Two Tribes By Abdul Turay Published Postimees 13 August 2012 A couple of years ago,
I went along with my wife to a manor house in the heart of England
which every August, for the last 30 years, has been a jamboree
(Rahvapidu) for the Estonian community in Britain. I expected a
celebration of Estonian culture in Britain. Singing, dancing, selling
handicrafts and Estonian foods; that sort of thing. I discovered, two
tribes gone to war.
The foreign Estonians
(Väliseestlased) believe they have worked to preserve and promote
Estonian culture for over 60 years, not only in the UK but in the
other four Väliseestlased communities, Sweden, the USA, Canada and
Here was their view of
new Estonian immigrants to Britain. “We don't mix with
them at all, we don't socialise, we don't even understand them. It's
like apartheid,” said one of them, who understandably didn't want
to be name.
The story of Estonians
in Britain is an interesting narrative not only on how commun…
On Immigration Policy by Abdul Turay Postimees 13 July 2012 For once I have subject
where I can draw on personal experience not just for colouring and
commentary but for analysis. Immigration, let's talk about it. You
may think you've read everything there is to say, but there are some things that no one is
saying, no-one dare say. Once again a gap has opened up between what the business elites and
technocrats who run the country want, and what the people want. The
elites want more immigrants. The people do not. It really is that
simple. The elites are going to
Here are the arguments
if you need reminding. As some of you will remember, last year the
Estonian Development Fund (EDF) did an analysis of Estonia's future
in the centenary year. Leave aside the oxymoron of a government
sponsored venture capital fund, this set out four possible scenarios
for Estonia's future.
of these scenarios are perfect but broadly speaking, two are good and
two are bad. The
the Poster Boy
Published Postimees 12 June 2012 "All
domestic politics are now European politics," so said Quentin
Peel of The Financial Times
at last month's Lennart Meri conference.
been creeping up on us for some time now.
noticed it personally. I was at a conference about year ago. I got
talking to a senior British journalist, a former head of an
international agency. He wanted a detailed breakdown of what was
happening with Estonian politics. We discussed Savisaar's problems
with KAPO and Russian secret service, which were still current at the
time. We scanned a newspaper together, I translated for him. He was
journalists and investors who have no direct interest in Estonia are
fishing for information about what exactly is going on. I spoke to a
journalist working in Brussels recently. He was keen to know every
detail. He wasn't going to report on it. Nobody died, nobody lost
invisible beautiful Estonian film. By Abdul
Turay Published Postimees 3 May This time
I will move away from talking about politics and talk about culture.
Since it is the 100th anniversary of Estonian cinema I might as well
add my 50 cents to the debate. Lets
borrow metaphor from that eh...em.... “masterpiece” of
contemporary American cinema, Shallow Hall, starring Jack Black.
There is a
scene in film where Jack Black asks his co-conspirator that if he was
dating the most beautiful women- Linda Carter if you're interested-
would he care if everybody else thought she was ugly?”
his companion says without hesitation “Because
everybody else would be wrong.”
that concept up a gear. Male readers, would you rather date someone
beautiful and invisible or someone plain and visible. How vain are
you? Is there point in dating a model if no-one else can see her? The
Estonian film industry is both beautiful and invisible.
Estonian film pundits would have you belie…
The Austrian Factor
By Abdul Turay
Published Postimees 4 April 2012
Patriotic Estonians wants two things out of foreigners. They want their country to be noticed, and they want it to be liked.
And there exists a small group who are growing in influence in America on talk radio, satellite television and the internet, who do both.
They are knowledgeable and successful, one of them is a candidate for president of the United States of America. They are known as the Austrian school economists or Austrians for short.
There is just one problem. The world's leading intellectuals from all spectrum thinks the Austrians are crazy people, Nutters.
It is a bit disheartening to say the least. What this means is when ever you read something positive in a foreign publications about Estonia, you have to take it with a pinch of salt. What you are reading, as many people think, might just be the ravings of mad person.
So let's examine the Austrian school, find out why they like Estonia so much,…
Galojan will not be coming home soon. By Abdul Turay Published Postimees 27 February 2012 Anna Maria Galojan is quite a boring person. I am bored with reading about her case already. Frankly I am not that interested in her, but since I have some insider knowledge with the system she is facing, I thought I'd share it with you. Miss Galojan claims that she is not running away by staying in the UK and if she really wanted to run she would have gone to South America. The reverse is true. I suspect Galojan choose Britain precisely because it the best place for her or anyone else to evade justice. Britain has a slow and inefficient bureaucracy, especially when dealing with law and order issues. If Galojan has actually claimed asylum like she says, she will be caught in this system, certainly for months and possibly for years. Countries with a history of dictatorship, often have fast and efficient bureaucracies. Dictators need to sure that they can get rid of political opponents quickly. The re…