Articles by Jan Oberg | The Transnational

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Speaks at SIPRI – And the Media Don’t Get It
Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Sep 2019

On 21 Aug 2019, Iran’s foreign minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, gave a speech at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI. The media coverage of his visit to Sweden was yet another illustration of the ‘free’ Western media’s freedom to be ignorant, selective and biased – and that ‘omission,’ at least as much as ‘fake,’ is a huge problem for media consumers’ chances to understand international affairs.

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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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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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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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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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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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