John J. Metzler

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Libya mission prompts transatlantic divide: The Paris option

Libya mission prompts transatlantic divide: The Paris option

By John J. Metzler   UNITED NATIONS — As NATO warplanes blast targets throughout Col. Gadhafi’s Libya and enforce a “No Fly Zone” over the North African desert, much of the collateral damage from the operation appears to be diplomatic; especially between the USA and the French/British allies flying most of the missions. After indecisive diplomatic […]

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As goes Portugal so could go EU and, yes, the USA

By John J. Metzler   UNTIED NATIONS — Portugal is far along the primrose path to economic bankruptcy, following in the steps of Greece and Ireland. While the Portuguese debt crisis is not nearly as acute as that which serves as a millstone to the economies of Greece and Ireland, it nonetheless serves as a glaring […]

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China buying up resource-rich Africa, Zimbabwe in particular

China buying up resource-rich Africa, Zimbabwe in particular

By John J. Metzler   UNITED NATIONS — The People’s Republic of China has gone on a buying spree on the resource-rich but economically underdeveloped African continent. And central to the plan has been massive investments into raw materials as well as political influence in a number of key African states, notably Sudan, Angola, and Zimbabwe. The […]

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Dictators and the sizzle factor: Being evil is not enough

Dictators and the sizzle factor: Being evil is not enough

By John J. Metzler    UNITED NATIONS — As the international forces enforce a No Fly Zone against Col. Gadhafi’s Libya which has now morphed into a No Tank Zone, and which resembles a No Plan Zone, the Obama Administration’s conflict by coalition has leveled the Libyan playing field, but has equally strained the NATO alliance, […]

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Shamed into action by France and Hillary: What's the plan Mr. President?

Shamed into action by France and Hillary: What's the plan Mr. President?

By John J. Metzler     UNITED NATIONS — French air force jets roared into action over Libya attacking military targets,  American cruise missiles fired from offshore Navy ships crippled Col. Gadhafi’s command and control communications,  and coalition forces from Canada to Qatar began to tighten the noose on the tyrant of Tripoli, it appears the game […]

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Time to return the favor to Japan, one of the world's top first responders to catastrophes

Time to return the favor to Japan, one of the world's top first responders to catastrophes

By John J. Metzler     UNITED NATIONS — The massive earthquake and tsunami which rocked and ravaged large parts of northern Japan, has caused near apocalyptic devastation to the land and the environment.   The 8.9 Richter scale shock, the largest ever to hit in the earthquake-prone country’s history, was brutally enhanced by a massive Tsunami tidal […]

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Toppling, at long last, the tyrant of Tripoli

Toppling, at long last, the tyrant of Tripoli

 By John J. Metzler     UNITED NATIONS — The battle to topple longtime Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi may have reached a tipping point as rebels continue to cross the vast desert in a sea-saw struggle to seize cities.  But as Col. Gadhafi’s regime has tenaciously held onto the capital Tripoli, it becomes obvious that the battle could […]

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UN suspends Libya from Rights Council, sparks fly

UN suspends Libya from Rights Council, sparks fly

By John J. Metzler   UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly voted unanimously to suspend Libya from the Human Rights Council in response to the Gaddafi regime’s continuing crackdown on protests rocking the North African country.  The Assembly voted on a draft resolution proposed by Arab and African states, condemning  any Council member  who “commits […]

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U.S., Canada still enjoying fruits of Reagan-Mulroney 'Shamrock Summit'

U.S., Canada still enjoying fruits of Reagan-Mulroney 'Shamrock Summit'

By John J. Metzler  NEW YORK — On St. Patrick’s Day 1985, at the “Shamrock Summit”, President Ronald Reagan and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney met in Quebec City and stated their intent to “reduce and eliminate existing barriers to trade and investment flows.” In a fest of bonhomie , both ethnic-Irish leaders set the […]

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Chickens coming home to roost for an ex-terrorist scared straight by Bush

Chickens coming home to roost for an ex-terrorist scared straight by Bush

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — The sands of time may finally have run out on Col. Muammar Gadhafi, Libya’s longtime dictator, as his country is buffeted by the political tsunami sweeping parts of the Arab world. Gadhafi rules over one of the world’s most repressive if politically bizarre regimes, the Great Socialist People’s Libyan […]