Time to end the West’s break with Russia

Time to end the West’s break with Russia

By Jonathan Power October 25, 2019 It’s time overdue for the West to make up with Russia. The contretemps over Ukraine, now played out over five years, is too long. As the world goes it doesn’t deserve so much attention. Ukraine in landmass may be a big country but it’s population is only 44 million […]

The EU pulled the rug from under the Kurds

The EU pulled the rug from under the Kurds

By Jonathan Power October 17, 2019 Insurgencies may not die, but at least, like old soldiers, they usually fade away. Well, that seemed to be the case with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the PKK. For the best part of five years between 2000 and 2005 there was a truce in Turkey’s bitter and savage civil […]

Nuclear disarmament is more important than tackling global warming

Nuclear disarmament is more important than tackling global warming

By Jonathan Power October 8, 2019 There’s a lot of end-of-the-world hyperbole around on climate change. So there should be. But it blankets out other important causes that are even more imminently important – wiping out malaria and sleeping sickness and introducing pure water supplies, sewerage systems and education for girls – all of which […]

Dangerous military confrontation with Russia in Kaliningrad

Dangerous military confrontation with Russia in Kaliningrad

By Jonathan Power September 23, 2019 “What idiocy”, exclaims Jack Matlock on Facebook. Matlock is one of my “Facebook Friends” because I judge his knowledge of Russia as second to none, having been under President Ronald Reagan the White House’s senior advisor on the Soviet Union and, later, his ambassador to Moscow. The object of his […]

Once again censorship at the heart of the UN

Once again censorship at the heart of the UN

By Jonathan Power September 17, 2019 The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has long been controversial. Back in the days of the Soviet Union, Moscow protected communist and ultra-socialist dictators around the world from any attack on their human rights abuses. At the same time routine attacks on Israel, even the extravagant ones, were given […]

Reading the tea-leaves in Hong Kong

Reading the tea-leaves in Hong Kong

By Jonathan Power August 20, 2019 In 1995 in a little remembered event Li Ruthuan, a member of the Chinese Politburo (containing the top seven in the government), made a speech likening the Chinese take-over of Hong Kong to the case of a lady who had agreed to sell a 100-year-old Yi-Xiang teapot that was […]

Russia and China are growing together again

Russia and China are growing together again

By Jonathan Power August 14, 2019 In her famous decree in 1767 Empress Catherine the Great proclaimed Russia to be a European power. She wanted Russia to be a major player in European politics. She compelled the Europeans to accept Russia as a great power as a condition for doing business. In 1815 Russia was […]

We must stop America and Russia going MAD

We must stop America and Russia going MAD

By Jonathan Power August 6, 2019 – Hiroshima Day If MAD was Mad then the decision of President Donald Trump to renounce the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) is MADDER. MAD is Mutually Assured Destruction, a concept which underlay the nuclear deterrence of the Cold War. Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan began the hard […]

TFF Honorary Friend Paul McCartney

  • Paul McCartney – Sir Paul James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on June 18th 1942. In 1956, Paul writes his first song, I Lost My Little Girl. For his complete biography (up to 2003), click here. His official website is PaulMcCartney.com Paul McCartney and TFF’s founder Jan Oberg met each other in […]