Sylvi’s ‘crucifixion’ quickly destroyed

Someone definitely didn’t like street artist AFK’s depiction of Norway’s former crusading justice minister, Sylvi Listhaug, as the victim of a crucifixion. His picture of her hanging on a cross was only allowed to stand for two days before being destroyed during the night. AFK’s street art, which he created during the Easter weekend, became […]

Street artist paints Listhaug as martyr

UPDATED: Bergen residents woke up on the last day of Norway’s long Easter holiday on Monday to a new work of street art. It depicts former Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug as crucified amidst media microphones and flowers like those sent by several hundred supporters. Listhaug was forced to resign just before the holidays began because […]

Listhaug exposed right-wing threat

NEWS ANALYSIS: Deposed Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug’s recent political assault on the Norwegian Labour Party continues to resonate, because of how it exposed threats from right-wing extremists. That likely wasn’t her intention, but so-called “dark forces” emerged to support Listhaug and that’s set off a new discussion over the danger they present, not least in […]

Solberg apologizes for her minister

A weary Prime Minister Erna Solberg officially apologized “on behalf of the government” Wednesday evening “for rhetoric the government has used” that hurt and upset and many Norwegians. She was referring to how her justice minister, Sylvi Listhaug, accused the Labour Party late last week of putting the rights of terrorists above the interests of […]

Listhaug responds, angers even more

UPDATED: Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug, under pressure to apologize for claiming on Facebook that Norway’s Labour Party puts terrorists’ rights above national security, has finally published a response after days of refusing to comment. She also finally deleted the post many found so offensive, but refused to admit defeat even after her initial response stirred […]

Solberg suddenly loses confidence

NEWS ANALYSIS: As if leading annual state budget negotiations wasn’t demanding enough, Prime Minister Erna Solberg had to do so this week while her own offensive justice minister, Sylvi Listhaug, was blatantly challenging her authority. At stake is public confidence in top Norwegian politicians and the government coalition itself, just as Solberg also faces some […]

Utøya terror film stirs up debate

Young Norwegian actress Andrea Berntzen won a standing ovation at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday for her performance in a new film about a right-wing terrorist’s attack on the island of Utøya in 2011. The film itself was said to be so powerful that it was met by stunned silence, some booing but also […]

Scandal shakes up Oslo’s City Hall

Heads are rolling at Oslo’s City Hall, after months of scandal along with a loss of voter support for the Labour Party that leads the city’s government. The scandal is over how the city’s Boligbygg division paid inflated prices for housing units, while voters are upset over everything from Labour’s new property tax to its […]

Filming re-enacted July 22 terrorist attack

Downtown Oslo was once again the scene of howling sirens, flashing blue lights, armed soldiers and terrified, injured people running for their lives during the weekend. It was all part of the filming for a new Netflix production that brought back bad memories for more than a few passersby. “I think this is much too […]

Thousands protest new film on Utøya

More than 20,000 people have signed a campaign on social media against a new film based on a Norwegian right-wing extremist’s massacre on the island of Utøya seven years ago. They claim it’s too early since the attack that killed 69 people, mostly young members of Norway’s Labour Party, and that it will give the […]