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The end of the line

Well, we’ve seen it happen across the blogosphere, and now it’s happening here: after six years online, this blog has finally run out of steam. It’s time to stop. This decision has been a long time coming and has certainly not been easy. I’ve put a lot into this little project, and over these past […] Full article

Beaty polishes his halo in The Globe and Mail

So, Toronto’s Globe and Mail today publishes an interview with Ross Beaty, CEO of Magma Energy, which focuses [among other things] on the controversy surrounding Magma’s acquisition of HS Orka here in Iceland. Now, we know this about Ross Beaty: he is a smooth talker. He’s got this slightly self-depreciating manner that instantly invites rapport. […] Full article

Eva Joly in a farewell interview

So, Eva Joly gave a final interview on Silfur Egils this afternoon, recorded just after she stepped down as advisor to the Special Prosecutor into the bank collapse. As always, her lucid comments and composed, assured demeanor inspired confidence — to me, at least. I know there are a handful of people out there who […] Full article

Totally inspired by Belgian Adventurer

I can’t say I’m in the least inspired by the Inspired by Iceland campaign, but I am inspired by this guy! Here are the details of his Iceland excursion — sans dancing!

Ingvi Hrafn hangs himself on TV

OK, I just have to share this. What we have here is one Ingvi Hrafn Jónsson, supporter of the Independence Party and castigator of all things Eva Joly, denouncing [um, too polite a word] the good lady and the work of the Special Prosecutor’s Office on his private television station, INN. I doubt if such […] Full article

Population trivia from the second quarter

Here we have some population stats from the third quarter of this year that some of you may find interesting.* At the end of the third quarter of this year, precisely 318,200 people resided in Iceland. This is 300 more than at the end of the second quarter. There were 160,000 men and 158,200 women. […] Full article

Machinations of the shadow elite

A new article in the Huffington Post by economist Robert Wade from the LSE and Sigurbjörg [Silla] Sigurgeirsdóttir from the U of Iceland is a chilling read. It gives a pretty concise account of the machinations of the Independence Party and their cronies in the lead-up to the meltdown, and proves how a handful of […] Full article

As I mentioned in the last post, Eva Joly has joined ranks with those who oppose the sale of Icelandic energy company HS Orka to Magma Energy of Canada. This afternoon, Mme Joly, along with a group of people who oppose the Magma deal, gave a press conference in which the Magma affair was once […] Full article

Eva Joly bids farewell

Eva Joly announced at a press conference this afternoon that she is stepping down as special advisor to the Special Prosecutor’s Office in the investigation into potential criminal activity in connection with the meltdown. This is effective immediately. Mme Joly intends to run for the presidency in France — hence this change. Originally she had […] Full article

And now for the sports news

So, the Icelandic national under-21 football team [men’s!] beat Scotland this evening 2-1, which means Iceland is headed to the u-21 European Championships for the first time ever in the history of the republic. According to EPI there are all these young and talented footballers coming up in Iceland now because around five years ago […] Full article