Utøya memorial stirs more conflict

Construction of a memorial to victims of a right-wing extremist’s massacre on the island of Utøya continues to stir up more conflict with neighbours, who just lost another legal effort to halt the project. It’s reportedly also costing much more than an alternative proposal. Residents of the area just across from the island have been […]

Defense attorney leads new party

Geir Lippestad is best-known as the defense attorney for some highly controversial clients. He’s also been active in the Labour Party in Oslo, though, and is now moving on to the national scene by leading a brand new party that aims to grab new voters in the upcoming national election. Lippestad surprised everyone last fall […]

Youngest ever on Nobel Committee

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is usually made up of veteran Norwegian politicians, appointed by their parties in a gesture of appreciation for loyalty or special international interest over the years. Now Norway’s Labour Party is replacing one of its appointments on the committee, former prime minister and head of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, […]

Court halts July 22 memorial project

Construction of a national memorial to the victims of a Norwegian right-wing extremist’s massacre on the island of Utøya nine years ago has been distrupted once again. A local court ordered a halt in all work on the memorial project, until its neighbours’ complaints are heard. The project finally got underway on the Utøya pier […]

Utøya memorial finally underway

Construction began Monday on a highly disputed memorial to honour the victims of a right-wing extremist’s massacre on the island of Utøya in 2011. Nine years later, emotions and tempers are still running high. After several proposals and failed attempts to win support for them, the government finally settled on a toned-down memorial to be […]

Picasso’s art saved before Y-blokka razed

Construction crews were proceeding this week with the complicated job of removing two huge sandblasted pieces of Pablo Picasso’s art from the concrete walls of the so-called Y-blokka in Oslo. The Y-shaped building is due to be torn down after it was damaged in a right-wing terrorist’s bombing of Norway’s government complex nine years ago. […]

Questions linger at hug-free memorials

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s been nine years since a young Norwegian man set off an unprecedented wave of right-wing extremist terror in his homeland and killed 77 people, most of them younger than himself. The Corona crisis has curtailed annual July 22 memorial ceremonies this year but survivors and victims’ families won’t ever forget the terror, […]

Norway comes to grips with racism

NEWS ANALYSIS: After weeks of demonstrations, news stories, and personal accounts of discrimination, Norwegians are coming to grips with racism in their otherwise egalitarian society. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, criticized for initial silence over police brutality in the US against George Floyd, has been speaking out again, too. “After the police violence that led to […]

Racist attacks draw toughest jail term

UPDATED: A court in suburban Oslo handed down Norway’s strictest punishment on Thursday to a young Norwegian man who murdered his Chinese-born adopted sister last summer and then tried to massacre Muslims at a local mosque. He defended himself by claiming that he had to carry out his deadly attacks in order to save the white […]

Utøya neighbours still fighting memorial

Residents living near the island of Utøya, where a right-wing gunman massacred 69 young Labour Party members on July 22, 2011, have once again resorted to legal action to block construction of a memorial to the victims in their neighbourhood. They don’t want more reminders of the massacre, or a constant stream of visitors to […]