Plans unveiled for a ‘new’ Utøya

As Norway’s maximum prison term officially took effect for convicted terrorist Anders Behring Breivik just before the weekend, the leader of the Labour Party youth group that Breivik attacked was unveiling plans for how it planned to redevelop its island of Utøya. Breivik killed 69 persons on the island last year, and youth group AUF […]

AUF boss expects life term for Breivik

As the date nears for a verdict in the trial of confessed terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, the head of the Labour Party youth organization that Breivik attacked has long felt confident the 33-year-old defendant will be kept in custody for the rest of his life. Other politicians seem confident as well, prompting lawyers to complain […]

Springsteen: ‘We shall overcome’

SEE THE VIDEO: American rock legend Bruce Springsteen turned up as predicted at Sunday night’s memorial concert in Oslo for the victims and survivors of attacks on Norway one year ago. He had a clear message for his Norwegian audience in the song he chose to perform along with band partner Steven Van Zandt, “We […]

Pilgrimage back to massacre scene

WITH VIDEO FROM UTØYA: As Norwegians gathered around the country on Sunday for memorials to honor those killed in last year’s terrorist attacks, many survivors, victims’ families and top politicians returned to the scene of the massacre on the island of Utøya. Among them were former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland and one of her […]

Future unclear for massacre site

One year after a lone gunman unleashed a massacre at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utøya, survivors and other Labour politicians can’t agree on whether they should ever hold another camp there again. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that he’s staying out of the debate. “As prime minister, I’m careful […]

Royal recognition for Utøya heroes

More than 100 men and women who came to the rescue of those fleeing a massacre on the island of Utøya last summer were honoured over the weekend with awards and a ceremony at the same hotel where survivors gathered after the terror of July 22. The “ordinary heroes,” many of whom had never taken […]

Breivik’s family avoids testifying

Lawyers for terror defendant Anders Behring Breivik have opted against calling his family members and several other key persons from his past to testify, at Breivik’s own request. The prosecution isn’t calling them in either, even though they could shed important light on the main question that needs to be addressed in his trial: Whether […]

Confusion over Breivik’s state of mind

The Oslo City Court has demanded clarity from a state commission charged with certifying court-ordered psychiatric evaluations. Its review of a second evaluation of terror defendant Anders Behring Breivik is so vague that no one seems able to determine whether the commission has actually approved it. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on Thursday that the court, […]

July 22 mourning takes many forms

NEWS ANALYSIS: Two young Norwegians gazed quietly on Sunday at the island of Utøya,  scene of last summer’s massacre that left 69 persons dead. Two days earlier, another mourner from Iraq had reacted far more loudly and angrily in the courtroom where the man who carried out the massacre is on trial. Perhaps it took […]

Springsteen keen to sing on July 22

Speculation has been circulating for months and now “The Boss” himself, singer Bruce Springsteen, has confirmed that he’ll gladly take part in an upcoming memorial for victims of last summer’s terrorist attacks in Norway. Coincidentally or not, Springsteen and his E Street Band are scheduled to perform in Oslo on July 21, with two more […]