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Jon Stewart Explains Why Republicans Aren’t the Only Politicians Who Are Corrupt

Despite Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the House of Representatives, personally telling the “Daily Show” host that only Republicans are swayed by money, Stewart has a few examples in the shape of ambassador nominees that prove otherwise.

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Iceland Sends Four Bank Bosses to the Slammer

The onetime CEO of Iceland’s Kaupthing Bank, one Hreidar Mar Sigurdsson, is going to jail for five and a half years for his part in his firm’s downfall—which also helped his country’s economy bottom out in 2008. He’ll be in good company.

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Steer Clear of Manning Protests in Iceland

As though there weren’t already enough paranoid and unfounded warnings coming from American officials, the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik sent out a cautionary message Thursday regarding Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning supporters. The emergency notice advised Americans to be wary of traveling to Iceland, or worse, walking by the embassy downtown, for fear of the protesters.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE



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A Reality Check on Iceland

Expat Icelander Baldur Bjarnason has had it with people depicting his native land as a post-crash “progressive paradise” when it’s really a “Thatcherite’s wet dream.”

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Iceland’s Leaders

One country refused to bail out its derelict banks and slash social spending amid the financial crisis. And guess what? Unlike the eurozone and the United States, it’s making a sturdy comeback.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 READ MORE


Tipping Point Democracy

A collection of distinguished voices on the left—journalists, activists and organizers, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges—sued the Obama administration over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. In interviews that occurred during or after the March court hearing, they spoke to the deep, grim causes of the deterioration of Western societies.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 READ MORE



Ignoring Iceland’s Revolution

Iceland’s revolution goes unperceived by U.S. media; Greece worries about the China-ization of its country; and Egypt questions the need for a violent uprising. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE



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No TARP in Iceland

Iceland’s President Olafur Grimsson, surveying the global financial mess, including the pending $112 billion bailout of Ireland’s shaky banking sector, can gloat a bit. His country, he says, is in better shape because it let private banks fail two years ago.

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News at 11: How Climate Change Affects You

Our daily weather reports, cheerfully presented with flashy graphics and state-of-the-art animation, appear to relay more and more information.

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Compromise Would Legalize Commercial Whaling

The international community has totally failed to convince Japan, Iceland and Norway to stop hunting whales, including those facing extinction. A new proposal would allow the rogue nations to drop the pretense of scientific research in exchange for a reduction in kills, but environmentalists are skeptical.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Iceland Passes WikiLeaks Law

The Icelandic parliament has approved a package of broad protections for journalists, making the island nation perhaps the safest place in the world to afflict the comfortable and speak truth to power.

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A Fragile Partnership

The present crisis of the European Union was inherent in the creation of the institution itself.

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Iceland Erupting [A Cartoon from Australia]

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European Flights to Resume—With Caution

Many grounded travelers and some airline industry officials disagreed with the halting of air travel across much of Europe last weekend due to the ashy work of Iceland’s now-infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and now it’s looking like some flights will be gearing up for takeoff on Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE



Iceland Ash Edition

Is that an Icelandic volcano erupting or just the sound of Sarah Palin hosting a nature show on the Discovery Channel? Dig into today’s list and judge for yourself.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


Can’t Have a Decent Apocalypse Without a Full Cast

According to a source close to Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, they have already drawn up a list of possible candidates for the additional two horsemen, a list which includes Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter and the entire Cheney family.

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Icelandic Volcano Grounds Flights Across Europe

A volcano under the Eyjafjallajoekull (got that?) glacier in Iceland spewed a hefty cloud of ash into the air Thursday, turning airports across Europe into no-fly zones and leaving stranded travelers little hope of taking off until midday Friday or later.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Iceland: ‘The World’s Most Feminist Country’?

What does it mean to be a “female-friendly country”? According to the Guardian, banning prostitution and stripping, as Iceland has now done, makes it the clear winner in the global feminist sweepstakes.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


‘Rescuing’ Iceland

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Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Just Be Glad You’re Not in Iceland

Poor Iceland. The country’s broke, its currency looks goofy, and now Stephen Colbert is taking pot shots from across the pond to make us feel better about our own economic situation. “If you’re looking for a good time in Iceland, get on the first plane to Norway,” says big meanie Colbert.

Posted on Feb 3, 2009 READ MORE



And the Winner Is ... Iceland

Hats off to the Scandinavians, who continue to make the world’s progressives green with envy. Even as Iceland faces economic catastrophe, the volcanic island nation has made history by naming the world’s first (for the most part) openly gay national leader. Johanna Sigurdardottir will become prime minister. (The New York Daily News says Norway briefly had an openly gay man as prime minister.)

Posted on Feb 1, 2009 READ MORE


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