NATO = North Atlantic Treaty Obsolescence

NATO defence ministers meet on February 15-16 and we will see and hear the same mantras as during the last 5 or so decades.

I was pleased to comment a bit about it a day before.

Hjort Frederiksens Danmark og Honeckers Østtyskland

Der var en gang sikkerhedspolitik var vigtigt og krævede sagkundskab

Jeg er gammel nok til at huske danske politikere, der have kundskab om forsvar, sikkerhed og fred som f.eks. Lasse Budtz, Kjeld Olesen, Gert Petersen, Bilgrav-Nielsen, Jytte Hilden, Poul Hartling, Anker Jørgensen, Preben Wilhjelm. Nogle af dem skrev bøger om international politik.

Jeg kendte flere af dem, sad i Sikkerheds- og Nedrustningspolitiske Udvalg, SNU, igennem 1980erne hvor der foregik en sober omend ikke revolutionerende debat baseret på kundskaber. Ingen nævnte nogensinde at Danmark burde deltage i krig.

Sådan er det ikke idag.

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Hverken i politikken eller medierne bliver man noget ved musikken på at kunne noget om disse ting. Og det behøves måske heller ikke? Danmark lader sig jo helt underdanigt styre udefra på disse områder.

Forsvarsminister Hjort Frederiksen kan – som man har set for nylig i Clement og i dag på Danmarks Radios hjemmeside – kun gengive hvad hans embedsmænd har fortalt ham at han skal sige. Sådan ser det i alle tilfælde ud.

Og idag gælder det at ministeren deltager i NATOs forsvarsministermøde 15-16. februar.

De ting er bleve sagt ungefär sådan i et halvt århundrede. Og dét i sig selv udgør en slags sikkerhedsrisiko for Danmark. Continue reading

School in an Aleppo factory

The occupiers denied children education. Now they get it.

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TFF’s first four photo series from Aleppo have been seen by 95,000 people so far and been featured in online magazines from Vietnam to California, among them a German site with a million visitors daily.

Above is the fifth story.

It’s about the terrible, systematic destruction of this UNESCO World Heritage site but also about an Aleppo businessman who turned his damaged factory into a school for 1500 children.

It had been damaged by the Free Syrian Army and al-Nushra who looted it and then used it as HQ.

It’s situated in the Sheikh Najjar Industrial City outside Aleppo that – before the militant/terrorist occupation – represented no less than 50% of Syria’s total industrial production.

During two years, these children received no education. Now they do. And hope is slowly coming back.

This photo story ends with some “civilisational questions” by Jan Oberg who also took the photos.

This is the kind of story Western mainstream media don’t bring for reasons one must assume are political.

But TFF does. Because it is a free research think tank.

We focus on the conflict and civil society where media are obsessed with violence and war criminals.

We look at peace opportunities where others spend their energy on blaming one or the other but have no ideas on how to solve underlying conflicts and make peace.

TFF doesn’t work for this or that violent party but for the UN Charter norm of peace by peaceful means. That is, for the innocent, suffering people in Syria – the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945:

Such as these wonderful, innocent children whose story deserves to be told.

I wonder about Aleppo…

By Jan Oberg

I shot this simple video out of the window on December 13, 2016. I wonder about Aleppo and say #keepfocusonaleppo

© Jan Oberg 2016

Here in the Sheikh Najjar Industrial City outside Aleppo lived and worked 40,000 people. It had 50% of Syria’s industrial capacity.

Today – after the occupation by Western-backed militants and terrorist groups – this is what is left.

I wonder why the Syrian government did not destroy this industrial city between 2000 and 2012. We are told that all this destruction is caused only by that side and the dictator kills his own.

I wonder where the terrorists used the weapons and spent the money they got from NATO countries – Turkey in particular – Saudi and Qatar since they did not do any of this destruction here – according to Western media and the White Helmet reporters and a series of humanitarian organisations.

I also wonder where the Western left is? Solidarity with the workers who lived here?

No many among them defend this and want to arm this or that group even more.

The more I study, the more I wonder.

And something doesn’t seem right.

Will Ukraine hold referendum on NATO membership?

Commenting on news that President Poroshenko intends to hold a referendum on NATO membership for Ukraine now he feels sure that a majority of the Ukrainians want that.

However, if you look up the poll from November 2016 you’ll find that it was made by a Ukrainian research institute “on behalf of the US-based International Republican Institute, IRI.”

Read more about IRI on its homepage – and you’ll find that it is highly political and promotes U.S. democracy everywhere and has an international advisory council where, among other, Vitaliy Volodymyrovych Klitschko – the famous Ukrainian boxer and Kiev’s mayor – is a member. He is very close to the President and, for a period, headed the Poroshenko Bloc.

The IRI is financed by, among others, NED – The National Endowment for Democracy – that is believed to be partly financed by CIA and by USAID that is known to promote US interests.

Senator John McCain is chairman of IRI’s board of directors and is seen on this link presenting Speaker Boehner with the IRI Freedom Award for having spoken up against the Russian “aggression” in Ukraine.

One would be surprised if this institute would not help produce an opinion poll that proves that in a few years the pro-NATO attitudes in Ukraine has increased enormously – as reported by The Telegraph.

“”Four years ago, only 16 percent (of the Ukrainian people) favoured Ukraine’s entry into Nato. Now it’s 54 percent,” he (Poroshenko) said. “As president, I am guided by the views of my people, and I will hold a referendum on the issue of Nato membership.”Indeed an impressive growth…

Click on the image to see the interview

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On Trump endorsing torture

Human rights is not my field but we have to speak up against Trump’s personal endorsement of it. This is nothing new, the US has used it all the time.

But isn’t it tragic that almost 70 years after torture was prohibited in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we see 141 countries still using torture – according to Amnesty International.

Here my short comment on Iran’s PressTV

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DRs og FEs trusselsbillede

Vejledning og forbehold

Denne artikel tager udgangspunkt i to artikler på Danmarks Radios hjemmeside dr.dk. De er spontant valgte og naturligvis er der andre artikler, der er udtryk for mere vellykket nyhedsjournalistik.

Alligevel føler jeg som daglig læser af public service-mediet at de er nok så repræsentative for det, der produceres vedrørende den påståede russiske trussel – herunder stærkt selektiv udvælgelse af materialer og ekspertise, indforstået militær-civil elitetænkning, meget begrænset research og en påfaldende mængde af udeladelser af relevant information, der måtte være nødvendig for alsidig folkeoplysning og lødig opinionsdannelse.

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Den, der vil læse nedenstående som omhandlende kun disse to artikler og vil se dem som “smuttere,” er lige så velkomne at gøre dét som dem, der anser at der er tale om eksempler på symptomer på en subjektivt meningsdannende journalistik, som er nok så bekymringsvækkende for såvel folkeoplysning som opinionsdannelse.

For vi vil jo ikke have at fake-believe begynder at erstatte nyhedsjournalistikken.

Den nye russiske cyber trussel

EU tager kampen op mod Ruslands falske nyheder – fortæller DR online i en artikel forfattet af Maya Nissen. Der lægges til at “Russisk indblanding kan komme til at skabe yderligere ustabilitet i Europa – og det er netop formålet, fortæller DR’s EU-korrespondent.”

Indledningsvis kan man lige notere at Continue reading