The US Syria “Strategy” – Recipe For Continued Disaster Even For The US

The US Syria “Strategy” – Recipe For Continued Disaster Even For The US

By Jan Oberg January 19, 2018 Most media covering the speech that US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, gave at the Hoover Institution on January 17, 2018 merely points out that he said that the United States would stay in Syria – open-ended – in the future and until President Bashar al-Assad has left the […]

ISS Today: Do global actors have what it takes to help Burundi?

ISS Today: Do global actors have what it takes to help Burundi?

Burundi’s ongoing political instability highlights the stark divide between global conflict prevention rhetoric and practice.   By Priyal Singh for ISS TODAY.  First published by ISS Today • Since Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term in early 2015, political instability across the country has tested the limits of […]

Let the Two-State Solution Die a Natural Death

Let the Two-State Solution Die a Natural Death

  By Richard Falk This post is a modified version of an article published in Middle East Eye on Jan. 1, 2018. It contends that the proper priority for genuine advocates of peace between Israelis and Palestinians should be centered around apartheid rather than be devoted to reviving an Oslo style ‘peace process’ (always a sham) […]

At 2018 the UN S-G issues Red Alert for the whole world

At 2018 the UN S-G issues Red Alert for the whole world

    Jan Oberg comments: This is certainly important, although there are limits to what António Guterres can say. I wish he would have said “reduction of all kinds of violence” or emphasised the UN Charter’s Article one that says that peace shall be built by peaceful means. But anyhow – I applaud him for […]

John Scales Avery – A Life for Global Peace and Development

John Scales Avery – A Life for Global Peace and Development

Portrait of a TFF Associate December 29, 2017 • John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist at the University of Copenhagen. He is noted for his books and research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science.   His 2003 book Information Theory and Evolution set forth the view that the phenomenon of […]

70 years and half a trillion dollars later: what has the UN achieved?

70 years and half a trillion dollars later: what has the UN achieved?

• The United Nations has saved millions of lives and boosted health and education across the world. But it is bloated, undemocratic – and very expensive. The United Nations has saved millions of lives and boosted health and education across the world. But it is bloated, undemocratic – and very expensive. By Chris McGreal, The […]

International Law and “The Responsibility to Protect” – Vijay Prashad

By Vijay Prashad • In the final segment of Paul Jay’s interview with Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself, the subject is the undermining of international law and military interventions in the name of human rights. Watch the full episode… From The Real News Network Via youtube.com

Sustainable development goals – United Nations

Sustainable development goals – United Nations

• On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, […]

“Ever Since My UN Appointment I Have Often Been Accused of Being an Anti-Semite and A Self-Hating Jew”

“Ever Since My UN Appointment I Have Often Been Accused of Being an Anti-Semite and A Self-Hating Jew”

By Richard Falk Via ahtribune.com A wide-ranging conversation with Richard Falk at the American Herald Tribune on October 5, 2017. Here a few excerpts: • Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote the book “Achieving Human Rights”. Don’t you think that the many interventions of American imperialism, under the pretext of spreading human rights and democracy, have emptied […]

The Prince of human rights

The Prince of human rights

  By Jan Oberg • General Ratko Mladic has finally been sentenced – to life – for crimes committed in Bosnia during the Yugoslav dissolution wars in the 1990s. That motivated Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to make a statement to the effect that “Mladic is the epitome […]