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Almost exactly one year ago I wrote the post below, about the misconduct of Iceland's minister of justice, in my monthly newsletter. That justice minister, Sigríður Á. Andersen, has repeatedly been at the centre of corruption scandals, but certainly among the gravest of those is her unlawful appointment of her own pet judges - due to cronyism, nepotism, or affiliation with The Party - to a new judicial level that was established in Iceland in 2017. At the time, one of the main fears was that this would result in: "...

Do you remember a few months ago when I wrote about how the (corrupt, complacent) old guard of Iceland's two largest labour unions had been ousted, and a new, radical leadership had taken its place? At the time I also alluded to the fact that we Icelanders could expect some major unrest on the labour market in the not-too-distant future. Well, that time has arrived. The terrible trio heading up Iceland’s three major unions. Click here for source. It was already a given that this leadership was not going to sit on its laurels and let the privileged few get away with bleeding the proletariat dry. This is the group that has not had its share of the cake in Iceland's "miraculous" economic...

So, the Klaustur debacle from a couple of months ago continues its slow and steady march into eternal ignonimy. For those who have not been keeping up, the incident to which I refer is one that took place at the bar Klaustur in downtown Reykjavík late last year, where six MPs played hooky from work, proceeded to get plastered, and spewed abuse and obscenities about women and minorities, loudly and belligerently, for three solid hours. Unbeknownst to them they were recorded by an inconspicuous guest who sat in the corner - and those tapes were subsequently released to the media. Suffice it to say that the whole affair exploded into Top Scandal of 2018, with surveys showing that 90 percent of...

Today, December 1, is very significant day for the Icelandic nation: exactly one century ago, in 1918, this country gained sovereignty from Denmark. The event marked a joyous end to a horrific year for the people of Iceland. It began with an excruciating cold spell that came to be known as frostveturinn mikli, or "the winter of the great frost". On 21 January, Iceland suffered its lowest temperatures ever recorded, or -36° Celsius [-32.8 F]. The sea around Iceland froze, shutting down shipping routes for more of less all of January. At least five polar bears were found (and killed) on land, having arrived on the sea ice. Horses froze to death in meadows, and at least one whale froze near...

Each month I send out a newsletter to subscribers. One section each month is devoted to Icelandic affairs. The one below is from the October 2018 newsletter.  Another month, another set of scandals in Icelandic society. Here comes a brief sampling, by no means exhaustive: 1. A report on the economic collapse, written in English (uhh ...

As you may or may not know, Iceland is playing some unprecedented football in the EuroCup right around now. They tied with Portugal and Hungary in their first two games, and then beat Austria in the most recent one. On Monday, they meet England. In light of this, the advertising agency PIPAR/TBWA is having a bit of a good-natured sparring match with its sister agency in London. It started with this: https://twitter.com/PIPARTBWA/status/746334066165833728 To which the London agency responded with this: https://twitter.com/TBWALONDON/status/746342347273814020 ...

It's that time of year again! NIGHTMARE OF THE YEAR Anything to do with Icelandic politics. It has been one blow after another after another to those of us who believe in honesty and integrity and keeping promises and sticking up for those who need it most. The government has worked diligently to erode the infrastructure of Icelandic society and appears to be succeeding spectacularly. At the close of the year, Icelandic doctors are still on strike in protest of their working conditions and wages, while the Progressive Party (the one in power) has no problem creating new ministerial positions for their own people, and appointed a new Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources on the last day of the year. Judging by what we...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

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