What’s Left? What’s Right?

What’s Left? What’s Right?

By Jonathan Power December 6, 2019 It goes back to the French revolution of 1789. At the Revolutionary Convention, the most radical of the insurgents decided to seat themselves on the left side. “Why not on the other side, the right side, the place of rectitude, where law and the higher rights resided, when man’s best […]

NATO’s 4th crises: The 2 per cent goal as defence illiteracy

NATO’s 4th crises: The 2 per cent goal as defence illiteracy

By Jan Oberg December 2, 2019 Political NATO’s London Summit on December 3 and 4, 2019 displays the deep political crisis of the 70-year-old alliance: Only a dinner and a short meeting, no statement to be issued, quarrels among the leading military members, accusations, substantial differences on Syria and many other issues, the deepest-ever Transatlantic […]

OPCW must come clean: Open Letter to states’ representatives

OPCW must come clean: Open Letter to states’ representatives

By Tim Hayward, TFF Associate November 29, 2019 Following revelations of grave flaws in its Syria reporting, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) must allow whistleblowers’ evidence to be heard at the coming OPCW Conference of States Parties.  That’s the message from the following public figures who have signed an Open Letter […]

Wikileaks reveals further evidence of “sexed-up dossier”: OPCW faces growing call for answers

Wikileaks reveals further evidence of “sexed-up dossier”: OPCW faces growing call for answers

By Tim Hayward, TFF Associate November 29, 2019 As representatives of almost every state in the world gather in The Hague, all eyes should be on them. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – whose conference they are attending – was mandated by the people of the world to play a vital […]

Nyt om giftangrebet i Douma 2018, vil de danske medier svigte igen?

Nyt om giftangrebet i Douma 2018, vil de danske medier svigte igen?

Af Jesper Munk Jakobsen, TFF Associate Den 29. november, 2019 “Uanset om man tror, at Assad står bag angrebet eller ej, er det journalisternes opgave at være kritiske over for egne magthaveres beslutningsgrundlag.” Det skrev jeg i Ræson den 20. april 2018 i forbindelse med at Assad og den syriske regering blev beskyldt for at […]

Health and human rights in Gaza: Shame on the world

Health and human rights in Gaza: Shame on the world

By Richard Falk, TFF Associate November 28, 2019 Preliminary Notes This post devoted to health and human rights in Gaza. It is based on a video presentation some weeks ago to a conference on this theme held in Gaza. It makes no effort to update by reference to the latest cycle of violence sparked by […]

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 […]

The end of the two-nation state for Israelis and Palestinians

The end of the two-nation state for Israelis and Palestinians

By Jonathan Power November 27, 2019 It’s unbelievable that 102 years have passed since the Balfour Declaration when the British colonial government decided to give the Jews their own homeland- but also promised that “it be done without infringing on the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish population”. Now, this month, the Trump […]

Iran, the Great Satan?

Iran, the Great Satan?

By Jonathan Power November 20, 2019 Of all the present foes of America it is Iran which has consistently been over time the number one.  Since its Islamic Revolution in 1979 that overthrew the secular-minded Shah and supplanted him with a militant, sometimes warlike, Islamic theocracy, it has been America’s Great Satan. (But for Europe […]

Measuring humanity’s undoubted progress

Measuring humanity’s undoubted progress

By Jonathan Power November 14, 2019 “Lies, damn lies and statistics”. “You can bend any fact with statistics”. There is some truth in that. Nevertheless, some statistics are necessary, revealing and surprising. Many of us when asked about the position of the poor in America would say that over the last two centuries they have […]