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A new law requiring Iceland's biggest companies to prove that they offer men and women pay equality went into effect on Jan. 1st. Activists say it illustrates the vital role that top-down accountability plays in effecting lasting change. Part 1 of Reaching for Equity, a global series on gender and power.
In the last two decades, Icelandic teens have embraced sobriety under a program that asks families and communities to rethink adolescent freedoms. Some are trying to export this model to Europe and the US.
Innovative activists across Europe and the US are launching experiments to involve people more actively in political life, though with some mixed results.
Though expected to be a big winner in Iceland's elections on Sunday, the youth-driven Pirate Party only came in third. That continues a trend across Europe of youth-powered movements underperforming.
The 'Pirates' look set to gain one of the largest shares of seats in Iceland's parliament. But why is a nation of conservative fishermen turning to a party of techno-utopian democrats?
Opposition leaders and thousands of protesters called for the country's prime minister to step down amid a dispute over his offshore financial affairs. On Tuesday, he complied.
Police estimated the crowd at 8,000 people – a throng called by one officer the largest protest he had ever seen in Reykjavik.
The $21.4 million in upgrades are designed to equip the station with reconnaissance planes that will patrol the North Atlantic for Russian submarines.
Plans to expand Iceland's energy production are running into opposition from those who say the new power sources, though renewable, would mar the country's beauty.
Until Monday, when cops killed a man in a Reykjavik suburb, Iceland's police had never fired a shot during an operation – despite roughly a third of Icelanders owning guns.
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