Peace illiteracy

And why I am switching balances from the most noble and important – but momentarily meaningless – job to something more rewarding… February 1, 2019 Just yesterday, I posted this extremely important and modest appeal – the Basel Appeal – on our foundation’s homepage, The Transnational, here. It was disseminated to social media, among others, my FB profile, TFF’s and […]

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“Vittnesrapport från Aleppo, en annorlunda konfliktanalys och vägar till fred i Syrien”

Videoinspelning av Jan Öbergs föredrag i Stockholm februari 2017 Inspelningen är uppdelad i två delar: Del 1: Vittnesrapport från Aleppo 60 min. Del 2: Debatt och vägar till fred i Syrien 45 min. Bakgrund 10-14:e december 2016 vistades Jan Öberg i Aleppo. Med sin unika erfarenhet från staden ifrågasätter han den gängse massmediarapporteringen, argumenterar för ett nytt sätt att se […]

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Olof Palme – murdered today 29 years

Olof Palme – murdered today 29 years ago • Wikipedia A politician who willed a better society, to whom politics was a calling – working for justice, international law, nuclear disarmament, against big countries bullying small countries, a person who made Sweden stand ut. Then. And it was the Palme Commission on Common Security that broke the ice towards the end of the Cold War with the idea that we can only be sure together with the other side, not against the other side. That was 1982. As relevant today as then – think Ukraine! I met him twice – the first time to criticise him for Swedish arms exports. The second for an hour-long lunch in which he constantly asked me questions about peace, nonviolence, peace research and alternative defence – and I did not get a chance to ask him a single of all the questions I had prepared… A rare combination of intellectualism and curiosity, vision and passion, self-confidence and humility – so sadly missed in today’s political world.

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P1 Debat gør det igen

P1 Debat: Hvad nytter krigen (den gør altså nytte) – gør det igen – som om det var en oprigtig holdning til fred – og spørger om krigen kan være en vej til fred. Her sidder så en soldat og en war studies professor på den en side og Lene Junker på den anden side, der skal forklare freden. Disse programmer – som heldagsprogrammet for nyligt, som Debatten, Deadline etc – handler aldrig om fred, de handler udelukkende om krigen. Og ikke ét ord om Vestverdens historie i konfliktområderne eller bare et forsøg på at forstå hvor nogen kan have problemer med Sten Rynnings “liberale” verdensorden. Lene gør det lavmælt og sagligt trods den utaknemmelig opgave. Men hold da op hvor har vi langt igen når et seriøst program som dette ikke kan komme på bedre spørgsmål og vinkler. Hvornår får vi skabt en debat på Facebook og andre sociale midler og som samfundsborgere lave en kampanje for alternativer og påvirke medierne til ikke altid at tage udgangspunkt i krigen – for eller imod. For hver gang er det eneste vi ikke kommer frem til jo freden og dens muligheder. PS Og så gider jeg ikke engang kommentere Sten Rynnings ufrivilligt komiske og uvidenhedsbaserede påstand at krigsstudier er videnskab mens fredsforskning (med reference til mig) er politik. Men naturligvis ønsker P1 Debat ikke lade mig deltage i en sådan diskussion. Og dét er politik.

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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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☮ ☮ 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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