John J. Metzler

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Somali pirates are winning in 'race' with international community

Somali pirates are winning in 'race' with international community

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Armed attacks on merchant vessels and piracy off the Somali coast increased by ten percent last year with some 445 attacks and 49 ship hijackings. And despite international defensive efforts taken by a score of navies off East Africa, “piracy is gradually becoming a organized industry,” costing shippers […]

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Slick presentation: 'China brand', with traces of Confucius, entices America

Slick presentation: 'China brand', with traces of Confucius, entices America

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — The recent State Visit by Chinese President Hu Jinato to the United States evoked a business trip as much as a glittering diplomatic sojourn. The three-day venture was a smoothly-scripted event showcasing China’s “peaceful rise.” Meetings with President Barack Obama, and congressional leaders provided the backdrop. The People’s […]

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Hizbullah, backed by Iran, pushes Lebanon to the brink

Hizbullah, backed by Iran, pushes Lebanon to the brink

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Political winter has returned to Lebanon, the tiny but cosmopolitan country on the crossroads of the Middle East. The long shadow of Syria and Islamic Iran has again fallen over bustling Beirut and brought the Lebanese to the brink, as the militant Hizbullah movement has deliberately engineered a collapse […]

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A vote and a prayer for Christian, southern Sudan

A vote and a prayer for Christian, southern Sudan

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Millions of people across the vastness of southern Sudan are voting for what will likely result in independence from the north of the country.  A historic referendum may officially seal the fate of Africa’s largest country, long dominated by an Islamic regime in the capital, at the expense […]

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'Peaceful rise' talk and China's walk as U.S. summit nears

'Peaceful rise' talk and China's walk as U.S. summit nears

By John J. Metzler  NEW YORK — The growing economic, military, and political power of the People’s Republic of China has encouraged Beijing’s geopolitical hubris on the global stage. Now set to the backdrop of rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, continuing trade rows with the U.S., and thorny territorial issues in the South China Sea, […]

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A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

By John J. Metzler  It’s once again that time of year to consult the crystal ball and to try to peer into the future. In this case I’m peering into a cloudy snow globe which stresses meteorology over geopolitics, but here goes with some predictions to inform, advise, and muse over the international situation. War […]

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UN formally ends 'dark era of Saddam Hussein'

UN formally ends 'dark era of Saddam Hussein'

By John J. Metzler  United Nations — A lingering set of political and economic sanctions, most dating from Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and its aftermath, have finally been lifted from Iraq. A high-level Ministerial meeting of the fifteen member UN Security Council, decided to repeal the residue of remaining restrictions on Iraqi petroleum […]

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China surges in global student test scores, a 'Sputnik moment for U.S. education'

China surges in global student test scores, a 'Sputnik moment for U.S. education'

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — American high school students lag behind their Asian and European counterparts, according to a recently released survey testing math, reading and science knowledge. Administered in sixty countries worldwide, the Program for International Student Assessment, tests the knowledge of fifteen year old students. U.S. students placed about midway globally […]

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More to the WikiLeaks than a leaky Army clerk?

More to the WikiLeaks than a leaky Army clerk?

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Spying at the UN?  I’m shocked!  Well, what really surprises me is that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorized and tasked American diplomats to snoop and spy around the big glass house just over a year ago!  We are not talking about the Cold War here when the […]

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UN answers N. Korea's neutrons-over-nutrition policy with food aid

UN answers N. Korea's neutrons-over-nutrition policy with food aid

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — In the midst of severe food shortages affecting perhaps a quarter of the population, to the backdrop of horrific human rights abuses,  and in the shadows of an expanding and costly nuclear weapons program,  the United Nations has responded to this dangerous situation inside North Korea with both […]