Africa

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South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s the annual diplomatic ritual when the 193 member UN General Assembly elects five of its members to serve for two-year stints on the powerful Security Council. As would be imagined the competition is intense to gain real political power and the global limelight on the fifteen member […]

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Zambia's unsung success story in Southern Africa

Zambia's unsung success story in Southern Africa

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s not often that the southern African country of Zambia makes headlines.  Fortunately the country has had none of the military coups, civil conflict, nor  political strife which has tragically befallen much of Sub-Saharan Africa.  It has however been cursed in the past by the usual state planning […]

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China new key foreign player in Africa but with 'neo-Colonialist' aura

China new key foreign player in Africa but with 'neo-Colonialist' aura

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Africa is fast becoming a new battleground for weapons exports and politico-economic control as the U.S. and other major world powers seek to influence affairs on the vast continent. The U.S. recently established an Africa Command. Based in Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany, AFRICOM is responsible for maintaining U.S. military presence […]

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Obama at UN addressed the Arab Street and U.S. voters, spurning other global concerns

Obama at UN addressed the Arab Street and U.S. voters, spurning other global concerns

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s speech before the UN General Assembly was directed to two domestic audiences. One Main Street USA where outrage and anguish over the killing of American diplomats, the trashing of diplomatic property throughout the Middle East, and the seething resentment towards America is viewed as a […]

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Speakers list at UN for a world in tumult: Obama, Hollande, Ahmadinijad, Chavez, Mugabe

Speakers list at UN for a world in tumult: Obama, Hollande, Ahmadinijad, Chavez, Mugabe

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly has opened amid global storm clouds and economic gloom. Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Potentates gather in New York for the 67th annual session to the backdrop of  spreading violence in the Middle East, a looming nuclear weapons program in Iran, a humanitarian crisis […]

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Desecration of cultural sites at Timbuktu: Does France care? The world?

Desecration of cultural sites at Timbuktu: Does France care? The world?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The name Timbuktu conjures up mystery and the magic of a far off place seemingly untouched by modernity, lest  alone violence. But the ancient city of Timbuktu, lost in the remote reaches of the Sahara has sadly been thrust into the headlines as an Islamic fundamentalist group has […]

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Demise of the West: Waiting for Act II, but the stage is empty

Demise of the West: Waiting for Act II, but the stage is empty

Gregory Copley, Global Information System It would be a mistake to think that the Western economic crisis is being managed toward a successful conclusion; that perhaps it can escape from disaster. Rather, most Western societies have moved closer to the brink of economic — and therefore political and social — instability because they have forgotten […]

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Global censorship report reminds that much of the world is in the dark

Global censorship report reminds that much of the world is in the dark

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — When it comes to media censorship we think of the usual pantheon of  dictators and autocrats who unashamedly shut down news outlets, stifle the free flow of information, and throw journalists in jail.  And it’s in countries like North Korea, Cuba, and Islamic Republic of Iran where print […]

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How to solve the piracy scourge? Lethal force seems to work best

How to solve the piracy scourge? Lethal force seems to work best

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s been a significant drop in ship seizures and hijackings by Somali pirates in the troubled waters off East Africa. Despite last year’s spike in piracy with 28 vessels captured in the first half of 2011, there were only three ships seized in the second half of the […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Easter, Santorum and the spread of fatal, self-centered thinking in the West

FAITH MATTERS: Easter, Santorum and the spread of fatal, self-centered thinking in the West

By Uwe Siemon-Netto As Christianity is set to celebrate its highest feast in the church year, a Christian from overseas may be forgiven for asking his American coreligionists two troubling questions concerning the faltering campaign of Sen. Rick Santorum and the trivialization of life-and-death concerns in the current electoral season of the western world’s most […]