In 2017, several activities were organised in both Denmark and the US Virgin Islands to commemorate the centenary of the end of Danish colonialism in the Caribbean. 100 years had passed since Denmark sold the three islands (St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas) to the US, which marked the end of over 200 years of Danish colonial rule on the islands.
Raster.fi re-publishes a statement signed by over hundred Finnish academics on Feb 27.[i] The original statement in Finnish is available below the English version.
On the square adjacent to Helsinki’s railway station, asylum seekers from Iraq and Afghanistan are demonstrating for a third week. They represent the victims of Finland’s new interpretation of asylum policy.
Since the elections on November 9th that resulted in Donald Trump being chosen as the next President of the US, various explanations have been presented by commentators in newspapers, TV and social media. Many of them, at least in Finland, seem to centre on the role of the white working-class and discuss how people in areas that suffer from large scale industrial decline wanted political change. However, this is a very narrow and to some extent misleading analysis of the complex problematics leading to the victory of Trump
It is with great concern that researchers of the anti-racist research network RASTER have followed the events in Finland during this past fall. Please read our statement here.