Solheim stunned by terror in Sri Lanka

Erik Solheim, the former Norwegian politician who spent years brokering peace on Sri Lanka, was among those wondering whether the brutal terrorist group IS was behind the Easter attacks on the island nation. The speculation comes just as the Norwegian government is under pressure to bring home IS widows and their children from refugee camps […]

Muslims met by threats in Finnmark

Muslims arriving at mosques in Norway’s northern county of Finnmark this week were met by placards calling for “revolution” against Islam. The offensive notices promoting a right-wing extremist organization were also found on public buildings and schools in Alta and Sør-Varanger. “It wasn’t very nice,” the leader of the mosque in Alta, Ismail Omar, told […]

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 […]

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 […]

Norwegian extremist blocked from UK

A 35-year-old Norwegian man was denied entry into the UK when his flight from Austria landed in London late last week. Tore Rasmussen was determined to present a “serious threat” because of his involvement with the anti-immigration organization Generation Identity (GI). Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Rasmussen is part of the leadership in the British and […]

Listhaug crucifixion painting resurrected

UPDATED: Controversial street art depicting Norway’s former justice minister Sylvi Listhaug hanging from a cross has undergone a reawakening. It had first been tagged, then painted over with black paint, but a group of students in Bergen managed to resurrect it, and it quickly attracted purchase offers. The painting was hanging on the wall of […]

Nazi vandalism struck again

For the second time in less than a year, landowner Ola Andreas Byrkjedal has found a swastika and the symbol for Norway’s wartime Nazi party NS painted onto the rocks of a mountainside on his property in the western county of Rogaland. Byrkjedal called the tagging “disgusting” and has reported it to police. Stavanger newspaper […]

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 […]