Tuesday Apr 09, 2013
Anjem Choudary a British-born spokesman for Islam4UK visited Finland recently where he spoke at an undisclosed location. As the name of the organization suggests, Choudary advocates for the implementation of Sharia law in the UK.
The coverage of Choudary's visit in the Finnish media was predictable. Mikael Pentikainen, the editor-in-chief of the largest Finnish daily simply tweeted that Choudary is a clown. By...
Monday Oct 15, 2012
The Swedish-Israeli activist, Dror Feiler is the man behind the company that financed the ongoing attempt by the Finnish ship, Estelle, to break Israel’s Gaza blockade.
His company Northern Breeze is registered in Turku and according to a Finnish financial website which provides details of all the companies registered in Finland, Feiler is the chairman and CEO of the company. It seems that Northern Breeze is a new venture for...
Sunday Oct 14, 2012
Despite warnings by Israeli officials, Estelle, a ship sailing under the Finnish flag, is determined to break Israel's sea blockade and reach Gaza.
The ship carrying 700 footballs, cement and hospital equipment is currently somewhere near Crete and is expected to reach Gaza within one week.
Helsingin Sanomat, the largest Finnish daily interviewed Wellu Koivisto, the Finnish bos'n of the Gaza-bound ship.
“We are acutely...
Tuesday Oct 02, 2012
The populist The Finns Party wants to ban male circumcision and the planned bill would criminalize all religious circumcisions on boys under 15.
During Wednesday’s parliamentary session, Finns Party MP, Vesa-Matti Saarakkala said that under Finnish law female circumcision is already considered a criminal act and the male circumcision should be banned as well. Another Finns MP, Olli Immonen stated that “due to...
Thursday Sep 20, 2012
Last year I wrote a piece about a peace conference at the University of Helsinki titled After the death of the "peace process": Which way for peace in Israel/Palestine?. The forum was hosted by the self-proclaimed Finnish peace organization, Hakunilan kansainvälinen yhdistys and financially supported and sponsored by the Finnish Ministry of Education. Last year's panel included Ilan Pappe, an Israeli revisionist historian,...