Islamophobia Turns into Mass Murder in Norway
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The man who killed 76 fellow Norwegians may be insane, but he's not alone in concern about the impact of immigration. We hear about the reaction to multiculturalism in Norway, other countries in Europe and the United States. Also, debt ceiling gridlock drags on, and America's growing wealth disparity between whites, blacks and Hispanics.
Banner image: A Norwegian flag is held up amidst flowers as an estimated 100,000 people gather in Oslo town centre for a vigil following Friday's twin extremist attacks on July 25, 2011 in Oslo, Norway. Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Debt Ceiling Gridlock Drags on ()
Americans looking for a break in the debt-ceiling impasse didn't see it last night. In a prime-time speech from the White House, President Obama put the blame squarely on Republicans who are "insisting on a cuts-only approach."
From Capitol Hill, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said he "made a sincere effort to work with the President" for what he calls "Cut, Cap and Balance," but that "even when we thought we might be close on an agreement, the President's demands changed."
David Lightman is national correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.
Mass Murder in Norway and the Spread of Multiculturalism ()
The death toll from last week's bombing and shootings in Norway is now said to be 76 and the names of the victims are being released. Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted to the atrocities, is in solitary confinement and his lawyer says he's "insane," driven by the fantasy of war against Islam. In a country where the police are normally unarmed, there have been massive demonstrations of sympathy: no calls for vengeance; no security crackdown. But there's growing concern that immigration is a threat to national identity in Norway and elsewhere in Europe. Should there be more attention to the potential excesses of right-wing reaction, not just in Europe but the US as well?
- Tomm Kristiansen: NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Tore Bjorgo: Norwegian Police University College
- Joerg Forbrig: German Marshall Fund
- Scott Shane: New York Times, @ScottShaneNYT
Wealth Gap between Whites and Minorities as Wide as Ever ()
The wealth gap between whites, blacks and Hispanics is growing, intensified by the financial meltdown and the bursting of the housing bubble. The Pew Research Center began tracking wealth disparity by race in 1984 when white families had 12 times as much as black families. Now, white households are worth 20 times more than those of black Americans and 18 times more than those of Hispanics. Timothy Smeeding, Professor at the University of Wisconsin and Director of the Institute on Poverty, has more on the stunning statistics and what it might take to equalize access to prosperity.
- Timothy Smeeding: University of Wisconsin
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