NATO outdated – Abolish war

Commenting on NATO S-G Jens Stoltenberg's wish for dialogue with Russia - a bit odd after all the other provocative initiatives he has spearheaded the last good year or so. I felt like saying something more general about this outdated paradigm - and why it is dangerous for us all - referring also to the…

Kunne Danmark også gøre noget godt for verden?

Danmarks stadigt mere triste retning i verdens øjne: • Muhammetegningerne og afvisningen af diplomatisk samtale • Bombninger, krig, besættelse - fra Jugoslavien i 1999 til Irak 2 x, Libyen • Beredvilligheden at bombe Syrien • Medansvar for ISIS gennem besættelsen af Irak • Generel fremmedfjendtlighed - to say the least • Håndtering af terrorangreb, der…

We don’t want walls anywhere

  The UN Charter states clearly: • The equal rights of men and women • The equal rights of nations large and small • The norm to bring about peace by peaceful means The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states clearly: • The norm that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity…

Libya, “migrants” and EU military action

E.U. Seeks U.N. Backing for Military Action to Stop Wave of Migrants Fleeing Horrific Abuse in Libya | Democracy Now! I've been around for a long time but I can still get both surprised and angry when I see things like this and try to connect the dots: 1) NATO bombs the hell out of…

Burundi – Early warning and violence prevention

Burundi is a country with very special characteristics. It's always been in the shadow of Rwanda and relatively neglected by the international community. A very very serious crisis is now unfolding because its president, Pierre Nkurunziza, is willing to risk everything to get elected for a third 5-year time which is very dubious according to…

Behind every refugee stands an arms trader

This sunny Sunday morning, we wake up to yet another human catastrophe in the Mediterranean. The earlier ones have not caught much media attention - imagine if these had been luxury cruise ships with white Europeans and Americans. I listened carefully to the presenter at AlJazeera in this report Hundreds feared dead as boat capsizes…

The UN Yemen mediator resigns – conspicuously

UN Yemen envoy Jamal Benomar resigns amid crisis - Al Jazeera English How conspicuous that Benomar - whom I happen to know a little bit - is choosing this moment to resign. It's only a two days after the UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo on the Houthis but coming out in de facto…

Iran nuclear deal – a road to peace

Jan Oberg commenting on Iranian President Rouhani: "Tehran abides by commitments, if P5 1 fulfills promises" - YouTube/PressTV http://ow.ly/LbX3d In spite of the deal's negative sides, Iran has chosen peace to the benefit of the world. In that perspective it is much more than a nuclear deal, it's - potentially - a road to peace.

UN Peacekeepers to be deployed in Eastern Ukraine? Yes, please!

Deployment of UN peacekeepers should be agreed with both sides of Ukrainian conflict, says Lavrov — RT Russian politics. Ukraine has - wisely - suggested that UN Peacekeepers be stationed in Eastern Ukraine. Russia's foreign minister sounds positive. That is important and good news - the most constructive for a year. To get the UN peacekeepers into…

Like we use Islamism – why not USism

War with Iran is probably our best option - The Washington Post By Joshua Muravchik - one of the extremist neo-cons influencing U.S. foreign policy. Hardly one argument backed up by facts here. The professor advocates a series of violations of international law. He thinks it is fine to kill people and cause regime change.…

From preventing to making peace in Ukraine

Today published a new TFF PressInfo # 314 with the above headline. I hope you'll find it more constructive than most of the other things you may see and that you will hsrae it if you do. Also, you can subscribe to TFF PressInfos and get them by e-mail into your in-box - before they…

And who funded Sen Tom Cotton’s and 46 other Senators’ mean, condescending letter?

Senator Cotton - behind the Letter of 47 - has been promoted by pro-Israeli RJC’s Singer and Adelson • LobeLog Instructive reading for anyone who thinks - because they are manipulated by Western mainstream media - that economic corruption in politics and oligarchs are only found in Russia and China and not in the so-called…

The Saudi Arabia – Sweden row

Saudi Arabia recalled envoy to Sweden amid diplomatic row - YouTube video with Iranian PressTV. I comment on the Sweden-Saudi Aabia conflict, points out that it is good that Sweden introduces some ethical consideration but that it lacks a positive vision in Swedish foreign policy. Certainly Saudi Arabia - now the world's largest arms importer…

The military game between NATO and Russia – it is dangerous and not in our name!

My interview with RT, Russia Today - This military build up is not in our name !! While we speak there is a huge military exercise in Northern Norway - a NATO member, Joint Viking. There is NATO's Atlantic Resolve in the Baltic region (see interesting maps on the link). There are smaller ones in…

TFF PressInfo # 313: Ignore the 47 irresponsible US Republican senators

By Farhang Jahanpour & Jan Oberg, TFF Board members Read the whole text "Ignore the 47 irresponsible US Republican senators - here" Now that Iran cannot trust the U.S. - what must be done to secure a nuclear deal? NATO and EU friends of the US as well as the other negotiating powers must come…

Gun in hand – less motivated to negotiate

Syrian Rebels in Aleppo Reject UN Peace Effort Perhaps understandable but tragic. When all this began in Syria some of us - a clear minority and without any media interest - suggested an arms embargo on all sides and involvement of the UN. But "Friends of Syria", hot-headed politicians and media people knew that arming…

About the nuclear negotiations with Iran

Iran's FM Zarif: "Any deal with P5 1 would cover all issues" I agree with the foreign minister and point out how a-symmetric this conflict is. I believe also that historic mistrust should have been dealt with before technicalitites. Then I ask how on earth it could be better for Israel if there is no…

Olof Palme – murdered today 29 years

Olof Palme - murdered today 29 years ago • Wikipedia A politician who willed a better society, to whom politics was a calling - working for justice, international law, nuclear disarmament, against big countries bullying small countries, a person who made Sweden stand ut. Then. And it was the Palme Commission on Common Security that…

What the War on Terror Has Wrought: More terrorism

What the War on Terror Has Wrought: More Terrorism My text for TFF PressInfo re-prited in CounterPunch - a "popular political sources in America, with a keen following in Washington" (The Observer). I'm proud to be re-printed there! TFF PressInfos are spread all over the place. You can get them by e-mail: write to PressInfo@transnational.org

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