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  • Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks

    06/22/2014 11:45:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 19, 2014 | Emma Jane Kirby
    Plans to build a new road in Iceland ran into trouble recently when campaigners warned that it would disturb elves living in its path. Construction work had to be stopped while a solution was found. From his desk at the Icelandic highways department in Reykjavik, Petur Matthiasson smiles at me warmly from behind his glasses, but firmly. "Let's get this straight before we start - I do not believe in elves," he says. I raise my eyebrows slightly and incline my head towards his computer screen which is displaying the plans for a new road in a neighbouring town. There...
  • Reykjavik mayor proposes cutting ties with Moscow over gay law

    07/21/2013 12:57:24 PM PDT · by Salman · 23 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 15 Jul 2013 | Chris Irvine
    The mayor of Reykjavik has called for the Icelandic capital to cut its ties with Moscow over Russia's nationwide ban on homosexual propaganda. Last month, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, signed a law that stigmatises gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality. In response, Jón Gnarr, who was one of Iceland's top comedian's before becoming mayor of the city in 2010, filed a motion in a city council meeting last week to end his city's relationship with Moscow. Since 2007 Reykjavik and Moscow have been "sister cities".
  • Ronald Reagan: Conservative, Confident, and Visionary

    02/06/2011 8:20:52 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 6, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Learning a lesson in Iceland. Ronald Reagan was not always “conservative,” and for this, conservatives love him. The modern conservative mind thinks in a certain box – a good box, not a bad one, but a box, nevertheless. We have an ideology: government can do these specific things, and no more. Tax something and you’ll get less of it, subsidize a thing and you’ll get more of it… etc. We have a host of such pronouncements, and we are usually right. We advocate the limited government of the Constitution, and the free economy of Hayek and Hazlitt, because we believe...
  • Iceland hopes fishing industry can haul its economy out of the depths

    12/17/2008 6:56:00 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies · 1,057+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 18 December 2008 | Jill Lawless
    FOR centuries, Icelanders earned a living from the sea, setting out in small boats to haul cod, haddock and herring from the North Atlantic waters. But in recent years these proud descendants of Vikings found new fish to catch, scooping up businesses around the world with the help of light financial regulation and expansive banks. "There was some banker who said we didn't need the fishing industry," said Helgi Mar Sigurgeirsson, the chief engineer of a fishing trawler moored in Reykjavik harbour. "He said we could make money with the banks. I'd like to speak to him now." Fishing is...
  • Iceland is all but officially bankrupt

    10/10/2008 12:18:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 110 replies · 8,657+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | October 9, 2008 | Eric Pfanner
    People go bankrupt all the time. Companies do, too. But countries? Iceland was on the verge of doing exactly that on Thursday as the government shut down the stock market and seized control of its last major independent bank. That brought trading in the country's currency to a halt, with foreign banks no longer willing to take Icelandic krona, even at fire-sale rates. As the meltdown in the Icelandic financial system quickened, with the government seemingly powerless to do anything about it, analysts said there was probably only one realistic option left: for Iceland to be bailed out by the...
  • Happy Reykjavik Day

    10/12/2006 11:08:30 AM PDT · by Physicist · 30 replies · 3,382+ views
    History ^ | October 12, 1986 | Self
    Twenty years ago this very day, President Ronald Reagan destroyed the Soviet Union. On the morning of October 12, 1986, it seemed as if the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were on the brink of sweeping reductions in their nuclear arsenal. President Reagan's refusal to abandon SDI caused the talks to collapse. This locked the Soviets into continuing an arms race that they could not afford, could not win, and could not abandon, dooming their empire to eventual collapse. The results of the SDI program President Reagan refused to abandon could well save our lives from North Korean aggression.
  • Iceland Unhappy U.S. Pulling Defenses Out

    03/16/2006 12:33:55 PM PST · by knighthawk · 157 replies · 3,804+ views
    Chron.com ^ | March 16 2006 | KRISTA MAHR/AP
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland — The United States, which has long provided Iceland with its only military force, has decided to withdraw most of its service members and all of its fighter jets and helicopters from the country later this year, the U.S. ambassador said Thursday. Iceland's government, which had recently offered to pay some of the cost of its defense to try to keep U.S. forces here, said it regretted the decision. In an interview with The Associated Press, U.S. Ambassador Carol van Voorst said she and Nicholas Burns, the U.S. under secretary of state, had told Prime Minister Haldor Asgrimsson...