30 April 2024

A caliphate was demanded in Germany

Last Saturday, a demonstration was held in Hamburg, demanding the establishment of a caliphate in Germany. Joe Adade Boateng, the leader of the organizing Muslim Interaktiv organization, stated in his speech that a caliphate would be the best way to correct the image of Muslims portrayed in the media.

The incident unpleasantly evoked memories of the events in Syria and Iraq 2010´s, where the authoritarian rule of Muslims violated all possible human rights. This is despite the fact that in Germany in 2020, there were "only" 5.5 million Muslims, which is just under seven percent of the population.

However, the number of Muslims living in Germany is rapidly increasing, and it is estimated to grow to as much as twenty percent by the mid-century. Germany, however, is not the only European country with a large Muslim population. Sweden serves as an extreme example, with approximately one million Muslims, projected to constitute around thirty percent of the population by 2050.

It remains to be seen whether Muslims will adapt to secularized European societies or whether they will engage in conflict, as indicated by last Saturday's march. Additionally, how the rapidly aging, low-birth-rate, and consequently shrinking native population of the continent will react to their increasing numbers is a question for the future.

Previous thoughts on the same topic:
In Germany, immigration policy changes are being planned
Sweden already in trouble - Finland following
Riots in Sweden: what next?

24 April 2024

The British human rights decision led to unwarranted calls

In the UK, a bill has passed which would allow asylum seekers to be sent to Rwanda while awaiting a decision on their asylum application. However, this hasn't been put into practice just yet, as it requires approval from King Charles first, followed by what are known as human rights activists organizing a trial farce, and then there must be a court decision on the matter.

In the future, we will likely see mass deportations of asylum seekers from Europe to Africa. Additionally, according to the new British law, a potential asylum would only entitle the applicant to stay in Rwanda—not to unsettle British society.

What's particularly interesting about the case is that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has directly stated that the purpose of enacting the law was to create a deterrent effect on asylum seekers heading to Britain. On the other hand, there has been skepticism in the opposition about its impact on the numbers of people attempting to cross the Channel.

It remains to be seen how the law will impact the numbers of asylum seekers attempting to cross the English Channel. Will it achieve its goal of redirecting the flow of people, or will the previous trend continue, with the difference being that British taxpayer money is used for the nearly 6,500-kilometer flights of arrivals?

The question is pertinent, as according to Britain's own parliamentary institution, the Rwanda program costs nearly two million pounds per asylum seeker sent to Africa. If this estimate holds true, the bill for combating modern-day migration will be considerable.

On the other hand, if the flows of migrants seeking to exploit European social welfare were indeed effectively redirected elsewhere as a result of the decision, London's administration would save significantly more money. Moreover, the process of demographic change in Britain, sometimes referred to as population replacement, would slow down significantly from its current pace. Consequently, Britain's population would remain predominantly European well into the future.

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Today I got to read an article where it was reported that the United Nations and the EU are urging the island nation to reject the bill.

According to the story, Michael O'Flaherty, the director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), expressed that he is "concerned that the Rwanda bill enables the implementation of a policy of removing people to Rwanda without any prior assessment of their asylum claims by the UK authorities in the majority of cases.

The statement raises the question of whether there is a misunderstanding among influential figures in the UN and EU. The explicit intention of the British bill is that the assessment of the spontaneous asylum seekers' protection will be conducted in Rwanda, and thus there is no rational basis for conducting it first in the UK.

According to the same article, Rwanda has expressed satisfaction with Britain's decision and welcomes any potential entrants. This way, they can find a safe place to build their lives, which is ultimately what the international asylum system is about. It's not about the subjective right of all people in the world to settle in Europe and burden its inhabitants' economy or change its culture.

Previous thoughts on the same topic:
A white family does not represent real Londoners
Finnish journalist called for British Prime Minister´s head to be placed on London bridge to dry
The arrival of caliphate citizens must be prevented

21 April 2024

Cousin is a cultural delicacy

We Europeans are well aware that among many developing nations, it is common to marry relatives. So the idea is, "the cousinier, the juicier."

What remains unclear, however, is whether this has been the original behavior of humanity or a later cultural development, despite some indications suggesting an increase in consanguineous marriages among humans in recent times.

To get an answer, one must of course examine human groups that lived long ago. And it was precisely such a research report that I recently came across.

The study I read analyzed the last hunter-gatherers inhabiting Western Europe, who soon became displaced by the farming newcomers spreading from the southeast of the continent - or merged with them. The examined individuals had inhabited southern Brittany in France approximately seven or eight thousand years ago.

The analysis of ten individuals from three different locations revealed that spouses were not sought from within their own groups but from among different groups residing in different locations. As a result, consanguineous marriages were avoided, despite the very small population of each group - and consequently, also of the hunter-gatherers living in the area.

Somewhat surprisingly, researchers also found that the hunter-gatherers did not seek spouses from farming communities, even though such communities existed in the vicinity. Thus, the hunter-gatherer communities of the time remained quite separate for a long time, even though there was migration from them to the farming communities.

Returning to the question of cousin marriages that initiated this blogpost, based on the study I've discussed, it can be concluded that the original inhabitants of Europe did not practice such marriages.

In other words, they had an excellent understanding that marrying cousins was not sensible. This seems to be not clear to all contemporary human groups, those who, for one reason or another, have adopted consanguineous reproduction in their culture.

Previous thoughts on the same topic:
Violent demographic changes in Denmark
History of Finland I: How did Finland become culturally part of the West?
Long distance trade

19 April 2024

Getting asylum in Finland becomes significantly more difficult

Finnish Minister of the Interior, Mari Rantanen (PS), announced good news yesterday. According to her, the government intends to extend the residency requirement for obtaining Finnish citizenship from the current five years to eight years, and the calculation of this period will start only after obtaining a residence permit. Additionally, the acceptable period of residence abroad will be shortened from the current standard, and the amount of reception allowance and allowance for asylum seekers will be reduced.

The government also plans to add passing a citizenship test, which will be established, as a requirement for obtaining citizenship. Moreover, asylum will always be intended as temporary and as short as EU legislation allows. And in the future, it will no longer be possible to transition from an asylum seeker to a labor-based immigrant.

Furthermore, the Minister of the Interior emphasized that refugee status or asylum could be denied or revoked in the future if the individual is considered a threat to society, has committed an especially heinous crime, is suspected of or has committed a crime against peace, a war crime, a crime against humanity, or an act contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

The asylum process is also planned to be expedited through border procedures, during which asylum seekers are not allowed to leave the vicinity of the reception center assigned to them. Additionally, a fast-track procedure is intended to be included in the Aliens Act, under which applicants who receive a negative decision can be deported more quickly than in the regular asylum process. It is intended to be applied to individuals deemed a threat to national security and to those who have submitted repeat applications.

In addition to these changes, a proposal has been prepared at the Ministry of Justice, led by Leena Meri (PS), to amend the Penal Code regarding the criminalization of female genital mutilation and its preparation. This law is significant not only on the basis of human rights but also because it reduces Finland's attractiveness among asylum seekers who intend to mutilate their daughters' genitals, a practice that constitutes a significant portion of economic migrants arriving in Finland.

Overall, the government parties intend to implement exactly the policies that a large portion of their current voters supported in the last parliamentary elections. When combined with the billion-euro cut in development aid funding, voters finally have reason to be satisfied—provided, of course, that the intentions I've outlined above are realized.

Previous thought on the same topic:
The EU's 7.4 billion euro aid package is intellectual dishonesty
The Finnish forest is life-threatening to asylum-seekers
In Germany, immigration policy changes are being planned

14 April 2024

Religious authority and the Iran strike on Israel

Ancient Persia was a powerful empire of its time, stretching from Macedonia and Libya all the way to the borders of India. In contrast, modern-day Iran is a backward theocracy led by religious fanatics, where the people - especially women - are subjected to the yoke of medieval religion.

In recent years, the country has witnessed an incomprehensible drama by Western standards, where women have refused to comply with the demands of the morality police, despite being raped, tortured, and killed in large numbers.

Undoubtedly, all of this has affected every Iranian in one way or another, polarizing society. For example, many Iranian opposition figures in exile have stated that the recent airstrikes by the ayatollahs on Israel do not have the support of the entire nation, even though they were in response to an Israeli operation in Syria that resulted in the deaths of three Iranian generals.

The Iranian strike itself had little military impact, as Israel's air defense successfully intercepted the hundreds of drones and ballistic missiles sent by Iranian and Yemeni Houthi forces. Reports do not mention any casualties from the strike, but they do note that some people were wounded - including one child victim.

It remains to be seen how Israel will respond to Iran's attack. At this stage, the only certainty is that the consequences are significantly more serious for the Persians than what was seen in Israel last night.

All of this could have been predicted well before Iran's attack. And so, it begs the question: why was the attack launched last night, even though the outcome was known to be dismal for the aggressor?

One possible explanation could be that, as a result of the violence faced by women, an increasingly large portion of Iran's population is fed up with the clerical regime. Consequently, the country's religious authorities have decided to exploit Israel's strike in Syria to foster national unity and sweep the discontent raised by human rights issues under the rug.

Using military action to overcome political difficulties is an old and tested method. The most famous example is, of course, Margaret Thatcher's initiation of the Falklands War, which boosted her political approval rating from 25 percent at the start of the war to 59 percent within a couple of months.

And let's not forget the unity of the Finns who had just fought a civil war only two decades earlier when the Winter War began with the Soviet Union's attack. Nor the Ukrainians coming together to resist the Russians after they violated the young state's independence.

If indeed the strengthening of leaders´ domestic political position is behind Iran's attack, it is a bold gamble. Even though the people will undoubtedly rally behind their leaders after Israel retaliates, the mullahs will find themselves in a precarious position after a losing war when searching for those responsible for the defeat.

And that - in the best-case scenario - may even lead to a revolution, resulting in Iran's transition from a theocratic regime to secular power. And Iranian female students may look quite different from what they do now.

13 April 2024

Even a brutal murder didn't stir the Swedes

The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle reported on the tragedy that occurred in Stockholm, where 39-year-old Mikael, cycling with his 12-year-old son, was shot in an underpass. The murder began when young gang members first shouted something inappropriate at the duo.

As a result, Mikael returned to confront the hecklers, to which a gang member responded by brutally shooting him in front of his son. However, according to the news, no one has been arrested.

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We Finns - at least the most clear-headed among us - have long been aware of the slide of Swedish society into an immigrant hell. Yet the descendants of the Vikings have resigned themselves to the current state of the former Nordic powerhouse.

This was starkly demonstrated by the victim's sister's comment, in which she remarked, "Couldn't they have shot him in the leg at least? Who shoots someone in the face like this?" As if the act of shooting itself were somehow natural or even acceptable!?!

In the article, a Swedish criminologist also stated, "The incident leads to even greater uncertainty in intervening in disturbances in residential areas," because people no longer dare to intervene in the despicable actions of immigrant youth as much as before.

In a video captured by Yle, an agitated woman says, "We should be able to walk outside without fear of death. People are afraid to go out." But she doesn't make a concrete suggestion about what should be done about it.

Only the victim's nephew had even a somewhat constructive suggestion for fixing the situation. He demanded, "Bring the army and the police to the streets and take away the guns from the youth. It's just talk here and there, but nothing is being done. The situation is only getting worse."

Yet still, no one demanded addressing the root causes of the violence plaguing Swedish society - at least not according to the Yle article - such as removing the population causing problems from Sweden. Or even halting the continuous influx of migrants from developing countries that has led to these problems.

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It's certainly convenient for Finland to shout across the Gulf of Bothnia, as we are about ten years behind Sweden in the "progress" of our society. But it would be even better if the Finnish government and parliament found consensus on the fact that by repeating the mistakes of our neighboring country, we will also inherit their consequences.

And no, the often-mentioned differences in housing policy between Finland and Sweden are not enough to prevent the societal development of our western neighbor from recurring on this side of the Baltic Sea. What is needed is a controlled immigration policy that ensures Finland does not create too large of an ethnically and culturally problematic population.

Unfortunately, there is not a single sign of this. Nor will there be in the future, as we have just accepted that in the future, such ethnically and culturally diverse individuals will be dispersed throughout the EU. Essentially, we have transferred decision-making authority on this matter from Helsinki to Brussels.

Previous thoughts on the same topic:
The Rwanda Law of Britain paves the way for the future of Western Europe
100 percent of the violence is related to migration
Sweden already in trouble - Finland following

6 April 2024

Duck emphasizing the urgency of the new border law

In Finland, there is fear of a hybrid operation organized by Russia, which could result in an influx of asylum seekers from developing countries as spring arrives. Among them, there may also be activists or operatives playing into Putin's hands.

For this reason, the government has prepared a proposal to enhance our country's ability to defend against Russian aggression. During the preparatory consultation process, the draft legislation in question received some critical comments - as expected - so the potential enactment of the law is still ahead.

However, there is hope that this so-called "pushback law" - or the new border law - could be finalized and enacted as soon as possible, and that it would also be effective in practice. This has also been emphasized by both the former and current leaders of the country's foreign policy.

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Relating to the text above, MTV3 published news yesterday stating that if something "looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck." The discussion was about a series of mischief in the Baltic countries, suspected to be a hybrid operation organized by Russia.

Related to these incidents, Janis Sarts, the Director of NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, assessed that if Russia sees the method working in the Baltics, similar hybrid influence operations could also be seen in Finland in the future. This could include, for example, Molotov cocktail attacks or threats against daycare centers - something hardly any Finn would want.

It is evident that the suspicion of the hybrid nature of the crimes witnessed is correct, and therefore Sarts' assessment should also be taken seriously in Finland. Steps should be taken to ensure that Russia is not given leeway on our own soil.

Understanding this issue in all parliamentary groups - including those on the political left - is essential right now. And especially when the government's new proposal for the so-called "pushback law" is next up for discussion: in that context, I certainly wouldn't like to see a single useful idiot for Putin.

This is because the law will need to be enacted as a so-called emergency law, which requires a five-sixths majority in parliament. If such a majority cannot be found, there is a risk that we will soon find ourselves even more at the mercy of Russia's bloody dictator.

Previous thoughts on the same topic:
Desperate cry of Russians
The Finnish forest is life-threatening to asylum-seekers
Political rats and useful idiots

1 April 2024

5.5 billion loan to establish an alcoholism foundation

In Finland, alcoholism is a massive problem, and recently, drugs have also emerged as an issue alongside it. This is because substance abuse problems often lead to financial difficulties, prompting the parliament to narrowly approve a citizen initiative proposing the establishment and funding of a special foundation for those struggling with substance abuse issues.

The foundation's one-time basic capital is envisaged to be one thousand euros per capita in Finland. Due to Finland's challenging economic situation, the total amount accrued—approximately 5.5 billion euros—will have to be covered through government borrowing. However, this was not seen as a problem, as the public debt is already so large that it's just a drop in the ocean.

According to the preliminary plan, the foundation's funds would be invested profitably in electricity transmission fees, supplemented by a statutory additional fee, which would go towards the foundation's financing without reduction. As the foundation's assets accumulate, individuals struggling with substance abuse could apply to the foundation for financial support. Additional support could also be obtained by presenting receipts from Alko (the Finnish state-owned alcohol retail monopoly) or drug dealers.

For the aforementioned alcohol policy change, the government has established a working group, which includes a representative from the Centre Party and the Finns Party bringing the perspectives of alcoholics, as well as one Green Party and one Left Alliance member serving as experts in various other substances. The working group is chaired by a representative from the Swedish People's Party specializing in foundation financing, assisted by an expert with a background in the National Coalition Party.

The working group is known as "Huhtikuu ensin" in Finnish, although due to increasing internationalization, it is usually referred to by its English translation, "April first".