Sunday, June 2, 2013

Kjell Magne Bondevik Autographed Picture

Back in the early-to-mid 2000s, as I was a more active musician and even more active, uh, activist for peace, I was often in contact with political leaders, such as Canada's Jean Chrétien (a friend of my friend's dad), and France's Jacques Chirac. Another prominent promoter of peace was Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, who has since gone on to form The Oslo Center (using his contacts to help improve world peace, human rights and inter-religious tolerance world wide).

Though he was officially elected under a religious party's political wing, mainly because he is by trade a Lutheran minister, he would have run as part of the Socialist Party had his Young Christian Democrats not accepted the left-leaning reforms he brought forth, inspired by having been involved in the 1968 worldwide protests movement.

In the lead-up to the Iraq war in 2003, he was one of the voices of reason... that was ignored by the U.S. He sent me countless letters that I have misplaced, but also this autographed 4x8 picture:
You can tell it's not a pre-print because the dot on the ''i'' at the end differs from many others found online. Like Bill Clinton and his Clinton Initiative, he now uses his past experience trying to help improve the world without having to worry about the day-to-day operations inherent to running a country.

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