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Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not


"Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not

Date posted: 15 August 2011
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An Italian radio program's story about Iceland’s on-going revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world. Americans may remember that at the start of the 2008 financial crisis, Iceland literally went bankrupt.  The reasons were mentioned only in passing, and since then, this little-known member of the European Union fell back into oblivion.

As one European country after another fails or risks failing, imperiling the Euro, with repercussions for the entire world, the last thing the powers that be want is for Iceland to become an example. Here's why: Link "


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Comment by Theresa on September 18, 2011 at 14:51
don't start Alex!!!
Comment by Alex Duffy on September 18, 2011 at 9:05



You should run, I'd vote for you!!

Comment by Theresa on September 18, 2011 at 8:56

Okay - I tried to read and reread the Iceland stuff but I can't handle the errors then corrections then facts then figures then brain melt!


As for the presidential election - maybe we should all just boycott it?


Comment by Hugh Treacy on September 14, 2011 at 12:05
Andy, re: presidential election.  You're not alone. :(
Comment by Andy Wilson on September 14, 2011 at 8:18

In post bubble Ireland, the same snouts can be found feeding at the trough. There has been a change of government, but actually, almost nothing has changed, and where it has, its for the worst. The resource gap grows ever larger. Those who happily led Ireland down the path of bankruptcy continue as if nothing untoward has happened. A few minor readjustments, and the path of resource consumption (ie economic 'growth') can be resumed as before.


In Iceland, according to an article in the UK Independent, the state prosecutor  "has named more than 200 suspects into his criminal investigation into the country's financial crisis"


While this may not address Iceland's longer term resource-related issues, the prosecution of the financially corrupt or reckless at least provides an unambiguous starting point for some potentially far reached reforms (alluded to above). Or maybe, also as alluded to, a revolution.

If Ireland, or more accurately, the PEOPLE of Ireland don't do the same, our communities will muddle ineptly  along, while a bad situation metamorphoses into a truly catastrophic one.

The mention of referendums and elections in Iceland reminded me Ireland is soon to be facing a presidential election. Am I alone in thinking this  is the ultimate non-event: a collection of candidates I wouldn't like to have on even a village committee, collectively espousing  a frighteningly do-not-adjust-your-television-set vision of the future.

Comment by Alex Duffy on August 31, 2011 at 9:14

A Deconstruction of “Iceland's On-going Revolution”

Words by Anna Andersen
Last night, ‘Shock Doctrine’ author Naomi Klein tweeted: “#Iceland is proving that it is possible to resist the Shock Doctrine, and refuse to pay for the bankers' crisis” with a link to an article called, “Iceland’s On-going Revolution,” by Deena Stryker.

This article is full of factual errors, so we tweeted back: “@NaomiAKlein We are fans of yours, but we are sad to say that your tweet and the article it cites are both dead wrong. #Iceland”

She replied: “@rvkgrapevine tell me and i'll correct”.

So here it is, a deconstruction of that error-ridden article, “Iceland’s On-going Revolution,” which is unfortunately making rounds in the Twitter-sphere. 
Comment by Hugh Treacy on August 25, 2011 at 19:57

Thanks for posting this article Kate.  Early on in the crisis I was one of those advocating a Second Republic for Ireland and still think it will be necessary if meaningful reform is to take place.  However, there is always a danger of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, so maybe a process of reflection similar to the 'Federalist Papers', written by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton prior to the American Constitutional Convention in the 18th Century, is called for?  I'd love to hear other people's opinions.

As a footnote, I was going to mention that Iceland isn't in the EU, yet, but then I saw that everybody commenting on the article had made the point, ad nauseam, so I won't! :)



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