- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- COLOMBIA : Top Pop Singer Shakira...Sued By Ex-Novio...For $100 Million.
- VENEZUELA: Growing As Hub For Drug Shipments.
- USA / SOCIAL MEDIA / GUN CULTURE: Santa Leaves Heat As Xmas Treats.
- UKRAINE : 27 April UPDATE: Barbie Doll Looking Model...Defends Appearance.
- ART / HUMOR / SPAIN : 27 August UPDATE: Clever Jokers Post Their 'Restored' Versions Of Famous Images.
- URUGUAY: Foreigners Rush To Buy Farm Land.
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- RUSSIA : Miss Russia Defends Pussy Riot Punkers; 4 Detained After Small Moscow Pussy Riot Protest.
- BRASIL / ITALY / GUATEMALA / USA / RUSSIA: 1 Dead, 7 Injured In Rio Fuel Tanks Fires/ Blasts; Ruby Heartstealer Admits Lying About Silvio's Sex Parties, Money; Ex-Prez Alfonso Portillo Extradited To USA For Money Laundering; Moscow Bans VKontakte By 'Mistake.'
24 February 2013
ICELAND / AUSTERITY / CURRENCIES: ReykJavik...Finds The Road To Recovery...Slippery.
Iceland went thru real economic Hell...after its 2008 bank and currency crash.
So...a fast recovery for the small economy was predicted by many.
Though it is growing at 2%...faster than most EU nations...inflation is high...and it's currency and capital controls...have become straight jackets.
One politician compares its currency...the krona/crown...down 17% since August...to the Disneyland dollar.
Icelanders now complain bitterly about economic stagnation.
Many voters are tired of austerity...and may replace the austerity minded ruling conservatives...with leftists...or even extreme rightists...in April.