Actor claims Breivik ‘must be portrayed’

Anders Danielsen Lie, the Norwegian actor who portrays mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in the lastest film about Breivik’s terrorist attacks in 2011, had some clear thoughts on why he accepted the role. Lie thinks it would be wrong to ignore Breivik and refuse to discuss what he did on the island of Utøya seven […]

Solberg hangs on to power, for now

UPDATED: Prime Minister Erna Solberg showed at least some of the humility expected of her when she faced the Parliament’s disciplinary committee Monday evening. The committee, however, didn’t feel it received enough answers during its all-day hearing on problems and delays in improving security and preparedness for another terrorist attack in Norway. It now wants […]

Opposition feels misled by Solberg

Several opposition parties in Parliament think Prime Minister Erna Solberg misinformed Parliament when she reported that work was on track to secure important buildings in Norway against terrorist attack. Their claims came after the state director of police testified at a hearing on Monday that the prime minister had “misunderstood” the police reports. Torgeir Knag […]

Government grilled on security issues

NEWS ANALYSIS: Seven years after a right-wing extremist’s bomb destroyed Norway’s government headquarters in Oslo, film crews were recreating the grim scene over the weekend for yet another drama about the deadly terrorist attack. It provided an eerie backdrop for a parliamentary hearing on Monday, at which Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other government officials […]

Utøya aid sought as Labour toughens up

Norway’s Stoltenberg family was grateful for all the flowers and impressive attendance at Labour Party patriarch Thorvald Stoltenberg’s funeral last week, but they suggested another memorial gift as well: financial donations to a democracy project on the island of Utøya, where 69 young Labour supporters were murdered seven years ago. Jens Stoltenberg was also back […]

Labour suffers yet another big loss

Labour Party officials and many others were mourning the death during the weekend of Hans Kristian Amundsen, a former newspaper editor and top adviser to Jens Stoltenberg when Stoltenberg was prime minister of Norway. Amundsen, best known for articulating a nation’s sorrow after the July 22 terror attacks in 2011, was found dead after failing to […]

Oslo police probe hatred towards AUF

Someone has been sending hateful and threatening messages to members of the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth organization AUF, seven years after it was targeted by a right-wing extremist who gunned down scores of young and aspiring Labour politicians at their annual summer camp. Police have now launched an investigation into the anonymous threats, with those […]

Labour long a target of hate, conspiracy

Seven years after the Norwegian Labour Party, its youth group AUF and Norway’s Labour-led government at the time were attacked by a right-wing, anti-immigration extremist, hatred against the party is believed to have intensified. One local researcher notes that Labour has a long history of being a target of both hatred and conspiracy theories, which the […]

Stoltenberg wins praise amidst grief

The man who guided Norway through its worst crisis since World War II is now doing the same as leader of the world’s biggest defense alliance. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has won praise for how he’s tackled quarreling NATO members, also while dealing with his own personal grief. It’s been another challenging week for […]

July 22nd’s terror wounds heal slowly

NEWS ANALYSIS: The 77 victims, their families and those who survived the bomb and guns of a young Norwegian white supremacist on July 22, 2011 finally got at least a temporary national monument in Oslo on Sunday. Recovery from the terrorist attacks has been slow, with many now openly questioning what Norway, or the world, has […]