For the first time, Norway has a purely “green” party in Parliament after Miljøpartiet De Grønne (MDG) secured enough votes to win one seat in the new Storting that convenes next month. It will be held by Rasmus Hansson of Oslo, a former head of the Norwegian chapter of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and a biologist who’s been a lifelong environmentalist.
“We have been working for this breakthrough for a long time,” the party’s national spokeswoman and top candidate from Rogaland on the West Coast, Hanna Marcussen, told news bureau NTB . Now she’s even more driven towards sparking a “green revolution” and planting its ideas on the national agenda.
“We already have managed the most important thing, establishing ourselves as a force in Norwegian politics,” Marcussen said. Both she and Hansson claim the party won’t ally itself with either the left or right blocs in parliament, but rather move with the issues. The party has harshly criticized the other parties parliament for constantly letting Norway’s oil-fueled economy take priority over the environmental policies they believe are necessary to stem climate change. Now they can at least offer a swing vote on various issues, for a price.
In an article by Sabir Qadiri at Rudaw.net, Jan Bojer Vindheim explains why he believes the Kurds should have an independent state.
Kurds have the right to have an independent state like Moldova, Kosovo, South Sudan and other countries. Kurdistan has all the elements of becoming a state … Can Kurds defend themselves against attacks by the four countries that surround them? Can Kurds attract the support and attention of the U.S. and Europe?
In addition, Vindheim points out why this is a critical issue for the West, and the US in particular. Continue Reading
Norway’s Green Party (Miljøpartiet de Grønne) is celebrating after this weekend’s regional elections, in which the Greens increased their number of local representatives from 6 to 18. Many local councils will get their first Green representatives after the vote, including Oslo and Bergen, Norway’s largest cities. From the Norwegian Green Party website:
From the preliminary count, the Greens appear to have won 17 local council mandates and 1 county council mandate. This is an increase of 12 seats from the 2007 election, if the county council mandate is included. The party has gotten mandates in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim (2), Kristiansand, Nesodden (2), Halden, Mandal, Tromsø, Lillehammer, Ås, Porsgrunn, Meland, Aurland, Flakstad, and Vestvågøy. In addition, the Greens got one representative on the county council in Hordaland. Continue Reading
The Green Party in Norway is one of 11 political parties fielding a full slate of candidates for office. Two of Norway’s privately owned television stations have agreed to give each of these parties access to free time, while the public television station has extended access to only seven of them, leaving the Greens out in the cold.
The Green Party in Noway has taken their case to the international Green community at a website called Democracy in Norway, and has put up a petition you can sign and send.