Posts Tagged: Muslims

How the Finnish media frames “good” and “bad” refugees

Länsiväylä is a community newspaper that lives off advertising revenues. One story on Ukrainian refugees raking a park in Kirkonnummi, a city located near Helsinki, is another chapter in framing Ukrainian refugees as “good” refugees. Some who use such stories to feed their racist worldview, use such stories to frame Muslim refugees as “bad” refugees.

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Back to square one: To hijab or not to hijab?

Twenty-year-old Fardowsa Mahamoud’s questioning why the hijab, or veil, is not permitted in the Finnish military brought a sense of déjà-vu. About six years ago, Busman Gill Sukhdarshan Singh won after a year-long legal battle to wear a turban at work. In Finland, Sikh bus drivers won the right to use turbans at work, while in

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Intimidating Farid Hafez and state Islamophobia in Austria

Islamophobia in all of its forms is cancer that is spreading at this moment throughout Europe. People who attempt to stand up to this social ill are intimidated and attacked. Farid Hafez, whom I know personally and edits the European Islamophobia Report, the most comprehensive report published annually on the topic, is charged for alleged

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Another reason that reinforces Denmark as one of the most Islamophobic countries in the EU

Who could forget the former minister of immigration and integration, Inger Stojberg? Apart from her Islamophobic rhetoric, she is also remembered with a cake celebrating in 2017 the 50th tightening of Danish immigration laws. There seems to be no shortages of Islamophobic politicians in Denmark. The former minister is in a lot of hot water

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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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Kuopio tragedy: The Muslim “terrorist” and the “mentally troubled” lone wolf white guy

The tragedy that took place Tuesday in Kuopio, which claimed the life of a person and left ten injured, including the suspect, raises a lot of questions. One of these is if we should treat what happened as a terrorist act or just some mentally troubled lone wolf? The National Board of Investigation (Keskusrikospoliisi) Detective

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Oulu’s knee-jerk reaction to the sexual assault crimes will do a lot of harm to the city’s image. Blame the media, police, politicians.

The question Migrant Tales asked a while back if the City of Oulu’s decision to ban visits by asylum seekers to child care centers and schools is legal. Can you ban a single group, in this case, asylum seekers, from visiting such places? As far as how the law works in Finland, the ban should

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WARNING RACIST CONTENT: Helsingin Sanomat survey exposes the DNA of Finland’s racism

Helsingin Sanomat’s survey published on Monday after another questionable story on “model immigrants” was widely criticized on social media as outright racist. Even so, I would like to thank Finland’s largest daily for exposing the DNA of Finland’s racism and the continued low caliber of its journalism on topics related to asylum seekers and migrants. 

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Finnish white privilege #59: In this country, you are guilty until proven innocent

Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen and the government are using the same tactics as the Nazis in World War 2 but in a different context. The government is not rounding up people and killing them in cold blood but punishing them severely for the crimes others did.  Imagine the migrant community of Finland, especially Muslims and

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White Finnish privilege #55: It is that time of the year – Christmas!

Far-right poliicians and Islamophobes of varying hues commonly blame Muslims for banning traditional Christmas parties at school. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. Those wanting to remove Christmas parties are Finns who believe that religion should not play a role in our schools since we are officially a secular state.  What happens when most

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“Atrocious” would be a light word to describe the violence against a Pakistani immigrant last week in Vantaa, Finland

The Pakistani who suffered a violent attack on Friday in Vantaa is recovering in hospital. It is a miracle that he survive, according to a nurse who said that the victim was only minutes away from death if help did not have arrived on time. There was a significant loss of blood. 

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Restaurant owner alleges that two Roma and a white Finn are being held as suspects by the police for the arson attack in Espoo

A pizzeria owned by a Bangladeshi in Espoo was attacked today by three suspects who threw petrol bombs, which caused extensive damage to the pizzeria as well as to the building, has left the owners devastated. The owner and his wife are Muslims and were coming back from an Eid celebration to the restaurant.

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European Network Against Racism: Muslims in Europe – Questions and Answers

European Network Against Racism (ENAR)* As anti-Muslim manifestations increase in Europe, particularly in the aftermath of the Paris and Copenhagen attacks, we clarify some misconceptions and answer some of the most frequent questions about Muslims in Europe. Visit original posting here.   Q: Who are Muslim Europeans? Muslims have been present in Europe since the

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UPDATE (Jan. 8): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Fame of poor journalism

Migrant Tales’2015 Hall of Fame of poor journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  The story below was published 10 days ago. Apologies. But it is an important story that highlights why the media continues to paint Islam with a

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High time for Western self-scrutiny about our Muslim community

I made in the late-1970s one of the most important decisions of my life. Back then Argentina was ruled by one of the region’s bloodiest dictatorships. Human rights violations, torture and state-sponsored terrorism were the rule. You had three choices: take up arms and join a guerrilla group, shut up or leave the country. Wali Hashi

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Six-year fruitless search for a Muslim burial ground in Finland

The Finnish Islamic Council has been searching without success since 2008 for a burial ground in the southern Finnish region of Uusimaa, according to YLE in English. Up to know, Muslims are buried in the “Muslim section” of Lutheran Church cemeteries. Pia Jardi, deputy chair of the Finnish Islamic Council, told Migrant Tales that a questionnaire

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Helsinki District Court fines clothing store managers for firing Muslim woman

The managers of Guess, a Helsinki clothing store, have been fined for firing a Muslim woman for wearing a headscarf to work, reports YLE in English. It is the first case ever decided by the Helsinki District Court, according to YLE.  Read full story here. Reports YLE in English: “Helsinki District court has fined managers at

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Man who attacked a Lutheran Church Tuesday “is sorry for what he did and understands his mistake”

What happened on Tuesday, when a white ethnic Finn dressed like a Muslim that vandalized a Lutheran church in Helsinki, is one of the strangest stories I have written but with a good ending. All of this happened when YLE was airing the A2 Islam debate on television. Vicar Timo Pekka Kaskinen of the Rouhivuoren Congregation spoke to

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A2 Islam debate: “We’re a very tolerant society but…”

Two matters bothered me the most about the A2 Islam debate Tuesday night: how the cards were deliberately stacked against cultural diversity, and how Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Olli Immonen and PS Espoo city councilman Simon Elo did their utmost to spread fear-mongering of Muslims.  You can watch the full debate here until the end of

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Racism charges dropped against Danish teacher

Charges have been dropped against an Odense, Denmark, head teacher who had reportedly abused a group of Muslim students in class, reports The Copenhagen Post. Far-right anti-Islam Danish People’s Party former head, Pia Kjaersgaard, described the whole affair as ”ridiculous.” “It’s crazy that the police have to get involved in such a case,” Danish People’s

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Book review: “The Myth of the Muslim Tide”

One of Migrant Tales’ aims has been to bust urban myths about immigrants and minorities. A book published last week by Alfred Knopf Canada, The Myth of the Muslim Tide, aims to do just that concerning Muslims.  Writes Doug Saunders, the author of the book: “In the U.S., anti-Muslim bigotry has reached such alarming levels

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Speigel Online International: Study (on Muslims in Germany) Hints that Mutual Suspicion Is Slowing Integration

A new integration study released on Thursday has triggered yet another debate about the role of Islam in Germany. The report found that a surprising number of non-German Muslims are skeptical about integrating into society. But the country’s own doubts about immigration may have muddied the data.

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