Just published by PEN in the US: Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International WritersThis is deeply disturbing: "Concern about surveillance is now nearly as high among writers living in democracies (75%) as among those living in non-democracies (80%).The levels of self-censorship reported by writers living in democratic countries are approaching the levels [...]
Jan Oberg interview with RT International on rise of islamophobia in SwedenA slightly different perspective from what you generally hear again and again: everybody coming to Sweden is a burden.We have to stop this nonsense and stop the Swedish Democrats from getting away with it! http://youtu.be/9tY7qRIBGFk
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Before Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, gets too excited about the Russian Bear: Here is the story of NATO's Iron Sword 2014 exercise! Wouldn't it be great if, say, Svenska Dagbladet, DN, Politiken, Sydsvenskan, DR.dk., SVT.se., Göteborgs-Posten, Jyllands-Posten, Information, BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Guardian . . . [...]
TFF PressInfo # 288 – Where it all went wrong and lessons were never learnt Why the "conflict management" and "peace making" by the West during the dissolution of Yugoslavia was much more important for our time and what happens now than anticipated. Much of the terrible crisis we see today was started by policies [...]
26 years ago on November 9: Fall of the Berlin Wall It was thanks to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell.In my view, one of the greatest statesmen of our times - unfortunately never supported by exploited by a triumphalist, winner-takes-it-all West. Those of us who remember those days and went [...]
TFF PressInfo # 285: What submarine in Sweden? From Swedish defence force to farce - and boulevard press journalism. Who is playing with our security?
Voting has begun in Bosnia in an election dominated by nationalist rhetoric and a stagnant economy. A good 2000 pages by three scholars who were present during the wars in Yugoslavia and did not buy the Western political and media simplifications and blame game. Neither did they buy the Western 'peace' making, the results of [...]
TFF PressInfo 282 Instead of bombing ISIS – Concrete proposals (Part B) Lots of proposals, doable and much more efficient than war. Please SHARE, thanks. The alternative to war is not to do nothing, it is to do something else!
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 [...]
☮ ☮ New TFF PressInfo 277 – After all this, what?Messages to NATO - After Yugoslavia? After the fall of the US Empire? After NATO?And After Violence - the world needs something else…
▶ The Powers Behind The Islamic State - YouTube Nafeez Ahmed, brilliant reliable researcher/journalist gives you, in 21 min, all you basically need to know about ISIS/Islamic State and why it is the result of policies conducted by the U.S., Britain, Qatar, Saudi-Arabia. He offers some common sense proposals on how to stop it. And [...]
☮ ☮ TFF PressInfo: Support Richard Branson’s Ukraine dialogue initiativeBy Jan Oberg"We are drifting towards a new Cold War. The reason isn’t substance because there is no reason we should not be able to live in peace in Europe – if we want and educated ourselves in handling problems.No, the reason is the woefully incompetent way [...]
TFF PressInfo: Cold War warnings 1998 – 2014 TFF predicted much of this 16 years ago. And offered you 46 arguments against NATO's expansion. Now we have Ukraine. Dark dark clouds are gathering over Europe - predictably and for no good reason.
☮ ☮ US warns Russia against Ukraine invasion - Al Jazeera English Does the United States want a war? Read this carefully! Samantha Power used to be a researcher one could respect, albeit not always agree with. Now she has turned into a war-monger. Here she has the guts to say that if Russia should [...]
CNN headline, August 1, 2014 With this headline CNN conveys the idea that peace = when direct violence stops (for a while). This is the classical journalist perspective, not even a minimum definition and makes peace a rest category in between wars and other violence. Deeply unhelpful! A peace professional would call that peace illiteracy. Here [...]
Responsibility for wars and killing A number of Western/NATO politicians – Hillary Clinton foremost among them – and media people have recently introduced a new ethical principle in international affairs: When A delivers weapons to B, A is responsible for what B does with these weapons. The former Secretary of State and perhaps future U.S. [...]
TFF PressInfo, July 21, 2014 By Jan Oberg, TFF director Tragic misuse of a tragedy The government of Ukraine as well as the separatists, NATO/U.S. and very many leading Western mainstream media seem all to know who has caused the tragedy. Putin believes it was caused indirectly by the West. Given the fact that very few, [...]
In early June I was asked by Russia Today - RT - to do a half-hour conversation about militarism and peace. The only questions that were planned in advance were about the changes in Sweden's foreign and security policy over the years which I had writen about in TFF PressInfo - here in English and here [...]
Gad vide hvor mange mislykkede krige vi endnu skal igennem før især politikere og medier opdager det indlysende faktum, at der findes et temmeligt bredt spektrum af handlingsmuligheder mellem at gøre ingenting og at smadre et land når konflikter dukker op? Det spektrum hedder konflikthåndtering og tilhører et fagområde, der undervises i rundt om på [...]