Vegard Valberg, the Norwegian Blogger, is back, and writes that, contrary to popular belief, Europe is not doomed (part 2)- self-adjusting democratic forces in the form of right-wing populism will prevent the horror scenarios.
Mullah Krekar denies Ansar al-Islam involvement in UN bombing, but warns the US of new attacks if it doesn't "concede space" to Islam, including in its "own backyard", whatever that means. Elsewhere, al-Qaeda have possibly claimed responsibility for the attack on what it calls a "branch of the US State Department" - but which branch of al-Qaeda carried out the attack?
My father, (a protestant minister - really!), sends these links on Mahmoud Abbas' questionable views on the tactic of terrorism and the reality of the Holocaust. "The point", he writes, "isn't to dig up everything wrong about him, but to show where skepticism of Israel can lead to."
Four illuminating speeches by Defense Minister Kristin Krohn Devold: On the threat of terrorism, on Europe and NATO, the need to adapt NATO to new circumstances, and on the connection between WW2 and the war on terrorism.
William Sjostrom wonders why, according to the Guardian, the Hamas attack on Israel this week wasn't a violation of the ceasefire, while the Israeli retaliation on one of its leaders was. The coverage was no better in Norway, with most media parroting straightfaced that Hamas had abandoned the ceasefire as a response to the Israeli attack.
German Hans Ze Beeman has started a blog worth checking out, especially this post on the Swedish pro-capitalist author Johan Norberg, whose book is about to be published in the US.
The good people at document.no have begun some occasional blogging in English, latest with comments on the UN bombing. I'm of course all for Norwegians blogging in English, both out of principle and because I get more good stuff to link to. So here's to more of that!
If you can't get enough of Norwegian 70's religious movements, AKP's website has a page with links to every damn article written about them during the last month. For new visitors from the parallell universe their website operates in, my own relevant entries are here, here and here.
Dutchman-in-Norway Taco has revived his blog, and opens by venting his frustration with Dagbladet. Welcome back!
Oslo syndrome strikes again: Victim of Rushdie fatwa to publish Krekar's
memoirs; invites Ansar ex-leader to high-brow garden party.
Support for EU membership in Norway falling but still strong.
I've written a few things about Norwegian anti-Americanism and That 70's Legacy at NRK's webforum for media criticism.
Sri Lankan marxists protest Norwegian peace involvement.
Leif Knutsen and Lars Ruben Hirsch has started an interesting webmag / blog: Tenk Selv, "an alternative to accepted 'truths' presented by the Norwegian media."
Ex-AKP(ml)'er Finn Sjue, who teaches journalism at Oslo College: Yes, we denied the Cambodian autogenocide, but the Americans were to blame for lying about Vietnam.
Still racists left in the Progress Party, Jan Haugland reports. Kenneth Rasmussen in Bergen Progress Party wants to keep "Norway for Norwegians", and warns against the "dilution of an ethnically secure Norway". What happened to "no discrimination based on race, gender, religion or ethnic origin"? (Update: Hagen calls phrasing "unfortunate", but nothing more.)
Dutch government ordered to pay Mullah Krekar EUR 5500 in damages for unjustifiable detainment. Similar compensation claim also made against Norway.
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Christian People's Party
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Iraqi refugees in Norway beginning to return home.
Child molester volunteers for chemical castration.
Benazir Bhutto to campaign for Oslo's Conservative Party before September local elections. "Women with minority backgrounds are an important issue for Oslo Hoeyre in the election campaign."