March 20, 2020 It should be obvious that China and it’s 1400 million people have managed this grave challenge in a way that should make every thinking human curious. However a large segment of the Western politicians – Trump in particular – and media have shown no particular curiosity whereas much has been presented about authoritarian methods, repressing truthtellers in […]
3. marts 2020 Tak til Arbejderen og Anders Fenger for at man fokuserer på og støtter at folkeretten og FN-Pagten – der trædes under fode af alle regeringer, hotheads og ukyndige – er vigtig. Det er fortvivlende få medier, der har denne holdning. FN-Pagten er det mest gandhianske dokument menneskeheden har. Uden folkeretten, FN og Pagten er det slut med […]
January 13, 2020 European allies of the U-S have turned down a request by the American President to leave the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the JCPOA. France says it remains committed to the Iran deal, and will continue to work with other parties. Britain has pledged to remain committed too. Prime Minister Boris Johnson reaffirmed London’s support, in a […]
18. oktober 2019 Jeg tænkte at du sikkert er interesseret i fred og international spørgsmål. Hvis jeg har ret, hvorfor så ikke abonnere på det – gratis – nyhedsbrev fra en af verdens få tilbageværende helt-helt uafhængige tænketanke for FN-målet om at “freds skal skabes med fredelige midler”. Det er let at læse og æstetisk gennemtænkt. Se det hér. Og […]
September 3, 2019 Its all so easy…so very easy… perhaps so easy that only criminals get it? And get away with it? About rape at different levels – and how we relate to them Kurds violently carve out their own state on sovereign Syria’s territory. Turkey hates Kurds and is itself a main destroyer of Syria (Aleppo in particular) and […]
16. juli 2019 Arbejderen er tilsyneladende den eneste danske avis, der er interesseret i “andre” synspunkter på denne konflikt end de gængse mainstream, styret af amerikanske interesser og nyhedsbureauer. Det er jeg selvsagt taknemmelig for. Hér kan du læse hvordan jeg ser på hele historien og bedømmer risikoen for at en krig bryder ud – uanset hvad der måtte være […]
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO, celebrated its 70th Anniversary on April 4, 2019. Some of us don’t see anything worth celebrating about an incredibly expensive, dangerous and harmful alliance which should have been closed down exactly 30 years ago. Why 30 years ago? Because in 1989, the First Cold War in the Western sphere – Europe – between the […]
And why I am switching balances from the most noble and important – but momentarily meaningless – job to something more rewarding… February 1, 2019 Just yesterday, I posted this extremely important and modest appeal – the Basel Appeal – on our foundation’s homepage, The Transnational, here. It was disseminated to social media, among others, my FB profile, TFF’s and […]
31. december 2018 Præsident Trump har hér i de sidste uger af 2018 sendt nogle signaler om en fredeligere verden. Og han kom til det Hvide Hus med den helt fornuftige idé om at få et bedre forhold til Rusland. Han har sagt at han synes at de militære udgifter er alt alt for høje og at han vil […]
That’s what New York Times told us on August 6, 2018, here. How sad for a West that no longer believes in its own core values but goes increasingly authoritarian. In the name of the common good, we get the common bad. 1. What a weak, nervous and insecure society it is that cannot tolerate but has to censor […]
Why is the UN still so important – in spite of having had its Charter violated repeatedly during the last 25 years? Why should we not – cynically – side with the cynical and powerful countries that want to undermine and marginalise the world’s finest organisation with the most Gandhian-like document ever signed by governments? What is the real UN and what does its Charter really say? Here I try to cover some of the answers in this 6 min video produced as Facebook Live on October 24, 2017.
Here is the background article. Funnily, or perhaps not so strange, there is some denial of this story too. Perhaps it wasn’t intended that it should end up in the public domain? And here my comments to this ill-considered escalation.
With his speech today – half an hour ago – U.S. President Trump has taken a huge step into uncharted territories. (Here on video). One that implies a 60-75% risk of leading to a US attack on Iran. Behind him stands the hardline militarists whom he has himself appointed. Secondly, neo-conservative individuals and think tanks who have brought the world only a series of failed wars and unspeakable human misery since the invasion of Afghanistan. Third, the Military-Industrial-Media-Academic Complex, MIMAC, that is outside real democratic control and pushes relentlessly for ever-increasing armament and wars and serves the public all kinds of weird, fake images of what threatens the US. Further, pro-Israeli and pro-Saudi lobby organisations and extremely wealthy individuals who buy political influence and thereby destroy the very foundations of democracy and free opinion formation. • Against these numerically tiny elites stand virtually the rest of the world, including NATO allies and the EU.
Commenting on the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN
Jan Oberg comments on NATO and the need for a much larger citizens-taxpayers movement against militarism since, for almost 70 years since 1949, NATO has failed miserably in creating the peace it says it aims at. In addition it is systematically violating its Treaty.
By Jan Oberg Lund, Sweden – Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2017 Welcome to the Nuclear Denial Party!! Since marketing, omitted and fake news have – to a worrying extent – replaced knowledge and ethics, why not celebrate that the media have omitted every mention of Hiroshima Day today?
Does the U.S. have anything constructive and benign to offer the world anymore? In this comment on PressTV I list a series of arguments against these new sanctions which were passed by the US Senate two days later.
I read dozens of articles every day about various conflict zones, commentaries, war reports and – the few times it happens – possibilities of peace. I read about Syria in particular as I have since I visited Damascus and Aleppo in December 2016. It’s important that one does not, over time, develop the disease called “psychic numbing” – an excellent […]
There should be a lower intellectual level to the statements by a US Secretary of Defence. There should be a debunking of the unethical behaviour that repeatedly state that there is only a political solution to Syria and continue to use only violence. There should be a discussion about international law here. There should be a discussion of what is […]
“The Debate” with Jim Walsh, MIT and Jan Oberg, TFF Lund, Sweden – May 30, 2017 Last night “The Debate” on PressTV was devoted to the future of European-US relations in the wake of the NATO Summit, President Trump’s words and omissions and the – historic – words, in particular, of Chancellor Angela Merkel immediately after. Undoubtedly, we are at a turning point in these relations in general and for the NATO alliance in particular. To discuss these issues – past, present and future perspectives – were Jim Walsh, senior research associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program, Massachusetts, and Jan Oberg, director of TFF, Lund. Thanks to PressTV’s excellently structured program and interviewer we touched upon a series of aspects and dimensions around which we found both agreements and slight disagreements – all in a sober tone fit for public education and personal reflection. We hope this debate will stimulate your own thoughts about the future of war, security and peace. We’d be grateful for your sharing it to media people, students and other academics as well as to decision-makers in the field that you may know. See it here – The Debate