A forgotten great humanitarian

A forgotten great humanitarian

By Jonathan Power January 16, 2019 Many know about Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat in Budapest, who led his embassy in a successful attempt to issue “protective passports” to at least 6,000 Hungarian Jews so they could escape the Nazi occupiers and travel to Sweden. He also helped forestall a planned massacre. He became the […]

New EU sanctions on Iran: The plank in your own eyes

New EU sanctions on Iran: The plank in your own eyes

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif and the EU Foreign Policy chief Frederica Mogherini By Jan Oberg January 9, 2019 UPI writes that the European Union issues sanctions on Iran over assassination plots on January 8, 2019. And US Secretary of State, Pompeo, fully supports them. The move puts the Iranian individuals and intelligence unit on […]

The Problems of Democracy

The Problems of Democracy

By Jonathan Power December 18, 2018 In the Western world, there is a constant debate about democracy. In the US the Democrats charge quite correctly that the House’s constituencies are gerrymandered against them. Then there’s the insoluble issue of the Senate’s anti-democratic bias where its numbers are tilted against the Democrats by the fact that […]

Time for another referendum

Time for another referendum

By Jonathan Power December 12, 2018 The whole debate about Brexit has had a weird quality about it from beginning to end. Prime Minister Theresa May voted in the referendum two and half years ago to remain in the European Union but then as a quid pro quo for being made prime minister she has […]

Thanks to Trump an irrelevant EU Army is now being discussed. There are better alternatives

Thanks to Trump an irrelevant EU Army is now being discussed. There are better alternatives

  By Farhang Jahanpour, TFF Board Professor Farhang Jahanpour, part-time tutor on Middle Eastern affairs in the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, and a member of Kellogg College says that the main reason for the idea of forming a joint European army “has been President Trump’s unilateral and ultra-nationalist approach that puts America […]

Nuclear arms control is going down a Trumpian hole

Nuclear arms control is going down a Trumpian hole

  By Jonathan Power  November 13, 2018 Reacting to the radio interview by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to mark Armistice Day, in which he was reported as saying, “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America… We need a true European army”, President Donald Trump […]

Angela Merkel and Theresa May should head for retirement

Angela Merkel and Theresa May should head for retirement

  By Jonathan Power  November 12, 2018 Is Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, responsible for Brexit? In a way yes she is because at the time of the great economic crisis of 2007-2013, counterproductively she insisted on austerity throughout the European Union. Austerity helped turn the poorer classes of the UK towards Brexit. But so […]

Background to elections in Sweden

Background to elections in Sweden

  Concerning Sweden, perhaps you need a reality check? By Jan Oberg September 5, 2018 There are general elections in Sweden this coming Sunday, September 9, 2018. If judged by the opinion polls, Sunday could mark the end of an epoch in Sweden’s contemporary history. Not that long ago Sweden was talked about around the […]

TFF PressInfo # 390 – Ten articles on the new Cold War and a reflection

TFF PressInfo # 390 – Ten articles on the new Cold War and a reflection

Photo: US President George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the Moscow Summit 1991 By Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images   By Jan Oberg   This article – TFF PressInfo # 390 – Ten articles on the new Cold War and a reflection – with the links at the end was copied from TFF’s former homepage […]

Immigration: Many Myths and Little Reality

Immigration: Many Myths and Little Reality

  By Roberto Savio* August 1, 2018 • According to the latest statistics, the total flow of immigrants so far in 2018 is 50.000 people, compared with 186,768 last year, 1,259,955 in 2016 and 1,327,825 in 2015. The difference between reality and perceptions is so astonishing, we are clearly witnessing one of the most brilliant […]

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