From Lahti to Lebanon: My journey to a Syrian refugee camp

 

While the Syrian war crisis is hardly fresh frontpage news, it continues to rage and gather more casualties with no real end in sight. This war has created a global humanitarian crisis, while refugees flee their homeland after being uprooted by selfish political desires and guerrilla fighting forces.

Wherever you live you most likely have seen this crisis manifest in extreme human persecution, death and desperation, and many people outside Syria feel powerless to help.

I currently reside in Lahti, Finland and this is where my story begins. Finland is a place like no other and the city of Lahti, even more so.

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Earbud Weltschmerz: 13 excellent podcasts to help you understand our troubled times

It’d be nice to live on a non-ruined planet, in peace. If your line of thinking also includes a scientific worldview and questions on how to balance labor cost with wealth redistribution in a globalized world, you’re probably one of us forward thinking people. And we want to stay informed.

Newsflash: powerful people want turn back the clock on social issues, ignore the limits of our natural resources and, at their worst, create closed, authoritarian oligarchies. In the Anglosphere, Brexit and that historically unstable clown in the White House make the news intolareble. Read more

Absolutely Socking: Finnish FB group against human rights gets flooded with socks

Dirty socks on a pair of sneakers, presumably not related to the xenophobia in Finland following the Turku knife stabbing attack

Note: the reporting on a nazi group being flooded with pics of socks is incorrect. In fact, this involves a parody group. For a for complete statement, with corrections, please see Jaakko’s feedback in the comments section of this article (scroll way down). This article will remain otherwise unchanged, as we think it contains commentary on the opportunist nature of how the political aftermath of the Turku incident is playing out. As always, please let us know about factual problems in our writing.

Turku, Finland’s sixth largest and oldest city, experienced a deadly, Islamism-related act of terrorism last week. You might ask yourself what this has to do with socks and a Facebook hate group. Let’s find out.

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Northern Irish Taliban: 8 quotes that prove how bad Theresa’s May’s government partners really are

 

Theresa May is truly jumping the shark in her personal odyssey of awful policy. After the Tory leader’s awful election result, our resilient Downing Street dweller is taking whatever support she can get. And that’s DUP, an ultra-conservative, terror-sympathizing northern-Irish unionist party.

Let’s take a look at some of the awful things these people have said in recent years, just so you can be clear what type of government her billion pound bribe has bought the good people of the UK.

 

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Anger directed at judges from pro-Hitler rag The Daily Mail

Twitter fends off The Daily Mail’s “Enemies of the People” front page in fine style

A daily mail front page from November 2016, labeling judges "the enemies of the people"
 

This week saw an extraordinary attack on the British judiciary. A day after three British High Court judges ruled that a parliamentary vote was required to begin the process of Britain leaving the European Union, they were labelled “enemies of the people” by The Daily Mail.

This once pro-Hitler rag has a long tradition of anti-EU, anti-immigration scare mongering neo-nationalism. In fact, it’s one of a quartet of newspapers (the others being The Sun, the Daily Express and The Telegraph) which has helped the UK earn the dubious accolade of having Europe’s most right-wing press.  Headlines labelling one of the High Court judges an “openly gay ex-Olympic fencer” goes a long way to show level they stoop to.

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Warner Licensed Batmobile with Chevrolet V8 engine on a Chevy Impala chassis. As seen in the Tim Burton movies Batman & Batman Returns.

Finnish cops help out Batmobile, don’t get to test drive

Warner Licensed Batmobile with Chevrolet V8 engine on a Chevy Impala chassis. As seen in the Tim Burton movies Batman & Batman Returns.
 
Sometimes even the Dark Knight needs a hand. As the eastern Uusimaa Police district reports on their Facebook page, a highway patrol ran into an odd vehicle transported on a trailer. Temporarily stuck due to a punctured tire on the trailer, this unique, Warner Bros licensed Tim Burton-era Batmobile was on its way towards Monaco via Moscow.

The police officers, who seem like huge fans of the sleek vehicle seen in the Tim Burton movies ‘Batman’ (1989) and ‘Batman Returns’ (1992), report the specs too. This awesome machine is built with a carbon fiber body on a Chevrolet Impala chassis, with a Chevy V8 engine and is worth around a million euros.

The rear of a Warner Licensed Batmobile with Chevrolet V8 engine on a Chevy Impala chassis.
 
This unit is reportedly the only official, non-replica in existence.

In their Facebook field report, the patrol concludes on the sad note that a test drive was out of the question. At least they didn’t crash and burn as is not uncommon for police patrols who get in the way of Batman.


 
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Police confirmed the presence of 30 - 40 protesters opposing the arrival of asylum seekers in Lahti. One of them wore the robes of the white supremacist movement the Ku Klux Klan.

Finnish Ku Klux Klan clown needs to read his history. The Klan hated Finns too.

In the late evening of September 24, the vile reactions to refugees in small towns around Finland took a quick turn for the absurd… at least in the eyes of those who know their history.

Finland’s public service broadcaster YLE reports that a bus transporting 49 mostly middle eastern asylum seekers were met by a group of 30-40 individuals protesting their arrival. The mob launched fireworks at the bus and later threw rocks at Red Cross workers operating the gates of the refugee center. As picked up by international media by now, one of these clowns wore an improvised Kuu Klux Klan outfit, of all things.

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