- what you don't know about it
TFF is so much more than a website.
Here we tell you about ongoing projects and what is
planned. We offer insights into the daily operations of
TFF and how we preserve our intellectual freedom. We are
not ashamed to tell you that we need US$4 from
Chances are that you associate TFF with its website.
But TFF is more than virtual reality; we live quite an
active real life, too. We are approaching the middle of
the year, midsummer, and humanity lives in increasingly
troubled times. It's important to us that you know what
TFF does for a better world.
The highlights below reflect what goes on at the
headquarter in Lund, Sweden. That is, what the two
founders are doing. But the foundation has a network of
associates around the world who do similar things:
teach courses, do research, do peace work in war zones,
run civil society organisations, write PhDs, do media
work, speak up for non-violent conflict-resolution, do
humanitarian work, help mobilise consciousness and
empower the underprivileged. (You can see some of the
results in "Highlights"
on our site).
So, when you read the following, imagine the impact of
about 60 times more work for a more humane world.
Should you decide that you want to support this work,
remember that your donation goes to activities and not to
bureaucracy and salaries, since we are all volunteers.
You can assist our work for peace by giving US$4 a
We are preparing to begin long-term work in Burundi.
The aim is to assist the parties forgive, reconciliate
and live peacefully; our specific task is to be a partner
in implementing a research and educational program we
developed a couple of years ago together with Dr.
Christian Scherrer for the Burundi Ministry of Education.
As soon as there is an all-comprehensive cease-fire, we
will begin fund-raising (not easy since Burundi gets so
little media attention) and get on the ground with peace
courses and training, media work, and other field
activities that reach people all over the country. One
leg of the project will be in the capital Bujumbura,
another will be rurally based: training the people
employed at a field hospital set up by one of our
partners, the Swedish Rescue and Relief Service.
Administratively, technically and financially this is
huge project for a small foundation, but we think it
is very important.
Your donation would help us help one of the world's
poorest countries move in the direction of peace rather
than continued hate and resumption of genocidal
and Serbia & Montenegro
Having done our duty in the Balkans since 1991 through
some 50 missions, we are slowly reducing our overall
presence there. We shall continue to do fact-finding and
media work and keep ourselves updated with developments
in three places: Kosovo/a, Macedonia and Serbia &
Montenegro. This means 3-4 field missions a year,
interviewing, analysing and sometimes lectures and
dialogues, as well as media work in these places.
TFF is proud to be associated with the Yugoslav Truth
and Reconciliation Commission under President Kostunica.
We are also repeatedly invited by high-level authorities
to consultations in Macedonia, including one in June on
reconciliation experiences to which TFF associates
Radmila Nakarada, Håkan Wiberg, Biljana Vankovska
and Jan Oberg are invited.
Your support will help us remain a leading centre for
balanced information and analyses of the Balkans.
Assessing the war
risk in Macedonia for UNHCR
A month ago we finished a 30-page report commissioned
by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees,
UNHCR. It analyses the relations among the local parties
and between them and the international community. What
are the conflicts really about? Why did a war break out
last year? What are the chances and preconditions of
healing and what must be done by whom to prevent a new
UNHCR of course pays an honorarium for such a report,
but not for the fact-finding on which it is based.
Porto Alegre World
TFF associate Joergen Johansen participated in the
Porto Alegre World Social Forum in Brazil and wrote about
it on our site. Thousands of NGO people and experts from
all over the world held discussions based on the theme,
"Another world is possible." It was a tremendously
important forum; however, little attention was paid to it
in the mainstream press.
consultations on world order and
Jan now participates in consultations on world order
issues at St.
George House, Windsor Castle, outside London. The
foci are humanitarian intervention, ethics and
conflict-resolution in the global society.
This is the kind of small, intensive gatherings to
which TFF is increasingly invited. The results are fed
directly into political decision-making circles. However,
we have to pay for the trip and other costs to
participate. Your donation would help cover such expenses
and enable us to say yes, rather than no, to similar
Media, conflict and
peace: the Toda Institute and Soka Gakkai
TFF takes part in the GRAD project initiated by the
Toda Institute in
Hawaii, an activity of the lay Buddhist Soka Gakkai
in Japan. GRAD stands for "Globalisation, Regionalisation
and Democratization", and is subtitled, "A
Multi-Civilisational and Dialogic Research Project". TFF
will take part in one of the project's Action Research
Teams which will analyse the role of media in conflict
Your donation would help us participate in this
multi-cultural team's meetings and produce a solid
analysis on questions such as: how are we informed and
how could we be informed about conflicts and peace in the
New improved TFF
We must keep abreast with virtual developments. A
wonderful, professional expert in Australia who admires
TFF has offered, free of charge, to develop the third
generation of TFF's website. Those who have developed a
site know the hundreds of hours that go into it, also for
the founders who make the final decisions.
Book review section
on the new site
We want our site to be the place YOU go to find the
best books on international problems. We plan to start
out small with the areas we know most about and invite
TFF associates and many others to write reviews and
recommendations. Books present a solid and comprehensive
analysis. We want to strengthen the role of solid
scholarship at a time when life and death issues are
reduced to 30 second sound bites on your tv-screen.
Your donation would help us keep this a free service
for the roughly 1000 daily visitors.
nuclear weapons - co-operation with IPPNW
This spring we went to Moscow with members of the
Swedish branch of International Physicians for the
Prevention of Nuclear War, IPPNW, to participate in a
consultation entitled "Instead of Nuclear Weapons". TFF
contributed by writing the article "Can
we learn to live without the bomb?" The conference,
which was also attended by active and retired officers
and by parliamentarians and NGOs, was held at the Russian
Federation Parliament, the Duma.
TFF and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A separate meeting was also held at the Russian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the Department for
Security Affairs and Disarmament. They accepted a
proposal from TFF to produce a policy-oriented paper for
the Ministry on how the Russian Federation could opt out
of military competition with the West and spearhead a new
security and conflict-resolution policy thereby
presenting a viable alternative to the Bush
administration's dangerous policies.
This is a goodwill offer from TFF. Your donation will
help us write this important policy paper and go to back
to the Ministry in Moscow to discuss it.
Lecturing at NATO's
School in Germany
As one of the few in peace research to be asked, TFF
has been invited to deliver lectures at the NATO
School (SHAPE). The first was in May. The next will
be in September - for about 100 NATO and Partnership for
Peace (PfP) officers. For TFF this is a tremendously
important opportunity to engage in respectful exchange
between two different approaches to peace-making.
NATO's policy is to pay for the trip, but no
honorarium. Your donation will help make it possible for
TFF to present analyses and views that are not discussed
every day at NATO.
TFF helps Italian
TFF associate Chaiwat Satha-Anand and Jan Oberg
lectured for 700 participants at UNIMONDO's huge fair and
conference in the Civitas Forum Centre in Padua, Italy.
No doubt the European peace movements are gathering
strength, not least because of the policies of people
like Berlusconi and Bush.
Your donation will help us reach many more through
this type of face-to-face meeting.
and South Ossetia
Georgia is still on our minds, but the fact-finding of
earlier years has not been followed up. There will be
another fact-finding mission and then some proposals for
possible, negotiated solutions.
Your donation will help pay the costs for plane
tickets, accommodation, interpreters and report-writing
upon return. And the importance of this region is growing
by the day.
TFF helps the
Icelandic peace movement
A week before NATO's summit in Reykjavik, we were
there together with hundreds of Islanders arranging a
conference to discuss many new approaches to peace.
Hundreds of journalists, however, chose to go to NATO's
press shows instead.
Iraq - a much needed initiative
Board member Christian Harleman and Jan Oberg were on
TFF's first fact-finding mission to Iraq in May, which
lasted two weeks. They had about 35 meetings with various
people in Baghdad, representing the government,
parliament, NGOs, media, academia and culture; they also
met with diplomats at a number of embassies and with
representatives of the UN and a series of humanitarian
organisations. The last evening they gave a guest lecture
at Baytol Hikema, The House of Wisdom, for about 50
leading scholars. See PressInfo
152. Multimillion dollar research institutes don't
bother to go and do empirical research on the spot. Few
mainstream media dare to ask: how do the Iraqis think
about the world? We think it is an obvious task to go
there, given the enormous significance of this conflict
for the Iraqi people, the region and, ultimately, the
We appealed to all recipients of TFF PressInfos to
support this mission. We received US$ 655, for which we
are very grateful. However, the cost of that mission was
research in Kazakhstan and Central Asia
TFF has been invited to give lectures on
conflict-resolution and non-violence to scholars and
teachers from the Central Asian republics, which have the
world's attention right now. We will spend a few days
teaching and training as part of a much longer program
that seeks to empower the participants to begin teaching
peace research, conflict-resolution, tolerance, etc. at
their local universities and schools.
Palestinians in non-violence
Joergen Johansen and Jan Oberg will be in Jerusalem
for a week in August co-operating with an NGO called
MEND, Middle East
Nonviolence and Democracy. We are excited and feel
that nothing could be more useful than helping young
people become familiar with nonviolent policies and
actions that can be taken against the Israeli occupation
and as an alternative to the tragic suicide bombers.
This is why we need
your help: everyday life and the vision
We do all of the above without a hierarchy of
secretaries and assistants; we have no one employed. We
do everything ourselves: contact work, travel planning,
information gathering, letter writings, book-keeping,
fund-raising (too little time to spend on that to be
successful so far), course development and library. And
there is the daily decision-making , caring for board
members and associates around the world. In addition, we
handle quite a lot of media interviews and panel
discussions in the Nordic area and elsewhere. Sara Ellis,
our main voluntary worker and information officer,
handles much of the website and editorial work during the
roughly 15 hours she works with us per week. And we now
have a pool of voluntary translators of articles and
Of course some of the above activities yield an income
to the foundation or to the founders. We, the founders,
of course need some personal income to be able to
contribute our voluntary work to TFF. We are both
free-lance people. Our private income comes from
teaching, writing, lecturing and from small scholarships
for Christina's post-doctoral work.
The above activities do not yield what is needed as a
minimum to cover the costs of maintaining TFF (rent,
website, insurance, printing, stationary, phones,
machinery, auditing, etc.). If TFF were about to go into
red, the founders would have to throw in some of their
savings, on top of their voluntary work, to pay the
Of course, it's a an exciting life in the service of
peace. It's a challenging and busy life. TFF aims to
become entirely people-financed. We struggle, with your
help, to remain a place of free research and free
thoughts, free from traditionalism, political
correctness, self-censorship, free of state and
commercial interests. It's quite an agenda in our
increasingly authoritarian times
What you can do:
give 4 dollars!
You can see now, how TFF is so much more than a
website. By making a contribution, you would help us do
the things described above and help people in war
You would also help us concentrate better and not
worry all the time about how to get the needed funds for
activities or cover the minimum administrative expenses a
few months ahead. 11,000 people receive this message
directly. If every recipient donated US$4 once a year, we
would have covered our annual basic funding needs for
Some may not be able to give, but many, we know, are
able to give that much. And more. And perhaps you know
somebody who would be willing to donate money to TFF?
There is lots to do in this world. TFF makes its
contribution according to the best of the abilities of
the founders and the sixty some associates worldwide. It
is not enough to stop violence and militarism, racism, or
underdevelopment, but neither is it insignificant.
Indeed, we allow ourselves to believe that TFF is an
important force in the permanent struggle for a more
humane and peaceful world.
Many thanks to those who have supported us this year.
We humbly hope others will also make their contribution,
to us, for what we do and for what it means to many
others in the places we reach.
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