The “Abstract Real” video

This video offers glimpses of the works I exhibited in my studio in 2016 – an exploration of abstract photography: What is real? What is abstract? And how do the two mix…blur? All the works started out with a photography and successively changed in the process to become “abstract”. I find that fascinating since photography has almost always been about taking pictures of what is, i.e. documentary. (Of course with the exception of those few who experimented with “photograms” à la Moholy-Nagy and other techniques that departed from the urge to present a documentation of a recognizable reality). Observe please the inspiration from Iranian aesthetics, including classical geometric patterns and calligraphy, and enjoy the music I’ve chosen by Iranian composer Fariborz Lachini too. I’ve written about the background of this exploration at Oberg PhotoGraphic’s blog. And as usual the video is uploaded to my channels on Vimeo and Youtube.

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“Congratulations and thank you, Iran!”

With the breaking news on the nuclear deal announced today – undoubtedly a piece of world history – I wrote up TFF PressInfo # 329 with the above title. It’s written, as others before it on this issue, with an emphasis on the characteristics of this conflict that is both obvious and never mentioned: the a-symmetry of it all, the de factor relations and the negotiation set-up. Therefore, it is a huge victory for the Iran negotiation team under its extremely able leader, Javad Zarif.

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Comments to Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

Today Charles Krauhammer – a well-known extreme rightist usually advocating war – writes in the Washington Post under the headline “The Iran deal: The anatomy of a disaster”. My comments under the article goes: The day Mr. Krauthammer will write about • sanctions on Israel for its nuclear weapons and international law violations; • anytime/anywhere inspections in all nuclear weapons countries including Israel (does he really believe that any country in the world would accept that?) • the relentless attempts at regional dominance by the U.S. and also look at Israel’s and Saudi-Arabia’s ambitions (i.e. apply a minimum of fairness), • how and why Iran’s status of non-nuclear country promotes a nuclear arms race more than the only nuclear weapons power in the region… – I for one would think Krauthammer was interesting to read. Now he repeats himself, doesn’t do analysis or real commentary but promotes Iranophobia (has he recently visited the country he has such negative views about?). It’s all sadly indicative of the real purpose – not nuclear issues but keeping Iran down forever. If we in the West are getting isolated, not Iran – perhaps he should ask what the reasons could be? It would be great and promote honest debate if Mr. Krauthammer could write about these issues and reveal a willingness and intellectual capability to connect dots and apply a comprehensive analysis of the issues and the region.

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And who funded Sen Tom Cotton’s and 46 other Senators’ mean, condescending letter?

Senator Cotton – behind the Letter of 47 – has been promoted by pro-Israeli RJC’s Singer and Adelson • LobeLog Instructive reading for anyone who thinks – because they are manipulated by Western mainstream media – that economic corruption in politics and oligarchs are only found in Russia and China and not in the so-called democracy of the United States. It seems that not only was the – backfiring – speech of PM Netanyahu in the US Congress a Jewsih lobby-financed operation, so was this young Senator’s ignorant and counterproductive letter campaign. If you’ve seen him talk about Iran you’ll understand that he has no knowledge and less respect for other people – e.g. saying that all Iranians are extremists etc. It is very sad to witness the infighting and moral decay – and corruption – of the American political system. Even the best Constitution can be misused or circumvented if the intensions are malicious enough. Whether you like it, the whole affair is indicative of the weakening and eventual fall of the U.S. Empire. It’s demise will, I believe, be good for both the American republic and the world.

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TFF PressInfo # 313: Ignore the 47 irresponsible US Republican senators

By Farhang Jahanpour & Jan Oberg, TFF Board members Read the whole text “Ignore the 47 irresponsible US Republican senators – here” Now that Iran cannot trust the U.S. – what must be done to secure a nuclear deal? NATO and EU friends of the US as well as the other negotiating powers must come forward. Iran must be assured that a deal is a deal. “It must no longer be considered acceptable that decision-makers in Washington can continue, without paying diplomatically, to violate international law by threatening war and create such circumstances that war breaks out and threatens the lives of millions of people for not one good reason.”

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Missilforsvaret misforstået

Ministres og folketingsmedlemmers intellektuelle nedrustning bør vække bekymring Hverken Lene Espersen (K), Zenia Stampe (R) eller Nicolai Wammen (S) har forstaaet et suk af hvad USA/NATOs missilforsvar gaar ud paa når de i disse dage argumenterer for at Danmark skal gå med i det som en konsekvens af Ukraine-krisen og at det ikke er rettet imod Rusland. Her er forklaringen: Den klassiske terrorbalance fra 1950-erne handler om at hvis A har kastet sine raketter – inkl atomare – paa B, saa ville B altid have tilstrækkeligt at gengælde med – nemlig atomvaaben paa sine fly, ubaade og i siloer, der ikke er blevet slaaet ud af A’s første angreb. Det hed “gensidigt sikret ødelæggelse”. Den afskrækkende værdi laa i at begge parter vidste at hvis de startede en atomkrig ville deres egne befolkninger i milliontal dø som følge af modpartens gengældelse. Hvad indebærer det i dette perspektiv at udvikle et missilskjold eller “forsvar”?

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Obama i Sverige – finns det annat och andra att minnas än judarna?

Nej det blir ett gemensamt svenskt-amerikanskt PR event. Dag Hammarskjöld till exempel? Nej det kan man inte för hans hus i Backåkra är stängt på andra året och man kan inte upphitta 5 fjuttiga miljoner för att renovera det, inte heller hos UD. Olof Palme – usch nejdå, hans fredsarbete var ju alltför radikalt – jag menar: att kritisera USA för Vietnam-kriget! Skulle Obama kunna besöka en moské, träffa människor från Afghanistan,

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Hvordan undgår vi krig mod Iran?

Politikens kronik 6. jun. 2013 KL. 19.11 I både retorik og politik er Vesten på kollisionskurs med det enorme land Vestens politik i forhold til Iran er skruet sammen på en måde, der øger risikoen for krig – hvad enten det er hensigten eller ej. Det er derfor helt nødvendigt, at vi snarest diskuterer alternativer til denne politik, uanset hvad man i øvrigt måtte mene om Irans ledelse. Vestens politik består for øjeblikket af en komponenter, som jeg med denne Kronik vil kritisere en for en. Komponenterne er: 1) Økonomiske sanktioner, der strammes med jævne mellemrum. 2) En olieembargo, der betyder, at man lader være med at købe olie fra Iran og samtidig forsøger at tvinge andre, som for eksempel Japan, til at lade være eller reducere sin import. 3) Alvorlige trusler om bombning af landet – man må formode militære anlæg, atomkraftanlæg samt ledelsens centre. »Alle muligheder findes på bordet« siges det, når man taler om krig, men ikke ønsker at fremstå som krigerisk. 4) Kraftig oprustning af Irans naboer som Israel, Saudi-Arabien og Golfstaterne. 5) En mediedækning, der stort set kun ser konflikten fra vestligt perspektiv og er ude af stand til at se eller dække noget positivt i Iran. 6) Infiltration, udenlandske agenter, drab på iranske forskere, virusangreb på deres computere etc. 7) Sidst, men ikke mindst er der ingen såkaldt exitstrategi, dvs. det er ikke defineret som en del af denne politik, hvad det er, Iran […]

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Hotet fra Iran: Okunnighet eller propaganda?

Såhär skrev Mats Skogkär på ledarplats i Sydsvenska Dagbladet: Hotet från Iran Senast uppdaterad: 26 februari 2008 23:55 Jerusalem-Malmö. Det råder knappast någon tvekan om vad man i Israel uppfattar som det största hotet mot det egna landets existens: regimen i Iran. Det gäller från mannen och kvinnan på gatan upp till landets högsta militära och politiska ledning. ”Iran är den största utmaningen vi står inför, på kort, medellång och lång sikt.” Det konstaterar Benny Dagan, biträdande chef vid det israeliska utrikesdepartementets avdelning för strategiska studier.

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