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Misconceptions about the Economic Situation in Iceland

BECAUSE I’M TIRED OF PEOPLE SPREADING UNTRUTHS

Baldur Bjarnason writes a blogpost on how the crisis in Iceland is actually unfolding on Studio Tendra. He details the cozy relationship between the Iceland government and the IMF, decrypts the banks going bankrupt and especially denounced the plight of a growing number of Icelandic citizens who are struggling under the weight of mortgage loans whose interest rates have skyrocketed with the collapse of the Icelandic krona. Why these myths are disseminated, he asks.  ”The only thing I know is that you are being lied to and that Icelanders are also very good at lying to themselves. Besides, if we were not, we would not be in this mess in the first place.”

Russia: Blog Roundup; Bailout of Iceland

Siberian Light posts a Russia blog roundup for October, and also writes about Russia's bailout of Iceland now and a similar initiative undertaken by the Soviet Union over 50 years ago.

Iceland: Hostility Towards Poles

The beatroot writes about hostility towards Poles in Iceland.

Serbia, U.S.: Bobby Fischer

East Ethnia writes about the legacy of chess champion Bobby Fischer, who died today: “Maybe there will be an opportunity now to remember him for what he achieved, less so than for what he became.”

Japan: Iceland from a Japanese viewpoint

hey11pop published pictures of the breathtaking Icelandic landscape taken during the blogger's last trip in the region.

Trinidad & Tobago: Down in the Valley

“The warnings are there, too many to ignore…people better start waking up. Better rebuild their community parlours and their sou sous and their gayaps. In the panic of markets and the trillions of debt and the excess of luxury, countries like Trinidad and Tobago…with so much for sale, will suffer the most”: Attillah Springer takes a walk through the valley of the shadow of debt.

Experiencing global warming in Iceland

Vida na Islândia [pt] is experimenting what global warming is like in Iceland. “Last week I saw on the weather forecast on television that on last Friday night the temperature would rise from -7 degrees to +5. I was worried that such a sudden change of temperature would make the huge amount of snow accumulated on my balcony to melt and flood the apartment”.

Trinidad & Tobago: Anti-smelter movement gains momentum

The movement protesting the establishment of an aluminium smelter in a community in south-western Trinidad gains momentum with the setting up of a protest camp in the north of the island, reports the Rights Action T&T blog. The camp will be launched on Friday to coincide with a demonstration in London on Friday jointly staged by anti-smelter activists from Iceland and Trinidad and Tobago.

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