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Dissident Voice - 2017-04-26 - Original post - cached version

It is hard to believe that just three weeks ago the entire corporate media was in uproar over Syria; specifically, about the need to ‘do something’ in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun, Idlib, Syria, on April 4. Guardian commentator George Monbiot summed up the...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-04-25 - Original post - cached version

By Jan Oberg

“The Debate” on April 16, 2017 with Richard Millett and Jan Oberg illustrates quite well two distinctly different perspectives on conflicts in general and Syria in particular.

Its focus is on the difference in media coverage of the terrible events in Khan Seykhoun...

Human Rights Investigation - 2017-04-16 - Original post - cached version

On April 12, Security Council met again to discuss the issue of chemical substances that caused the death of 87 persons last April 4 in Syria. A first urgent session took place on April 5 on the very same topic (see S/PV.7915). Article by Nicolas Boeglin, Professor of International Law, Law...

Dissident Voice - 2017-04-14 - Original post - cached version

One of the more profoundly depressing consequences of the aftermath of the American missile attack on the al Shayrat Syrian air base is having to acknowledge how terminally stupid our politicians are.  Either that, or they are so captivated by the dictates of United States foreign policy that...

MintPress - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

President Donald Trump walks from the podium after speaking at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017, after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria. (AP/Alex Brandon)

The US has called its attack on an airbase in Syria “a...

Consortium News - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Exclusive: As the U.S. mainstream media hails President Trump’s missile strike on Syria, there has been almost no attention to either the truth about its justification or the myriad of laws violated in its execution, writes Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie…

MintPress - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version

“I believe that we must absolutely remember these pictures,” said the Bolivian ambassador. “After the invasion there were 1 million deaths and it launched a series of atrocities in that region.” (AP/Mary Altaffer)

On Tuesday 4 April there were reports of...

Richard Falk - 2017-04-08 - Original post - cached version

 

 

In early morning darkness on April 7th the United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian al-Shayrat Airfield from two American destroyers stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean. It described the targets as Syrian fighter jets, radar, fuel facilities used for the...

The Duran - 2017-04-08 - Original post - cached version

Ever since President Trump unexpectedly won the US Presidential election on 8th November 2016 he has faced a concerted attempt by his political opponents first to prevent him from being inaugurated as President and – since the inauguration – to remove him from the Presidency through...

Dissident Voice - 2017-04-07 - Original post - cached version

On Tuesday 4 April there were reports of children and other civilians killed by chemical poisoning in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. There were contradictory reports, some saying they smelled the gas; others claiming it caused immediate death like odorless sarin.

On Wednesday 5 April...

The Duran - 2017-04-07 - Original post - cached version

On Tuesday 4 April there were reports of children and other civilians killed by chemical poisoning in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. There were contradictory reports, some saying they smelled the gas; others claiming it caused immediate death like odorless sarin.

On Wednesday 5...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-04-04 - Original post - cached version

By Jonathan Power

April 4th 2017

The long talked-about referendum in Turkey will happen on April 16th. In effect voters have to decide whether the president, Recep Erdogan, in theory the incumbent of a relatively modest political post, should now be given the powers of the...

The Duran - 2017-04-03 - Original post - cached version

Long before Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria were attacked by the US Empire and its allies, these countries had something very important in common: They all had secular progressive nationalist sovereign governments with long established ties with the former Soviet Union, which is one of...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-03-31 - Original post - cached version

By Richard Falk

Six months ago, the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) asked Virginia Tilley and me to write a study examining the applicability of the international criminal law concept of apartheid to Israel’s policies and practices toward the Palestinian...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-03-30 - Original post - cached version

And a few words about Western mainstream media unwillingness to deal with NATO criticism

By Jan Oberg

It’s as amazing as it is frightening how the West – a group of countries allegedly fighting for truth against propaganda and fake news by others – leads exactly that game...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-03-29 - Original post - cached version

Originally published in The New Statesman, London, 15 March 2017

28 March 2017

Three former UN insiders on the future of the world’s most ambitious organisation. 

By Hans von Sponeck, Richard Falk – both TFF Associates – and Denis Halliday.

US President Donald Trump...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-03-28 - Original post - cached version

By Richard Falk

March 4, 2017

Donald Trump has articulated clearly, if somewhat vaguely and incoherently, his anti-globalist, anti-UN approach on foreign policy.

For instance, in late February he told a right-wing audience at the Conservative Political Action...

Richard Falk - 2017-03-26 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: This post was originally published on March 22, 2017 by The Nation under the title “The Inside Story of Our UN Report Calling Israel an Apartheid State,” the text of which can be found at this link: https://www.thenation.com/article/the-inside-story-on-our-un-report-calling-...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-03-24 - Original post - cached version

By Jan Oberg



Lund, Sweden – March 24, 2017



Can the almost total destruction of Eastern Aleppo be used constructively? 


Only if we are willing to ask and dialogue about this: 


Why does the world go on investing US$ 2000 billion...

MintPress - 2017-03-21 - Original post - cached version

A Palestinian child looks at Israeli soldiers patrolling in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

A United Nations rights expert issued a scathing report criticizing Israel’s policies Monday, just a few days after the...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-03-19 - Original post - cached version

By Richard Falk

Here is the highly controversial report’s full text with co-author Richard Falk’s introductory comment on the conflict its publication has created.

Richard Falk - 2017-03-07 - Original post - cached version

 

 

When the Clinton campaign started complaining about Russia interfering in US elections by hacking into the DNC I was struck by their excesses of outrage and the virtual absence of any acknowledgement that the United States has been interfering in dozens of foreign elections for...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-03-03 - Original post - cached version

Videoinspelning av Jan Öbergs föredrag i Stockholm februari 2017

Inspelningen är uppdelad i två delar:

Del 1: Vittnesrapport från Aleppo
60 min.

Del 2: Debatt och vägar till fred i Syrien
45 min.

Bakgrund
10-14:e december 2016...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-02-24 - Original post - cached version

By Jan Oberg

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.

To some there are...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-02-19 - Original post - cached version

By Jan Oberg

Jan Oberg’s comment on Chancellor Merkel’s speech at the Munich security conference where she mentioned the duty Europe has to receive refugees and also reiterated that Germany will do its best to increase its military budget to 2% of its GDP.

Apart from this...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-02-16 - Original post - cached version

By Jan Oberg

On the occasion of NATO’s defence minister meeting on February 15-16 discussing NATO, Ukraine, Crimea, Syria and the eternal threat images which are fake – with former Assistant Secretary of Defence of the United States, Mr. Lawrence J. Korb.

I’m afraid he got...

Transnational Foundation - 2017-02-05 - Original post - cached version

Comment by Jan Oberg

The Malta EU meeting is expressive of militarism, colonialism and racism in one. Is it time perhaps to call the EU the Evil Union? People outside, in the rest of the world sees this and will draw their conclusions.
And an – admittedly unconventional – proposal...

The Duran - 2017-01-14 - Original post - cached version

In remarks which pre-empted the announcement of the Geneva talks aiming to create a lasting peace settlement in Turkish occupied Cyprus, I wrote about the injustice of Turkish occupation of Cyprus, an EU state which Brussels has thrown to the dogs when it comes to preserving her ‘...

Richard Falk - 2017-01-05 - Original post - cached version

 

           

On December 23, 2016 the UN Security Council by a vote of 14-0 adopted Resolution 2334, notably with the United States abstaining, condemning Israeli settlement expansion. It was treated as big news in the West because the Obama presidency had finally in its last...

MintPress - 2016-12-28 - Original post - cached version

In this Nov. 9, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP/Andrew Harnik, File)

JERUSALEM (REPORT) — A senior member of Israel’s nationalist government...

Transnational Foundation - 2016-11-30 - Original post - cached version

By Jan Oberg

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. More here.

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Consortium News - 2016-10-25 - Original post - cached version

The International Criminal Court charges only Africans with human rights crimes while granting impunity to U.S. officials and their allies, undermining what had been a noble idea of universal justice, writes Nicolas J S Davies. By Nicolas J S Davies…

Dissident Voice - 2016-10-05 - Original post - cached version

As the Syrian Arab Army dug in for a fight against the self-declared Islamic State on September 17, they were struck by an air raid that killed 62 soldiers and injured 100 more. The culprit was a foreign military that has never been attacked by, and has not declared war on, Syria. Two weeks...

The Anti Media - 2016-09-20 - Original post - cached version

(ANTIWAR) Admit new evidence that Saudi Arabia has begun to use white phosphorus munitions in their war in Yemen, US officials are admitting that the weapons were provided by the United States “in the past.” They declined to say when, or how many weapons were provided.

White...

Human Rights Investigation - 2016-07-26 - Original post - cached version

by Nicolas Boeglin Professor of International Law, Law Faculty, Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) A collective open letter signed by a great number of professors of international law and researchers entitled « A plea against the abusive invocation of self-defence as a response to terrorism » has...

The Anti Media - 2016-06-16 - Original post - cached version

(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — Palestinians and other Arab leaders have condemned a United Nations decision electing Israel to chair one of its permanent committees. On Monday, Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Dahon, won the chair of the Legal Committee, which oversees matters related...

21 Century Wire - 2016-05-21 - Original post - cached version

21st Century Wire says…

What gives Obama the right to say things like this?

In the following episode of CrossTalk, three experts examine how the United States is attempting to Americanize international law as it plays judge, jury and executioner throughout the world.

...

Dissident Voice - 2016-03-03 - Original post - cached version

This article was prepared for the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA). It is also posted on ocla.ca.

Overall Summary

Part 1: Defamation law in Canada is contrary to international law, in both design and practice. Under international law, the right to hold an opinion is...

Dissident Voice - 2016-02-24 - Original post - cached version

In violation of international law two major Canadian companies are buying the non-renewable resources of Africa’s last remaining colony.

Saskatoon’s PotashCorp and Calgary’s Agrium have partnered with Morocco’s state-owned OCP to export phosphate mined in Western Sahara, a sparsely...

Dissident Voice - 2016-02-09 - Original post - cached version

With obvious relish Richard Falk, former professor of international law at Princeton and UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Occupied Palestine, has issued a well deserved slap on the wrist to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for his naivety. It follows Israel’s furious reaction to Ban’s...

Dissident Voice - 2016-01-26 - Original post - cached version

The PM is right to draw a line in the sand, to protect the freedom with which the military has to operate…

— General Lord Dannatt, ex-Chief of Staff

Prime Minister David Cameron is getting himself all wound up about the nasty slurs on ‘our brave boys’; ‘...

Dissident Voice - 2016-01-23 - Original post - cached version

Today, I want to speak about the once-in-a-generation chance we have, together, to improve the way we enhance the cause of human rights, freedom and dignity.

— David Cameron. Speech on the European Court of Human Rights, January 25. 2012

In June of 2014,...

Dissident Voice - 2015-12-27 - Original post - cached version

I am a mild-mannered (a polite term for “boring”) white Christian man, born and raised in North Dakota, a U.S. state known for being mild-mannered. I teach university courses on freedom of expression and the role of journalism in a democratic society, concepts I take seriously. I also take...

Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2015-12-27 - Original post - cached version

The winter storm has severely impacted the people of Gaza, many of whom are still living in temporary shelters since they have been unable to rebuild after the Israeli assault in July and August of 2014 that left over 2100 people dead and tens of thousands homeless.

 

“...
Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2015-12-13 - Original post - cached version

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Responsibility for war crimes committed against Syria no longer rests solely with Her Majesty’s government: A criminal act of war endorsed by the legislature ultimately signifies the de facto criminalization of  parliamentary democracy...
Dissident Voice - 2015-12-12 - Original post - cached version

Russia bombing Syria will lead to further radicalization and increased terrorism.
— Prime Minister David Cameron, October 4th, 2015.

How desperately Prime Minister Cameron has been yearning to bomb the Syrian Arab Republic.

In August 2013 when his...

Dissident Voice - 2015-12-05 - Original post - cached version

PBS Newshour is considered high quality journalism by many North Americans.  But is it?  A test case is their report on November 24 when a Russian jet was shot down and one pilot killed as he descended in parachute.

This was a significant international event and the situation is still...

Dissident Voice - 2015-11-30 - Original post - cached version

“We must do something!” is often heard today in relation to the terrorist group known as ISIS. It’s very true, we should do something, but let’s think for a minute about what “we” already did.

ISIS did not exist until after the illegal war in Iraq, which “our” government supported. Al...

Dissident Voice - 2015-11-28 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron stood up in Parliament and told all the MPs how very important it was that the United Kingdom joined the orgy of bombing Syria.  He is closely following Tony Blair’s path to Iraq, using fear of ‘terrorism’, exaggerating so-called ‘intelligence’ and wanting...

Intifada (Voice of Palestine) - 2015-08-12 - Original post - cached version
There is a sense that the Zionist representatives of a people who suffered horribly during World War II have betrayed the moral lessons of that experience by adopting the practice of colonial conquest. At the same time the Zionists impose on the West a skewed picture of the Middle East...

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