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  • Conservative Wins Finland Election, Runoff Needed

    01/22/2012 10:02:43 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    AP ^ | January 22, 2012
    The conservative favorite easily won the first round of Finland's presidential election Sunday, setting up a runoff against an environmentalist leader who is the first openly gay candidate to run for head of state in the Nordic country. Sauli Niinisto, a former finance minister, won 37 percent of the vote, well ahead of the other candidates but short of the majority needed to avoid a second round, official preliminary results showed.
  • How to deal with the likes of Stalin/Putin - brief lesson from WWII

    01/03/2012 5:41:30 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 25 replies
    01/03/2012 | WesternCulture
    <p>In Russia, many unaware people dream of a new era of expansion.</p> <p>It won't happen.</p> <p>Stalin is gone. Capitalism is not.</p> <p>Russia is far more inferior by technological and overall societal standards than most Russians are willing to realize.</p> <p>The Soviet Union of the late 1930's and early 1940's were ridiculed in combat by "tiny" Finland.</p>
  • Eurozone woes drive Finnish presidential campaign

    01/02/2012 1:43:51 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    France 24 ^ | 1/1/2012
    Finland's presidential candidates are locking horns over the eurozone crisis as the January 22 election looks set to reflect a surge in euroscepticism in one of Europe's top-rated economies. "The dividing lines between the candidates follow the EU issue pretty closely," Helsinki University political science professor Tuomo Martikainen told AFP. The eurozone slowdown brought on by the debt crisis is expected to hit Finland's export-reliant economy hard, with growth expected to slow to just 0.4 percent in 2012 and with Finns nervous about the future although unemployment is for the moment still comparatively low at 7.3 percent. Finland's future in...
  • Finland says ship can sail again, without missiles (and 160 tons of explosives & its captain)

    12/26/2011 1:38:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/26/11 | AP
    HELSINKI (AP) — A British-registered ship that was held in a Finnish port after authorities discovered 69 surface-to-air missiles and 160 tons of explosives onboard has permission to travel again, but without those materials or its captain, a port official said Monday. The M/S Thor Liberty was headed to China and had docked in the southern Finnish port of Kotka to pick up anchor chains when police last week discovered and seized the missiles and explosive piric acid on board. The Patriot missiles were an official shipment from Germany to South Korea, while Finnish authorities said the explosives were a...
  • Patriot Missles Found by Finland on a Cargo Ship Bound for China...

    12/26/2011 9:53:14 AM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 15 replies
    YouTube possibly from BBC ^ | 12-24-11 | Unknown
    Anyone see this? A friend forwarded it to me. Good grief. No where to be found. Heck, let's just send the Chinese our drone instead of all the suspense. Hillary? Obama? MSM? Where the **ll are these people/commies????
  • Finnish police find weapons on DK ship [Patriot missiles and 160 tonnes of explosives]

    12/23/2011 12:06:10 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    Politikin.dk ^ | 12/22/2011
    Finnish police and customs authorities in the port of Kotka have discovered a large cargo of weapons and explosives on board a Danish-owned vessel arriving from Germany and bound for South kroea and China. The Isle of Man-registered, Danish-owned Thor Liberty, which was packing 69 patriot missiles and 160 tonnes of explosives According to reports from Kotka, which is close to the Russian border, officers found 69 Patriot missiles and 160 tonnes of explosives on the Isle of Man-registered, Thor Liberty which is owned by Thorco Shipping, headquartered in Svendborg, Denmark. The Swedish news agency TT reports Thorco’s CEO Thomas...
  • Adam Lambert Arrested, Jailed in Finland

    12/23/2011 6:38:18 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 21 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12.22.11 | Scott Roxborough , Shirley Halperin
    The authorities were called when the "American Idol" runner-up and his reality star boyfriend Sauli Koskinen got into a fight outside a Helsinki gay bar. The two were released on Thursday afternoon. American Idol star Adam Lambert spent several hours in a Finnish jail Thursday after being arrested outside a Helsinki gay bar following a brawl with his Finnish boyfriend, local reality star Sauli Koskinen.
  • Germany Says It Sent Patriot Missiles Stopped In Finland

    12/22/2011 11:53:31 AM PST · by bkopto · 31 replies
    WSJ ^ | Dec 22, 2011 | Arild Moen
    A German defense ministry spokesman on Thursday confirmed that a shipment of missiles discovered in Finland were sent from Germany and were enroute to South Korea. "These missiles are from German military stockpiles and were sold entirely legally with all requisite legal and customs documentation," the spokesman said. The Patriot missiles were bound for South Korea, and the sale was part of a previous standing agreement, he added. Earlier Thursday, Finland's National Bureau of Investigation said they had detained two people suspected of illegal transit shipping of weaponry after customs officials found what they described as 69 Patriot surface-to-air missiles...
  • Germans Using Danes to Ship US Missiles to China On British Vessel Crewed By Ukrainians Caught By Fi

    12/22/2011 11:16:00 AM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/22/2011 | John Hayward
    Germans Using Danes to Ship US Missiles to China On British Vessel Crewed By Ukrainians Caught By FinnsIt's quite unusual.A cargo ship called the MS Thor Liberty, owned by a shipping company based in Denmark, was docked at the Finnish port of Kotka when alert dock workers noticed some funny-looking containers marked “fireworks.”  This naturally made the hackles rise on the Finns, because the Thor Liberty was bound for China, and everybody knows the Chinese invented fireworks.  Why would they be importing them?Finnish authorities opened up those fireworks crates, and found them to contain 69 American-made Patriot anti-missile missiles, which...
  • Finland 'finds Patriot missiles' on China-bound ship

    12/21/2011 3:22:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/21/11 | BBC
    The Finnish authorities have impounded an Isle of Man-flagged ship bound for China with undeclared missiles and explosives, officials say. Police are questioning the crew of the MS Thor Liberty after what were described as 69 Patriot anti-missile missiles were found aboard. Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen said the missiles were marked "fireworks". The MS Thor Liberty had docked in the Finnish port of Kotka after leaving Germany last week. Dock workers became suspicious after finding explosives poorly stored on open pallets, and the missiles were then found in containers marked "fireworks". The managing director of the ship's owner, Thorco Shipping,...
  • Missile shipment confirmed aboard detained vessel [Finland seizes 69 Patriot missiles]

    12/21/2011 8:15:38 AM PST · by dan_s · 26 replies · 1+ views
    YLE ^ | 12/21/2011 | YLE
    A British cargo vessel detained at Kotka harbour has been found to be carrying a shipment of American-made Patriot missiles. According to information received by YLE, the missile shipment originated in Germany and is destined for South Korea. Onboard the ship are 69 of the missiles with their explosive warheads and propelling charges. The National Bureau of Investigation confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the missiles are on-board the ship. Officials stopped the M/S Thor Liberty last week as its cargo of explosives had been stored incorrectly. The ship is carrying 160 tonnes of the explosive nitroguanidine. The material is in 25...
  • The EU and Turkey: steering a safer path through the storms

    12/16/2011 12:04:06 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    EUobserver ^ | December 1, 2011 | Eleven EU foreign ministers
    ...Turkey has grown in influence and authority as a regional power in the Western Balkans, Central and South Asia and the Horn of Africa. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been a key interlocutor, not least on Afghanistan where he made a huge personal contribution to last month's conference in Istanbul. With Turkey as host, for the first time, Afghanistan's neighbours have agreed to implement political and security measures to underpin the cause of reconciliation... Turkish economic growth has been exponential. Turkey is the 16th largest economy in the world and will assume the Presidency of the G20 in 2015....
  • You "ARE" MY House of Prayer

    12/03/2011 6:30:00 PM PST · by Jedediah · 15 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-3-11 | Jedediah
    Situations may be precarious at times but truly this is merely a lack of prayer as preparation for you are my houses of preparation of my will. So know my will by the preparation of your hearts before me for I AM The LIGHT of your path and way in Me ! John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. John 8:12 New International Version (NIV) Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk...
  • Surrender "Completely"and Receive My LOVE for YOU \o/

    12/01/2011 5:35:48 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 12-1-11 | Jedediah
    SURRENDER COMPLETELY AND RECEIVE MY LOVE FOR YOU ! My surrender to you is eternal , for as My Sacrifice was a promise and a statement of My Love coming down through the Father ! It is Now time for You to SURRENDER wholeheartedly to Me . I need to see a heart opened forth right and true ; to discern My Presence ! That you make " ALL " Known to Me ~ free for release and in this surrender as you raise your hands and lower your defenses and pride I WILL COME ! And My SPIRIT ,...
  • Le Pen Calls on France to Quit Euro

    11/24/2011 9:26:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    Inquiring minds note that French presidential candidate Le Pen calls for France to quit euro Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front, has made abandoning the euro one of the pillars of her presidential election campaign, launching a powerful attack on the ailing single currency as she seeks to bolster her already strong showing in the opinion polls. Presenting her “presidential project”, Ms Le Pen said Europe should give up the euro, which had “asphyxiated our economies, killed our industries and choked our jobs” for years, as well as causing France to accumulate “Himalayan” debts. In any...
  • Norwegians and Finns Fight Over Who Owns Aurora Borealis

    11/24/2011 5:37:52 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/22/11 | staff
    The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, normally inspires awe in those who are lucky enough to see it. But in Norway and Finland, the spectacular celestial phenomenon -- which is caused by charged particles entering the Earth's atmosphere -- is currently provoking mainly envy and resentment. A recent attempt by the Finnish Tourist Board to use the aurora in a marketing campaign has sparked concerns among Norwegians, who like to think that the northern lights are associated first and foremost with their country, that the Finns may be looking to muscle in on their territory. The tension...
  • I AM your Kingdom Walk and Existence \o/

    11/23/2011 1:35:44 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 11-23-11 | Jedediah
    Ordinary measures are not warranted anymore for I have overcome for you and in Me you reside in the heavenlies. So cast off your flesh when it distracts you from My Will of virtue and Righteousness and "Remain" in "MY" Loyalty for I AM all you need to KNOW! John 15:9 (AMP) 9I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [[a]continue in His love with Me]. Acts 17:28 28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his...
  • LISTEN TO "MY" SPIRIT ROAR FOR YOU \o/\o/\o/ ! ! !

    11/18/2011 5:40:51 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 11-18-11 | Jedediah
    LISTEN TO "MY" SPIRIT ROAR FOR YOU \o/\o/\o/ ! ! ! Listen to "MY" spirit roar for you my children to do and to walk in MY fullness and not your own for it is in MY righteousness you are saved and walk even now . So go in MY all for you and Listen to the whisper of "MY" spirit for soon it shall become a roar as it did for Daniel in the lions den and I shall quench all the firery darts of the enemy for you as well , for you are MY CHOSEN called and...
  • Goldman: euro could split apart

    11/05/2011 8:47:46 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/5/2011 | Kamal Ahmed
    The chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management has said that the need for a German-led fiscal integration in the eurozone would make it increasingly unattractive for all the countries who joined to stay in the single currency. Jim O’Neill, whose division manages more than $800bn (Ł500bn) of assets, said that countries as diverse as Portugal, Ireland, Finland and Greece could pull out of the single currency rather than have to operate under a single eurozone treasury. Yesterday, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said the market turmoil could last for a decade and there was still “a chunk of work” to...
  • U.S. To Sell Finland Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles For Its F-18s

    11/01/2011 8:04:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    U.S. To Sell Finland Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles For Its F-18s From the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA): Washington - WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2011 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Oct. 28 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Finland for 70 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $255 million. The Government of Finland has requested a sale of 70 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM), 2 test vehicles, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S....
  • Al Gore wangled $529 million taxpayer loan for electric cars made in Finland

    10/22/2011 2:07:45 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | September 18, 2011 | Doug Book
    A September item from "Coach is Right" blog, just making news in the "legacy media!" Just when you thought crony handouts of taxpayer millions couldn’t get much worse than the White House managed Solyndra debacle, along comes the story of global warming shyster Al Gore and fledgling, plug-in hybrid car maker Fisker Automotive, Inc. In 2009, Gore happened to be at an event hosted by the California venture capital firm of Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers. Of course, Al happened to be there because he is a PARTNER in the firm. Well low and behold, Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker just...
  • Sarah Palin: American Crony Capitalism brings Jobs to Finland

    10/21/2011 2:33:40 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 24 replies
    Facebook ^ | Friday October 21, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Yesterday, another shoe dropped in the chronicles of the Obama administration’s crony capitalism. A start-up electric car company with ties to Al Gore got a $529 million loan guarantee from Obama’s Department of Energy to build luxury electric cars...in Finland! Leaving aside the fact that to date only two of these $97,000 cars have been sold (one of them to a movie star), we might at least hope that this ridiculous exercise in the government picking winners minus any competitive, transparent process (Al Gore’s venture cap firm) and losers (the taxpayers subsidizing a car no one wants) would produce manufacturing jobs in the...
  • Car Company Gets U. S. Loan, Builds Cars In Finland

    Wirh approval from the Obama adminstration $529 million
  • Obama Loans Car Company Half a Billion So They Can Builds Cars in Finland

    10/21/2011 3:35:37 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/21/2011 | Matthew Most, Brian Ross, and Ronnie Greene
    With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work. Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department's $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job of assembling the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car has been outsourced to Finland. "There...
  • Energy Department Defends Loan to Company Building Electric Cars in Finland

    10/21/2011 10:23:35 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 26 replies
    foxnews.com/ ^ | Oct 21,2011 | FNS
    The Department of Energy is standing by a $529 million loan guarantee to a company building an electric car line in Finland. A department official, in a lengthy response posted on a government blog Thursday night, confirmed that the company Fisker is assembling its Karma electric car at its "overseas facility." The response comes after ABC News reported that the Obama administration gave the green light for the company to move the manufacturing to Finland two years after announcing the loan. The ABC News report noted the political connections enjoyed by Fisker and another company, Tesla Motors, which together received...
  • FLASHBACK>>Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan (FiskerGate)

    10/20/2011 5:17:17 PM PDT · by milwguy · 7 replies
    wsj ^ | sept 25, 2009 | josh mitchell
    WASHINGTON -- A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000. The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive Inc. follows a $465 million government loan to Tesla Motors Inc., purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster. Tesla is a California startup focusing on all-electric vehicles, with a number of celebrity endorsements that is backed by investors that have contributed to Democratic campaigns The awards to Fisker and Tesla have prompted concern from...
  • Car Company Gets U.S. Loan, Builds Cars In Finland (Obama's Jobs Bill????)

    10/21/2011 9:34:50 AM PDT · by yoe · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 20,2011 | MATTHEW MOSK, BRIAN ROSS and RONNIE GREENE
    Video With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work. Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department's $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job of assembling the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car has been outsourced to Finland....
  • Car Company Gets U.S. Loan, Builds Cars In Finland

    10/21/2011 9:44:07 AM PDT · by Justaham · 14 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 10-20-11 | BRIAN ROSS, RONNIE GREENE
    With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work. Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department's $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job of assembling the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car has been outsourced to Finland. "There...
  • Car Company Gets US Loan, Builds Cars In Finland --$529,000,000

    10/20/2011 8:47:31 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 18 replies
    Abcnews ^ | 10.20.11
    ABC NEWS and iWATCH NEWS Today, 9:47 PM EDT With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work. Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department's $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job has been outsourced to Finland.
  • Fisker Karma: Solyndra on Wheels?

    10/20/2011 5:26:15 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 12 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 10/20/2011 | moneyrunner
    This car, which you can buy for a mere $100,000, was brough to your by a half billion dollar loan from the US Department of Energy, made in Finland using batteries and electric motors made in China. But I'll let Andrew explain it: Our tax dollars at work… a half-billion dollar loan (actually $529 million) from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a hybrid toy for the wealthy and/or celebri-licious (like Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the first customers) that, in real world driving, won’t get much better mileage than your average crossover utility vehicle. Not only that, but...
  • Will Finland be the mouse that roars and be the first to leave the euro?

    10/12/2011 10:13:28 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/12/2011 | Damian Reece
    So strange that the pressure to leave the single currency will mount for some as the continuing, sticking-plaster approach to the crisis continues. But who? Greece can't survive outside the eurozone and Germany, an obvious candidate, knows the economic devastation of its exit would be too much. But if you were small enough and economically strong enough to stand alone, and therefore escape the escalating costs of saving the euro, then why not? Step forward Finland. As Matthew Lynn argues in a paper for Strategy Economics, Finland enjoys a current account surplus of €3.3bn and its overseas assets exceed liabilities...
  • Nokia to cut 3,500 jobs, close Romania plant

    09/29/2011 4:52:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/29/11 | Tarmo Virki
    Nokia to cut 3,500 jobs, close Romania plant Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:31am EDT By Tarmo Virki, European Technology Correspondent HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia Oyj, the world's largest cellphone vendor by volume, is cutting 3,500 jobs in its second major restructuring move in a year, as it struggles with falling sales and profits. Chief executive Stephen Elop, who took over at Nokia a year ago, unveiled the plans, including a factory closure and a new executive chairman for telecom gear joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks, on Thursday. The company said it would close the Cluj factory in Romania, leading to...
  • Whither the jihadi forums?

    08/01/2011 1:10:28 PM PDT · by Cindy · 114 replies · 1+ views
    INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | August 1, 2011 | n/a
    http://internet-haganah.com/harchives/007413.html "Whither the jihadi forums?" SNIPPET: "There are currently only three jihadi forums that are sufficiently active and well-connected to be of any interest whatsoever. Why we claim to be on the verge of defeating al-Qaida while simultaneously watching passively as they use these forums to regroup and regenerate is beyond me. These are the forums three: • al-Fidaa, a forum created by al-Qaida core. That it is directly linked to al-Qaida by definition moves it to the top of the list. Current membership: 2,462, all of whom can be considered "active" if only because they just joined the forum....
  • Al Gore wangled $529 million taxpayer loan for electric cars made in Finland.

    09/18/2011 9:53:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/18/2011 | Doug Book
    Just when you thought crony handouts of taxpayer millions couldn’t get much worse than the White House managed Solyndra debacle, along comes the story of global warming shyster Al Gore and fledgling, plug-in hybrid car maker Fisker Automotive, Inc. In 2009, Gore happened to be at an event hosted by the California venture capital firm of Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers. Of course, Al happened to be there because he is a PARTNER in the firm. Well low and behold, Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker just happened to be there too and pitched Gore on the virtues of his 50 mile-per-battery-charged,...
  • Silencers in Finland(Completely legal)

    09/11/2011 6:27:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 64 replies · 1+ views
    yarchive.ne ^ | 1995 | Panu Wilska
    Just for comparison for the subject here are some facts how silencers are treated in Finland. Silencers are not considered to be "parts of a firearm", that means that anyone can build one, own one and buy or sell one without any restrictions. Just as grips or scopes. There are no special taxes on silencers, of course for everything you buy the 22% VAT is included. Silencers have been found useful in preventing noise-pollution of shooting ranges that are near urban areas. Several studies have been made on subject should silencers be obligatory. One study made by State Department of...
  • Coming Soon to a Country Near You: Greek Interest Rates Hit 60 Percent

    08/29/2011 8:04:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    Once again the bond markets have spoken, and once again the message is the same: default. Greek two-year bonds are near 44%, having touched as high as 46%. The interest rate on 1-year Greek government debt is a stunning 59.8%.  Greece Not Saved  Supposedly "Greece was Saved" on that blue circle when yet another bailout (throwing more good money after bad) was approved.  The deal unraveled for numerous reasons but demands by Finland for collateral are at or near the top of the list. Austria, Slovakia, and the Netherlands now want collateral as well.  Under great pressure from Germany, the...
  • EU: Finland destabilizes bailout plan

    08/20/2011 3:19:53 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 39 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 8/19/2011
    ‘Finland puts bomb under EU bailout plans’, headlines De Volkskrant, reporting on Finland's demand that Greece put up collateral against Helsinki's participation in the Greek bailout. According to the Dutch newspaper, the two countries have now struck a deal, and four others – Austria, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Slovenia – are now demanding similar guarantees, leading to fears for the stability of the July 21 agreement to save Greece. In the Netherlands several MPs have already asked the finance minister to take action. De Volkskrant says it is unclear what Greece could offer as collateral to Finland. Probably not islands...
  • Austria kicks up fuss about Finnish collateral deal with Greece [Bailout]

    08/18/2011 3:34:52 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Friday August 19, 2011
    Austrian minister suggests his country might ask for same agreement with Greece Austria opposes Finland's deal with Greece on collateral for loans and will demand collateral as well if eurozone countries approve Finland's deal, a spokesman from Austrian finance ministry was quoted in a newspaper report as saying. "The collateral model has to be open to all the euro zone countries. We will figure out if that's the case," Harald Waiglein from the finance ministry told Finland's biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat in a phone interview. Earlier this week Finland reached a deal with Greece on collateral, its key condition for...
  • ( Finland ) Tuomioja advocates weapon-free homes

    07/31/2011 10:12:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Uutispäivä Demari. ^ | 28/07/2011 | YLE
    Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja would like weapons to disappear from private homes, reports Social Democratic newspaper Uutispäivä Demari. Tuomioja says there is no need to keep weapons at home, adding that weapons obtained for hobby purposes, like hunting and shooting, can be stored on the premises of monitored clubs. He notes that such hobbies do not require automatic weapons or repeating firearms. According to the minister, the gun law reform that came into force in June was a step in the right direction, but there is still a way to go.
  • Do like the Germans do, try and become Vikings!

    07/30/2011 4:30:49 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 42 replies
    07/31/2011 | WesternCulture
    To anyone sane of mind, it's pretty obvious that something, basically, is wrong about the way large parts of European and American economy is run today. Scandinavia is an exception - and a bigger one than most people are aware of. Our German neighbors are beginning to realize this and lately Chancellor Merkel have been very successful in restoring economic growth on German soil. Presently, the German economy, after 20 years of a sad standstill, is growing at a pace nearing that of Sweden. Scandinavia (including Finland) taken as a whole is today the World's 10th largest economy despite it's...
  • A modest proposal for eurozone break-up

    07/17/2011 3:18:40 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/17/2011 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The eurozone can in theory still be saved, if two sets of conditions are fulfilled; if the leaders of Germany, Austria, Finland, and the Netherlands accept fiscal union and a common pooling of debt, and can persuade their parliaments and courts to ratify such a revolution. If the Germanic bloc agrees to tear up the mandate of the European Central Bank, letting it switch from inflation-targeting to job-targeting ("Unemployment must not exceed 10pc in two or more EMU states, or some such formula), effectively instructing the ECB to embark on Fed-style stimulus for three to five years. This might allow...
  • The return of the Finnish foe

    06/24/2011 1:58:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Dennis Mitzner
    The deliberations to form a new Finnish government after the April 17th election have finally come to an end. The bizarre new government is comprised of the center right party the National Coalition Party, three left wing parties, the Left Alliance and Social Democrats and the Green Party. In addition to this, the conservative Christian Democrats and the Swedish People's Party joined the colorful bunch. The new prime minister, Jyrki Katainen was under tremendous pressure after failing to form a government with his more natural political allies, namely True Finns and The Center Party. The biggest winner in the elections,...
  • Finland: Katainen forms compromise government

    06/24/2011 1:40:30 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 6/23/2011
    For the new Finnish government, “the endurance test has begun,” headlines Lapin Kansa, following the inauguration of the government led by conservative Jyrki Katainen. Constructed after two months of laborious negotiations, the coalition, led by 39-year old Katainen is, in effect, composed of six parties. These include his own National Coalition Party, the Social-Democrat Party, the Left Alliance, the Green League, the Swedish Popular Party and the Christian-Democrats all of which have widely differing political views. The Lapland-based Lapin Kansa greets the new government with caution because of the compromises it has already agreed to during the talks and because...
  • Police Tight Lipped on Extremist Link to Helsinki Explosives Offence (ROP?)

    06/05/2011 3:40:54 PM PDT · by heiss · 1 replies
    YLE ^ | June 4, 2011 | YLE
    A group describing itself as a supporter of worldwide Islamic jihad has praised on an internet discussion forum two bomb scares that occurred in Helsinki last week. On Friday morning, police cordoned off an area in the Pasila district after a homemade device was discovered. Early Saturday a petrol bomb was thrown into the yard of a service station in the Tapaninvainio area of the city. The group hoped fresh attacks would succeed. The Finnish Security Police (SUPO) says it is taking the matter seriously but does not wish to speculate at this stage.
  • The Finland Campaign

    06/05/2011 3:29:06 PM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies
    INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | June 4, 2011 | n/a
    [Note: Includes photos.] SNIPPET: "UPDATE: For the benefit of readers newly arrived on this site from Finland. The guy who goes by the name Abu Suleiman al-Nasser and has been calling for attacks in Finland..."
  • Unique Canine Tooth from 'Peking Man' Found in Swedish Museum Collection

    06/03/2011 2:50:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 26, 2011 | Uppsala University
    Swedish paleontologists were the first scientists to go to China in the early 20th century, and they carried out a series of expeditions in collaboration with Chinese colleagues. They found large numbers of fossils of dinosaurs and other vertebrates. The material was sent to Sweden and the well-known paleontologist Carl Wiman, who identified and described the fossils. But when the direction of research changed after Wiman's death, 40 cartons were left unopened and forgotten -- until know. In recent weeks, they have been opened by Per Ahlberg, his colleague Martin Kundrát, and Museum Director Jan Ove Ebbestad, who had drawn...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Midnight's Solar Eclipse

    06/03/2011 2:37:59 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | June 03, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    [Credit & Copyright: Catalin Beldea (Stiinta si Tehnica Team)] Explanation: On June 1, the shadow of the New Moon was cast across a land of the midnight Sun in this year's second partial solar eclipse. This picture of the geocentric celestial event above the Arctic Circle was taken near midnight from northern Finland's Kaunispää Hill in Lapland. Of course the region's reindeer were able to watch as both Moon and Sun hugged the northern horizon just above a cloud bank. Also visible from parts of Alaska and Canada, the eclipse began at sunrise in Siberia and northern China at 19:25...
  • As the rest of the World did little to stop the Holocaust or Stalin's attack on the Free World..

    05/23/2011 1:46:30 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 24 replies
    05/23/2011 | WesternCulture
    - To be perfectly honest, I'm sick and tired of people of lesser intelligence and historical teaching who fail to understand just why they can go and enjoy a hamburger at a mall without the fear of their family being targeted by V2 rockets. A close reltive of mine fought the troops of Stalin, got shot, recovered and then went back to the front. Another one drove buses from Sweden to Nazi concentration camps and back. I'm no hero. I was born in 1969. But I regard my ancestors of that time heroes. They fought Hitler, Stalin and saved lives....
  • Should USA try and be more like sucessful Northern Europe?

    05/17/2011 12:53:21 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 54 replies
    05/17/2011 | WesternCulture
    - Perhaps, but Northern Europe didn't get rich by adopting policies resembling what Obama today is doing to the US.
  • Why does Russia always fail?

    05/14/2011 9:41:02 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 87 replies · 1+ views
    05/14/2011 | WesternCulture
    My ancestors have lived close to Russia since the dawn of Mankind. We have lost territory to them, counqured it back and so forth. In 1809, Sweden had to give up Finland to Russia during the Napoleonic Wars. Later on, Finland became sovereign and stood up very well to the test when challenged by Stalin in the wake of WWII. Tiny Finland in fact even ridiculed Stalin and his Soviet warriors in the legendary Winter War. Most often, Stalin is seen as a brutal yet efficient ruler, but Finland, aided by Sweden, really demonstrated to the World how weak and...