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https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0533-0231 Cand. scient. pol. Aarhus Universitet 1982 Cell +45 27 24 47 00 Fregatten 4, 1 tv 6400 Sønderborg Denmark

The Greenlanders and I

I and the Greenlanders   Why am I so happy to have been in Nuuk, Greenland for four years? Greenland has confronted me with the question of who I am. Understanding is a journey into the other’s land.  As long as I walked around in my Danish circles in Taastrup, Copenhagen, I knew my circles. We thought almost the same…

Billede af Thüringens FDP partiformand i februar Thomas Kemmerich

The Lesson from Thuringia, Germany

In Germany, the fight for Democracy is sacred   By Mikael Hertig, Political Commentator Election and the one day government in Thuringia   The state of Thuringia, with its 2.2 million inhabitants, is one of Germany’s smallest states. Thuringia is located in former East Germany and is known for the major cities of Erfurt (capital), Jena (Carl Zeiss optics) and…

The Facebook inquisition

Facebook’s sanctions mechanism lacks transparency I received this message this night. First, I got some message that something was done in a wrong way. What I have done wrong I don’t know. The explanation in Danish can be translated to something like “you have proceeded to fast”. WTF does that mean? In which connection is it forbidden to proceed to…

A sovereign Catalonia?

    Violence or understanding?  By Mikael Hertig1         ”Understanding is a journey into somebody else’s land”   Why am I so interested in the Catalan freedom movement? In the Danish-Green­landic relationship, I am working for changing Danish colonial behavior in­to an attitude building on more respect and less superiority. I may criticize government of Denmark in…

100 years of showdown with colonialism

    Woodrow Wilson * 14 points 100 years  January 8 2018   POINT 5 ”A free, open-minded, and absolutely impartial adjustment of all colonial claims, based upon a strict observance of the principle that in determining all such questions of sovereignty the interests of the population concerned must have equal weight with the equitable claims of the government whose…

Denmark – bizarre way of forcing people to work

  Seriously ill but forced to test ‘workability’   This article is inspired from Avisen., witten by MP for Enhedslisten Finn Sørensen Danish legislation has went from bad to worse. Now, seriously ill cancer patients are forced to having tested their “workability”. And this bizarre maltreatment is almost common practice. We have already seen many examples when seriously ill citizens…

Greenland: Government of Denmark is bluffing (updated)

Lars Løkke Rasmussen is bluffing when he threatens the Government of Greenland with eliminating “Bloktilskud”   Abstract Both by a debate in the Danish Folketing  in may and later repeated at a common “Rigsmøde” between the prime ministers of Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland the Danish Prime Minister has threatened the Greenlandish Government and Parliament (Naalakkersuisut, Inatsisartut)  that the Danish…

Greenland in squeeze between Denmark and US

By Mikael Hertig Master of Political Science Nuuk Greenland       Geography seems important   The US-Danish relationship When it comes to real war situations, geography is of great importance. Through WW2, Greenland formally continued as a Danish Colony. However, Denmark was unable to supply the Greenlanders with food and other necessary commodities. Denmark was occupied, and the long…

Fifty shades of fake news 2: Editors and sources

The Press as protector of Government By  Mikael Hertig   The Press, understood as both Public Service channels as BBC and the printed papers are in theory supposed to control the Governments’ and Institutions’ exercision of power. This role is often mentioned as “The Fourth Power of State”. Thinking of Watergate as the most famous story affirms that description. In…

ECRI: Racism in Denmark – recommendations on hate crime, refugee’s discrimination and…

    ECRI Severe criticism of Denmark. Racism and discrimination ? Article by Mikael Hertig, Nuuk, Greenland. ECRI has delivered  its report about human rights and democracy in Denmark for 2012-17 Every 5 years, ECRI delivers its report about the stage of democracy and human rights among each member state. March 2017 it presented its report to the Danish government,…

The last speech of Vittus Qujaukitsoq as Greenlandic Minister for foreign affairs

Background: Disagreement in Greenland’s most dominating political party   Siumut is the most dominant political party in Greenland.  (wiki, english)  (wiki, deutsch)  (wiki,francais)  . The founding fathers were Moses Olsen, Jonathan Motzfeldt and Lars Emil Johansen.  Lars Emil Johansen is leader of the Parliament, Inatsisartut. Olsen and Motzfeldt have passed away. A heavy disagreement is focusing at how to achieve…

Greenland and the private foreign policy of Hermod Lannung

  Greenland and the private foreign affairs politics of Hermod Lannung   by Thorkild Kjaergaard, dr. phil-   This is a protected translation of the article “Grønland og Hermod Lannung’s private udenrigspolik “, Weekendavisen February 24 2017. Section “Bøger” page  6-7 Translated by Mikael Hertig Author: Thorkild Kjaergaard “If anybody owes somebody an apology it should be Greenland owing Norway…