John J. Metzler

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Georgia, on the rebound, challenges Moscow to take down 'new Iron Curtain'

Georgia, on the rebound, challenges Moscow to take down 'new Iron Curtain'

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Two years after an invasion, the threat of annihilation and partial occupation by neighboring Russia, the small but spunky Georgian Republic has not only survived but thrived and succeeded against all odds.  That was the upbeat assessment of Georgia’s once-embattled President Mikheil Saakashvili in an impressive and stirring […]

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Iran leader again pushes the envelope with UN speech

Iran leader again pushes the envelope with UN speech

  By John J. Metzler  UNITD NATIONS —   In a bizarre and rambling rant before the sonorous UN General Assembly afternoon session, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad broke the political sound barrier by raising a number of crackpot conspiracy theories concerning the September 11, 2001 attacks on America.   In what can only be described as a […]

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Sounds of convening General Assembly: Bombast, peace talk, hammers

Sounds of convening General Assembly: Bombast, peace talk, hammers

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid the arrival of presidents, prime ministers and kings, the UN General Assembly has opened in New York.   The 65th annual session of the UN’s main membership body will debate issues ranging from battling global poverty to promoting human rights and international security. Yet the setting will be […]

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Crisis overload hobbles Pakistan relief efforts

Crisis overload hobbles Pakistan relief efforts

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Both crisis overload and donor fatigue have hobbled global relief efforts in humanitarian crises.  The devastating Haiti earthquake in January and the ongoing floods in Pakistan have challenged the global giving system to the breaking point — not so much for lack of funds and compassion, but a […]

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'Turning the page' in Iraq: And now, chapter II.

'Turning the page' in Iraq: And now, chapter II.

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In an near emotionless and vapid address from the Oval Office, President Barack Obama told Americans that the “page has been turned” and American combat units have been withdrawn from Iraq. Thus seven years after the start of the contentious war in Iraq, we were happily heading home. […]

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'Indisputable': China stakes claim to South China Sea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Claiming “indisputable sovereignty” over the South China Sea, the People’s Republic of China has roiled the political, strategic and diplomatic waters throughout Southeast Asia. Beijing’s recent claim that over one million square miles of sea, including the busy commercial sea lanes of communication used by a score of […]

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UN appoints veteran French Socialist to tackle Somali pirates

UN appoints veteran French Socialist to tackle Somali pirates

By John Metzler In the midst of the ongoing struggle against Somali piracy along the Horn of Africa,  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a veteran French socialist politician to offer legal formulae to tackle the seaborne buccaneers. Jack Lang, longtime Socialist party political luminary,  has been given the title  Special Advisor on Legal […]

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Radio: Still critical in the worldwide marketplace of ideas

Radio: Still critical in the worldwide marketplace of ideas

Sudan halted Monday BBC broadcasts in Arabic on FM radio frequencies. / (AFP/File/Nicolas Asfouri By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The familiar words, “BBC World Service and now the news…” became a near iconic radio sign-on for generations around the world, during the Cold War. The British Broadcasting Corporation was one of a few […]

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UN — checked by China — offers only words of concern as Darfur crisis worsens

UN — checked by China — offers only words of concern as Darfur crisis worsens

By John Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Security Council has unanimously renewed the peacekeeping mandate for Sudan’s embattled Darfur region. In the meantime, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague has slapped charges of genocide on Sudan’s ruler. This comes amid continuing violence in the troubled region against both helpless civilians and the UN […]

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Pakistan: From hell to worse and, once again, it is the U.S. that is leading aid effort

Pakistan: From hell to worse and, once again, it is the U.S. that is leading aid effort

By John Metzler Bennington, VT — The chaos which had befallen modern Pakistan is near unrivaled. Ethnic and inter-religious strife, terrorism, natural disasters and all ineffective governance, all marinated in callous corruption characterize this teetering state. While the Obama Administration has looked to and supported Pakistan as a tenuous but vital anchor in a region […]

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