Book published 10.12.12




A Black President for a Small White Nation II
An Intellectual Casino
The Great Migration
Two Tribes About the Estonian British communities
Immigration Policy
On the Meikar Affair A political scandal Involving money laundering
The invisible beautiful Estonian film
The Austrian Factor On Austrian economics
Galojan won't be coming home soon.
On Veerpalu.
Survival of the fitness
The view from London On the Euro
White Riots More on London Riots
City under siege London Riots
The end of Newspapers 
China Rising
Playing around with higher education
Response from Education Minister (ed note: in Estonian, will translate into English when I have time)
Right is Right ?
Sotsid are not freaks Why are the Social Democrats still failing?
Room 101 A comparison between British kids and Estonian kids
Go West Where is Estonia exactly?
Musician Jaan Tätte view Follow up story
The greatest speech of all time A review of Unite Estonia a very successful political play held 8 May at Saku Suurhall.
For Europe's sake: Stop the Tories How the British elections will influence Estonia.
The libertarian tradition Why Estonian Health care is better than the USA
Brave new Estonia Estonian Independence day
Cancel the debt Haitian crisis
Who's in charge here How the leader of the opposition in Estonia can bully the PM.
The man who annoys Estonians: Q and A with Priit Pullerits Postimees did this in depth interview.
Black men, Estonian women the truth
An opinion piece. The title is self-explanatory.
Pyrrhic Victory
About the 2009 local elections in Estonia.
Laar's Dilemma About the former PM of Estonia.
Cult of Youth Why Estonia is run by kids
Quiet genius who brought East to the West How the Koran came to be published in Estonia.
Bigotry and denial Race relations in the Baltics in particular Lithuania
A hard landing indeed About the economic crisis
Fighting to preserve a Nation's heritage Lithuania's Jewish community



A black president for a small white nation II
Why Estonia and Obama need each other. Published Postimees 14 December 2012 

Four years ago I outraged the nation when I suggested in my first Postimees article what Michelle Obama the president's wife might be thinking if Estonia got into trouble.

Ah yes Estonia that small-minded little white nation....to hell with them.”

That article was about a fair dialogue between Estonia and black people.

I am not going to talk about that here, suffice to say progress has been made, and I have to admit after four years I believe far from being hostile, Obama will look kindly upon Estonia precisely because of his African heritage, here is why.

We have seen Obama appearing to conspire with Russia's leadership at a nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, March 2012.

It’s important for him to give me space,”  he said in a ´hot mike´ moment with outgoing President Medvedev. The him in question being Putin.

The foreign policy experts were worried here.

The leadership of America's traditional allies are worried, they don't trust Obama.

The Israeli's feel he is siding with the Palestinians, the British feel he doesn't like us. He needs us but he doesn't like us. That is what he means when he said the relationship between Britain and America is an “essential relationship” rather than a “special relationship.”

To understand how Obama thinks one should read what has written about himself. I have some insight on this because of my background, I believe what works against Britain and Israel, works for Estonia.

The theory doing the rounds in conservative circles is what is “wrong” with Obama is not that he is a socialist but that he is an “anti-colonialist,” what ever that means.

“Anti-colonialism” is a rather misleading mash-up of two different concepts, anti-imperialism and post-colonialism.

Both terms can be applied to Obama.

Anti-imperialism just means being against imperialism. You can be right-wing anti-imperialist. The libertarian right in America is anti-imperialist.

Post-colonialism is a left-wing academic theory. Post-colonialism is a theory that posits that the West, led by America, defines the rest of the world in a way that is unfair and inaccurate. This definition has been used as a justification for imperial adventurism most recently in Iraq.

The stepfather of post-colonialism is the late Palestine scholar Edward Said who in his book “Orientalism” argued the Orient doesn't really exist. The concept was invented by 19th and 20th Century Western writers, not as a conspiracy, but as part of an intellectual Foucaultian discourse, which divides the world into them and us.

Obama was at Colombia the same time as Edward Said. It is not clear if he ever took a course with him they certainly knew each other. It is not difficult to find pictures of them having dinner together.

Moreover Maria Mälksoo, professor at Tartu University has written that the Orientalism has been going on here. In other words Eastern Europe does not exist, even the Baltics does not exist, these definitions were created by Western writers and don't reflect what the region actually is.

Dinesh D'souza, conservative author and film-maker, who made the film “2016 Obama's America” explains what all this means.

“If you want to know why there is anti-Americanism round the world, it is anti-colonialism,” he said. On American television.

“He(Obama) subscribes to an ideology that sees America as the rogue nation in the world. The whole ship of the world has gone one side up and has gone one side up because one civilisation the West, America conquered the rest of the world and stole its stuff.”

According to D'Souza, Obama wants to make America weaker and poorer to address this injustice.

“The world is divided into the oppressors and the oppressed. You have to put a leash on the rouge element that is America.”

Put simply from D'Souza point of view, Obama won't defend Estonia because to so would be an imperial act.

D'Souza cites as evidence for his theory what Obama writes in his book “Dreams from my father”.
In this book, Obama writes that he couldn't have his father so he took his dream.

Obama's father fought against the British Empire. In the 50s America replaced Britain as the main imperial power. Therefore Obama wants America curtailed.

D'Souza film was a huge success, but his ideas have been rubbished by the American media. I think he is on to something.

Obama's father was a British citizen from Kenya, Obama spend much of his youth in Asia, his background is similar to mine and for that matter D'Souza's. And yes, we were all are raised with the same narrative, which includes post-colonialism and anti-imperialism, even if we didn't call it that.

This is where I have an insight. The teenage Obama of “Dreams from my father” reminds my of my nephew.

Like Obama my nephew is growing up with only one parent, like him he is very bright, opinionated, interested both in politics and culture. He defines himself by African-American pop culture despite or maybe because of the fact that he is mixed race. He also continually spouts anti-imperialist, post-colonial, anti-American rhetoric. My nephew has reminded me that post-colonialism is part of the DNA of discourse of all children of the Empire.

D'Souza may be right in his assessment, but he is wrong in conclusions.

In the last four years Obama has gotten to know a little about Estonia. He knows Prime Minister and the President. I can't see why Obama should be different to any other foreigner, the more he learns about Estonia the more he is going like it.

Intelligent people like Estonia because of the warm welcome from the people, the positively vibe and dynamism, the nature and architectural heritage. Obama has his own reasons; post-colonial reasons.


Estonia is post-colonial, it has never been an aggressor nation. Estonia has always been a victim of aggressor nations.

If we assume D'Souza is right, countries like Britain, France and Israel are always going to be bad and essential, countries like Estonia are always going to be good and non-essential.

But Obama's task is to stand up for the non-essential, or the “subalterns” to use the jargon of academia.

A comment from a student of my stuck me. “20 years ago it was illegal to be Estonian,” a young person told me.

If Obama ever heard something like that I have doubt whose side he would be on.

Obama vision is for America to be the champion of the oppressed and given the right information Obama can understand that this narrative can play out for small white nations as well.

Obama acceptance speech was very hopeful for Estonia He gave a strong indication that he will stand up to Putin, if he tries any funny stuff.

He began by saying: “Tonight more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting this union moves forward.”

In other words, America was once a colony itself, and it should stand up for other former colonies.

He continued: “A nation that is defended by the strongest military on Earth.”

In other words, he is not planning to significantly reduce America's military commitments any time soon.

You may say that I am reading more into the speech than was there, but I don't think so.

As a former speech myself writer, I know that these speeches are worked on months, in advance and carefully worded. The American president was talking to his “people” both in America and abroad and after fours years in office I believe Obama understands that “his people” may include a small white nation.





An Intellectual Casino
Published Postimees 15 October 2012

Imagine an animal. It is grey, has eight arms, a primitive brain, and suckers, lives in the sea. It looks like an octopus, it's mother and father are octopuses, its children are octopuses. But it is not an octopus. Let's call it a non-octopus.

Now imagine an investment firm. It has grown at a phenomenon rate over 10 years. Its sleekly dressed, oily, smooth talking, Russian-speaking owners make huge amounts of money. Most of its customers lose money and they lose ALL their money. But lets not call it a scam, let's call in a respectable brokerage company working hard to make money for it clients. It is not in any case an octopus.

Tallinn is the global headquarters for a venerable institution, which for legal purposes we will call Non-octopus Forex company. It is all part of the retail forex market which in Estonia is controlled by Russian-speaking Estonian who started out in the 90s. They allied with Russian from the mother land in the early 2000s and set up shop here in Tallinn. non-octopus Forex has plush offices down town. It billboards can be seen in advertising hoarding in the city centre. With offices in over 27 country and growing, its emm..... tentacles are spreading out across the world.


Non-octopus remains an excellent way for suckers to lose all their money. Don't take my word for it.

"Ninety five percent of our retail customers lose their money. It's an intellectual casino," Juri K one of the companies top managers told me. He went on to say that the education and training programs are a waste of time.

Juri seems typical of non-octopus's senior managers, speaking perfect English, he is impeccably dressed, he can operate in any international setting. Ironically he doesn't operate so well in Estonia, his intellect and interests are elsewhere. In my interview with him he betrayed a lack of knowledge about what is going on here.

Forex short for foreign exchange is investing in the price of national currencies. Just as an investor might trade shares, an investor can try to make money guessing about the price fluctuation of foreign currencies.

Everybody is in agreement that forex is high risk because it operates on something called gearing.

Think about buying a house. You put down €10,000 to buy a €100,000 house and borrow the rest from the bank. In effect you control an assets worth €100,000. If the price of the house goes up to €160,000 as happened a few years ago, you have made €50,000 profit, assuming you sell. But if the price goes down you could be in deep trouble.

That's how forex works, but the margins so much are bigger the potential for loss is enormous. €10,000 can get you control of €5000,000 at the outrageous 500:1 margins that Non-octopus Forex company can and does operate.

Forex is supposed to be for the big fish. Countries and huge international financial institutions make up the bulk of the market.

In recent years the recession has created a lot of desperate people all over the world. Company's like Non-octopus Forex company have preyed on them.


American, Chris Brown, 32, worked for the company for nine months developing new markets. He is one of a number of foreigners the company recruited to pull in foreign clients. He said Non-octopus is a gambler's racket that attracts people who are too poor to be investing in anything, how much more Forex.

"The whole industry is centred around cultivating the idea of a casino. If you look at the style of art work on their websites."

Brown describes a world where poor people in countries like the Philippines are getting ripped off by
"shady suits in Tallinn."

"Set aside the moral elements it is bad business anyway. But that's what we were doing because it was the quickest easiest money," Brown said.

"We send advertising to people who don't have the wherewithal to understand the awful nature of trading."

The final straw for Chris was a marketing campaign which offered €50 for trading a certain amount with a demo account in the Middle East and other parts of Asia, places where €50 is a couple of weeks of helpful finance.

"First of all it is not sustainable, If you want to be a sharky assed businessman, there is only so many of those people you can pull in, before word spreads that it is a complete sham," Brown said.

The b*******t from Non-octopus Forex company doesn't stop there. In their literature they proudly claim to be regulated by the European Union. The truth is very different.

"They try hard to be as unregulated as possible," Chris Brown said.

"We had a company that operated in the British Virgin Island and another one in Europe if anyone would ask we would say we are regulated in Europe."


"However (foreign) clients weren't dealing a European regulated company. They did not have the same protection they would have if in fact they were living in Europe.

"It is was clear that we were not going to expand into the (United) States because US regulations are 10 times tighter."

The line from the company's PR people is pretty much what you expect.

Yes, Forex is high risk, there is an element of risk in any investment but people can make profits if they know what they are doing. The company offers training programs, seminars to teach its customers how to trade in Forex. The seminars and training programs and bundled Forex software all add to the company's profit.

But a careful examination of their public statements gives the true picture of what is going on.

"Market makers in foreign exchange trading by default sell positions to and buy positions from their customers. Different buy and sell positions cancel each other out, therefore eliminating the need for netting in the market,"Franziska R, press relations for the company informed me, in response to an email.

In other words the Non-octopus Forex company really is a casino. Give them your money and you are betting against the house and not on the market.

Chris Brown said that as a broker clients would ask him.

"If you are the counter party to my trade, if I lose, you win which is technically true," he said.

"If the client wins the brokerage loses but most people trade poorly because they don't quite understand what they should be doing to maintain share margin.

"If somebody doesn't have limits placed on loses and gains they are going to end up losing at some point."

Like any other casino it is in the house's interest for the customer lose money.
Does any of this matter, this article is not suggesting that the company is breaking any laws. Besides Tallinn has plenty of other casino.

The existence of a major retail Forex company based in Tallinn doesn't mean that the reputation of the country will be damaged. There are dodgy company everywhere.

"The only people who get into Forex market are people who look at the idea of making a thousand per cent (profit) in one day. Those people who are inherently dodgy anyway," Chris Brown said.

It may not be important as the latest political scandal but it is just as sad. The company owners are misrepresenting to the whole World who they are and what they do. If they are running a casino they should call it that. And by these shady dealing they are making locals and ex-pats dislike and distrust a group of people who who everybody is trying so desperate hard to like and trust. I leave it to you to work out who.











































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News




In English

A first for Estonia: An elected Black Politician
Christian Science Monitor 26 Oct 2013

Turay to take seat on Tallinn city council 
Published ERR 22 Oct 2012

Mixed Results for Tallinn City Council 
Published ERR 21 Oct 2012 

The expat running for city council 
Published ERR 16 August 2013 

Estonian gets its first Black candidate for city councillor
Published ERR 16 August 2013 

Interview with Estonian World 
6 June 2013 Estonia World 


Eesti Keeles

I am not a natural social democrat
Eesti Päevaleht 25 October 2013

Abdul Turay joins the Social Democratic Party
Postimees 24 October 2013 


Social Democrats send Abdul Turay to the city Council 
Eesti Päevaleht 23 October 2013 

Abdul Turay gets into the City Council
Postimees 22 Oct 2013

I will represent the views of the whole community in government
Postimees 16 August 2013

Kross: we were also interested in Turay
Postimees 16 August 2013 

Abdul Turay to be a candidate for the social democrats 
Delfi 16 August 2013

Columnist Abdul Turay to be a candidate on the social democrats list
Õhtuleht 16 August 2013 

Abdul Turay to be candidate for Social Democrats 
Postimees 16 August 2013

Abdul Turay to be a candidate for local government
Reporter 16 August 2013 

An experiment has been taking place in Estonia for the last  is a 25 years
Eesti Paevaleht 26 November 2012 

Interview with Maaleht 
Maaleht 01 February 2013 





Published Delfi 13 December

Today journalist Abdul Turay presented his book in Viru Central Rahva book store “A small white nation” in which he deals in depth with the themes of Estonian culture and political landscape. Talking with the author was Priit Hõbemagi.....

Four years ago was published the opinion story which carried the headline “A black president for a small white nation” From that time Abdul Turay has with his pen published a huge amount of candid and brave opinion columns deconstructing Estonian life.
In “A small white nation” he deals with these themes in detail, in addition he has interviewed many of Estonia's public figures like Andrus Ansip, Mart Laar, Kadri Simson and Marju Lauristin.



A small nation


book presentation


Extract from Book Small White Nation (in Estonian)
Extract II from Small White Nation  (In Estonian)
Extracts from an interview with Home and Family
Interview on ETV
More Interview on ETV
Q and A Interview with Priit Pullerits
Black man flies solo

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