Category Archives: ISIS

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

Faces of Aleppo

Fourth photo story from Aleppo: “Faces of Aleppo. Just out of 4,5 years of occupation hell”

January 25, 2017

Unique photos from Eastern Aleppo in Syria when it was finally liberated on December 11-12, 2016.

The people you see here have just come out to freedom from 4,5 years of the occupation by what can be called RIOTs – Rebels-Insurgents-Opposition-Terrorists – mostly the latter.

And most of them with some kind of support by NATO countries.

Western media, politics and humanitarian organisations focus on the victims from Eastern Aleppo who left to RIOT territories elsewhere, such as Idlib, after the liberation – family members and supporters of the occupiers.

That’s not the whole truth about Aleppo.

They conveniently ignore the thousands of other Aleppians: Those who were happy beyond words to see all of Aleppo back under the control of the Syrian government.

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Man from Eastern Aleppo in the Jibrin Reception Center – relieved, smoking and getting a little food. In freedom © Jan Oberg 2016 

These are the people in this photo story. They are among the 13 million Syrians who, according to the UN in Syria, are in need of humanitarian assistance – thanks to U.S. – non-UN – sanctions since 1979 and thanks to the war since 2011.

They too need and deserve the world’s attention and help.All of them and not just the politically chosen few.

Until the immense historical significance of the liberation of Aleppo is understood much better by many more and the biased Western media coverage has changed we will continue to highlight important but hidden dimensions of the conflicts in Syria.

Because peace will be impossible within the present dominant Western narrative and discourse.

And given the incomprehensible suffering of the Syrian people and the destruction of their society since 2011 possibilities for peace – rather than war – should occupy anyone with a human heart.

If you agree, please use the hashtag: #keepfocusonaleppo

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If we do not care about the single individual, can we care about humanity?

My other stories have had quite a lot of texts. You may check them out to get the background and situation.

Here I just want you to see and reflect on how the Allepians I met expressed happiness, despair, hope, kindness but also anger at one and the same time. Pictures can say much more than words, particularly when we contemplate mindfully on what there is to see in every and each face of these victims of what is often called high politics – which often implies low morality.

So, please don’t rush. See and empathize.

© Jan Oberg 2017. Under no circumstance may the photos in this series be reprinted, reproduced or otherwise used without my prior consent.

 

Humans in liberated Aleppo

Have just published the second of a series of photo stories from Syria – “Humans in liberated Aleppo”.

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Boy in Eastern Aleppo demonstrating to me, as a visitor there during the days of the liberation, that he sees this as a liberation, as a victory – I hope he will soon see a beautiful re-built Aleppo – full of energy. He indeed deserves that after four years of living in what many described as hell.

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And here is a little background to this photo story:

Unique photos with text from Eastern Aleppo’s liberation, December 11-12, 2016.

Of some of the roughly 100,000 who were finally liberated, of the real humanitarians, the transport between East and Western Aleppo – and of the military, the children, street scenes, a bread queue and the devastation of this once so beautiful, bustling city.

Photos of heart-breaking suffering and sorrow in children’s eyes but also of smiles and hope.

Photos of the fellow human beings who did not fit the general Western political and media narrative since 2011 and therefore got no attention:

– the civilians who suffered for four years from the brutal occupation under Western- and allies-backed terror groups and from the Syrian-Russian military’s defence and liberation of the city.

This is my story.

The photos are genuine, not constructed by a marketing corporation.

This story is about our handling of Syria and its people – yes the lives of 23 million people should be central.

What you see here is the consequences of arms trade, sanctions and ignorant divisions of terribly complex societies into two groups – the good and the evil.

And it is a story about Western de facto support to terrorm since the US started history’s most counterproductive war: the war on terror that has only increased the problem 80 times.

We hate terrorists when they hit us in Europe – understandably.

But we support terrorists when they fight those “we” just don’t like.

Here are some of those – innocent fellow human beings – who pay the price of that cruel way of thinking.

I’m afraid the West has lost it. Are you?

 

Udefinerede menneskelig fejl da danske F-16 var med til at dræbe snesevis af syriske soldater. Ikke andet?

Den 29. november fortæller Danmarks Radio på sin hjemmeside at det var et antal sammenfaldende og beklagelige menneskelige fejl, der forårsagede at danske F-16 fly i september var medvirkende til at dræbe mellem 60 og 80 syriske soldater – eller “mindst 15” som den amerikanske rapport herom angiveligt udtrykker det – og såre over 100.

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Hvilke menneskelige fejl? Hvor? I Danmark, USA eller hvor? 

Hvorfor “mindst 15” dræbte når alle kilder angiver højere tal? Eller hvorfor ikke “mindst 1”? 

Hvorfor i en periode med våbenhvile?

Hvem bærer det endelige ansvar i Danmark og i USA?

Har man bedt nogen om undskyldning for drabet på så mange?

Véd russerne virkeligt bedre end amerikanerne hvor amerikanerne bomber?

Denne pressekonference forekommer mig at være en klokkeren snakken-udenom.

Danmarks Radios – og Ritzau – gengiver kun de officielle forklaringer fra dansk og amerikansk forsvar, der altså har forårsaget disse omfattende drabstal.

Ingen research. Ingen placering af begivenheden i den militærtaktiske og strategiske ramme dér og da. Ingen spørgsmål af den type jeg stiller ovenfor. Ingen reference til kilder, der mener noget andet – af hvilke der er nok så mange på nettet.

Ingen tvivl – det var bare sådan et lille uheld som vi skam beklager. Tænk hvilken dækning man havde givet det hvis så mange danske soldater et eller andet sted var blevet pløkket af Ruslands flyvevåben og russernes forsvarsmyndigheder meddelte at det bare var sådan et hændeligt uheld på grund af beklagelige menneskelige fejl.

De gjorde det jo “i god tro”.

DR igen som talerør for den officielt markedsførte fortælling.

Der efterlader en ubehagelig mistanke: Var det måske alligevel ikke en fejltagelse?

Vi Ses Hos Clement og på Russia Today

Om min policy vedrørende deltagelse i medier

I forbindelse med en debat på “Vi Ses Hos Clement” på Facebook blev jeg inddraget og på et tidspunkt spurgt af Clement-redaktionen – da jeg erkendte at jeg “optræder” af og til på Russia Today:

  • Vi ses hos Clement: “Tak for din kommentar, Jan Oberg. Har du, i forbindelse med dine optrædender på RT, undersøgt hvordan stationen er finansieret?

Hele miséren havde at gøre med et – i mine øjne – komplet horribelt udsagn fra journalist og forfatter Jakob Sheik, der blev interviewet af Clement Kjersgaard.  Han siger blandt andet:

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“Bashar al-Assad er i gang med systematisk at udrense sit eget folk, og det har vi dokumentation for. Alligevel er medierne berøringsangste.”

Og “Vi bliver for forhippede på at høre begge sider af en sag.”

Han mener at det ikke er mediernes opgave at lytte til og rapportere begge eller alle sider i konflikten men at skære igennem, holde sig til “fakta” og han virker fortørnet over at al-Assad er blevet citeret i danske medier.

Se uddraget hér. Jeg har ikke set hele udsendelsen; det handler kun om denne korte sekvens som altså også giver anledning til megen debat på Facebook.

Her er så mit svar på redaktionens spørgsmål. Continue reading

“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 of month later.

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It will help you understand US foreign policy, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and all the rest in 90 minutes.

You may of course choose to put your head in the sand and avoid it thinking of such things.

But it’s this criminal system that will shape our – your! – future and end freedom, democracy, development, international law, security and peace as we have come to know it…

  • that is, if you don’t join hands with millions around the word and do something about it.

And all you probably do about it at the moment is to enable it to be even more destructive.

Because it is all based on your tax money.

 

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.