Nobel Peace Prize chairman kicked out

The Nobel Committee’s chairman has been removed from his post for the first time in the award’s 114-year history. He’s been criticized over a number of the panel’s controversial picks, like US president and the EU.

Ousted Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland, … Read the rest

Europe created the Afrikaner problem in South Africa

A recent statement by the FW de Klerk Foundation in Cape Town after the Constitutional Court’s finding in the Renate Barnard affirmative-action case, said that “[the judgement] is, in effect, a prescription for, and validation of, harmful discrimination against millions … Read the rest

Pentagon bolstering weapons arsenal in Norway, Bulgaria

In the heart of Norway’s countryside, the U.S. military is bolstering its arsenal of weapons with tanks, gun trucks and other armored vehicles along with hundreds of containers of equipment.

The Marine Corps is overseeing the effort, which expands the … Read the rest

EU will lift sanctions on Russia says Danish bank

The European Union will lift the sanctions it has imposed on Russia over the situation in Ukraine in one to three months, according to research conducted by the Danske Bank.

“We believe an escalating trade war would be unbearable for … Read the rest

Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.

A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations, received nominations for the 2014 prize, said the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s director, Geir Lundestad.

Committee … Read the rest

Iceland moves to withdraw EU application

Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands

Iceland’s government will seek parliamentary approval to withdraw its application to join the European Union, opting not to restart accession talks that were put on ice a year ago.

A bill proposing the withdrawal was sent to parliament … Read the rest

Norway channel slammed for Jew clause joke

Atle Antonsen in the Jew Clause sketch
Atle Antonsen in the Jew Clause sketch

A TV sketch lampooning the banning of Jews from Norway in the country’s first constitution has been condemned as “shocking” and “embarrassing” by a leading politician in the country.

The sketch, which starred … Read the rest

Arctic oil could wipe out Icelandic debt

barentsoilIceland, long known for its geothermal power, may become the next Nordic oil state, should predictions of an offshore deposit containing 10 billion barrels of oil hold true.

Icelandic authorities told Dagbladet, a Norwegian newspaper, that the deposit, between the … Read the rest

Mandela: muti for white guilt

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by Dan Roodt

Ever since Nelson Mandela died, but even before, one was utterly flabbergasted before the intensity of media fervour pouring out en hommage to the Big Man. In Africa, of course, there are all kinds of theories about … Read the rest

Breivik-linked party joins Norway government

Anders Breivik, once Progress Party member
Anders Breivik, once Progress Party member

From spats over halal meat in Danish schools to asylum seekers in Sweden, anger about immigration has fuelled the march of populist parties across Nordic countries, leading one such group to the brink of … Read the rest

Norwegian ‘spy’ dies in Congo prison

Tjostolv Moland, left
Tjostolv Moland, left

Tjostolv Moland, one of two Norwegian citizens imprisoned in the Congo since 2009 on murder charges, has died in prison. He was 32.

The cause of death wasn’t immediately clear, attorney Hans Marius Graasvold said.

British-Norwegian citizen … Read the rest