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  •  The Grímsstaður sale issue... (1+ / 0-)
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    has long been controversial in Iceland, with charges of "hidden plots" being met with charges of racism.  It's a really complex issue.  The government really chickened out here, going for any technicality which they could credit the denial of the application on so that they didn't have to completely commit to either stance.

    •  Iceland is a small country (6+ / 0-)

      They don't really need a reason to forbid the sale of their lands to countries with an eye to the North Atlantic offshore oil wells or a place to put a military base near the countries that have the most offshore oil rigs either.

      They have a thousand-year-old constitution that still functions and they are the freest, most peaceful people in the world with only their neighbors in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden following that same tradition.  Why mess with a good system that does what's best for all the people in their country?

      What they have is what we should imitate.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Fri Nov 25, 2011 at 05:57:47 PM PST

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    •  Back in the 1980s, Denmark did not allow farmland (0+ / 0-)

      … to be sold to anyone (whether a Danish national or not) who was not themselves a farmer already, or did not have a university degree in an agriculture related field.

      The idea was to keep good farmland in use as farmland — rather than having it suddenly rezoned for residential or office park use after the right bribes had been paid and/or the right strings pulled.

      Since then, I'm not sure how well such restrictions have fared against the tendency of the EU to brush aside anything they label an impediment to cross-border "investment" (= movement of capital).

      48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

      by lotlizard on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 04:49:56 AM PST

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