How many millions of people have been killed in America’s post-9/11 wars? – Part One: Iraq

How many millions of people have been killed in America’s post-9/11 wars? – Part One: Iraq

By Nicolas J. S. Davies* January 17, 2020 How many people have been killed in America’s post-9/11 wars? I have been researching and writing about that question since soon after the U.S. launched these wars, which it has tried to justify as a response to terrorist crimes that killed 2,996 people in the U.S. on September 11th, 2001. […]

The lessons of Russia’s Syrian intervention for Washington and Brussels

The lessons of Russia’s Syrian intervention for Washington and Brussels

Photo – Eastern Aleppo, December 2016 – © Jan Oberg By Gordon M. Hahn January 17, 2020 If Western leaders are able to put aside the now worn-out cliches such as Russian Vladimir Putin ‘punching above his weight,’ ‘Trump handing Putin a victory on a silver plate’, not to mention ‘Trump as Putin agent’, there […]

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 […]

A happier, less violent 2020

A happier, less violent 2020

December 30, 2019 Each and every problem humanity faces is rooted in violence. Why do so many continue believing in violence, the most counter-productive, unintelligent and expensive means of all? Violence invariably makes a problem between conflicting parties deeper and broader and every solution more difficult. It makes the original problem ten times bigger. All […]

Western moral decay: Syria – the war, the loss and the silence

Western moral decay: Syria – the war, the loss and the silence

Child from Eastern Aleppo receiving food in the Jibrin reception camp, December 14, 2016Photo © Jan Oberg By Jan Oberg December 20, 2019 The liberation of Eastern Aleppo took place 3 years and a few days ago – December 12, 2016. On December 12, 2012, on the day, 4 years earlier, Western countries and allies […]

Professionalization in peace research

Professionalization in peace research

By Johan Galtung December 19, 2019 Keynote Speech, International Peace Research Association (IPRA) – 7 Jan 2006 On professionalization in general Generally, the sociology of professions identifies three characteristics of a profession: There is a range of Skills with which a range of professionals will handle a range of problems for a range of clients, […]

Climate Action, Gandhian Ways

Climate Action, Gandhian Ways

By David Cortright December 11, 2019 Last month I was invited by the Indian Permanent Mission to the United Nations to give a presentation on the International Day of Nonviolence, which was also the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth. Below is the full text of my remarks, which were delivered at the United Nations headquarters in […]

Leaving the Cold War Behind

Leaving the Cold War Behind

Introduction This is the digitalized version of a TFF Statement published by TFF’s Board almost 31 years ago. Could that be of any interest today?First, it reflects the situation and the issues discussed at the time as well as the hopes for a better future – now sadly lost. Secondly, it is one example of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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