Royals catch flak over fighter jets

Norway's crown couple is under more criticism, this time for agreeing to visit a US defense contractor that makes cluster bombs, which the crown prince earlier has helped campaign against. PHOTO: Kongehuset.no

Norway’s crown couple was rubbing elbows with fellow royals in Amsterdam this week, at the investiture of the new Dutch king, but next week’s travel plans to the US are sparking some controversy at home. Their scheduled visit to US defense contractor Lockheed-Martin, which is selling new fighter jets to Norway, was under fire because […]

Breivik’s defender back in the news

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (left) invited Geir Lippestad to speak at the Labour Party's national meeting over the weekend, even though (or perhaps because) Lippestad defended the terrorist who attacked the Labour Party two years ago. PHOTO: Arbeiderpartiet

Geir Lippestad, the Norwegian defense attorney who represented terrorist and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik last year, has been back in the news over the past week after releasing a new book and making a political appearance as a local Labour Party leader. He doesn’t think it was any lack of security or poor police […]

Streets may finally close around parliament

The president of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) has asked the City of Oslo to finally close the two streets running adjacent to the historic building. The formal request comes nearly two years after a terrorist was able to drive right up to government ministry buildings a few blocks away and set off a bomb that […]

No funeral leave for Breivik

Norwegian prison authorities have, as expected, turned down a request for funeral leave from convicted terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 persons in a bombing and massacre in the Oslo area 18 months ago. The authorities claim the security risk is too high. Breivik’s mother, Wenche Behring Breivik, died last last week after a […]

Terrorist likely to be barred from attending his mother’s funeral

Convicted Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 persons on July 22, 2011, probably won’t be allowed to attend the funeral of this mother, who died over the weekend at the age of 66. Convicts like Breivik are rarely if ever granted leave from prison, and Breivik is under the highest security in Norwegian […]

Nuclear weapons conference attracts global crowd

Officials from more than 120 countries were in Oslo this week for an international conference entitled the “Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.” After six decades of discussing non-proliferation, military strategies and disarmament, they thought it was time to put the human aspect on the agenda. “The humanitarian perspective has, interestingly enough, never been at the […]

Researchers study Utøya survivors

Researchers in Oslo and Bergen are set to study the brains of young survivors of the massacre on the island of Utøya two years ago. Their goal is to determine whether the trauma experienced by survivors fleeing the gunman’s rampage left lasting changes among those under age 25. Newspaper Bergens Tidende reported on Monday that […]

Still heroes, after all these years

Joachim Rønneberg, age 93, led the famous sabotage action in Telemark during World War II. He was hailed once again by modern-day special forces, 70 years after Rønneberg and his team became national and international heroes. PHOTO: Forsvaret/Torbjørn Kjosvold

Thursday marked the 70th anniversary of what some call Norway’s proudest moment during World War II, when Joachim Rønneberg and nine other Norwegian resistance fighters became the real-life “Heroes of Telemark” by sabotaging the heavy-water plant at Vemork. Rønneberg, the leader and last surviving member of the sabotage team, was back in Vemork this week […]

Ex-PST informant stirs new debate

Christian Høibø, initially a freelance photo journalist who provided information to PST for 10 years, took on various roles as a radical when infiltrating the organizations he was spying on. He told his story on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)'s "Brennpunkt" program Tuesday night. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/newsinenglish.no

Debate over how Norway’s police intelligence unit PST does its job has fired up again, after Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) aired a program in which a former PST informant who infiltrated extremist organizations told his story on national TV. The program included chilling tape recordings of the informant’s meetings with both PST officials and, for example, […]

Anti-terror center in the works

PST already conducts anti-terror drills and now will house an anti-terror center. PHOTO: PST/Thomas Fredriksen

Islamic extremists continue to pose the biggest threat to national security at present, claimed Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) in its annual evaluation. Other extremists on both the right and the left are also a major concern, along with the spying conducted by foreign governments, prompting the government to set up an anti-terror […]