Vagn Lundbye, min biologilærer, er død

Læser i Politiken at forfatteren Vagn Lundbye døde den 20. august i år, 82 år gammel.

Det sætter gang i minderne fra dengang i Vejlby-Risskov hvor han var biologilærer på Vejlby Skole, der for øvrigt ikke findes længere. Blandt sine elever havde han mig. Det må have været 1963-64.

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Han var en ukonventionel lærer og biologi havde hverken han eller jeg nogen udtalt interesse for. Derimod præges hele hans forfatterskab og mystisk interesse for naturen, det store ubegribelige.

Men samfund, kultur og politik ville han gerne snakke med os børn om. Jeg husker mest hans timer som en slags frikvartér fra en skolegang, jeg ellers ikke mindes med nogen større glæde.

Han syntes om at provokere og få os til at tænke. Han kunne sige ting – ofte med et underfundigt smil – så man tænkte at nu drev han da gæk med os. For at få os til at tænke. Han var ikke altid let at greje.

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Klummer i “Arbejderen”

Arbejderen

Arbejderen er Danmarks eneste avis, der giver udenrigs- og globalpolitik en rimelig stor dækning i forhold til andre stofområder og samtidig forholder sig kritisk til de dele af dansk udenrigspolitik, der går voldens vej.

Derfor har jeg det fint med at være columnist på Arbejderen. Og den seneste klumme skrev jeg på min rundrejse i Iran og den handler om min vision af Iran og hvorfor billedet af Iran i vestlige medier – også danske – er så hårrejsende snæversynet, negativt og uinformeret.

Til højre for artiklen finder du nogle af de tidligere klummer. God læselyst – og kig ind hos de andre gode columnister!

The Clintons celebrated – but likely disastrous for the world

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Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated last night by the Democratic Party as its candidate for the U.S. Presidency. She may well win on November 8.

What a tragedy for Western democracy that the leader of what is still called the free, democratic world cannot produce better candidates than Trump and Clinton through a disgustingly commercialized and corrupt political process where candidates like Jill Stein – did you ever hear of that candidate? – doesn’t have a chance because she cannot mobilize the funds.

As a European intellectual with a life-long commitment to peace and democracy, I find little reason to celebrate.

And why the total focus on a few individuals at the top but not the structures that will run them both, such as the Military-Industrial-Media-Academic Complex (MIMAC); the cancer in many societies, including Russia, that President Eisenhower warned the world about in his farewell speech already in 1961?

How short the media memory! Hillary Clinton’s nomination celebrated all over the mainstream press as a victory for the party – preventing it from splitting – and for all women.

But how can people – women in particular – really believe in such genderism: that she will be a better president for the US and the world because she’s a woman? Hasn’t the world learnt anything from the inverse racism:that Obama would be a great presidentbecause he is black?

How blind the media to militarism, war and other violence: Not one media focuses on the Clinton’s well-documented fascination with violence and war.

It’s time to refresh the memory of the Clintons:

Bill Clinton’s record

From 1994 BC broke all promises made by his predecessors and other Western politician to Gorbachev about “not expanding NATO an inch”. He started out in Tblisi, Georgia. I happened to be there, spoke with the U.S. representative to the country and got a sense what was coming. Later too in Yugoslavia.

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Turkey’s coup – Another example of the West’s disintegration

Here is my take on the July 15 coup in Turkey – why it happened the way it did and what is the least unlikely hypothesis – followed by some examples of regional and international consequences this coup is bound to have.

And it ends:

NATO comes across as a very tired alliance that should have been closed down or re-invented itself 25 years ago when its raison d’etre – the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact – disappeared. (That was always false because the Warsaw Pact was created 6 years after NATO had been established).

And, then, now this coup too – and rapid decent into instability, extreme authoritarianism, chaos and possible violence or civil war in Turkey.

One may wonder what the Western press and politicians would have made of such purges had they happened in Russia or Iran? Now we hear mainly vague ’worries’ or full endorsements of a dictator. Self-censorship because of Turkey’s NATO status, or what? Why?

One crack in the Empire after the other. Indeed, we are living in interesting – and dangerous – times.

EU’s so-called refugee crisis – and what should and must be done

Commenting on PressTv on July 22, 2016 after yet another tragedy in the Mediterranean. But how much did the media cover that in comparison with the Nice tragedy – and Hollande’s killing of 120 innocent civilians as revenge for Nice (which at the time was not known to have any connections to ISIS or similar).

Tyrkiet viser, hvordan de vestlige landes verden er i opbrud

22. juli 2016, publiceret i Ræson

NATO er en gennemtræt alliance. Og den konfliktfyldte fremtid for den store allierede Tyrkiet øger problemerne både for NATO og EU, når det gælder flygtningene og krigen mod IS.

Kommentar af Jan Øberg

Kuppet i Tyrkiet er noget af en gåde, en begivenhed fuld af paradokser. Det vil have enorm indflydelse på mange ting.

Var det bare en gruppe amatører i det tyrkiske militær, der troede at de vidste hvordan man laver et kup? Var hjernen bag kupforsøget den 75-årige Gülen, i eksil i Pennsylvania, der som Erdogan hævder er terrorist med mange følgere i Tyrkiet? Var det måske USA? State Department og CIA, der var blevet trætte af Erdogans politik i forhold til ISIS og Rusland?

Der er mange mere eller mindre sandsynlige og konspiratoriske hypoteser. Selv hælder jeg – uden mindste ekspertise eller adgang til efterretningsinformation – til den teori at det hele var iscenesat af Erdogan selv. Det er af flere grunde den mindst usandsynlige hypotese. Hvorfor?

1. I et halvtimelangt interview Erdogan gav Aljazeera er hans egen fremstilling distanceret, usammenhængende og lidet troværdigt for en mand, der efter sigende var objekt for både et kup og et mordkomplot.

2. Kupforsøget var for dilettantisk til at være udført af USA/CIA’. Også mærkeligt at sikkerhedsapparatet ikke har opsnappet kupmagernes planer.

3. Gülen tror jeg ikke på. Selvom han skulle være en ulv i fåreklæder – hans gerninger og skrifter er udpræget moderate og nok så fredsommelige – sidder man ikke så langt borte så længe og har check nok på de indre forhold i Tyrkiet.

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The horror in Nice and elsewhere

Jan Oberg comments on Iranian PressTV (July 19, 2016) some 11 minutes into this program.

“The War On Terror is history’s most stupid and counterproductive. If the terrorism problem has increased about 80 times since 2001 we should be intellectual and decent enough to ask ourselves: What are we doing wrong? Nobody asks this question and it will end us up in hell.”

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