TFF’s “Behind The Smokescreen” Report

TFF’s “Behind The Smokescreen” Report

Gordon Dumoulin Jan Oberg Thore Vestby The Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research Lund, Sweden • TFF@transnational.org • The Transnational • Ph +46 (0)738 525200 • August 6, 2021 • © TFF 2021 Photo: Yiran Ding, Shanghai, Splash 丁亦然 Download and share this report as PDF Table of Content IntroductionThe China Cold War Agenda as […]

US-Afghanistan August 15, 2021: Eight conclusions and the mean words “What was it we said all the time”?

US-Afghanistan August 15, 2021: Eight conclusions and the mean words “What was it we said all the time”?

Jan Oberg August 17, 202 Back then, after September 11, 2001, in Washington and New York, everybody talked about who could have done it, how they did it and with what means. The only thing never brought to the fore was: WHY would somebody want to do something like 9/11 to the United States of […]

A Rap on Race: Margaret Mead and James Baldwin’s Rare Conversation on Forgiveness and the Difference Between Guilt and Responsibility

A Rap on Race: Margaret Mead and James Baldwin’s Rare Conversation on Forgiveness and the Difference Between Guilt and Responsibility

“We’ve got to be as clear-headed about human beings as possible because we are still each other’s only hope.” Maria Popova April 23, 2020 NOTE: This is the first installment in a multi-part series covering Mead and Baldwin’s historic conversation. Part 2 focuses on identity, race, and the immigrant experience; part 3 on changing one’s destiny; part 4 on reimagining democracy […]

A conversation at the edge of the human future

A conversation at the edge of the human future

Richard FalkTFF Associate October 16, 2020 Introduction Below is a long interview from Konrad Stachnio with Richard Falk – TFF Associate – on a wide-ranging set of questions, which stretched by knowledge past its breaking point, especially in assessing where the technological innovations on the horizons will lead us. It is one of 17 conversations […]

The suicidal empire

The suicidal empire

Mazin Qumsiyeh July 16, 2020 Winston Churchill told the Peel Commission  in 1937: “I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that […]

George Floyd’s killing and its international repercussions: Part 1

George Floyd’s killing and its international repercussions: Part 1

Farhang JahanpourTFF Associate June 23, 2020 Part One – Part 2 here The gruesome killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 25 May 2020 has given rise to an unprecedented campaign against police brutality in the United States, and in turn has acted as a fuse for a worldwide uprising against racism and inequality. […]

Will the coronavirus pandemic help curb war and militarism?

Will the coronavirus pandemic help curb war and militarism?

May 25, 2020 Dr. Lawrence Wittner Decades ago, when I began teaching international history, I used to ask students if they thought it was possible for nations to end their fighting of wars against one another. Their responses varied. But the more pessimistic conclusions were sometimes tempered by the contention that, if the world’s nations […]

Post-Corona thoughts from Beijing: ‘There is and will be no going back to normal’

Post-Corona thoughts from Beijing: ‘There is and will be no going back to normal’

Photo – Jan Oberg Gordon Dumoulin May 5, 2020 People from abroad ask me lately how it is to be ‘back to normal’ in Beijing after the lockdown? A little introduction First of all we have not witnessed a strict lockdown here in Beijing such as in Wuhan, Hubei province, some other cities in China […]

What if all migration was free? A video-based art and science project

What if all migration was free? A video-based art and science project

Jan Oberg April 30, 2020 Last year, the Danish artist Gudrun Steen-Andersen created a multimedia installation under the theme: “Perpetuum Mobile – What Would Happen If Migration Was Free Worldwide?” Naturally, it is a thought experiment – not the least in these times of multi-crisis where nationalism, xenophobia, populism and the building of walls seem […]

Why NATO doesn’t target Russia 🧸 – Nepal is the new enemy, stupid!

Why NATO doesn’t target Russia 🧸 – Nepal is the new enemy, stupid!

By Jan Oberg About 37,000 soldiers from 18 countries are to participate in the U.S.-run manoeuver dubbed Defender Europe 2020 in May and June. This is “the largest deployment of U.S. troops to Europe in more than 25 years,” NATO’s Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg tells us. I assume, proudly. But wait … What on Earth is […]

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