Elin Brimheim Heinesen

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Distance makes us appreciate presence

Column in the Faroese Women’s Magazine “Kvinna” about the Corona crisis:  From carefree to nervous worry February 3 this year I flew from the Faroe Islands to spend a long winter holiday in Cuba with seven girlfriends. Little did we know that a month later we would return home to a reality where everything was …

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“But why can’t we all just be vegans?”

Those who ask such a question, simply have too little knowledge of the living conditions in countries such as the Faroe Islands. They have not understood the underlying reasons which make it possible for people to live in such remote places with a harsh, sub-Arctic, oceanic climate with very little arable land – and not …

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Utopian vegan dreams defy laws of nature, causing more damage than good

Humans are and have always been predators as far as we know. Nowadays, humanity has become vainglorious in thinking that it has “evolved” from its predatory nature, so much so that many have started thinking that it’s a good idea to deny our meat eating habit and cravings. On the surface it might look like we …

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You Provide Sustenance For Yourself With What Is Available To You

As simple as the sentence in this header may sound, the more difficult it seems to many to comprehend what it really means. I came to think about that, when I tried to answer some questions I got today in an E-mail from an Australian journalist, asking me: 1. Do Faroe islanders consider pilot whales …

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How to identify a psychopathic cult leader

Leaders prone to psychopathy engage in promoting fanaticism and extremism. Psychopathic behaviour is characterised by the use of emotional manipulation, intimidation, bullying, terror and fear-mongering in order to gain power and control over others. This article deals with psychopathy, originally among religious leaders, who gather devoted followers to form religious cults – sometimes with a …

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Nature – not just something to be visited, but a home where people provide sustenance for themselves

OBS! The author of this article, Ford Elms, New Foundland, Canada, has allowed me to copy and publish it here: In a tradition going back more than a thousand years, the Faroese renew their connectedness to their history, their culture, their communities, and the natural world around them. The pilot whales return to the Faroe …

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Cultural clashes make the SSCS’ Grindstop campaign counterproductive

by Elin Brimheim Heinesen  In the old days the Faroese killed pilot whales, because they needed the food. Nowadays the Faroese still kill pilot whales – not only because they need the food – but also to prove to them selves that they are Faroese. What people eat becomes intrinsic to their identity as people. …

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What is the disagreement between the EU and the Faroe Islands (really) about?

By Elin Brimheim Heinesen A quarter of the total Faroese exports may be affected by the restrictions if the European Union’s sanctions against the Faroe Islands are implemented. This seems like quite severe punishment for a very small and economically vulnerable nation in the North Atlantic, totally dependent on its fishery. But according to the …

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The Way, The Truth and The Life

Letter to my daughter about God. by Elin Brimheim Heinesen My beloved daughter, I remember you once asked me, “Mom? Are you religious? Do you believe in God?” I wondered why you doubted it. After all, I prayed the Lord’s Prayer with you throughout your childhood. I have sung hymns with you. We haven’t been …

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Dear Anonymous Hacktivists (and everyone else)

Well, this really takes the biscuit! This morning a number of Faroese websites were hacked by some people who call themselves Anonymous Australia in an attempt to harm the Faroese because of their pilot whaling practice. Now these people are threatening to do the same to a number of other Faroese people and institutions – including me! …

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If we lose our foods we lose who we are

I was born in the late 50’ies in the Faroe Islands. At that time we pretty much had a subsistence way of life in this remote place on earth with a hostile climate and an environment that humans could never hope to survive in without eating animals. In winter, our region is stormy and dark …

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Why most arguments against grindadráp fail

People who are against pilot whaling in the Faroe Islands often refer to the following 12 reasons for why pilot whaling should stop. Here is why 10 of them fail and why 2 are partially right / partially wrong. 1. The Faroese should stop killing pilot whales because the pilot whales are endangered. The pilot …

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Media Whale Warfare

A comment by Elin Brimheim Heinesen to the discussion triggered by the TV series on Animal Planet “Whale Wars – Viking Shores”. I wish this issue was simpler, but it’s not. I’m Faroese and I do not condone pilot whale killing in the Faroe Islands unconditionally. I’m absolutely opposed to unnecessary cruelty and the killing of animals …

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Faroe Islands Podcast 137: Sea Shepherd v. Faroe Islands Podcast

http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_137.mp3 – Matthew Workman interviews Fraiser Hall and Peter Hammarstedt, the captain and first mate of the Sea Shepherd boat “Brigitte Bardot.” We talk about “Whale Wars: Viking Shores” and  the extreme language and tactics they employ to achieve their goals. We ask if they felt in danger while staying in one of the safest countries …

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European Podcast of the Year!

The Faroe Islands Podcast has been named “European Podcast of the Year” in the non-profit category by the European Podcast Awards. We were also named the best non-profit podcast in Denmark (for reasons of judging, that was considered our country of origin… long story). More than 2,000 podcasts were nominated, so the team is very …

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The sound of Hurricane Berit

Stormy night, 24. nov. 2011: This is the sound in my living room (down in the basement!) while the hurricane Berit roared outside. The rattling noise comes from the hood in my kitchen. Luckily there was no damage to my house (as far as I know… haven’t checked my roof properly yet). My thoughts are …

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Why I’m not condemning pilot whaling

I’m not insensitive to animal suffering. I do understand why outsiders are concerned about pilot whaling in the Faroes. But in spite of this, I do not condemn pilot whaling completely. This might seem contradictory to people, who think pilot whaling is absolutely appalling and should be banned right away. But I have some compelling …

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The Global Disney-World

Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd activists, as well as others have declared war against the Faroese whalers and announced that they will be present in the Faroes in the summer 2011 to stop any attempt to drive or kill pilot whales. The Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” about dolphin slaughter in Taiji in Japan, has …

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Why I Fail To See The Purpose Of Typical Anti Whaling Rhetoric

I have in former blog posts tried to explain the Faroese tradition of pilot whaling. Let me state right away: The main purpose of this blog post is not to defend pilot whaling as such. It is not to prove anyone neither right nor wrong. It is only to question the rhetorics of extreme anti-whaling activists. …

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Are The Faroese People Caught In A Conflictive Time-warp?

This is a response to a comment made by an anonymous reader to my blog post: “The Global Disney World” (http://elinbrimheimheinesen.blogspot.com/2010/09/global-disney-world.html). Dear Anonymous, Thanks for a thoughtful reply. I appreciate your reflections to my blog post “The Global Disney World”. I’d like to make some comments to your thoughts – and ask you some questions, because I’m not …

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