Category: Norway

George Lakey: What if Americans protested like Icelanders?

Those who remained at home decided to roll up their sleeves, supplement their inadequate electoral systems with nonviolent campaigns and push the 1 percent out of dominance

Ann Jones: American Democracy Down for the Count

Or What Is It the Scandinavians Have That We Don’t?

Jasmin Malik Chua: Reality Show Sends Fashion Bloggers to Work in Cambodian Sweatshop

Three 17-year-old Norwegian fashion bloggers travel to Cambodia for an online reality series

David Alexandre: European Union: Why Norway and Switzerland never signed the Treaty of Lisbon.

On a practical level, one should wonder why national politicians in Europe keep making promises during their election campaigns knowing they have not the tools to do anything

Asbjørn Wahl: The Norwegian National Election: Europe’s Most Leftist Government Defeated by Right-Wing Coalition

The red-green coalition government in Norway, whose political platform when it took power in 2005 was called the most progressive in Europe, experienced a bitter defeat in the country's parliamentary election on 9 September. A coalition of four centre-right and right-wing parties, including a right-wing populist party, gained a solid majority and are now negotiating Read more…

Norman Solomon: Memo from Oslo: If Peace Is Prized, a Nobel for Bradley Manning

The headquarters of the Nobel Committee is in downtown Oslo on a street named after Henrik Ibsen, whose play “An Enemy of the People” has remained as current as dawn light falling on the Nobel building and then, hours later, on a Fort Meade courtroom where Bradley Manning's trial enters a new stage — defense testimony in the sentencing phase. Ibsen’s play Read more…

Robert Fisk: The Case Of The Swedish Weapons In Syria

The Oslo express is racing across the pre-dawn, frozen pine forests of Norway, snow shawling over the corner window of carriage three, wherein sits Detective Inspector Fisk on the last day of “Operation Aleppo”. He is reading Rafael de Nogales’ Memoirs of a Soldier of Fortune, a 1932 edition of the Venezuelan general’s account of Read more…

Trond Sverre: Biggest Strike Since the 1980s

Nearly 50,000 have participated in a strike which was the largest in Norway since the 1980s. Public sector workers are fighting for higher wages and in defense of their contracts. At the time of writing, those organised in the LO trade union federation in state and local government have gone back to work after two Read more…

Tony Mckenna: Method in the Madness: The Political Psyche of Anders Berhing Breivik

In the aftermath of the Norwegian atrocity one question was posed over and over – was Anders Breivik mentally ill? A good few people have claimed that he was. In a way this was inevitable; after all – the event, its sheer depth of horror, provides a stumbling block to our reason – we find it hard Read more…

Noam Chomsky: Anarchism, Anarchist Organisation and State Socialism
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