Why NATO doesn’t target Russia 🧸 – Nepal is the new enemy, stupid!

Why NATO doesn’t target Russia 🧸 – Nepal is the new enemy, stupid!

By Jan Oberg About 37,000 soldiers from 18 countries are to participate in the U.S.-run manoeuver dubbed Defender Europe 2020 in May and June. This is “the largest deployment of U.S. troops to Europe in more than 25 years,” NATO’s Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg tells us. I assume, proudly. But wait … What on Earth is […]

EU words, words and words on the Iran nuclear deal: What about action?

EU words, words and words on the Iran nuclear deal: What about action?

By Jan Oberg January 13, 2020 European allies of the U-S have turned down a request by the American President to leave the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran (JCPOA). France says it remains committed to the Iran deal, and will continue to work with other parties. Britain has pledged to remain committed too. Prime Minister […]

In these interesting times, black humour and satire seem more relevant than serious commenting

In these interesting times, black humour and satire seem more relevant than serious commenting

By Jan Oberg January 13, 2020 What’s the use of intellectual arguments? Reference to concepts and theories – and the need for being just a bit clear about their definition? What’s the use of pointing out the degree to which populist parlance, fake and omission has undermined public discussions and media reporting about international affairs? […]

A happier, less violent 2020

A happier, less violent 2020

December 30, 2019 Each and every problem humanity faces is rooted in violence. Why do so many continue believing in violence, the most counter-productive, unintelligent and expensive means of all? Violence invariably makes a problem between conflicting parties deeper and broader and every solution more difficult. It makes the original problem ten times bigger. All […]

Western moral decay: Syria – the war, the loss and the silence

Western moral decay: Syria – the war, the loss and the silence

Child from Eastern Aleppo receiving food in the Jibrin reception camp, December 14, 2016Photo © Jan Oberg By Jan Oberg December 20, 2019 The liberation of Eastern Aleppo took place 3 years and a few days ago – December 12, 2016. On December 12, 2012, on the day, 4 years earlier, Western countries and allies […]

Greta’s most important speech? Next step?

Greta’s most important speech? Next step?

By Jan Oberg December 14, 2019 Here is a good backgrounder with her speech and an interview at COP 25 in Madrid: Greta Thunberg Slams COP25, Says Response to Climate Crisis Is “Clever Accounting and Creative PR” What she says in her intro is really important, important as a criticism of the world’s media: If […]

Leaving the Cold War Behind

Leaving the Cold War Behind

Introduction This is the digitalized version of a TFF Statement published by TFF’s Board almost 31 years ago. Could that be of any interest today?First, it reflects the situation and the issues discussed at the time as well as the hopes for a better future – now sadly lost. Secondly, it is one example of […]

Douma, Syria: Did your media tell you it was most likely a false flag operation?

Douma, Syria: Did your media tell you it was most likely a false flag operation?

By Jan Oberg December 9, 2019 Imagine that you tell a friend something and you say it’s a fact and you know the sources are reliable – but then, a few weeks later, you learn that there was more to it, perhaps even that what you were in good faith believing was unfortunately factually wrong. […]

EU countries letter about Iran’s missiles: Bizarre

EU countries letter about Iran’s missiles: Bizarre

By Jan Oberg December 6, 2019 Here is the background – Germany’s, France’s and the UK’s letter to the UN Security Council accusing Iran of violating the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran’s PressTV asked me to comment on this issue in the larger framework of global nuclear policies.

NATO’s 4th crises: The 2 per cent goal as defence illiteracy

NATO’s 4th crises: The 2 per cent goal as defence illiteracy

By Jan Oberg December 2, 2019 Political NATO’s London Summit on December 3 and 4, 2019 displays the deep political crisis of the 70-year-old alliance: Only a dinner and a short meeting, no statement to be issued, quarrels among the leading military members, accusations, substantial differences on Syria and many other issues, the deepest-ever Transatlantic […]