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2.11.2016
JBH interview Scotland

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14.9.2016
WHAT“S WRONG WITH EUROPE – AND WHY DON“T YOU FIX IT?

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9.9.2016
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE NORDIC MODEL?

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31.3.2016
HOW TO SAVE CAPITALISM FROM THE CAPITALISTS - AND DEMOCRACY FROM THE PLUTOCRATS?

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15.2.2016
The Transition from totalitarianism to democracy: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE BALTIC ROAD TO FREEDOM AND POST-INDEPENDENCE EXPERIENCE?

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Greinar 2013

21.9.2013
Um flķsina og bjįlkann - fjórša valdiš, dómsvaldiš og sišareglur blašamanna. Seinni hluti
Ķ įratug hefur sįttavišleitni minni veriš mętt meš ķskaldri žögn, ósönnum söguburši, eftirįspuna, illmęlgi į bak, hatri og hefnigirni. Fyrst var leitaš til lögreglu og saksóknara og reynt aš fį óvininn dęmdan. Žegar įkęruvaldiš vķsaši kęrunum frį, var įfrżjaš til "dómstóls götunnar" gegnum fjölmišla. Žaš telst sętur sigur, ef žaš tekst aš ręna óvininn mannoršinu. Žaš var jś ętlunin frį upphafi.

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20.9.2013
Um flķsina og bjįlkann - fjórša valdiš, dómsvaldiš og sišareglur blašamanna. Fyrri hluti
Flestir višurkenna - a.m.k. ķ orši kvešnu - aš mannréttindi ķ réttarrķki byggi į žvķ aš grundvallarreglan "saklaus uns sekur fundinn fyrir dómi" sé ķ heišri höfš og virt ķ reynd. Samt viršist žaš vefjast fyrir mörgum, žegar į reynir.

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12.9.2013
Vištal viš Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson į Harmageddon.
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11.9.2013
Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson ķ vištali į Śtvarpi Sögu (FM 99.4) viš Höskuld Höskuldsson ķ dag, mišvikudag, kl. 17:00.
Vakin er athygli įhugasamra į, aš JBH veršur ķ vištali į Śtvarpi Sögu (FM 99.4) viš Höskuld Höskuldsson ķ dag, mišvikudag, kl. 17:00

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9.9.2013
HĮSKÓLI ĶSLANDS: EKKI MEIR, EKKI MEIR
„Žaš versta er ekki fólska hinna illviljušu; žaš versta er žögn og afskiptaleysi hinna góšviljušu“
(Anonymus)


Skżringar forrįšamanna HĶ į fyrirvaralausri įkvöršun žeirra um aš afturkalla rįšningu mķna til kennslu viš stjórnmįlafręšideild skólans, standast ekki skošun. Žeir leyfa sér aš ganga langt ķ aš hagręša stašreyndum ķ von um aš geta breitt yfir žaš ófremdarįstand, sem rķkir innan félagsvķsindasvišs. Žessar skżringar bera vott um skort į sannleiksįst, vilja til yfirhylmingar (e. cover-up) og ódrengskap ķ garš žeirra, sem verša aš bśa viš afleišingarnar af žeirra eigin klśšri.

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5.9.2013
On the Icelandic Way and Capital controls
In a recent book „Ķsland ehf. aušmenn og įhrif eftir hrun“ – Iceland ltd., the Oligarchs and their Influence after the Crash – (Vaka/Helgafell, 2013) the authors, Magnśs Halldórsson and Žóršur Snęr Jślķusson, both economic analysts in the media, give an overview of the „Icelandic way“ after the crash 2008. Specifically they try to estimate the ongoing transfer of wealth and the subsequent polarization of society. In the final chapter (p.205-292) they deal with the Icelandic experience of IMF-imposed capital controls. They were meant to be a short-term fix, but have now lasted almost five years. Here are some of the highlights of their coverage:

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31.8.2013
Hvaš sögšu nemendur um nįmskeiš Jóns Baldvins?
Eins og vikiš er aš ķ greininni: Hįskóli Ķslands – Talķbanar ķ fķlabeinsturni? hófst samstarf stjórnmįlafręšideildar HĶ viš mig haustiš 2009. Efni nįmskeišsins var: Geta smįžjóša til aš gęta hagsmuna sinna og hafa įhrif ķ alžjóšakerfinu. – Prófessor viš deildina fylgdi nįmskeišinu śr hlaši meš inngangserindi um rķkjandi kenningar um stöšu smįžjóša ķ alžjóšasamskiptum. Ég fylgdi žessu eftir meš žvķ aš rekja dęmi um stöšu og įhrif smįžjóša ķ žvķ kerfi alžjóšasamskipta, sem byggt hefur veriš upp eftir Seinna strķš. Ķ mörgum tilfellum gat ég mišlaš af eigin reynslu, eins og t.d.varšandi hafréttarmįl og žorskastrķš, samninga viš Evrópusambandiš (EES) og frumkvęši Ķslands aš stušningi alžjóšasamfélagsins viš sjįlfstęšisbarįttu Eystrasaltsžjóša.

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28.8.2013
HĮSKÓLI ĶSLANDS: TALĶBANAR Ķ FĶLABEINSTURNI?
Ég hef aš undanförnu oršiš ę meir undrandi vitni aš sjónarspili innan veggja Hįskóla Ķslands. Mįliš snżst vissulega um heišur hįskólans. En žaš varšar ekki bara forrįšamenn žessarar ęšstu menntastofnunar Ķslands. Žaš varšar alla, sem skilja mikilvęgi žess aš halda ķ heišri grundvallarreglur réttarrķkisins og aš virša mannréttindi.

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17.7.2013
YfirPirrupśri ķhaldsins
Ég fór meš feguršardrottninguna ķ supermarkaš ķ gęr (hér ķ Andalśsķu) aš žvķ aš okkur vantaši kęlibox. Hér er bónus svo bókmenntalega sinnaš aš žś kemst ekki ķ kęlinn nema ķ gegnum bókabśšina. Hér flokkast bókmenntir ķ kerlingavištöl, rómana (semi-erótķskur žykjustuleikur), sęnska krimma (Arnaldur og Yrsa) og loks koma sjįlf skįldin. Žar er aš finna Cervantes, Marcel Proust (og hina nżja norsku eftirlķkingu hans - 6 bindi), Coehlo, Umberto Eco og - Konan viš žśsund grįšur eftir Hallgrķm Helgason.

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28.6.2013
Aš bjarga kapķtalismanum frį kapķtalistunum
Eftirfarandi grein um fjįrmįlakreppuna og višbrögš viš henni, m.a. į Ķslandi og ķ Lithįen eftir okkur Ramunas Bogdanas birtist fyrst ķ tķmaritinu Valstybe og sķšan į vefritinu Delfi, sem er langmest lesni fjölmišill ķ Lithįen. Greinin byggir aš uppistöšu į stefnuręšu, sem ég flutti s.l. haust į Baltic Assembly, en Ramunas hefur flettaš inn ķ hana köflum um afleišingar kreppunnar ķ Lithįen og višbrögš stjórnvalda žar ķ landi. Ramunas var fyrsti Lithįinn, sem ég kynntist į sķnum tķma. Hann var einn nįnasti samstarfsmašur Landsbergis į örlagatķmum sjįlfstęšisbarįttunnar. Hann er nśna sjįlfstętt starfandi rithöfundur og blašamašur ķ Vilnius.

Sjįlfsagt eru ekki margir lęsir į lithįisku į Ķslandi (fyrir utan Lithįa, sem hér bśa). En žį mį alltaf reyna aš fį botn ķ žetta meš žvķ aš leita į nįšir google žżšingarvélarinnar.

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28.6.2013
Fundu enga styttu - en fundu hann sjįlfan ķ stašinn?
Starfsfólk Reykjavķkurborgar į sviš uppeldis- og ęskulżšsstarfs var į ferš ķ Vilnius ķ maķmįnuši s.l. vegna samstarfsverkefnis borganna. Žeim hafši veriš sagt, aš ķ Vilnius vęri aš finna styttu af undirritušum, og fóru vķtt og breytt um borgina ķ leit aš henni. Styttuna fundu žau hvergi (enda er hśn órisin). Hins vegar fundur žau okkur Bryndķsi į förnum vegi og komu ķ pitsupartķ ķ gestabśstaš okkar viš Ašalstręti (Didziijou Gatu). Žau sögšu frį heimsókninni ķ eftirfarandi vištali viš dagblaš ķ Vilnius.

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20.6.2013
IN PRAISE OF FREEDOM,
Vadovu Klubas: 15 year anniversary, Church of St. John“s Vilnius University, June 6th, 2013

On June 6th "Vadovu Klubas" - an association of business leaders in Lithuania - celebrated their 15 years anniversary in St. John“s Vilnius University. The president of Lithuania, Dalija Grypauskaité - a former Minister of Finance and commissioner of finance - addressed the assembly. I was invited to give a key-note speech on the " Peaceful, Baltic Road to Freedom" and the response to it by the international community.

Since capitalists worldwide are this year celebrating the 300 years anniversary of the Scottish philosopher/economist Adam Smith, my Edinburgh University background came in handy to give my audience a few warning words on the dangers of unrestrained markets, supported by wise words from the social-democratic thinker, Tage Erlander, and the recently erected pope Francis (a former priest in the slums of Buenos Aires). While in Vilnius this spring, teaching at the university, the Lithuanians celebrated the 25 years anniversary of Sajudis, their independence movement. On June 3d, LRT (the Lithuanian public television channel) showed a new documentary on that occasion. This included an interview with me, focusing on the main events 1988-91. (This can be approached on the Internet).

Here is the text of my speech given in the Church of St. John“s, Vilnius University, on June 6th.

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2.6.2013
DANISH POLICY TOWARDS THE BALTIC STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE 1988-1991: TO BE OR NOT TO BE? – THAT IS THE QUESTION
The editors of BALTIC STUDIES - a periodical on international affairs and politics - asked me to review an article by a Danish scholar on the policy of the Danish government (and major parties) on the Baltic nations“ struggle for their restored independence. My review was published on the Magazine“s web side. - JBH

This article is not so much about Danish support for the Baltic struggle for independence; rather it is about domestic politics – electoral maneuvers between the major parties on how they could be seen to express „small state sympathy“, without risking the wrath of the Soviet Union or the displeasure of powerful allies. It is therefore of interest, mainly for those who want to know what happened behind the scenes in Danish politics. For those who want to understand the risks and potential dangers for the Baltic nations of seceeding from the Soviet Union, it is hardly of any interest.

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10.5.2013
Svipmynd: RAUŠI ŽRĮŠURINN......
Arnór elsti bróšir minn var, eftir žvķ sem ég best veit, fyrsti mašurinn af Vesturlöndum eftir strķš til aš śtskrifast śr hįskólanum ķ Moskvu. Hann stundaši žar nįm į įrunum 1953 (įriš sem fjöldamoršinginn Stalķn hrökk upp af) til 1959. Nęstu tvö įrin stundaši hann framhaldsnįm ķ heimspeki (m.a. hjį Kolakowski) ķ Krakį og Varsjį. Bįšir voru žeir Įrni Bergmann og hann, en žeir voru samtķmis ķ Moskvu, vistašir žar fyrir milligöngu Einars Olgeirssonar gegnum flokkstengsl.

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16.4.2013
Nįmskeiš um Hruniš
NIŠURSTÖŠUR RANNSÓKNARNEFNDAR ALŽINGIS UM HRUNIŠ:
ORSAKIR-ĮBYRGŠ-LĘRDÓMAR

Ķ upphafi įrs 2012 įkvaš Samfylkingarfélagiš ķ Reykjavķk aš efna til nįmskeišs um skżrslu Rannsóknarnefndar Alžingis um Hruniš. Skżrslan var alls ķ nķu bindum eša um 2000 bls.(auk fylgiskjala į netinu). Hśn er žvķ mikil aš vöxtum og aš hluta til um sérfręšileg mįlefni og žvķ ekki aušskilin öllum almenningi. Į nįmskeišinu var lögš įhersla į aš rekja nišurstöšur skżrsluhöfunda, aš žvķ er varšaši orsakir hrunsins, įbyrgš stjórnvalda į žvķ, og hvaša lęrdóma mętti draga af žessari reynslu til aš foršast aš endurtaka įoršin mistök ķ framtķšinni. Nįmskeišiš hófst 25. jan., 2012 og stóš til loka febrśar.

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15.4.2013
Um pólitķska įhęttustżringu
Žaš vill vefjast fyrir mörgum aš eygja eitthvert „system“ ķ galskap ķslenskra stjórnmįla fyrir komandi kosningar. Kannski hęfileg fjarlęgš frį vettvangi hjįlpi til viš rólega yfirvegun.

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12.4.2013
Recovering from the Crisis: INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE EMU?
April 9th The Institute for International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, held a seminar on the international financial crisis, comparing the fates of countries inside and outside the euro-zone. Main speakers were Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, former Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Dr. Ingrida Simonité, former Minister of Finance of Lithuania and Dr. Baldur Thórhallsson, Head of the Center for Small States“ Studies at the University of Iceland. Dr. Ramunas Vilpisauskas, Head of the institute introduced the speakers, but Mr. Bo Tillberg from the Nordic Council of Ministers“ Office was moderator.
Following are the speaking-notes of Mr. Hannibalsson:

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2.4.2013
Endurnżjun lķfdaganna
Didzioji Gatu nr. 10. Žetta er elsta tungumįl Evrópu af indo-evróskum uppruna – lithįiska. Žaš eru tęplega fimm milljónir manna ķ heiminum, sem tala žetta mįl. Fyrir utan Lithįen – sem er svolķtiš minna landsvęši en Ķsland – žeir eru flestir ķ Chicago en bżsna margir ķ Įstralķu. Į bak viš žaš er mikil saga. En aftur aš Didzioju Gatu. Žetta śtleggst sem ašalstręti. Og alveg eins og ķ Reykavķk er ašalstręti elsta strętiš. Žarna bjuggum viš Bryndķs ķ rśma tvo mįnuši. Viš komum ķ byrjun aprķl. Žį var ennžį kalt. Voriš hafši tafist. En ķbśšin var flott. Mišalda- Vilnius er rétt eins og Flórens, byggš ķ „court yards“. Beijing er alveg eins. Žar kalla žeir žetta „family compounds“. Hugmyndin var, aš viš byggjum öll saman: afi og amma, börnin, barnabörnin, fręndur og fręnkur. Hugsiš ykkur žaš. Tribal society. Einhver sagši, aš žetta vęru gamlar vistarverur pólska ašalsins, sem hafši vetursetu ķ Vilnu. Alla vega voru žessi hśsakynni nżuppgerš; žar var hįtt til lofts og vķtt til veggja; Litrófiš var ljśft, og Bryndķs fķlaši žetta ķ botn. Žetta voru sem sé vistarverur gestaprófessorsins og feguršardrottningarinnar.

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1.4.2013
Um pįskadagsręšu séra Gunnars ķ Brautarholtskirkju
Pįskaprédikun séra Gunnars ķ Brautarholtskirkju nįlgast žaš, sem er kjarni mįlsins ķ žjóšfélagsįtökum samtķmans.

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17.2.2013
The Nordic Model
February 2 this year the Economist published a special edition on the Nordic model. The authors came to the conclusion that the Nordic model had turned out, during the era of globalization, to be the most successful socio-economic model on the planet. It combined both efficiency and prosperity. It was both the most competitive and the most egalitarian society on earth. But, neo-liberal, as the Economist is, the authors tried their best to give credit for this unique success story to Sweden“s conservatives, who have had a chance in government for a few years, to tinker with the system at the margins. But the system remains fundamentally intact.

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6.1.2013
Eitt kjörtķmabil er ekki nóg - įramótagrein
Ritstjóri dreifiblašsins Reykjavķk, sem aš sögn er boriš śt ķ hvert hśs ķ höfušborginni, baš um įramótagrein til birtingar ķ blaši sķnu viš upphaf nżs įrs, 2013. Žessi grein birtist hér į heimasķšu minni.

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