Bondevik loses peace center base

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik has to move his fledgling Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights out of its fashionable headquarters, after losing financial support from his original backers. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported Friday that the owners of the mansion in Oslo’s Skarpsno/Frogner district, which once served as the embassy for […]

Peace conference draws thousands

As many as 4,000 people are expected to attend a peace conference in Oslo this weekend sponsored by Islam Net, Norway’s largest muslim organization that researchers claim resembles the Christian missionary movements. The group opposes violence and promotes fundamental muslim values, not to be confused with radical Islam. “There have been some terror cases both […]

‘Breakthrough’ in Philippines talks

Norwegian negotiators were reporting a “breakthrough” on Tuesday after a week of peace talks between the two sides of the Philippines’ 40-year-long internal strife.  They reportedly made significant progress in negotiations held in Asker, just outside of Oslo. The talks were the first formal negotiations between the government of the Philippines and representatives of communist […]

‘Nostalgia’ around role in Mideast

UPDATED: As Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre made the rounds in Israel and Palestinian areas this week, he initially seemed to be among those agreeing that Norway has given up its earlier role as a behind-the-scenes bridge-builder in the Middle East. Now he claims that Norway remains committed to helping both sides finally find some […]