Tag Archives: Svalbard Treaty

Doggonit, what’s that plane doing here? Air Force craft lingers in Longyearbyen after bringing dogs for police training

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Yes, that’s a Royal Norwegian Air Force plane that’s been parked at Svalbard Airport since Sunday and, yes, the police are taking a serious interest in the matter – but not because it’s not violating the Svalbard Treaty, according to the governor’s office.

The plane is being used to transport dogs that are receiving police training to and from Svalbard, said Police Chief Lt. Trond Olsen. He said there’s nothing illegal or particularly unusual about the use of the plane.

Riches and refugees: People ask about buying Pyramiden weekly; here’s one guy’s reason – and what he’s eyeing now

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(This is a guest column by Jiwoon Hwang)

I’m a newcomer from South Korea. I graduated Draper University’s international entrepreneurship program in Silicon Valley, attended an entrepreneurship program in South Korea and used to enjoy making robots.

When I was traveling Europe, I decided to visit Svalbard. I visited here two months ago. What amazed me was its great scenery and its open-border policy welcoming every world citizen. After going through a seven-week entrepreneurship bootcamp in Silicon Valley, I decided to develop Svalbard as international hub of creativity, entrepreneurship and cosmopolitanism.

‘Our heroes!’ – Russia punks Norway again as Chechen paratroopers stop in Svalbard after Barneo training

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Barneo is basically turning into a schoolyard playground this year, with two bullies beating up everyone except their opponent, as Russian-trained Chechen paratroopers landed at Longyearbyen’s airport on Thursday after completing exercises at the camp – a possible violation of the Svalbard Treaty, although Norway appears to be ignoring the taunt for now.

Brash landing: Russia’s plans to have military instructors land in Longyearbyen may violate Svalbard Treaty

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Russia is planning to have military instructors make a stopover in Longyearbyen as part of a large-scale paratrooper exercise near the North Pole this month, an action that may violate the Svalbard Treaty.

Random weirdness for the week of Feb. 2, 2016

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We have seen the future of coal mining in Svalbard and, to paraphrase a certain idiot dominating politics in the U.S., there’s just going to be so much winning we’re all going to get tired of it. How can it be otherwise, now that North Korea has signed the Svalbard Treaty since, as their official news agency never ceases reminding us, they’re super productive and efficient in ways the evil warmongers in the West will never be.

Fishy fate: Change in law, rise in popular seafood species means industry may give Svalbard life after coal

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For the first time since the coal mining crisis hit Longyearbyen with full force more than a year ago, it’s a good thing a lot of folks are in a crabby mood.

They’re also raising a stink about fish – again in a good way – as Norway’s Marine Resources Act was amended earlier this month to give Svalbard the same commercial fishing and processing regulations as the mainland. While that’s unlikely to replace all of the hundreds of lost coal-related jobs, it’s potentially a key part of the city’s post-mining future.

Your name here: Gov’t to track all passengers on Svalbard flights, changes law to kick out ‘undesirables’

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Congratulations Dmitry – you just made coming here a bit more annoying for everybody.

Airlines are now being required to submit the names of all passengers on all scheduled and charter flights to The Governor of Svalbard before traveling to the archipelago. In addition, persons banned in mainland Norway can now also be exiled from Svalbard due to a change in entry requirements announced Friday by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

Go USA…but go away China? Opposing reactions to two large-scale foreign investments in Svalbard

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They’re both huge potential investments in Svalbard by foreign entities. One is being hailed as a key element of Longyearbyen’s post-mining future. The other is seen as undesirable and a possible threat.

Who’s more evil? Russia steps up turf war, says Norway’s new oil drilling sites near Bjørnøya violate Svalbard Treaty

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Norway, while getting huffy about a Russian politician’s visit violating the spirit of the Svalbard Treaty, was the guilty party breaking it by opening three new drilling areas near the archipelago, according to a protest filed by Russia.

End of ‘the deep peace’: Russia’s actions in Ukraine means Norway must revamp military, report states

Just days after a top Russian leader added to his provocation of Norway by comparing Svalbard to Crimea, Norway is doing its own raising of the stakes by saying a military overhaul is necessary to prevent such an intrusion.