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  • Norwegian bank tests 'Islamic loan' concept

    01/20/2017 4:59:58 AM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Norwegian bank Storebrand is offering new ‘halal loans’ based on Islamic principles. The bank recently created a website promoting ‘ethical loans’ for home financing without interest.    The bank writes that it is testing the idea of interest-free loans in part to appeal to Muslim home buyers who may not want to accept a traditional loan because of their faith. Islam prohibits charging interest or fees on financial loans.    “We wanted to find out if there could be another way to enter a housing market with rising prices. The product could appeal to young people, new graduates or people...
  • Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia

    01/18/2017 12:19:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 16 January 2017
    Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia. Officials played down any link between the operation and NATO concerns over Russia, but the deployment coincides with the U.S. sending several thousand troops to Poland to beef up its Eastern European allies worried about Moscow's assertiveness. Marines from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina landed a little after 10 am CET (0900 GMT) at a snow-covered Vaernes airport near Trondheim,...
  • Oslo to temporarily ban diesel vehicles

    01/16/2017 10:36:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 16 January 2017 10:13 CET+01:00 | NTB/The Local
    Beginning on Tuesday, diesel vehicles will be banned from driving on Oslo streets because of acute levels of dangerous air pollution. On both Monday and Tuesday, weather forecasts call for cold weather and very little wind, conditions likely to cause high levels of exhaust pollution over large areas of the city. Therefore the City of Oslo will for the first time ever implement a ban on diesel vehicles on municipal roads. On Tuesday, the ban will be in effect from 6am to 10pm. It will remain in effect during those same hours for as long as air pollution levels are...
  • Norway Is Killing FM Radio Tomorrow

    01/10/2017 6:49:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 1/10 | George Dvorsky
    On Wednesday, Norway will become the first country in the world to start shutting down its national FM radio network in favor of digital radio. Norwegians have had years to prepare, but the move is still catching many off guard. FM radio and Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) has existed side-by-side since 1995, but officials with Norway’s Ministry of Culture have decided that the time has finally come to retire the older transmission medium. The FM apocalypse starts tomorrow morning in Nordland, the country’s north. Beginning at 11:11 am local time, the FM network will be taken down in a gradual...
  • Police suspect Norway asylum center fire was arson

    01/07/2017 5:13:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 6 January 2017 13:37 CET+01:00 | NTB/The Local
    Police suspect that a fire at an asylum center in Gibostad in Troms county in the early morning hours of Thursday was arson. The fire broke out in a wing of the building that is not part of the asylum center itself, but 28 unaccompanied minor asylum seekers and two of the center’s employees had to be evacuated. No one was injured in the fire. Police said in a statement on Friday that investigators suspect the fire was deliberately set. …
  • Word for the Bride by Bev Palmer(Charismatic Caucus)

    01/03/2017 4:01:44 AM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Bev Palmer | bible
    Lord says, Run this race that has been set before you! Go for the Gold!! "My Beloved " I have already declared you spotless and blameless, crowned you with "Sapphires and Rubies." The Spirit and the Bride say come. I have paassed onn the baton
  • Bjorn Nyland Praises The Hyundai Ioniq Electric

    01/02/2017 3:47:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Clean Technica ^ | December 31, 2016 | Steve Hanley
    Bjorn Nyland has just posted a glowing review of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. Bjorn is a video blogger who has made an international reputation by creating videos about road trips he has taken in his Tesla Model S and Model X. In fact, creating content for this YouTube channel has become nearly a full time job for him. Earlier this year, he won a Tesla Model X in a Tesla referral contest by generating more Model S referrals than anyone else in the European area. Nyland is committed to the electric car lifestyle and is now branching out to cover...
  • Norwegians are about to lose their FM radio and they’re not happy about it [DAB forced switch]

    12/30/2016 3:56:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 21 December 2016 10:28 CET+01:00 | The Local/NTB/AFP
    In just a matter of weeks, Norway will tune out FM radio for good and become the world’s first country to switch over to digital-only transmissions. Norway's government has decided that the nation’s FM airwaves will fall silent from January 11, 2017, starting in Nordland and gradually moving south. After nearly a century of the analog system, which revolutionized music listening with high-fidelity stereo sound compared to mono AM transmissions, the changeover to Digital Audio Broadcasting’s advanced version (DAB+) will render the country’s almost eight million radio sets obsolete. Although it has been in the works for years, most Norwegians...
  • Christians In Europe: Norway Divorces Protestant Church As Muslims Blamed For 'Parallel Societies'

    12/29/2016 6:05:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 12/28/16 | Cristina Silva
    Norway is asking for a divorce from its biggest, most important church. The Church of Norway and the Norwegian government will formally become separated on Jan. 1 after nearly 500 years. Norway seeks to formalize a separation of church and state ordered by parliament eight years ago. Under the new law, Norway's 1,250 priests and bishops will no longer serve as government officials appointed by the king. That means the Church of Norway will become an independent business, and it's a big deal in a nation that has been grappling with an influx of Muslims and how to ensure other...
  • F-35-Friendly Norwegian Strike Missile Tested Over Utah

    12/22/2016 7:36:41 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Dec 22, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    A new air-to-ground missile developed by Norway successfully completed a flight test over Utah. The missile is designed to be carried internally by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, preserving its stealthy profile for high-risk missions. The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) is a new long range anti-ship and anti-surface missile. Derived from Norwegian defense contractor Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile, JSM is capable of being carried in the internal weapons bays of the F-35 fighter. This helps preserve the F-35's carefully designed stealth characteristics for dangerous missions against advanced enemy air defenses. It can also fit on the external launch rails of...
  • Norway's Statoil exits oil sands projects in Canada

    12/15/2016 9:53:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 15 December 2016 11:17 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Norwegian oil giant Statoil said Thursday it was exiting its oil sands projects in Canada, booking a loss, in a move hailed by environmental activists. The group said it had reached an agreement to sell its 100-percent stake in the Kai Kos Dehseh (KKD) oil sands projects in the province of Alberta, to the Athabasca Oil Corporation of Canada for CAD$832 million (5.4 billion kroner, $626 million, €597 million). Following the divestment, Statoil will not operate any oil sands projects, a business area the deepwater oil specialist had moved into to great dismay of analysts. Statoil will take a loss...
  • How Norway Is Building One of the World's Most Lethal Missiles (And It Could End Up on the F-35)

    12/11/2016 5:54:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 10, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    The modern age of the missile at sea was arguably kicked off in October 1967, when the Israeli destroyer Eilat, sailing fourteen miles off the coast of Port Said, was ambushed by a pair of Osa-class guided missile boats. The missile boats launched four missiles, three of which hit the ex–Royal Navy destroyer, sinking her and killing forty-seven sailors. The sinking of the Eilat was an earthquake in the world of naval warfare, and set off an arms race in the field of antiship missiles. Within ten years all major navies had their own ship-killing missiles, a rivalry that continued...
  • 150 TERABYTES! NORWAY BUSTS LARGEST DARK WEB, CHILD PORN NETWORKS IN HISTORY-US, UK MEDIA IGNORE STO

    12/11/2016 12:23:36 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 89 replies
    THE NEW NATIONALIST ^ | DECEMBER 10, 2016 | TORCHY BLANE
    Link sets the context: It is to the actual story that's been, for some reason, deleted from Washington Post, New York Times, and ABC. They ran the story originally, then have since deleted it. On the day of the arrests (Nov. 20), Norway also announced it would no longer fund the Clinton Foundation. Related? ***Archive of the Deleted Stories Below*** Washington Post archive link isn't working so here's a pic https://i.sli.mg/fc5o2m.png ABCNews http://web.archive.org/web/20161120230530/http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/norwegian-police-arrest-20-men-pedophile-network-probe-43670565 NYTimes http://archive.is/uq4oF
  • Do not fear the future[CharismaticCaucus]

    12/09/2016 6:35:48 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Do not fear the future my children for I am your Redeemer(past brought forward) to condemn darkness so that you may walk in the light therefore I am the alpha and omega of your life's existence for you abide in me alone. Romans 8:1-2 Escape from Bondage 8 Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from...
  • Government spending figure worrying sign for Norway’s economy

    12/08/2016 7:26:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 8 December 2016 14:22 CET+01:00
    For the first time in 20 years, Norway’s government spending exceeds 50 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). According to the latest figures from Statistics Norway, government expenditures on public administration cost 1.550 billion kroner between October 2015 and September 2016. Not only is it the first time in two decades that expenditures have accounted for more than half of Norway’s GDP, the spending figures also mark an increase of 4.9 percent from the previous year. …
  • Stolen Dachau Gate Found in Norway

    12/07/2016 11:59:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Hindu ^ | DECEMBER 06, 2016
    An iron gate with the infamous slogan “Arbeit macht frei [Work will set you free]” stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau in Germany two years ago has been found in Norway, the police said Friday. The gate was recovered outside Bergen in southwestern Norway this week following an anonymous tip-off, Bergen police spokeswoman Margrethe Myrmehl Gudbrandsen told AFP. “It was found in the open air,” she said. “You can tell that it's been outside but it's in good condition.”
  • Two dead after stabbing at Norway primary school

    12/06/2016 1:13:09 AM PST · by MCF · 14 replies
    The Local no ^ | 5 Dec. 2016 | Unknown
    Norwegian police on Monday night were searching for the person or persons who killed a boy and a woman at a primary school earlier in the day in Kristiansand.
  • Catholicism and Islam Growing Fast in Norway, Liberal State Church Declines

    11/26/2016 12:58:52 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Nov 2016 | Breitbart London
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway’s official statistics agency says the country’s Roman Catholic and Muslim communities have added tens of thousands of members in recent years while the state Lutheran Church is declining. Statistics Norway said Friday the number of Catholics has jumped 42 percent since 2012, to 145,000 this year.
  • Membership in Catholic, Muslim communities surges in Norway

    11/25/2016 6:44:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 25, 2016 4:45 AM EST
    Norway’s official statistics agency says the country’s Roman Catholic and Muslim communities have added tens of thousands of members in recent years while the state Lutheran Church is declining. Statistics Norway said Friday the number of Catholics has jumped 42 percent since 2012, to 145,000 this year. Membership in Islamic groups rose by 32 percent to 148,000 in the same period. Those figures were not broken down by denomination. …
  • Norway’s PM still waiting to hear from Trump

    11/24/2016 10:26:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 24 November 2016 09:17 CET+01:00 | NTB/The Local
    US President-elect Donald Trump has now spoken with both the Danish and the Swedish prime ministers but Norwegian PM Erna Solberg is still waiting for a phone call from the incoming leader of the free world. […] Denmark’s prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, was the first Scandinavian leader to speak with Trump after his surprise victory earlier this month. Rasmussen said that the two men had “a friendly and constructive chat” of about ten minutes on November 16th. Swedish PM Stefan Löfven touched base with the incoming US president on Wednesday for a “brief” telephone conversation. …
  • A GREAT SHAKING but A Beautiful OUTCOME[charismatic caucus]

    11/21/2016 1:20:45 PM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Holy Spirit, bible
    Do you see my children I am shaking all that can be shaken in order to bring forth Holiness for as My Word "Be holy as I am holy" is an eternal Truth and this is what shall remain standing only those things that are eternal for all else will fail and is failing before your eyes even now ! Do not be caught up in the landslide for as we are one I shall lift you high above the turmoil and you shall not look back as you cast your eyes upon Me your Savior and King of kings...
  • Norwegian Police Arrest 20 Men in Pedophile Network Probe

    11/20/2016 8:44:53 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies
    AP via NY Times ^ | 11/20/2016 | staff
    Norwegian police say they investigating a pedophile network suspected to involve at least 51 people, which includes the abuse of infants and at least one case of a suspect acknowledging abusing his own children. ---SNIP-- Floystad told reporters Sunday that many of the suspects are highly educated, and include lawyers and politicians. He said he could not reveal more details pending the conclusion of the investigation, known as "Dark Room," which began in 2015.
  • By pure coincidence, Norway is reducing its contributions to the Clinton Foundation next year by 87%

    11/19/2016 3:48:15 PM PST · by Admiral_Zeon · 46 replies
    In 2014 the whole increased to 129 million, and last year gave Norway record $174 million. This year cut the support with over four-fifths. Next year it is only allocated 23 million dollars, a decline of 87 percent since the scant top year. "Norway has signed several deals in which the goal was to help reduce maternal and child mortality in the countries with high dødelighetsbyrde to ensure progress on the Millennium development goals. Most of the agreements expired in 2015, in parallel with the work on the Millennium development goals was ended. This is the reason why the payments...
  • Trondheim approves boycott of Israeli settlement goods [Norway]

    11/18/2016 3:59:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 18 November 2016 09:44 CET+01:00 | NTB/The Local
    The Trondheim City Council on Thursday approved a plan to boycott all Israeli goods and services that are produced in settlements in the the occupied Palestinian areas, Addresseavisen reported. […] The city council is also asking residents of Norway’s third largest city to personally boycott settlement goods and services. In 2014, Labour presented a proposal to parliament calling for a nationwide boycott of Israeli goods produced in the occupied territories. The proposal was supported by left-wing parties, but rejected by government parties the Conservatives and the Progress Party as well as the Christian Democrats. …
  • This is how many Norwegians think Trump would be 'terrible' president [YouGov]

    11/06/2016 9:53:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 4 November 2016 12:53 CET+01:00 | (NTB/The Local)
    Roughly four out of five Norwegians think Donald Trump would be a bad or terrible president, according to a new YouGov poll. While the Republican candidate often refers to himself and his policies as “fantastic”, “excellent” and “the best”, there are few in Norway who buy the claims. Only two percent of Norwegian respondents in a new YouGov poll said that Trump would be “a great president” if elected and only an additional four percent think he would be “good”. A full 59 percent think he would be “terrible” while an additional 18 percent said he would do a “poor”...
  • Norwegian Debate Trump V Clinton (video)

    11/04/2016 10:54:01 AM PDT · by Dagnabitt
    NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Company) ^ | 11/04/2016 | VladTepesBlog
    Norwegian Debate Trump V Clinton
  • Something Big Is Underway On All Fronts: “Within The Next Few Weeks The Future Of The United (TR)

    11/03/2016 11:30:33 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | November 3, 2016 | Jeremiah Johnson
    As of this writing, the increased U.S. troop presence in Eastern Europe includes a battalion-sized element of American troops being emplaced in the Suwalki Gap, Polish territory that borders Lithuania in a 60-mile stretch of corridor. The Russian Defense Ministry announced that 600 Russian and Belarussian airborne troops conducted training exercises in Brest, on the Belorussian-Polish border only a few miles from where the U.S. forces are deploying in Poland. This on the heels of Britain deploying 800 men, tanks, and jets to Estonia, along with pledges of Challenger 2 tanks, APC’s (Armored Personnel Carriers), and drones. Two companies of...
  • Russia threatens to NUKE Norway in response to allowing US Marines to deploy in the country

    10/31/2016 1:48:52 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/31/16 | Chris Summers
     Last week Norway agreed to allow 330 US Marines to be based at Værnes Russia is furious and Frants Klintsevich said Norway was now fair game Klintsevich's views are thought to be in line with those of President Putin's Norway has been warned by a senior Russian politician that it could now be a nuclear target after it allowed for the deployment of 330 US Marines.  Frants Klintsevich, a deputy chairman of Russia's defence and security committee, said the deployment of US Marines at Værnes was part of a US build-up and made Norway fair game in the event of a nuclear confrontation.Mr Klintsevich...
  • The developing world wants natural gas and electricity, Hillary Clinton sends cookstoves

    03/28/2016 5:48:16 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/28/16 | Marita Noon
    While at best, Clinton’s clean cookstove campaign seems slimy, and may be illegal, one might cast a blind eye if the program achieved its aggrandizing goals. Hillary Clinton’s “trustworthiness” problem is fed by a long history of “varying credibility,” as a recent Politico story delineated, including cattle-futures trading, law firm billing records, muddled sniper fire recollections and e-mail use. While providing pertinent points, the Politico list is just a sampling. One missing item on the “mistrust” litany is a project she reportedly cooked up as Secretary of State, but that was shaped by her family foundation. State Department staff sent...
  • Norwegian Minister Tells Muslims: ‘We Eat Pork, Drink Alcohol And Show Our Face’

    10/28/2016 9:59:48 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 46 replies
    IBT ^ | 10/21/16 | JASON LE MIERE
    Norway’s migration and integration minister has faced calls to resign after telling the country’s Muslim immigrants they must adapt to a society in which “we eat pork, drink alcohol and show our face.” Sylvi Listhaug, a member of the country’s populist, anti-immigrant Progress Party, made the comments in a Facebook post Monday. “I think those who come to Norway need to adapt to our society,” she wrote. “Here we eat pork, drink alcohol and show our face. You must abide by the values, laws and regulations that are in Norway when you come here.” Listhuag was appointed to the role...
  • The Father's Plumb Line "Jesus Christ in us"[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/21/2016 7:06:32 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    My Plumb Line is a constant in your life it will never leave you or forsake you but can you even see it or is it masked by Your own desires or distorted by those around you that are blind to my True Will for My Word is Eternal and so it is with The Plumb Line of My Heart for it is when you align your life with My Heart by becoming servant of The Living God that your Heart on earth Becomes aligned with My Heart Your Heavenly Father so as you surrender all to Me My Son...
  • WAKE UP America ! Wake Up Body of CHRIST ![Charismatic Caucus]

    10/20/2016 10:20:09 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Holy Spirit , Bible
    You have allowed a breach in your walls my children! Seers awake ! Rise up to repair your borders and walls for you can not sustain what is about to come now as blind as you now are ! Awake ! Repair ! Come up higher and fast all distractions and guard your gates , replace your blind Seers with the ones that look to Me alone for guidance and KNOW I AM here. So there is no reason to tarry or allow in bitter waters that do not replenish and leave behind Asherah poles of disdain(contempt) . Am I...
  • US Marines seek presence in Norway amid Russian tensions

    10/18/2016 5:26:32 PM PDT · by tekrat · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/18/2016 | Jamie Crawford
    Norway may soon host a rotational force of US Marines -- a move that could send a chill down Russian President Vladimir Putin's spine. The American request, confirmed in a statement from the commanding officer of Marine forces in Europe, comes as tensions between the US and Russia are increasing amid the humanitarian disaster in Syria and US assertions of Russian involvement in cyber hacks on American political organizations and individuals.
  • YOU ARE NOT EXEMPT[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/12/2016 11:26:46 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    You are not exempt my children from the harvest just because your priorities collide with My kingdom Rules and regulations(that is The Harvest first) for it is all about Salvation of the lost now for my time has come and soon I shall be with you for a sweeping up of all My sheep. So for those too busy as Martha and have not chosen the best as Mary, Truly your reward shall be diminished from those that have forsaken all to tend my sheep in the pasture of light I have supplied(that is My spirit upon the earth) for...
  • Norway: EU must accept extended border controls

    10/13/2016 7:21:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.no | 13 October 2016 09:24 CEST+02:00
    Norwegian Justice Minister Anders Anundsen said on Thursday that the EU must allow Norway to continue with its temporary border controls for as long as the nation deems them necessary. When the ministers of justice of the EU and the four EFTA countries meet in Luxembourg on Thursday, Anundsen will ask for the green light to keep Norway’s controls in place. “I think it’s important that we have the opportunity to continue with internal border controls as long as we believe it is necessary,” Anundsen said. Norway is one of five Schengen countries that have introduced border controls in the...
  • Norway rejected post-Brexit trade pact with UK

    10/11/2016 6:48:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 10 October 2016 12:40 CEST+02:00 | (NTB/The Local)
    Britain wanted to create a formal task force to work with Norway on a post-Brexit free trade agreement, but the Norwegian rejected the overture according to a new report. Business daily Dagens Næringsliv reported that the UK’s international trade secretary, Liam Fox, lobbied his Norwegian counterpart, Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland, for Norway to join the United Kingdom in establishing a task force to prepare a new trade agreement for when the Brits formally leave the EU. But when Fox’s request was relayed to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, it was rejected. According to Dagens Næringsliv, the ministry’s director...
  • Norway won't give children the right to complain to the UN

    09/30/2016 8:10:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 30 Sep 2016 15:02 GMT+02:00 | (NTB/The Local)
    The Norwegian government will not go along with a protocol that allows children to lodge complaints over violations of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and three other UN conventions. The government’s decision goes against the advice of numerous Norwegian human rights groups and the demands of its partners in the Liberal Party (Venstre). …
  • Trump an 'embarrassment' Springsteen tells Norway

    09/24/2016 9:33:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 24 Sep 2016 09:41 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has described Donald Trump as an embarrassment to the United States, saying the Republican presidential candidate is a demagogue with simple solutions. Springsteen, who has dramatized the plight of working-class Americans in his music, said he understands how Trump could seem “compelling” to people who are economically insecure. “The absurdity is beyond cartoon-like. But he's gotten close enough (to the White House) so it can make you nervous,” he told Skavlan, a talk show in Norway and Sweden, during an interview released Friday. […] “We have certain problems in the United States — tremendous inequality of...
  • The Guard at NATO’s Northern Gate (Norwegian Air Force)

    09/22/2016 12:25:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | SEPTEMBER 2016 | Carl A. Posey
    Some nights, sitting at a table in a hotel restaurant 17 stories above the Bodø quay, you may see what looks like a spark rise from the Norwegian coast and fly off into the night. Another follows, then both wink out in the distance. They are F-16s from the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) stationed here in Bodø [pronounced “BO-deh”], either on a training flight or scrambled to intercept an aerial visitor, probably a Russian one, skirting Norwegian airspace. Though the conversation around the restaurant is mostly in Norwegian, you also hear diners chatting in English, a good deal of...
  • PST: Every fifth extremist in Norway is a Muslim convert

    09/15/2016 7:58:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 15 Sep 2016 09:34 GMT+02:00 | (NTB/The Local)
    A new report from the Norwegian Police Security Service (Politiets Sikkerhetstjeneste — PST) has found that nearly every fifth radicalized Muslim is a convert to the religion. The PST study attempted to investigate the backgrounds of people in extreme Islamist groups. Everyone in the representative sample study by the security service had been radicalized in Norway and all were under the age of 40. A full 88 percent of the radicalized individuals have an ethnic background other than Norwegian and over 30 different nationalities are represented amongst the radicalized individuals. Some 76 percent of the extremists have Norwegian citizenship. The...
  • Tanks, guns and bras: Norway's women join the draft (What would Trump think?)

    09/09/2016 7:42:41 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 36 replies
    The Local ^ | Published: 25 Aug 2016 08:51 GMT+02:00 | The Local
    They sweat together, they sleep together: in the name of gender equality, Norway has introduced compulsory military service for women, even bunking them in mixed dorms with their brothers-in-arms. The military's gender balance is not entirely equal yet, but almost a third of the Norwegian army conscripts born in 1997 were women this summer. At the Setermoen army base just above the Arctic Circle, new recruits in an armoured battalion are learning to handle assault rifles for use on combat missions. Here and there, long ponytails stick out behind the recruits' caps. "It gives me a bigger recruitment pool to...
  • Norway's asylum rates far below European average

    09/09/2016 7:15:15 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 8 replies
    The Local ^ | Published: 05 Sep 2016 10:37 GMT+02:00 | The Local
    Norway is accepting far fewer Iraqi and Afghan asylum seekers than other countries in Europe, a new report from Klassekampen shows. The newspaper looked at 2016 statistics from the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and found major differences in asylum approval rates. While EASO showed that an average of 60 percent of Iraqis and 47 percent of Afghans who sought asylum between January and July were approved, those numbers are at just ten percent and 25 percent respectively in Norway. UDI said in June that asylum numbers had plummeted by 95 percent in...
  • Norway hairdresser on trial for refusing client in hijab

    09/09/2016 12:23:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 08 Sep 2016 16:13 GMT+02:00 | (NTB/The Local)
    A hairdresser went on trial in Norway on Thursday for refusing a Muslim client wearing a hijab, in the first case in the country to go to court over the Islamic head covering. Merete Hodne risks up to six months in prison for religious discrimination for turning Malika Bayan away from her hair salon in Bryne, a small town in southwestern Norway, in October last year. […] The 47-year-old hairdresser told the court she saw the hijab as a political symbol representing an ideology that frightens her, rather than as a religious symbol. “I see it as a totalitarian symbol....
  • Norway State Church Sees Exodus After Allowing Online Exit

    09/06/2016 6:24:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 9/5/16 | Karl Ritter
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway's state church has seen a record fall in membership after making it possible to join and leave the church electronically. The Church of Norway says almost 25,000 members left in August by using a new function on the church's website. Meanwhile, about 1,200 new members joined online. Even though the church has seen a steady decline in membership in recent decades, that's by far the biggest monthly loss in recorded history. By comparison, the church lost 8,588 members in the first seven months of 2016, before the online option was introduced. Still, church officials appear to...
  • Come run into My Arms[Charismatic Caucus]

    09/06/2016 8:00:44 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    My opinion of you is righteousness for I have loved you through all eternity . So catch up with my love for you just drink it in and fall into the pool of my complete acceptance for you have already been washed in my forgiveness so don't challenge my love just receive it for you are mine and I am yours woven through all eternity together as one. Come to me and the sound of my voice both through others gestures of my love through them and by my Spirit speaking to your heart for I have already given you...
  • Man charged with raping three Oslo women

    09/06/2016 11:33:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 06 Sep 2016 06:10 GMT+02:00 | (NTB/The Local)
    A 38-year-old man with an Eritrean background was charged with four counts of rape in Oslo District Court on Monday, Nettavisen wrote. The man, who is registered as living in Vest-Agder county, is accused of having raped three different women whom he met in the capital. “There is nothing that points to these being attack rapes, but rather as I understand it attacks on women that he met in the city,” the man’s defense lawyer, Arne Gunnar Aas told Nettavisen. …
  • Norway runs deficit for first time in over 20 years

    09/06/2016 11:28:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 06 Sep 2016 13:40 GMT+02:00
    For the first time since the mid 1990s, Norway’s expenditures have exceeded state revenues. Figures released by Statistics Norway (SSB) on Tuesday show that the state’s total revenues in the second quarter of this year totaled 328 billion kroner, which is 2.3 percent less than in the same quarter of last year. […] “Reduced income from petroleum taxes and reduced surplus from the State’s Direct Financial Interest in petroleum activities (SDFI) account largely for the continued decrease in total revenue in Q2 2016,” SSB wrote. …
  • World Chess Champion Chastises Norway's Political Correctness After Trump Snub

    09/03/2016 5:49:57 PM PDT · by libh8er · 5 replies
    Earlier this year, Carlsen admitted in an interview with Norwegian TV-channel TV2 that he was "a huge fan" of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, something seldom uttered in Norway, where the mainstream media are strictly pro-Clinton and where Donald Trump is a standing subject of ridicule. Last week-end, however, the controversy flared up anew, as Carlsen's supposed sympathies with Trump were addressed again in his interview with Spain's second largest newspaper El Mundo. Carlsen expressed displeasure with how his words had been "twisted and turned," while at the same time snubbing Norwegian political correctness. "A few months ago I...
  • Norwegian king’s amazing speech on love and diversity (left-wing King Harald)

    09/02/2016 7:22:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 02 Sep 2016 12:58 GMT+02:00
    At a time when it often feels like we are more and more being split up into “us” and “them”, King Harald of Norway is being hailed for a speech that highlights our commonalities and embraces diversity and acceptance. […] “Norwegians come from the north of the country, from the middle, from the south and all the other regions. Norwegians are also immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Poland, Sweden, Somalia and Syria,” the king said. “Norwegians are girls who love girls. Boys who love boys. And boys and girls who love each other,” King Harald said. “Norwegians believe in God, Allah,...
  • The Centurions of The Lord[ Charismatic Caucus]

    09/01/2016 8:59:25 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 9 replies
    Bible ,The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 9-1-16 | Holy Spirit
    "My living creatures surround you for you have arrived " I AM The Guardian of your life , Nothing exists or is unseen, For I AM The eyes of those that believe, In and through all things I created to be, I AM The Author of all that you see, And of the invisible I make myself known, I AM The Author of existence That turns over every stone, So nothing I say nothing surprises Me, As far as the east is from the west and beyond I see, So rest your wholeness in My fullness for this is where...