Before Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wallström, gets too excited…

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 . . . had mentioned this exercise somewhere? Just as a matter of information and as an opportunity to understand how Russia may see things from its side? Only Chinese media carry the story. Quick conclusion: Read as many non-Western media you can. Check out things not based on Reuters, AP etc. Use the internet and stop wasting your time with one conflict party’s media only. The truth is always larger than you are told. And read Russia Today – without believing of course that that is also not politically correct. In short, make your own judgements based on broader information.

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► ► TFF PressInfo # 288 – Where it all went wrong and lessons were never learnt

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 and principles introduced for the first time in Yugoslavia from 1991. The PressInfo contains a series of arguments and points you to the TFF blog “Yugoslavia – What Should Have Been Done?” – Jan Oberg

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Ukraine – Conflict Diagnosis and How To Avoid New Cold War

Public Lecture https://www.facebook.com/events/555533467880311/ Where: Orkanen, room D131 When: 16:00 – 18:00 What: Ukraine – A Broader Conflict Diagnosis Towards Peace Instead of a New Cold War with lecturer Jan Öberg UF Malmö welcomes Jan Öberg, Director of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF), to discuss with us the Russia-Ukraine situation, and how it is an example of conflict-creation and confrontation. TFF is an independent think tank, a global network that aims to bring about peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from the grassroots to the corridors of power. In 2013, TFF was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. As always, there will be time for questions and discussion, and fika will be served. The coffee, tea and soda served at UF events is FairTrade, and we will also provide vegan cupcakes from MiaMarias Catering for the first 40 guests! Because politics starts in your coffee cup.

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► ► Bosnia today and Yugoslavia then

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 which can be seen in today’s Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia. You can’t fool all of the people all of the time but you can fool quite a proportion of the people most of the time – but not forever. If there is one thing that should be abundantly clear by now it is this: As brilliant as the West is at fighting wars as lousy it is as a mediator and peacemaker – a major reason it is going down in relation to the rest of the world. By and large that process started in Yugoslavia.

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☮ ☮ TFF PressInfo 283: Nobel’s Peace Prize is not a human rights prize

☮ ☮ TFF PressInfo 283: Nobel’s Peace Prize is not a human rights prize The Nobel Committee again ignores Alfred Nobel’s words and spirit. Just spend 3 minutes and read Nobel’s will. Establish a new committee composed of experts in peace and not retired members of parliament. Peace people around the world have been deprived of their prize and I say so even though I have the highest respect for the two winners. They should, however, have received a human rights prize instead.

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► ► New TFF PressInfo 281: Instead of bombing IS (Part A)

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 proposals. YOU can get TFF PressInfos too winging into your inbox by writing to mails@transnational.org

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Fogh Rasmussen efterlader en verden i kaos

Interview med Jens Malling – Publiceret i Arbejderen Efterlader en verden i kaos Anders Fogh Rasmussen træder tilbage som Natos generalsekretær i dag efter fem år på posten. Aggressivitet over for Rusland og hykleri når det gælder Irak har ifølge fredsforsker Jan Øberg kendetegnet hans sidste år i spidsen for organisationen. Et udtryk for Vestens moralske forfald, mener han AF JENS MALLING ”Verden er et mere usikkert sted nu, end da jeg trådte til”. Så klart udtrykte den afgående generalsekretær Anders Fogh Rasmussen sig efter Nato-topmødet i Wales i september, ifølge DR. Med situationen i Mellemøsten fuldstændig ude af kontrol samt en dødsensfarlig og eskalerende konfrontation med Rusland over Ukraine kan udtalelsen virke som fornuftig selverkendelse. Den rækker dog ikke længere end at Fogh Rasmussen i interviewet med det samme bruger de to konflikter som argument for et endnu stærkere Nato. Han dvæler ikke ved, at den organisation han på femte år står i spidsen for – samt enkelte medlemslande – kan siges at have en væsentlig del af ansvaret for den tragiske udvikling i både Ukraine og Irak. Men det mener fredsforsker Jan Øberg at generalsekretæren bør gøre. ”Natos ekspansion i Østeuropa – og særligt den planlagte indlemmelse af Georgien og Ukraine – er den væsentligste årsag til at Rusland omsider viser tænder. I Kreml opfattes Nato-udvidelse som en alvorlig sikkerhedspolitisk trussel. Putin har sagt stop og prøver at sætte sig imod, at organisationen inddæmmer Rusland fra Baltikum til […]

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☮ ☮ World Peace Day on Sunday! ♫♥

☮ ☮ World Peace Day on Sunday! ♫♥ This is the incredible peace symphony by Beethoven that PLAY FOR RIGHTS performs in the Bern Cathedral, Switzerland, Sunday night with my saying a few words about global ethics and positive peace in between the movements. There are many ways to celebrate peace – just being against wars is not enough. We run on merrymaking and mindfulness Sunday evening. In the big or small way: Please do something for peace too, everyone who reads this!

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Peace Through The Arts • Frieden durch Kunst

☮ ☮ Peace Through The Arts • FRIEDEN DURCH KUNST by “Play For Rights” Celebrating International Day of Peace on Sunday September 21 in the Cathedral of Bern, Switzerland. An event with Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, dancers and myself speaking words of peace interspersed with the music and the dances. Arranged by Elías A. Fóscolo, my former MA student and friend from Argentina and his “Play For Rights”. I’m excited about this event right after the Culture Night in Lund. If you are around, please join in this. We must celebrate peace and light the candles no matter the darkness created by people with too much military and too little moral and intellectual power. Welcome to Peace Night at 19:00 Sunday in Bern!

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Obama’s plan to stop ISIS

☮ ☮ Obama’s plan to stop ISIS – video of speech, about 13 min. This speech is a record low in terms of moral and intellectual analysis: What it boils down to is war – i.e. killing every single ISIS person anywhere. The war on terror has always been about killing terrorists but you can not kill an ism – terrorism. Do something about the causes that compel people to become terrorists. This speech, when implemented, will in all likelihood lead to more terrorism and hatred of the West – I mean what will frustrated Sunnis in Iraq think about Obama? Not a word about international law – but a remarkable sentence that in two weeks Obama himself will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council! What? Can any head of state do that?? Further, not a word about Washington’s long-term vision for a better Middle East – indicative of the absence of any such vision. Finally, the last 2 minutes are the most interesting: A combination of unbearable self-praise, megalomania and denial of the changing U.S. role in the changing world. If this is American leadership at its best – and that’s what the President says – the world as we know it may soon crumble.

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Ukraine: Russia’s military is moving in

Ukraine: Russia’s military is moving in – BBC This is extremely serious. It’s a counterproductive way to react to the US regime change in Kiev, NATO’s military build-up and EU membership conditions. TFF is working to find out what the US/NATO is doing in and with Ukraine. There is at least 7 major parties in the Ukraine conflict formation – complicated! This clear violation of a border will give NATO a pretext for a massive build-up to be decided on September 4-5 in Wales. This is a conflict in which the world should have asked the UN to deploy large numbers of peacekeepers months ago and facilitate de-escalation and a negotiated solution. Putin should have gone that way before this one. Ban ki-Moon – if he wasn’t a spineless puppet of the US – should have taken action as he can according to Article 99 and 100 in the UN Charter. We are living in dark times when none of this is even discussed. And thus the times will get darker.

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Istedet for dansk militær transporthjælp til Irak og kurderne

Som følge af min intensive kritik af Folketingets beslutning den 27. august om at sende et Hercules transportfly til Irak for at hjælpe amerikanerne med at transportere våben og ammunition fik jeg spørgsmålet: Hvad vil du have foretrukket? Og det er da et godt og rimeligt spørgsmål. På 20 minutter skrev jeg det følgende: 1. Omfattende humanitær bistand med indbygget forsoning og utveydig undskyldning til det irakiske folk siden 2007. 2. Danmarks brud med de økonomiske sanktioner længe før andre – da de i praksis blev til et folkemord. 3. Tidlig afstandtagen fra USAs måde at administrere Irak på og spille shiiter ud mod sunnier, nedlægge hæren og baath-partiet. 4. En overgangsordning efter besættelsen med peace-building via det international samfund, specielt FN – hvad der havde været brug for ville være måske den største international fredsbyggende indsats siden 1945. Herunder fredsbevarende styrker fra FN-stater, der ikke har specielle interesser i området. 5. Ingen militær støtte fra vest til alt revl og krat i Syrien bare de var imod Assad. Ingen opdeling i to parter og ingen Syriens Venner. Men istedet en ordentlig tilrettelagt fredsprocess med konsultationer og senere forhandlinger med alle parter i Syrien, specielt civilsamfundet – og ikke de fuldstændigt inkompetente “forhandlinger” i Geneve.

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