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Those of you who follow our Facebook page may recall me mentioning that a new right-of-centre political party was in the works, and would be launched just after Easter. Well, it hasn’t been formally launched yet BUT a website has been opened where people can join, as well as choose whether or not they wish to […] Read more

News from our fair isle, March 24-28. The government unveils its master plan Without a doubt, the biggest story this week was the government’s announcement of how they’re going to make good on their Big Election Promise. As some of you may remember, the party now in power – the Progressive Party – promised prior […] Read more

Hello, and welcome to Iceland this Week, March 17-22. How do you like Iceland now? Last week I mentioned that punters who wanted to visit the Geysir area would have to start ponying up for that privilege very soon. Well “very soon” turned out to be last Saturday, March 15. Yep, as of that day […] Read more

Hello and welcome to another thrilling installment of Iceland This Week, March 10-15. You can take DO out of the Party but … So, we all remember Davíð Oddsson, right? Ex-prime minister of Iceland, the longest-reigning of them all [13 years], who having laid the groundwork for the economic meltdown promptly installed himself  as Central […] Read more

Hello everyone – time for another wee look at the news from Iceland this week, March 1-7. They fart in our general direction The biggest story surely concerns the continued brazenness of the current government administration in ignoring the will of a large part of the population. The demonstration last Saturday that I mentioned in […] Read more

They say that a week is a long time in politics, and boy is that true in Iceland this week. Major action, and the coalition parties have lost a chunk of their following. My choice news from Iceland, February 24-28, 2014. Kitchenware redux? Anyone who has been following Icelandic news even in a cursory manner will […] Read more

News highlights of the week 15-22 February 2014, as digested by Yours Truly. A bull walks into a china shop The week started with a bang last Sunday morning when PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson appeared on the weekly talk show Sunnudagsmorgun. The PM has been increasingly under fire for his dictatorial ways of late [e.g. see […] Read more

News highlights of the week 10-15 February 2014, as digested by Yours Truly. Reykjavík – Amsterdam Minister of Health Kristján Júlíusson [IP] has gone on record to support  ideas on decriminalizing drug use. Conventional strategies to combat  the “war on drugs” are not working any better here in Iceland than anywhere else in the world, and […] Read more

Iceland’s week in review, February 2-9

Just for fun I thought I’d try posting a selection of this week’s news stories here in Iceland. Obviously there have been many more than these, so I’m focusing on those that have caught my attention [or, more specifically, that warranted so much attention that I can still remember them by the weekend]. There’s Sochi, […] Read more

Who will be the new director of RÚV?

We Nicelanders are waiting with bated breath to see who will be appointed the new Director of the National Broadcasting Corporation – RÚV. Apparently the candidate has been chosen, and needs to be notified before his or her name is made public. The madness that has gone down at RÚV in the last couple of […] Read more