Richard Falk: Biden’s Middle East Visit – An Orgy of Cynicism, Hypocrisy and Erasures

Richard Falk: Biden’s Middle East Visit – An Orgy of Cynicism, Hypocrisy and Erasures

Richard Falk July 21, 2022 The U.S. Government at the highest level criticized Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, because she went to China on a mission to develop opportunities for cooperation with respect to the protection of human rights. I found that criticism appalling at the time. The mission had been […]

Juan Cole: In Saudi Arabia, Biden Plays Defence Against Russia, China and Iran

Juan Cole: In Saudi Arabia, Biden Plays Defence Against Russia, China and Iran

Juan Cole July 21, 2022 Although President Joe Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia was ostensibly about petroleum and attempting to lower gasoline prices in the US, it doesn’t seem to me that that rationale entirely explains Biden’s about-face on Saudi Arabia. For one thing, Biden must have been told that Saudi Arabia does not have […]

Chris Hedges: War With Iran

Chris Hedges: War With Iran

Biden at Bat – by Mr. Fish Chris Hedges July 18, 2022 The United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel, responsible for military fiascos, hundreds of thousands of deaths and innumerable war crimes in the Middle East, are now plotting to attack Iran. The United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia are plotting a war with Iran. […]

Jan Oberg: Why NATO is outdated, dangerous and deserves to be abolished

Jan Oberg: Why NATO is outdated, dangerous and deserves to be abolished

Jan Oberg July 16, 2022 Let’s look at NATO’s reaction to Russia’s ill-considered and international law-violating military action in Ukraine. From a conflict-analytical point of view, it is reasonable to say that Russia is responsible for the war but that NATO, with it reckless expansion against all promises given to Russia and a series of […]

Joe Lauria: As the US funnels money and arms to Ukraine, independent media faces pressure to parrot the official narrative

Joe Lauria: As the US funnels money and arms to Ukraine, independent media faces pressure to parrot the official narrative

Democracy Now July 14, 2022 As the Pentagon authorizes an additional $400 million for Ukraine’s defense on Friday, bringing estimated total U.S. security spending on Ukraine under President Biden to a staggering $8 billion, we speak to Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News, about the pressure on news media to follow a single approved narrative […]

G7 Leaders’ Bullying Bali Behaviour

G7 Leaders’ Bullying Bali Behaviour

Jan Oberg July 8, 2022 There have been lots of reports about how G7 leaders snubbed dinner, photo-op, handshake, concerts, etc. since Russia’s foreign minister Lavrov would also be present during the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia. Here is Lavrov’s comment to Tass: “This is how they understand protocol, politeness and code of conduct.” Here […]

Claus Kold: Ukraine – The Need for A Global Peace Culture

Claus Kold: Ukraine – The Need for A Global Peace Culture

Claus KoldTFF Associate July 4, 2022 All wars are different from other wars and, thus, it is impossible to use the experiences of one war to predict the course, end, and consequences of the next. Yet, some wars and peace conferences are more important than others because they fundamentally change history. The war in Ukraine […]

Jan Oberg interview with Xinhua News Agency: Since 1949 NATO has failed to make peace. And now it’s more offensive than ever…

Jan Oberg interview with Xinhua News Agency: Since 1949 NATO has failed to make peace. And now it’s more offensive than ever…

July 1, 2022 My answers were submitted to Xinhua in Stockholm on June 27, 2022 – but the editors changed their minds and chose to do this series of comments instead. 1. What do you see are the potential consequences (geopolitical, military) as NATO incorporates Finland and Sweden in its latest military expansion in the […]

Is participating in the sanctions against Russia a cultural matter?

Is participating in the sanctions against Russia a cultural matter?

Peter PeverelliTFF Associate June 17, 2022 When you have been working with cross-cultural issues, helping develop a model of measurable culture using 7 cultural dimensions, you tend to develop a sensitivity for cues that seem to indicate a cultural aspect in everything that people around me say and do. It sometimes irritates colleagues, friends and […]

Jan Oberg: Civilisation’s challenge – US imperial decline without global destruction

Jan Oberg: Civilisation’s challenge – US imperial decline without global destruction

Jan Oberg June 6, 2022 A shorter version was printed as my column in China Daily on the same day here. Empires go up and then they go down. None lasts forever. Imperial falls can be very dangerous. The Soviet Union dissolved thirty years ago. The US Empire is next in turn. In contrast to […]