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.

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“Shadow World” – on your tax money

I’ve felt deeply touched by Johan Grimonprez’ brilliant and frightening documentary “Shadow World” which is based on Andrew Feinstein’s book with the same name. I want to share it with my readers and here is all about the book and the movie. It was shown in November 2016 by Swedish Television with Swedish text but is due to be taken down a couple […]

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Danmarks krigsdeltagelse i Syrien er landsskadelig

Udsendt til 1600+ modtagere i Danmark og Sverige inklusive 330 mediefolk i Danmark 18. april 2016 Og det er på tide at tage alvorlige ting alvorligt Efter alt at dømme beslutter et flertal i Folketinget sig tirsdag den 19. april for at sende Danmark i krig for 6. gang. Det vil blive endnu en forudsigelig fiasko. Beslutningen bør betegnes som landsskadelig for Danmark selv, idet en sådan indsats med fly og specialstyrker er i klar strid med folkerettens ånd og bogstav og øger risikoen for terror mod Danmark. Det er absurd at beslutte herom netop nu naar der for første gang er en våbenhvile og forhandlinger foregår i Geneve. Forsvarsministeren har udtalt at civile kan dræbes hvis den militære “nødvendighed” tilsiger det – men der findes ikke nogen nødvendighed i at Danmark overhovedet skal føre krig i Syrien – der forresten ikke har truet eller angrebet Danmark eller bedt om vores hjælp. Folkeretten som figenblad for kriminel aktivitet. Nej, Danmark skal kun bombe fordi USA har bedt os om det og fordi vi har cirka den samme udenrigspolitiske selvstændighed i forhold til Washington – His Master’s Voice – som Østtyskland havde til Moskva op til 1989. At være mere loyal med fremmed magt end med den dansk befolknings sikkerhedsbehov er ogsaa landsskadelig virksomhed. • For hver dræbt terrorist dernede vil der stille 5-10 nye, der er parate til at ofre deres liv. Men intet vestligt land er rede til at risikere kamptroppers liv for […]

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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 ikke var det – i […]

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“People Of Islam” – Ny udstilling

► Lite om utställningen & praktisk info Människor och miljön från Islam, som västvärlden ständigt är i konflikt med. Jag gjorde fact-finding i Irak 2002 och 2003 och redan före kriget var människorna hårt drabbade av omänskliga ekonomiska sanktioner. Jag arbetar med fred och foto i Iran varje år sedan 2012. Somaliland besökte jag 2014 (och 1977-81) och Marrakech-bilderna är […]

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Who are the barbarians of our time?

When I watch this documentary, Iraq: Shattered Heritage, I cannot but ask myself: Who are the barbarians of our time? What is the mote and what is the beam in this world? Who tells Russia that “big countries shall not bully smaller countries”? Isn’t it time for the Western world to acknowledge its own dark sides and stop projecting them on everybody else? I am immensely grateful that I have been to the places in this documentary – Baghdad, Babylon, Basra, the border with Kuwait. In 2202 and 2003. I’ve seen the history, human artifacts and beauty, the museums and the documents of Iraq’s culture, central as it was to all the world. Most of it is gone now. Many of my friends dead or disappeared or refugees far away from their beloved land. It breaks my heart to watch what “we” have done. And of course this arrogant, insensitive “we” will never apologise for the harm it has done to Iraq and all the world – like “our” leaders lack the courage to ever apologise for for Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all th rest. When Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western civilisation he answered that it would be a good idea.

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“We Are All Charlie” – but is that story so simple?

Eleven points as a reflection on the terror in Paris and – not the least – the reactions to it*: 1. What was this an attack on? Was that attack an attack on freedom of speech as such, on democracy, even on the whole Western culture and lifestyle, as was maintained throughout? Or was it, more limited, a revenge directed at one weekly magazine for what some perceive as blasphemy? 2. Is freedom of expression practised or curtailed for various reasons? How real is that freedom in the West? Just a couple of days before the Paris massacre PEN in the U.S. published a report – Global Chilling – finding that about 75% of writers report that they are influenced by the NSA listening and abstain from taking up certain subjects or perspectives? Self-censorship, in other words. Finally, most of the political leaders marching in Paris on Sunday January 11 have clamped down on media, such as Turkey and Egypt. I must admit that I have experienced limitations in the practise of that freedom in my work with Western media and it is decades ago I draw the conclusion that things like political correctness, ownership, commercial/market considerations and journalists’ need for good relations with power – e.g. to obtain interviews – play a role. I’ve been on the ground in conflict zones and returning home to see reports so biased to tell very little of what I’ve seen myself. And […]

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Depiction of the Spiral of Violence

Or, rather, of violence against violence + terrorism against terrorism. Among the marchers against terrorism and for freedom of expression we find leaders from France, Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Turkey, Russia, the U.S., Israel, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Bahrein and Ukraine. What do they have in common? A deep belief in violence – violence of various types: 9-10 of them presently fighting […]

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Europe’s 9/11 moment ?

I believe this is going to be an iconic image of something that will be a turning point in Europe and, likely too, the generalised West. Is this the 9/11 moment for Europe? Whether intended or not, the government leaders marching in Paris today will tomorrow begin a special ‘war on terror’ in Europe – clamping down on all of […]

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► ► New TFF PressInfo 281: Instead of bombing IS (Part A)

TFF PressInfo 281: Instead of bombing IS (Part A) – Please SHARE It’s easy to be pro-war. It is easy to be anti-war. But we need alternatives to war! The first of two comprehensive pro-peace analyses containing no less than 27 proposals as alternatives to war. This one contains principles, tomorrow’s Part B offers concrete proposals. YOU can get TFF PressInfos too winging into your inbox by writing to mails@transnational.org

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Fogh Rasmussen efterlader en verden i kaos

Interview med Jens Malling – Publiceret i Arbejderen Efterlader en verden i kaos Anders Fogh Rasmussen træder tilbage som Natos generalsekretær i dag efter fem år på posten. Aggressivitet over for Rusland og hykleri når det gælder Irak har ifølge fredsforsker Jan Øberg kendetegnet hans sidste år i spidsen for organisationen. Et udtryk for Vestens moralske forfald, mener han AF JENS MALLING ”Verden er et mere usikkert sted nu, end da jeg trådte til”. Så klart udtrykte den afgående generalsekretær Anders Fogh Rasmussen sig efter Nato-topmødet i Wales i september, ifølge DR. Med situationen i Mellemøsten fuldstændig ude af kontrol samt en dødsensfarlig og eskalerende konfrontation med Rusland over Ukraine kan udtalelsen virke som fornuftig selverkendelse. Den rækker dog ikke længere end at Fogh Rasmussen i interviewet med det samme bruger de to konflikter som argument for et endnu stærkere Nato. Han dvæler ikke ved, at den organisation han på femte år står i spidsen for – samt enkelte medlemslande – kan siges at have en væsentlig del af ansvaret for den tragiske udvikling i både Ukraine og Irak. Men det mener fredsforsker Jan Øberg at generalsekretæren bør gøre. ”Natos ekspansion i Østeuropa – og særligt den planlagte indlemmelse af Georgien og Ukraine – er den væsentligste årsag til at Rusland omsider viser tænder. I Kreml opfattes Nato-udvidelse som en alvorlig sikkerhedspolitisk trussel. Putin har sagt stop og prøver at sætte sig imod, at organisationen inddæmmer Rusland fra Baltikum til […]

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