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By Natan Sharansky | December 14, 2004
YASSER ARAFAT is dead. A so-called moderate is now chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Elections to choose a Palestinian Authority president are scheduled in the West Bank and Gaza for early January. Optimists see an opportunity for restarting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the possibility of a meaningful and comprehensive settlement of the conflict. But whether this will really prove to be a positive turning point in the search for peace in the Middle East depends on whether we have learned from the failures of the past.
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February 14, 2012
Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinians face a Catch-22. As the Sun's editorial, "Mr. Abbas' mission" (Feb. 13) points out, a unity government between Mr. Abbas' Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza is a necessary precondition to negotiate a two state solution. Unfortunately, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserts that Mr. Abbas can have peace with Israel or unity with Hamas, but not both. The Catch-22 is that Israel used the split in territorial control between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas as an excuse to not negotiate.
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By Jeffrey Fleishman and Jeffrey Fleishman,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 23, 2004
BERLIN - Armed thieves burst into a Norwegian museum yesterday, held a guard at gunpoint, yanked Edvard Munch's The Scream off the wall, whisked past stunned visitors and jumped into a stolen sedan that sped through the streets of Oslo. Another of Munch's four versions of the masterpiece was stolen 10 years ago during the Winter Olympics in Norway. Officials suggested that the theft, which unfolded about 11 a.m. at the Munch Museum, was most likely the work of an international ring that would seek a ransom because the painting is too famous to be sold on the open market or to a private collector.
NEWS
July 27, 2011
Photo credit: Reuters With a year to go until the London Olympics, organizers are promising to take another look at whether a solitary terrorist could cause tragedy. From the AP : At least 93 people were killed when a Norwegian with right-wing views set off a bomb in Oslo and went on a gun-rampage at a youth camp. Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson says "we need to see what the direct cause of that is, but that will always cause anybody to look and to re-examine their own security plans.
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By Beverly Beyette and Beverly Beyette,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 10, 2006
OSLO, NORWAY -- All in all, these are good times in this Scandinavian capital. The Scream, Norway's best-known painting -- stolen in 2004 -- is back home in the Munch Museum. Today, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony will take place at City Hall. And thanks to oil, which was discovered in the North Sea in the 1970s, Norway projects a state budget surplus of $59 billion for next year. On a recent visit to Oslo, I found a vibrant city of interesting contradictions and surprises. For instance, it's a mistake to think of it as a homogenous city of blond, blue-eyed Nordics.
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By Caroline Spencer and Caroline Spencer,Special to The Sun | February 13, 1994
For years, Oslo has been known as the ugly duckling of Scandinavian capital cities. Its cuisine and night-life were considered less sophisticated than that in Stockholm or Helsinki, and its arts and culture were largely ignored.Yet, as the 1994 Winter Olympics takes place in nearby Lillehammer, Oslo is finally earning recognition as a vacation destination. From 1990 to 1993, the number of tourists arriving in Norway grew from about 3.5 million to 4.5 million, says Harald Hansen of the Norwegian Tourist Board.
NEWS
August 24, 2004
JUST AS THE ICONIC smile of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is associated with a certain sense of enigma, the expression of anguish vividly portrayed in Edvard Munch's "The Scream" inevitably is linked to the inner angst so pervasive in modern life. Painted in 1893 by the Norwegian recluse, the works of art - there are actually four versions - came to symbolize the psychological horrors of the 20th century. The theft of one version of "The Scream" over the weekend from the Munch Museum in Oslo - the second time one of the series was stolen in the last decade - thus resonates far beyond the painting's estimated value of approximately $100 million.
NEWS
February 14, 2012
Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinians face a Catch-22. As the Sun's editorial, "Mr. Abbas' mission" (Feb. 13) points out, a unity government between Mr. Abbas' Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza is a necessary precondition to negotiate a two state solution. Unfortunately, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserts that Mr. Abbas can have peace with Israel or unity with Hamas, but not both. The Catch-22 is that Israel used the split in territorial control between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas as an excuse to not negotiate.
NEWS
By George F. Will | August 20, 2001
WASHINGTON - Among reasonable people, who are now impervious to the diplomats' anesthetizing imbecilities about "preserving" the Middle East "peace process," there is a crystallizing consensus: Israel needs a short war and a high wall. To understand the context of such thinking, consider what USA Today's Jack Kelley saw at the Aug. 9 terrorist bombing that killed 15 at the Jerusalem pizza restaurant. Mr. Kelley was 30 yards away when the terrorist detonated a bomb packed with nails: "The blast.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 6, 1994
"I was born in a blizzard, a special out-of-season blizzard, the worst blizzard Oslo ever suffered. Family, home, circumstances, the country I lived in and the weather I was born in all conspired to make a skater of me."-- Sonja HenieOSLO, Norway -- She was the first to spin, the first to jump, the first to be crowned a figure skating ice queen.She wore jewels during practice and plumes during competition. She won her first Olympic gold medal at 15, and her third at 23.She dazzled Roosevelt.
NEWS
December 11, 2009
W hen President Barack Obama was named winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize in October, the country was in the midst of two foreign wars, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, threats of nuclear proliferation from North Korea and Iran and the specter of catastrophic global climate change. Nothing that has happened in the two months since has fundamentally altered that picture. Thus, the sight of President Obama accepting his award in Norway on Thursday was, on one level, fraught with irony.
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By JEAN MARBELLA | April 26, 2009
Talk about Smalltimore. Ethel Ennis, Baltimore's grande dame of jazz, was in Oslo in 1990 to perform the national anthem at a ceremony commemorating the first American killed in World War II. In the audience was Anne Brown, the American soprano who, literally, put the Bess in Porgy and Bess - George Gershwin became so enraptured with her singing, he expanded both her role and the title of a new opera he was writing, originally called, simply, Porgy....
NEWS
October 3, 2007
The date hasn't been set. There is no firm guest list or agreed agenda. A site has been chosen, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, but that decision doesn't offer much assurance that the Bush administration's Middle East peace conference proposed for November is going to take place. There are too many unknowns at this late date, and a stark difference of opinion exists between Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the meeting's expected outcome. Neither Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice nor President Bush has offered any clarity on that point.
TRAVEL
By Beverly Beyette and Beverly Beyette,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 10, 2006
OSLO, NORWAY -- All in all, these are good times in this Scandinavian capital. The Scream, Norway's best-known painting -- stolen in 2004 -- is back home in the Munch Museum. Today, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony will take place at City Hall. And thanks to oil, which was discovered in the North Sea in the 1970s, Norway projects a state budget surplus of $59 billion for next year. On a recent visit to Oslo, I found a vibrant city of interesting contradictions and surprises. For instance, it's a mistake to think of it as a homogenous city of blond, blue-eyed Nordics.
NEWS
By Natan Sharansky | December 14, 2004
YASSER ARAFAT is dead. A so-called moderate is now chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Elections to choose a Palestinian Authority president are scheduled in the West Bank and Gaza for early January. Optimists see an opportunity for restarting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the possibility of a meaningful and comprehensive settlement of the conflict. But whether this will really prove to be a positive turning point in the search for peace in the Middle East depends on whether we have learned from the failures of the past.
FEATURES
By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC | August 24, 2004
The theft of one of the world's most famous paintings, The Scream by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, has left many wondering what the perpetrators of the heist could possibly want. The truth is it's very likely that they don't know what they want, at least consciously. Two masked men stole the picture and another Munch painting, Madonna, from Oslo's lightly guarded Munch Museum on Sunday after threatening the unarmed guards and visitors with pistols. They then fled in a waiting car. The painting, which depicts a tortured figure standing on a bridge and covering its ears with its hands under a red sunset, is an icon of modern art, far too well-known to be sold on the open market.
NEWS
July 27, 2011
Photo credit: Reuters With a year to go until the London Olympics, organizers are promising to take another look at whether a solitary terrorist could cause tragedy. From the AP : At least 93 people were killed when a Norwegian with right-wing views set off a bomb in Oslo and went on a gun-rampage at a youth camp. Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson says "we need to see what the direct cause of that is, but that will always cause anybody to look and to re-examine their own security plans.
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 11, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- I have located Norway. It turns out to be right next to, but different from, Sweden. Also I'm pretty sure that Finland is around here someplace.Getting here was not easy. My flight from New York to Oslo sat on the ground at Kennedy airport for three and a half hours while the pilot came up with a series of increasingly lame excuses for the delay: He was waiting for connecting passengers; the dog ate his flight plan; vandals had stolen the landing gear; etc.I believe that the pilot was actually stalling because he didn't know for sure where Norway was. I bet that, between announcements, he and his flight crew were frantically thumbing through volume "N" of the World Book Encyclopedia, looking for the Norway section.
NEWS
August 24, 2004
JUST AS THE ICONIC smile of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is associated with a certain sense of enigma, the expression of anguish vividly portrayed in Edvard Munch's "The Scream" inevitably is linked to the inner angst so pervasive in modern life. Painted in 1893 by the Norwegian recluse, the works of art - there are actually four versions - came to symbolize the psychological horrors of the 20th century. The theft of one version of "The Scream" over the weekend from the Munch Museum in Oslo - the second time one of the series was stolen in the last decade - thus resonates far beyond the painting's estimated value of approximately $100 million.
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