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Rundle: ideology aside, free speech is worth fighting for

Following the Norway massacre, three dominant arguments have emerged on the Left.

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Boston Globe | EUROPE|

Norway mourns and remembers

A look at life in Norway in the five days since a massacre that killed 68 people rocked the small country. Roses have been taken on by Norway locals as an mourning floral emblem of sorts.

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Crikey Blogs | EUROPE|

Rage is an effective emotion for allaying the sensation of terror

Shakira Hussein braced herself for the backlash of hearing a Muslim name in regards to the Norway massacre gunman. But that doesn’t mean she breathed easy or gloated — as others have suggested — when learning he was a right-wing Christian.

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The Guardian | EUROPE|

A survivor’s account of the Norway massacre

Eighteen-year-old Emma Martinovic describes in chilling detail her experience on Utøya Island last weekend, from sending text messages to friends trying to figure out where the gunman was to swimming away as he shot at her.

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Rundle: Breivik’s killings were a mass political assassination

The dozens of young people who were slaughtered on that island were not killed randomly, walking into the wrong McDonald’s, or coming down a high-school corridor. They were killed because of their political beliefs.

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Breivik and the Right’s right to write … it’s free speech, after all

Writers cannot be held responsible for how people interpret or act on their words, because of a little thing called free will … and the right to free speech, writes Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked Online.

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US debt: Americans have only themselves to blame

Crikey readers have their say.

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Crikey Blogs | EUROPE|

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freak

There has been much recent criticism of the analysis of the Norway massacre, particularly of the premature reporting of the atrocity as an Islamist terrorist attack. But “terrorist” is only a recent term, writes Piers Kelly.

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The Breivik manifesto and the Monckton connection

In the chilling manifesto by Norway gunman Anders Behring Breivik, it points readers to a video clip of climate sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton, writes Graham Readfearn.

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Rundle: Breivik the armed wing of hysterical Right commentary

With the death toll in the Norwegian terrorist massacre at 76, and its nature as a coolly planned political act becoming clear beyond all question, the Right continues to avoid anything resembling moral reflection.

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Reprehensible reporting of Norway massacre

Crikey readers have their say.

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Sun photoshopping … Fairfax pay wars …

Here at Crikey, we noticed something strange about the photo of Norway mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik that appeared next to the masthead of today’s News International newspaper The Sun. Plus other media news.

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Der Spiegel | EUROPE|

Norway: the campers on the other side of the lake

A group of campers next to a lake in Norway were having a quiet afternoon when terrified teenagers appeared from the water explaining that a gunman was killing people on the island just 600m from them. The campers immediately jumped into a boat…

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Into the abyss of the Norway massacre

The Oslo massacre was turning out to be an abyss, the sadistic mass murder of the young — but there its resemblance to a high school massacre ended.

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Richardson: if this isn’t terrorism, what is?

In addition to the horror of Friday’s slaughter in Norway, there has been the secondary shock of what it has revealed about so much of the west’s attitude to terrorism.

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Bracing for the name of the perpetrator …

Considering the knee jerk coverage from some of the world’s media outlets over the weekend, this is worth the click.

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Crikey Blogs | EUROPE|

Breivik? It’s not a Muslim name

Shakira Hussein waits to hear the name of the perpetrator of each atrocity, bracing herself against the inevitable backlash if it should be a Muslim name. But, says Hussein, we need to break this mood of instinctive defensiveness.

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The rise of Norway’s hard right

Crikey media wrap: Norway is left reeling not only from the death of 93 people but also the implications of a homegrown terrorist intent on killing innocent citizens to fight against the “mulculturalism” of Europe.

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