Posts Tagged: Finland

UPDATE (Feb. 19): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  Feb. 19 Soini: Perussuomalaiset ei “flirttaile” rasismin kanssa (Helsingin Sanomat) What’s wrong with this news story? The Finnish media has asked over and over again Perussuomalaiset (PS)[1]

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Declassified documents about Somalis shed light on how Soviet asylum seekers were treated in Finland

This story published by MTV3, about a secret agreement to return Somali asylum-seekers back to the then Soviet Union, forgets to bring up a very important question: Was there another secret document with Moscow to return Soviet citizens to the USSR if they sought asylum in Finland?  The 1990 agreement, which was never enforced, became public knowledge

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UPDATE (Feb. 17): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  Feb. 17 Suomi pelkää terroristeja vähemmän kuin naapurimaat (Helsingin Sanomat) What’s wrong with this news story? Today’s front page of Helsingin Sanomat’s online edition has a picture of three

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UPDATE (Feb. 14): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  Feb. 14 “Suomessa on jatkuva sadekausi” (Ilkka) What’s wrong with this news story? If one follows news about immigrants and cultural diversity in Finland on Uutiskynnys.fi, one

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A young black woman in a small Finnish city

Finns are adamant that there is no racial discrimination in their society. Josephy Wandera Owindi* For some white people it’s difficult to comprehend how a black woman could be treated in a small city like Mikkeli, located 230km northeast of Helsinki. Is she a victim of microaggressions and/or of outright sexism and racism?  The aim of a

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Racism as PS immigration policy

The Perussuomalaiset (PS)* recently published their party program on immigration, which breaches human rights, is unconstitutional and outright racist.  Even if Social Democrat MP Johannes Koskinen was quoted as saying on Oulu-based daily Kaleva that parts of the PS’ party program were in conflict with our constitution, there’s been too little reaction by mainstream political parties and

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Defining white Finnish privilege #17: The Perussuomalaiset and our civil rights

The Perussuomalaiset (PS) is a xenophobic party that sticks out like a sore thumb and reminds us that our liberal Nordic welfare society and democracy may not be as open-minded as we thought. Their latest party program on immigration is further proof that the PS is a hostile to migrants, visible minorities and to our Nordic

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Defining white Finnish privilege #16: Rosa Emilia Clay and my history versus yours

Ever wondered why all of Finland’s history is white? Ever wondered why you probably never heard of Rosa Emilia Clay (1875-1959), Finland’s first black citizen?  According to Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s oldest daily established in 1824, Åbo Underrättelser, ran a story of “a mulatto girl born in Africa and baptized there [in Amboland in northern Namibia].” Then thirteen-year-old

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