Tag: Iceland

Hell hath no fury

Rob Farley points our attention to the latest from Iceland:

Foreign diplomats hardly believed what they heard when the Icelandic president said that his country needs “new friends” and that Russia should be invited to take use of the old U.S. airbase of Keflavik.

In the lunch which took place in Reykjavik last Friday, Mr. Grimsson accused neighboring countries of failing to support the crisis-ridden Iceland, newspaper Dagbladet reports with reference to Klassekampen.

An internal memo from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, obtained by the newspaper, describes the diplomats present in the event as “shocked” by the speech.

But Rob doesn’t quote the most salient part:

According to Dagbladet, the Russian ambassador present at the lunch was rather perplexed by the invitation, saying that “Russia does not really need the airport”.

Yes, I know I could work a Svalbard angle, but I don’t think any creative license is needed on this one.

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It could be worse…

the peoples of the advanced industrial countries could live in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rate – already the world’s highest – has soared to 231,000,000%, newly released official figures for July show.

The rise – from 11,200,000% last month – was largely due to increases in the prices of bread and cereals.

A landmark power-sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has failed to ease the country’s economic crisis.

I bet the Icelanders didn’t realize that they had it so good.

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