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 […]

PST targets more right-wing extremism

The arrest in Oslo this weekend of a right-wing nationalist from the US marks the latest example of how Norway’s police intelligence unit PST views conservative extremism as a serious security threat. The American, identified as Greg Johnson, was arrested at what was supposed to be a secret gathering to promote racist and anti-Semitic ideology. […]

Police investigate new racist attack

The new Hønefoss Church has sheltered a refugee Afghan family of four since last year. On Saturday the father and his seven-year-old son ventured outdoors for a walk in nearby woods, only to become victims of what police believe was a racist attack. Newspaper Ringerikes Blad reported that the little boy and his father were […]

PST ‘underestimates white terror threat’

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST received tips last year about the young Norwegian white supremacist who murdered his adopted ethnically Chinese step-sister and then attacked a mosque in Bærum during the weekend. PST didn’t take contact with him, even though he had access to weapons, and now they’re accused of not taking right-wing extremists seriously […]

Family thanks public for condolences

The adoptive parents of 17-year-old Johanne Zhanghia Ihle-Hansen, who police believe was murdered by her right-wing extremist step-brother who’s also charged with terrorism, have expressed appreciation for the support and condolences they’ve received, also from Islamic leaders who were targets of their son’s attack on a local mosque. The victim’s high school in Sandvika opened […]

Fafo foundation recalls racism report

After weeks of debate and some harsh criticism, the Norwegian research foundation Fafo has decided to withdraw a recent report on Norwegians’ views on racism. Fafo announced just before the weekend that it plans to correct the report and publish a new version. Fafo wrote on its own website that the highly disputed formulation of […]

Survey indicates underlying racism

A new report from the research foundation Fafo shows broad support among Norwegians for “active policies” to promote equality and prevent discrimination. Around 25 percent of all those questioned, however, said they fully or partially agreed that some human races are more intelligent than others. That topped newscasts on Norwegian Broadccasting (NRK) Monday morning, not […]

Racism raises its ugly head

Norwegian media has been full of several cases lately of what many call blatant racism against politicians. One case even involved offensive statements made by a former member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. “It’s a bit special that immigrants are steadily leading the 17th of May Committee,” Inger-Marie Ytterhorn wrote on social media earlier this […]

Oslo police probe hatred towards AUF

Someone has been sending hateful and threatening messages to members of the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth organization AUF, seven years after it was targeted by a right-wing extremist who gunned down scores of young and aspiring Labour politicians at their annual summer camp. Police have now launched an investigation into the anonymous threats, with those […]

Right-wing extremism rings new alarms

Recent displays of right-wing extremism in Norway are raising concerns within the government, the police and among ordinary citizens from Kristiansand to Mjøndalen. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, meanwhile, was accused on Thursday of using “Trump rhetoric” after she compared right-wing extremists to the far left of Norwegian politics. “Right-wing extremism and neo-nazis have a lot in common with […]