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Obama’s name game, &c.

Appearing on The View, President Obama was asked whether this year’s election would be tight. He said, “When your name is Barack Obama, it’s always tight.” The View’s Joy Behar, instantly grasping his meaning, I believe, c…

Telemark Journal

With the Oslo Freedom Forum over, I’m off to Telemark with friends — a Norwegian couple, Kristian and Tone, and their marvelous son, Henrik, age ten months. He’s going to be an American boy, as well as a Norwegian one. Certainly Ameri…

Oslo Journal, Part VII

Editor’s Note: The Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual human-rights conference, took place from May 7 to 9, in the Norwegian capital. The previous parts of Jay Nordlinger’s journal are at the following links: I, II, III, IV, V…

Oslo Journal, Part VI

Editor’s Note: The Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual human-rights conference, took place from May 7 to 9, in the Norwegian capital. The previous parts of Jay Nordlinger’s journal are at the following links: I, II, III, IV, and V….

Oslo Journal, Part V

Editor’s Note: The Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual human-rights conference, took place last week, in the Norwegian capital. The previous parts of Jay Nordlinger’s journal are at the following links: I, II, III, and IV.
The most fantastically …

Oslo Journal, Part IV

Editor’s Note: The Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual human-rights conference, took place last week, in the Norwegian capital. The previous parts of Jay Nordlinger’s journal are at the following links: I, II, and III.
Outside the Grand Hotel, I …

Oslo Journal, Part III

Editor’s Note: The Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual human-rights conference, took place last week, in the Norwegian capital. For Parts I and II of Jay Nordlinger’s journal, go here and here.
One after the other, speakers take the stage of the …

Oslo Journal, Part II

Editor’s Note: The Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual human-rights conference, took place last week, in the Norwegian capital. For Part I of Jay Nordlinger’s journal, go here.
In an elevator, I meet a young man from Belarus — Franak Viačo…