Peace Prize nominations decline

Here's where members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee decide who will win what's often called the world's most prestigious prize. PHOTO: Views and News

Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee have started huddling at the Nobel Institute in Oslo once again, to deliberate over who will win the Nobel Peace Prize this year. The number of nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has declined slightly for the first time in several years. Among the nominees are, as usual, [...]

Russia: US will send ships to Norway

A Russian diplomat has claimed that American authorities are hoping to place warships in Norwegian waters as part of the planned NATO missile defense system. The Russian ambassador to NATO, Dmitrij Rogozin, told news agency NTB that “when I talked with my American colleagues, they did not rule out the possibility of placing missile defense [...]

Ambassador breaks WikiLeaks silence

US Ambassador Barry White PHOTO: US Embassy

US Ambassador Barry White has been complaining about Oslo-based newspaper Aftenposten for months and finally went public with his criticism of Norway’s largest daily on Monday, in Aftenposten itself. He thinks the paper’s use of WikiLeaks documents is inappropriate. White has been unhappy over coverage in Aftenposten and a vast array of other Norwegian media [...]

Norway joined NATO in suppressing reports of civilian Afghan deaths

Norway has had forces in Afghanistan for years, attached to NATO. PHOTO: Forsvaret

New WikiLeaks releases, accessed by Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, continue to embarrass the Norwegian government as well as the US’, with latest revelations suggesting that Norway’s ambassadors joined their US-led NATO allies in attempts to avoid a messy debate on civilian casualties in Afghanistan. Leaked cables from the American delegation to NATO, written in September 2008, [...]

Norway among those splitting NATO

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen reportedly has a tough job keeping the NATO alliance unified. PHOTO: NATO

New WikiLeaks releases have revealed the depth of divisions in NATO over key questions of European security – with the Norwegian government accused of being part of an allegedly pro-Russian “gang of five” with France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. American diplomatic cables between 2006 and 2010, handed over to WikiLeaks and which Norwegian newspapers [...]

WikiLeaks snares Nobel nomination

UPDATED: A member of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) has nominated the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize – a suggestion that quickly drew controversy as the prize itself often does. A Cuban dissident also won a Nobel nod. Snorre Valen, a representative of the Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk venstreparti, SV), highlighted WikiLeaks’ [...]

WikiLeaks: Norway talked to Taliban

New WikiLeaks documents made available to Oslo newspaper Aftenposten suggest that Norwegian officials took the initiative to open negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan last year. Norway denies the contact, reports of which come just a week after other reports revealed previously unknown contact between Norway and Hamas. Diplomatic cables from February 7, 2010 reveal [...]

Støre makes the rounds in Mideast

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (left) has long worked towards peace in the Middle East, here at an earlier meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre flew right into a hornets’ nest of new tensions in the Middle East this week, as he made the rounds of visits to leaders in Israel, Jordan and Mokatah, the government complex for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The fall of the government in Lebanon, though, throws the entire area into [...]

‘Russian corruption’ worried Statoil

Statoil's Helge Lund (center left) signing the Stockman deal with Gazprom. PHOTO: Veronika Smolenskaya/Statoil

Norwegian state oil company Statoil is so worried about rising signs of corruption in Russia, according to US documents given to WikiLeaks, that it may cause problems for Statoil’s involvement in Russia’s giant Stockman gas field in the Barents Sea. Meanwhile, there are more signs of conflict between WikiLeaks and Oslo media outlet Aftenposten, which gained [...]

Norway pressed into missile defense

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The US put heavy pressure on the Norwegian government to go along with a missile defense program and apparently won support before the government made its compliance public. New disclosures from WikiLeaks documents, reported by Oslo newspaper Aftenposten, also reveal Israel’s goal to keep Gaza on the verge of economic collapse. As Aftenposten continues to [...]