Paint An Open Gate On This Wall

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In a single day at the end of August, ten thousand Icelanders, three percent of the country’s minuscule population, signed…

Never Underestimate The Obvious

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To answer a question posed in this column little over a month ago: yes, it seems that we did detain…

Hunter-Gatherers Do Stinky Geopolitics

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Streamlined and fast swimming, around a foot long, Scomber scombrus, the Atlantic mackerel, travel in shoals, undertaking extensive journeys if…

Reality Bites

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What do multi-level highway interchanges, cheeseburgers and donuts have in common? No, this is not about the police. Discordant harmonies…

It’s Alright, Martin!

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“Festivities are known to have occurred at Sæból by fjord Dýrafjörður, at Flankastaðir on Reykjanes, in Reykjavík and Árnessýsla county….

Did We Just Detain A Man For Carrying HIV? —Debates On Monday #24

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“Man under arrest, suspected of infecting women with HIV” ran Vísir’s first headline on this story, early Thursday. “Suspected of…

Your Metabolism Surprised Us All — Debates On Monday #23

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During the latest middle-ages, the era I grew up in, the library at my parents’ home included handbooks for interpretations…

The First House From Icelandic Timber Planned In 2016

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Preparations are well underway for the first house in Iceland constructed from local timber only. This was reported by RÚV….

Beyond Analysis: A Screenplay By The Prime Ministry

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1. EXT. LÆKJARGATA. DAY. On a cloudy but windless afternoon, six men and two women stand on the pavement in…

Met Police Statement: Did Not Acquire Hacking Team’s Solution

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The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police has not done any business with Hacking Team, the Italian surveillance software provider, whose leaked email…

Reykjavík Police Sought Spyware From Hacking Team

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Hacking Team e-mails reveal that an Icelandic detective from the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police sought their help for hacking mobile phone…

Aniconism

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“To photograph strangers without their permission is strange,” acknowledges avid street photographer Eric Kim at the start of his book…

When Ulysses Comes a-Knockin

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It is quiet, isn’t it? I mean Iceland. It’s suspiciously quiet. There’s this saying that if you look around the…

Hallgrímskirkja Will Not Tolerate “Love Locks”

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Love padlocks will not be tolerated in the church tower of Hallgrímskirkja. On Saturday, Mbl.is reported that the first “love…

Prime Minister Will Abolish Ethics Board

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Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has announced his intention to abolish the Administration’s Ethics Board, and proposed the relevant changes…

Aktu Taktu Fired Worker After She Reported Harrassment

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Fróði Frímann Kristjánsson was discharged from his job at the pizzeria Eldsmiðjan after demanding a union representative to be voted…

Immigration Appeals Board Finally In Place

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On Monday, January 26, the Minister of the Interior appointed members to the Immigration Appeals Board (Kærunefnd útlendingamála), established by…

Man Awaiting Asylum Decision Wounded Himself

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A refugee from Syria, who recently arrived in Iceland, wounded himself with a knife on Tuesday. When police arrived at…

Court Ruling: Iceland Failed To Implement Five EU Directives

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On Wednesday, the EFTA court ruled against the Icelandic state in five separate cases, all concerning Iceland’s “failure to fulfil…

Young Entrepreneurs Start Business For Acid Attack Survivors In India

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CEOs Kormákur Arthúrsson says that he and Sigurbjörn B. Eðvarðsson they established the company KrummiSpice to ameliorate the situation of…

Alþingi Members’ Wages Too Low, Warns Vice Member

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On Tuesday, Sigurður Örn Ágústsson, vice member of Alþingi on behalf of the Independence Party, said that work conditions and…

Most Serious Case Of Political Corruption Ever, Says Professor

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Jón Ólafsson, professor of philosophy at the University of Iceland, says that the interference of former Interior Minister Hanna Birna…

Google Handed Journalists’ Private Emails To The FBI

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As recently disclosed and widely reported, journalist and Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson is one of the three staff members at…

Happy Syriza, Greece!

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Syriza won! Meanwhile, in Iceland, nothing worth mentioning seems currently up for debates. If debates don’t exist, we have to…

Icelandic Firm To Gather Credit Info In Eight West African States

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The Icelandic credit bureau CreditInfo has won a contract with the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) to manage…

Iceland: The World’s 4th Most Expensive Country

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According to data derived from Numbeo.com, Iceland is the world’s 4th most expensive country to live. This is revealed in…

PIN Numbers Challenging For Drinkers —Bar Chaos Warning

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Until last Monday, consumers could, in many cases, use their debit cards in stores and other venues without entering a…

Tue: PEGIDA Supporter Appointed To Human Rights Council —Wed: Withdrawn

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On Tuesday, the Progressive Party appointed PEGIDA supporter Gústaf Níelsson as vice-member of the Reykjavík Human Rights Council. Gústaf Níelsson…

Iceland’s Top One Percent Owns Quarter Of Total Wealth

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The richest one percent of Iceland’s population own almost a quarter of the country’s wealth, or 23 percent. The richest…

Opposition Proposes A State Ethics Council

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On Tuesday, Alþingi members from all opposition parties proposed a motion to establish of an independent State Ethics Council, to…

UN Barbershop Conference A Success, Says Foreign Minister

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Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has returned from last week’s UN Barbershop Conference, held in New York. Interviewed by Bylgjan,…

For The Record

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The Holocaust remains incomprehensible in its totality. The goose steps taken towards it, while horrendous on their own, can seem…

Satellite Image Of Snow-Repellent Lava Field

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The whole country is currently covered in ice and snow, as seen on this satellite image from the Met Office….

Icelandic Muslims Experience Growing Prejudice

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Icelandic Muslims have experienced stronger prejudices against them after the terrorist attack against in Paris earlier this month, according to…

PM Rejects Notion Of Ideological Void

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On Saturday, Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson rejected the notion that his government exists in an “ideological void”, and pointed…

Three Priests Oppose Current Anti-Blasphemy Law

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Media pundit Egill Helgason notes that three priests have stated their support for Pirate Member of Alþingi Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson’s…

Media Blackout Seems Largely Successful

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No proactive, investigative reporting seems to currently take place in any Icelandic media. There’s a lot of handball, some success…

Cannabis Arrests In Suðurnes

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Police in Suðurnes, a municipality encompassing Keflavík airport, as well as the towns Keflavík, Njarðvík and more, busied themselves over…

Banks Did Not Fall In 2008, They Were Pushed, Says Professor

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Professor Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson claims that the reason all three major Icelandic banks, Glitnir, Landsbanki and Kaupþing, collapsed in October…

Dagur Kári’s 4th Feature Premieres In Berlin

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Dagur Kári’s film, Virgin Mountain (Icelandic: Fúsi) has been selected for a “special gala” world premiere at the Berlinale film…

DeCode’s CEO Denounces Taxation Serving The Rich

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Kári Stefánsson, founding CEO of DeCode Genetics has stated his opposition to the currently unequal taxation of wages and capital…

Ásmundur Willing To Have “A Meeting With Muslims”

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Ásmundur Friðriksson, the member of Alþingi who last Saturday proposed, informally, via Facebook, that authorities should investigate the background of…

Minister Not Yet Authorised To Relocate Fiskistofa

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Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Sigurður Ingi Jóhansson, does not have a clear legal authorisation to relocate institutes within the…

Fox Hunter Finds Mysterious Trail In Snow

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An animal seems to have left an unusual trail in the snow by Hólmavík, RÚV reports. Þorvaldur Garðar Helgason, identified…

In Retrospect, Someone Should Have Gone To Paris, Says PM

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The Prime Ministry has issued a statement in response to media coverage of Sunday’s solidarity march in Paris, at which…

Independence Party Against Islamophobic “Idiocy”

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On Tuesday, multiple prominent members of the Independency Party (IP) distanced themselves from their fellow-party member and member of Alþingi…

Prime Minister Charlie The Coherent

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“It is incorrect that I declined an invitation from the President of France to partake in the solidarity march in…

Prime Minister Unable To Attend Paris March

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Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson did not accept his French colleague François Hollande’s invitation to partake in Sunday’s solidarity march…

One More Top Journalist Leaves DV

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Investigative journalist Ingi Freyr Vilhjálmsson has resigned from DV, according to Kjarninn. The report came late Sunday. As of yet,…

Fuel Prices Drop Less In Iceland Than Globally

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On Thursday, sociology professor Stefán Ólafsson noted on his blog that while oil prices have dropped by 50% on global…