Authorities should look at factors like social exclusion, third culture and school bullying for what happened in Munich

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As the dust settles over what happened in Munich on Friday, when Ali Sonboly took the lives of nine people and injured tens of others, there are a lot of questions that are taking our eyes off the ball. Instead of talking about “Islamic terrorism,” why are we not talking about some other motives that could have played important roles in the tragedy?

In Finland, an interview hosted by Sanna Ukkola of YLE with police service chief inspector, Timo Kilpeläinen, and an unknown authority on geopolitical conflicts, Alan Salehzadeh, reinforced how lost we are in finding solutions to mass killings and terrorism.

The whole talk show revolved around Islam, radical Islam and terrorism when, in fact, it should of asked more important questions.

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The Guardian writes:

“One of the questions facing authorities is whether Sonboly, who was bullied and isolated at school, intentionally set out to kill other young people. The dead included seven teenagers, a 20-year-old and a 45-year-old woman.”

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White Finnish privilege #30: Whitewashing and racializing the news

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On the fifth anniversary of when Anders Breivik went on the rampage in Oslo on 22/7 by killing 77 victims, we saw another gunman in Munich follow his footsteps. We now know with pretty much certainty that there is a connection between what the shooter did in Munich and what happened in Norway exactly five years ago.  

Reports the BBC:  “Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said there was an ‘obvious’ link between the new attack and Friday’s fifth anniversary of Breivik’s attacks in Norway, when he murdered 77 people.”

Apart from the fact that nine people died and 27 were injured at the hands of a person who appears to like mass shootings and terrorists like Breivik, Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Youth chairman Sebastian Tynkkynen said in a statement a day before that punishable offenses like ethnic agitation and breaching the sanctity of religion should be stricken off the penal code.

Considering the role that hate speech had in the killing of victims in 22/7 and yesterday, Tynkkynen’s and the PS Youth’s suggestion to scrap hate speech from the penal code sounds reckless and dangerous.

Definition #30

Gavan Titley exposes with three sentences how the media interpreted what happened in Munich Friday. He writes on his Facebook wall:

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Terrorism och våld

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Fredags mys med film och snacks kanske finns hos de som tycker att livet är härligt.

Då våldet börjar komma allt mer närmare oss här i Europa. Först Frankrike, sedan Belgien, sedan Frankrike igen och ny Tyskland… visst är det skrämmande?

Att hör att sju dödades i München och Tyskland meddelar om akut situation i staden då vet du att det börjar bli allt mer skrämmande..

Jag själv börjar tycka att det börjar bli allt mer skrämmande.. o vem kan du lita på och var kan du röra dig? Borde du undvika platser med människor samlingar?

Vilka är det som ligger bakom all terror som händer nu i Europa? Vilka är de “dåliga och farliga” “muslimerna?

Jag ska berätta saker som borde inte sägas för det nämns aldrig vilken nationalitet dessa terrorister har. Men för att återgå till vilka är de dåliga “muslimerna” så skall jag berätta lite vad jag vet.

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Five years after 22/7 the Nordic region continues to bleed hatred

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Is it a coincidence that Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Youth leader Sebastian Tynkkynen wants to make hate speech possible by doing away with laws that prohibit it? Is it a coincidence that he states openly and publicly, like PS MP Teuvo Hakkarainen, that Finland should rid itself of Muslims?

PS Youth put out a statement a day before the fifth anniversary of the mass killings in Norway by Anders Breivik that asks those punishable offenses like ethnic agitation and breaching the sanctity of religion should be stricken off the penal code.

Not only has the PS remained silent and in holiday mode in the face of what Tynkkynen and Hakkarainen said, but there’s been total silence as well from the leaders of the Center Party and National Coalition Party.

Considering that the 77 deaths committed by Breivik in 2011 were and still are the worst case of terrorism to strike the Nordic region, it is shocking how rapidly we have forgotten and allowed hate speech, racism, and bigotry to grow in the past five years.

 

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The monument at Utøya island in Norway to the victims of 22/7. Source: designboom.

Even if many have forgotten what happened on 22/7 and would care less about hate speech, we and many others haven’t forgotten.

The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party 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. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” 

Reija Härkönen: Kuulutko vaikenevaan enemmistöön

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Reija Härkönen

Sanotaan, että juutalaisten joukkomurha Saksassa ei olisi ollut mahdollista, jos vaikeneva enemmistö olisi kunnolla asettunut vastustamaan tapahtumien kulkua. Jälkeenpäin on ollut vaikea saada selville miksi kävi niin, että tavalliset, hyvät ihmiset antoivat sen kaiken tapahtua.

Kun ihmisiä on haastateltu, on käynyt ilmi, että paljon kuitenkin tiedettiin. Totta kai sellaiset asiat, vaikka niitä salailtaisiinkin, aina kulkeutuvat ihmisten tietoon. Ensin huhuina, aikaa myöten yhä hurjempina tietoina. Niin hurjina, että monen on ollut vaikea uskoa, että se kaikki oli totta.

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Siinä vaiheessa kuitenkin on ollut jo myöhäistä tehdä mitään: organisaatiota on rakennettu vuosikymmenien ajan. Lähes jokaisesta perheestä joku on mukana toiminnassa, näyttävien menojen ja juhlallisuuksien avulla on saatu ihmiset vakuuttumaan uusien vallanpitäjien kyvykkyydestä. Viha on väkevä väline etenkin taloudellisesti vaikeina aikoina. Mieleltään kieroutuneet ja ahneet poliitikot käyttävät meillä ja muualla hyväkseen ihmisten intoa lähteä mukaan joukkoon, jolle annetaan julkinen lupa vihata toisia ihmisiä, jotakin ryhmää, joka valheellisin syin nostetaan tikunnokkaan ja syljeksittäväksi .

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Housing discrimination occurs in Finland and is underreported by the media

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A news story in YLE News about housing  for immigrants highlights one area where discrimination happens but is underreported by the media. Contrary to discrimination in the labor market and at night clubs, reported by YLE, housing is another area where migrants and minorities face discrimination. 

A common urban tale spread by anti-immigration groups and bigots is that Finland’s neighborhoods are turning into ghettos because migrants don’t want to integrate.

Migrants and minorities live in nighborhoods with others of the same background because of council housing, they are less prone to suffer from racist harassment and because they are excluded from renting in other parts of the city.

Groups like Somalis are exceptionally dependent on the social rental sector due to its affordability and reliability. In 2003 some 70% of Somalis in Helsinki lived in council housing, predominantly flats; only 1% of them lived in owner-occupied housing.

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The Perussuomalaiset is an extremist party that is unfit to rule Finland

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There’s overwhelming evidence that the populist anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)* is an extremist party especially when it comes to its views on immigration and cultural diversity. But here’s a question to the Finnish media: If the PS is an extremist party why aren’t they called that?

Why does the foreign media call the PS a far-right party but in Finland we don’t?

In 2014, for example, the Huffington Post listed the PS as one of the nine scariest parties to be elected to the European parliament and in the “good” company of xenophobic and neo-Nazi parties like the National Front of France and Golden Dawn of Greece, respectively.

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Read full posting here. Matias Turkkila uses opportunistically, like PS MP Teuvo Hakkarainen, xenophobia to prop up support for the party, which has plummeted in the polls.

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