Defining white Finnish privilege #13: Case Matti Putkonen

Defining white Finnish privilege #13: Case Matti Putkonen

One of the exclusive privileges white Finns who belong to anti-immigration parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* is making ludicrous claims about migrants and minorities. Matti Putkonen of the PS is the latest case of white Finnish privilege. He is claiming – without proof – that “the cost of migration” to Finland may be now as […] more…
PS’ Timo Soini of Finland looks more like a wolf and less like a sheep as April elections near

PS’ Timo Soini of Finland looks more like a wolf and less like a sheep as April elections near

With the help of one term, “cultural marxist,” Perussuomalaiset (PS)* chairman Timo Soini gave us the clearest-yet image of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Soini lashed out on his blog at the same-sex marriage lobby and particularly at Nasima Razmyar as “cultural marxists” after she compared the PS leader and Christian Democrat Päivi Räsänen as “conservative Islamists” for opposing same-sex […] more…
When youth leaders of parties like the NCP of Finland are in the dark about cultural diversity

When youth leaders of parties like the NCP of Finland are in the dark about cultural diversity

It is sad, even unfortunate, that some of our future political leaders of the National Coalition Party (NCP) see Finland’s ever-growing cultural diversity as a threat and the adaption of these newcomers and their children as an ethnocentric one-way affair.  One of the first matters that these youth leaders would learn about the over 1.2 million […] more…
Migrants’ Rights Network: Note to Party leaders: Misleading voters about what can and can’t be done on immigration will still get you nowhere

Migrants’ Rights Network: Note to Party leaders: Misleading voters about what can and can’t be done on immigration will still get you nowhere

Don Flynn* Emergency brakes and benefit caps were put on offer by party leaders this week. Both are intended to get across the message that immigration can be got back under control. But aren’t there bigger truths that we should be trying to get across, like how the movement of people is all a part […] more…
The source of the 1.5 billion-euro-claim for “the cost of migration” is none other than the PS

The source of the 1.5 billion-euro-claim for “the cost of migration” is none other than the PS

Perussuomalaiset (PS)* chairman Timo Soini, party secretary Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo and Matti Putkonen gave a press conference Friday where they claimed that “the cost of migration” and development aid totaled up to 2.7 billion euros.  Migrant Tales wrote that when these figures were drawn out of a PS hat, not one reporter at the press conference asked […] more…
An effective way of putting racism in context in Finland

An effective way of putting racism in context in Finland

There are many ways to understand ethnic hatred and racism in Finland. One of these is by substituting the word ‘migrant’ for your ethnic group and/or ‘woman’ in a text that’s aimed at fueling ‘us’ and ‘them.’ Let’s take the recent claims of two politicians, MPs Tom Packalén and Pia Kauma, to see how passions are […] more…
Finnish anti-immigration sound bites + near-silence of society = peril

Finnish anti-immigration sound bites + near-silence of society = peril

Some soap operas are so sweet and melodramatic that they form cavities in your brain. In the same way, the message of anti-immigration and xenophobic parties is so outrageous that they leave a whole in your head.   Timo Soini and the Perussuomalaiset (PS),* which became Finland’s third-largest parliamentary bloc in 2011, are appealing to […] more…
Finnish NCP youth league gives thumbs down to cultural diversity

Finnish NCP youth league gives thumbs down to cultural diversity

Remember the proposals that the Youth League of the National Coalition Party (NCP) made last year concerning the type of society they’d like Finland to be in the future? Some of the many proposals that raised eyebrows and created quite a media storm back then included plans to scrap the Ombudsman for Minorities as well […] more…
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