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  • Immigration Appeals Board Finally In Place

    On Monday, January 26, the Minister of the Interior appointed members to the Immigration Appeals Board (Kærunefnd útlendingamála), established by law in May 2014. The board was supposed to start its operations on January 1. The board’s Chair and its staff have, according to the Ministry’s spokesperson, already begun preparations, but no appealed cases could

  • Man Awaiting Asylum Decision Wounded Himself

    A refugee from Syria, who recently arrived in Iceland, wounded himself with a knife on Tuesday. When police arrived at the bloody scene, they called for special forces backup, and subsequently made several arrests. According to DV, the arrests were made due to “linguistic problems”, before the police realised that the man had injured himself.

  • Court Ruling: Iceland Failed To Implement Five EU Directives

    On Wednesday, the EFTA court ruled against the Icelandic state in five separate cases, all concerning Iceland’s “failure to fulfil its obligations” in implementing EU regulation. One case concerned “regulation on textile fibre names and related labelling and marking of the fibre composition of textile products”. Another verdict concerned regulation on the safety of toys,

  • So What’s This Order Of The Falcon I Keep Hearing About?

    In a better, more entertaining world than ours, the Order of the Falcon would be Iceland’s premier superhero group, featuring Captain Fisherman, Doctor Feminfist, and Sterkálfur, the World’s Strongest Elf. In our reality, the Order of the Falcon is the medal that the Icelandic State bestows on whomever it pleases. It has been in the

  • Young Entrepreneurs Start Business For Acid Attack Survivors In India

    CEOs Kormákur Arthúrsson says that he and Sigurbjörn B. Eðvarðsson they established the company KrummiSpice to ameliorate the situation of women who have suffered acid attacks in India. Interviewed by RÚV, Kormákur said that perhaps the topic could be seen as somewhat random, but that he and his partners had stumbled upon the issue, and

  • Alþingi Members’ Wages Too Low, Warns Vice Member

    On Tuesday, Sigurður Örn Ágústsson, vice member of Alþingi on behalf of the Independence Party, said that work conditions and pay of Alþingi members must be taken up for reconsideration. Sigurður recommends raising his own and other members’ salary. This was reported by RÚV. Sigurður claimed that the basic wages of members of parliaments in

  • Most Serious Case Of Political Corruption Ever, Says Professor

    Jón Ólafsson, professor of philosophy at the University of Iceland, says that the interference of former Interior Minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir of a police investigation into her ministry exemplify more serious corruption in Icelandic politics than has ever been evident before. Last week, Alþingi’s ombudsman published the conclusions of his investigation into the former minister’s

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