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Iceland Snubbed Over Whaling
The Reykjavík Grapewine ^ | 12.06.2014 | Paul Fontaine

Posted on 06/17/2014 5:04:16 PM PDT by Leifur

Iceland was not amongst the countries invited to take part in a conference on the world’s oceans, due to the continued practice of whale hunting.

RÚV reports that the conference – Our Ocean – is hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Many countries around the world have been invited to take part in the two-day conference, where subjects such as pollution and sustainability in our world’s oceans will be discussed.

Iceland, despite having sought to participate, has not been invited to take part in the conference, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this because of whale hunting.

While current Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson declined to comment, former Foreign Minister Össur Skarphéðinsson told reporters that the snub was “the most serious action that the Americans have used in their fight against Icelandic whaling”, adding that more punitive measures should be expected in the future.

The news should be of little surprise to many Grapevine readers. As reported last April, the White House issued a statement, signed by US President Barack Obama, which outlined a number of directives the US planned against Iceland due to whaling.

Amongst these directives were to have “the Department of State … re-examine bilateral cooperation projects and, where appropriate, to base U.S. cooperation with Iceland on the Icelandic government changing its whaling policy” as well as to have “[c]abinet secretaries and other senior Administration officials … evaluate the appropriateness of visits to Iceland in light of Iceland’s resumption of fin whaling and ongoing trade in fin whale parts and products.”

“I believe that continuing focus on Icelandic whaling activities is needed to encourage Iceland to halt commercial whaling and support international conservation efforts,” the US president said. “Just as the United States made the transition from a commercial whaling nation to a whale watching nation, we must enhance our engagement with Iceland to facilitate this change.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: foreignpolicy; iceland; whaling
Well, today on Iceland´s national independence day when we are celebbrating that there are 70 years since we declared our independence under the protection of the American military, whose government was the first to recognise us and has been a longtime ally and friend ever since, this relationship is souring quickly by one more of Obama´s foreign policy debackle.

It is especially idiotic as Iceland has one of the worlds most succesful marine resource management system and a very good record of a commercially sound, sustainable use of its resources, including whales, which for sentimental reasons seem should be excluded from use. By what argument? Big puppy eyes?

I understand that having a small friend like Iceland doesn´t seem so important maybe to a big fella like you are, but being the protector of the weak and small is your primary counterargument against those accusing you of imperialism.

The US has always had a special place for Icelanders, it is not even exceptionally foreign, due to enormous american influence during our formative years when we were building up a modern society while hosting a sizeable american military presence.

It is not even considered such a treacherous affair that one of our most promising young athleetes elected to use the coincidence he was born in the US to play for the US football (errenously called soccer) team at the World Cup. But I can only imagine the uproar if someone would choose playing for the Danes, or other countries.

1 posted on 06/17/2014 5:04:16 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: Truth29; All

Ping


2 posted on 06/17/2014 5:04:44 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: Leifur

And the Obama regime insults yet another staunch ally...


3 posted on 06/17/2014 5:07:02 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Leifur
Grapevines? In Iceland?

Isn't there a more appropriate metaphor for "rumor mill" in such a northerly country?

4 posted on 06/17/2014 5:13:03 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Timber Rattler

Well, it was either an ally or Leonardo DiCaprio.


5 posted on 06/17/2014 5:13:22 PM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: Leifur

As if Iceland really cares about not being invited.


6 posted on 06/17/2014 5:17:59 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Leifur

MYOB Barry! (He can’t do that either.)


7 posted on 06/17/2014 5:21:28 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Leifur
Is whaling nation Norway off the hook?

Perhaps Iceland also should have awarded Hussein Obama a bogus "Peace Prize"?

8 posted on 06/17/2014 5:22:14 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Leifur

Which one. Thus one us just wrapping up.

http://www.globaloceansactionsummit.com


9 posted on 06/17/2014 5:23:53 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Leifur
Is whaling nation Norway off the hook?

Perhaps Iceland also should have awarded Hussein Obama a bogus "Peace Prize"?

10 posted on 06/17/2014 5:24:43 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Leifur

Thanks for the ping. This almost slipped past me.


11 posted on 06/17/2014 5:25:30 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Ah, this one. http://ourocean2014.state.gov


12 posted on 06/17/2014 5:28:38 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Final is by:
CHARTING A PATH FORWARD
Moderated by Under Secretary Catherine Novelli
A distinguished panel led by Secretary Kerry announces new commitments and charts a path forward
Secretary of State John F. Kerry
President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., Republic of Palau Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, Chile
Foreign Minister Børge Brende, Norway
Foreign Minister Robert Dussey, Togo
Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank


13 posted on 06/17/2014 5:31:49 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

What the ? Who they plan on hacking?

CALLING ALL HACKERS
If you have design, coding, or project management skills, join your local Fishackathon to help design solutions for sustainable fishing while protecting the welfare of small-scale fisheries in the developing world.

http://www.fishackathon.co


14 posted on 06/17/2014 5:33:39 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Oh look, pre canned twitter statements...
“Our ocean is at risk, but we can make a difference. Find out what you can do to help protect our ocean: http://state.gov/ourocean #OurOcean2014”

Hmm,. “The provisional conference program is now available. Please note that participation is by invitation only. s “

http://ourocean.info


15 posted on 06/17/2014 5:37:50 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Still no list of invitees.

They are using ‘thunderclap’

https://www.thunderclap.it/casestudies


16 posted on 06/17/2014 5:40:22 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Leifur

And, they don’t get to meet Leonardo DiCaprio!


17 posted on 06/17/2014 5:54:25 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: Leifur
If I'm not mistaken, the U.S. allows Eskimos to take whales.

How is Iceland different? It is there heritage and history too. There is only one difference, Icelanders are white.

18 posted on 06/17/2014 6:03:38 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Leifur

19 posted on 06/17/2014 7:50:22 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: Leifur

I was a Navy wife stationed in Keflavik in the 1970s. We even lived off base for a while and the local people were always so friendly to us, but you couldn’t wear a uniform into Reykjavik as they are a socialist country. This was during the Viet Nam era and the base was vital to Cold War intelligence. Iceland was a respected ally.

We visit the whaling station north of Reykjavik. It was fascinating to watch them bring in and process the whales on the cutting floor. (Although really smelly.) They would have a ship with a harpoon on its prow and would tie a whale to each side (If lucky. Usually got only one.) Usually they were baleen whales.

I always thought the sad part was that most of the meat supposedly went to English dog food. Perhaps they wouldn’t whale if there wasn’t a market.


20 posted on 06/17/2014 8:27:37 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: Timber Rattler

Yes, and over just such a small matter, or as our finance minister said, why threatening sanctions or worsening relations over an internal matter that does not concern others? He mentioned then f.e. that Iceland never had let it affect its relationship with the US that it conducts death penalties on humans even though it is to us morally reprehensible. This picture had fun with that comment, and in it he is saying: ,,What? I thought we could use the chair to get the killings up to the stage you call: The Moral High Ground”
http://www.visir.is/article/20140620/SKODANIR07/140629985


21 posted on 06/22/2014 3:46:46 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Well, it would be in icelandic: Orðið á götunni, which would be translated as ,,the word on the street”. Other could be: Gróa á Leiti, which is a reference to a fictional caracter that spread rumors, but Gróa can be understood as something course. But as it is an english language paper (probably the only state supported such paper in the country, as it is pretty much paid for through the tourism office) in the country, which is a sad thing as it is VERY leftwing in its discussions, but using an english epitheth for it is then quite understandable.


22 posted on 06/22/2014 3:51:09 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: smokingfrog

As english is a second language to me, I don´t understand many acronyms and expressions that are second nature to natives, can you explain to me what you are saying? I tried to google what the acronmy MYOP stood for but came up with nothing.


23 posted on 06/22/2014 3:53:33 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: bushbuddy

Is he going to this conference? Oh, then I understand why the US would throw a 70 year relationship with a staunch ally overboard...


24 posted on 06/22/2014 3:54:47 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: SeaHawkFan

Well, of course we care, it is a snub from the power that purports itself as the protector of the weak and small nations in the international order and thus the supposed champion of freedom, snubbing a staunch ally over the most important issue of that ally, the use of its marine resources, in which we have gained a very valuable experience and knowledge and consider ourself to be a leader in the world despite our smallness. Having a world ocean summit without Iceland is like having a world economic summit without the US.


25 posted on 06/22/2014 3:57:53 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: Dagnabitt

Norway has oil, they are never threatened...so I know of. We are just small and can easily be kicked around...well, at least so people tend to think...


26 posted on 06/22/2014 3:59:05 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: Truth29

No thank you for the interest you have always shown...maybe I should start to be active here again, and create the Iceland related ping list I always intendet...


27 posted on 06/22/2014 4:00:23 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: Leifur

M.Y.O.B.

Mind Your Own Business (Don’t interfere in matters that are not your concern.)


28 posted on 06/22/2014 4:00:41 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

I beliwe the second one is the correct...I looked at the page, where they talked about sustainable fishing, which is exactly Iceland´s expertise and where we are the world leader, and there is no mention of our solution, which is Individually Transferable Quatas, the only system that really works, privatization in effect. All about top down aproaches it seemed to me.


29 posted on 06/22/2014 4:04:37 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: monkeyshine

You are the second one to mention him, is he going? Well, as i said before, then it is all understandable, I mean if you have to choose between a passing movie star or a staunch ally of 70 years with thorough understanding of sustainable use of its marine resources.


30 posted on 06/22/2014 4:07:48 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: SampleMan

EXACTLY! We have been eating whale meat since the onset of our history as can be read about in the Icelandic Saga´s...how are we less native and less connected to the use of our marine resources than the escimo´s? The US in fact hunts whales that are really endangered, not like we do, only those that are in abundance in our waters.


31 posted on 06/22/2014 4:10:15 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: Dr. Thorne

Haha, always wanted a contrarian T - Shirt with that! Although I am more for harpooning them...and then eating, and you can´t really do that with them all nuked up...


32 posted on 06/22/2014 4:11:08 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: marsh2

I have never heard about it being used for dog food, maybe some leftovers (which are many in such a big animal) like the guts or something, but the meat is like the most tender beef and is a very valuable commodity f.e. in Japan. Just imagine the thickest, juciest beef steak you have ever had, and multiply it by 10...


33 posted on 06/22/2014 4:13:11 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: smokingfrog

Ah, thank you, now I understand. Yes, it is not as we are doing anything wrong, just managing our marine resources in a sustainable manner like is neccasery for us to live off them.

Why people can´t get out of their western guilt for nearly wiping out some of the whale speacies (we banned whaling around iceland to protecth them in 1915) now that many of the whale species have reached the numbers it is quite alright, even neccesery to start harvesting them in order to keep the oceans I can´t understand.

It has obviously become an industry, portrayting the big animals with big cute eyes as a litteral cash cow for the environmentalists. Maybe it is because we don´t feel guilty, that we cannot understand the mentality of banning it, now that the research shows that these species can surely support hunting again.


34 posted on 06/22/2014 5:21:50 PM PDT by Leifur
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To: Leifur

If you start an Iceland ping list, I would certainly be interested.


35 posted on 06/22/2014 7:27:43 PM PDT by Truth29
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