U.S. Culture

 RJMorton

Corporate media grudgingly acknowledge box office success of ‘Unplanned’

Corporate media grudgingly acknowledge box office success of ‘Unplanned’

While major media film critics mainly wrote it off as anti-abortion “propaganda,” other reporters have acknowledged the success of the pro-life film “Unplanned”. Unplanned made $6.1 million in its first week, finishing fourth in the box office standings. As of April 6, the film remained No. 4 at the box office and had brought in […]

 jmetzler

Still the cornerstone of Trans Atlantic security, NATO celebrates 70th birthday

Still the cornerstone of Trans Atlantic security, NATO celebrates 70th birthday

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Responding to the Berlin Blockade, the communist coup in Czechoslovakia, and the looming threat from the Soviet Union, the U.S. and Western European states formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). On 4 April 1949, the foreign Ministers of twelve countries including the USA, Britain, Belgium, Canada, France, […]

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George H W Bush: Grace, gravitas, grit through tumultuous times

George H W Bush: Grace, gravitas, grit through tumultuous times

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “He showed me what it means to be a President who serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country,” intoned former President George W. Bush in an emotional eulogy at his late father’s state funeral. Magisterial commemorations […]

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Great War remembered but lessons oft forgotten

Great War remembered but lessons oft forgotten

By John J. Metzler MONTREAL — World leaders met in Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the Great War in 1918. The solemn gathering convened by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, saw 80 heads of state among them President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela […]

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After the midterm elections: Checks, balances and turmoil?

After the midterm elections: Checks, balances and turmoil?

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — The results of the U.S. midterm elections did not follow the predictable script outlined by the mainstream media and most pollsters, namely that the ruling Republicans and President Trump would be soundly rebuked by a restive electorate. Rather a complex outcome offered gains for both sides; the Democrat […]

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UN speeches in review: Moralizing, demonizing and occasional common sense

UN speeches in review: Moralizing, demonizing and occasional common sense

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a week of speeches which swirled from the sublime to the ridiculous or were simply just boring, the recent UN General Assembly debate reached some notable exceptions. Among the sonorous drone of 193 addresses, either restating the obvious or repeating by rote the contemporary global mantra of […]

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Europe’s woes are much larger than the Donald

Europe’s woes are much larger than the Donald

By John J. Metzler PARIS — The American mainstream media template, dutifully reflected and jaded by most of the European press, paints a tempestuous picture of the relationship between our European partners and what is presented as a capricious and domineering Trump Administration. Rifts over NATO defense spending, the Iran nuclear deal, and trade and […]

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‘Family-friendly’ Hungary favors baby boom to stop demographic decline

‘Family-friendly’ Hungary favors baby boom to stop demographic decline

  By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Migration is not the solution to demographic problems,” warned Katalin Novak, Hungary’s Minister of State for the Family. Though conceding the European continent faces a significant “demographic decline” and the undertow of a falling population, individual states can counter the “inevitability” through focused family friendly policies such […]

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Will Vatican kowtow to Beijing on church freedoms?

Will Vatican kowtow to Beijing on church freedoms?

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Imagine an agency of the United States government directly choosing and appointing the Catholic Bishops of Washington D.C., St. Louis, Denver and Boston. In other American dioceses there’s close coordination between the fictional “American Religious Affairs Council” and the Vatican on choosing a particular prelate. Though this practice […]

 RJMorton

Memo to the sheep being prepared for slaughter: You are living in ‘Absurdistan’

Memo to the sheep being prepared for slaughter: You are living in ‘Absurdistan’

By Alexander Maistrovoy At a Party meeting the Party leader addresses the audience: “All of you will be hung tomorrow. Do you have questions? Silence. The Party leader: “I will repeat the question. Tomorrow you all will be hung. Does anybody want to say anything?” A timid voice is heard from the audience: “Shall we […]

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