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Police To Take Action Against Racial Abuse

Police To Take Action Against Racial Abuse

Published December 6, 2012

A video uploaded to Facebook of an Icelander yelling racial abuse at a group of Asian youths has prompted a police investigation.
The incident in question, Vísir reports, took place at the suburban mall Smáralind. The man in question confronted a group of Asian youths, first asking them if they spoke Icelandic. When they answered that they did, the man then accused them of having brought swine flu to Iceland. He also called them Chinese, said that all Asians were the same, threatened them with physical violence and, inexplicably, called them racists.
The police have told the public that they are taking the incident very seriously, telling reporters that they are looking for the man on the video, and intend to “make him answer for this,” not least of all because of the “degrading language” the suspect used.
One of the youths involved, Hajar Anbari – who recorded the video seen in the first link – told reporters that she has received a lot of support from the general public in the wake of the incident.
“There are a lot of people who stand with us,” she said in part. “This shows the prejudice we experience, even though many of us have Icelandic citizenship. I was born here and [her friend] Cassandra was born here. There is no difference between us, we both speak Icelandic.”



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Here’s What You Need to Know About Dropping Oil Prices and Drekasvæðið

Here’s What You Need to Know About Dropping Oil Prices and Drekasvæðið

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Lately it seems that people are getting more and more concerned about the dropping price of oil. This is perhaps less obvious to those of us buying petrol in Iceland, but some Icelanders are questioning whether the search for oil in Drekasvæðið (the ‘Dreka’ or ‘Dragon’ region to the northeast of Iceland)  should continue with crude prices down 55% since June. It seems logical that if the price is dropping there is no reason to look for more resources, but as with most things, it is a little more complicated than that. In December, OPEC met to discuss what should

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PHOTOS: Reykjavík International Games: Archery

PHOTOS: Reykjavík International Games: Archery

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The Reykjavík International Games are being held January 16 – 25, and the Archery competition took place on January 17 & 18. The qualification round consisted of FITA triple 40 cm targets for Compound bows and Recurve bows. Archery has always been the sexier cousin of target shooting—rich with history and drama. Also, it isn’t mentioned enough, if you accidentally shoot your friend with anything lethal, a bow and arrow is the most comical. For more information, check out the website: www.rig.is See Also: Reykjavík International Games Swimming (photo gallery)       Reykjavík International Games: Figure Skating (photo gallery)

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PHOTOS: Karate at Reykjavík International Games

PHOTOS: Karate at Reykjavík International Games

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The Reykjavík International Games are being held January 16 – 25, and the Karate competition took place on January 17, which included individual categories for both Kata and Kumite. Kata is a choreographed exhibition of skill, whereas Kumite is unrehearsed sparring. Emma Lucraft from England won women’s kata, which is maybe not a surprise as she holds the eleventh place in the Karate world rankings, whereas Elías Snorrason from the Reykjavík Karate Club took the men’s title. Similarly, Viktorija Rezajeva from Latvia, 28th place in the world rankings, won women’s kumite competition, and Lonni Boulesnane from France came in first place in the men’s

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Arctic Research Gets Cash Injection

Arctic Research Gets Cash Injection

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The Fulbright Commission of Iceland has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States guaranteeing 550,000 USD over the next three years to support US scientists’ Arctic research in Iceland. The agreement is the first of its kind between any Fulbright Commission and the NSF and was signed at the Icelandic Embassy in Washington D.C. with Evan Ryan, the United States’ Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, and Geir H. Haarde, Iceland’s Ambassador to the US. The Fulbright Commission and National Science Foundation hope the agreement will create new opportunities for collaboration

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Pantless Cat Burglar Escapes With 4 Bengals

Pantless Cat Burglar Escapes With 4 Bengals

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Police are using their only evidence, a bra – size 34D – and a pair of leopard print sweatpants, as a means to track down a thief who stole four Bengal cats from a cat breeder yesterday, reports Vísir. “Yes this is our evidence,” said Detective Superintendent Óli Sigurðsson with the Selfoss Police Department. “We’re looking for the owner of these pants and bra and are asking anyone with information to help us solve this case by calling our hotline, 444-2000.” According to the cat breeder’s Facebook page, someone “not very strong” broke into the cat enclosure and stole a cage

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Icelandic Firm To Gather Credit Info In Eight West African States

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 a regional private credit reporting system, the Private Credit Bureau (PCB), collecting and mediating financial information within the West African Economic And Monetary Union (UEMOA). The Union’s member-countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo, with a total population of over 100 million people. A news release released by CreditInfo VoLo, signed by M. Muhammad M. Jagana, claims that the “strategic infrastructure will not only accelerate the credit development in the region, but also

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