FROM Tore Bjorgo
Islamophobia Turns into Mass Murder in Norway 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." 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.
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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?