Since Iraqis are known liars (just ask any US sub-contractor that’s worked there), and not every place in Iraq is a hot spot,kudos to the immigration office.
Like I said, the (party of Jim Crow and slavery) socialst democrats are no longer an American party.
PHILADELPHIA- Speaker of Parliament and the Social Democratic Party’s chairman Eero Heinäluoma is a veteran follower of US politics.
The spark was kindled in the early 1980s, after Ronald Reagan was elected he led the State Youth Council delegation to the United States.
Since then, Heinäluoma has followed all of the presidential election closely, and most of the time during the elections, he has been on site in the United States.
Heinäluoma was also at the Democratic Party convention 8 years ago, when Barack Obama was named the presidential candidate.
Heinäluoma of the SDP is here the sister party Democrats in the US as a guest.
More here in Finnish (yle) h/t: Kumitonttu
Disturbing, and it’s all because of state run policies that keep this country in a continual negative downward trend. The more statism you have, the less free and pessimistic the citizen will be.
According to figures released by official number-crunchers Statistics Finland on Tuesday, just 26,517 babies were born in the first half of this year, a drop of more than 900 from the same period last year.
Senior actuary Matti Saari of Statistics Finland primarily attributes the low birth rate to economic uncertainty.
“This declined in the birth rate has continued for several years now during the economic downturn,” he notes. “The gloomy atmosphere undermines people’s faith in the future and discourages them from expanding their families.”
The central statistics bureau calculates that last year a total of 55,472 kids were born in Finland, which was nearly 1800 fewer than the previous year.
In the past six months, deaths outnumbered births in Finland by more than 750. During the same period of last year, the situation was flipped, with almost 700 more births than deaths.
“When you look at our demographic structure, we’re now in a slightly higher birth situation than in 1973. At that point, too, the rate had declined for many years in a row. The decision-makers reacted to the situation, though, and increased family policy supports. It remains to be seen how they will now react to this drop, as there has not really been any discussion about it,” Saari says.
Migration brings growth
Between January and June, almost 14,000 people moved to Finland while less than half that number emigrated. The number of immigrants was up by more than 1,100 compared to the start of 2015, while there were some 700 fewer emigrants. As of the end of June, the overall population stood at 5,493,577.
The region with the biggest growth, more than 10, 000 people, was Uusimaa, which includes three of the four biggest cities: Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. Net growth during the six months was around 0.6 percent.
That was edged out by the maritime province of Åland, which had 0.7 percent growth.
“Åland has traditionally attracted quite a lot of immigration, partly because it has a different tax status,” observes Saari. The semi-autonomous island group is almost entirely Swedish-speaking.
According to most demographers, local population growth does not begin to be problematic until it surpasses 1.5 or two percent annually. On an annualised basis, Uusimaa’s growth will probably be about 1.2 percent this year.
“The numbers on population concentration are not alarmingly large. Internal migration is modest. Most of the growth in urban areas comes from abroad,” Saari told Yle.
The region with the greatest relative population loss was South Karelia in the east, which dipped by 0.5 percent in the first half-year. Numerically, the biggest decline was in Ostrobothnia, western Finland, which saw its population drop by almost 550 people.
In the pocket of Putin…….?
What would Trump do to Finland?
What would happen to Finland if Donald Trump becomes US president? Iltalehti sets out to answer the question this morning with the help of a trade expert and a foreign policy researcher, whose conclusions do not make reassuring reading. The security situation in the Baltic region would become immediately uncertain, predicts Charlie Salonius-Pasternak from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (UPI), given Trump’s recent assertion that his administration would no longer necessarily send troops to defend the Baltic countries should Russia threaten them.
The paper says that, given the question marks over Britain and Turkey’s future role in NATO due to the Brexit vote and this month’s coup attempt, NATO countries under a Trump presidency would have to accept that they can’t fully count on the alliance’s help.
Meanwhile Russia could easily turn the instability in the region to its advantage, Salonius-Pasternak warns. “When Trump has said that the US might not help, [Russia] can do what it likes. The uncertainty is so great that many things would be possible.”
The prospects for Finland’s exports don’t look much brighter, adds fellow UPI expert Mika Aaltola, given that Trump has been fiercely critical of the US’s current trade agreements, preferring instead to renegotiate bilateral deals with individual states, which would be easier to change.
“It would be tough for a small country to independently negotiate a trade agreement with the US,” Aaltola predicts. “The US market may become closed to Finnish high-tech exports, which is a significant black cloud on the horizon.”
But wouldn’t many of Trump’s more extreme election promises fail to materialise, if he becomes faced with the realities of holding office? “That is possible,” grants Salonius-Pasternak. “But if Trump becomes president, those things he’s said can’t just be taken back.”
Like I’ve said before, they would literally be the last member state of the EU standing, and hesitating to turn out the lights.
They’ve easily surrendered their liberty in exchange for the promise of security and are going to lose on both grounds. The Finns Party faces overwhelming odds to turn Finnish drone-like thinking on the EU. Sacred to death to be alone in the international arena, they choose EU democratic despotism to being included into the Russian version.
To show just how well conditioned/submissive they are in bowing to massive bureaucratic states (from centuries of being in the Swedish empire and then as a Russian Duchy) they have incorporated pro-EU language into their own constitution (a statist written document of there ever was one).
Two thirds of the Finns Party parliamentary group said in an Yle survey that they would be willing to organise referendums on Finland remaining in the European Union and the Eurozone. Political researcher Kimmo Grönlund says that the party’s pro-vote stance is hampering the government’s work.
“This is completely unsustainable behaviour,” Grönlund says. “We have a three-party coalition government where each core party has committed to a common government programme. One of the cornerstones of that programme is that Finland is a European state. There cannot be differences of opinion on this within government.”
Finland’s multi-party system, with a coalition based on majority popularity, is prone to internal dissent. Professor Grönlund points out that Jyrki Katainen’s erstwhile six-party government was not ideologically consistent, which caused rows.
“This is a significant issue because Finland’s EU membership is written in the country’s constitution,” Grönlund says. “The first section of the constitution unequivocally states that Finland is a member of the European Union. So this attitude in the Finns Party is far more than just a profile boost, especially since their chair is the Foreign Minister.”
PM must react
Grönlund says that Prime Minister Juha Sipilä must bring order to his government, and that Finns Party head and Minister of Foreign Affairs Timo Soini has to solve the EU referendum-related problems within his own party.
“If outbursts like these don’t end, Sipilä would do well to show the Finns Party the door,” Grönlund says. “This is first and foremost Sipilä’s responsibility and an internal issue for the Finns Party. It is simply not acceptable for them to diverge from the government programme, because MPs are the ones whose trust the government must enjoy.”
Government must persevere
Grönlund says he understands that the majority of Finns MPs feel that a referendum would be the best way to address the party’s potential voters.
“That being said, the Finns Party is a government coalition partner and has accepted the programme. There’s just no way that they can go around contradicting the government line. This attitude must be fixed, and the government needs to be able to function together for another three years.”
Markku Jokisipilä, head of the parliamentary research centre at the University of Turku, says that the results of Yle’s survey are both understandable and confusing.
“It’s understandable in that the Finns Party was born out of an EU-critical stand. But the result is somewhat baffling in that the survey’s findings do not support the fact that the party has promised to abide by the government programme and the constitution.”
NOTE: As for the getting out of the Euro, the EU statists will do that all by themselves, it’s imploding.
The alphabet soup of post-modern cinema.
Or more precisely, yet another state funded flop……..
First Finnish feature film with gay theme set for 2017
First-time full-length film director Mikko Mäkelä is filming a movie with two homosexual protagonists this summer. The director says he wonders why so few fiction movies with LGBTQIA themes are made in Finland.
Sounds more like to me things got aggressive when the police asked for their papers…..
A Facebook post by the popular Finnish rap artist Musta Barbaari, real name James Nikander, went viral on Monday after he accused police of inappropriate conduct towards his mother and sister. He said the plainclothes officers asked the women to produce their passports without explaining the reason for the request.
According to his online post, Nikander’s sister refused to show her passport following which the officers handcuffed her and placed her mother on the ground. Officers from a second patrol that arrived on the scene examined the women’s purses, following which the sister was released.
The rapper wrote that after his sister was released she began to record the incident on her phone. When police noticed, they took away the phone. It later appeared that the recording had been erased.
According to Nikander it later emerged that one of the plainclothes officers had lost his police ID and accused the women of taking it. Although police performed a body search and examined their purses they did not find the missing item. The mother’s tablet was broken in the hour-long process, the rapper claimed.
“The situation went on for an hour, for one hour my sister and mother were publicly humiliated,” Nikander wrote. He added that his mother is still in shock over the incident.
Helsinki Police said that they were carrying out an illegal immigration spot check on Friday evening in which they asked several people to show their passports. They added that the incident resulted in a public disturbance, but are unwilling to comment further on the specifics of the case.
The police noted that the persons concerned have filed a police complaint regarding the incident and an investigation has been handed over to the Eastern Uusimaa police department. A prosecutor has been assigned to lead the investigation and will also be responsible for informing the public about the case.
More spot checks
While performing a specified task, Finnish law gives police officers the right to request that a person give their name, nationality, identification number (or birth date) and domicile (or place they can be reached).
Finnish Police have redoubled their efforts to crack down on illegal immigrants in the country with more spot checks in the Helsinki city centre and throughout the country. The idea is that police can ask people for proof that they have been granted the right to be in the country.
This enhanced control has also received its share of feedback.
In late April the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman called on Helsinki police to respond to claims that police action has amounted to racial profiling. The Ombudsman said several members of the public had complained about being targeted for police checks because of their appearance. She requested and received a report from the police on the matter.
The police emphasised in their report that illegal immigration spot checks are always carried out with suitable justification and that no arbitrary or ethnically targeted checks have occurred.
Thanks to the EU’s Schengen (free movement) agreement!
And their numbers may even be higher since the police are only successful in catching these burglars 1/3 of the time…….
Add to the mix roving bands of to be deported Muslims who fail to show up for their deportation.
Finland’s largest circulation daily Helsingin Sanomat kicks the week off with a report on home burglaries, which they say have doubled in the last 10 years. In 2104, 2,700 homes were burgled and the numbers have not fallen since then.
Police Board Inspector Tommi Reen says the increase is largely due to foreign bands of thieves that statistics show are responsible for one-third of the break-ins in Finland, although he admits that the proportion of burglaries from this population seems to be waning. This isn’t entirely certain, however, as the perpetrators are generally caught in only one-third of the cases reported.
Mobile gangs of criminals typically arrive by ferry to Helsinki or Turku from the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe, commit a string of similar burglaries and then rotate on to their next target country. Tommi Lotta of the Helsinki Police says virtually all of the 100 or so serial strikes on Finnish residencies in recent years were carried out by groups like this.
Absolutely no mention of the perps’ backgrounds….
July is one of the busiest festival seasons in Finland, and this summer weekend several different large-scale events were organised in various cities around the country. Attendees were mostly civil according to reports, but serious crimes were also booked.
At the three-day Ruisrock music festival in Turku two suspected rapes were reported to the police, who say that the two crimes suspected to have taken place in the festival area were separate and unrelated. Both of the sexual assaults took place in a portable bathroom stall. One of the victims was 17 years old, while the other was of age, the South-West Finland police say.
On Saturday police took four Ruisrock festival participants into custody and removed 12 people from the area. Nine drug offenses were logged.
Additionally police arrested one person on suspicion of attempted manslaughter in Turku Saturday night. The person in question had stabbed a random passerby with a knife. The victim’s injuries are severe, police say.
Summer Up area calm, outside not
The Häme police say that Lahti’s annual Summer Up festival went off fairly smoothly within the festival premises. Bookings included a suspicion of boating under the influence, one drug use offense and an assault.
But at the Mukkula shopping centre located nearby, things were not as smooth, as fights broke out into the wee hours. Police took custody of several inebriated individuals and those who participated in the brawling. Police were monitoring the area closely based on previous years’ experience.
Giving up a little bit of liberty for a little bit of security is fool’s errand.
Finland is circling the drain economically as it borrows financially to cover its losses in revenue. The highly centralized state has been trying to divest itself from its centralization of concentrated power, but to little avail, the unions have its collective grip around the present government’s lone testicle.
I was recently in Helsinki at an Israeli embassy sponsored event where I was told by a National Coalition MP that he was greatly disappointed by the lack of success by this present coalition government (which includes his party) in getting their reforms through. It’s nearly impossible.
In 300 pages, Ms. Partanen offers an expanded version of what my Swedish antagonists could summarize before the herring and schnapps were served: America is a pretty horrible place and would be less horrible if it were more like Finland. Or Sweden. Or Norway.
There are plenty of American runaways scattered around Sweden. The now elderly passel of draft dodgers and former Black Panthers; a recently arrived spy, dodging prison time for penetrating the State Department on Cuba’s behalf; and various others relying upon Sweden’s unwillingness to extradite those accused of “political crimes.”
My reasons for emigrating from Brooklyn to Stockholm in 2003 on the eve of the Iraq War, as its opponents loudly considered seeking refuge from George W. Bush’s America, were more prosaic. I was in pursuit of a woman.
But Sweden is Berkeley, Calif., in country form—a place where even romantic relocations are ultimately recast as political acts. Soon after my residency permit was affixed to my passport, I found myself before the first of many Stockholm dinner party tribunals, during which I would be held accountable for America’s manifold sins. Indeed, the job of volunteer war-crimes defendant was so onerous that I considered fleeing the country, declaring myself a refugee from First World political persecution.
As my language facility increased, I discovered that the country’s largest newspaper objected to Jimmy Carter receiving the Nobel Peace Prize because he was, apparently, a right-wing supporter of terrorism. A columnist at the same paper routinely hailed the armed “resistance movement” in Iraq because their “actions were mostly directed at the occupation forces.” When that paper’s automotive correspondent sat in judgment of a new series of Chevy pickup trucks, his review was punctuated with an attack on how America’s “Jewish lobby” ruined Christmas.
In a book allergic to nuance, one would nevertheless expect Ms. Partanen to confront Finland’s current position as “the sick man of Europe,” stemming from its long-declining GDP and steadily increasing unemployment rate. (Youth unemployment is above 20%, double the American figure.) The current government is now openly contemplating new limits on paid holidays, overtime and sick leave to constrain runaway budget deficits. Sweden’s vaunted health-care system, so fulsomely praised by Ms. Partanen for eschewing privatization, will soon be allowing patients more choice between public and private providers. Finnish economist Jan von Gerich recently said that “the only way for Finland to have a future is for the old model to be reformed.”
While Ms. Partanen insists that the Nordic social model is the answer to most of the U.S.’s problems, she all but ignores one social phenomenon long familiar to Americans: immigration. Convulsed by waves of migration that are straining resources and provoking the rise of the far right, Nordic social democracy is being challenged by a more heterogenous population. It’s the one of the most important issues facing Nordic countries today, but Ms. Partanen won’t go near it, instead commenting that “many immigrants to the Nordic region find its citizens cold, hostile, and closed-minded,” though “sometimes it is a misunderstanding.”
NOTE: Finland’s highly vaunted healthcare system patterned on the rest of the Nordic region’s system, is full of holes, so much so that the private healthcare system rivals and surpasses it. The downside is that the taxpayer ends up being double dipped.
To show the difference between the American system (before Obama care, but taking note that it wasn’t close to being perfect) and the Finnish one, some years ago, both my mother living stateside, and my Finnish mother-in-law (both now deceased) were diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes.
My mother (medicaid) was in the surgery room 2 weeks after being diagnosed, then 3 weeks later having the other eye operated on and on the path to full recovery. My Finnish mother-in-law (who at the time, was handing out medicine to her husband) had to wait over 9 mos. before being taken in after receiving a plethora of cancellation notices.
Something tells me this would never make the pages of Anu Partanen’s book.
Yle ei ole vieläkään kirjoittanut mitään murhatuista poliiseista. Sen sijaan rakennetaan uhrin asemaa vastapuolesta, ampujan leiristä.
— Juha Muilu (@tujufi) July 9, 2016
Translation: YLE still has not written anything about the murdered officers. Instead they’re building a case of victim-hood for the shooter’s camp.
h/t: Juha Muilu
The commies rape society……
The Central Finland Police Department said on Monday that it has made further progress in the investigation into a suspected case of aggravated rape at a Tampere hotel over the weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, eight members of the Cuban men’s volleyball team, including the team’s captain, were detained. On Monday, two of those detained the day before were released. Authorities say they are no longer suspects.
On Tuesday, police will ask for the other six to be remanded in custody. The hearing will be held at Pirkanmaa District Court.
Police told Yle that they do not know whether the freed players or other members of the team have left the country. They were originally scheduled to leave on Monday morning following a weekend qualifying tournament for the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals.
Police have not released more details about the case, except to say that the alleged victim and suspects are all adults.
Rio ban possible
Meanwhile the chair of the Finnish Volleyball Association, Pasi Sydänlammi, says his organisation will inform the sport’s world governing body, the FIVB, about this weekend’s developments.
“It’s possible that the FIVB in some way or other would block Cuba from taking part in the Olympics after this episode in the scenario that these individuals are found guilty of the crime of which they are accused. The Olympic movement could also shut them out of the games. I think perhaps the most likely alternative may be that the Cuban team withdraws based on an FIVB decision,” Sydänlammi told Yle.
He added that Finnish players face strict rules about their behaviour during tournaments.
“Finnish players are not seen at nightclubs on game weekends or during training camps. That is how this event apparently started. The Cubans were out on the town late in the evening,” he said.
Governing body comments
Later on Monday, the FIVB released a statement to Yle saying:
“The FIVB is very concerned by the alleged serious misconduct by members of the Cuban National volleyball team and is in close touch with all parties involved. The FIVB has absolute zero tolerance of any offence committed against another person by any players or officials at an FIVB event. Whilst the FIVB adheres to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, we expect all participants now to respect the due process and ultimate decision of the local and national authorities.”
Eh, the very high standards will keep most foreigners out.
The majority of teens whose native language is foreign attend vocational schools rather than academic high schools, and those who do opt for high schools – known as upper secondary schools – tend to concentrate at certain schools. In Helsinki these include Vuosaari Upper Secondary School, Helsingin yhteislyseo and the Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages, where more than one in five students has a foreign native language.
Overall 11 percent of the city’s high schoolers are foreign-language speakers. These are defined as anyone whose mother tongue is other than Finnish, Swedish or the indigenous language Sámi.
At the elite high schools that traditionally require high grade point averages for admission, their share ranges from 20 percent at Helsingin yhteislyseo to 14 percent at Ressu Upper Secondary School and six at Helsingin Suomalainen yhteiskoulu (SYK).
The Ressu School’s headmaster, Ari Huovinen, believes that language difficulties influence school choices.
“For instance, your grade in Finnish affects your grade point average, and it’s often challenging for youth of immigrant background,” he notes.
Barry Owiti, who moved to Finland at the age of seven, attends the prestigious SYK, founded in 1886. He suspects that the low number of foreign-language students at SYK is due to fact that immigrant families are not as aware of the differences between Helsinki-area high schools as Finnish families are.
“I know lots of Finnish students whose parents and siblings have gone to SYK. For them, it’s a tradition, unlike for those with foreign background, whose parents have not necessarily ever heard of SYK,” he says.
Costly arts and sports backgrounds
In Helsinki, few foreign-language students attend arts or sport schools. At the Sibelius Upper Secondary School, the Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts, the Visual Arts School of Helsinki and the sports-oriented Mäkelänrinne Upper Secondary School, they make up less than five percent of the student bodies.
“Getting into one of these special high schools requires long-term practice in the speciality field,” says Tarja Aro, assistant headmaster at the Sibelius Upper Secondary School. “Unfortunately talent alone is not enough to get in. Immigrant families can’t necessarily afford to support their children’s high-level hobbies with the kind of expense that is required,” she says.
Mikhail Zolotilin, who moved to Finland from Russia a few years ago, considered the Sibelius School, but instead will start this autumn in the music programme at Helsingin yhteislyseo.
The school also offers specialised programmes in art and sports. Nearly a quarter of the school’s students are foreign-language speakers.
“Many foreign-language speaking students apply here because a lot of boys, who are not native Finnish speakers are interested in sports. It’s easier to get in here than to Mäkelänrinne, for instance. You don’t have to be a top athlete,” explains Jussi Sutinen, headmaster of Helsingin yhteislyseo.
Neighbourhood schools a “natural choice”
According to Helsinki City Educational Manager Mervi Willman, youngsters decide which high school to attend based on where they live, where their friends are going and the schools’ minimum grade point averages.
“For instance many young people of immigrant background live in Vuosaari, and if they’re not interested in attending special schools, it’s natural to apply to their own neighbourhood high school,” she observes.
Ressu Upper Secondary School student Faisa Kahiye, who lives on the Helsinki-Vantaa border, was encouraged to attend her neighbourhood high school.
“My counsellor advised me to go to one of the nearby schools, but Ressu, where I wanted to go, wasn’t actually any further away as far as travel time. And I haven’t regretted it for a moment! If I had to choose again, I’d certainly apply to Ressu again.”
Based on a story by “Voice of Youth” summer reporters Abdul Dudarov, Santtu Kauppila and Silja Laaksonen in conjunction with Yle News Class.
Not defecting to the West, but detained for raping in it……
Eight members of the Cuban national men’s volleyball team, including the team’s captain, are being held in Tampere on suspicion of aggravated rape.
The Central Finland Police Department says that three of the men were detained on Saturday morning and a fourth was taken into custody on Sunday morning. Four more were taken into custody on Sunday afternoon after the team’s match against Portugal.
Police said on Sunday afternoon that progress has been made in the investigation.
The suspected incident took place in the Tampere hotel where the Olympics-bound Cuban team is staying.
Inspector Joni Länsipuro of the Central Finland Police Department, who is heading the investigation, told Yle on Sunday that there is one alleged victim in the case, who has been interviewed.
He added that a decision on placing the men who were held on Saturday under formal arrest must be made by noon on Tuesday, 5 July.
“I have not made this decision yet,” said Länsipuro. “When the prosecutor comes to work on Monday, we’ll discuss this.”
Later he added: “It is quite natural that they most likely will not be able to leave Finland on Monday as planned.”
Police have refused to reveal more details of the case.
Saturday’s detentions took place before Cuba’s game against Finland. Three members of the team, aged 19 to 21, were missing from the line-up.
The host team recovered from a loss on Friday to beat Cuba in four sets, 3-1. On Sunday, Cuba arrived for a match against Portugal without their captain.
Länsipuro says that normally police do not make statements about such cases at such an early stage. They decided to in this instance because of speculation that the players had defected or otherwise gone missing.
Tampere is hosting qualifications for the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals. The Cuban team is scheduled to play in the Rio Summer Olympics, which begin on 5 August.
7:04 pm: Updated number of detainees and Länsipuro’s comments.
A Tundra Tabloids colleague and pal sent me the following concerning what his visiting Israeli friends saw at the Helskinki Gay Pride march yesterday, on Saturday.
I have two friends from Israel visiting us. Both are true socialists, atheists and feminists. Today they saw the Pride march in Helsinki and sent me these pictures. They were surprised of the mental condition of European socialists.
I would add that they shouldn’t be surprised at all, in fact, it was inevitable. The irrational anti-Enlightenment ”progressive” ideology of Leftism is purely emotional, not intellectual, anti-liberty and anti-inalienable rights.
They are easily herded into any which direction, even if it’s entirely self defeating, like supporting Islamonazis who would murder them, and trashing the only state in the ME region where homosexuals (Jew and Arab) live their lives openly and freely.
“Darwinian award” nominees……
So the Finnish taxpayer will be forced to go further into debt to help pay for this insanity……
NOTE: It’s not what these men fought for during WWII against the Soviets, feeding, housing and clothing men (with no cultural connection) of fighting age who desert their country when the going gets rough.
Finnish local authorities are facing a severe shortage of housing for refugees who’ve been granted asylum in the country, new figures show.
So far around 4,000 homes for refugees have been found across the country by the public sector, although this falls well short of the 10,000 places that are expected to be needed.
In the capital region, pressures on housing are even more extreme. As of the end of May, local authorities had placed 696 refugees in public housing, which works out at less than a quarter of the 2819 homes required.
Some asylum workers have now warned that exploitative letting agents are taking advantage of refugees in need of housing.
The longest running political football question in Finnish history, join or not to join?
Soini: Finland “will deepen cooperation” in face of changing security situation, NATO option still open
Finland will be looking to intensify international cooperation in the face of a rapidly changing security environment, says Foreign Minister Timo Soini. As he delivered government’s security policy report on Friday, Soini said that a central development driving the analysis has been Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its actions in eastern Ukraine — and noted that NATO membership was still an option for Finland.
Leinonen is a Finnish name….
She’s been informed that her son is among the dead
‘No one can tell me where my son is’: Mom reveals torturous wait to hear whether her son is dead or alive after he was caught up in the nightclub bloodbath
Distraught: Christine Leinonen’s son Christopher is believed to have been at nightclub Pulse when suspected Islamic extremist Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire, killing 50 people and injuring 53 others
- Christopher Leinonen is feared to have been in club when shooting started
- Mom Christine broke down as she spoke of her agonizing wait for news
- She said there are ‘a lot of dead bodies’ that have not been identified
- Revealed she said ‘I love you’ to her son just hours before the massacre
- Family and friends of those missing have gathered at an Orlando hotel as they wait for more information
A mother broke down in tears as she spoke of her agonizing wait to hear whether her son is dead or alive following the fatal shooting at an Orlando gay club.
Christine Leinonen’s son Christopher is believed to have been at nightclub Pulse when suspected Islamic extremist Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire, killing 50 people and injuring 53 others before being shot dead.
Speaking to ABC News from outside the Orlando Regional Medical Center this morning, Leinonen, 58, sobbed as she revealed she had been waiting hours for information on her son.
Bug his residence and feed it to the tabloid press.
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, will make a one-day visit to Finland this summer. The newspaper Turun Sanomat reported on Saturday that the visit, which will be the Russian president’s first trip to the country’s western neighbour since 2013, will most likely take place in July.
President Putin will visit his counterpart Sauli Niinistö at the presidential residence Kultaranta, in Naantali, western Finland.
Details of the timetabling of the visit, or of what the two presidents will discuss, have not been announced.
Of all EU leaders, Finland’s President Niinistö has been arguably the most active in seeking to maintain dialogue with Moscow, holding regular phone calls with President Putin and with the two leaders visiting each other once a year. Niinistö travelled to Moscow in March this year, and again in June last year, for talks.
At the two presidents’ most recent meeting the agenda contained issues of bilateral relations including cross-border cooperation, as well as international issues ranging from Ukraine to Syria and Arctic cooperation.