Pope Francis advocates a journalism for peace to fight fake

Pope Francis advocates a journalism for peace to fight fake

  By Jan Oberg On World Communications Day, January 24, 2018 – Pope Francis sent out a message that should have created headlines everywhere. It advocated a journalism for peace. The discussion of fake news has spread around the globe and there are all kinds of proposals on how to detect fake news and combat […]

Gene Sharp has died and the world has lost a global educator

Gene Sharp has died and the world has lost a global educator

    Obituary By Jørgen Johansen Just a week after his 90th birthday Gene Sharp passed away. The journal New Statesman once described Gene Sharp as the “Machiavelli of Nonviolence” and Thomas Weber labelled him “the Clausewitz of Nonviolent Action.” Who was this man and what is his contribution to our understanding of the possibilities […]

Trump to wage war in Syria

Trump to wage war in Syria

  By Jonathan Power January 30, 2018   President Donald Trump said it would never happen. Now it is. During the election he said he did not want more interventions – no more Iraqs, no more Afghanistans,  Libyas or Syrias. A year into his presidency the American military is involved in all these places and […]

The 2018 US National Defence Strategy In Plain Words: Tragi-Comic!

The 2018 US National Defence Strategy In Plain Words: Tragi-Comic!

  By Jan Oberg January 26, 2018   Excerpts from Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America: “For decades the United States has enjoyed uncontested or dominant superiority in every operating domain. We could generally deploy our forces when we wanted, assemble them where we wanted, and operate how […]

Everybody knows JCPOA was not bilateral agreement between Iran and U.S.

Everybody knows JCPOA was not bilateral agreement between Iran and U.S.

By Javad Heirannia, The Tehran Times January 24, 2018   TEHRAN – Professor Farhang Jahanpour, part-time tutor on the Middle East in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, tells the Tehran Times that “President Trump’s recent speech on Iran was the most belligerent speech by any U.S. president about Iran since […]

About the 2018 US National Defence Strategy

About the 2018 US National Defence Strategy

By Jan Oberg • Interview on “Loud & Clear” of Radio Sputnik, New York, January 22, 2018   Other posts about this issue Jan Oberg, The 2018 US National Defence Stratgey In Plain Words: Tragi-Comic! Defence News  

Arming against China

Arming against China

  By Jonathan Power January 23, 2018 • Last week, the American secretary of defence, Jim Mattis, declared a new era: “There has been a return of great power competition……great power competition – not terrorism- is now the primary focus of US security”. In the new national defence strategy document China and Russia are singled […]

The US Syria “Strategy” – Recipe For Continued Disaster Even For The US

The US Syria “Strategy” – Recipe For Continued Disaster Even For The US

By Jan Oberg January 19, 2018 Most media covering the speech that US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, gave at the Hoover Institution on January 17, 2018 merely points out that he said that the United States would stay in Syria – open-ended – in the future and until President Bashar al-Assad has left the […]

American Diplomacy with North Korea and Vietnam

American Diplomacy with North Korea and Vietnam

  By Johan Galtung Foreword to Michael Haas’ Book January 8, 2018 What is that American Diplomacy, after US bombing killed 3,5 million in Pyongyang in 1952 and the US Army killed 3 million in Vietnam from 1961 (Kennedy) to 30 Apr 1975 (Ford)?  Softer? This very rich, well researched book by Michael Haas–a senior, […]

TFF Note: Unfortunately for the U.S., the Iran Threat Does Not Exist

TFF Note: Unfortunately for the U.S., the Iran Threat Does Not Exist

By Jan Oberg You’ve heard it for years: Iran is a military threat to Europe, to the world – because it wants to acquire nuclear weapons – to the US and its allies in the Middle East. It takes shrewd steps to become a hegemon through de-stabilising policies all around and by supporting terrorism everywhere. […]