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Brazil, Argentina and U.S. put the heat on Venezuela’s ‘dictator’

Brazil, Argentina and U.S. put the heat on Venezuela’s ‘dictator’

By John J. Metzler BUENOS AIRES — Two of Latin America’s political heavyweights have put the squeeze on Venezuela’s increasingly authoritarian regime. In a meeting between Argentine President Mauricio Macri and his new Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsanaro, the leaders of the region’s two largest economies have stepped up pressures on Venezuela for democratic change. The […]

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40 million enslaved by human trafficking: ‘Cops and clergy’ join forces

40 million enslaved by human trafficking: ‘Cops and clergy’ join forces

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The challenge is growing. The risk is widening. The stakes are stark. Those are some of the key takeaways from a UN press briefing on an expanding and dangerous global challenge; human slavery and sex trafficking where forty million lives hang in a precarious balance between enslavement and […]

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Chairman Xi’s ‘China Dream’ whether anyone else likes it or not

Chairman Xi’s ‘China Dream’ whether anyone else likes it or not

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Following the celebratory Lunar New Year holidays, China’s ruling Communist Party announced that Chairman Xi Jinping, the current President, would be allowed to stay in office beyond the constitutionally proscribed two-term limit. A tweaking of the constitution would allow in effect Xi, who assumed power in 2013, the […]

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U.S. support needed in Mali, a nexus for Sahel terror and people smuggling

U.S. support needed in Mali, a nexus for Sahel terror and people smuggling

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The landlocked West African state of Mali remains a critical crossroads for both international people smuggling and a nexus of radical Islamic terrorism in the Sahel, the vast arid region on the southern reaches of the Sahara desert. Here amid ancient caravan routes, porous borders, and weak governance, […]

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‘The United States will remember this day’: A closer look at the UN Assembly Jerusalem vote

‘The United States will remember this day’: A closer look at the UN Assembly Jerusalem vote

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The USA and Israel suffered a nasty diplomatic slap when the 193 member UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the Trump Administration’s plan to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem. But while the mainstream media and the usual chorus of critics presented this lopsided vote (128-9-35) as […]

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Meanwhile at the UN: Another Human Rights Council election farce

Meanwhile at the UN: Another Human Rights Council election farce

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Truth is often stranger than fiction. Indeed elections for new members of the UN’s 47-member Human Rights Council proved yet again that some of the least qualified and most repressive regimes would win coveted seats on the watchdog committee tasked with monitoring human rights and freedoms globally. The […]

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‘Decorum’ at UN wrecked by ‘provocative’ N. Korean tests, Trump’s ‘substance’

‘Decorum’ at UN wrecked by ‘provocative’ N. Korean tests, Trump’s ‘substance’

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Truth has become stranger than fiction even here at the United Nations where the recently concluded annual debate of world leaders was both clouded by threats of conflict in Korea and to a backdrop of natural calamities from Caribbean hurricanes to earthquakes. Clearly a week of diplomatic drama […]

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Helmut Kohl, 87: Architect of German reunification, American friend

Helmut Kohl, 87: Architect of German reunification, American friend

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Thirty years ago this week in 1987, President Ronald Reagan visiting Berlin, made his famous challenge, “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall.” Alongside the American President stood German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. A few years earlier I met Helmut Kohl campaigning in his native Rheinland. Kohl, a towering but […]

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Trump’s clear message to the nation also alerted the world: ‘America is once again ready to lead’

Trump’s clear message to the nation also alerted the world: ‘America is once again ready to lead’

By John J. Metzler WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a powerful and optimistic address to the nation, President Donald Trump made his case for the road forward in his new presidency. Labelled a “Reset” by some and “reaching for higher ground” by others, the speech before a joint session of the U.S. Congress made a renewed […]

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As the world watches, Aleppo descends into Dante’s Inferno

As the world watches, Aleppo descends into Dante’s Inferno

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’ s not often a senior UN official leaves a prepared and rigid script to emotionally describe a situation to delegates in the Security Council.  But when Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien told diplomats, “I am more or less at my wit’s end as a human being” in describing […]

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