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 […]

Russia, the Eurasian Triangle, and the Soleiman Assassination

Russia, the Eurasian Triangle, and the Soleiman Assassination

By Gordon M. Hahn January 30, 2020 The apparent overreaction by the U.S. to Iranian provocations represented by the assassination of Revolutionary Guards Corps Commander Qassem Soleiman is one of the stronger blows to hit one of the most important nails in the coffin of U.S.-Russian relations: the revival of Russian-Western geopolitical competition outside Russia’s […]

The lessons of Russia’s Syrian intervention for Washington and Brussels

The lessons of Russia’s Syrian intervention for Washington and Brussels

Photo – Eastern Aleppo, December 2016 – © Jan Oberg By Gordon M. Hahn January 17, 2020 If Western leaders are able to put aside the now worn-out cliches such as Russian Vladimir Putin ‘punching above his weight,’ ‘Trump handing Putin a victory on a silver plate’, not to mention ‘Trump as Putin agent’, there […]

Ending the fight in Ukraine

Ending the fight in Ukraine

By Jonathan Power Januar 14, 2020 The struggle for the Donbass region in the eastern and southern Ukraine goes on, seemingly never ending. It’s now six years since dissident militias threw off the yoke of the central government in Kiev and declared their de-facto independence. They were supported by Russian troops which at first president […]

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 […]

European policy on Iran is a disaster

European policy on Iran is a disaster

By Jonathan Power December 11, 2019 The Europeans have not done well in countering President Donald Trump’s onslaught on Iran. When Trump unilaterally decided that the US should withdraw from the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, which committed Iran to winding down its nuclear research in return for the West, Russia and China (the latter two […]

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 […]

The Middle East: A complex re-alignment

The Middle East: A complex re-alignment

By Conn M. Hallinan November 27, 2019 The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities – sometimes for new ones – and re-drawing traditional alliances. While Turkey’s recent invasion of northern Syria is grabbing the headlines, the bigger story may […]

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