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Milestones in Nation Branding: Kazakhstan to Ditch the Stan?

Kazakhstan’s president is worried the final syllable of the country’s name is scaring off tourists and investors; Edward Snowden was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian lawmakers who may have felt slighted by Obama’s choice of ambassador to Oslo; and now there is an app for Google Glass that will identify you at a glance. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Bad for the Jews: Israeli Annexation of Palestinian West Bank, Scarlett Johansson and BDS

The determination of the Likud Party to annex the Palestinian West Bank is damaging the interests of world Jewry.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Tapped for Nobel Peace Prize—Again

Edward Snowden has once again landed on the list of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize, this time thanks to two Norwegian politicians.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Faces Zionist Racism From Son Dating Norwegian

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is caught in a firestorm of controversy because his son Yair, 23, is dating a Norwegian woman whom he met while she was studying at a university in Israel.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



Now They Tell Us: The Universe Is a Hologram?

Physicists have found evidence in simulations that the universe is quite possibly a projection; the latest Edward Snowden leak reveals the NSA uses Google cookies when determining whom to hack; meanwhile, the National Library of Norway is digitizing all of its books and making them free to read online. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Norway’s Billions Could Go Into Renewables

Norway is on the brink of instigating a potentially world-changing approach to climate change if it goes ahead with a plan to invest billions of dollars in global renewable energy projects.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Stay Home and Forget the Rest of the World

More and more it seems that “don’t go far” is the message the U.S. government is sending Americans. The global travel alert issued Aug. 2 is a perfect example of how the State Department uses fear to keep people “safely” at home, and ignorant.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Norwegian Woman Who Reported Rape ‘Pardoned’ by Dubai Ruler

A Norwegian woman who was sentenced to prison in Dubai after she reported to police that she had been raped while on a business trip there this spring has been freed.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Breivik Declared Sane, Given Maximum Sentence

Anders Behring Breivik, “the Norwegian far-right extremist” who killed 77 people and wounded hundreds during twin attacks in Norway last summer, was Friday declared to have been sane throughout the course of his rampage. A court sentenced him to at least 21 years in prison.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Go to Prison in Sane, Humane Norway

If you’re going to commit a jailable offense, do it in Norway, where officials at the high-security Halden prison believe that providing inmates with a “light and positive” environment will make them better people when they re-enter society.

Posted on May 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: 40,000 Brave Norwegians

For proving that love for others, regardless of creed, gender or skin color, is still a powerful force in human affairs, we honor the 40,000 Norwegians who sang out in an Oslo square on Thursday against the violent dogma of mass killer Anders Breivik. They are our Truthdiggers of the Week.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Accused Norwegian Terrorist Has a Pen Pal

Early in the 20th century, Ayn Rand admired serial killer William Hickman from afar. Today, 23-year-old Massachusetts resident Kevin Forts has found his own murderous darling in the figure of accused terrorist Anders Breivik.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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‘The Scream’ to Scare Up $80M at Auction

It’s one of the most widely recognized images in art, and now one of four versions of Edvard Munch’s archetypal image of modern angst is going on the block at Sotheby’s New York auction house with an expected selling price of $80 million or more.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Norway Shooter Declared Insane

This may not come as particularly surprising news, but psychiatry experts tasked with examining Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed 77 people and injured 151 in a mass shooting in his home country last summer, have concluded that he is insane.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



OMI/Aura/NASA

Big Winter for Arctic Ozone Hole

Unusual weather ripped a sizable hole in the ozone layer above the Arctic last winter, exposing people in northern Russia, parts of Greenland and Norway to high levels of UV radiation. Human activity did not cause the hole’s sudden appearance, scientists said in a report released Monday. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Irony in Norway

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, leader of the Labor Party whose youth activists were so viciously targeted by right-wing terrorist Anders Breivik, is warning against “a witch hunt on expression.” At the same time, the right-wing Progress Party is looking to exploit Breivik’s mass murder to revise a few civil liberties.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE


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Norway Attacks and Europe’s Failed Immigration Policies

The events in Norway were in a twisted way the product of Western ideas about the rivalry and clashes of civilizations, which persist.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Sam Harris Responds to Chris Hedges’ ‘Fundamentalism Kills’ Column

On Tuesday, in a column that can be read here, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges criticized Sam Harris (above) as being a fundamentalist. We offered Harris, who was once a prominent contributor to this site, a chance to respond, and he has done so.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Defense Lawyer Doubts Norway Suspect’s Sanity

The lawyer defending Anders Behring Breivik, who pleaded not guilty in court after admitting he carried out the deadly attacks in Norway, said his client might be insane.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Frank Augstein

Fundamentalism Kills

I worry more about the Anders Breiviks than the Mohammed Attas.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE


The Influence Industry of Rage

The monster who slaughtered at least 76 innocent victims in Norway was animated by the same blend of paranoia, xenophobia and alienation that fuels anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. Yes, it could happen here.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE


Dead in Norway

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Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



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There Are More Like Me, Norway Shooter Says

Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed a combined 76 people in the heart of Oslo and on the island of Utoeya last week, told a judge Monday that “two more cells” belonging to his supposed terrorist organization are at large. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE


Evil in Norway

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Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Twitter, Anders Behring Breivik

Suspect in Norway Bombing and Shooting Spree Charged

Norwegian police charged a man Saturday whom they describe as a right-wing Christian fundamentalist in connection with a deadly bombing in Oslo and shooting spree at a summer camp for liberal youth that killed at least 92 people.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Blast Rocks Government Buildings in Oslo

A powerful explosion rocked government buildings in Norway’s capital on Friday, killing at least seven people and injuring a number of others near the prime minister’s office. (more)

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk

And the Nobel Peace Prize Goes to ...

... Human rights activist Liu Xiaobo. Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year jail sentence for “incitement to subvert state power,” is China’s best-known dissident.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Drink Up, Ladies

There are three kinds of studies we hear about. (1) Something incredibly obvious turns out to be true. (2) Something you like is good for you. (3) Something you like is bad for you. Obviously we prefer No. 2s, like this study out of Norway that says drinking wine—especially if you’re a woman—might make you smarter.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Norway Gets a Taste of Terror

What is a sleepy Scandinavian country doing in al-Qaida’s cross hairs? That’s the question many Norwegians are asking themselves after three people were arrested on charges of planning to attack the country.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Compromise Would Legalize Commercial Whaling

The international community has totally failed to convince Japan, Iceland and Norway to stop hunting whales, including those facing extinction. A new proposal would allow the rogue nations to drop the pretense of scientific research in exchange for a reduction in kills, but environmentalists are skeptical.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Portugal’s Gay Marriage Proposal

Portugal is likely to become the sixth European nation—after Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands—to legalize gay marriage. The Portuguese government has proposed to change the country’s official definition of marriage to include same-sex unions.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE



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New Kind of Power Plant Gets Energy From Salt Water

A Norwegian company thinks it can squeeze enough electricity out of the natural phenomenon of osmosis to power China. Right now the company’s plant can barely heat a tea kettle, but officials hope to power a village in a few years, and a lot more after that.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


Cluster Bombs Feet
lemonodor.com

Cluster Bomb Treaty Steps Forward

It looks like a pact to ban current cluster bomb designs will take another step forward, with more than 100 countries slated to sign the treaty in the next couple of days. However, the U.S., Russia and China—the largest cluster bomb manufacturers—so far have refused to sign on.

Posted on Dec 3, 2008 READ MORE


In Norway Stripping Is an Art Form

An appeals court in Norway ruled in favor of the owners of a go-go bar in Oslo who had refused to pay taxes on entry fees on the grounds that striptease dancers are stage artists like sword swallowers and comedians and deserve the same status.  According to the BBC report, the court ruled that “[s]triptease, in the way it is practised in this case, is a form of dance combined with acting” and should be exempt from the value-added tax.

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


Dr. Strangelove
scripting.com

Noah’s Ark in the Arctic: Doomsday Vault for Seeds

Norway is starting construction on a massive subterranean complex on the Arctic island of Svalbard to store seeds of all known crops in the world. More than 100 countries have signed on to the project, which is designed to reestablish plants in the wake of an apocalyptic manmade or natural attack. Norway’s Agriculture Minister Terje Riis-Johansen called the vault a “Noah’s Ark on Svalbard.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


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