Category: International relations

Norway’s spy chief admits to phone tapping abroad

Norway’s military intel chief admits to phone spying outside country, data-sharing with allies OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norway’s military intelligence chief has admitted his country spies on millions of phone calls in conflict areas around the world and shares that data with allies, including the United States. Lt. Gen. Kjell Grandhagen, head of the Nordic…

Indonesia adopts Finnish model in education revamp

THE Indonesian government says it wants to bring changes to its education system by learning from Finland, known to have one of the world’s best teaching and learning systems. Despite the obvious differences between the education systems of both countries, Ainun Naim, Indonesia’s Education and Culture Ministry secretary-general said that the ministry hoped the cooperation…

Norway pours another NOK140 million into Philippine relief

The Norwegian Government has granted another NOK 140 million in emergency aid to the Philippines. This brings Norway’s total contributions to the storm victims to NOK 205 million. – The needs for humanitarian aid are enormous. 13 million people are affected by this catastrophe, says Foreign Minister Børge Brende. The money will be channelled through…

Swedish envoy, E Timor PM discuss cooperation

This morning, Ambassador HE Ewa Polano had a meeting with HE Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister of Timor Leste, in connection to the Bali Democracy Forum. The meeting took place in a very positive and constructive atmosphere, and touched upon ongoing and future bilateral projects between Timor Leste and Sweden. Source: The Swedish Embassy…

Opinion: The blue eyed fundamentalists

The Benefit of the Doubt Scandinavian* politicians truly believe they know how to make things better here in South East Asia; when I learn about their ideas for the future and see the projects they suggest implemented in our region I am baffled. Try to listen to Scandinavian politicians or officials on visit. These most innocent looking blue…

Ex-Swedish PM lauds Malaysia’s innovation initiatives

Former Swedish PM Praises Malaysia’s Innovation Initiatives KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) — Former Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson has praised Malaysia’s innovation initiatives, saying Malaysia is developing tremendously in innovation. “Malaysia is developing powerfully and in comparison with countries with the same income group, Malaysia is the top. Besides, Malaysia is an open and…