Refugee ready to lead AUF

Mani Hussaini, new AUF leader

Mani Hussaini, who came to Norway as a 12-year-old refugee from Syria, was elected with a standing ovation as the next leader of the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth organization AUF over the weekend. He promised to challenge Labour’s leadership and urged AUF’s members to all be “tax enthusiasts.” “If we want to maintain Norway’s welfare […]

Most refugees are now from Syria

PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

After years of receiving most of its refugees from Eritrea and Somalia, Norway is now seeing the biggest increase among those fleeing the civil war in Syria. More arrived in Norway from Syria in both August and September, and officials at immigration agency UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet) expect the numbers to keep rising. Fresh statistics from UDI show […]

Brende pleased by ‘solid’ aid for Gaza

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende (left) after co-leading The Cairo International Conference on Palestine: Reconstructing Gaza, with the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (center) and Deputy Prime Minister of Palestine, Mohammed Mustafa. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, who co-led Sunday’s top-level meeting to re-build Gaza after Israel’s bombing last summer, said that the “solid” amount of aid pledged shows “massive international support” for the Palestinian people. He and others meeting in Cairo repeated calls for Israel to end its blockade of the war-torn Palestinian region. Børge represented Norway […]

‘Jens’ moves on to NATO in Brussels

This was the photo Jens Stoltenberg published on his own social media site on Monday when he gave his father, Thorvald Stoltenberg, a farewell hug before leaving for Brussels. The elder Stoltenberg is a former career diplomat, defense- and foreign minister himself, and encouraged his son to take the top job at NATO. PHOTO: Jens Stoltenberg/Facebook

NEWS ANALYSIS: After a poignant farewell with his newly widowed father in Oslo earlier this week, the man Norwegians know simply as “Jens” started work on Wednesday as the new secretary general of the powerful military alliance NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) in Brussels. He doesn’t speak French and opposed NATO in his youth, but many other […]

Sanctions imposed against Norwegian charged with terrorism

A committee of the UN Security Council has, as expected, imposed sanctions against a group of Islamic extremists, among them the 35-year-old Norwegian man from Nesodden who’s suspected of having undergone training by terrorist organization Al-Qaida in Yemen. He was placed on the US list of terror suspects earlier this year and is still believed to be […]

Syrian opposition held talks in Oslo

Representatives of the Syrian opposition and several leaders of the Syrian military forces in opposition have met in Oslo during recent months, to talk about the way forward for the country ravaged by civil war. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on Wednesday that Norway’s foreign ministry hosted the talks among participants who were invited by the US Brookings Institute. NRK reported […]

State prosecutes Islamic extremist

Islamic extremist Ubaydullah Hussain led a demonstration by his small group Profetens Ummah outside the US Embassy in Oslo two years ago. Since then he's been convicted of making threats, been the target of a counter-demonstration of thousands of Muslims who claim he radically misrepresents Islam and now is back in court on charges of inciting terrorism. PHOTO: NTB Scanpix/Kyrre Lien

UPDATED: Norwegian state prosecutors launched a new case this week against Islamic extremist Ubaydullah Hussain, claiming he has committed criminal acts by inciting terror and murder. Hussain was back in court on Tuesday, to answer for four provocative messages he posted on social media last year. Among the messages was one hailing the murders of 23 hostages when Islamic terrorists […]

Terrorists targeted Norwegian families

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) was reporting on Thursday that the terror threat against Norway last summer involved scenarios in which extremists would break into random Norwegian homes and execute the families living in them. The executions would be filmed and then published on the Internet. NRK reported that the goal, according to its sources, was to spread as […]

Breivik’s father takes on blame

Jens Breivik, a career diplomat and father of the man who killed 77 persons in Norway last summer, appearing on NRK's Brennpunkt program Wednesday night. PHOTO: NRK

Jens Breivik, the former Norwegian diplomat and father of convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, admits in his new book that he “could have done more” for his troubled son. The book offers the elder Breivik’s version of the family’s troubled past that climaxed with his son killing 77 people on July 22, 2011. “This is […]

‘No choice’ but to back Obama on IS

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende was in Iraq recently and met with the new Iraqi prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Astrid Versto

Norway, which refused to back the US’ invasion of Iraq during the Bush Administration, will be supporting US President Barack Obama’s plan for fighting the Islamic extremist group IS in Iraq now. “We have no choice,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende. “We have to contribute to the fight against IS,” Brende said on Norwegian […]