Local Kurds blast Norway’s response to Turkey

Kurdish residents of Norway are calling on Norwegian officials to demand more of their NATO ally Turkey, and stop being so “passive” regarding Turkey’s recent invasion of Kurdish territory in Syria. The calls come as they plan more demonstrations this weekend after protesting in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Fredrikstad since early last month. One […]

Kurds’ demonstrations peaceful this time

The latest in a series of demonstrations by groups opposing Turkey’s military offensive in Northern Syria were carried out during the weekend, this time without incidents. Similar demonstrations last weekend ended in rioting after pro-Turkish demonstrators challenged the Kurds. Saturday marked the fourth weekend in a row that the organizations UngKurd Norge (Young Kurds in […]

Solberg to Turkey: ‘Stop the fighting’

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg got tougher against Turkey on Tuesday, after a meeting in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Solberg said Norway now joins both Germany and the EU “in condemning Turkey’s military operations in Syria,” as fears rose that Turkey is creating huge problems for all three countries’ collective defense through NATO. […]

Stoltenberg denies support for invasion

It wasn’t easy to get “yes” or “no” answers out of him, but NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg did tell Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Friday that NATO has not supported member nation Turkey in its “military operation” in Kurdish areas of Northern Syria. Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister, repeated that he has “serious concerns […]

No more military exports to Turkey

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide finally responded to repeated demands that the Norwegian government take a stand against Turkey’s invasion of Kurdish areas in Syria earlier this week. She said late Thursday that her ministry was indefinitely suspending review of all new applications for export licenses of defense material to Turkey, but stopped short of condemning […]

Police arrest demonstrators

Police in Oslo arrested around 40 people during the weekend after they launched an unannounced demonstration and disrupted traffic by blocking tram routes. The demonstrators were protesting what they called “Turkey’s genocide” against Kurds in Syria and the media’s coverage of the conflict. The demonstration began when around 50 people assembled outside Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)’s […]

Erdogan ‘milking’ NATO and Norway

UPDATED: Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was “milking” an offensive incident at a NATO exercise in Norway last week for all it’s worth during the weekend, claims the editor of a Turkish-Norwegian political website. Top NATO and Norwegian officials both extended apologies to Erdogan, but he wasn’t willing to accept them. On Monday, Norway’s […]

Turkish officials seek asylum in Norway, embassy in Oslo dismisses their fears

UPDATED: Scores of Turkish military officers and diplomats who’ve been serving at embassies and with NATO in Europe have defected and sought political asylum, including several now in Norway. Newspaper VG reported Thursday night that they all fear being imprisoned and even tortured or killed if they return home to Turkey. Turkey’s embassy in Oslo dismissed their fears on Friday, […]

NATO chief guarded on Trump and Turkey

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was back in his native Norway this week in connection with Norway’s own terrorist attacks five years ago. He also faced some questions about NATO’s latest challenges posed by the coup in Turkey and some new blunt remarks by the US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but was guarded in his answers. Stoltenberg […]