The hate u give – meaningful sentence

After hours of reading, i first saw something very special. A meaningful sentence that i really found interesting. But i kept reading, in a desperate attempt to try to find another sentence that was even better. But i kept falling back to the same sentence which was “Listen! The Hate U – the letter U – Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody. T-H-U-G L-I-F-E.” The reason I found this interesting was because I’ve heard it somewhere else. I thought that i might have heard it in a song or something, and that seemed to be right. I used to hear a lot to Tupac Shakur when i was younger.

“As creator of the concept Tupac assumed the position as its spokesperson, and had the phrase T.H.U.G L.I.F.E tattooed across his abdomen. this reflects sentiments of those found in “Brenda’s Got a Baby” when Tupac says that Brenda’s situation affected the whole community. Tupac’s idea in the meaning behind the words that made up T.H.U.G L.I.F.E was that society’s perception and treatment of children who live in the ghetto has negative implications for everyone live there because those children eventually grow up to be adults.” By Malcom Tariq





Black lives matter

In 2013, three radical Black organizers – Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi created a black centered political will and movement building project called “Black live matters”.

Black lives matter is a movement that has caught national attention after the deaths of five Dallas police officers and two police shootings that are still under investigation. The movement protests and argues against that black citizens are more likely to be stopped or killed by police. They belive that the suspect’s race may determine  whether the police officer will shot or not. Based on their research and statistics, white and black deaths were the police are included are very unequal. In this ongoing study by the Washington Post, this year, 46 percent of the 522 people killed by police shootings were white. 25 percent were black. Hispanic suspects made up 15 percent. They believe the facts behind these statements undermine its charges of racism and white supremacy. I believe that this subject is very relevant to a book we read that is called “The hate u give” by Angie Thomas.

Goal number 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Making the world a better place seems so unfathomable and giving up or not even trying is a normal mind-set today. Therefore, the global goals were created to make it easier, breaking it down to smaller task that are accomplishable. We chose goal number 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Within this global goal there are sub-categories, which are smaller goals to effectively accomplish the global goal number 16. The sub-categories are as follows:

• Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.
• End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.
• Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
• By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime.
• Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.
• Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.
• Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.
• Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.
• By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration.
• Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.
• Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.
• Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.

Within these categories we chose the topic of human trafficking and we will be spreading awareness concerning this topic. We actually chose the subgoal human trafficking, under goal number 16 which is named “Peace, Justice and Strong institutions.”. One the targets mentioned in the goals description is to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children. Human trafficking is a disgrace created by mankind, and we are gonna help solve it.

After researching Human Trafficking, we have come across some unbelievable facts and statistics. When we chose this goal, we thought it was an issue that pertained Globally, or that Human Trafficking was a foreign concept to Norway. But I guess I was wrong, because last year according to Aftenposten’s report 324 people were registered as suspected victims of human trafficking. This is 24 more than in previous year. The majority of victims are still women who are exploited in prostitution. The statistics are worse in other countries, like for instance the United States. Here are some statistics that proves how bad it is.

  • The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally.
  • 68% of them are trapped in forced labor.
  • 26% of them are children.
  • 55% are women and girls.
  • The International Labor Organization estimates that forced Labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries made by forced and child labor.
  • In 2016, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.
  • Of those, 86% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.
  • There is no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. Polaris estimates that the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.
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These statistics are just some of the many shocking numbers that coincide with such a global dilemma. People are unaware of the massive trafficking issue, which is a problem in itself.

Next week, my group and I will make an informative film regarding human trafficking. Our goal is to express awareness about the topic through film. The film is about a BBC reporter that gets access to one of the most “successful” traffickers in Northern Europe’s business. Showing of both the proses of trading at an auction and the life of a sexslave.






New Yorker´s article “why is Donald Trump still so horribly witless about the world” discusses different episodes when Donald Trump has said or done something stupid or awkward. We went through the article looking at each and every individual statement to see if we knew more that president Trump.


Firstly, the journalist asked several advisors and top republicans about what they think Trump needs to understand in order to succeed as the president. There was a wide range of answers, such as: “Embrace the fact that the Russians are not America’s friends”. This, we did know. Throughout the last couple of months, we have heard about the russian involvement in the previous US election. This is very scary considering the historical relationship between these two countries.


Some of the officials also said: “Don’t further alienate the Europeans, who are our friends”. We have not heard too much about how Trump is alienating europeans. We are not particularly aware that he specifically has done or said something that is targeting any sort of relationship between europe and the states. an exception to this might be NATO. Earlier this spring we do recall that he claimed something about that he wanted to pay less to NATO. To be honest, we have to say that we do not know too much about this to say if it is fair or not.


Furthermore, some top republicans and advisors answered “Understand that North Korea’s nuclear program can’t be outsourced to China, which can’t or won’t singlehandedly fix the problem anyway, and realize that military options are limited”. We had no idea about this, but we agreed that if we had to make any important decisions concerning this we would study it and learn everything about this.


It was also said: “Pulling out of innovative trade deals, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will boost China’s economy and secure its global influence—to America’s disadvantage”. Economic integration between nations is very important in order of keeping the economy growing. Also, we have heard about that The US has a whole lot of national debt in china, so it would make a sense that China earns money on making trade embargos between them and the US


Another thing they meant president trump has to grasp is: “Stop bullying his counterparts”.

Obviously.. It is important to keep a serious and respectful vibe when you are the most powerful human in the world. we would also say that it is a democratic problem that he shows such a lack of respect towards his the people he is working with.


Later on in the article, the journalist talks about more specific incidents where Trump has made some “blunders”. Among others we get to know about when President Trump was visiting with the lebanese prime minister. Trump managed to claim the the lebanese forces were fighting on the front line against other militant groups in the middle east. One group he mentioned was the Hezbollah. Trump was apparently not aware the the Hezbollah is a part of the lebanese army. That is common knowledge. At least we knew it. It is very frightening that the most powerful person on the surface of the world did not have that knowledge.


After reading about President Trump’s mistakes it’s safe to say that history is important. Not only is it important because it can make an situation awkward, but also because the very least we can do is appreciate. In the end, our ancestors risked their lives so we could live a better one. The most important things on why history is so important is that you can avoid making the same mistakes as the ones in the past. It’s also important to know  if your sources are correct or fake. Under is a list on how to spot fake news, but it can as well be used to spot fake sources.


Tips on how to reveal fake news and sources:


  • Be skeptical to headlines: Many fake news have catchy headlines with block letters and exclamation mark.
  • Look at the URL-address closely: This is an easy tips to follow up on, if the address is falsified or ends with, it is most likely not a reliable source. If there are any misspells in the address, you should not trust the site.
  • Examine the source: You can ensure yourself that the news are true, if you trust the person who wrote it, if it was written by an organisation you should look up and read about it before you trust it.
  • Look out for unusual formats: Many fake news sites have misspells and an awkward layout. You should be sceptical to what you read if you see these red flags.
  • Consider the images: Many fake news you pictures and videos who are manipulated or taken out of contents. You can search for where the picture is from.
  • Control the dates: Often fake news contain timelines who don’t make sense or  dates of events who has been changed.
  • Check the evidence: You can look at sources the article used and check if they are correct. If the news has a lack of sources and names of experts, it can seem like the news are fake.
  • Look at other articles and reports: If there are no other news sources who report the news, it can indicate that the news are fake. The news are more likely to be true, if multiple sources you trust report it.  
  • Is the news article a joke?  Sometimes it’s hard to separate humor and news. Therefor you can look if the page usually posts jokes.


Some news are fake on purpose: Be critical to what you read, and only share what you know are reliable.   

Redemption Day


We watched the movie “Erin Brockovich” today. The movie is based on a true story about Erin’s life.


Erin is an unemployed single mother of 3 children’s. With the lack of a formal education in law, she was very central and almost single-handed in a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.


In general, everyone can have a significant difference in peoples life. There are different ways to have those impacts, for instance do the easy things like help people crossing the traffic, carry their heavy bag and so on. Or you can do it like Erin. Willing to sacrifice a lot, to let people live a normal life without any water pollution impacts, which can destroy peoples life. Erin worked for almost 2 years on the PG&E case.


Global challenges

Al Gore: New thinking on the climate crisis.

We can compare climate changes into military conflicts, they both have categories. There are local problems, such as air and water pollution. Then there are bigger problems such as acid rain over a large territory, which is a regional problem. Lastly, there are world problems. Everything is affected. Due to this, we need to respond with a worldwide response. Al Gore is telling us to switch to a greener way of living, as soon as possible. And most importantly there needs to be a global transition to low-carbon economy.




The middle east has had some issues this summer concerning heat. Some would say Europe have had some hot days with 22 degrees in Germany, 24 degrees in London and 24 degrees in Greece, but the real problem lays in Kuwait. The temperature rose to a record braking 54 degrees, just underneath the record that was made in 1913 in Death Valley, California, on 56,7 degrees. This shows that there are problems with the earths climate. The areas around equator are getting hotter and the poles are melting, as a result of us humans not taking enough care of our precious planet. In other words, the July month in the middle east goes down in the history books as one of the hottest ever recorded.


Climate change is one of the biggest problems we face. Out of all the global issues, climate change is estimated to be one of the most comprehensive and expensive ones to fix. This autumn a new president will be elected in the United States, and the two new candidates opinion on the the climate-issue has never been more different. Trump has referred to global warming as “a hoax” while Clinton on the other hand sees it as an urgent concern. In addition, Trumps VP candidate, Mike Pence, said in 2014: “We haven’t seen a lot of warming.”. Actually, 2014 was the hottest year recorded since 1881, according to NASA. Pence doubts that climate change is a real problem, while Trump on the other hand does not consider it a problem worth all the resources spent on it. The fact that possible leaders of one of the worlds most powerful countries do not believe in one of the biggest global issues is something a lot of people find terrifying.


You could say that Norway do not contribute a lot to the climate changes with us having around 99% of all our energy coming from water energy, but we actually do contribute to climate change quite a lot. First of all, we sell a lot of oil. This oil of course ends up in our atmosphere sooner or later, contributing to the world heating up. Then we have our high kWh per citizen, which stands around a whopping 27 000 kWh. If we were to do drastic changes to our contribution to climate change, it could be to cut the kWh per citizen and sell more water energy to other countries- Even though we already sell quite a lot, the numbers could be higher which then again results in more money to Norway that we can for example use on environmental friendly causes or charity.





My advice to next year students

We watched some short speeches held by Steven Spielberg, Ellen DeGeneres and J.K Rowling today. These commencement speeches were held for parents and students in Harvard and Tulane University.


Her idea of success is different. As people grow the definition of success will change.  Ellen’s most important thing in life is to live a life with integrity and not to give into peer pressure and be something that you are not. To live your life as an honest and compassionate person and to contribute in some way. – Ellen DeGeneres in her speech at Tulane University 2009.

If you do not remember a single word of mine, I hope you remember those of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met down the Classics corridor, in search of ancient wisdom: “as is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters”. J.K.Rowling’s commencement speech at Harvard 2008. J.K.Rowling also said that failure is an important stage of life.

Steven Spielberg dropped out of school because he got an offer for his dream job in early ages. But he changed his mind, he always said that education is important to his kids. But the fact that he did not finish it himself, made him finish his education after some years, for his kids. Character defining moment: the moment you fail but the way you act in those moments defines you.

There will be hard times, but always be patient. In school you get a lot of chances, but it’s all about taking them and not avoiding them. To drop out of school is a very easy thing to do, but staying in school even if it gives you a challenge or two defines who you are.