Anti-immigration populist parties are a menace to democracy, ethnic and cultural diversity

Anti-immigration populist parties are a menace to democracy, ethnic and cultural diversity

Migrant Tales has never hid its criticism of parties that base their message on populism, scapegoating minorities and nationalism. If such political parties ever got power, it’s doubtful that they’d know what to do with it except polarize our society more than before.  Anti-immigration and nationalistic parties are masters at scapegoating because they are incompetent at doing […] more…
Sweden’s white paper on the abuses and rights violations against the Roma will have a positive effect on Finland

Sweden’s white paper on the abuses and rights violations against the Roma will have a positive effect on Finland

Sweden published on March 26 a white paper on abuses and rights violations against the Roma during the last century. The white paper is significant since it is the first time that the Swedish government has published and acknowledged Sweden’s long history of discrimination against the Roma minority. Should Finland follow Sweden’s example? If sociologist […] more…
The new look of anti-immigration parties: Over-simplify complex social issues like cultural diversity and racism

The new look of anti-immigration parties: Over-simplify complex social issues like cultural diversity and racism

Observing for a number of years the language and behavior of how anti-immigration and especially anti-Islam parties operate in Europe, it’s clear that the codewords used by such parties has changed in countries like Finland. Eyeing power, the compromise that parties like the Perussuomaliset (PS) have made recently is to look more mainstream by toning […] more…
Migrants’ Rights Network: Why we need a new anti-racist movement if we are to secure the rights of migrants

Migrants’ Rights Network: Why we need a new anti-racist movement if we are to secure the rights of migrants

Don Flynn* Anti-racism and the battle for the rights of migrant seem to have moved some distance apart in recent years. It is time to reverse that, and re-forge a unity between the two that will be able to take on the challenges that come from growing xenophobic moods. The coalition of groups supporting the […] more…
What Finnish school children from a small town think about racism?

What Finnish school children from a small town think about racism?

During the European Action Week Against Racism (March 15-23), I had the opportunity to visit an elementary and middle school in rural Eastern Finland. The event, which was organized by the Red Cross, asked elementary and middle school students to do a posters pointing out the good and bad things about Finland. Some did short […] more…
Human Rights 101 (Argentine dirty war style)

Human Rights 101 (Argentine dirty war style)

I’ve taught students the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Some had never heard of it. I had heard of it but never understood its meaning until one April overcast day in 1977 when I was arrested and thrown into a police cell. What happened to me on that Saturday afternoon changed my life permanently.   During […] more…
Institute of Race Relations: How the Swedish media bought into the myth-making of the far Right

Institute of Race Relations: How the Swedish media bought into the myth-making of the far Right

Maria Tjader The leader of the far-Right Sweden Democrats wants to portray himself as the victim of anti-white racism. Read full story here. A televised interview on 23 February with Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the far-Right Sweden Democrats (SD), has generated much controversy over the alleged claims made by Åkesson with regards to his […] more…
Acceptance and respect of cultural diversity is very similar to the gay rights struggles of the past

Acceptance and respect of cultural diversity is very similar to the gay rights struggles of the past

It wasn’t too long ago in Europe and countries like the United States, Argentina and Australia that being gay was seen as a psychological disorder that could even be cured. Acceptance of cultural diversity, the right to be treated with respect irrespective of your background, is undergoing the same struggles that gays faced as they […] more…
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