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Not satire: Putin wins 'Confucius Peace Prize' for Chechen War

Not satire: Putin wins 'Confucius Peace Prize' for Chechen War

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — George Orwell would have laughed at the very notion. Russian Premier Vladimir Putin has won a curiously-awarded Peace Prize for his military attack on Chechnya in 1999, and his “iron hand and toughness” in dealing with separatists near and far, the old fashioned way. For his bellicose actions, […]

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Nothing 'western' about ancient Persian values required for the new Iran

Nothing 'western' about ancient Persian values required for the new Iran

By Sheda Vasseghi   At the dawn of a new Iranian year (Norooz), the majority of Iranians are hoping that it is also the dawn of the fall of the Islamic regime in Tehran and the rise of a “new” Iran.  In that regard, Iranians both domestic and abroad have been debating on how to set […]

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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 […]