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Adios Fidel, hola Cuba libre?

Adios Fidel, hola Cuba libre?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — When Fidel Castro died at age 90, perhaps the greatest achievement of Cuba’s communist Commandante was to have defied ten American presidents and five decades of American opposition. During his 57 years in undisputed power, Castro excelled in playing the role of a socialist David facing the Gringo […]

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Deathwatch for dictator a timebomb in Venezuela

Deathwatch for dictator a timebomb in Venezuela

Global Information System CARACAS — Venezuela’s ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party: PSUV) has, since mid-December 2012, been working on devising a plan to initiate President-elect Hugo Chávez Frias’ new term in office without the president necessarily being physically able to govern. By the beginning of January 2013, there was a growing […]

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Remembering Vaclav Havel, who inspired freedom fighters from Europe to N. Korea, China

Remembering Vaclav Havel, who inspired freedom fighters from Europe to N. Korea, China

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — One year ago the renowned author, playwright, and former  President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel died at age 75. In tribute to this extraordinary European Renaissance Man, I’m reissuing my column in the spirit of memory and the season. “Havel’s career as literary figure, intellectual and a […]

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Venezuela gains seat on UN Human Rights Council: 'Neither the U.S. nor the EU said a word'

Venezuela gains seat on UN Human Rights Council: 'Neither the U.S. nor the EU said a word'

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — First, the good news. The United States has been re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council along with Germany and Ireland. So too have been South Korea and Japan.  Now fasten your seat belts for the rest of the eighteen new selections to the 47 member Geneva –based […]

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Global censorship report reminds that much of the world is in the dark

Global censorship report reminds that much of the world is in the dark

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — When it comes to media censorship we think of the usual pantheon of  dictators and autocrats who unashamedly shut down news outlets, stifle the free flow of information, and throw journalists in jail.  And it’s in countries like North Korea, Cuba, and Islamic Republic of Iran where print […]

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Falklands redux: Where there's oil, Hugo Chavez and Sean Penn, will there be fire?

Falklands redux: Where there's oil, Hugo Chavez and Sean Penn, will there be fire?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Rhetorical gales from Argentina are again battering the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.  And while the presumably noble sentiments of Argentine sovereignty blows over the windswept islands, just under the adjacent waters may sit massive petroleum deposits which would change the geopolitical calculations both for Britain and […]

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Hillary on a roll: Is Pyongyang next?

Hillary on a roll: Is Pyongyang next?

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Hillary Clinton would like nothing better than to wrap up her tour as one of America’s most successful secretaries of state than by going to North Korea and persuading North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il to return to six-party talks in return for a serious sign of willingness to give up […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Hugo Chávez, Simon Bolivar and the 'cult' of Maria Lionza

FAITH MATTERS: Hugo Chávez, Simon Bolivar and the 'cult' of Maria Lionza

By Uwe Siemon-Netto In the late 1970s, Princeton historian Bernard Lewis came across Ayatollah  Khomeini’s short book, “Islamic Government,” which later became known as the Islamic cleric’s “Mein Kampf.” It detailed what Khomeini planned  to do with his country once he came to power. “I tried to bring this to the attention of people here. […]

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WORLD MATTERS: U.S. press ignores outrageous media award to an enemy of the free press

WORLD MATTERS: U.S. press ignores outrageous media award to an enemy of the free press

By Uwe Siemon-Netto      When a renowned university of a major nation honors a despot for restricting his people’s access to information the world should be alarmed, especially the United States. Earlier this week, the journalism school of Argentina’s National University in La Plata awarded Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez its coveted Rodolfo Walsh Prize […]

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Cuban-American lawmakers blast Obama's plan to ease Cuba travel restrictions

Cuban-American lawmakers blast Obama's plan to ease Cuba travel restrictions

Republican lawmakers of Cuban descent sharply criticized President Obama’s plans to loosen Cuban travel policy to allow students and church groups to go to the communist country, saying the changes will benefit the Castro regime while doing little for the average citizen.  “Loosening these regulations will not help foster a pro-democracy environment in Cuba,” said […]