The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 2

The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 2

Part 2 Governments have spent trillions upon trillions of dollars on a ‘security’ politics that has had only destructive effects on humanity and on Nature.What are the security theories and concepts – the way of thinking – that have led governments to run only militarist and military-dominated security policies to the extent that their own […]

The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 1

The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 1

Part 2 of this series Jan Oberg April 2, 2020 The Coronavirus is a comparatively small killer Over the last 3 months, about 40.000+ people have died worldwide because of (or with) the Coronavirus. No other phenomenon in contemporary history has caused so many drastic decisions in democratic and authoritarian governments alike as thi pandemic. […]

A socialist foreign policy for America

A socialist foreign policy for America

By Jonathan Power March 20, 2020 Is Bernie Sanders still in with a chance? It is a slim one, but in these primary elections one never knows. There have been a number of surprising upsets. Even if Joe Biden comes out on top and has to face Donald Trump for the presidency the Democratic Party […]

Former UN climate chief calls for civil disobedience

Former UN climate chief calls for civil disobedience

Jeff McMahon March 20, 2020 In a new book, the woman who led the negotiations for the Paris Agreement calls for civil disobedience to force institutions to respond to the climate crisis. Originally posted on Transcend.org on February 24, 2020, here “It’s time to participate in non-violent political movements wherever possible,” Christiana Figueres writes in […]

The largest US-led military exercise in Europe scales down but COVID-19 doesn’t stop it!

The largest US-led military exercise in Europe scales down but COVID-19 doesn’t stop it!

By Jan Oberg March 17, 2020 Defender Europe 20 is a huge, basically US military exercise, on European soil between February and May this year. It has already started. In the midst of a closed-down coronavirus Europe. And it is war-preparing, not peace- or confidence-building. The diagram above from the British Army offers you details […]

China in the post-American world : Remarks to Le Cercle

China in the post-American world : Remarks to Le Cercle

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University Washington, DC  29 November 2018 Ladies and Gentlemen: You have asked me to say a few words about China’s rise and its role in the post-American world.  There is a lot of nonsense being voiced on this […]

We shouldn’t have to beg Mark Zuckerberg to respect democracy

We shouldn’t have to beg Mark Zuckerberg to respect democracy

By Dean Baker Last month George Soros had a New York Times column arguing that Mark Zuckerberg should not be running Facebook. (Does the NYT reserve space on its opinion page for billionaires?) The gist of Soros’ piece is that Zuckerberg has made a deal with Trump. He will allow all manner of outrageous lies […]

Umberto Eco’s list of the 14 common features of Fascism

Umberto Eco’s list of the 14 common features of Fascism

By Umberto Eco February 24, 2020 One of the key questions facing both journalists and loyal oppositions these days is how do we stay honest as euphemisms and trivializations take over the discourse? Can we use words like “fascism,” for example, with fidelity to the meaning of that word in world history? The term, after all, devolved […]

📌 Welcome to Bootprint – TFF’s online magazine on militarism and environment

📌 Welcome to Bootprint – TFF’s online magazine on militarism and environment

By Jan Oberg February 14, 2020 Today TFF launches “Bootprint – Militarism and Environment” – a curated, free-of-charge online magazine that brings you quality knowledge about the connections between the two most urgent problems that humanity faces. These two main clusters of problems which, if not solved, threaten to destroy humanity, our Earth and all […]

On 41st Anniversary, has Trump’s belligerence strengthened the Iranian government?

On 41st Anniversary, has Trump’s belligerence strengthened the Iranian government?

By Farhang Jahanpour February 12, 2020 Oxford, UK (Special to Informed Comment) – On February 11, 2020, the Islamic Republic of Iran marks the 41st anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. Thus, it has defied the Trump administration’s prediction of its demise for two years beyond its allotted time. In his speech at […]

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