September 29, 2019 By Jan Oberg Intro Below please find a letter I wrote more than 3 months ago to the Nordic bank, Nordea – present in roughly 20 countries around the world. Since then, I have been waiting for an answer, but none has arrived. I believe it should have been possible for Chairman of the Nordea board, Mr […]
Lund, 17. december 2018 Til udlændings- og integrationsminister Inger Støjberg Jeg ser idag – med bestyrtelse – på DR.dk at De har til hensigt at sende omkring 1000 somalier hjem til Somalia. Underoverskriften lyder: “Ifølge Udlændingestyrelsen er der sikkert nok i Somalia til at rejse tilbage. Så det skal de gøre, siger ministeren.” Jeg kender Somalia, dets kultur og politik, […]
Försvarsminister Peter Hultqvist och ÖB Micael Bydén skriver på DN Debatt om “Risk för desinformation om militärövningen Aurora” Och det är då just vad de själva sysslar med. Inte ett ord om att det krävs två till att konflikta med varandra. Inte ett ord om NATO:s expansion stick i stäv med givna löften till Gorbachev. Inte ett ord om den […]
A 30 min debate about NATO, Ukraine, Crimea, Yugoslavia, Syria the eternal enemy images and the – obsolete – philosophy on which NATO builds. Time for something new, I argue in the debate with former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defence under Reagon, Mr. Lawrence J. Korb who at the time was in command of 70% of Pentagon’s budget. Here in TFF PressInfo # 403 is a little longer text about this debate and there is also a little about my experience and policy vis-a-vis the media.
I’ve felt deeply touched by Johan Grimonprez’ brilliant and frightening documentary “Shadow World” which is based on Andrew Feinstein’s book with the same name. I want to share it with my readers and here is all about the book and the movie. It was shown in November 2016 by Swedish Television with Swedish text but is due to be taken down a couple […]
The West leaves, a multi-polar world comes Jan Øberg – Video lecture – Part 1/3
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.
– voted through the Swedish Parliament on May 25, 2016 with an overwhelming majority One of more comments to come… on LifeTV in Russia.
For instance EU and other Western mainstream media. But we are getting out! The European Union is about to sign an agreement with non-EU Turkey to get rid of a large part of its refugees – by paying around € 6 bn to Turkey. Amnesty International and many others have pointed out – in strong words – that this agreement violates basic provisions of international law and human rights norms. This is the text I wrote on March 16 in TFF PressInfo # 367. As far as I’ve been able to check, no mainstream Western media has made any use of this text, let alone contacted me for comments. Instead it has been circulated widely by social media, spread to the rest of the world by the excellent Human Wrongs Watch, by the largest alternative news agency, International Press Service (also in Spanish) and I had a chance to refer to it on Russia Today (see another post here on my site) with between 600 and 700 million viewers. The leading alternative Counterpunch in the U.S. featured it too. And if you google – “Will the EU become a criminal Union tomorrow – you’ll see it featured also in Equador, in Canada by Global Research, etc. The worldwide PressEnza Hongkong took it. So did the Other News. Information that markets eliminate. The WN – World News Network. There are many others, of course. And more to come, surely. Who is not using such […]
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 perceptions – always pointing as they do to the Russians. As I explain here, this is part of a much larger picture – and it isn’t good. The statement – that is not and has not been backed up by any analysis – ought to be enough for general Brännström to be replaced. But that is something both mainstream media and scholars are too diplomatic to suggest. Had he stated something about Sweden being drawn into a war if it were a NATO member it would certainly have caused quite a media debate and discussions about his qualifications.
Till Morgan Johansson (S) med anledning av dina kommentarer i Dagens Nyheter 28:e januari 2016: Har du och regeringen gått helt i panik, slutat tänka och försöka bedöma vad som kommer att hända framöver?? “Vi måste även få länder att ta emot sina medborgare”, säger migrationsminiser Morgan Johansson. Vilken värld levar han i? Irak, Syrien eller Afghanistan som de flytt från? Hur ska regeringen tillsäkra att de efter ankomsten till hemlandet inte kommer att utsättas för just de övergrepp eller krig som de flytt infrån? Det här förslaget kommer att få mängder av avvisade asylsökande att gå under jorden i Sverige – alltså bara öka det problem man försöker lösa. Hur ska regeringen begränsa kriminaliteten här om den vill komma åt dem som ger avvisade möjlighet att överleva? Även om det är svart och fel kan det vara den enda överlevnadsmöjlighet medan man är under jorden i Sverige. Blir det nästa att det är kriminellt att vara gömmare, Morgan Johansson? Vill du och inrikesminister Ygeman kanske så småningom kriminalisera humanitet? Och vad ska hända med dem som efter 18 månader under jorden enligt Dublinkonventionen har rätt att söka asyl igen i Sverige och få ansökan behandlat? Ska du och inrikesminister Ygeman deportera dem också och bryta ned konventionen helt? Slutligen – du talar här om att “vi måste upprätthålla rättsprincipen” – ska du säga som sitter i en socialdemokratisk regering, som med nya gränskontrollen i praktiken har avskaffat den internationellt stadgade rätt till att söka […]
The UN Charter states clearly: • The equal rights of men and women • The equal rights of nations large and small • The norm to bring about peace by peaceful means The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states clearly: • The norm that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights without distinction of […]
Swedish Admiral Admits ‘Russian Submarine’ Was Actually Civilian Boat” • The Moscow Times One wonders how many Swedes were seduced to believe that this was a Russian thing? And how many million dollars that search cost – and what effect such a “mistaken” photo had in terms of strengthening the Swedish military, increasing the budget and having the Nordic countries gang up to “deter” Russia. Good Lord, pure fearology – but with a purpose. We shall now await an apology from all Swedish media which without the slightest research just reproduced the military information at the time, no questions asked about the basics. This Admiral and his revelation will probably not go out over the whole world but those who see it, I guess, will think: Oh how the Swedish military is making a fool of itself. First such a stupid photo, then 6 months to reveal the blunder! (This story was also reported in Swedish by Dagens Nyheter).
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 co-operation push is to see it as a way to politically provoke Russia to say something that sounds threatening and thereby get more Swedes and Finns to accept NATO membership. It is fundamentally not in any Nordic country’s interest to create more tension and confrontation than there already is due to the Ukraine conflict.
Saudi Arabia recalled envoy to Sweden amid diplomatic row – YouTube video with Iranian PressTV. I comment on the Sweden-Saudi Aabia conflict, points out that it is good that Sweden introduces some ethical consideration but that it lacks a positive vision in Swedish foreign policy. Certainly Saudi Arabia – now the world’s largest arms importer – doesn’t need more weapons. It is wrong to cut dialogue opportunities as Saudi Arabia does – in the modern world, dialogue with respect is the name of the game: I would add that at last, a Western country stands up to Saudi Arabia on human rights. For once we can be a little proud of Sweden’s foreign policy. Germany has also stopped amrs exports to Saudi Arabia. Now, could the other EU countries – recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize – and the U.S. please do the same! Please see this appreciation of Sweden in the US. Ishaan Tharoor in The Washington Post •
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.
Just published by PEN in the US: Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers This 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 reported by writers living in authoritarian or semi-democratic countries. And writers around the world think that mass surveillance has significantly damaged U.S. credibility as a global champion of free expression for the long term.” A personal note: Neither TFF nor I myself will be the slightest intimidated by such surveillance but will continue to do and say what we believe must be done and said.” – Jan Oberg Lund, January 6, 2015
Jan Oberg interview with RT International on rise of islamophobia in Sweden A 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!
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