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THIS STORY WAS UPDATED Helsinki City Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein has been in the eye of a storm over a passenger who harassed him in a racist manner and who he was planning to leave the car at a bus stop but took the person to his final destination. Hussein posted on Facebook on Sunday
Helsinki City Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein has a lot of grit against racist parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* and its band of followers. The latest incident proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that the PS is a racist party. Hussein is a courageous politician who gets stronger with every racist death threat and harassment
The cruel arm of Finland’s asylum policy is not only Migri (The Finnish Immigration Service) but too many politicians who lack the courage to show their humanity and empathy for others. One of the consequences of one’s journey to Europe is not only many years of waiting and despair, but death.
Lue alkuperäinen postaus täästä.
Käsittemätöntä ja sairasta. Olemme sinun kanssa Husu. Ei miään voi meitä voittaa. Lue alkuperänen Facebook juttu tästä. Postaus julkaistu luvalla.
It was clear that the request to the police by Perussuomalaiseet (PS)* Councilperson Maiju Tapiolinna to investigate whether Helsinki City Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein for ethnic agitation and slander would not make it to first base. And that is what the police announced today. They said they will not investigate the complaint against Hussein for
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) THIS STORY WAS UPDATED Setting aside the racist attacks and harassment that Social Democratic (SDP) Helsinki city Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein received due to a tweet, why are members of his party
After near-constant hostile labeling of Muslims, Somalis and other people of color in Finland by the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party, it is a positive sign that people are speaking out. One of these persons who has been in the news is Helsinki city councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein. Watching him deflect the usual rhetoric from people, who
DiAngelo’s definition of racism incriminates the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* with their hand in the racist cookie jar. The whole political message of the PS hinges on consciously being mean to people of color, especially Muslims and Somalis.
Social Democratic Party Helsinki city councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein tweeted that all the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* and their supporters are racists. If you think of it, he has a point. The PS is not only an Islamophobic party, but it is also a far-right party as well. A PS councilperson from Nurmijärvi, Maiju Tapiolinna, filed charges
Abdrirahim Husu Hussein Abdirahman Ismail Ali, ystävilleen Suldaanka, saapui Suomeen turvapaikanhakijana syyskuussa 2015. Suomeen saavuttuaan hän eli niin kuin muutkin, pelasi jalkapalloa ja suoritti vuoden kestävän valmentavan VALMA kurssin opiskellen samalla suomea ja valmistuttuaan hän haki ammattikouluun rakennuslinjalle, johon hänet hyväksyttiin. Hän suunnitteli hankkivansa pätevyyden voidakseen rakentaa elämänsä Suomeen ja antaakseen lopulta takaisin sille maalle,
Have you applied for a rental property from your city but have had to wait for years simply because of your foreign name, while witnessing Finnish names get served within max 6 months? Over 100 cases have been recorded so far.
Migrant Tales insight: Everyone that lives in Finland deserves to live in a safe environment. Read the original posting here.
Some politicians in Finland have built their careers on politicizing immigration and have presented this issue as a negative thing in our country.
Abdirahim Husu Hussein Hallitustunnustelut ovat käynnissä ja Suomi etsii keskustan johdolla maahan seuraavaa hallitusta. Hallitusneuvottelussa tullaan keskustelemaan monesta asiasta yhtä aikaa. Tarkoituksena on löytää yhdistäviä asioita, joihin kaikki hallitukseen tulevat puolueet voivat sitoutua. Kaikki puolueet myös tulevat tekemään kompromisseja, hyväksymään joitain poliittisia linjoja, joita eivät itse kannata. Kaikilla puolueilla on yhteisiä ja erottavia asioita. Keskustaa
Abdirahim Husu Hussein is no stranger to Miglrant Tales. He has written a number of times for us and we have followed his political career with keen interest. “Husu” as he’s known to his friends and acquaintances is a Center Party candidate running for parliament who is focused and determined to reach his goals. Finland
Abdirahim Husu Hussein Suomessa asuvana uussuomalaisena, muslimina, somalina, kepulaisena ja afrikkalaismiehenä joudun väkisinkin vastoin omaa tahtoani irtisanoutumaan uussuomalaisten tekemistä pahuuksista Suomessa, muslimitaustaisten rikollisien teoista maailmalla, somaliassa asuvien rikoksista Somaliassa ja Suomessa, kepulaisten tekemistä vääristä päätöksistä kepulandiassa ja mistä milloinkin. En tee näitä irtisanoutumisia omasta tahdostani, sillä en ole henkilönä sellaisessa asemassa että olisin sellaiseen velvoitettu.
Abdirahim Husu Hussein surprised everyone this week when he announced his resignation from the Center Party. In his words, he resigned from the party he joined 13 years ago because “he no longer believes in the party’s policies,” according to Suomenmaa.
Abdirahim Hussein Mohamed Tiedän, että monet tulevat lukemaan tämän ja ihmettelevät, kuka ihmeessä oikein olen kun kirjoitan tänne näitä juttuja. Haluan kuitenkin olla rehellinen ja kertoa, keitä me olemme ja mitä mieltä me olemme asioista. En ole edustamassa ketään yksittäistä henkilöä, mutta tiedän tuovani esille monen ihmisen mielipiteen. Yritän parhaani mukaan olla suorapuheinen ja rehellinen
Olen usein miettinyt, mikä siinä Abdirahim Husseinissa oikein on niin ärsyttävää, että Jussi Halla-aho on herkiämättä hänen kimpussaan. Tuskin luuska rakkaudesta tässäkään tapauksessa potkii, mutta mistä syystä? Jussi on noussut nopeasti politiikan huipulle. Kyseenalaisin keinoin, mutta kuitenkin. Miksi hänelle on niin kammottava ajatus, että myös Abdirahim nousisi? Abdirahim on tullut Suomeen yksin 15-vuotiaana pakolaisena ja
Abrirahim Husu Hussein tweeted that 27 members of the far-right Perusuomalaiset (PS)* party filed charges against the Helsinki city councilperson for tweeting in July that all the PS, its voters, and supporters are racists. Of all the Finnish political parties, the PS is the most racist. Under Jussi Halla-aho’s leadership, the party has steered to
THIS STORY WAS UPDATED It’s been a tough bubble-bursting July and August for Finland’s second-biggest party in parliament, the Perussuomalaiset (PS).* Helsinki city Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein tweeted that the party and supporters were racists, while history researcher Oula Silvenoinen reminded and called the PS a far-right party on television. Silvenoinen isn’t the only researcher
Abdirahim Hussein Mohamed Maanantaina 19. elokuuta Iltasanomissa oli artikkeli, joka on sinällään mielenkiintoinen, kun maanantai on muuten viikon vaikein päivä, etenkin nyt kun kesälomat ovat takana. Lehdessä kerrottiin kuinka kansaedustaja Hakkarainen jälleen kerran näytti oikean värinsä. Minulle ja monelle muulle muslimitaustaiselle ihmiselle tämä uutinen ei ole mikään yllätys. Olen odottanut milloin tulee seuraavan Hakkarais-pläjäyksen. Se
Thanks to a Facebook page and a story in Helsingin Sanomat, I became on Monday, a member of a group called “Do I look Finnish?” Nothing wrong with that, but if the page attempts to reinforce stereotypes about Finns, then something is rotten in Denmark. Understanding how far-right groups like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, Suomen Sisu,
The recent article and editorial in Helsingin Sanomat about social segregation in Finland is a good example of how white privilege deals with growing social segregation. Finland’s largest daily, Helsingin Sanomat, published an editorial Thursday about how social segregation is growing in Finland. That follows a story about how some schools in Espoo have more
I can’t remember. It’s not important anyway. Finland’s political amnesia shrowded in denial and hostility comes in the form of knee-jerk reactions. Those knee-jerk reactions may appear by acting dumb to difficult questions or by destroying your credibility in public. I met Maryan Abdulkarim many years ago and commended her bravery in the face of
The riots in Sweden sparked by the burning of the Koran by the Danish far-right Stram Kurs (Hard Line) party led by Rasmus Palaudan remind us how urgently we need solutions, not provocations, to heal the wounds gashed by racism and double standards. Provocations do nothing more than expose our hypocrisy and privilege. They never
Comments about the Yle television series on far-right young women, Suomineidot (Finnish Maidens), went viral, and for a good reason. Apart from revealing how much in the dark Yle is about racism and the far right, it also exposes white privilege in Finland. In a nutshell, the series is about three young women: Meri Kartta
The war in Ukraine is like a sinister brew boiling over death, destruction, tragedy, hatred, and xenophobia. Apart from the shock and horror, our double standards and jingoism stand out as a stark reminder that we have done little to challenge the very social ills that caused the deaths of tens of millions of people
In light of the Russian invasion and bloodshed in Ukraine, Finland has expressed its readiness to take in “tens of thousands” of “refugees” from that country, according to Yle. Remember last year, when Poland closed its border with Belarus over mostly Iraqis seeking asylum in the EU? Remember the calls to keep out such asylum
Treat with tweezers whenever percentage figures are used to depict sexual assault cases by migrants. A government-commissioned study published Thursday concluded that migrants are over-represented in suspected sexual assault crimes, perpetuating a toxic narrative. Such generalizations give ammunition to Islamophobes like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party to maintain and reinforce racist stereotypes. To look at how the Finnish
Radical-right Islamophobic Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party MP, Sebastian Tynkkynen, who has two ethnic agitation convictions and a third pending, is trying to get the most political mileage from an incident at an #elokapina demonstration. Some unknown persons at the demonstration allegedly attempted to attack Tynkkynen and shoved him. The police asked if the MP wanted to
What if most of the anti-immigration talking points spread by politicians like Jussi Halla-aho, Riikka Purra, and most of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party are just outright lies and urban legends? What if those false arguments put Finland in economic and social peril because they are untrue? An interesting paper titled, The 14 Most Common Arguments against
THE STORY WAS UPDATED Events after the storming of the Capitol building in Washington on January 6 exposed white nationalist terrorism as the biggest threat facing the United States. Since the events that took place at the Capitol did not happen spontaneously, are we going to see something similar in Finland’s ever-hostile far-right groups like
TOPLINE One of the interesting facts about white nationalism is that it is copied from somewhere else. Thus, white supremacist conspiracy views in Finland are nothing more than copy-and-paste jobs from somewhere else. Some may play down the PS as a “light” version of white supremacy. We disagree. The PS under the leadership of Jussi
If the story about youth crime committed by so-called people of migrant backgrounds had been published in the United States, many would be considered misleading and racist. One in November about youth crime ended up labeling all youths of migrant origin as dangerous or potential criminals. The other one, published this month, was about the
THE STORY WAS UPDATED If we want to give a massive blow to racism in Finland and parties that promote this social ill, we need to change the language we use when speaking of all those that live here. One label that I have always disliked is “person with migrant or foreign background.” What does
THIS STORY WAS UPDATED In a recent debate with Center Party chairperson Annika Saariko, the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party head, Jussi Halla-aho, was put on the hot seat after asked about his anti-Semitic blog writings. He denied being an anti-Semite and said that the claim was a popularity stunt by Lauri Nurmi, who recently published an
Few of us will forget the 2011 parliamentary election when an Islamophobic and no-holes-barred racist party saw the number of MPs rise to 39 from 5 in 2007. Even if the result was a wake-up call for Finland, the reaction to the rise of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) as a major political force. Some shrugged off
White Finnish privilege is powerful since you can use the police to project the need for defense and protection. In the United States, we saw two viral examples (see below) involving Amy Cooper and Lisa Alexander. For those who don’t remember, Cooper is the “Central Park Karen” for false reporting to the police. She falsely
THIS STORY WAS UPDATED As the troubled dust settles over Friday’s vote in parliament that kept Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Juha Mäenpää’s immunity from persecution, the arguments for or against have little or nothing to do with freedom of speech but expose white supremacist privilege. Even if the Finnish constitution and integration program speak of a two-way
There have been a number of social media posts about how health-care workers assume what is your cultural and linguistic background. Not only do they make the assumption, but label you in such a way. While some of you may say that I am being hypersensative, what would a black USAmerican think if I asked
Any sensible person, irrespective of his cultural and religious background, does not condone sexual harassment. Even so, the police and Iltalehti continue full steam ahead to blame Muslims for these types of crimes. The blame game is so potent that we forget that most of the sexual harassment cases are committed by Finns. It is
Mehdi Hasan on Trump: Abdirahim Husu Hussein on the Perussuomalaiset.* Enrique Tessieri on the Perussuomalaiset:
One matter is clear: Opinion polls, which place the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* as the most popular party, have not only encouraged the party’s far-right stance but given it the hubris to spread and implant with its hatred social ills like racism. Finland is, alas waking up to the threat of the PS. In his New Year’s
Helsingin Sanomat carried out a survey asking if Pirkka-Pekka Petelius did the right thing to apologize to the Saami for mocking them in a racist manner in the Hymyhuulet show (1987-88). The survey showed that 57% thought that Petelius was wrong to apologize, while only 29% said that he did the right thing; 14% had
When I was a young journalist, the editor of the Buenos Aires Herald approached me and gave me some sound advice. “Remember,” I recall him saying to me, “words are like bullets. Fairness in reporting a story is important. You don’t need a bazooka to kill an ant. Following what the media is writing about
Matkustimme 2000-luvun alkupuolella Espoon rannoilta bussilla Helsingin keskustaan. Oli kesä, ilta vielä nuori ja bussi puolillaan noin 14 – 15-vuotiaita ”hyvien perheiden tyttäriä”, jotka joivat näyttävästi keskiolutta ja pitivät ilmatilaa hallussa. Muutama matkustaja yritti heitä toppuutella, mutta sai vain röyhkeää sadattelua vastaukseksi. Matkan lopuksi menin kysymään kuljettajalta, miksi hän ei puuttunut tilanteeseen ja poistanut tyttöjä
Helsinki City Councillor Abdirahim Husu Hussein, who is now giving racists and parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* a taste of their own medicine proves a point: There is too much racism in Finland, and too little is done to counter it. Disagree? How many hate speech, hate crime, and cases involving racism ever reach the
Tiina Wiik is the wife or girlfriend of Junes Lokka, a Moroccan native and Oulu city councilperson who has been convicted of ethnic agitation among other things. She claims in the tweet below that the death threat sent to Abdirahim Husu Hussein could not be written by a native Finn but by a Somali due
Helsinki city councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein received a letter Wednesday with a death threat and a piece of rope tied as a noose. While it is clear why this happens, we should ask why it continues to happen and with such impunity. Having lived in Finland for many years, one matter I learned at an
THIS STORY WAS UPDATED Racists, xenophobes and populist opportunists from parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* like to be intentionally mean to Muslim and African asylum seekers by labelling them “harmful” immigration. Using the term harmful immigration to describe non-EU migrants by especially politicians of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party is as bad as using the n-word.
When US President Donald Trump viciously attacked “The Squad” (Congresspersons Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar), when he told them to leave the country (see tweet below), there was dismay and outrage from politicians and other sectors of society. In Finland, a politician like Maiju Tapiolinna can tell a Helsinki city Councilperson,
A racist is an individual, always an individual, who does not like people based on race – must be conscious – and who intentionally seems to be mean to them. Robin DiAngelo, sociologist THIS STORY WAS UPDATED Using DiAngelo’s definition, the Perussuomalaiset (PS),* their politicians, their voters, and followers are racists because through such a party
Finnish Minister of Justice Antti Häkkänen surprised participants at an Advisory Board for Ethnic Relations (ETNO) meeting on Tuesday by stating that “there is no room in Finland for Sharia law or other efforts towards a parallel society,” according to YLE News.
Wednesday was a good day for racism in Finland. National Coalition Party (NCP) substitute MP Pia Kauma, who accused migrant women three years ago of demanding social welfare to buy new baby carriages, took over as MP after Alexander Stubb took started his tenure at the European Investment Bank (EIB).
Nura Farah is Finland’s first published writer with Somali roots. She moved to Finland as a refugee in the early 1990s when she was 13 years after her country became tangled in a costly and painful civil war that continues to date.
In many respects the success of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party in the last two parliamentary elections could be seen as a last cry against our ever-growing cultural diversity, which is a reality and will continue to grow in the future. Newly elected PS MP Laura Huhtasaari was one of the guests on Friday’s A-studio together with Green
Of the top 12 anti-immigration candidates below, only one didn’t get reelected: National Coalition Party’s Pia Kauma (UPDATED) and James Hirvisaari of Muutos 2011. While this is a small consolation in the face of the success of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party on Sunday, the big question is if this populist anti-immigration party will form part of the
Finland will hold parliamentary elections on Sunday. One of the interesting question marks is who will come in second or third place. One poll predicts the Center Party winning (no surprise) with the National Coalition Party (NCP) and Perussuomalaiset (PS)* coming in second and third, respectively. The Social Democrats are in fourth place. During the last
Any sensible person condemns what happened on Monday, when a woman was gang raped by a group of teenagers in the northern Helsinki neighborhood of Tapanila. Some voices, notably the most anti-immigration voices, are demanding an apology from the Somali community. One Somali woman, Ujuni Ahmed, apologized on behalf of the whole community on Helsingin Sanomat
Where does Migrant Tales get its information? Apart from getting tip-offs from readers, another important source is Uutiskynnys as well as other social media sites like Facebook (Rasmus and others) and Twitter. We only read racist diatribe on Facebook instead of following hate sites like Hommaforum and Scripta. Following the latter sites as well as other
Remember National Coalition Party MP Pia Kauma? Yes, the MP from Espoo, who pointed an accusing finger at migrant mothers claiming that they bought with social aid new baby carriages while Finnish mothers bought used ones. Kauma never backed her statements but at the end her claims were proven false and based on hearsay. Migrant Tales’
In many respects white privilege, or specifically white Finnish privilege, is a good way to understand some of the challenges that migrants and especially non-white Finns face in this country. Migrant Tales invites readers to share their thoughts on the social ill. Please send your comments on the topic to [email protected] We’d love to hear from you.
Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Teuvo Hakkarainen’s recent blog entry, which attacked immigrants and Muslims, has been condemned by the vice president of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Eero Vainio, and by Muslims like Abdirahim Husu Hussein of the Center Party. Reaction to what Hakkarainen wrote is a positive sign that part of Finland’s political establishment considers
Abdirahim “Husu” Hussein, a Center Party politician who hosts the Ali and Husu talk show on YLE, found a rude message at 4 am in the front of his apartment building door: a shattered beer bottle. It’s not the first time his family has been targeted in such a manner at their Helsinki home. The
A black bus driver from Somalia was assaulted Tuesday in Helsinki by a white Finn, who apparently didn’t like a black man honking the horn at him. Ali Dahir, the victim who has been given sick leave from work, was hit by the attacker and suffered concussions. “I had to stop at an intersection and
Abdirahim Husu Hussein, who is a Helsinki Center Party politician and hosts a popular radio talk show on YLE with Ali Jahangiri, his wife was the first to read a rude message written on their apartment door: “Binladen was here.” If I’d read something similar on my door, I’d be pretty annoyed to say the least. Some
Some Exceptional Finns with so-called immigrant backgrounds are Husein Muhammed, Nasima Razmyar, Arman Alizad, Tino Singh, Abdirahim Husu Hussein and Ali Jahangiri. All of them have one thing in common: They are exceptions to the stereotype but have immigrant backgrounds. But how can you call a person who has lived most of his or her life in
”Olenko suomalainen?” on niitä kysymyksiä, jotka yhdistävät kaikkia toisen polven maahanmuuttajia. Mutta kaikista kipeimmin se koskettaa värillisiä. Kantasuomalaisten keskuudessa kuuluu välillä lausahdus maassa maan tavalla mutta mitä tämä sanonta oikeasti tarkoittaa.
If racism thrives on ignorance and isolation, then there is hope but a lot has to be done. Instead of lowering oneself to the diatribe and hatred of anti-immigration groups, we must strive to find solutions. People who spread racism are by no means infallible. Racism is like Dracula. Not only does it live on by infecting the person, it cannot stand the light of day.
Nyt kun Silakka-liikkeessä kovasti pohditaan, saako politiikkaa vastustaa siten, että mainitaan, kuka sitä vastustettavaa politiikkaa tekee, jäin jälleen miettimään sitä, kuinka helpolla meillä media ja poliitikkokollegat päästävät rasistiset tyhjänpuhujat. Suomen media puhuu kyllä suorin sanoin ruotsalaispuolueista ja niiden johtajista rasistisina, mutta Jussi Halla-aho saa lähinnä vain kunnioittavia kyselyitä siitä, kuinka sitä maasta heittämistä sitten oikein
Helsinki City Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussain tweeted in July: All the Perussuomalaiset* and their voters/supporters are racists. Yes i said it. Do you need proof? Take a look at your [party’s] history and how you became Finland’s second-biggest party [in parliament].” In addition to Hussein’s tweet: “Name me one Perussuomalaiset MP who was not elected
Perussuomalaisissa puuhaillaan innolla puheenjohtajan vaihdosta. Kun ehdolle ollaan asettamassa Jussi Halla-ahoa, joka ei omien sanojensa mukaan ollenkaan ole sovelias johtotehtäviin, mutta on nyt todennäköisesti asettumassa ehdokkaaksi, on tarpeen hiukan ihmetellä, millä eväillä. Rasistien ”Mestarilla” on kova maine. Jotenkin ihmeellisellä tavalla hän on saanut mediankin pelkäämään itseään niin, että hänelle ei koskaan aseteta oikeastaan muita
On the fifth anniversary, when Anders Breivik went on the rampage in Oslo on 22/7 by killing 77 victims, we saw another gunman in Munich who followed the Norwegian killer’s example. We now know with pretty much certainty that there was a connection between what the shooter did in Munich and with the fifth anniversary.
I got to know Susheela Daniel through many of her insightful Facebook postings. She was one of the brave women who protested in front of parliament against the election of Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party MP Maria Lohela as speaker of parliament. One of her latest Facebook posts was on “integrated migrants” raised some good questions about Uncle Toms in the migrant and minority community.
Compared with the previous two years, 2013 will be remembered as business as usual on the intolerance front. A positive sign, however, is the reaction of some of the Finnish media to racism. Even so, the media in this country continues to give some racists inflated respectability and importance by spreading their prejudice. The reaction
An earlier story, which claimed that a Perussuomalaiset (PS) Lieksa town council leader doesn’t want to be in the same room where a Somali group meets once a month, has been corrected by Karjalainen, a Joensuu-based daily. It is not the PS town council leader, Esko Saastamoninen, making such a demand but the PS councilpersons
Center Party municipal politician Abdirahim “Husu” Hussein told the Finnish media that the riots we are seeing in the Stockholm suburb of Husby could well happen in Finland in 10-15 years if we commit the same mistakes. The ugly face of intolerance, which is raising its head in Finland conspicuously, reinforces Hussein’s claim. By “mistakes” I mean