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Iceland News

Japan finds way around ban on whaling

In a move that is sure to enrage environmentalists, the whale meat loving Japanese have found a new way to enjoy the delicacy. Iceland is now shipping the controversial product to Japan using Norway as the middleman.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 4 comments

Iceland bank suffers setback taking over homes for loan repayment

Paris - A unit of Iceland's Landsbanki has lost an appeal against French authorities which seized the debts of the clients who lost money in a scheme that had them mortgage their homes to bet on the stock market, sources said Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

EU mackerel deal with Norway and Faroes angers Iceland

K - The European Union has reached an agreement over controversial mackerel quotas with Norway and the Faroe Islands, prompting an angry reaction from Iceland on Thursday.The deal, agreed in London on Wednesday -- a week after negotiations with Iceland bro...
In the Media by AFP

EU, Iceland and Nordic mackerel quota talks break down

K - Negotiations over mackerel fishing quotas have fallen apart, Iceland said Thursday, extending a dispute dubbed "the mackerel war" that has been a thorny issue in the country's EU membership bid.The European Union, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway ...
In the Media by AFP

Thousands protest in Iceland over EU membership bid exit

K - Thousands of protesters thronged the streets of the Icelandic capital Reykjavik Monday to demand a referendum after the government said it was dropping its EU membership bid without a popular vote.Police said around 3,500 protestors gathered outside th...
In the Media by AFP

Iceland to drop EU membership bid

K - Iceland will drop its EU membership bid without holding a referendum that was earlier promised by the two ruling Euro-sceptic parties, the government said Friday.The centrist Progress Party and the right-wing Independence Party agreed on a draft bill a...
In the Media by AFP

Iceland jails former Kaupthing bank bosses

Four former bosses of a failed Icelandic bank have been sentenced to prison terms for fraud and market manipulation, crimes which significantly contributed to the 2008 financial crisis that nearly bankrupted the Nordic island nation.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Will relatives of crew, 'missing' on the Gaul, receive answers? Special

Kingston Upon Hull - In 1974 a trawler fishing out of Hull, in Yorkshire, went missing with the loss of all hands. Mystery and controversy surrounded the disappearance of the "Gaul" but now DNA tests being carried out on bodies found in Russia could provide answers.
Digital Journal Report by Eileen Kersey - 3 comments

First fatal shooting by police reported in Iceland

Police in Iceland shot and killed a man who fired a shotgun in his home on Monday, the first time a person has ever been shot dead by an armed officer in the nation's history.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 3 comments

Op-Ed: A loony rants against the big supermarkets

The supermarket is one of the most wondrous institutions to emerge from the 20th Century. Alas, not everyone sees it that way.
In the Media by Alexander Baron

Review: ‘Iceland Foods: Life in The Freezer Cabinet’ Special

There are those who would have us believe there is no such thing as the acceptable face of capitalism. Meet multimillionaire Malcolm Walker - he might change your mind.
Digital Journal Report by Alexander Baron - 1 comment

Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong on flight to Moscow, next Ecuador

Hong Kong - The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, left Hong Kong on Sunday morning on a commercial flight to Moscow in Russia. However, this may not be his final destination. Latest update: WikiLeaks confirms Snowden is en route to Ecuador seeking asylum.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 30 comments

Wikileaks’ Assange: Snowden may get political asylum in Iceland

Hong Kong - According to reports yesterday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been in touch with representatives of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, with a view to helping Snowden obtain political asylum in Iceland.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 3 comments

Icelandic Pirate Party wins three seats in parliament

Iceland's Pirate Party has won parliamentary representation for the first time in Iceland by landing three seats in the Icelandic Parliament.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 4 comments

Iceland waits in anticipation for election results Special

As the polls close tonight, Icelanders are glued to their televisions and social media. The last five years have been a very tough ride as Iceland recovers from one of the worst economic hits in modern history.
Digital Journal Report by Jacki Viles - 2 comments

WikiLeaks wins Visa contractor case, Valitor must lift blockade

Iceland's Supreme Court has ruled that Valitor, the Visa contractor, must lift the blockade against payments to WikiLeaks, or pay $204k per month in fines.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 8 comments

'Iceland' thaws out relationships with money and each other Special

Toronto - 'Iceland' is a Canadian play that premiered last summer to much acclaim. It presents three monologues that examine the banking crisis, revealing our own attitudes to money, opportunity, wealth, and success in the process.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Icelandic 30% beef meat pies contained no meat

Reykjav - The Food and Veterinary Authority of Iceland or MAST investigated meat pies from a natural food company in order to make sure there was no horse meat as has been found in meat from a number of European companies.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 6 comments

Icelandic MP who released WikiLeaks video to visit US

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, the Icelandic MP and WikiLeaks member, who first released the "Collateral Murder" video showing US war crimes in Iraq, is planning a trip to the US, despite legal threats.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 12 comments

Photo Essay: The environmental art of Timo Jokela

Reykjav - Photos of Finland's environmental artist Timo Jokela's snow installations and ice sculptures not only highlight the incredible talent of Jokela, but the beauty of the Scandinavian countryside as well.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 4 comments

Thousands of herring found dead in Iceland fjord

Reykjav - Officials in Iceland are blaming the deaths of tens of thousands of herring on low oxygen levels in the Kolgrafafjordur fjord. This is the second time a mass herring death has occurred this winter.
In the Media by Greta McClain

FBI agents expelled from Iceland over Wikileaks probe

Angered that agents from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) traveled to his country unannounced in an attempt to investigate the whistleblower website Wikileaks, Iceland's interior minister had the Americans deported.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 14 comments

Iceland triumphs over UK and Netherlands in Icesave court battle

On Monday, Iceland emerged triumphant in a court battle with governments of the UK and the Netherlands. At the time of the 2008 banking collapse, Iceland had refused to repay depositors’ lost money.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Icelandic girl suing government over right to use her name

A teenage girl in Iceland is suing the government to gain the right to use her name. It seems her name is not on the "official list" of names approved by the state, and the government will not allow her to use the name given her by her parents at birth.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 12 comments

Video: RT interviews Foreign Minister on Iceland's success

Iceland's Foreign Minister, Ossur Skarphedinsson, explains how his country managed to pull itself away from the financial abyss in 2008, without forcing the people to bail out the banks or imposing austerity measures.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

Iceland continues its economic recovery

Reykjav - Iceland's central bank said that alongside a steady economic recovery risks in its financial industry have decreased. Iceland's economy crashed in 2008 when three major lenders collapsed under $85 billion in debt.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 6 comments

Video: RT interviews Kristinn Hrafnsson, spokesman for WikiLeaks

New York - WikiLeaks spokesman, Kristinn Hrafnsson, says the US naming Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as an enemy of the state, will see him treated as a terrorist if extradited there.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Breton mix movies and music into something new Special

British band Breton blend a hard-edged electronic sound with a deeply DIY ethos and experimental approach. A collective of award-winning indie filmmakers, they are currently touring their debut album, and collecting critical acclaim along the way.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

Woman reported missing unknowingly joins search for herself

A woman in Iceland was reported missing Saturday night after a tour group that she was with thought she went missing. The woman later joined a search party, not knowing that she was actually searching for herself.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald - 7 comments

'Beat the Blockade' — WikiLeaks win in Icelandic courts

Icelandic courts have ordered Visa and Mastercard's local partners to accept payments for WikiLeaks donations, or face daily fines.
In the Media by Anne Sewell
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Claire Calnan in the 2012 SummerWorks production of Nicolas Billon s  Iceland .  The play is on at T...
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Claire Calnan in the 2012 SummerWorks production of Nicolas Billon's "Iceland". The play is on at Toronto's Factory Theatre now through March 24th.
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The eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull
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The eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull
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This was the eruption between the Iceland glaciers  a small one in all respect. On the right is Eyja...
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This was the eruption between the Iceland glaciers, a small one in all respect. On the right is Eyjafjallajökull and on left Katla is dormant for the moment
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Ash cloud emerging form Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
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Ash cloud emerging form Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
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ABC s Neil Karlinsky shows a huge chunk of ice  typical of what has been thrown up by the Iceland vo...
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ABC's Neil Karlinsky shows a huge chunk of ice, typical of what has been thrown up by the Iceland volcano
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Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
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Location of Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland.
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Icelandic police
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Icelandic police
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Chart of Grimsvötn s seismic activity before and during eruption.
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Chart of Grimsvötn's seismic activity before and during eruption.
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Kristinn Hrafnsson  WikiLeaks spokesman in Iceland.
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Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks spokesman in Iceland.
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Tens of thousands of dead herring are found in Icelanc
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Tens of thousands of dead herring are found in Icelanc
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File photo: A shot of the volcano named Hekla in Iceland.
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File photo: A shot of the volcano named Hekla in Iceland.
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Court house in Reykjavik  Iceland
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Court house in Reykjavik, Iceland
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The Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland – the eruption happened near here  causing large amounts ...
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The Eyjafjallajökull glacier in Iceland – the eruption happened near here, causing large amounts of explosive steam
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A volcano spewing smoke in Iceland
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A volcano spewing smoke in Iceland
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A volcanic eruption at Iceland s Eyjafjallajökull
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A volcanic eruption at Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull
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The eruption of the Volcano in Iceland
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The eruption of the Volcano in Iceland
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The Hvalur fleet in Reykjavik  Iceland. The first fin whale was killed by Hvalur 8.
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The Hvalur fleet in Reykjavik, Iceland. The first fin whale was killed by Hvalur 8.
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