Disputing how Europe conquered the world

Disputing how Europe conquered the world

By Jonathan Power March 19, 2019 By 1914 Europeans ruled 84% of the globe. How did they do it? Eleven hundred years ago Europe was a backwater. There were no grand cities, apart from Muslim Cordoba in Spain, and the remnants of Rome and Athens. The Middle East, India and China were further ahead. It […]

Getting the priorities on human rights right in Syria

Getting the priorities on human rights right in Syria

By Jonathan Power March 12, 2019 The long war is almost over in Syria. Tyranny has won. Violence has won. Most have suffered, many unspeakably. For too long all sides were stalemated by each others’ brutality. Now the government of Bashar Al-Assad has come out on top, aided by Russia and Iran. What to do […]

Put sanctions on the merchants of death

Put sanctions on the merchants of death

By Jan Oberg March 11, 2019 SIPRI latest analysis of the global arms trade is just out. When one reads the summary, one may ask: If not now, when is the time to criminalize the international arms trade? Weapons imported into warzones have – without exception – four major effects: a) those who buy or […]

An ocean of lies about Venezuela

An ocean of lies about Venezuela

Abby Martin interviews the UN’s Rapporteur By Jan Oberg March 9, 2019 At The Transnational, we believe in diversity. And in the likelihood that world events are complex and can be seen from more than one – usually US/Western – perspective. You may have wondered why the, now retired, UN representative for Venezuela, the brilliant […]

Anti Reuter

Anti Reuter

By Johan Galtung March 7, 2019 In 1883 P. J. Reuter, head of the news agency carrying his name, wrote the following memorandum: To: Agents and CorrespondentsFrom: P. J. ReuterDate: 1883 Re: Please cover the following: “…fires, explosions, floods, inundations, railway accidents, destructive storms, earthquakes, shipwrecks attended with loss of life, accidents to war vessels […]

Macron’s Letter: Words, words, words of EU nationalism

Macron’s Letter: Words, words, words of EU nationalism

By Jan Oberg March 7, 2019 French president Emmanuel Macron has published an extremely long Open Letter to 27 leading newspapers in all EU member states. (The fact that it has been all over the place and way longer than the usual about 800 words for a feature article speaks volumes about the close connection […]

Criticism of Israel is misrepresented as anti-Semitism

Criticism of Israel is misrepresented as anti-Semitism

By Jonathan Power March 6, 2019 After the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70 the Jews were thrust into the outer world – many into Arab countries, later to become Muslim, where they were extended protection, and later into the Roman and then Christian world where they were accepted for many centuries. […]

Why the Kim-Trump Summit was a – predictable – fiasco

Why the Kim-Trump Summit was a – predictable – fiasco

By Jan Oberg February 28, 2019 Peace can never be achieved this way a) The issue is about peace, not only nuclear weapons. The US has not been willing to sign a peace agreement after all these years. After some kind of peace process and treaty has been achieved, you can turn to the specific […]

The Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam

The Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam

By Jonathan Power February 26, 2019 Kim Jong-un, paramount leader of the North Korean dictatorship, is in Vietnam ready to meet President Donald Trump. Last June the two leaders met, applauded themselves and each other and made some sort of a deal even if it wasn’t the one Trump boasted about – the total elimination […]

The irrelevance of the US/Mexican wall

The irrelevance of the US/Mexican wall

By Jonathan Power February 19, 2019 It’s time overdue that the misleading myths on immigration are thrown into the trashcan. They are causing untold damage. The fact is that President Donald Trump’s own government research shows that Mexican migration has dropped sharply in recent years. In Britain, the Brexit debate which began with a whipped […]

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