Iceland Airwaves Cultural Story: Peace and Democracy With EU Membership Bid (LISTEN)

Stay tuned right here for our Iceland Airwaves 2015 final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here) in the near future. In the meantime, check out one of the during audio stories the students produced below and check out previews, reviews and more on our Iceland Airwaves 2015 home page.

Iceland’s number one in overall peace for nearly the past decade. It’s in the right location, on a better financial track, and lacking in gun violence. In comparison, people in the United States are actively demonstrating a wish for peace by the marches in Ferguson to the sit-downs at the police conference in October in Chicago. In Iceland, the people are also given a voice. During the Icelandic financial crisis and revolution in 2008, Iceland made a bid for EU membership, hoping that perhaps the Euro would help put Iceland back on its feet. Steingrímur Sigfússon is a current Parliament member and past Minister of Finance. He says the EU decision should be left to the people

A referendum is when the government leaves it to the people to vote on a single political question.  Currently, the bid for EU membership has ceased discussions, but the necessary paperwork to withdraw the bid has

not been finalized. This leaves the topic of EU membership up in the air for now, but Sigfússon describes other ways Iceland is connected to the EU.

Sigfusson brings up another point in why Iceland is peaceful.

Hordur Torfason is an artist/activist that has seen Iceland unfold from the collapse in 2008 to the track it is on now. Torafson said that a reason Iceland is peaceful is because they don’t have a standing army, and most police do not carry guns. Torafson says there’s another thing to consider, the size of the nation in comparison to the peace.

I’m Andriana and this is WCRX.

 

The fully produced piece is available here:

 

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