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  • Iceland set to tackle gender pay gap with world's toughest law

    04/05/2017 8:39:27 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5th April | BBC News
    Iceland's parliament is examining a bill that would require companies to prove they offer equal pay to employees. The law, which is set to become a world first, aims to close the wage gap between men and women. Companies face auditing and possible fines if they do not comply. Iceland was ranked first in the World Economic Forum's 2015 Global Gender Gap Index, followed by Norway, Finland and Sweden. However, according to Iceland's statistics for the same year, the unadjusted gender pay gap remained at 17%. The bill, which was presented on Tuesday, is supported by the centre-right coalition government...
  • Iceland's recovery shows benefits of letting over-reaching banks go bust

    03/15/2017 5:10:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 14 March 2017 | Matthew Lynn
    It looks set to be a week packed with big financial milestones. In the US, the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, putting the country on a path towards getting back to a normal price for money. In the Netherlands, a tense election may deal the fragile eurozone another blow. In this country, Theresa May could finally trigger Article 50, starting the process of taking the UK out of the European Union. The most significant event, however, as is so often the case, may well be something that hardly anyone is paying attention to. On Sunday, Iceland ended capital controls,...
  • The Water, The Spirit and The Blood !

    02/17/2017 8:12:12 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Holy Spirit,Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-17-17 | Bible , jedediah
    Your soreness is a sign of spirit loss , so come drinking my Spirit "For I AM refreshing", and renewal "IS" yours for the taking when you learn to just receive ! So Take on Me through receiving deep within My Blood as your water and My bread as your food for as you truly fast the Earth I shall "restore' all that has been lost and stolen from you for I and The Father work "As One" . "So just agree with Me and all shall be restored to you " as I ( (( Rise Up )) )...
  • Trump wants Putin summit in Reykjavik

    01/14/2017 5:32:40 PM PST · by McGruff · 63 replies
    The Sunday Times ^ | January 15 2017
    Donald Trump is planning to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin within weeks of becoming president — emulating Ronald Reagan’s Cold War deal-making in Reykjavik with Mikhail Gorbachev. Trump and his team have told British officials that their first foreign trip will be a meeting with the Russian leader, with the Icelandic capital in pole position to host the superpower talks as it did three decades ago.
  • Former Icelandic minister claims US sent 'planeload of FBI agents to frame Julian Assange'...

    12/11/2016 5:03:17 AM PST · by Arkancide · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec 11, 2016 | Anneta Konstantinides
    * Ogmundur Jonasson said US authorities first told him in June 2011 that there was an 'imminent attack' on Iceland's government databases * But when they arrived in August, Jonasson claims the FBI 'sought Iceland's cooperation to frame Assange and WikiLeaks' * Jonasson said he then immediately kicked them out of Iceland * The story was widely reported on in 2013, but Jonasson made no mention of the US trying to frame Assange * It became known that the mission was part of a 'wide-ranging investigation' into Assange and WikiLeaks * Jonnason said himself he made it clear he is...
  • FBI sent planeload of agents to frame Assange in Iceland (in 2011), got snubbed by minister

    12/10/2016 9:53:25 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 29 replies
    Russia Today News ^ | December 10, 2016 | Russia Today News
    The US sent a “planeload of FBI agents” to Iceland in 2011 to frame WikiLeaks and its co-founder Julian Assange, according to a former Icelandic minister of interior, who refused them any cooperation and asked them to cease their activities. the US “sent a planeload of FBI agents to Iceland seeking our cooperation in what I understood as an operation set up to frame Julian Assange and WikiLeaks,” Jonasson said. Icelanders seemed like a tough nut to crack, though. “Since they had not been authorized by the Icelandic authorities to carry out police work in Iceland and since a crack-down...
  • Miss Iceland quits after being told she has “too much fat”

    10/30/2016 7:57:10 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 83 replies
    RT ^ | 10-27-2016 | Jorn Comely
    Miss Iceland announced she is quitting the Miss Grand International beauty contest in Las Vegas after being told she has “too much fat.” Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir wrote a letter to the organization informing them of her decision after she was told to lose weight if she wanted to stand a chance to win. The 20-year old shared the letter on Instagram. “I am a very strong woman, but sometimes my strength isn’t enough,” it read.
  • General Elections 2016 in Iceland

    10/30/2016 5:58:06 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 13 replies
    Iceland Monitor ^ | 10/30/16 | Iceland Monitor
    Independence Party (center-right) 29% (21 seats) (32 needed for a majority) Left-Green Party (left) 16% (10) Pirate Party (anti-establishment) 15% (10) Progressive Party (center-right) 12% (8) Regeneration Party (center-right) 11% (7) Bright Future (center) 7% (4) Social Democrats (center-left) 6% (3)
  • Meet the Pirates: radical group set to form a new government in Iceland

    10/29/2016 12:09:52 PM PDT · by oblomov · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | James Rothwell
    On the freezing, windswept streets of Iceland's capital, there is little evidence that a motley crew of computer hackers and anarchists could soon form its next government. As elderly couples and swarms of tourists amble around Reykjavik, not a single outdoor canvasser or campaign poster is in sight. But inside the headquarters of the Pirate party, which lurks by the harbour, dozens of volunteers are hammering on keyboards as they spread their anti-establishment message on social media - which they say is where the real election battle is being fought. With an affluent, friendly population that is smaller than Bristol...
  • Upstart Pirate Party senses victory in Iceland elections

    10/29/2016 3:10:24 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | OCT. 28, 2016 | JILL LAWLESS
    he past few years have been stormy for Iceland, a country threatened by volcanoes and brought low by bankers. Now, Icelanders are thinking of putting their trust in pirates. The Pirate Party, an anti-authoritarian band of buccaneers that wants to shift power from government to people, is one of the front-runners in an election triggered by financial scandal in a country still recovering from economic catastrophe in 2008.
  • Iceland to sentence ninth banker found guilty of market manipulation that helped caused 2008 crash

    10/09/2016 12:45:07 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 20 replies
    link only in comments due to posting restriction. Strange there is almost no coverage on this story outside of iceland other than this one i found
  • Real Viking Ship Completes North Atlantic Crossing

    06/30/2016 11:32:36 AM PDT · by Ketill Frostbeard · 44 replies
    GCaptain.com ^ | June 30, 2016 | GCaptain Staff
    The world’s largest viking ship has arrived in North America after crossing the North Atlantic Ocean on a journey from its homeport in Haugesund, Norway. The Viking ship, named Draken Harald Hĺrfagre, set sail from Norway with its approximately 32 crew members in late April and made stops in Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland, Canada, before making its way through the Saint Lawrence Seaway to Toronto for the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2016 festival this weekend. Future stops for the Viking ship include Chicago, Green Bay and Duluth, before heading to U.S. east coast with stops in New York City...
  • Political novice wins Iceland presidency with 39 percent

    06/26/2016 9:02:01 AM PDT · by Mariner · 14 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | June 26th, 2016 | Haukur Holm
    Reykjavik (AFP) - History professor Gudni Johannesson won Iceland's presidential election after riding a wave of anti-establishment sentiment, final results showed Sunday, although the vote was eclipsed by the country's eagerly-anticipated Euro football match. The political newcomer, who won with 39.1 percent of votes, was trailed by businesswoman Halla Tomasdottir, also without party affiliation, who took 29.4 percent, according to results announced on public television channel RUV. Johannesson only decided to run for the presidency after the so-called Panama Papers leak in April which detailed offshore accounts and implicated several senior Icelandic politicians, including the prime minister who was forced...
  • Breedlove tells Congress US must rebuild forces in Europe to confront newly aggressive Russia

    02/25/2016 4:17:55 PM PST · by a_Turk · 50 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 25, 2016 | John Vandiver
    The U.S. military must rebuild in Europe to face a more aggressive Russia, whose advanced submarines, weapons systems and geographic advantage have the U.S. “playing zone defense,” the top U.S. commander in Europe said Thursday. “We have about 20 years of a different paradigm to correct,” Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command, said during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee. Breedlove, who has led EUCOM during the command’s biggest transformation in a generation, said he did not foresee a need to return to a Cold War-style military posture. But the era of trying to make a partner...
  • Bell of battlecruiser sunk 75 years ago in Royal Navy's biggest ever disaster retrieved from [tr]

    05/25/2016 5:47:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 24, 2016 | Sam Tonkin
    The bell from HMS Hood has been unveiled by the Princess Royal to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Navy's largest loss of life from a single vessel. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen - who funded the expedition to retrieve the bell from the seabed of the Denmark Strait between Iceland and Greenland - attended the event at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where the bell has gone on display. Anne struck eight bells at midday during the ceremony, held with HMS Victory as a backdrop, watched by descendants of some of the 1,415 sailors who died when the battleship was hit...
  • Was Viking ruler Rollo Danish or Norwegian?

    03/03/2016 8:11:39 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 73 replies
    The Local ^ | Published: 02 Mar 2016 11:49 GMT+01:00 | The Local
    Norwegian researches opened a tomb containing the remains of descendants of Viking leader Rollo in Normandy, France on Monday with the aim of putting an end to a centuries-long debate: was Rollo Danish or Norwegian? Norwegian researchers opened a tomb containing the remains of descendants of Viking leader Rollo in Normandy, France on Monday with the aim of putting an end to a centuries-long debate: was Rollo Danish or Norwegian? “We have worked on investigating this for about seven years, so to finally obtain material that we can test for DNA is huge,” historian Sturla Ellingvĺg told NTB. Rollo was...
  • Finland and Sweden Inch Closer to NATO

    10/21/2015 6:34:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 20, 2015 | Kevin Knodell
    For months, Scandinavian countries have accused Russian military planes and ships of slipping into their waters without permission. It’s made many Nordic governments wary of the Kremlin’s intentions in the Baltic Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Russia’s assertive behavior is driving Sweden and Finland — two countries that have never been part of NATO — closer to the alliance. At present, Norway, Denmark and Iceland make up NATO’s Nordic members. According to Anna Wieslander at the Atlantic Council: Denmark has played a key role, with some support from the United Kingdom, putting Baltic Sea security and the perspective of relevant...
  • Islamists Infiltrate The Swedish Government

    05/16/2016 12:25:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5/16/16 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Ingrid Carlqvist via The Gatestone Institute, The library in Arvika surprised patrons by offering Arabic language courses. Many Swedes wondered if offering courses in Swedish to the Arabic-speaking immigrants would not be more productive. The library, however, does not offer any such service. The Immigration Service released a new report on April 8, entitled "Are You Married?", which showed how its own case officers allow child marriages. Swedish authorities have approved hundreds of polygamous marriages among immigrants, law professor Göran Lind revealed on April 4. An asylum seeker was arrested April 23 for kicking his wife in the...
  • Obama: Put Nordic Countries ‘In Charge for a While’ Because ‘They Could Clean Things Up’

    05/16/2016 9:45:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 84 replies
    mrctv ^ | 05/16/2016 | Craig Bannister
    Pres. Obama said that Nordic countries would make the world “more secure and more prosperous” if "we" would just let them run things. Welcoming the leaders of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland to the White House on Friday, Obama said that, if “we” let Nordic countries control the world, that “they could clean things up”: “So I really do believe that the world would be more secure and more prosperous if we just had more partners like our Nordic countries. There have been times where I’ve said, why don’t we just put all these small countries in charge for...
  • Obama hosts summit of Nordic leaders at White House

    05/13/2016 7:04:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2016 9:58 AM EDT | Kathleen Hennessey
    … Obama welcomed the leaders of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark to the White House on Friday morning. At a simple indoor ceremony, Obama says the countries are a “model of cooperation” and “punch above their weight” particularly on humanitarian and environmental efforts. …