian kids

A group of U.S. Marines made a terrible mistake and took on a bunch of Norwegian kids, which turned out to be a really, really bad idea.

I laughed so hard reading this that I just had to repost it. It shows that you should never underestimate the strength in numbers, especially when it concerns kids:

In the U.S. Marines, doing a mock war in the Norwegian city of Trondheim with the Dutch, Germans and other allies, training in urban combat. My infantry unit was positioned in a large soccer field next to an elementary school. Keep in mind there was no actual combat, even simulated; it was mostly just practicing manoeuvres and tactics. But we still looked out of place with weapons and gear, etc. It’s February. In Norway. Cold as hell. Snow up to our knees. Norway obviously has no snow days, so the kids were all in school.

Anyway, so Norway has this most delicious and amazing delicacy, I have no idea what it’s called, but it’s basically a bacon-wrapped hot dog; we just assumed it was called Candy of the Lord. As Americans we were naturally and instantly addicted. You find them at gas stations, and there just happened to be one on the other side of the school where we were camped. A few of my fellow Marines and I requested permission to go to the gas station and we set out on our way.

We made it to right about where the main entrance of the school was, and the doors opened; school was out. There were only a few kids, probably 6 or 7 years old. Lots of talking and laughing. Gawking at us as we walked by, with our guns and huge ridiculous snow suits. One precocious little guy made shooting noises at us. We made shooting noises back.

And then someone in my group. I don’t know who. God help me I don’t know who…

Someone threw a snowball and hit a little girl in the leg.

And those little Norwegian children unleashed hell.

There was a shrill cry in unintelligible gibberish and the doors to the school burst open. School children flooded out like a never-ending flood of something that never ends. Screeching, smiling, sprinting – how the hell were they sprinting?? – little bastards were slinging snowballs faster than the laws of physics should allow. It was like that movie Elf. If you can imagine riding in a fast car in a snowstorm and sticking your head out the window. Now imagine the snowflakes that are hitting your face are the size of snowballs. We couldn’t see a damn thing. We couldn’t run. We could barely breathe. Holy hell….

We tried to return fire and threw one, maybe two half-packed, crappy snowballs that fell apart in the air, arms flailing like limp-wristed fairies. I am from Texas. We were a unit stationed in North Carolina. We were so outmatched and out of our element, it only made them laugh harder. We were cut off from our main forces. We tried to perform a flanking manoeuvre but they were too fast. I think some of them were throwing rocks!

As for my comrades. I could see them speed waddling in their huge suits back to camp like a messed up pair of white Teletubbies, under withering fire.

Screw tactics, screw me, screw the Candy of the Lord, this was survival! I was the slow one in the group. My snow boots were too big but they were the smallest size they had at Issue goddammit!! My Marines had left me behind.

I tried pulling my hood over my head and keeping my head down. No longer content to pelt my defenceless body with ballistic snow, the enemy swarmed me and dragged me down, cackling like a pack of hyenas descending on a wildebeest. I tried to sling them off by spinning. I came out of one of my boots and fell. I began to scream and plead for them to stop but they neither understood nor gave a single Nordic damn. They literally pinned me down with about five kids on each limb. It was then that I actually thought – oh sh*t. I’m really in trouble. My snow-mittens were ripped off and flung into trees. They started shoving snow down my suit. Have you ever had anyone drop an ice cube down your shirt?

“Well now imagine someone shovelling handfuls of ice cubes down your shirt. It literally shocked the breath out of my body.”

They left me lying like a Family Guy accident victim. Moaning and screaming in the cold. Rifle packed with snow and dirt. Boot buried somewhere. They ran away laughing, jabbering in their crazy language. I lay there trying to figure out just what in the great American hell had happened.


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