Tag: Norway

With the Collapse of a Right-Wing Coalition, Has Norway Turned Its Populist Tide?

The radical-right Progress Party (FRP) withdrew from Norway’s coalition government on January 20. This is a big defeat for FRP leader Siv Jensen, whose big ambition was to prove his party was koalitionsfähig, or “coalition capable.” After six years in government, the conflict between the populist radicals and the more moderate wing of the party… Continue reading “With the Collapse of a Right-Wing Coalition, Has Norway Turned Its Populist Tide?”

Harassment and attacks on the indigenous Sámi and industrial colonialism in Norway

In 2019, the harassment, attacks and conspiracy theories targeted at the Sámi population in Norway are on the increase. The abuse is particularly ugly on social media and – for the first time in Norwegian history – a man was charged with hate speech on Facebook against a Sámi person and sentenced to 18 days… Continue reading “Harassment and attacks on the indigenous Sámi and industrial colonialism in Norway”

Behind Norway’s terrorist attack that was luckily thwarted

Has the Norwegian police learned anything from its failure in the 2011 Breivik attacks?   A recent terror attack at a mosque near Oslo raises important questions about the extent and range of radical right extremism and the Norwegian state response to it. On the 10th of August 2019, the young radical right extremist Philip… Continue reading “Behind Norway’s terrorist attack that was luckily thwarted”

Norwegian electorate reacts against radical right evangelists’ attack on women’s rights

The radical right tide might be turning in Norway. Last week thousands turned out on the streets in sub-zero temperatures in 33 Norwegian towns from Mandal in the South to Tromsø in the North to demonstrate against half-a-century of attacks on the right to free abortion in Norway. The new radical right government – formed… Continue reading “Norwegian electorate reacts against radical right evangelists’ attack on women’s rights”

Asylum Policy in Norway: How a Norwegian government crisis perpetuates the brutal treatment of refugees

It is now clear that the Norwegian minority government, mainstream conservatives and the radical right will be joined by the tiny Christian people’s (Kristelig Folkeparti-Krf) party in a new, strengthened coalition. After a nail biting internal vote where the Krf Knut Arild Hareide asked the party to support his Christian social values and topple the… Continue reading “Asylum Policy in Norway: How a Norwegian government crisis perpetuates the brutal treatment of refugees”