Category Archives: Kulturspørgsmål bredt

As we move into the new year – 2017

The old years went – in as little a time as it takes to turn around and see who is tapping you on your shoulder. And it is the new, the next year.

I hope it will pass too – in as little time as it takes for me to turn my head and look forward again – because the face of 2017 doesn’t look good or kind to me.

Neither do the next ten or so years.

Beyond that the world will become a better place. If, that is, if we survive and don’t destroy it all.

It is actually already becoming a better place!

The thing that has too pass – or pass away – is the United States Empire.

In a few years it will go the way Rome and all the rest plus the Ottoman, British and Soviet empires did. No empire lasts forever.

But before we go for it – a video from Beirut, December 2016:

 

Some indicators of Empire dissolution

The indicators, the cracks, in the Empire are there for all to see – the Americans and other Westernes will be the last and remain in denial for some time until the discrepancy between the self-image and the reality, the self-delusion, has grown too big. Like East Germany or Russia at in the early 1980s.

The rest of the world, the non-West sees some of these cracks quite clearly: Continue reading

Facebook’s grotesque nudity censorship policy

Open Letter

Lund, Sweden, July 1, 2016

Dear Facebook friends

Yes, I consider this blocking of me – because of posting an image of nudity – for one day unreasonable.

Here is why:

The image of a naked young woman in water was taken from the Danish daily newspaper, Politiken – one of Denmark’s most respected newspapers.

This image was generated automatically by Facebook when I posted the link to the article on my profile page – i.e. not something I did deliberately or to provoke.

Secondly, the image is created by a Swedish professional and respected artistic photographer, Matilde Grafstrom – and is part of a project “Nude In The Public Space”.

The article is about an exhibition of these her works at the main square in Copenhagen – for anyone from anywhere in the world to see.

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I am myself a PhD in sociology and have specialised during 40+ years in international peace-making and peace research. Have worked or visited some 60 countries on all continents. I am also an art collector and art photographer who has taken many photos of women, young and old – portraits and bodies.

I tell you this because I am not insensitive to the respect we must all show for each other’s cultures and sensitive ethical issues if and when we want to live and work together on this earth. Continue reading

We don’t want walls anywhere

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Wall # 1 – © Jan Oberg 2015

 

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 and rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
• That everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

So why do our governments spend close to US$ 2000 billion per year on arms?

Why do we have to witness all these wars, most of them interventionist NATO/Western  wars in the Middle East?

Why has violence forced 60 million people, the equivalent of Italy’s population, from their homes, their number growing rapidly?

Why do governments send asylum seekers back to life-threatening risks? Why does Sweden violate the Dublin Convention to get rid of asylum-seekers?

Because our governments don’t give a damn about international law and its foundation in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This is what we must say: We don’t want walls anywhere. Period!

No, we don’t want new walls in Europe or anywhere else.

We want no wall between Denmark and Sweden either.

We want less war and thus less violence. We want more globally mixed communities by people coming to other countries, not as refugees but as fellow global citizens. We want unity in diversity and not unity in conformity.

Walls is violence. Walls is discrimination – by those who build them. Walls are violations of law and humanity’s needs and rights.

It’s a simple as that.

Tear down your inner and outer walls! Do it fast – before nationalism, greed, racism and more wars become mainstream, feeding upon each other – and destroying our civilisation.

 

 

Hvordan skal vi reagere på voldelige angreb i Danmark?

Der er nok så meget “at komme efter” i det officielle Danmarks måde at møde politisk vold på.
Det skriver jeg om hér i Ræson. Der er gået en rum tid og den værste hysteri har lagt sig; det skulle kunne fremme en mere relevant og ærlig diskussion end den, der handler om at Danmark var offer og scene for et angreb på hele den vestlige kultur.
Jeg har for nylig skrevet om terrorismen og hvorfor den let overdrives og der er andre artikler og debatter fra sociale medier om den danske reaktion på drabene på medarbejderne på Charlie Hebdo og i de to mord i København – blandt andet hér og hér.

PS: Jeg er taknemmelig for enhver spredning hér og uden for Wordpress-verden.

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.

Klogt sagt mod ytringsfrihedsfundamentalismen!

Med undtagelse af den altfor brede pensel hvormed der i interviewet tales om “araberne” og “den arabiske kultur” så siger jeg bare: Tak, Herbert!

Det er så vigtigt at nogen tør sige at det også handler om Vestens hærgen i Mellemøsten og at vi må se fremad og diskutere hvordan vi får styr på fremtidens meget meget mere blandede samfund.

Det er egentlig utroligt at det er unge mediefolk, der – 1/3 så gammel som Pundik og uden en brøkdel af hans internationale erfaring – skal fremføre den tåbelige ytringsfrihedsfundamentalisme, der er konfliktforøgende som ind i helvede.

Det er præcis hvad han siger til sidst: Vores egocentriske holdning til omverdenen.

If one could say so I would: “I’m Pope!”

After Paris attacks, Pope Francis speaks out against insulting religions:

“You can’t kill in the name of a religion. That is an aberration.” And “You can’t provoke, you can’t insult the faith of others, you can’t make fun of faith.”

Pope Francis gestures as he answers questions from a journalist during the flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Manila in the Philippines January 15, 2015. CREDIT: REUTERS/ STEFANO RELLANDINI

Pope Francis gestures as he answers questions from a journalist during the flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Manila in the Philippines January 15, 2015.
CREDIT: REUTERS/ STEFANO RELLANDINI

Thank God there is such a wise Pope! If it couldn’t be misunderstood I would say “I’m Pope”!

Remember also Gandhi: “There can be no rights without duties.”

May all the Freedom of Expression Fundamentalists (FEFs) take heed before this spirals all of us down in hell !