Progress leader rides out storm

Few politicians in Norway have been put on the defensive during the recent election campaign more than Sylvi Listhaug, leader of the most conservative party in Parliament, Progress. She has rejected calls to disassociate her party from the most radical right-wing rhetoric in Norway, and lost voters in the process, only to see some return […]

Police re-arm for July 22 memorials

Norway’s usually unarmed police were strapping on gun holsters again this week, in connection with the 10th anniversary of the country’s worst attacks since World War II. The re-arming is meant to provide extra protection around memorial ceremonies for the 77 people killed by a right-wing terrorist on July 22, 2011. Ceremonies will be taking […]

Police criticized after mosque shooting

An external investigation of police response to last year’s shooting at a mosque in suburban Bærum has resulted in some sharp criticism. It took police far too long to reach the mosque, and they had cooperated poorly after receiving earlier tips about the assailant, a young Norwegian man known for racist attitudes. Both local police […]

Hate crimes double against Muslims

A young white supremacist’s attack on a mosque in Bærum last year came amidst an alarming rise in the number of hate crimes against Muslims in recent years. As the mosque assailant’s trial started on Thursday, newspaper Aftenposten wrote how attacks on Muslims in Noway have doubled since 2016, and that only covers attacks reported […]

Mosque attacker cites ‘political’ motive

UPDATED: The young Norwegian man who murdered his Chinese-born adopted step-sister and then attacked a local mosque in August was back in court for a new custody hearing on Monday. Philip Manshaus clarified for the first time why he won’t plead guilty to the terror charges against him, but the presiding judge initially banned the […]

White supremacist still in isolation

He complained in court on Monday that it was “boring” to sit in jail in full isolation. A court in Oslo nonetheless ordered that’s where the young Norwegian white supremacist, who murdered his Chinese-born step-sister and then fired shots inside a local mosque, will remain, at least for another two weeks. Then his isolation may […]

State fights hate against Muslims

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has moved forward with plans to tackle expressions of hatred against Muslims in Norway. Four of her government ministers launched the plan, just weeks after a young Norwegian man attacked a mosque and murdered his adopted Chinese sister after becoming a white supremacist. “We already have a string of surveys that […]

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 […]

Islamist fled his own trial

Norwegian authorities have issued an international warrant for Mohyeldeen Mohammad, a radical Islamist charged with making threats against a Member of Parliament. They’ve also cut off Mohammad’s welfare payments. Mohammad, age 32, failed to show up in court on Monday when his trial was supposed to begin. Prosecutors told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Tuesday that […]

Government reacts to Koran school abuse

Reports that several Somalian-Norwegian children have been sent by their families to strict Koran schools back in Somalia, where they suffered physical abuse, have prompted government ministers to threaten to withdraw the children’s passports. Then their parents wouldn’t be able to send them out of the country. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) ran a series of reports […]