The world needs to understand what is wrong with America

The world needs to understand what is wrong with America

A demonstrator raises a fist after clashes with police in the US city of Seattle on 8 June (AFP) As calls for racial justice reverberate across the country, the field of American Studies requires a radical rethink – namely, the active engagement of people around the globe at the receiving end of US militarism.  By […]

Toward a global ethics of nonviolence

Toward a global ethics of nonviolence

Human nature, Gandhi said, “will only find itself when it fully realises that to be human it has to cease to be beastly or brutal”. (Illustration: C R Sasikumar) Charles P. Webel with Sofia Khaydari July 28, 2020 The UN’s peacekeeping mission is premised on the Declaration of Universal Human Rights, based on the assumptions […]

ObergComment: How the West lost Iran to China and others – and why

ObergComment: How the West lost Iran to China and others – and why

📌 We know that many of our readers would like to see some short, pointed posts here. So, in contrast to the longer, more analytical articles we usually publish – normal for an academic institution – an Oberg Comment is a short text by the editor of The Transnational, Jan Oberg, which alerts you to […]

Education for peace and geopolitics

Education for peace and geopolitics

Johan GaltungTFF Associate July 20, 2020 60 years of peace theory and peace practice can be summarized in:                                                 EQUITY x HARMONY                              PEACE =   ——————————-                                                 TRAUMA x CONFLICT Four theory foci, four policy tasks, and four education topics. Any true education should prepare for practice, guided by general theory. Moving from denominator right […]

ObergComment: Today Israel’s apartheid and other illegalities develop further, the West turning its blind eye

ObergComment: Today Israel’s apartheid and other illegalities develop further, the West turning its blind eye

📌 We know that many of our readers would like to see some short, pointed posts here. So, in contrast to the longer, more analytical articles we usually publish – normal for an academic institution – an Oberg Comment is a short text by the editor of The Transnational, Jan Oberg, which alerts you to […]

Martin Luther King’s giant triplets: Racism, yes, but what about Militarism and Materialism?

Martin Luther King’s giant triplets: Racism, yes, but what about Militarism and Materialism?

June 29, 2020 Intro by Tom Engelhart to article by Andrew Bacevich Today, in the context of the Black Lives Matter protests, TomDispatch regular Andrew Bacevich considers the all-American version of “extreme materialism” that Martin Luther King called out more than half a century ago. And when it comes to the overwhelming urge to get […]

George Floyd’s killing: Part 2

George Floyd’s killing: Part 2

Pulling down statues may make us feel good but will not eliminate the root causes of racism and discrimination Farhang JahanpourTFF Associate June 23, 2020 Part Two – Part 1 here The protests to the cruel killing of George Floyd and many others before him and even some after him have not remained confined to […]

George Floyd: An iceberg perspective

George Floyd: An iceberg perspective

June 10, 2020 Jan Oberg The horrific police murder of the black American George Floyd is, of course, not the first, neither will it be the last. Fortunately, it has set in motion significant protests not only in the United States but around the world – on top of the Corona Crisis. And it has […]

The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 4

The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 4

Part 4 Part 1 and 2 were introductory and then made the diagnosis. Part 3 analysed the fraudulent threat analysis that fuels militarism.This 4th part focus on some theories and concepts about human security and how that concept differs fundamentally from the state-anchored, military policies that have dominated so far. Part 1 of this series […]

“America exists today to make war. How else do we interpret…?”

“America exists today to make war. How else do we interpret…?”

May 19, 2020 Lawrence Wilkerson, US Army Colonel This is a stunning piece of documentary and a clear and sharp analysis of the moral and intellectual decay of the foreign interventionist policy of the United States. By a man who obviously knows. Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Secretary of State Colin […]

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