Posts Tagged: current-events

Ilta-Sanomat billboard (lööppi) from August 7, 1996

Migrant Tales publishes on and off Finnish tabloid ads* (lööppi in Finnish) from the 1990s. Taking into account that Finland’s immigrant population started to grow during that decade, it is easy at least through some of the main stories of tabloids like Ilta-Sanomat and Iltalehti to see how some of them reflected our xenophobic, prejudiced, racist or anti-Russian views.

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Africa is a country: The geo-branding war

Geo-branding is a serious thing. It is particularly serious when people from other geographic areas decide to brand yourgeographical area and the people in it, the way they see fit and the way that fits their purposes. No other country, region or continent, I’d argue, suffers from other peoples’ nonsense as much as the continent of Africa. Actually, the reason why people generally and casually talk about Africa as one place is because of what Nigerian-American author C. P. Eze refers to as “their geo-branding war”.

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Aamulehti rape story: Minister Räsänen speaks out in favor of tougher sentences

The Aamulehti story that was published Wednesday claiming incorrectly that 34% of all rapes are committed by foreigners, has Christian Democrat Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen demanding on Iltalehti tougher sentences. Nowhere in the Iltalehti story nor does Räsänen mention numbers. The tabloid only states that one third of all rapes are done by foreginers.

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