Posts Tagged: Argentina

Entrevista con Migrantes News: La xenofobia y el racismo en Europa

Tuve el placer de ser entrvistado por José León Toro Mejías, editor de Migrantes News. El está en la Argentina y yo en Finlandia. Aunque la distancia entre nuestros países es enorme, los temas de migración son bastantes parecidas. La xenofobia y el rasismo no reconoce distancias. Muchas gracias León por la entrevista. Primera part

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(Migrant Tales 2015): Nunca más: 24 de marzo de 1976 y Rodolfo Walsh

Este 24 de marzo, conmemorando a esta fecha infame en la historia argentina, dedico este humilde escrito  a Rodolfo Walsh quien murió un día después del primer aniversario de la dictadura militar de Jorge Rafael Videla.  Aquí publicamos su “Carta abierta a la Junta militar en 1977, al cumplirse un año del golpe de Estado de 1976:”

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Migrant Tales Literary: Argentinean dirty war odyssey

Leo Honka Cemetery silence emerging from the ashes of death next to gagged cobblestone streets and I should be asleep but I just can’t. The keys of my typewriter glowing red-hot are razor-sharp to the tuouch. The night is at a standstill, now searchlights are combing the state of siege a few high-pitched sirens screaming

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24 de marzo de 1976: A 45 años del golpe de estado cívico-militar que cambió a la Argentina para siempre

Un humilde mensaje en una postal mandada en pleno dictadura, en el año 1978. “Esta tarjeta es una realidad para que siempre te recuerdes de estos pagos tan lejanos, prácticamente en el fin del mundo pero que es tan querido por nosotros. Ya va a llegar un día en que el sol saldrá realmente para

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Australian rugby captain Michael Hooper and his “Argie” remark

After watching a nailbiter between Argentina and Australia in the Tri-Nations Rugby Championships, the 15-15 draw turned into a sour taste in my mouth when Australian rugby captain Michael Hooper said after the game that “the Argies are a tough cookie to crack.” Was this racist term intentional or unintentional? Is Hooper a sore loser

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Liliana Belatti’s humanity in times of war

“[Leon] Trotsky once said that if the anarchists did not exist they’d have to be invented because they have done a lot of good things for humanity with their incorruptible opposition. They demonstrated having a principal that they never abandoned.”. Osvaldo Bayer (1927-2018) As the late Argentinean historian points out, social movements like anarchism in

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Dos fotos y unos recuerdos de mi amigo de colimba, Marcelo Zlotgwiazda

Con tristeza leí sobre la muerte de Marcelo Zlotgwiazda en Página 12 de su amigo y colega, José Natanson. Yo me acuerdo de “Zloto” cuando hicimos la conscripción militar durante un época muy comprometida, durante la dictadura de Jorge Rafael Videla. Fue en la Contaduría General del Ejército, en la calle porteña de Piedras 141,

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¡Qué vergüenza tu xenobobía y tu racismo, jefe de gobierno Horacio Rodríguez Larreta!

Se sabe ya desde hace mucho tiempo que los senegaleses que viven en la Argentina son discriminados y hasta brutalmente tratados por las fuerzas del “orden” público. Así pasó otra vez en los barrios porteños de Flores y Once donde, según Megafón, hubo más de mil senegaleses fueron detenidos. Todo esto huele a algo mal

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Do you know who was Dante Tessieri?

Dante Tessieri, who was from Cecina, left Italy for political reasons in the late 1890s to Brazil and moved to Argentina about 1900 after the death of his first son with Aida Guaimonti. He had three children in his new homeland: Sara, Iris, and Carlos after Nemo, my grandfather, was born in Brazil in 1899.

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Argentina’s issues with whitewashing and genocide. Like the crimes committed during the dirty war, they too should be addressed.

When I was young, I remember very well the racism of the Argentines. A friend of mine from Rosario highlighted this racism in the following example: An porteño (a resident of the capital Buenos Aires) told his friends that he was going to travel to South America as if Buenos Aires was surrealistically still a part of Europe. 

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Nunca más: 24 de marzo de 1976 y Rodolfo Walsh

Este 24 de marzo, conmemorando a esta fecha infame en la historia argentina, dedico este humilde escrito  a Rodolfo Walsh quien murió un día después del primer aniversario de la dictadura militar de Jorge Rafael Videla.  Aquí publicamos su “Carta abierta a la Junta militar en 1977, al cumplirse un año del golpe de Estado

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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

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The coup that changed the Americas forty years ago

Today, 9/11, is the fortieth anniversary of the overthrow of President Salvador Allende by General Augusto Pinochet. A democratic era in Chile was abruptly and violently put to an end thanks to the support of the US President Richard Nixon and his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger. In many respects, the coup of September 11,

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Institute of Race Relations: ‘May we bring harmony’? Thatcher’s legacy on ‘race’

Comment: Finland lags behind most European countries when it comes to immigration, ethnic relations and  populism. One cannot avoid some of the parallels with Margaret Thatcher’s Britain of the 1980s and Finland today. One reason why her New Right policies still exist after a quarter a century since she was forced from office, is because

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The oddly unspoken topic of racism

“Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out.” Pierre Berton (1920-2004) Many visitors have come and gone on Migrant Tales. Those that jump the MT ship the soonest are those who choose to justify a

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Finland and cultural diversity in 2012 will be published on December 28

Migrant Tales will publish on December 28 its review of the major events that shaped 2012 on the cultural diversity and immigration front in Finland. Contrary to 2011, this year’s review will be called Finland and cultural diversity in 2012. Finns colonized Argentina in 1906. Some, like Eelis Heikkilä, made a meager living by picking

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Exposición de Colonia Finlandesa, Argentina

Esta exposición sobre la Colonia Finlandesa, Argentina, fue expuesta en las ciudades finlandesas de Kitee, Helsinki, Peräseinäjoki, Mikkeli, Tampere y Turku entre 2007 y 2010. La colonización finlandesa nace en 1906, cuando Arthur Thesleff lleva un grupo de ciento y pico de finlandeses a colonizar las selvas de Misiones en el noreste argentino. Los inmigrantes

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New World Finn: Open the doors

Twenty-five years ago, when I worked briefly for the Buenos Aires Herald as a young reporter, I wrote a column about how Argentina’s past could come to haunt it in the future. The last military regime (1976-83) that ruled the country was one of the most ruthless that Latin America had seen during the last

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Migrant Tales Literary: El gaucho más corajudo de la Pampa durante la dictadura

Siempre me ha fascinado el oponente más débil.  Hay muchos ejemplos en la historia:  José Artigas, Esteban Echeverría, Sacco y Vanzetti,  Resistencia Rosa Blanca, Che Guevara, Antero Rokka, Mahatma Gandhi,  Nelson Mandela, Alvaro Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca,  y El gaucho más corajudo de la Pampa, entre muchos otros. Un buen ejemplo es el Maracanazo, cuando

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Migrant Tales Literary: Yearning never waits

I made one of the greatest discoveries of my life in 1998 at the Finnish Seamen’s Church of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Even if such pleasant interior landscapes no longer witness my silence and stance, they are now distant memories that have turned into spacious imaginary cities in the mind where each building has a tale to tell, whispering.

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Argentina’s dirty war: A couple I never met but always knew

It’s a long story how I ended up conscripted in the Argentinean army during the dirty war (1976-83). Being part of a country that was at war with itself was like taking a one-way stroll down the ally of hatred with a sack over your head. Even if no sack was placed over your head your eyes couldn’t see nor your ears hear what was happening. Terror has a way of numbing your senses.

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Llegada a Colonia Finlandesa (Misiones, Argentina) en 1977

Me acuerdo como si fuera ayer la primera vez que viajé a la Colonia Finlandesa, en la provincia de Misiones. Era jueves, un día de sol y primavera del 3 de noviembre de 1977. Aunque el viaje en avión desde Buenos Aires a Posadas dura aproximadmente una hora y media, y después unas horas más en bus hasta Oberá, y luego a la Colonia en taxi o a pie, el viaje en realidad era muchos más largo de lo que parecía muchos años atrás…

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La Nación (Argentina): La escuela es donde más se discrimina

Siete de cada diez adolescentes argentinos fueron testigos de alguna forma de discriminación, y cuatro de cada diez la sufrieron en carne propia. El escenario: la escuela, en primer lugar, en forma abrumadora, y en segundo lugar, la calle. Así lo revela una encuesta realizada entre 900 chicos de siete provincias, divulgada ayer por Unicef Argentina.

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Alberdi and the role of immigration to Finland

Juan Bautista Alberdi was one of the greatest social thinkers that Latin America produced in the nineteenth century. If we look at the Argentinean and South America right after these countries gained independence from Spain up to the 1820s, they faced a daunting task: How to build new nations from scratch.

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