Category Archives: Media criticism

Intellectual nonsense about Syria

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 morally defensible in this case, even assuming for the sake of argument that President al-Assad is the worst guy on earth.

Why isn’t there – after so many years and so much human suffering and destruction?

We need a very different discourse about Syria – ASAP.




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The future of U.S.-Europe relations

“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

NATO should be dissolved – 8 arguments

This is TFF Live on Facebook – the live broadcast I do now and then because live broadcasts have a much larger dissemination than articles, images, texts and Youtube videos.

You may find more here.

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I argue why I believe NATO belongs to the past and should have been dissolved when the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact dissolved in 1989.

I also say a bit about what we need instead of what I now call the North Atlantic Treaty Outdated.



I feel very strongly about this. So if you like I am very grateful if you also share this post where you can. Thanks.

Lost peace and fake news

By Jan Oberg

Proud to join “Middle East With Naskah Zada” at her program in New York and talking about the reasons that peace has become so ‘unpopular’.

Touching also upon international law, the new Cold War and the increasing U.S. involvement in Syria.

Syria – two perspectives illustrated

“The Debate” of April 16, 2017 on Iran’s PressTV between Richard Millett and myself is important to me.

I think it will be for you too in the sense of clarifying two approaches and positions on Syria.

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Its focus is on the difference in media coverage of the terrible events in Khan Seykhoun and al-Rashideen but there is much more to it.

I’ll keep on struggling for the conflict and peace perspective against the violence perspective that sees black-and-white only and continues the seemingly eternal blame game – and thus legitimates more, rather than less, warfare.

Happy if you care to share and continue the – meta – debate!

The US/NATO confrontation with Russia is dangerous

TFF Live
April 12, 2017

The secretaries of state, Tillerson and Lavrov meet today. We seem to enter a stage of what must appropriately be perceived as a frosty new Cold War.

In the worst of cases this can lead to a new Cuban Missile Crisis. God forbid!

Peace plan for Syria – first steps

A quick comment – expressive of a slight frustration.

It doesn’t even occur to the reporter – the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Beirut – that she is talking about international aggression. Can everybody just use Syria for whatever games they please?

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