"Transnational Affairs"

By Jan Oberg | The magazine for conflict-resolution, nonviolence and peace-building from TFF - The Transnational Foundation - in Lund, Sweden. Visit www.transnational.org

Who to believe about Syria?

I’m no expert about Syria, so why these blogposts? The initial stimulus was realising that people of good will and similar ethics can have some …

Syria
North Korea

The Debate - Brutal Bloodshed

Without any in situ inspection, OPCW confirms sarin exposure during the explosion that took place in Syria on 4th April

On April 19, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), confirmed that “<i>the analysis indicates that the victims were exposed to</i> …

Syria

U.S. Sanctions Syrian Government Workers After Sarin Attack

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday said it was sanctioning 271 employees of the Syrian government agency that produces chemical weapons and ballistic missiles, blacklisting them from travel and financial transactions in the wake of a sarin attack on civilians this month.<p>The sanctions …

The Price of Resistance: Chris Hedges

<i>Mr. Fish / Truthdig</i><p><i>This is a talk that Chris Hedges gave Monday at Princeton University in New Jersey.</i><p>In the conflicts I covered as a reporter in …

Liberal POV

Uri's Column | since 1993

Reducing urban violence

<b>By Johan Galtung</b><p><i>World Forum on Urban Violence</i>, Madrid, 19-21 April 2017<p><i>Mayors from around the world, Ladies and Gentlemen!</i><p>To reduce direct violence …

Cities

The madder Donald Trump gets, the more seriously the world takes him

The more dangerous America’s crackpot President becomes, the saner the world believes him to be. Just look back at the initial half of his first 100 …

Turkey

UN commission on Syria not ruling out various sources of ‘chemical agent release’ in Idlib

The UN commission investigating allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria says it cannot yet say for certainty what the source …

Creativity

Getting rid of North Korea’s nuclear bombs

<b>By Jonathan Power</b><p>April 18th 2017.<p>There are 29 states which have at one time or another set about becoming nuclear weapons powers or have explored the …

North Korea

Turkey's Erdogan defies referendum fraud claims

A 14-page preliminary report that OSCE monitoring team issued a day after the critical count referred to several fundamental shortcomings in ways the …

Turkey

Aljazeera’s explanation of Syria and its commenting policy

Wrote a comment this morning under its explanation – in film and text – of the Syrian war here:<p>Then waited the whole day only to find that …

Foreign Policy

The Easter Message

EDITORIAL, 17 April 2017<p><b>#477 | Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service</b><p>From Trump’s USA was not resurrection, but death. 59 Tomahawk missiles for …

Christianity

Trump and the Generals

The president says he wants to “win.” What does that mean?<p>In the past month, Trump has met with four of the most important generals in the U.S. military to discuss terrorism and the war on the Islamic State. So far, he’s ignoring a lot of their advice. On the budget, on how to counter radical …

If Trump cares so much about Syrian babies, why is he not condemning the rebels who slaughtered children?

It was the Mother of all Hypocrisy. Some dead Syrian babies matter, I guess. Other dead Syrian babies don’t matter. One mass murder in Syria two …

Syria

An Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report About the Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria

Photo by Tom Lohdan | CC BY 2.0<p><i><br>The following letter in its entirety can be found here.</i><p>Dear Larry:<p>I am responding to your distribution of what I …

Conspiracies

Who Profits from Trump's dramatic but useless Bombings?

By William Astore | (Tomdispatch.com) | – –<p>What does an “America-first” foreign policy look like under President Donald Trump? As a start, forget the …

Foreign Policy

Can Empirical Science Give Us Peace?

Galileo's finger points to two pillars for science: scientific knowledge must be based on empirical facts observed or by experiments; and the …

Philosophy

Turkey's Erdogan claims victory in vote to give him sweeping new powers - but opposition cry foul

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory in a referendum that would give him sweeping new powers.<p>But the main opposition The …

Turkey

The Syria Strikes: A Conspiracy Theory

New Revelations Belie Trump Claims on Syria Chemical Attack

Trump administration officials are accusing Russia of seeking to cover up the culpability of the Syrian regime for the deadly April 4 chemical attack …

Syria

Dennis Kucinich: The 'Mother of All Bombs' is actually the mother of all warmongering

President Donald Trump has inherited wars from both Republican and Democratic presidents who have taken us down a dangerous path in the Middle East, which has helped radicalize the region and keep us at war.<p>President George H. W. Bush’s Administration signaled indifference to Saddam Hussein when he …

Foreign Policy
Syria

Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation

More than two dozen ex-U.S. intelligence officials urge President Trump to rethink his claims blaming the Syrian government for the chemical deaths …

Foreign Policy

Trump: I'm giving the military "total authorization"

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday called the recent high-profile military actions overseas proof that he’s fulfilling his promise to …

CENTCOM: GBU-43 MOAB bomb dropped in Afghanistan

The U.S. military said it conducted a strike on an ISIS-K tunnel complex in the Achin district of Nangahar province, Afghanistan, on Thursday.<p>A U.S. …

War