The Third Eye – An avalanche starts with tiny pebbles

Fascism much?

Alright, the Hitler comparison is a bit of an exaggeration, however, those little snippets that you see over the shameful blue background? They are true. True to the dot. Some people read horror stories, I read the news on Perussuomalaiset, daily, and it gives me the jitters.

Don’t get me wrong! There are many Nationalistic, Fascist, Racist and pure obstinately evil political groups around the world. Lets look at the first world, “modern era”, advanced nations, shall we?

We’ve got ;

  • National Democratic Party of Germany, Aryan League, Pamyat, National Socialist Front, British National Party, American Freedom Party, Identity Bloc, and then there is Perussuomalaiset, translated into English as True Finn’s.

Why, you may wonder, is everyone talking so much about them? Why, you may ask, are Anti-Racism groups, human rights watchdogs and immigrant groups getting their knickers in a bunch over this political party?

 

Well, remember that list of examples I just showed you about various Nationalistic, fascist or racist political parties?, well, here is the catch. What’s unique to Perussuomalaiset, is that the party as a whole “DENIES” responsibility over its individual members statements. Normally you will see something like this,

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……….for you English speaking folks, it says ” Sademiehen’s (one of the parties cronies) comments are his own opinion and do not reflect the opinion of the Perussuomalaiset parties”.

yet,

Here is an updated list from 2015, related to the parties new immigration program.

  • Lowering the refugee quota
  • Opposition to the planned burden-sharing mechanisms of the Common European Asylum Policy
  • Opposition to using public funds to advance multiculturalism
  • Tightening the conditions of family unification by migrants
  • Allowing the immigration of workers from outside the EU and EEA countries only if they are found to be necessary in a given field in a means test by the Finnish Labour Office
  • Making sure that migrants living on welfare benefits are not concentrated in the same areas
  • Outlawing begging on a public place
  • Ending positive discrimination

 

“Opposition to using public funds to advance multiculturalism!”, you scream? Yuppers. Exactly that. Ditto.

So, lost in thought I am, wondering where this road will lead to, wondering how a cradle of humanity, one of the first to give women the right to vote, one of the smallest countries to take on an enemy 10 times its size, and defeat them with more than 100,000 causalities on the loosing end. A country that invented one of the strongest, long lasting phones, created the first studded winter tire’s, managed to get itself a AAA credit rating, has a much loved ice hockey team, is (was) considered to be the birth place of Death metal, can stoop so low as to accept and tolerate constant badgering towards anything that moves or breathes “foreign”, coming from public figures, who’s sole responsibility is to keep society together, create harmony and build bridges to success for everyone, regardless of color, caste or creed.

I guess we will find out, shan’t we?

 

– musing’s by Marshall Niles

 

 

The Third Eye – Fascism through control

 

“When Africans arrive as ‘refugees’ to Finland, they continue to reproduce at the same rate [as in their home countries] even if they would do with less children. In order to force [high birth rates] to plummet we should limit the amount of children immigrants can have. Three [children] would be the maximum.” - Olli Sademies

“When Africans arrive as ‘refugees’ to Finland, they continue to reproduce at the same rate [as in their home countries] even if they would do with less children. In order to force [high birth rates] to plummet we should limit the amount of children immigrants can have. Three [children] would be the maximum.” – Olli Sademies

Helsinki substitute councilman Olli Sademies of the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset party stated on Facebook that Finland should carry out forced sterilization of new African refugees that move to the country.

I am right now boiling with anger, and the numbers I am counting to calm down have gone over 100. Trying to be diplomatic in this sense is hard to do, when your natural instinct is to go and confront such an individual. People like him are a stain, a shame on a pristine clean nation, and the fact that individuals like Olli Sademies is allowed to go scott free, with a slap on the wrist makes me wonder just how a first world country like Finland, considered to be a democracy amongst all, with a proud heritage and an amazing history, can allow people like him to stoop so low as to completely ignore, deny and avoid the most basic fundamental rights of a human being, which is their own body.

Refugees travel through hell and high water to escape pain, suffering and poverty. They fight to survive. Olli Sademies, you are a bloody disgrace to humanity. Welcome to the club of dumb witted, pea brained morons.

UPDATED Helsingin Sanomat: PS Helsinki substitute councilman wants forced sterilization of new African refugees in Finland

Helsinki substitute councilman Olli Sademies of the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party stated on Facebook that Finland should carry out forced sterilization of new African refugees that move to the country, reports Helsingin Sanomat.  Such a racist statement by a member of the PS is nothing new. A PS politician wrote in 2013 that groups like African refugees, which are prone to commit rape according to him, should be chemically castrated.

Writes Sademies: “When Africans arrive as ‘refugees’ to Finland, they continue to reproduce at the same rate [as in their home countries] even if they would do with less children. In order to force [high birth rates] to plummet we should limit the amount of children immigrants can have. Three [children] would be the maximum.”

While such statements are outrageous and reinforce that the PS is a hostile party to immigrants, minorities and to our ever-growing culturally diverse society, it’s the reaction of the party secretary, Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo, which is even more incredible.

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Why you should not call the Perussuomalaiset “the Finns Party”

Finland will become the third country in the EU along with Belgium and Greece that will have a populist and anti-EU party in government, according to The Guardian of London. The daily describes the Finns Party as far right. Just like Migrant Tales, it uses the acronym PS but mentions the official English name of the party once in the story below. 

The reason for using the Finnish acronym for the party is simple: The name is horrible in English and has nothing to do with the Finnish name, which is the Perussuomalaiset and can be translated as “true” or “basic” Finn. Some have even translated it as “fundamental” Finn.

At Migrant Tales explain in all of our stories why we use the Finnish name of the party on our postings:

The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English 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.

PS party secretary Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo was asked about this on Ruben Stiller’s Pressiklubi  why the party had “kidnapped” the name to imply that all Finns are the party. She said it was a good name that other parties hadn’t noticed and was used because the PS represents all types of Finns from academics to workers.

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Facebook: Does “Finnish labor” include migrants, naturalized Finns and minorities?

One of the members of the new government, the right-wing populist Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party, said that jobs will be created for Finnish labor. In the present anti-immigration environment in Finland, such statements have a hostile ring to migrants, naturalized Finns and minorities since they don’t promote inclusion and fair hiring practices. 

Considering that migrant unemployment is three-times higher than the national average, do you think that such statements, which stress “us” and “then,” improve the chances of such people getting hired?

Why can’t politicians like PS chairman Timo Soini, who likes to make nationalistic statements, drop the adjective “Finnish” and state that the efforts by the new government and policy will create new jobs?

Certainly that phrase sounds more inclusive than “Finnish labor.”

It’s pretty clear what Soini means by Finnish labor, or suomalainen työ, which is code for “don’t hire migrants and minorities. It’s your patriotic duty as an employer to hire white Finns.”

It would be great if at least one journalist could ask Soini if he considers migrants, naturalized Finns and minorities to be “Finnish labor.”

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The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English 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.

Afrofinland: Mis-eduating the Africans in Finland (Part 1)

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“The confidence of the people is worth more than money” – Carter G.Woodson

Having lived in Finland long enough, I can boldly say that I have seen it all but I do not know it all! When leaving the shore of Africa, my dream was to come to Eruope to find a greener pasture.Your question to me today should be: “Have you found the greener pasture yet?” My answer is coming shortly at the end of my write-up. Many young and brilliant Africans coming to Finland to study are usually very ambitious in the beginning until the waves of reality hits them and shatters their dreams to pieces, sadly. Not long after they arrived before you start seeing them conforming to what the atmosphere disctates to them: they begin to lose hope; and forget who they used to be – Men & Women of Valour. They become settled and satisfied with their present situation of “Never bothering to rise; Hiding in the cloud of denigration but portraying a false image to the people back home that all is well.” My people have lost strength, motivation, vision and mission at last! The confidence of my people has been taken away from them.

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UuJust to quickly say, I am not a writer nor poet. I enjoy writing in my journal and I do love reading & blogging every now and then. Therefore, bear with me.

Recently, I read a book titled: “Mis-Education of the Negroes” by Carter G.Woodson [Originally released in 1933]. Although Carter referred to African-Americans in his book, I have found some of his references applicable to the situation of Africans(especially African students) living in Finland. I shall be using some of his quotes as sub-topics of what I intend to write about; all from my personal experience.

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The violent and hostile language of Finnish populists against Others

For those that sighed with momentary relief and claimed that the new government’s immigration policy won’t be as bad as they expected haven’t seen anything yet. Behind the populist and nationalistic rhetoric coming from people like Perussuomalaiset (PS)* chairman Timo Soini, there’s nothing but suspicion and hostility against Finland’s migrant and ever-culturally diverse community.

What are we to make out of the new government’s policies as the mist clears? Soini gave us an eyeful Saturday when when he stated that “the blue and white” can be clearly seen in government policy.


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Read full story (in Finnish) here.

What are we, Finland’s migrant and culturally diverse community, supposed to make out of such a nationalistic catchphrase?

Are we, the migrant and minority community in this country, who are struggling to survive by working and paying taxes, belong to that group that Soini labels Finnish labor?

What is even more shameful is that mainstream parties like the Center and National Coalition Party (NCP), who should know better, have with their complacent silence gone to bed with such rhetoric. The reason why they have accepted such rhetoric and a party like the PS in government is because they generally agree with the PS leader.

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New book on Somali community of Finland highlights what we’ve known for long: social hostility and blatant discrimination

A new book called Suomen somalit  by Yusuf M. Mubarak, Eva Nilsson and Niklas Saxén reinforces what has been already known about some of the challenges that Finland’s Somali community faces: racism and social exclusion. 

“I have never felt that I am a Finn,” said Suleqo Yusuf,  23, a Somali Finn, was quoted as saying in the book. “Here you’re always an outsider and different, never a part of society.”

The feeling of being an eternal outsider in Finland is felt by many migrants and minorities as well.

Migrant Tales recently spoke to a Somali Finn who said that she does not identify with a country like Finland because of its hostility towards her.

“I am a citizen of the world,” she said. “Not a Finn. I don’t identify with this country [even if I was born and bred here].”

You don’t have to have a PhD in sociology to understand where some of the problems lie. If the Somali community has been in Finland since the early 1990s. Check the discrimination and hostility that the Romany minority, which has lived in Finland for about 500 years, has suffered at the hands of the white Finnish majority.

While matters are improving, the Roma in Finland continue to face discrimination and racism daily.

Mubarak, one of the three authors of the book, states that its clear that a lot of problems will arise if children are told that they are equal to white Finns but rapidly find out that this isn’t the case.

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So what is the value of such a book and what does it reveal?

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