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 […]

EU words, words and words on the Iran nuclear deal: What about action?

EU words, words and words on the Iran nuclear deal: What about action?

By Jan Oberg January 13, 2020 European allies of the U-S have turned down a request by the American President to leave the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran (JCPOA). France says it remains committed to the Iran deal, and will continue to work with other parties. Britain has pledged to remain committed too. Prime Minister […]

In these interesting times, black humour and satire seem more relevant than serious commenting

In these interesting times, black humour and satire seem more relevant than serious commenting

By Jan Oberg January 13, 2020 What’s the use of intellectual arguments? Reference to concepts and theories – and the need for being just a bit clear about their definition? What’s the use of pointing out the degree to which populist parlance, fake and omission has undermined public discussions and media reporting about international affairs? […]

US-Iran tensions after murder of Soleimani

US-Iran tensions after murder of Soleimani

With Farhang Jahanpour and Bamo Nuri January 9, 2020 Here is an informed and complex discussion by two experts, one of them being Dr. Farhang Jahanpour, Oxford, who is also a TFF Associate and Dr. Bamo Nouri, expert US Foreign Policy. It lasts for about the first 20 minutes of this IndusNews program anchored by […]

The consequences of Taiwan’s election

The consequences of Taiwan’s election

By Jonathan Power Januar 7, 2020 In the Chinese government’s eyes it has three rebellious parts of China on its plate – Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In Tibet, protestors from time to time have clashed with police and soldiers. In Hong Kong, the reform and freedom demonstrations are now in their eighth month. In […]

Forgetting 2019

Forgetting 2019

By Richard Falk January 5, 2019 Prefatory Note At this age, having exhausted prose options, I indulge myself during holidays, by sharing poems that seek also your indulgence. I searched 2019 for some glimmers of good news, and felt stymied. Of course, here, there, everywhere there were glorious private exceptions, yet hovering over the public marketplaces of […]

Trade battles

Trade battles

By Jonathan Power Januar 2, 2020 In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, Sherlock Holmes lectures Watson on the unlikely subject of free trade. Holmes: “Capital article this on free trade. Permit me to read you an extract from The Times: ‘You may be cajoled into imagining that your own special trade […]

War is illegal

War is illegal

By Jonathan Power December 24, 2019 When it comes to war, the world does move on for the better. Right now there are no interstate wars. The longest-running civil war of our era, in the Sudan, is over. The second-longest, in Afghanistan and Syria, are winding down. Only one country in the world actually threatens […]