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Norway: The Spoiled Brat of the World?

Whats the point of being the richest country in the world when we are behaving as spoiled brats?

With all the problems the world faces you would think such a a country as rich as Norway would do its part in helping out. Think again. Here is an article written by, Jo Skårderud translated to English, that tells you why.

The spoiled brat of the world!

In one week the government banned begging, refused entry to injured Syrian refugees, and opened negotiations for the return of refugees to one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Norway is about to become the world’s answer to a spoiled brat.

Last week I started hating the new government. Not that I liked them before. I disliked the criticism towards farmers, lust for centralization, and attacks on the work environment law, but all this was as expected by the so called Blueblue (nickname for the right wing government). You can expect this kind of right policy from ... [more]

By Contributor
Beach Culture for Snow People In Norway a Day of "Fun" in the Sun

-And yes, it includes scantily clad Scandis in the snow

Simply said, people don’t love Norway because it’s cold most of the year and sparsely populated. They love it because of its vast wealth, successful social system, and stunning natural beauty. While I had yet to witness the latter three since I moved here, last weekend I roadtripped with Fatstone.TV to cover the X2 Extreme Sports Festival in Volda and saw firsthand why everyone gets so googly about the topography.

Habitats breed particular patterns of behavior; a certain culture created through adaptation. I grew up in Florida with flip flops and lazy beach days, sweating my ass off in the sand and going for a dip in the ocean. Norway has no capacity for that, but the activities I always recognized as Beach Culture might be more universal than I presumed. No matter the climate, we all live under the same sun.

I was in new territory. An 8-hour car ride away from Oslo, Volda is a small town nestled between a fjord and mountains on the west coast of Norway.... [more]

By Adrian
What Happened When Strangers Saw A Freezing Boy Alone in The Cold And What Does it Have To Do With Syria?

Who doesn’t need a sweet sweet morning cry every once in a while right? The Norwegians have a great ability of making awesome campaign videos whether they make you weep or ache with laughter, they’re on to something!

Yesterday a video circulated of a young boy in Oslo sitting at a bus stop without a jacket. It’s really cold here and without a coat you are essentially in danger. In the video adult strangers offer him their gloves, scarves, and jackets to make sure he’s warm. It’s unbelievably beautiful to watch, it’s a video that restores your faith in humanity — but it has a message.

The NGO SOS Barnebyer (SOS Children’s Villages) which has been operating in Syria since 1981, made this video to show how willing people actually are to help a poor freezing child — ... [more]

By Adrian
1 K Migrant Workers DEAD Building the Qatar World Cup! How Important Is Football?

The Qatari Government says this is normal…?

The Guardian reported a few days ago that 500 Indian workers have died while building the World Cup stadium in set for 2022 in Qatar. A few weeks ago they reported that more than 400 Nepali migrant workers have died while making the World Cup possible in the Middle Eastern Emirate. With almost 1000 dead workers from 2 countries, you might ask how many have actually already died if you included the migrant workers from other places, for example Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, who make up more than 30% of the workforce.

If these workers were football players, then more than 90 full teams would have already died. That is 3 times as many players who will be starting the World Cup in Brazil this year.

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By @mrmatias
Support Syrian Women Refugees With Music & Donations @ Yukunkun

-UN research shows women are affected the most in times of conflict
-Live performances by Leb’s best: Thursday, 20 February!

By now the Syrian civil war has raged for years. It pervades almost every news source as the devastating, bloody conflict and humanitarian crisis it is. Let’s put some “current” key facts in place:

But did you know in times of conflict the biggest sufferers are not the men and soldiers on the streets. Those who suffer the greatest are women. Below is an excerpt from WomenWarPeace.org:

War has always impacted men and women in different ways, but possibly never more so than in contemporary conflicts. While women remain a minority of combatants and perpetrators of war, they increasingly suffer the greatest harm.

In contemporary conflicts, as much as 90 pe... [more]

By Adrian
"My Grandmother Did Not Die To Provide Cover For Israelis Murdering Palestinian Grandmothers"

Jewish British MP Sir Gerald Kaufman discussing the situation in Israel!

“Most of my parents’ families – because my parents came here as refugees – most of my parents families were murdered in the Holocaust. When the Germans came to the town from which my mother came in Poland, Stachov, they lined up all the Jews to march to the railway station to be put in cattle-wagons. But for those who were not well enough to march, they killed them on the spot.

And they killed my grandmother who was ill in bed by shooting her in her bed. My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israelis murdering Palestinian grandmothers.”

Sir Gerald Kaufman discussing the situation in Israel after pointing out that the Israelis are literally getting away with murder. Watch the rest of the interview here:

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By @mrmatias
Naked Olympic Skier Made Lebanon Famous Censored by Facebook!

Jackie Chamun was TOO hot Facebook!

After our article last week about the now world famous Lebanese Olympian, Jackie Chamoun had been Liked more than 8.7K times, Facebook had enough of the hot Lebanese, and turned of the Like & Share button on the article. The move comes as a desperate attempt to censor the Internet and forbid the Western World from knowing how beautiful Lebanese skiers can be.

The reason behind the multibillion-dollar Social Network’s move against the non-profit blog 2Famous.TV which sprung out of Beirut a few years ago is still unknown, but speculations have started to spread.

For years the blog 2Famous.TV has advocated for freedom of speech from Lebanon, also blogging about [more]

By @mrmatias
Kidnapped by Hezbollah, Jailed by the Army Fighting for Freedom without Wasta Interview with Journalist Rami Aysha

2Famous.TV Radio also features Moe Kabbara, Habib Batha, Chady Abusleiman and Edd Abbas.

In this Live 2Famous.TV Radio Production from Radio Beirut we start off meeting young Lebanese/Canadian musician Moe Kabbara who is in town and plays for us.

Then we get to meet journalist Rami Aysha who has been working on cases that have gotten him trouble with the authorities. He was kidnapped by a military organization in South Beirut when working on a story about arms dealing and later handed over to the military who kept him for one month without pressing charges. He tells us about his case and how the situation for freedom of press is in Lebanon right now.

He is joined by Habib Batha from Beirutreport.com who also have been assaulted while working as a journalist.

Chady Abusleiman drops by and tells us about the Secret Walls Art Project happening also in Beirut these days!

Then, Edd Abbas of Fari2 Al Atrash, introduces us to his Latest Album, Tripnol.

The Show is Hosted by Matias... [more]

By @mrmatias
Meet The Boundary Pusher Danish/Palestinian Poet Yahya Hassan Is This Controversial Poet Fueling Racism?

– Danish poet in Beirut sums up everything you need to know about Palestinian Poet in Denmark

This is a text montage, a text-collage of articles on Yahya Hassan, a recent young literary phenomenon in Denmark. Everybody knows about him. I just left Denmark’s community of words, and then this fucking happens, someone stole my breakthrough. He is a Palestinian refugee from Lebanon lashing out on his own kind in the Muslim ghettos of Aarhus, Denmark where he grew up, blaming his parents for their lack of care towards their children. For that he got an enormous amount fame in Denmark, no poet/writer has ever accomplished such attention in that short time.

It ran in a Danish newspaper. I saw/listened to the recitation and while I did that, death threats were pouring into the comments section. And a fiery debate was going on. I was curious.

Translated into English:

“You don’t want pork meat, may Allah praise you for your eating habits, you want Friday prayer till the next Friday prayer, you want Rama... [more]

By Contributor
Somewhere In America A Video by #Mipsterz

Or, my lesson on #Mipsterz

As a blog brought to you by self-denying hipsters in the Middle East, you’d think 2Famous would keep up to date with the ever-changing hipster terminology, especially when it’s Middle East relevant! Imagine my surprise when I looked up what a Mipster was. Seriously, it’s a Muslim Hipster! Collectively, Mipsterz!

Unsatisfied with a simple definition, I stalked around on the interwebz a bit until I came across their Facebook page. Here is a snap of a portion of their about section.

How hipster of them! They make words, make fun of themselves and make awesome videos #Makerz

You can check out the Mipsterz Facebook page here!

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By Layal
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