Breivik inspires right-wing terror

After an autumn in which Norwegian media have deplored a rash of deadly mass shootings in the US, commentators often neglect to mention that the deadliest ever occurred just outside Oslo. Now comes news that Norway’s home-grown ultra-right-wing terrorist reportedly has inspired at least three attacks against Muslims in France. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the […]

Islamic Council loses largest members

After months of warnings, four of Norway’s largest muslim organizations have withdrawn as members of the national Islamic Council (Islamsk Råd Norge, IRN). They’ve been unhappy with the council’s leader, Mehtab Afsar, who also has provoked the government minister providing much of the council’s funding. IRN confirmed that three mosques including the Bosnians’ and the […]

TV program leader confronts her critics

A young Muslim woman who won fame in Norway for speaking out against Islamic extremists made her TV debut Thursday night as leader of a  program aimed at encouraging other young Norwegians to vote. Faten Mahdi al-Hussaini also responded to all the criticism state broadcaster NRK has received for allowing her to wear her hijab on the air, suggesting it […]

NRK upset by flap over anchor’s hijab

Norway’s state broadcasting company NRK has received more than 3,000 complaints over an upcoming new TV program, tied to the parliamentary election in September, that allows its Muslim anchor to wear her hijab on air. “I see that there are strong and dark forces that don’t want young Muslims to be visible,” claims NRK’s chief, Thor Gjermund Eriksen. The […]

Anti-hijab hairdresser convicted again

An appeals court in Western Norway upheld a lower court order on Friday in ruling that hairdresser Merete Hodne violated Norway’s anti-discrimination laws for refusing serve Malika Bayan, because Bayan was wearing a hijab.  Newspaper Stavanger Aftenbladet reported that the appeals court, however, reduced Hodne’s fine to NOK 7,000 and she was not ordered to […]

Norway grilled over hate crimes

UPDATED: Just as three Norwegian and British men went on trial Tuesday, accused of hate crimes against two Muslim men in Oslo, Norwegian government minister Solveig Horne was being grilled by a UN committee in Geneva over the country’s failure to better combat such crimes and racism. The trial itself is a result of Norway’s […]

PST blamed for raising fear of Muslims

A former Supreme Court justice claims in a new book that Norway’s justice ministry and politicians allow themselves to be used by the country’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste), to raise fear of Muslims to artificially high levels. Ketil Lund, who retired from the high court in 2009, also once headed a commission appointed by […]

Krekar jailed for another two months

Radical Islamic cleric Mulla Krekar has been ordered held in custody for another two months, on charges that he once again has been making threats. Krekar also claims that he now sees himself as a political prisoner in Norway. Krekar, a former refugee who was granted asylum and state financial support for many years, has constantly been […]

More Norwegians convert to Islam

Youthful rebellion and, paradoxically, a perceived need for stronger rules in Norway’s liberal society are believed to be behind a recent rise in the number of Norwegians converting to Islam. “I think we need stronger rules,” one young Norwegian convert told newspaper Aftenposten on Monday. No one knows for certain how many “ethnic Norwegians” have converted to Islam, according to […]

Krekar avoids banishment, but not confinement

Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar has managed to avoid being banished to a remote Norwegian village, at least for now. His appeal was successful, with a court ruling Friday that the Justice Ministry went too far in instructing the police to send Krekar to Kyrksæterøra, but the government may appeal itself and Krekar is still not […]