Monthly Archives: February 2017

Anvender DR og DIIS screening?

Hvis ikke hvorfor er alsidighed så ophørt på udenrigspolitikkens område?


DR’s dækning af forsvar, sikkerhed og udenrigspolitik bør diskuteres langt mere

Der skal nok være nogen, der tror at jeg har fået DR på hjernen. Men jeg skriver ofte – og ugerne – om DR’s behandling af forsvars-, sikkerheds- og udenrigspolitikken fordi det:

a) handler om eksistentielle ting, om krig og fred;

b) dækningen er mere ensidig end nogensinde i de fire årtier, jeg har fulgt den og

c) der er en voksende symbiose mellem DR, forsvaret som institution og de eksperter, der indkaldes som alle enten er militære selv – og altså partiske eller objektive – er fra DIIS eller fra et af de efterhånden mange militærforskningscentre, Danmark har oprettet i de senere år.

Man skal huske på at DIIS er delvist finansieret af Forsvarsministeriet og har en chef, der nok har forskningsbaggrund men har gjort karriere i NATO og forsvarsministeriet. Det kunne f.eks. sætte sig spor i valget af forskningsemner.

At DIIS skulle forske i ting som ikkevoldelig konfliktløsning, ned- og afrustning, afskaffelse af atomvåben, alternativt forsvar, fremsætte forslag til fredelig løsning på nogle af verdens alvorlige konflikter, udgive en fundamentalt kritisk analyse af dansk militær udenrigspolitik eller udvikle alternativer til NATO og NATO-medlemsskab  er i det nærmeste utænkeligt.

 

En farlig symbiose som gør fri meningsdannelse og debat stadigt sværere

Med andre ord – en symbiose mellem den første politik på de nævnte områder og dem, der i et eller omfang skulle tilsikre en alsidig behandling og levere viden baseret på uafhængig forskning. Men ikke gør det.

Lidt tilspidset kan man formulere det sådan at DR fungerer som informationsorgan for den militært aktive udenrigspolitik uden at stille spørgsmål af nogen art omkring den og at DIIS’ og andre forskere fungerer som det præsteskab, der skal udlægge teksten og overbevise de bekymrede sjæle, der jo også skal betale.

Og aldrig stille principielle spørgsmål eller præsentere mulige alternativer til den første politik og specielt ikke problematisere krigsdeltagelse.

Sådan har det ikke altid været.

 

Det er så galt at man kan frygte at der er tale om screening og/eller selvcensur

Styrken og omfanget af denne symbiose er vokset hastigt i de senere år, ikke mindst efter at Danmark er blevet en bombenation, dvs. fra 1999 og især i og med besættelsen af Irak 2003-2007.

Spørgsmålet er om den vedvarende mangel på alsidighed, som DR står for, er konsekvens af en eller anden form for screening – altså at man Continue reading

Discussing NATO with a former U.S. Ass. Sec. of Defence

A 30 min debate about NATO, Ukraine, Crimea, Yugoslavia, Syria the eternal enemy images and the – obsolete – philosophy on which NATO builds.

Time for something new, I argue in the debate with former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defence under Reagon, Mr. Lawrence J. Korb who at the time was in command of 70% of Pentagon’s budget.

Here in TFF PressInfo # 403  is a little longer text about this debate and there is also a little about my experience and policy vis-a-vis the media.

NATO = North Atlantic Treaty Obsolescence

NATO defence ministers meet on February 15-16 and we will see and hear the same mantras as during the last 5 or so decades.

I was pleased to comment a bit about it a day before.

Hjort Frederiksens Danmark og Honeckers Østtyskland

Der var en gang sikkerhedspolitik var vigtigt og krævede sagkundskab

Jeg er gammel nok til at huske danske politikere, der have kundskab om forsvar, sikkerhed og fred som f.eks. Lasse Budtz, Kjeld Olesen, Gert Petersen, Bilgrav-Nielsen, Jytte Hilden, Poul Hartling, Anker Jørgensen, Preben Wilhjelm. Nogle af dem skrev bøger om international politik.

Jeg kendte flere af dem, sad i Sikkerheds- og Nedrustningspolitiske Udvalg, SNU, igennem 1980erne hvor der foregik en sober omend ikke revolutionerende debat baseret på kundskaber. Ingen nævnte nogensinde at Danmark burde deltage i krig.

Sådan er det ikke idag.

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Hverken i politikken eller medierne bliver man noget ved musikken på at kunne noget om disse ting. Og det behøves måske heller ikke? Danmark lader sig jo helt underdanigt styre udefra på disse områder.

Forsvarsminister Hjort Frederiksen kan – som man har set for nylig i Clement og i dag på Danmarks Radios hjemmeside – kun gengive hvad hans embedsmænd har fortalt ham at han skal sige. Sådan ser det i alle tilfælde ud.

Og idag gælder det at ministeren deltager i NATOs forsvarsministermøde 15-16. februar.

De ting er bleve sagt ungefär sådan i et halvt århundrede. Og dét i sig selv udgør en slags sikkerhedsrisiko for Danmark. Continue reading

School in an Aleppo factory

The occupiers denied children education. Now they get it.

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TFF’s first four photo series from Aleppo have been seen by 95,000 people so far and been featured in online magazines from Vietnam to California, among them a German site with a million visitors daily.

Above is the fifth story.

It’s about the terrible, systematic destruction of this UNESCO World Heritage site but also about an Aleppo businessman who turned his damaged factory into a school for 1500 children.

It had been damaged by the Free Syrian Army and al-Nushra who looted it and then used it as HQ.

It’s situated in the Sheikh Najjar Industrial City outside Aleppo that – before the militant/terrorist occupation – represented no less than 50% of Syria’s total industrial production.

During two years, these children received no education. Now they do. And hope is slowly coming back.

This photo story ends with some “civilisational questions” by Jan Oberg who also took the photos.

This is the kind of story Western mainstream media don’t bring for reasons one must assume are political.

But TFF does. Because it is a free research think tank.

We focus on the conflict and civil society where media are obsessed with violence and war criminals.

We look at peace opportunities where others spend their energy on blaming one or the other but have no ideas on how to solve underlying conflicts and make peace.

TFF doesn’t work for this or that violent party but for the UN Charter norm of peace by peaceful means. That is, for the innocent, suffering people in Syria – the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945:

Such as these wonderful, innocent children whose story deserves to be told.

I wonder about Aleppo…

By Jan Oberg

I shot this simple video out of the window on December 13, 2016. I wonder about Aleppo and say #keepfocusonaleppo

© Jan Oberg 2016

Here in the Sheikh Najjar Industrial City outside Aleppo lived and worked 40,000 people. It had 50% of Syria’s industrial capacity.

Today – after the occupation by Western-backed militants and terrorist groups – this is what is left.

I wonder why the Syrian government did not destroy this industrial city between 2000 and 2012. We are told that all this destruction is caused only by that side and the dictator kills his own.

I wonder where the terrorists used the weapons and spent the money they got from NATO countries – Turkey in particular – Saudi and Qatar since they did not do any of this destruction here – according to Western media and the White Helmet reporters and a series of humanitarian organisations.

I also wonder where the Western left is? Solidarity with the workers who lived here?

No many among them defend this and want to arm this or that group even more.

The more I study, the more I wonder.

And something doesn’t seem right.

Will Ukraine hold referendum on NATO membership?

Commenting on news that President Poroshenko intends to hold a referendum on NATO membership for Ukraine now he feels sure that a majority of the Ukrainians want that.

However, if you look up the poll from November 2016 you’ll find that it was made by a Ukrainian research institute “on behalf of the US-based International Republican Institute, IRI.”

Read more about IRI on its homepage – and you’ll find that it is highly political and promotes U.S. democracy everywhere and has an international advisory council where, among other, Vitaliy Volodymyrovych Klitschko – the famous Ukrainian boxer and Kiev’s mayor – is a member. He is very close to the President and, for a period, headed the Poroshenko Bloc.

The IRI is financed by, among others, NED – The National Endowment for Democracy – that is believed to be partly financed by CIA and by USAID that is known to promote US interests.

Senator John McCain is chairman of IRI’s board of directors and is seen on this link presenting Speaker Boehner with the IRI Freedom Award for having spoken up against the Russian “aggression” in Ukraine.

One would be surprised if this institute would not help produce an opinion poll that proves that in a few years the pro-NATO attitudes in Ukraine has increased enormously – as reported by The Telegraph.

“”Four years ago, only 16 percent (of the Ukrainian people) favoured Ukraine’s entry into Nato. Now it’s 54 percent,” he (Poroshenko) said. “As president, I am guided by the views of my people, and I will hold a referendum on the issue of Nato membership.”Indeed an impressive growth…

Click on the image to see the interview

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