Nuclear fears spur call for iodine pills

Norwegian authorities issued an unusual warning on Tuesday. They claim the risk of nuclear accidents has risen, and they’re asking communities and pharmacies all over the country to stock up on iodine pills to help fend off cancer following any spread of radiation. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the state health directorate (Helsedirektoratet) is worried […]

Support for nuke ban lit up the streets

A Norwegian professor is among those who nominated this year’s winner of the  Nobel Peace Prize. He’s far from the only one to strongly support the work of the  International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), as thousands of Norwegians also took to the streets to hail ICAN leaders. “I’m so glad the (Norwegian Nobel) […]

Solberg calls Nobel ceremony ‘difficult’

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg braved the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo on Sunday, even trying to smile through speeches that accused Norway and other nations of contributing to the threat of nuclear destruction. Solberg was criticized, though, for not always clapping along with the audience and the Royal Family, saying she found the […]

Peace Prize put a squeeze on Norway

Nobel Peace Prize Day in Oslo dawned with clear and sunny skies on Sunday, but not everyone was celebrating. The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) challenges Norwegian leaders to finally support a ban themselves, and now pressure is building on them […]

Nobel drama rolls behind the scenes

As traditional Nobel Peace Prize events unfold in Oslo this weekend and on Monday, an unprecedented political drama is still rolling around the make-up of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that selects Peace Prize winners. Calls are now going out for one of the committee’s most prominent members to resign, while another seat will only temporarily […]

Nobel Committee ‘deserves better’

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Norwegian Nobel Committee will be awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize next weekend, after having to put up with weeks of unprecedented political debate in Norway over how Parliament chooses committee members. Now calls are going out that both the committee and its professional support apparatus at the Norwegian Nobel Institute deserve […]

Some envoys drop Nobel ceremony

The director of Norway’s Nobel Institute claims there’s “no boycott” of this year’s annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo’s City Hall, but he has confirmed that some of the ambassadors from countries that produce atomic weapons won’t be attending. Their governments are not happy that the Peace Prize has been awarded to the International […]

Hagen’s Nobel dream dies hard

Progress Party politician Carl I Hagen can’t simply resign from his elected duty as a substitute Member of Parliament (MP) in order to make his dream of becoming a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee come true. Hagen tried to resign as an MP on Wednesday but Eivind Smith, a law professor at the University […]

Parties reject Hagen as Nobel candidate

A majority of all the political parties in Parliament asked the Progress Party on Monday to find a candidate other than its former leader, Carl I Hagen, for its seat on the Norwegian Nobel Committee that chooses Peace Prize winners. The Progress Party, however, is defying all the protests over Hagen’s nomination, leading to a remarkable […]

Nobel nomination stirs up a storm

The conservative Progress Party’s decision to ultimately nominate their former leader Carl I Hagen for a seat on the Norwegian Nobel Committee has set off a storm of opposition. That’s because the 73-year-old Hagen, who couldn’t bring himself to fully retire from politics, remains a substitute Member of Parliament, and many contend that political position […]