Posts Tagged: Social Democratic Party

Perussuomalaiset support heads south

There was good news if you are against us-and-them rhetoric, Islamophobia, and support for US President Donald Trump’s policies and persona. A poll published Thursday by Yle showed that the southward direction of the Perussuomalaiaset (PS)* party continued to head south. Compared with a similar poll on December 9, 2019-January 8, 2020, support for the

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Abdirahim Husu Hussein: One matter is the racist attacks but far worse is the indiffernce of the SDP and other political parties

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

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Vote in the European elections but not for the “let them drown” candidates

Forty-one percent of Finnish MEP candidates who answered Alma Media’s election compass stated that they either “strongly disagree,” “disagree” or are “neutral” (have no opinion) concerning the following claim: “Is it the obligation of the EU to save all those migrants who attempt to come to Europe and who are at risk of drowning in the Mediterranean?”

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نماینده پارلمانی که بر علیه رای قبلی خود شد.

نفیسه رزمیار در برابر رای گذشته اش ایستاد. کسی میتواند توضیح دهد که، چطور یک سیاستمدار و عضو پارلمانی که خودش در سال گذشته رای مثبت به اخراج اجباری پناهجویان داده است؛ میتواند در مقابل رای خود صحبت کند؟ نفسیه رزمیار، خود مسوول بخشی از اخراج اجباری انجام شده در روز دوشنبه میباشد. همچنین سال

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Sune Kymäläinen: How some politicians try to capitalize on anti-Russian sentiment in Finland

MPs throughout Europe are opportunistically using the xenophobia card to boost their chances of getting reelected. This is the case of Suna Kymäläinen, a Social Democrat (SDP), who is eyeing the April 2015 parliamentary elections in Finland. Read full story (in Finnish) here. Kymäläinen is a sad example of how politicians who don’t belong to anti-immigration

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Passage of draft bill to prohibit real estate purchases by non-EU citizens would expose Finland’s xenophobia of Russians

Politicians that fuel nationalism and intolerance forget to tell you one important fact: They carry a high price tag in the form of lower economic growth and less jobs. If passed, a draft bill spearheaded by Social Democrat (SDP) MP Suna Kymäläinen would not only hit businesses in eastern Finland that depend on Russian tourists,

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Mixed reactions to Hakkarainen’s racist blog entry that victimizes immigrants and Muslims

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

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Calling Timo Soini’s bluff

The Perussuomalaiset (PS) is a desperate party and Timo Soini’s claim over the weekend, that the Social Democrats had abandoned working-class men, is another example of how this populist anti-immigration party bluffs at the political poker table. The type of attack by Soini on the Social Democratic Party is in line with how the party

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Our response to intolerance in the EU and Finland must be first and foremost a response

Every great journey challenge begins with a single step. A Chinese proverb slightly changed A study by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), reveals how racism and intolerant attitudes are becoming more prevalent in the European Union. What to do? Read ENAR study here.   A recent example of how racism and intolerance spread roots in

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Racism is alive and well in the PS as well as in other parties

Husein Mohammed raised an important point on a recent blog entry where he reviewed Umayya Abu-Hanna’s  latest book, Multikulti. He asks if the Perussuomalaiset (PS) is the only intolerant party in Finland. He writes: “The term racism is used quite a lot in [Abu-Hanna’s] book but there’s no mention of violence, visible or about racism in [other Finnish] political

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UPDATE: (Almost) no cliffhangers in today's presidential election in Finland except for one

With all of the votes counted, the presidential election went pretty much as the polls had predicted. Kokoomus’ Sauli Niinistö, the front-runner, won with37.0%. Second place was a head-and-head race, a semi-cliffhanger, with Pekka Haavisto of the Greens (18.8%) beating Paavo Väyrynen of the Center Party (17.5%).

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Finland’s ignorance of racism and fascism

One of the political dramas that Finland is suffering today is that it does not know what racism and fascism is. The Finnish media up to the April 17 election not only lost its teeth and forgot the important role it plays in defending our civil rights it helped the right-wing populist Perussuomalaiset (PS).

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YLE: Maahanmuutto jakaa edustajaehdokkaita

Maahanmuuttajien vastaanottaminen ja tukeminen verovaroin jakaa kansanedustajaehdokkaita. YLEn vaalikoneen perusteella perussuomalaisten vanavedessä tiukennuksia kaipaavat erityisesti oikeistopuolueet, kuten kokoomus. Liberaalimpaa mielipidettä ylläpitävät RKP, vasemmisto ja vihreät. SDP seilaa muiden välissä.

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Warkauden Lehti: Halpatyömarkkinat uhkaavat

Edellisen hallituksen selkeä linjaus Suomessa ja EU:ssa oli, että maahanmuuton määrällinen ja laadullinen hallinta on välttämätöntä työmarkkinoiden vakauden ja sisäisen turvallisuuden näkökulmasta. On ollut surullista nähdä, että nykyisen hallituksen aikana tämä ei ole ollut enää arvo vaan tietoisesti on rakennettu kaksia työmarkkinoita – halpatyömarkkinoita.

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Arsonists attack Buddhist temple in Finland

The attack by arsonists of a Buddhist temple in Turku’s Moisio’s district is another worrisome sign of how a deranged group of people can soil Finland’s good name. If there is any finger pointing for what has happened, it should go to some Finnish politicians who, owing to the April 2011 elections, have incited and encouarged such acts in Finland.

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Immigration reveals what Finnish political parties are made of

The political field is pretty lopsided in Finland these days: left-wing parties that were “progressive” in their approach to society have now become conservative and those that were on the “right” appear to be more open to the world. The immigration debate in Finland is showing the new ideological face of these political parties.

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A disfavor to Finland’s future

With the April 2011 election approaching, parties in Finland are feverishly searching for ways to lure voters. One campaign issue that has the ability to move voters and inflame passions are immigrants and immigration to Finland. I personally feel that Finns are not going to be led by rhetoric and false arguments.

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Social Democratic interim report on immigration policy strengthens old fears of the outside world

The title of an interim report on immigration policy published by the Social Democratic Party on Friday not only reveals the party’s greatest fears but strengthens age-old views of outsiders. Apart from the political malarkey that SDP sees immigration as an opportunity, it likes to use pet catchwords – like the populist anti-immigration True Finns – such as “controlled and/or regulated immigration.”

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All quiet on the Finnish anti-immigration front?

There are some encouraging signs in the Finnish immigration debate recently. So-called “critics” such as Jussi Halla-aho, Eero Heinäluoma and others have been strangely quiet on this front. Even ultra-critical immigration bloggers such as Tiwaz have vanished. One of the best pieces of news was that hate website patriootti.com ceased to exist from Monday.

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More anti-immigration “goodies” from the Social Democrats

If you want to look for some of the mentors of the Social Democratic Party’s anti-immigration wing, MP Kari Rajamäki is one of them. Contrary to MP Eero Heinäluoma and SDP chairperson, Jutta Urpilainen, Rajamäki has always seen immigration as threat with so gusto that he could well be a member of a more nationalist party like the True Finns.

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Fallacies of Finland’s immigration-refugee debate

If we look at the ongoing immigration-refugee debate in Finland, there are five fallacies that one should look at critically in order to understand the debate. I have compiled a list of the top five claims that I consider the most absurd and politically questionable but are used constantly in the ongoing debate:

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SDP-Heinäluoma anti-immigration drama: How many are threatening Finland?

After one wing of the Social Democratic Party notched closer to the anti-immigration True Finns, one should quietly ask what’s all the fuss about. SDP MP Eero Heinäluoma stated in an interview in Swedish daily HBL that Finland should not encourage labor immigrants because there are 300,000 unemployed. Fair enough, then he goes on and blames immigrants for spreading racism because “they will take Finnish jobs.”

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Racism in Finland and elsewhere

Every society has its racists but the question is where we draw the line. For a country like Finland, the problem of drawing a clear line hinges on that there are so few immigrant and ethnic groups that moved to this country from the second half of last century.

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A-Talk: What is wrong with the Social Democrats?

At least for me, the debate on immigration on A-Talk on Thursday was a disappointment. The only sensible persons on the show were Anni Sinnemäki of the Greens and Jyrki Katainen of Kokoomus. The two opposition leaders, Jutta Urpilainen of the Social Democrats (SDP) and Timo Soini of the True Finns were a disappointment filling the airways with hollow catchwords that reeked of populism, protectionism and heavy doses of obnoxious nationalism.

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