"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

Sen. McCain Makes Unannounced Trip To Syria To Meet With U.S. Forces

Sen. John McCain made an unannounced trip to northern Syria last week to meet with U.S. forces stationed there, his office announced on Wednesday.<p>McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, went to discuss the campaign for defeating militants from the Islamic State.<p>"Sen. McCain's …

Syria

Syria peace talks: a year of little progress

With the US lacking a strategy, Turkey taking steps away and Bashar al-Assad going nowhere, UN talks resume with little prospect of a breakthrough<p>When the UN’s special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, reconvenes the Syrian peace talks in the Palais Des Nations in Geneva on Thursday, he will be …

Syria

The Blackwater of Jihad

A consortium of elite, well-paid fighters from across the former Soviet Union are training jihadis in Syria. Their business model could go global.

4,000 Russian nationals fight among militants in Syria - Putin

MOSCOW, February 23. /TASS/. At least 4,000 Russian nationals fight among militants in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a …

"Riyadh's imports rose by 212% after 2012"

Pakistan

Chris Hedges: Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence and Savagery

Missing Link to Ulf Svensson

sweden-seeks-join-nato-info-war-agency

HELSINKI — Concerned about the growing influence of foreign propaganda and disinformation across Swedish media, including by Russian state multimedia …

Open Source

SIPRI: Arms imports rise in Asia, Middle East

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Major arms imports in the Middle East rose by 86 percent between the periods of 2007-2011 and 2012-2016 and by 7.7 percent in Asia …

Pakistan

TFF PressInfo # 204: Unique Aleppo photos seen by over 100.000 people but not in mainstream media

<b>By Jan Oberg</b><p>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 …

Why Europe conquered the world

<b>By Jonathan Power</b><p><i>February 21st 2017</i><p>Eleven hundred years ago Europe was a backwater. There were no grand cities, apart from Cordoba in Spain which was …

Europe

Trump taps Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser

President Trump on Monday named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn — a move meant to help put the White House on firmer footing after missteps on multiple fronts.<p>Trump called McMaster “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous …

Foreign Policy

Evolving democracy

<b>By Johan Galtung</b><p><i>February 13, 2017</i><p>What is the essence of democracy?<p>“Rule with the consent of the ruled” implies two classes of people, Rulers and …

Removing US military forces from the Gulf

<b>By Jonathan Power</b><p><i>February 13, 2017</i><p>Reporting on President Donald Trump’s new energy policy which plans for a big increase in domestically produced oil …

Oil

International Crisis Group CEO Guehenno: Europe should up defense spending

Jean-Marie Guehenno, International Crisis Group CEO, says that if Europe wants to protect the NATO alliance, it has to increase defense spending. He spoke to DW on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.<p><i>DW: Mr. Guehenno, this conference brings together lots of people with very different</i> …

NATO

US had plans to destabilize Syria long before 2011: analyst

The US is documented (Wikileaks) to have had a policy of de-stabilization of Syria years before violence broke out in 2011. Western countries have …

Iran

Anvender DR og DIIS screening?

<i>Hvis ikke hvorfor er alsidighed så ophørt på udenrigspolitikkens område?</i><p><b><br>DR’s dækning af forsvar, sikkerhed og udenrigspolitik bør diskuteres langt</b> …

Russia Watches the U.S. Reassure Allies, and It's Disappointed - Bloomberg

Shortly after Vice President Mike Pence pledged to “hold Russia to account” while looking for common ground in a speech to European allies, a hawkish …

Poll: Slovenia Prefers Russia as Defense Partner, Never Mind Melania Connection - Bloomberg

Slovenia may be in NATO and have one of its own -- First Lady Melania Trump -- in the White House, yet if their small central European nation were to …

NATO

Amazon, The Washington Post, And The CIA

Demonizing Russia: A Conflict Of Interest<p>As the controversy over fake news rages on, a notable conflict of interest exists concerning one of the …

Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com

Ricken Patel, the founder of Avaaz, poses in the group's New York City offices on Jan. 13, 2011<p>It was the dead of night in the besieged Syrian town …

Syria

America Alone

<i>by John Feffer</i><p>Donald Trump is holding up the severed head of the Statue of Liberty.<p>It’s a striking image for a magazine cover. But it’s not the front …

Foreign Policy

Why won't march to unite all movements include peace?

Will you stand for peace?<p>Petition to the organizers of the April 29 People’s Climate March<p>Your website at PeoplesClimate.org proposes a march on …

Standard Of Living

Dennis Kucinich Says Intel Community Making 'Unprecedented' Effort to Upend Trump: 'Wake Up!'

Israel’s Legalizes Settlement Options as a Prelude to the Netanyahu Visit to Trumpland

Responses to four questions posed by Rodrigo Craveiro, a journalist from the Brazilian newspaper <i>Correio Braziliense</i> <b>1- How do you see the decision of</b> …

Israel

Ignore the tough talk – Trump’s Iran policy will be much like Obama’s

February 16th, 2017 | Author:<p><b>By Gareth Porter</b><p>For all its grandstanding, Trump’s administration is just following an American tradition of coercing …

Foreign Policy

More than 1,000 companies have now boycotted Breitbart

More than 1,000 advertisers have pulled out of advertising with far-right news outlet Breitbart, a campaign group has claimed.<p>Kelloggs, BMW, Visa, …

Breitbart

Trump's Hard Line on Iran Will Give Saudis Free Hand in Yemen

The most significant foreign policy decision to emerge from the Trump administration so far is unreserved support for Saudi Arabia's war of …

Iran

TFF PressInfo # 403: Discussing NATO with a former US Assistant Secretary of Defence

<b>By Jan Oberg</b><p>On the occasion of NATO’s defence minister meeting on February 15-16 discussing NATO, Ukraine, Crimea, Syria and the eternal threat …

NATO