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When Democracy is Negotiable in Finland

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A Government with the xenophobic racist True Finns?

Dear Finns, I’m really really sorry but …you are screwed. Ovi_001
In your case it is exactly as Pastor Martin Niemöller said it:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew.
 Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”


Just replace the Socialists, the Jews or the Trade Unionists with the immigrants!

A Goverment with the xenophobic racist True Finns? the country that champions human rights?

Good night Finland. The Dark Ages just began!

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How petty can you be, MTK

oviAccording to the Finnish news “The Finnish farmers’ union (MTK) welcomed the European Union’s new budget deal, but expressed a hope that Finnish politicians will now lobby for the retention of special subsidies paid to farmers in southern Finland.”

So the MTK thinks that if the EU reduces  special subsidies paid to the south it won’t soon reduce subsidies to the north? Does MTK think that the farmers in the south take those special subsidies because there is some kind of conspiracy and not need? And if we start reducing special subsidies why not to start from the Finnish fishermen? Or they belong in a different category, they have good reason for taken them or who gives a damn about the fishermen, they are not farmers? Not to mention who gives a damn for fellow farmers who go through the same pains!

Announcements like this show how petty some can be, how full of prejudice and stereotypes and how they can shame any kind of union!

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The Ovi today

Zen Buddhism or “A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body” by Emanuel L. Paparella
Within Buddhism there is a meditative, contemplative school known as Zen. It originally arose in China but the three philosophers who were mostly responsible in transforming the school into a tradition were from outside China…

The Empty Chair by David Sparenberg
The man in the empty chair had years since stopped playing games. He averted his face from the play of children. Because of this, when his world collapsed, there was no one there to welcome him, no other world to go to, no sequel to the adventure of…
10 Helsinginkatu: Chapter 34 by Thanos Kalamidas
The chicken was just too dry and the thin slice of feta in the middle didn’t help much, the oven potatoes were not cooked enough and coriander is not a herb Greeks use, oregano is the herb used for oven potatoes.
Luxembourg report by Euro Reporter
Euro-reporter travels to Luxembourg with …ex-cons news, a fire that destroyed a barn and some …school news!

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St. Petersburg days in Helsinki

EU-MAN’s Permanent Gallery – St. Petersburg days in Helsinki

The European Union Migrant Artists Network (EU-MAN) cordially invites you to attend the grand opening of the permanent EU-MAN Gallery in Helsinki’s Cable Factory on Tuesday April 14th. Since the launch of EU-MAN in January 1997 there have been countless exhibitions in many countries displaying a huge variety of artworks created by the Network’s many active members, but this is the first time that a permanent exhibition has been established and it is an exciting prospect for everybody involved.

As a special part of this first exhibition, there will be a celebration of 200 years of relations between Finland and Russia. EU-MAN is participating in the “St. Petersburg days in Helsinki” event with a painting exhibition that includes works from 13 Russian artists and five artists that are members of EU-MAN in Finland. The certain exhibit will be open between the 14th and 24th of April.

The gallery’s opening and the exhibition is going to be attanted by Mr. Goubankov Anton Nikolaevich, Chairman of Culture committee of SPB and Mrs. Larisa Skobkina Curator, Chief of the Department of the newest currents of the Central exhibition hall of St. Petersburg “Manege”, so you have the opportunity to meet and talk with them.

So please join us as the 12 year-old EU-MAN organisation celebrates another first and is finally able to display an impressive selection of its members’ work.

The Russian artists:
Oleg Frontinsky
Larisa Golubeva
Rashid Dominov
Boris Zabirohin
Alla Geguerey
Lada Panyukova
Stas Kasimov
Nikolay Vasilyev
Andrei Chezhin
Lyudmila Chezhina
Dmitry Konradt
Dmitry Shaguin
Andrey Kouznetsov

The EU-MAN artists:
Andrea Bauer
Tigneh Negash
Nastaran Nasirzadeh
Amir Khatib
Thanos Kalamidas

EU-MAN Gallery Grand Opening
Tuesday April 14th
Cable Factory
Block B, Floor 3
Tallberginkatu 1
00180 Helsinki

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The Ovi magazine today

The Link between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking by Marko Kananen
Trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation is one of the most outrageous human rights violations of today. It is the third most lucrative activity of organized crime, following trafficking of arms and drugs.

The Art of Guanxi, Part III: Relationships in So Many Words by Valerie Sartor
Guanxi vocabulary contains both semantic meaning and moral connotations.

10 Helsinginkatu: Chapter 15 by Thanos Kalamidas
We ended up in the same place again drinking cappuccino and eating cinnamon buns. Lately I have the feeling that we are like a long-time married couple, we have said all the important things so we know what each other thinks without talking about it…

Dino & Anty #36 by Thanos K & Asa B
Dino is a vegetarian virgin dinosaur and his best friend is Anty, a carnivorous nymphomaniac ant.

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More money because of …Georgia!!!

The Finnish Defense Minister Jyri Häkämies called for more military spending as a response to the Georgian crisis. He said the Defense Forces budget should be raised by 50 million Euros a year.

Former opposition leader Eero Heinäluoma of the SDP said increasing material expenditures is no solution to the Georgian crisis. He said the money would be better spent on health and eldercare.

Why? Is he afraid that Russians will invade Finland to defend the poor Russian immigrants who immigrated for a better life? These Finns have real problem with Russians, it’s just it is in their mind and they don’t need to spend money in weapons but in a good psychiatric!

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