Iran nuclear achievement “victory for civilization”

My comments to Iran’s PressTV in the morning of July 14, before the nuclear deal with Iran was announced. This is a taped interview with a summary text: “This is a triumph for talks, for diplomacy, for dialogue instead of warfare and it is an important movement for the world not only for Iran or for the Middle East, or for Europe, it is for the whole world, because a war with Iran would be a terrible thing for the people, for the Middle East, for the world,” Jan Oberg, director at Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, told Press TV on Tuesday. “This is a victory for civilization, for civilized manners,” he added.

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Yet another attack by Zionists on academic freedom

Medialens tells us that the Zionist lobby does it again! Are we surprised? Oh yes, when was it last all Western leaders praised freedom of expression by walking through Paris? Will even one of them now stand up and demand that this conference be held anyhow? What is it the West’s academic community boats about in comparison with other cultures – isn’t it freedom of our universities, the free search for knowledge and the right to express differing opinions on analytical issues – in contrast to politically controlled academic work? Why is it that practically every derogatory terms can freely be used about, say, Russians, Serbs, Muslims, Iranians etc. and their countries without anyone raising an eyebrow? Why do Zionists again and again promote a censorship that undermines the finest principles (ideally speaking) of Western culture in order to stop debates about Israel? And how much anti-Semitism do Zionists risk/want to produce by actions such as forcing this conference to be cancelled?

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Gaza chamber? Zionism must be replaced

Israeli bombs kill 100 Gazans in single day – Al Jazeera English Israel’s leaders seem determined to turn Gaza into what one could call a Gaza chamber. While Israel’s leaders believe they destroy the Palestinian state and people, we are also seeing the possible self-destruction of Israel. When everybody – presumably including the U.S./NATO and the EU – have abandoned Israel as a friend and ally, it may either become an extremely dangerous actor or simply fall apart. The only Palestine-Israel that can survive in my view is a democratic state with equal rights for all, not a Jewish state, not a Zionist state. Concluding question: How do we help Israel to recognise the end vision and co-operate on an alternative – becoming one partner in a larger Middle Eastern community?

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It’s doable: Peace Israel-Palestine

By Jan Oberg         This one has just been published as TFF PressInfo here. I argue that we need to focus on the violence on both sides rather than taking sides among the parties. The article ends with some principles about conflict understand and will be followed-up with some more concrete ideas. I sincerely believe we must try to be constructive, pro-peace and not continue to be stuck in blaming, apportioning guilt and focus only on past and present cruelty – we need, to make peace, to look into the future and what it could be like, acceptable of course to all parties. No, it is not easy – it is much easier to thrwo mud in one or the other direction and vent one’s frustrations. But I am looking for people who’d like to make an honest attempt.

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TV2 News – censur eller bare amatørisme?

På denne vidunderlige solrige og varme fredagseftermiddag er jeg på havearbejde da en det ringer fra TV2 News. Den meget venlige og korrekte kvinde siger at man vil høre om jeg har synspunkter på hvorfor der er så megen emotionalitet omkring det, der sker i Gaza. Jeg smider hvad jeg står med – for det er jo vigtigt, giver hende en del baggrund til konflikten og svarer udførligt på samtlige hendes spørgsmål. Hun er åbenbart blevet bedt om at ringe op for selv ved hun intet om mig, TFF eller hvad en fredsforsker er for en. Hun har heller ikke set den TFF PressInfo om netop Gaza som man har fået på redaktionen godt en time tidligere. Flere gange siger hun

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☮ ☮ Mahatma Gandhi On Palestine, Written in 1938

☮ ☮ Mahatma Gandhi On Palestine, Written In 1938 Since my student years, Gandhi has been one of my inspirations, perhaps the basic one. I have studied his theories and action, I’ve been teaching Gandhi and I walked in his footsteps here and there in India in 2001. No less than 76 years ago he gave us a perspective on what happens these very days in Gaza. I thought that bringing it here would be an inspiration to your too. I’m convinced that we must distance ourselves from violence and terrorism on all sides if ever this conflict shall begin to move towards a sustainable solution. Read Gandhi here

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Ser DR verden uden for Danmark? Og svaret…

Lund, Sverige 18. januar 2009 Se Ulrik Haagerups svar under mit indlæg ÅBENT BREV TIL DR Kære DR-redaktører over et bredt spektrum Jeg er flittig bruger af dr.dk – hjemmesiden for public service-virksomheden DR. Jeg har som freds- og konfliktforsker i godt 30 år en særlig interesse i internationale spørgsmål. Det kan ikke udelukkes at det følgende i nogen grad er farvet af min profession og orientering, men det er dog et generelt argument, jeg gerne vil fremføre til Jer. Som ganske vist uvidenskabeligt underlag for nedenstående har jeg lavet screen shots af dr.dk i løbet af én dag, den 8. januar 2009 (klokken 01.45, 11.30, 18.30 og sidst 23.00). Een dag siger ikke alt, men jeg besøger siden dagligt og har lavet denne test, fordi jeg længe har haft en fornemmelse af at den store verden ganske enkelt ikke findes på hjemmesiden. Det betyder ikke at den ikke gør det hist og pist i de konkrete radio- og tv-programmer; men dette at den samlede programflade slet ikke spejles i hjemmesiden gør ikke det problem, jeg fokuserer på, mindre. Den samlede hjemmeside fremstår som lokal og national, ikke som regional (europæisk) og overhovedet ikke global eller udenrigs-orienteret. Hjemmesiden bærer desuden præg af at sport, underholdning og petit vinder desuden frem på bekostning af hvad der i bred forstand kunne kaldes mere seriøse indslag. Vi lever i en tid af globalisering. Det må være en helt rimelig påstand at man ikke […]

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Israel nægter Richard Falk visum: Atter en jødisk fundamentalistisk skruestik på den intellektuelle frihed

Israel nægter at give visum til TFF’s medarbejder Richard Falk, som af FNs Råd for Menneskerettigheder er blevet udpeget til at undersøge hvordan det står til med menneskerettighederne i Israel/Palæstina. Det kan man 9. april 2008 læse i den israelske avis Haaretz. Målt ud fra en hvilken som helst standard og udenfor enhver diskussion er Richard Falk – professor emeritus ved Princeton University, distingveret gæsteprofessor ved University of California og medlem af bestyrelsen af The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation i Santa Barbara – en af verdens ledende internationale jurister og fredsforskere.

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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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