Articles by Jan Oberg

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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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