Today published a new TFF PressInfo # 314 with the above headline. I hope you’ll find it more constructive than most of the other things you may see and that you will hsrae it if you do. Also, you can subscribe to TFF PressInfos and get them by e-mail into your in-box – before they are posted on the Net – by writing to email@example.com Welcome!
Operation Atlantic Resolve Look at the map on this link with all NATO’s military “events” around Russia, planned from the Baltic Republics to Georgia – exactly what President Clinton started out on in 1993. Aren’t we grateful for the U.S. commitment to security in Europe? NO! This is uniquely stupid if you believe, really believe, that there is no military solution. You do this and you do sanctions but you do nothing for a negotiated solution – except Chancellor Merkel and – perhaps – President Holland who must feel pissed at this US policy. This is what happens when intellectual dwarfs sit inside a box with unlimited weaponry paid for by tax payers. When will these taxpayers wake up and shout: NOT in our name! And where are the free media – free only to tell you what Russia does but not what their own countries do = freedom of deception. If NATO is an alliance of democracies, let’s create a democratic “critical mass” and conduct a revolution for the UN norm of “peace by peaceful means” – because this type of stoneage policies could very well get out of hand and lead to a larger war in Europe.
Over 100 US armored vehicles roll into Latvia, NATO flexes muscles in Europe (VIDEO) — RT News We all know – because it has been said by all Western leaders that there is no military solution to the crisis around Ukraine. So this build-up close to the Russian border must be interpreted as a signal about dearly wishing to start direct talks, build trust, develop mutual co-operation and create stability. No? Since the US/NATO policy is so constructive and benign, it is indeed strange that we have not seen this as a top story anywhere in the Western media…
TFF PressInfo # 310: Terrorism – small dot in a larger picture What is terrorism? Why do we talk much more about that than other types of deaths? Why is the word misused? What has nuclear weapons – that politicians and media hardly ever talk about – got to do with terror? Why should we all be careful not to exaggerate the phenomenon of terror?
On political propaganda, media wars and more Jan Oberg interview with RT International – YouTube On political propaganda, counter-propaganda – the case of Ukraine – and how news have become commodities to be sold on a market and undermining democracy and people’s wish to engage in politics. Freedom of expression and freedom of deception hand in hand…
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TFF PressInfo # 308 The Minsk Agreement and what must be done now… This agreement will either hold or spell the outbreak of major war in Europe. PS You may get TFF PressInfos winging into you mailbox too – just write to email@example.com
What is needed now in Minsk for the process to succeed in the future. Jan Oberg interview with RT International right before the Summit’s start – YouTube
We need the UN in the Ukraine conflict! Has the world dropped it entirely? Jan Oberg, director, Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research – on Soundcloud/RT – http://ow.ly/IU9Wq
Is Ukraine a Proxy Western-Russia War? U.S. Weighs Arming Kiev as Violence Soars | Democracy Now! By Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of New York University If you do not have the time to read long articles, spend 20 min on understanding what has happened, is happening and could now very well happen: War in Europe. Isn’t that worth 20 min of your time? Where would you find those 20 minutes? By cutting your consumption of mainstream media distortions for 20 minutes – at least!
Why Arming Kiev Is a Really, Really Bad Idea By Stephen M. Walt at Harvard University A brilliant theory-based, cohesive series of arguments and a good criticism of the recent report from three U.S. “think” tanks that has nothing to do with independent research. If you read only one a few articles on the issue of arming Ukraine, this should be among them. PS While this blog contains basically my own writings, I also want sometimes to highlight urgently important and excellent stuff for my readers here.
NATO strengthens forces in eastern Europe against Russia risk – Reuters This is indeed worrying and will cause a tough Russian response at some point. However, it is a little less militaristic than I had feared (or the more worrying steps are not made public). NATO talks war preparation while Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande are on diplomatic mission to Kiev and Moscow with a ceasefire or peace plan. This shows that there is no coordination. No timing. Increasing rift inside NATO. And a tremendous lack of vision – both back in history and forward into the future. At a moment when so much is at stake, Western leaders again appear intellectually and politically confused. All because the EU and the U.S. started this crisis with Russia in Ukraine and now don’t know how to back down. How utterly tragic when you think of the fabulous stable, cooperative and prosperous Europe we could have created together after 1989.
Or, rather, of violence against violence + terrorism against terrorism. Among the marchers against terrorism and for freedom of expression we find leaders from France, Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Turkey, Russia, the U.S., Israel, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Bahrein and Ukraine. What do they have in common? A deep belief in violence – violence of various types: 9-10 of them presently fighting […]
OSCE: Kiev, pro-Russians agree in principle on truce in Luhansk Interview with Jan Oberg about ceasefires as such and what it takes to make them hold and become the first step toward a sustainable peace.
Till Svenska Dagbladets utrikesredaktör Jesper Sundén firstname.lastname@example.org Hej Jesper Sundén Du skriver i dag i din artikel under den fantastiska rubriken: att Sovjet är på väg tillbaka”: “Georgien som efter ryskt ingripande 2008 förlorade stora delar av sitt territorium när Sydossetien och Abchazien bröt sig ur landet. Nu drabbar det som bekant Ukraina.” Är det så att du inte vet någonting om denne konflikt och historien bakom eller har du ett syfte med att vilseleda SVD:s läsare? Ryssland behandlas av dig som om det var ensam i världen, den oberoende variabel i ett kausalt förhållande med andra som då tvingas reagera. Tyvärr för denna (själv)bedrägliga teorin har den inget med verkligheten att göra. Skulle du möjligen kunna nämna, i objektivitetens namn, att Rysslands militära utgifter utgör 8-10% av NATO:s? Skulle du kunna ha jämfört antal baser globalt som USA/NATO och Ryssland har? Skulle du kunna ha jämfört med vilka länder Sovjet hade fortfäste i i Afrika och Mellanöstern och var Ryssland har inflytande i dag? Och tror du verkligen själv på den framställning du gör av kärnvapensituationen? Jag har sysslat med säkerhetspolitik i 40 år, är docent och har varit medlare i ett antal internationella konflikter – ja, och skrivit ett antal böcker. Jag har en viss respekt för att dessa frågor är stora och komplicerade. Det vore bra om du hade lite mer respekt för det ämne du skriver så tvärsäkert om. Vänliga hälsningar Jan Öberg PS I april […]
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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.
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
26 years ago on November 9: Fall of the Berlin Wall It was thanks to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell. In my view, one of the greatest statesmen of our times – unfortunately never supported by exploited by a triumphalist, winner-takes-it-all West. Those of us who remember those days and went down to hammer down that Wall can never ever forget! November 1989 was the best opportunity of our times to have created a better world. Short-sighted policies and politicans not reaching Gorbachev to the knees intellectually created the crises that we see today in Ukraine and elsewhere. Europe today could have been such a fabulous place. Tragic. Tragic.
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.