The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 1

The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 1

Jan Oberg April 2, 2020 The Coronavirus is a comparatively small killer Over the last 3 months, about 40.000+ people have died worldwide because of (or with) the Coronavirus. No other phenomenon in contemporary history has caused so many drastic decisions in democratic and authoritarian governments alike as thi pandemic. Constitutions, a series of freedoms, […]

Looking to the future Cooperation of Central and Eastern Europe and China – Serbia in particular

Looking to the future Cooperation of Central and Eastern Europe and China – Serbia in particular

Zivadin Jovanovic* March 25, 2020 The time of adjustment The world is undergoing a period of great development, great change, and adjustment. The international order is changing with the acceleration. The fall of the Berlin Wall thirty years ago (1989) has marked the end of the bipolar World Order. The “winners” of the Cold War […]

Former UN climate chief calls for civil disobedience

Former UN climate chief calls for civil disobedience

Jeff McMahon March 20, 2020 In a new book, the woman who led the negotiations for the Paris Agreement calls for civil disobedience to force institutions to respond to the climate crisis. Originally posted on Transcend.org on February 24, 2020, here “It’s time to participate in non-violent political movements wherever possible,” Christiana Figueres writes in […]

Could everyday micro malfunctions be signs of a coming macro breakdown?

Could everyday micro malfunctions be signs of a coming macro breakdown?

Bits of the sociological imagination at work By Jan Oberg March 5, 2020 Researchers are citizens too – some with a sociological imagination Like everybody else, social scientists are citizens. We live a private life and a professional life and there is a tradition-based rule of thumb that the two should be kept apart in […]

📌 Welcome to Bootprint – TFF’s online magazine on militarism and environment

📌 Welcome to Bootprint – TFF’s online magazine on militarism and environment

By Jan Oberg February 14, 2020 Today TFF launches “Bootprint – Militarism and Environment” – a curated, free-of-charge online magazine that brings you quality knowledge about the connections between the two most urgent problems that humanity faces. These two main clusters of problems which, if not solved, threaten to destroy humanity, our Earth and all […]

Economic growth is not the b-all and end-all in the Third World

Economic growth is not the b-all and end-all in the Third World

By Jonathan Power February 11, 2020 Do we know how to end poverty in the Third World? Do we know why some economies expand and others don’t? Not really. There is no clear formula for growth. The two Nobel economics prize winners of last year, the husband and wife team of Abhijit Banerjee and Esther […]

An economic hit man confesses and calls to action

An economic hit man confesses and calls to action

By John Perkins February 08, 2020 John Perkins describes the methods he used to bribe and threaten the heads of state of countries on four continents in order to create a global empire and he reveals how the leaders who did not “play the game” were assassinated or overthrown. He brings us up to date […]

Facing the Global Crisis – What Must Be Done?

Facing the Global Crisis – What Must Be Done?

By Richard Falk, TFF Associate Januar 22, 2020 Prefatory Note: The post below is a somewhat amplified version of an interview with C. J. Polychroniou, journalist and professor of political economy at West Chester University, which was published on January 7, 2020, in the online journal, Global Policy. As the interview was conducted in December […]

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 […]

Did the Fall of the Berlin Wall Produce the Trump Presidency?

Did the Fall of the Berlin Wall Produce the Trump Presidency?

Austere “shock therapy” after the Cold War only shocked the East into reaction. In the West, the corporate political center ultimately did the same. By John Feffer November 18, 2019 The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. It was one of the few unambiguously joyous moments in modern history. This popular, nonviolent explosion of dissent […]

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