The Grapevine has received a statement of support from activists in New York City. The statement is as follows:
Greetings from New York! We had a wonderful time showing our solidarity with the Reykjavik 9 on Wednesday, the second day of trial in Iceland. At noon, we gathered at the New York City Icelandic Consulate, located in the heart of capitalist midtown Manhattan, chanted “Solidarity with the Reykjavik 9! Trial continues today! We are watching!” and handed out information sheets to passersby. We received a great response from on-lookers, many of whom were very sympathetic! We say that we stand in the ranks of the thousands who have signed on to an open letter to the Icelandic Parliament, stating that they are in full support of the actions of the Reykjavik 9! We state unequivocally as concerned individuals that we support the events of 8 December, 2008 where following a period of complete economic meltdown, a group of compassionate activists boldly entered the Parliament building and read a petition calling for the Parliament’s resignation! We say: Arrest the financiers for market manipulation, not ordinary individuals expressing their concern over their own futures. This trial is nothing short of a debacle and is truly a pathetic joke. The whole world is watching! Solidarity with the people of Iceland and the Reykjavik 9!
A spokesperson for the Norwegian army has confirmed that the Icelandic Coast Guard bought 250 MP5 submachine guns from them last December, contrary to official contentions that the guns were a gift. RÚV reports that Dag Aamont, a spokesperson for the Norwegian army, has confirmed that the Icelandic Coast Guard signed a deal with the Norwegian army on December 17 of last year to purchase the weapons. According to the agreement, Iceland paid about 11.5 million ISK for the weapons. Dag would not offer more information on the matter, nor would he comment on statements from Icelandic officials that the
Copyright holders interest group STEF has issued an injunction against many Icelandic telecoms to block access to Deildu.net and The Pirate Bay. MBL reports that The Performing Rights Society of Iceland (STEF) has already filed an injunction against telecoms Vodafone, Hringdu, Síminn, Tal and 365 Media, asking the court to rule in favour of ordering them to block access to torrent sites The Pirate Bay and its Icelandic cousin, Deildu.net (now known as Iceland.pm). The injunction against Síminn fell through on technicalities, and the judge in the Tal case recused themselves as being unfit to hear the trial. While most
Outside of Iceland’s capital, priests outnumber medical clinics, and some far-flung corners have no government offices at all. Vísir reports that, according to data from the Icelandic Regional Development Institute, priests are considerably easier to find than medical professionals in many parts of the countryside. While priests are absent from 12 municipalities outside the capital area, medical clinics are absent from 15 of them. Three municipalities – Svalbarðseyri, Stöðvarfjörður and Stokkseyri – have no government branch offices whatsoever. Reykjavík is home to the seat of government, the National Church, and the main offices of nearly all public service departments. Outside
Vísir/Fréttablaðið today published a poll indicating that two-thirds of the Icelandic population would rather not see alcohol sold in grocery stores. Recently proposed changes Last month, Independence Party MP Vilhjálmur Árnason was first speaker for a proposal to amend the law on retail in alcohol and tobacco, and other related legislature, which would allow any private enterprise with a retail-permit to sell alcoholic beverages. As it is, the State reserves monopoly in that market, through its liquor stores, and has done so since the end of general prohibition in 1922. Introducing the proposal, Vilhjálmur said that its aim was “to
Icelandic filmmakers have expressed their surprise and bemusement at Promote Iceland’s decision to outsource the production of a recent promotional video to international producers Pulse Films. The video is part of Promote Iceland’s ongoing campaign, “Inspired by Iceland”, and supposed to introduce Iceland as an exciting winter destination. Interviewed by Vísir, Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, Chair of the Icelandic Filmmakers Association, said: “It is incredibly strange, especially in the current climate when Icelandic filmmakers are struggling to survive, that they look for foreign producers. It is weird that they don’t try to get Icelandic filmmakers involved.” Stefanía Thors, Vice Chair of the
126 of over 150,000 socalled “privacy requests” received by Google this year came from Iceland. These 126 requests involved 282 URLs, around a third of which were removed as requested. This is according to figures published by Google in a recent report. Privacy requests are based on what has been coined “the right to be forgotten”, established in Europe by precedent of a ruling at the European Court of Justice in May. Since then, Google is bound to process requests from European citizens to remove links in search results related to their name. Google’s report does not cite specific examples