“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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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.

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Danmark fejlbomber i Syrien – og hvad skal vi så spørge om, tro og lære?

Hvor er den officielle danske beklagelse og undskyldning til ofrene? Det vågne, skadereducerende diplomati lige nu? Er påstanden om at det blot var en fejltagelse den mest bekvemme? Har Pentagon ladet Danmark udføre et beskidt arbejde uden at vore piloter vidste det? Hvor stor er splittelsen i den amerikanske udenrigsadministration og var det måske derfor ikke en fejltagelse? Hvorfor mon vælger forsvarsminister Peter Christensen en så dum forhalingsstrategi og lader som om han ikke ved hvad der er sket? Og i stedet rakker ned på russerne, der fik dette vanvid stoppet med bedre efterretninger? Kun et meget naivt menneske tror på officielle forklaringer fra krigsførende landes regeringer, uanset hvilket. Og hvis det er en fejltagelse hvorfor sker den så – dybest set? Og er der noget at lære af den? Kort sagt, en rigtig møgsag som følge af en møgpolitik. For mediefolk, der ikke bare er mikrofonholdere, turde der være nok at grave i.    På en stille søndag aften kommer den tragiske nyhed at Danmarks F-16 fly har været med at “fejlbombe” i Syrien. Midt under en skrøbelig våbenhvile har den USA-ledte koalition bombet “de forkerte”, nemlig syriske regeringsstyrker istedet for Islamist Stat. er er ifølge forskellige kilder Det hér bør blive en meget meget interessant politisk historie for Danmarks stats-, udenrigs- og forsvarsminister. Gad vide hvilken (medie)strategi man vil vælge for at forklare og forsvare sig? Tekniske spørgsmål Hvorfra får danskerne sine oplysninger og koordinater for bombetogter? Hvor mange efterretninger samler […]

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Gun in hand – less motivated to negotiate

Syrian Rebels in Aleppo Reject UN Peace Effort Perhaps understandable but tragic. When all this began in Syria some of us – a clear minority and without any media interest – suggested an arms embargo on all sides and involvement of the UN. But “Friends of Syria”, hot-headed politicians and media people knew that arming the opposition and never talk with Al-Assad was the only way. We he opposed it were considered ‘naive” and ‘unrealistic’. Today we see the results: Weapons embold people. Such people believe they can win – somebody else paying the price, but do they care? – and say no to each and every mediated solution. And, so, the killing, suffering, and displacement of innocent Syrian citizens – squeezed between the ruthless government and the ruthless rebels – will go on. When will the world norm change and arms traders be put on trial as the war criminals they are – civil as well as governmental arms traders who “weaponize” conflicts so they cannot possibly be solved?

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US warns Russia against Ukraine invasion

☮ ☮ US warns Russia against Ukraine invasion – Al Jazeera English Does the United States want a war? Read this carefully! Samantha Power used to be a researcher one could respect, albeit not always agree with. Now she has turned into a war-monger. Here she has the guts to say that if Russia should deliver humanitarian aid to the suffering people in Eastern Ukraine, it will be considered “an invasion”. This is a completely new principle in the world community invented for the occasion. And Ban Ki Moon supports the idea that the Ukraine government – which is seriously co-responsible for the humanitarian crisis – does fine in terms of humanitaarian aid. If he had been the UN’s man and not the US’ man he would have condemned both parties’ violence. I mean, Kiev is “killing its own” as they said about Khadafi and Al-Assad and others. Does the US want a war over Eastern Ukraine and force Ukraine into NATO – if not, why is this being handled in this exceptionally confrontational and counterproductive – for the West itself – manner? And when will media people begin to ask that and similar question?

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