Kongsberg tragedy challenges police

UPDATED: Police mounted a quick and massive response to this week’s deadly attacks in Kongsberg by a lone assailant, Espen Andersen Bråthen, who’s now widely viewed as being mentally ill. Questions are swirling, however, over why police and health care authorities couldn’t or didn’t act to head off the attacks, since there’d been multiple warnings […]

Attacks overshadow new government

UPDATED: Wednesday night’s fatal and bizarre attacks on residents of the historic mining town of Kongsberg invoked painful memories of another young man’s attacks on Norway’s Labour Party and its government on July 22, 2011. Labour is now heading back into power, and faced with another immediate crisis. The July 22 attacks left 77 people […]

Hatred, bullying soiled campaign

NEWS ANALYSIS: Prime Minister Erna Solberg, her main Labour Party challenger Jonas Gahr Støre, other candidates and especially volunteer campaign workers were all subjected to ridicule, harassment and even hatred during this year’s parliamentary election campaign. Solberg and Støre chose to ignore much of it as the campaign wrapped up during the weekend. “Within just […]

Mass murderer seeks new day in court

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, sentenced to Norway’s longest prison term for killing 77 people in a right-wing terrorist attack 10 years ago, still wants to be released on probation. Prosecutors refused, prompting Breivik to take the dispute back to court.  Norway has no death sentence, no sentence to life in prison and doesn’t prosecute […]

PST sees a rise in far-right threats

Norway’s police intelligence agency PST is reporting a rise in reports of far-right radicalization among young Norwegian men and even teenagers. The heightened concern comes just as a memorial was held this week, 10 years after right-wing terror in Norway and two years after another young white Norwegian man killed his Chinese-born step-sister and then […]

Labour’s youth camp reopens on Utøya

The Labour Party youth organization AUF’s annual summer camp reopened Tuesday on the island of Utøya, where 69 members were gunned down by a right-wing extremist terrorist 10 years ago. A new batch of young Labour faithful are visiting the island for the first time, and keen to then launch into the national election campaign. […]

Memorials prod a new consensus

After 10 years of suppressing difficult debate, Norwegian officials are finally acknowledging the political aspects of a home-grown white supremacist’s terrorist attacks on July 22, 2011. Both the current and former prime ministers along with several others, including Crown Prince Haakon and the bishop of Oslo, made it clear at memorial ceremonies on Thursday that […]

Bells tolled for terror victims

UPDATED: Norway was in the midst of a long and full day of speeches, ceremonies and bells tolling nationwide on Thursday, as the country marked the 10th anniversary of the July 22 attacks in 2011. It began with traditional memorials at and near the sites of the attacks, and was to end with a nationally […]

What happened in Oslo 10 years ago

Norway was shocked into recognizing its own vulnerability to a terrorist attack on the afternoon of Friday, July 22, 2011. Here’s the chain of events behind Thursday’s memorials to victims, 10 years after a young Norwegian right-wing extremist angry with the Labour Party-led government detonated a powerful home-made bomb just outside the high-rise Office of […]

Police investigate racist vandalism

Police in Oslo are investigating the racist vandalism on Tuesday of a monument to young Benjamin Hermansen, a Norwegian-Ghanaian teenager who was chased down and stabbed to death by neo-Nazis 20 years ago. The vandalism is viewed as a hate crime, and police are taking it seriously on the eve of 10th anniversary memorials to […]