Category: Norway

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…

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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…

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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. The willingness to strike has been high, with colourful demonstrations in many communities. Strike pickets with drums marched past Stortinget (the Norwegian parliament) to be 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…

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Noam Chomsky: Anarchism, Anarchist Organisation and State Socialism
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Nasir Khan: Western Images of Muslims and Islam

Present-day images of Muslims and Islam in Western media vary considerably. However, since the collapse of the Soviet Union the general drift of Western concerns has been to portray Islam as the main enemy of the West and the Muslim world as a hotbed of terrorism that threatens Western civilisation and its democratic values. Thus Read more…

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George Monbiot: Mutually Assured Depletion

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a year, after which no one will ever eat fish again. Almost everywhere, fish stocks are collapsing through catastrophic mismanagement. But no one in the rich world has managed them as badly as Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Eurofascism at Work
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