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* – North Korea and the Korean War

TFF Note* – North Korea and the Korean War

  By Jan Oberg In 2017-2018, the risk of nuclear war has surfaced more or less permanently in the media – the catchword being “North Korea” and the media being Western. It’s all been seen from the West’s point of view, nobody pointing out, for instance, that North Korea’s military expenditures are around 1% of […]

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. […]

How Peace Studies Can Help End Wars

How Peace Studies Can Help End Wars

By David Swanson Remarks at Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, October 28, 2017. Thank you for inviting me. Can everyone who thinks that war is never, and can never be, justified please raise your hand. Thank you. Now if you think every war is always justified. Thank you. And finally all […]

JCPOA does not prohibit development of ballistic missiles by Iran

JCPOA does not prohibit development of ballistic missiles by Iran

By Javad Heiranni The Tehran Times, January 14, 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 “It should be remembered that a greater part of the statement released by President Trump is for domestic consumption, […]

Democracy on the run?

Democracy on the run?

  By Jonathan Power January 16th 2018 Is democracy in decline? If you talk about the quality of democracy the answer is clearly yes. The US, the world’s first and most important democracy- although at the beginning a limited democracy for white men only – is in trouble. President Donald Trump has brought old problems […]

Open Letter of Protest to Facebook

Open Letter of Protest to Facebook

  By Jan Oberg • Message sent to Facebook in response to its blocking attempt and change of algorithm, both serious restricting my freedom of communication.   Blocking personal messages to friends Yesterday it was my birthday and roughly 500 people sent me thoughts, pictures and good wishes – also for the international peace issues […]

Still there 25 years later: The dispute about Macedonia’s name

Still there 25 years later: The dispute about Macedonia’s name

  By Biljana Vankovska Interview with Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo   • Do you support the idea of having the accord with Greece over the disputes on the country’s name? If yes/no, please tell us the reason. It is hard to support an irrational dispute, only because one has a nationalistic idea that the name Macedonia […]

Iran should give the US no pretext for military action

  By Jan Oberg A few comments in advance of President Trump’s speech on January 11 concerning the nuclear deal, JCPOA, with Iran and why it would be stupid of him to isolate the US by violating the agreement’s letter and spirit. Iran’s response will also be very important and here it is essential to […]

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