Articles by Jan Oberg

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Open Letter to UN SG Concerning Iran
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

27 May 2019 – The repeated threats of war against and sanctions on Iran contain very dangerous dynamics – for Iran, the region and the world – that could easily spin out of control. The situation is such that the UN Secretary-General must be urged to take action in accordance with the UN Charter.

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Stop the Ongoing U.S. Economic Terrorism against Iran and Help Its People!
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2019

15 Apr 2019 – You have certainly not heard much about this in the West. And it didn’t get a fraction of the media attention (and none of the hundreds of millions of Euro pledges by the perversely rich) that the Notre Dame fire did.

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Denmark’s PM Admires a Killing Soldier’s Simplistic View of Good and Evil
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2019

11 Apr 2019 – An entertaining talk show, “Skavlan”, one of the largest in Europe with 2 million viewers. A dialogue between a prime minister and a UK Special Forces soldier who doesn’t regret that he has kicked in doors and “killed a lot” in Afghanistan. He justifies himself by the most primitive and long-ago debunked theory about Good and Evil in this world. After which the prime minister expresses his admiration and total agreement! Something is deeply wrong here. Disturbing. Do the issues of war and peace not require any intellectual capacity, knowledge or decent thinking? And how come that both the PM and the soldier seem to feel like victims in spite of having, directly and indirectly, themselves taken lives?

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NATO at 70: An Unlawful Organisation with Serious Psychological Problems
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2019

3 Apr 2019 – Western mainstream media and their carefully selected editors and commentators are likely to have only politically correct perspectives on the anniversary. We believe it is important to raise questions about its members and NATO itself: NATO’s huge, accelerating armaments from an already superior position, its nuclear weapons and doctrine, its post-1989 expansion and confrontational policies, its interventions without UN mandate, its role in the new Cold War and – not the least – NATO’s permanent operation in violation of its own Treaty.

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New EU Sanctions on Iran: The Plank in Your Own Eyes
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

9 Jan 2019 – European Union issues sanctions on Iran on January 8, 2019. The move puts the individuals and intelligence unit on the EU terrorist list – freezing their financial assets. It’s a brilliant example of Matthew 7:3-6: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

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At 70: A Few Problems with the Human Rights Concept
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

10 Dec 2018 – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 today. Thirty fine demands that, if you read them today, leaves a lot to be desired in all four corners of the world, including the Western. While people struggle to get them implemented and struggle against those who violate them, it may also be relevant to discuss the concept as such at an occasion such as this.

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The Global War on Terror – Another Predictable Fiasco Turns 17
Jan Oberg – The Transnational, 17 Sep 2018

11 Sep 2018 – Today marks the 17th anniversary of what could be called the most counter-productive, if not stupid, war in modern history: The Global War On Terror, GWOT. Today, THAT war is much much more dangerous to the world and its future than the terrorists it allegedly aims to hunt down. And it has caused thousands of times more suffering, death and destruction than September 11 did.

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Law Not War: Listen Very Carefully to Ben Ferencz
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2018

13 Aug 2018 – Listen to 99-year old Ben Ferencz sharing his crystal clear perception of the human stupidity of war. He is the last surviving Nuremberg Tribunal prosecutor and has thought more than probably anyone about the psychology and politics of evil. Ferencz is a staunch believer in abolishing wars as such and, of course, in nuclear weapons abolition.

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Ten Articles on the New Cold War and a Reflection
Jan Oberg – The Transnational, 20 Aug 2018

13 Aug 2018 – The new Cold War and the War on Terror both have significant, destructive effects on society, diminish its democracy and creativity, narrows the spectrum of opinions and bring us further and further away from the globally desired goals of freedom, democracy and of living in a more peaceful world. Security politics has come to mean destruction of the core fibres of what was to be secured.

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If You Want Peace, Don’t Focus on the Violence and the Evil Guy
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2018

A Personal Pledge Provoked by the Debates about Syria – Since this author is a peace and future researcher, I shall no longer participate in any discussion or debate about a conflict or war in which the main focus is on the direct violence and one or more participants point out that they know who the bad guy is and seek to frame or place me on this or that or the other side.

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Present Perverse Priorities Will Undermine the UN Even Further!
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2018

6 Aug 2018 – The news came a few days ago: “UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned member states that the organization is facing “troubling funding issues as a result of delayed dues payments that will force reductions in non-staff costs.” But who really cares? Any Trump tweet or football result is more important to our media and politicians. The members of the UN still give the world’s military about 340 times more than the UN for its core budget.

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NATO’s Crisis and the Transatlantic Conflict (Part 1)
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jul 2018

10 Jul 2018 – On the occasion of the NATO Summit in Brussels and the Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki. This analysis comes in two parts – one critical and one constructive: This one on “NATO’s crisis and the Transatlantic conflict” and the second on “Make NATO civilian and civilised.”

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Make NATO Civilian and Civilised (Part 2)
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jul 2018

This is the second of two articles about the coming end of NATO as we know it and what can be done.

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The U.S. Just Declared War on Iran
Jan Oberg – The Transnational, 14 May 2018

8 May 2018 – Against all common sense, moral considerations and international law, U.S. President Donald Trump tonight decided to place the United States outside the international so-called community and isolate itself; not Iran. He withdrew the United States from what is one of the most important negotiated peace-oriented agreements that have ever been signed.

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A Piece of World Peace History In-The-Making
Jan Oberg – The Transnational, 30 Apr 2018

27 Apr 2017 – Please watch the video below carefully. What is most amazing in this clip is that Kim first steps over the border line into the South. Then – seemingly surprising Moon – invites Moon to step into the North, hand in hand. Hear the people nearby applauding. This is historic peace-making in-the-making.

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Condemning the US-Led Aggression on Syria: In Support of the Syrian People, International Law and True Peacemaking
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2018

14 Apr 2018 – We do not know who exactly did what in Douma at this point. Only the perpetrators themselves do. Irresponsibly and non-rationally, this US-British-French attack increases markedly the risk of major war that is not based on any legality – not to mention legitimacy and moral considerations. TFF strongly condemns any military action and the rush to war before any independent investigation has been carried out.

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If You Want Peace, Don’t Focus on the Violence and the Evil Guy
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Mar 2018

A Personal Pledge Provoked by the Debates about Syria – About 95% of all debates about conflicts and war that we see in politics, mainstream media, the Internet and social media focus on the violence, who uses more or less of it and who is, therefore, the evil party.

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The 2018 US National Defense Strategy in Plain Words: Tragi-Comic!
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2018

26 Jan 2018 – This National Defense Strategy is as problematic as it is scary for the American people and the world. God, bless America! But before You do, please save it from itself!

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The US Syria “Strategy” – Recipe for Continued Disaster Even for the US
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jan 2018

We’ve of course seen it all before. It’s about bases (like, say, Kosovo), about control of resources (like, say, Iraq), about regime change (like, say Saddam Hussein and Moamar Khadafi) and it’s about the exceptionalist belief that God’s own country has God’s mandate to create US Imperial peace everywhere – no matter how many times it has already gone madly wrong and no matter how many innocent people are killed and wounded in the process.

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Johan Galtung Is Awarded Peace Prize in Nobel’s Spirit
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Dec 2017

On 2 December 2017 Johan Galtung is awarded the alternative peace prize, The People’s Peace Prize In Accordance With Nobel’s Will.

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What Makes Google’s Eric Schmidt so Afraid? And What Should He Be Afraid of?
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

21 Nov 2017 – This very powerful corporate leader with an open political orientation has decided that the Internet and his hugely dominating search engine,
a) shall cave in to political pressure,
b) de-rank at least these two Russian media organizations because
c) he knows they are “propaganda outlets” (it isn’t discussed at all or compared with US or other countries’ media) and
d) in the name of political correctness it is OK to limit the freedom of opinion-formation.

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Trump Moves towards War with Iran
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

12 Oct 2017 – With his speech today–half an hour ago–U.S. President Trump has taken a huge step into uncharted territories. One that implies a 60-75% risk of leading to a US attack on Iran. Behind him stand the hardline militarists whom he has himself appointed. Indeed, God help America! Mostly from itself!

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Nobel’s Peace Prize to ICAN: Thank You to the Nobel Committee!
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

Our thanks to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for awarding its 2017 Prize to ICAN – the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

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You’re Invited to the Nuclear Denial Party!
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Aug 2017

6 Aug 2017 – Since marketing, omitted and fake news have – to a worrying extent – replaced knowledge and ethics, why not celebrate that the media have omitted every mention of Hiroshima Day today? Welcome to the Nuclear Denial Party!!

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On The Mainstream Media Coverage of Nuclear War Risks and Nuclear Abolition
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jul 2017

30 Jun 2017 – Ask yourself whether you remember to have seen one or more of these essentially important initiatives and reports recently, all pertaining to nuclear weapons, the risk of nuclear war and advocacy of nuclear abolition.

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Trump in Riyadh – A Gulf NATO to Gang Up against Iran and Syria
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 May 2017

His visit must be seen in the light of a number of events and trends, and in what follows we do like the military when it scans the horizon for enemies: we look for patterns – not the least Saudi Arabia’s “surprising new military goals” as Forbes’ Ellen Wald appropriately calls them. Or, as they say – we connect some dots that, invariably, Western mainstream media have no capacity and probably also no interest in connecting.

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Unique Aleppo Photos Seen by over 100.000 People but Not in Mainstream Media
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2017

21 Feb 2017 – It’s probably unusual that a research organisation’s photos go viral – and do so in spite of the mainstream media’s manifest lack of interest in their story. But the photos I took in Aleppo in Syria December 10-14, 2016 have been seen here by well over 100.000 people around the world, exclusively by organic, non-paid online sharing.

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Keep Focus on Aleppo and Global Dimensions of Syria
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2017

24 Feb 2017 – Three Perspectives on the Syrian Conflict Formation – The Syrian conflict formation is hugely more complicated than we’ve been told by Western politicians (all mainstream in spite of democratic features) and mainstream/dependent media.

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School in an Aleppo Factory: The Occupiers Denied Children Education – Now They Get It
Jan Oberg – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Feb 2017

With over 2 million citizens, Aleppo used to be the largest city in Syria and a magic meeting point of many cultures, people and activities situated as it were at the famous Silk Road.

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US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D) Visits Syria
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 30 Jan 2017

26 Jan 2017 – Tulsi Gabbard and former peace presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich have just visited Aleppo and Damascus in Syria and met citizens, religious leaders and President Assad. A brilliant blow to US/NATO policies and mainstream media.

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Aleppo’s Evil Humanitarians
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jan 2017

Aleppo Shall Not Be Forgotten – Eyewitness to who helped the Aleppians, Dec 11-14, 2016. This eyewitness report and documentation contradicts the major Western mainstream media’s narrative. In spite of the world historic dimension of this liberation, the tragedy of these innocent war victims and the heartbreakingly vast proportions of the systematic destruction of this dynamic city, none of their media were present in Aleppo there and then.

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Syria’s Destruction – When Everybody Thinks Power and No One Thinks Peace
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Dec 2016

The consequences of ignoring every known and simple conflict and peace method and pursuing nationalist, racist and militarist policies. Peace was never an important factor in anything Western countries have done in and to Syria. No matter what they say. If it were, this would not be the result. It’s easy to blame Syria and Russia for the destruction of Aleppo. Far far too easy.

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Kissinger and Brzezinski to Be Honoured by Nobel Institute and Oslo University
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2016

These two top officials behind major US wars (Iran/Afghanistan and Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos) and regime change (against Allende, Chile) will speak at the first of a new event, The Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo, created by the Nobel Institute in Oslo. One way to go: Boycott the event and let Kissinger, Brzezinski, Njölstad and Ottersen be the only ones who turn up in that huge hall on December 11th. Or, go there – students, media and civil society – and raise all the questions any independent, decent academic must.

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Just How Grey Are the White Helmets and Their Backers? (Part 2)
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

• The – bizarre – White Helmet Mannequin Challenge video;
• The Swedish Institute of International Affairs’s event with the White Helmets on November 24;
• The Right Livelihood Award Foundation’s Award Ceremony to take place on November 25

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Just How Grey Are the White Helmets and Their Backers? (Part 1)
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Nov 2016

While thousands of humanitarian organisations around the world are struggling fiercely with diminishing support from governments and the public, one has achieved a surprising amount of support from Western governments in a surprisingly short period of time and gained a surprising attention from mainstream media and ditto political elites: The Syrian Civil Defence or White Helmets. Their name of course makes you think of the UN’s Blue Helmet and white is the colour of those who should be protected in harm’s way – and the colour of innocence.

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Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI, at 50. Now Change Name to SIMSI
Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

I have a proposal for this mainly government-financed and not exactly independent institute. Since its work has so conspicuously little to do with peace thinking and re-search into the vast and fascinating field called world peace, perhaps change its name to Stockholm International Military Security Institute, SIMSI?

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Ukraine as the Border of NATO Expansion
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 3 Oct 2016

And Why Russia Doesn’t Have to Be a Threat to the West

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How Did Western Europe Cope with a Much Stronger Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact?
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 5 Sep 2016

How did Western Europe survive the much stronger Soviet Union & Warsaw Pact 30-40 years ago? A pact that had about 70% of NATO’s military expenditures where today’s Russia has 8%? How did we get on after the Soviet invasion of Hungary and Czechoslovakia – and a Union with much more global military and political influence?

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The Clintons Celebrated – But Likely Disastrous for the World
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 1 Aug 2016

I can only hope that I am wrong but I fear that Hillary Clinton – if she becomes the next President of the United States – is likely to be yet another militarist disaster for the world. And for the US itself whose manifest destiny is now manifest decline, caused mainly by all the failed wars, the cost of militarism and their consequences and blowback effects.

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Fearology and Militarism but the Real Enemy Is Us
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 11 Jul 2016

NATO: Why does an alliance with such an overwhelming superiority shout and scream and see ghosts on the horizon when, in reality, there are none? Why does it seem to be intellectually unable to see things from the side of its opponent? Is the show of strength in reality a sign of weakness?

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Much Stronger Than During the First Cold War – Why Is NATO So Irrational?
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 4 Jul 2016

Why is the new tension rising in Europe between US/NATO and Russia so manifestly dangerous and – with the exception of the Cuban Missile Crisis worse than during the First Cold War?… One must indeed wonder why the West that has much less to fear militarily than ever since 1945 either ‘pretends’ to be so fearful or acts with such out-of-proportion ‘irrationality and alarmism.’

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The Brexit Shock – Now All Is Up in the Air!
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 27 Jun 2016

24 Jun 2016 – The UK, Europe and the rest of the world will be affected. But there has been no planning for this anywhere. It’s now all up in the air what this Brexit vote will be the starting point of. All we can safely predict is that we are in for interesting times! ”May you live in interesting times” as the English say, considering it a curse.

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A Sunni-Salafist-Zionist Coalition Changing Middle East?
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 4 Apr 2016

Countries that do something good for themselves and for the world – positive sum – will win even where others are playing win-lose – zero sum – games. In today’s world the paradigm of security against others is only for intellectual, political and moral losers. What was meant to secure us all has turned into the greatest threat to us all.

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Will the EU Become a Criminal Union Tomorrow?
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 21 Mar 2016

We live in times where little shall surprise us anymore. The answer to the question – will EU become a criminal in international law terms? – will be answered on March 17 and 18 when the EU Council meets to decide whether or not to carry through the agreement with Turkey about how to handle refugees.

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Can We Give Meaning to the Destruction of Syria?
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 7 Mar 2016

In 2011 when it all began, an educated conflict analyst or otherwise conflict competent person would have said about the conflict in Syria that it was a very complex thing, caused by history, environment, traumas, external factors, the economic situation, etc. And that al-Assad and his government was certainly an important reason but far from the only one.

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The Deeper Reason Syria Negotiations Are Doomed
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 1 Feb 2016

Governments are still so much more professional and resourceful when it comes to wars and militarism than they are when it comes to conflict-resolution and peace. The main reason everywhere is the vested elite interests in MIMAC, the Military-Industrial-Media-Academic Complex – a cancer that kills hundreds of thousands of people, create refugees and work against both democracy and peace.

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Nuclear Weapons and Nuclearism: Abolish or Be Abolished
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 1 Feb 2016

The nuclear age is an age of terror. Nuclear weapons are the ultimate weapons of terror. You can’t use them without killing millions of innocent people. Targetting innocent people, people who are not part of a conflict, is a central defining characteristics of terrorism.

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The Nobel Foundation Taken to Court on the Peace Prize
Jan Oberg – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2015

“We are not going to court for our own financial benefit,” says Fredrik Heffermehl, “but to get a court order on Nobel’s purpose and the limits the peace prize must keep within. To this end, we had to sue the board of the Nobel Foundation to restitute to the Foundation the €1 million paid to the EU in 2012. The money was paid to the EU against protests from Peace Prize recipients Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire, Perez Esquivel and the International Peace Bureau.”

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Burundi’s Crisis and the World’s Inability to Prevent Violence
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 9 Nov 2015

9 Nov 2015 – The big – not great – powers of the world have embassies everywhere, plenty of intelligence services, special forces on the ground and satellites in space. They can even hit and kill individuals they don’t like.

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Congratulations and Thank You, Iran!
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 20 Jul 2015

It is a revolution – namely, solving problems at the table rather than through yet another failed, counterproductive and self-defeating Western war on a Middle Eastern country. A victory for nonviolence and intelligence over violence and human folly; for civilisation, for civilised manners – and with the “object” itself being a civilisation.

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Outrageus Attempt at Killing a Deal with Iran
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 29 Jun 2015

25 Jun 2015 – Internal elite power games in Washington are now putting Middle Eastern and global stability and peace at stake. The Iran nuclear issue can only be solved through mutual respect, dialogue and fairness and a principled policy that precludes the idea of “one set of rules for you and one for us”.

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Burundi: Plan Genuine Humanitarian Intervention Now!
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 18 May 2015

The coup d’etat of May 13 [2015] has failed, its masters being arrested. President Nkurunziza who was in Tanzania when ousted will return as soon as he feels he can trust enough loyalists; there may well be increased repression of the people everywhere and violence between loyalists and opposition. Toward civil war? Toward genocide?

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Today’s V-Day as a Lost Opportunity for Peace-Making
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 11 May 2015

Today, May 9, Russia commemorates V-Day – 70 years ago they won over Nazi Germany. The price they paid were 20-26 million human beings of which 9 million soldiers. But on the order of Washington, all European leaders–recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize–with the remarkable exception of Chancellor Merkel, today ignore the sufferings of the Soviet citizens and stay away as a protest. Permit me to call it insensitive, shortsighted and narrow-minded.

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Burundi: Denying or Hoping Won’t Do
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 11 May 2015

Everyone who cares will see all the red lamps and hear the alarm bells. We have a history of genocide in this country and neighbouring Rwanda just a few years ago. There is something to build our early warnings on. But who is listening? Who is taking action, serious political action?

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Behind Every Refugee Stands an Arms Trader
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 4 May 2015

These boat refugees run away to another continent without shoes, money or belongings because their lives are unbearable and they have absolutely no hope. Refugees are not happiness-seekers. Using “migrants” instead of “refugees” takes away our attention from why they flee, from our own complicity in all this and it reduces our responsibility to protect refugees.

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Burundi: Early Warning and Violence Prevention
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 4 May 2015

The present conflict is rooted in power politics, structural-economic inequality throughout society and in woefully inadequate international attention and assistance. The Hutu-Tutsi difference is not a basic cause, but, of course, cynical manipulators may later use it to mobilise energy for violence.

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From Preventing to Making Peace in Ukraine
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 16 Mar 2015

You’ve heard everybody involved in the Ukraine conflict solemnly declared that there is no military solution. And what do they all do? Right, they militarise the situation further, use bellicose language, speak bad about each other, take provocative steps, use propaganda and flex their military muscles. These men – sorry, but they are all men – who are competent in war and violence run our world.

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Nobel Peace Prize Watch Launched
Jan Oberg – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 9 Mar 2015

On March 3, 2015 major news sources broke the quite extraordinary story that the chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee had been demoted; it’s the first time it has ever happened. The ‘Lay Down Your Arms Association’ was incorporated and registered in Sweden and set up the Nobel Peace Prize Watch where you can acquaint yourself with the Prize, its history, background, the criticism over time, etc.

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Interview with “Iran Review” – And a Word about Intellectual Freedom
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 26 Jan 2015

TFF has been engaged with an in Iran the last three years. We believe that the general image in Western media – covering almost only Iran’s nuclear program, human rights violations and Iran as a threat to the world – is neither objective nor fair.

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“We Are All Charlie” – But Is That Story so Simple?
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 19 Jan 2015

U.S., NATO and EU’s agenda at the moment is – “we kill people who kill people because it is wrong to kill people” and thus we bomb IS, fight terrorist groups we have nurtured to quite an extent ourselves and move from one crisis (mis)management to the next.

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Brisbane – A Show of Western Weakness
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 24 Nov 2014

No matter what you may think of Putin and Russia this is simply not the way international politics should be conducted, particularly not at the personal level. If it wasn’t an offence to children, one would aptly characterise it as childish behaviour.

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What Submarine in Sweden?
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 27 Oct 2014

You have heard that Sweden is hunting a”submarine” and that it is”presumed to be Russian”. Not the slightest evidence.

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Nobel’s Peace Prize Is Not a Human Rights Prize
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 13 Oct 2014

The Nobel Committee Again Ignores Nobel’s Will – This prize is not a human rights or do-good prize. Change from an amateur to a professional committee.

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Instead of bombing IS: Concrete Proposals (Part B)
Jan Oberg – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 13 Oct 2014

Stop the financing of ISIS – sadly it is non-democratic allies of the West – Saudi-Arabia, Qatar, UAE etc – that seem to pay its bills. Joe Biden apologised – for being truthful.

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Danish F16s to Fight ISIS: Government More Loyal to the U.S. Than to Its Own Citizens
Jan Oberg –Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research-TFF, 29 Sep 2014

During the last good 15 years Denmark has participated in wars in Yugoslavia and Afghanistan, was an occupying force in Iraq for four years and a main bomber of Libya. Denmark is a rogue state. Rogue states, big and small, are a problem to the whole world. And the sooner they change the better for all.

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September 11: The War on Terror Is a – Predictable – Fiasco
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research-TFF, 15 Sep 2014

Sep 11, 2014 – President Obama’s speech last night was a record low in terms of moral and intellectual analysis: What it boils down to is war – i.e. killing every single ISIS person anywhere, people who he compares to cancer cells.

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After All This, What? A Couple of Messages to NATO’s Summit
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research-TFF, 8 Sep 2014

The malaise of the world is not conflicts but violence – and that people and media mix the two. Conflicts – that we want different things and see the world in different ways – are good, the stuff life and democracy is made of. Violence is what must be abhorred, condemned and treated normatively as we do slavery, cannibalism, pedophilia.

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Ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine: Now Withdrawal by Russia, the UN In, and NATO Out
Jan Oberg – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research-TFF, 8 Sep 2014

Firstly, an agreement over a phone is only a beginning; the devil is in the details. Secondly, there is no mention – yet – of the East Ukrainian fighters are onboard. Thirdly, a credible ceasefire should be monitored by neutral observers and competent people. The only ones who can do that are the UN peacekeepers.

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Support Richard Branson’s Ukraine Dialogue Initiative
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 25 Aug 2014

We are drifting towards a new Cold War. The reason is the woefully incompetent way in which politicians and media focus on violence and ignore underlying conflicts and civilian means – of course there are exceptions but… Escalation doesn’t create peace.

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Use Malaysia’s MH17 To Make Peace Instead
Jan Oberg – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 28 Jul 2014

The government of Ukraine as well as the separatists, NATO/U.S. and very many leading Western mainstream media seem all to know who has caused the tragedy.

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If Militarism Continues, Humankind Is Doomed
Jan Oberg – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 30 Jun 2014

Weapons don’t belong to a market, there is no competition – the state is the only buyer – and thus taxpayers must cover the systematic cost overruns.

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Democracy’s Crisis – 10 Points
Jan Oberg, TFF – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jun 2014

Democracy requires a reasonable level of knowledge and information, freely available. The “world’s largest democracy” [India] also has the world’s largest population who can’t read and write (26%, 287 million people). In comparison, China illiterate citizens make up about 3% and is regularly called a dictatorship.

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Why Obama’s Speech Should Make You Think
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 2 Jun 2014

Obama’s speech can be analysed as both offending to the rest of us and – exceptionally – weak. It caused no enthusiasm among the future army officers he spoke to and no enthusiasm among leading Western media. I will argue that…

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Psycho Politics in the Age of Imperial Decline
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 26 May 2014

”Realpolitik” has become a mixture of marketing soundbites, propaganda and leaders making statement that borders on the Theatre of the Absurd. Thinner and thinner links to Real-ity. This is what happens when decline in being denied.

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Ukraine: Stop Escalation and Think Peace
Jan Oberg – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 12 May 2014

Vladimir Putin’s statements that separatists should not hold referendums on May 11 [2014], that he welcomes the elections in Ukraine on May 25 and that Russia is withdrawing troops from the border with Ukraine should be welcomed. If he has been ”aggressive” and this is a ”turnabout” as many in the West believe, this turnabout is even more welcome.

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Here Is How We Are Fooled About the Threat of Nuclear Iran
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 31 Mar 2014

What about a solid research report by a world expert documenting that all you’ve heard about Iran going nuclear is based on fake documents? What about evidence that it is Israeli disinformation of world media and political establishments?

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Kosovo 15 Years Later: A Personal Memory and a Word about Free Research
Jan Oberg – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 24 Mar 2014

Media with a pro-Western bias usually remind us of Sep/11 based on a victim narrative. We just passed Mar/20 – the 11th anniversary of the war on Iraq. Every year they forget Oct/7 (Afghanistan) and Mar/24, the destruction of Serbia-Kosovo in 1999.

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Crimea: The Referendum, the Mote and the Beam
Jan Oberg – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 17 Mar 2014

Generally, citizens-decided conflict-resolution is likely to last longer and help healing wounds of the past than any type of solution imposed by outside actors. In Switzerland citizens go and vote on all kinds of issues on many a Sunday throughout the year.

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“We Don’t See Things As They Are but As We Are”
Jan Oberg – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 10 Mar 2014

Stop It! Dangerous Reductionism about Ukraine – How can we begin to understand the events in Ukraine? Who are the conflict parties and elements? Here is a quick checklist of 13, just a selection.

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Ukraine – What Would YOU Like to Know about It?
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research, 3 Mar 2014

Like millions of other citizens, I rely on media reports to understand at least some of the very serious developments. Why do I feel so frustrated at what I get? Why do I have so many questions still after weeks of coverage? And how much will fellow-citizens who have just a few minutes per day to acquaint themselves with issues such as this understand (except that Putin is a bad guy)?

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Negotiations with Iran Require Mutual Restraint
Jan Oberg – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2014

Iran is a 7000 year old civilisation that deserves to be treated with respect. The P5+1 and Iran are in this together now. War and sanctions talk is immature.

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Geneva Will Fail but Don’t Blame Only the Syrian Parties
Jan Oberg, TFF – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2014

The meeting in Geneva about Syria resumes today [24 Jan 2014]. It is destined to become a historic failure. Most observers will blame either of the armed Syrian parties – the government or the rebels – for adhering unbendingly to their mutually exclusive positions.

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IS FREE PEACE RESEARCH POSSIBLE? IMPOSSIBILITY OF FUNDING PEACE RESEARCH THAT REFUSES TO BE INTELLECTUALLY “EMBEDDED”
Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, 14 Dec 2009

Reflections on the increasing impossibility of funding peace research that refuses to be intellectual ‘embedding’ in power.  SUMMARY This analysis has come about for four reasons: 1. Over the last couple of decades, it has become virtually impossible to do research that is truly free. This applies particularly to smaller organizations which, if they do […]

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SCANDAL: OBAMA GETS THE “PEACE PRIZE”
Jan Oberg, Member of TRANSCEND, 10 Oct 2009

In his will, Alfred Nobel states the criteria for awarding the prize:Two general expressions, for all the five prizes: «during the preceding year» «has conferred the greatest benefit on mankind» and four expressions that apply particularly to the peace prize*:– "brotherhood among nations" – "abolition or reduction of standing armies" – "for the holding and […]

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CONNECTING THE DOTS: G20 AND C5
Jan Oberg, 5 Apr 2009

Reality Show for Real Politicians? (Part 1) C5: Five huge crises coming together simultaneously:1-Economic (system breakdown). 2-Environmental (global warming +). 3-Cultural (intolerance, clash of religions, Western cultural dominance). 4-Political (democratic deficits everywhere, lack of hope and political interest in media and among young). 5-Security (drug-like, ever increasing military expenditures to satisfy the Military-Industrial-Media-Academic Complex, MIMAC […]

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THE RICHARD FALK CASE, ISRAELI AUTHORITARIANISM AND WESTERN MEDIA
Jan Oberg - Sweden, 18 Dec 2008

Israel Expels UN Rights Envoy Who Compared Israelis to Nazis (Notice how it says that Falk compared Israelis to Nazis. He never did. Notice how the Foreign Ministry’s Simona Helprin’s twisting of what she calls UN regulations goes unchallenged by the journalist). And in the coming days, we immediately saw a worldwide outcry, Western human […]

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TMS Interviews Jan Oberg
Jan Oberg, 11 Dec 2008

Jan Oberg is Co-Founder of TFF-Transnational Foundation of Peace and Future Research

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B R E A K I N G … N E W S …
Jan Oberg - Member of the TRANSCEND Network, 7 Dec 2008

Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research-TFF hasobtained a copy, reproduced below, of a UN-NATO document held secret tothe general public. It is a Cooperation Declaration signed by the top leaders of the United Nations and NATO. Here follows the statement of the TFF Board, formulated as 9 questions,for everyone – including the media – […]

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Re-Visiting Croatian Nationalism
Jan Oberg, 30 Sep 2008

Or, how nationalist can a country be that wants to join the European Union? I’m checking in at the reception of a hotel in Slavonia, Croatia. On the desk is a brochure about the local zoo with a tiger on the front. The receptionist, a kind man around 30, tells me what else to see […]

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