At the death of Stephen F. Cohen: Keep reading and listening to this wise man

At the death of Stephen F. Cohen: Keep reading and listening to this wise man

Collected by Jan Oberg October 6, 2020 Stephen Frand Cohen was an American scholar of Russian studies. His academic work concentrated on modern Russian history since the Bolshevik Revolution and Russia’s relationship with the United States. Cohen was a contributing editor to The Nation magazine, published and partially owned by his wife Katrina vanden Heuvel. […]

A Circle in the Darkness: Post-War Europe

A Circle in the Darkness: Post-War Europe

Patrick Lawrence September 1, 2020 Diana Johnstone’s newly-published memoir offers an incisive, gritty, politically alert, and expansive account of post-war Europe, reports Patrick Lawrence in this interview with the author.  Originally posted on Consortium New’s on May 17, 2020 Diana Johnstone first sojourned in Paris during the early postwar years, as France and the rest […]

Presumptuous Pompeo Pushes Preposterous ‘Peking’ Policy

Presumptuous Pompeo Pushes Preposterous ‘Peking’ Policy

Photo: U.S. President Richard Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai toast, Feb. 25, 1972. (White House/Wikimedia Commons) A rant by Mike Pompeo regarding what the U.S. should do with China led to a fruitful exchange between an old China, and an old Soviet hand, writes Ray McGovern. August 24. 2020 Ray McGovern Quick. Somebody tell Mike […]

Battle of the Ages to stop Eurasian integration

Battle of the Ages to stop Eurasian integration

Photo: Pepe Escobar The coming decade could see the US take on Russia, China and Iran over the New Silk Road connection May 18, 2020 Pepe Escobar The Raging Twenties started with a bang with the targeted assassination of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani. Yet a bigger bang awaits us throughout the decade: the myriad declinations […]

A Machiavellian US in the Middle East

A Machiavellian US in the Middle East

Jonathan Power May 13, 2020 The war in Syria has dropped out of the news, like almost everything else, in a time when the Coronavirus seems to dominate all discourse and reporting. But the regime of Bashar al-Assad continues to strangle its own country. The Russians continue to bomb on his behalf, terrifying civilians and […]

ØbergKommentar: Grønland i Danmarks amerikanske marionetteater

ØbergKommentar: Grønland i Danmarks amerikanske marionetteater

📌 We know that many of our readers would like to see some short, pointed posts here. So, in contrast to the longer, more analytical articles we usually publish – normal for an academic institution – an Oberg Comment is a short text by the editor of The Transnational, Jan Oberg, which alerts you to […]

America’s solitary foreign policy

America’s solitary foreign policy

By Jonathan Power April 21, 2020 The greatest American foreign affairs columnist since Walter Lippmann was William Pfaff of The International Herald Tribune. He wrote in his path-breaking book, “Barbarian Sentiments” that the US political atmosphere was full of “exhausted ideas, like a dead star”. Nevertheless, “these ideas remain central to the way certain subjects […]

The international Syria conflict: You can’t have the cake and eat it too. So what to do?

The international Syria conflict: You can’t have the cake and eat it too. So what to do?

PhotoPainting by the author Diagnosis, prognosis and treatment in the light of Turkey’s invasion and the risk of a larger catastrophic war. By Jan Oberg March 7, 2020 Diagnosis The world looked at the violence but didn’t have the capacity to analyze the underlying conflicts in and around Syria. For sure, it is a civil […]

How the US helped create Al Qaeda and ISIS

How the US helped create Al Qaeda and ISIS

February 21, 2020 By Garikai Chengu Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region. The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will […]

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 […]

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