Abdirahim Husu Hussein: A focused candidate with clear goals for Finland

Abdirahim Husu Hussein is no stranger to Miglrant Tales. He has written a number of times for us and we have followed his political career with keen interest. “Husu” as he’s known to his friends and acquaintances is a Center Party candidate running for parliament who is focused and determined to reach his goals.

Finland holds parliamentary elections on April 19 and different polls predict the Center Party emerging as the big winner.

Contrary to some other Finnish candidates who were born elsewhere, Husu has never given up his ideals or accommodated his values to serve those in power. Finland needs people like Husu in parliament especially these days when anti-immigration rhetoric and bigotry are spreading throughout Europe and Finland.

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Husu said that number 13 was his lucky number.

“I’m enjoying this campaign despite the harassment that I’ve received because I’m a Muslim and because of my ethnic background,” he said. “Considering that such people write such things shows that they must be extremely unhappy. I wish I could help and relieve their pain.”

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Camilla Edström Ödemark: Exposing White Voids

Camilla Edström Ödemark is an artist from Åland who moved from her native Mariehamn to Sweden after she graduated from high school. Her artwork hits a sensitive spot especially if you’re in that sometimes challenging situation of adapting to a new country. 

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Ödemark says that her work focuses on what or who is “abnormal” or “alien” to a group identity and how they help maintain the status quo. In the White Voids exhibition, which opens on April 2 in Helsinki at 6pm at the Third Space Gallery (Tarkk’ampuanktu 18), Ödemark takes us on a journey to white hegemony.

The journey may surprise some while others may immediately identify with the narrative landscapes she places before us.

Camilla Edström Ödemark (Photo by Philippe Beer-Gabel)

White Voids is her first solo exhibition in Finland. Her work has been exhibited in the Moderna Bar at the Museum of Modern Art and the Multicultural Center in Sweden and in Finland (Vapaan Taiteen Tila and Aine Art Museum).

One of the first questions that springs to mind about Ödemark’s work is how a woman from a provincial place like Åland became interested in the “abnormal” and “alien.”

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Camilla Edström Ödemark’s White Voids art exhibition to open in Helsinki on April 2

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Migrant Tales will publish a feature on Camilla Edström Ödemark’s and her White Voids art exhibition which will open on April 2 at the Third Space Gallery, Tarkk’ampujankatu 18, Helsinki. 

Camilla writes: 

In order to suppress you need to mask yourself as a true underdog. It must be your rights that are threatened, your words that are silenced. No-one likes a bully. When in public, you need to make sure to hide your true intentions. It is your culture that is being suppressed. They might or might not have an agenda. You are in minority. They are mocking you. Make sure people know that war is coming. In order to suppress you need to prepare. 

Grand opening at 18.00-21.00 on April 2

Opening hours: 15.00-16.00, April 3-9

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Defining white Finnish privilege #20: Labeling Others to strengthen “us” and “them”

There were two news stories where the term “person with foreign background” was used by the media this week. The first case was reported on Wednesday, when two people with ”foreign backgrounds” were attacked in Joensuu and the second one a day later, when a suspected Finnish man who tried drive over a fifteen-year-old ”with foreign background.”

After some simple investigative journalism that none of the national media cared to do, Migrant Tales revealed that some o the gang-rape suspects of Tapanila were Finns even if the police labeled them in a statement as teenagers with “foreign backgrounds.”

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Read full story (in Finnish) here.

Why do the media and police continue to use such a deceptive term to label people who are not white native-speaking Finns? The answer is white Finnish privilege.

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Migrant Tales Literary: A return in Pixles

I pulled out my laptop and went on Google Earth. I typed in my mother’s childhood home address, but Google Earth didn’t recognize any matching location. I decided to turn to my mother and carried the spacecraft-like laptop to her. After placing it on top of an orange table mat, I asked her to help me find her parent’s house. She reacted surprised at first, but then went on to ask me if you can see it on there; if she can really revisit home on that stained screen marked by fingerprints. We typed in Hospital Street and the screen started to zoom into the peninsula my mother called home. We began driving down the road with the cursor and our fingers carefully placed on the laptop’s finger pad. While the images constantly shifted between green and light brown patches, she lit up. Her usually tired eyes, worn out by underpaid overtimes, brightened up and started narrating stories of places, encounters and histories. She suddenly looked younger than she had just minutes before; like the girl she’d describe she was but left behind when she crossed that fatal line.

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Perussuomalaiset ad stresses “us” versus “them”

The Perussuomalaiset (PS)* ad below (in Finnish) is the pits. The only mention it makes about our culturally and ethnically diverse society is picture of a Muslim woman. All of the people in the ad are white Finns. It uses slogans like: “Let’s build a good Finland” and “the Perussuomalaiset are on the side of (white) Finns.”

This ad is further proof that the PS is a party that is against New Finns and ready to fuel intolerance in this country at our expense.

A small piece of advice to the PS: This country was never yours, will never be, because this country is ours.

The PS’ view of Finland as this ad shows is what’s wrong with this country today. Finnish racism excludes people who are different from them as these ad clearly shows.

The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The names adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings. 

See also Perussuomalaisten vaalimainos korostaa “he” ja “me” 

RoPS coach Juha Malinen gets snubbed by the Football Association of Finland for inappropriate tweet

The head coach of Rovaniemen Pallo Seura (RoPS), Juha Malinen, has stuck his foot in his mouth again. Contrary to the first time in April, when he announced that he had the most “Finnish team” in the country according to the surnames of the players, he is now embroiled in another scandal. 

The Football Association of Finland (FAF) swiftly snubbed Malinen’s tweet in a statement, where he groups Finnish and “foreign” surnames even if those with former surnames are Finns. FAF said  that “all of the under 21-year players on the national team are Finns…”

It was therefore inappropriate for the RoPS coach to group players in such a manner, according to FAF. 

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This is the tweet that got Malinen in trouble again.  

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