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…

Tyrkiet viser, hvordan de vestlige landes verden er i opbrud

22. juli 2016, publiceret i Ræson NATO er en gennemtræt alliance. Og den konfliktfyldte fremtid for den store allierede Tyrkiet øger problemerne både for NATO og EU, når det gælder flygtningene og krigen mod IS. Kommentar af Jan Øberg Kuppet i Tyrkiet er noget af en gåde, en begivenhed fuld af paradokser. Det vil have…

Fearology and militarism – But the real enemy is us

By Jan Oberg Published on July 8, 2016, the day of the NATO Summit in Warsaw. It’s the 5th in the TFF Series “The New Cold War” Russia and NATO have offensive capacities and MIMACs (Military-Industrial-Media-Academic Complex) but NATO’s is a much larger potential threat to Russia than the other way around Why does an…

Much stronger than during the First Cold War: Why is NATO so irrational today?

By Jan Oberg The third article in the TFF series on The New Cold War We are witnessing a remarkable increase in tension between the US/NATO and Russia these years – and it can not only be explained by whatever we choose to think happened in Ukraine and Crimea. We find a totally new effort…

“Peace, Conflict, Democracy”

The West leaves, a multi-polar world comes Jan Øberg - Video lecture - Part 1/3

NATO’s confrontational policy

On June 15, 2016 I participated in a discussion with Mike O'Hanlon from the Brookings Institution on CCTV America - China's international TV station in the U.S. with up to 75 million viewers. The discussion was lead by Anand Naidoo. You can watch it here.

Danskerne vil ikke have nye kampfly!

Politiko.dk fortæller torsdag den 21. april at det står sløjt til med befolkningens støtte til nye kampfly til en anslået indkøbspris på 30 milliarder kroner - eller 5,300 kroner per mand, kvinde og barn i vort land. Opinionsundersøgelsen, foretaget af Wilke for Jyllands-Posten, viser 53% imod, 31% for og 16%, der ikke véd hvad de skal mene.…

Fredsarbetets nödvändighet…

Föredrag på Nordiskt Fredsmöte - 28:e februari 2016

NATO outdated – Abolish war

Commenting on NATO S-G Jens Stoltenberg's wish for dialogue with Russia - a bit odd after all the other provocative initiatives he has spearheaded the last good year or so. I felt like saying something more general about this outdated paradigm - and why it is dangerous for us all - referring also to the…

Sweden soon at war? Yes, perhaps, if in NATO

It was a few days ago when Swedish Army chief, Major-General Anders Brännström stated in a (leaked) internal document that 'Sweden could be at war within a few years.' This is, of course, nothing but 'fearology' and very bad judgement. He may be a great soldier but a victim of his own system's bizarre threat…

Don’t underestimate Donald Trump

Don't underestimate him, count him out or think he is crazy. NBC’s “Meet the Press” half-hour interview with Donald Trump is interesting. He has passion and a very fast mind, he seems to have integrity in the sense that he cannot be bought for money by others and he doesn't mind having standpoints that conservative republicans…

Nye kampfly – irrelevant og dyrt slag i luften

Utilstedeligt at vi endnu ikke har skyggen af en ordentlig, informeret debat om sikkerhedspolitikken og økonomien forud for beslutningen. Årsagen er at der ikke findes nogle for samfundet gode argumenter for dem. Alle partier med undtagelse af Enhedslisten mener at Danmark bør anskaffe nye kampfly - der i bedste fald vil være i funktion om…

Militarism, taxpayer money for war planning and lack of democracy

My deeply concerned wake-up call to YOU! Please share and spread further! NATO's military leader is like a man given a scalpel to perform surgery without ever having opened a book on medicine. Taxpayers pay for getting less and less secure and risking war in Europe. These military elites have no democratic mandate - be…

Hvordan Danmark blev en krigsførende nation

Trykt i tidsskriftet Ræson 4/14 I politisk forstand eksisterer det Danmark jeg voksede op i ikke mere. Det var et land hvor man i rimeligt omfang troede på humanisme, på retfærdighed, ligeberettigelse, velfærdsstat og på at snakke om tingene. Selvom vi var med i NATO så skulle konflikter løses i overensstemmelse med folkeretten og ved…

Hvad skal Danmark med kampfly?

Der findes bedre argumenter imod end for. De officielle argumenter holder i hvert fald ikke. Og i det hele taget handler en informeret debat i et demokrati absolut ikke bare om hvilket kampfly, vi skal have. "Opinionen. Magasinet med tværkulturel kant" har lavet et længere interview om disse ting og om hvad dansk udenrigspolitik også…

Ignoring May 9 in Russia – another Western conflict-management blunder

The Guardian reports that Western top leaders are going to snub the commemoration in Moscow of the 70th Anniversary of the Allied Victory over Hitler Germany - on May 9. That they don't want to attend a huge military parade is quite understandable, neither would I. But remembering the more than 20 million Russians who…

The Nordic defence ministers letter isn’t helpful at all

Stubb and Tuomioja rush to reassure after Russian statement: “Nothing to worry about” | yle.fi To old-fashioned politics, security is still predominantly about weapons, military activities and "signalling". It's not about dialogue, human security and quickly opening up areas of co-operation which could help bring about mutual understanding. One way of interpreting this Nordic defence…

Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa - YouTube The world class pianist barred from playing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra because of her tweets about the Ukraine conflict. As if that had anything to do with her art. Shame on Toronto Phony! With suppression of such art by a Western cultural institution we are all doomed! And where are…

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