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.
Frank Gehry on his ground-breaking new gallery design Isn’t it just amasing what human creativity and a sense of beauty can create? This is a magnificent new ‘sculptured’ building by Frank Gehry, mostly known perhaps for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Now, imagine that the profession called politician could show us just one man or woman with the same free spirit and mind, just a fraction of such innovative thinking!! And if they have creativity it is in how to fool, deceive, lie, destroy and play games… We need creative politics or, as György Konrad once called iy, anti-politics…
☮ ☮ 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.
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 proposals. YOU can get TFF PressInfos too winging into your inbox by writing to email@example.com
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 […]
☮ ☮ 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!
☮ ☮ 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!
☮ ☮ 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…
► A major event in peace and conflict research & policy studies • Three authors with 130+ man years of experience with Yugoslavia • All their writings, equivalent to 2000 A4 pages, written 1991-2014 ► Not a word changed: for anyone to see whose analyses and predictions stand the test of time • Freely accessible for anyone worldwide instead of […]
Do you know that 6 countries in today’s Europe have 480 nuclear weapons (beyond France) and that Germany is the largest with 150 of them? The are all United States weapons stored here through secret arrangements. This report is written by Hans Kristensen, a Dane who has studied nuclear weapons since the 1980s and is an indisputable world authority. His report is 9 years old. How many people know about this? Why is it not discussed? Why are these weapons obviously not all safe? And in these Ukraine days: How could we imagine what Russia thinks about these nukes? You may jump the technical details in the middle of this analysis but do go to the last parts where the strategic nonsense that NATO builds upon is torn apart. These are the countries that tell Iran not to get nuclear weapons – and let Israel have 200+ ! These 6 states (not including France) have more (American) nuclear power than the entire Chinese arsenal – and we are told that China is an emerging threat too. SHARE this! SEND the link to your media and politicians. Everyone can do something for peace and for public education.
On Hiroshima Day 2014 and Nagasaki Day on the 9th. TFF on the need for nuclear abolition
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 is how I and many other professional peace researchers see […]
☮ ☮ Where Is The Passion for Peace? Yes, indeed – where is that passion? Today those of us who struggle for the UN norm of peace by peaceful means are often treated as dangerous or as pariahs. A brilliant, searching argument by professor Walter G. Moss who reminds us that (Western) statesmen of earlier times had values and faith […]
Israeli bombs kill 100 Gazans in single day – Al Jazeera English Israel’s leaders seem determined to turn Gaza into what one could call a Gaza chamber. While Israel’s leaders believe they destroy the Palestinian state and people, we are also seeing the possible self-destruction of Israel. When everybody – presumably including the U.S./NATO and the EU – have abandoned Israel as a friend and ally, it may either become an extremely dangerous actor or simply fall apart. The only Palestine-Israel that can survive in my view is a democratic state with equal rights for all, not a Jewish state, not a Zionist state. Concluding question: How do we help Israel to recognise the end vision and co-operate on an alternative – becoming one partner in a larger Middle Eastern community?
By Jan Oberg This one has just been published as TFF PressInfo here. I argue that we need to focus on the violence on both sides rather than taking sides among the parties. The article ends with some principles about conflict understand and will be followed-up with some more concrete ideas. I sincerely believe we must try to be constructive, pro-peace and not continue to be stuck in blaming, apportioning guilt and focus only on past and present cruelty – we need, to make peace, to look into the future and what it could be like, acceptable of course to all parties. No, it is not easy – it is much easier to thrwo mud in one or the other direction and vent one’s frustrations. But I am looking for people who’d like to make an honest attempt.
☮ ☮ Mahatma Gandhi On Palestine, Written In 1938 Since my student years, Gandhi has been one of my inspirations, perhaps the basic one. I have studied his theories and action, I’ve been teaching Gandhi and I walked in his footsteps here and there in India in 2001. No less than 76 years ago he gave us a perspective on what happens these very days in Gaza. I thought that bringing it here would be an inspiration to your too. I’m convinced that we must distance ourselves from violence and terrorism on all sides if ever this conflict shall begin to move towards a sustainable solution. Read Gandhi here
Håkan Wiberg was one of my mentors in peace studies and a friend over almost 40 years – and dearly missed today. He was an Associate of TFF from 1985 to his death in 2010. A few of the many to whom Håkan meant a lot have decided to create a blog to preserve the memory of this giant – in more than […]
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 in Swedish. So it was […]
This is how pressure is put on other countries and a rare glimpse by media into processes presumably meant to be semi-official and basically hidden to the public. And of course, it is up to sovereign Sweden to decide what to do – but, however, not joining NATO will have a price. See below the ambassador’s formulation and hint at Ukraine’s situation. The truth is that Sweden doesn’t need to join because it is strategically important enough where it is. Added February 18, 2016: And this is why the host nation support agreement between Sweden and NATO is so important. And should be refused mainly through broad popular debate and democratic pressure on the government. Here is a first a Google translation of the article in Svenska Dagbladet, April 28, 2014 – followed by the original text in Swedish: Monday April 28, 2014, Svenska Dagbladet ”Sweden should join NATO “ If Russia threatens Sweden , we can not count on any help from NATO or the United States. Should Sweden be defended , we should join NATO . In the midst of the Ukraine crisis , the U.S. has given this clear message to all Swedish parliamentary parties . Today there are only a realistic security actor in Europe who can provide you with a guarantee of security, says U.S. Stockholm Ambassador Mark Brzezinski in his arguments for Swedish NATO membership . PHOTOS: Jonas Ekströmer / TT April 27, 2014 […]