Posts Tagged: coronavirus

Racializing news and reinforcing stereotypes and racist attitudes

The lead story on the Yle website on Wednesday kicks off with the following headline: “Latest coronavirus news: 70 people are in quarantine from a Vantaa school, a record number of infections globally.” It seems like a standard headline, but wait. For some reason, there is a picture of a black person wearing a facemask

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How does the Perussuomalaiset party resemble the coronavirus or vice versa?

Here are some symptoms of the coronavirus: fever, dry cough, sore throat, tiredness, headaches, loss of taste, and smell. Here are some symptoms of the PS virus: racism, Islamophobia, bigotry, climate denial, conspiracy theories, mediocracy, pro-Putin, and incompetence. Like Covid-19, which fools and infects healthy cells, the PS virus also enters and infects institutions like

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President Trump flirts with a World War if he doesn’t win reelection in November

What is the worse matter about the coronavirus pandemic? Social distancing? Or US President Donald Trump? In my opinion, President Trump and his shoddy leadership and outright lies are far worse than the coronavirus pandemic. His latest lie was contradicting his country’s own intelligence on the origin of the coronavirus. Mark my words: Trump is

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Coronavirus cases at the Espoo asylum reception center surge from 2 to 22

After two coronavirus cases to mid-April, Helsingin Sanomat reported Monday of 22 infections at the Luona-managed Nihtisilta reception center in Espoo. Haidari Ehsan is an asylum seeker at the Nihtisilta reception center, which houses 410 refugees. “I’m not happy with the way Luona has informed us about the outbreak at the reception center,” he said.

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Finland’s populist party’s #coronavirus kiss of death to minorities it wants to oppress and forsake

One of the matters that the coronavirus has exposed as well. is how populist anti-immigration parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* assail migrants and minorities, especially Muslims. Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori was quoted as saying in statement that he is concerned by the rapid rise of coronavirus infections among the Somali speaking community. “Close to 200

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UPDATED: How many coronavirus infected refugees at the Espoo asylum reception center?

THIS STORY WAS UPDATED After MTV broke a story about coronavirus infections at the Luona-managed Nihtisilta reception center in Espoo, Migrant Tales got confirmation Wednesday from the company that there are two infected asylum seekers with coronavirus. We had reported Tuesday, citing a source at the reception center, that the possible number of infected asylum

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Fears of a coronavirus outbreak at Espoo’s Nihtisilta reception center

MTV published today the dire situation of refugees at the Luona-managed Nihtisilta reception center in Espoo. An anonymous Iraqi asylum seeker said there is no soap to wash there hands, and there is a lot of concern about coronavirus spreading. Migrant Tales got in touch with an asylum reception center resident in Espoo who confirmed

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Ahti Tolvanen: coronavirus and us

THIS STORY WAS UPDATED The closure of hundreds of schools, theaters, gymnasiums, and restaurants as well as the closing off of the Province of Uusimaa very much gives the appearance that the government is serious about doing everything it can to protect the country from the COVID-19 epidemic sweeping the world. It seems to show

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Twitter FRA director Michael O’Flaherty: Coronavirus is also a human rights question

Now, as far-right parties aim to capitalize on the coronavirus with the help of fake news, we must stay vigilant to challenge their sinister and selfish aims.  We saw this happen in Finland on Yle’s A-talk when Perussuomalaiset* MP Riikka Purra claimed that a hospital was washing and using disposable equipment. “I have received information from a hospital

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PS MP Purra is as phony as the fake news she maliciously spreads

Populists like Perussuomalaiset MP Riikka Purra are desperate for attention in the face of the coronavirus pandemic because fewer are interested in their Islamophobia broken record. MP Purra, who is also the PS’ first vice president, pulled a fast one on Yle’s A-talk by stating that she has doubts about Finland’s health infrastructure. “I have

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QUOTE OF THE DAY Yuval Noah Harari: The lack of trust is #coronavirus’ greatest threat

Historian and professor Yuval Noah Harari* talks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the threat of the global coronavirus pandemic. Harari stresses unity. Closing borders and isolating oneself is not the full answer. An outbreak of coronavirus in one country is a threat to everyone. Amanpour: “What as an ordinary citizen worries you the most?” “I

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The opportunity offered by #coronavirus is one of a lifetime – let’s not squander it

In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity. Albert Einstein THIS STORY WAS UPDATED Thanks to the #coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which is relentless and spelling trouble for our societies and individuals, is also offering a unique opportunity and helping to expose our hypocrisy and double standards. The best examples of the latter is the United States, where the corruption

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