Author Archives: Jussi Jalonen

Refugee Crisis and the North

    Some time ago, my hometown on the West Coast made a decision to accept refugees from Syria. The decision was historic. Although the town of Rauma has always had a relatively substantial community of guest workers and immigrants, the … Continue reading

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The Lions of Solomon

The photograph below is a caption of a Finnish newspaper article published in 1935, at the time of the crisis which preceded the Second Italo-Abyssinian War. The translation of the headline is: “Finns tend to get involved everywhere: a hundred … Continue reading

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Warsaw’s Forgotten Ghosts

Exactly 180 years ago, on September 7th, 1831, the conflict between the Russian Empire and the Congress Kingdom of Poland had reached its climax. After nine long months of hostilities, triggered by the Polish November Rising of 1830, the Russian … Continue reading

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The Massacre and its Context

Perhaps the most disturbing phenomenon in the 21st century European politics has been the emergence of various far-right populist movements. These extremist movements are driven by fears that open borders, globalization and immigration will result in a change towards worse; … Continue reading

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From one Nobel laureate to another

President Martti Ahtisaari, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate from two years ago, appeared today morning in a Finnish television interview, which ended a few minutes ago. The President was asked if he wished to send special Christmas greetings to anyone. … Continue reading

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Solidarity and Finlandization

Exactly thirty years ago – on December 16th, 1980 – the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers was revealed in Gdańsk, as a consequence of the negotiations between the Polish Communist government and the Solidarity movement. The present year has … Continue reading

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Kaarlo Kurko; the victory, the downfall and the aftermath

We have reached the final episode of the story of Kaarlo Kurko, a Finnish adventurer who fought as a volunteer in ataman Bulak-Balakhovich’s forces in the Polish-Soviet war in 1920. The previous episodes can be read from the archives of … Continue reading

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