Stoltenberg in Italy

During Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg visit to the Italian Republic, we got a exclusive peek in the inner workings of a trip like this.
Three 18 hour long days of work was quite hectic, but apparently normal for mr. Stoltenberg. Story in VG about an aggressive Russia and the barbaric ISIS.

 

Friday at 10:46 - departure from Rome to Napels.

Friday at 10:46 – departure from Rome to Naples.

1720: meeting onboard the privat jet NATO uses.

1720: meeting onboard the privat jet NATO uses.

Stoltenberg arrives in Rome.

Stoltenberg arrives in Rome.

Tursday 06:45 - Exercise.

Tursday 06:45 – Exercise.

Tursday 08:26 - Breakfast at Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria.

Tursday 08:26 – Breakfast at Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria.

Tursday 08:26 - Breakfast at Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria.

Tursday 08:26 – Breakfast at Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria.

Thursday 10:02: Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella

Thursday 10:02: Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella

Thursday 10:44 - Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella

Thursday 10:44 – Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella

Thursday 11:43 - Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, Laura Boldrini

Thursday 11:43 – Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, Laura Boldrini

Thursday at 12:48 - Preparations before the meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, Matteo Renzi

Thursday at 12:48 – Preparations before the meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, Matteo Renzi

Thursday at 12:48 - Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, Matteo Renzi

Thursday at 12:48 – Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, Matteo Renzi

Thursday at 14:31 - Stoltenberg leaves the Ministry of Defence.

Thursday at 14:31 – Stoltenberg leaves the Ministry of Defence.

Thursday at 17:49 - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg leaves the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Paolo Gentiloni

Thursday at 17:49 – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg leaves the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Paolo Gentiloni

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Thursday at 17:49 - Stoltenberg in Rome.

Thursday at 17:49 – Stoltenberg in Rome.

Thursday at 18:02 - Stolteberg walks to the hotel.

Thursday at 18:02 – Stolteberg walks to the hotel.

Thursday at 19:14 - final preparations in his suite before a dinner with the minister of foreign affairs.

Thursday at 19:14 – final preparations in his suite before a dinner with the minister of foreign affairs.

Thursday at 19:14 - final preparations in his suite before a dinner with the minister of foreign affairs.

Thursday at 19:14 – final preparations in his suite before a dinner with the minister of foreign affairs.

Friday 09:05: Jens Stoltenberg meets Major General Janusz Bojarski på NATO Defense College in Rome.

Friday 09:05: Jens Stoltenberg meets Major General Janusz Bojarski på NATO Defense College in Rome.

Friday 09:05: Jens Stoltenberg meets Major General Janusz Bojarski på NATO Defense College in Rome.

Friday 09:05: Jens Stoltenberg meets Major General Janusz Bojarski på NATO Defense College in Rome.

Friday at 12:25. Meeting at  JFC in Napels with admiral Mark Ferguson.

Friday at 12:25. Meeting at JFC in Naples with admiral Mark Ferguson.

Friday at 12:37. The red carpet is stored away.

Friday at 12:37. The red carpet is stored away.

Friday at 14:15, Stoltenberg is interviewed by Armed Forces Network in Napels.

Friday at 14:15, Stoltenberg is interviewed by Armed Forces Network in Naples.

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Friday at 17:44 - Stoltenberg back in Brussels.

Friday at 17:44 – Stoltenberg back in Brussels.

Stoltenberg at the NATO HQ in Brussels.

Stoltenberg at the NATO HQ in Brussels.


The widows of Maidan

More than 100 people died in the violence on Kiev’s central Independence Square, known as the Maidan, a year ago.
Together with journalist Per Christian we met with the widows who lost their husbands who fought for independence.
The story was published in DN Lørdag.

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Libanon on the verge of conflict

The war in Syria is getting closer and closer to Libanon. We traveled to a Hizbollah-controlled town the Bakaa-valley where they are struggeling with the effects of the war. ISIS and Al-Qaida have kidnapped some 25 Lebanese soldiers in the area and are now blackmailing their families.

Tearsheets from Dagsavisen:

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Ukraine war turns Donetsk into ghost town

The war raging in Eastern-Ukraine has turned Donetsk into a ghost town. It once was one of the biggest cities in the region with over one million residents. Now, halv of the population has fled, leaving the streets and shops empty. Story in Aftenposten.

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Civilians trapped in Donetsk

I spent the last week in Donetsk, Eastern-Ukraine for the Norwegian daily, Aftenposten together with journalist Helene Skjeggestad.
We were stuck for two days in the Ukrainian bureaucracy, so we only got to spend about 48 hours in Donetsk. When I was there in December, the situation was much more calm. Now, the shelling was quite intense on large areas across Donetsk region, making the situation for the civilians very difficult with a lot of casualties. It also made our working conditions more challenging. Here are some of the pictures and videos we made:

Story in Aftenposten. 

Link to the story. 

Link to the story. 

The border between Ukraine and "Donetsk People Republic" is a area under heavy shelling.

The border between Ukraine and “Donetsk People Republic” is a area under heavy shelling.

Posters from the Sovjet era in a bomb shelter in Donetsk.

Posters from the Sovjet era in a bomb shelter in Donetsk.

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In a necluar bomb shelter from the Sovjet era, people have been living for several months. This area of Donetsk have been under constant shelling for several months.

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In a necluar bomb shelter from the Sovjet area, people have been living for several months. This area of Donetsk have been under constant shelling for several months.

In a necluar bomb shelter from the Sovjet era, people have been living for several months. This area of Donetsk have been under constant shelling for several months.

Water is pouring out from the ground. Every hour they have to drain the water.

Water is pouring out from the ground. Every hour they have to drain the water.

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Sasja and Natasja's house and garage was shelled.

Sasja and Natasja’s house and garage was shelled.

Shelled museum in Donetsk.

Shelled museum in Donetsk.

Sasja and Natasja's house and garage was shelled.

Sasja and Natasja’s house and garage was shelled.

Svetlana and Valera brings home emergency aid that they received from Russia. The sign says: to the bomb shelter.

Svetlana and Valera brings home emergency aid that they received from Russia. The sign says: to the bomb shelter.

Locals in the Kievsky-district have been without water and electricity for two weeks due to shelling.

Locals in the Kievsky-district have been without water and electricity for two weeks due to shelling.

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Ukrainian soliders and police in Kramatorsk.

Ukrainian soliders and police in Kramatorsk.

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Aftenposten front page

Aftenposten front page

Civilians gather in Donetsk to pray for the city and soliders.

Civilians gather in Donetsk to pray for the city and soliders.