Enrique Tessieri

The children of separated families in the US are telling us to change our greedy ways

In Europe, the driver of millions of asylum seekers is us. We invaded with the United States and gave support to the invasion of Iraq. In Latin America, the driver of refugees to the United States is Washington’s big-stick policy and economic exploitation of the region’s wealth and opportunities.

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The more politicians and racists vilify migrants the stronger we get

No matter how much politicians vilify migrants and continue to attack us, the more desperate their situation becomes. 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Trump, snow jobs, and fake leader of the so-called free world

“President Donald Trump is the end of a process that capitalism and corporate greed have created. A driving force of US foreign policy is a free-for-all to continue pillaging other countries and peoples with war and exploitation. One of the reasons why Trump can bow to Kim Jong-un and not to Iran is because racism

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Ali’s journey (June 13, 2018): The long journey back. Baghdad feels like a sauna.

It’s been 25 days since Ali,* 22, who speaks on condition of anonymity, “voluntarily” returned to Iraq from Finland. Sometimes the journey back to where you were once from is longer than the one that took you to foreign lands. The first journey was fueled by hope and the other one back to your homeland with question marks and doubts. 

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Finnish identity: You define who you are, nobody else can or should do that for you

The Islamophobic Perussuomalaiset (PS)* is a shrinking single-issue political party that wants, but cannot succeed, at turning Finland into a Denmark-style country where political parties try to outdo each other in their racism and bigotry. 

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How to fool customers by changing the expired sell-by dates of your products

Migrant Tales has exposed how an Espoo-Helsinki-based food distributor allegedly pays asylum seekers under the table. The company’s name, which the authorities know, allegedly threatens asylum seekers to do their dirty work, like change the sell-by date of its products. 

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How Finland’s media writes about migrants and minorities: Helsingin Sanomat does it again

This story by Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest daily, is a typical example of how migrants and minorities are portrayed in this country: there is a picture of a Somali woman because it is about migrants, and not one member of the non-white Finnish community is interviewed. 

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White Finnish privilege #53: Plan Finland’s unplanned pregnancy campaign #ProtectBlackGirlsToo #Whatofme

Plan Finland’s failed campaign against unwanted pregnancies in Africa is an example of a broader, more serious problem: white exceptionalism. In looking at the campaign by Plan Finland, one can only wonder what these people thought when they launched it.

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