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2013: Get ready world, here it comes!

2013: Get ready world, here it comes!

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s time once again to look at the crystal ball, or snow globe, and attempt to peer ahead at the global political and economic horizon as we enter the New Year.  The political landscape offers both promise and peril but so many of the outcomes of each and […]

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Venezuela gains seat on UN Human Rights Council: 'Neither the U.S. nor the EU said a word'

Venezuela gains seat on UN Human Rights Council: 'Neither the U.S. nor the EU said a word'

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — First, the good news. The United States has been re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council along with Germany and Ireland. So too have been South Korea and Japan.  Now fasten your seat belts for the rest of the eighteen new selections to the 47 member Geneva –based […]

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Falklands redux: Where there's oil, Hugo Chavez and Sean Penn, will there be fire?

Falklands redux: Where there's oil, Hugo Chavez and Sean Penn, will there be fire?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Rhetorical gales from Argentina are again battering the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.  And while the presumably noble sentiments of Argentine sovereignty blows over the windswept islands, just under the adjacent waters may sit massive petroleum deposits which would change the geopolitical calculations both for Britain and […]

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Eight strategic factors bearing on 2012, the year of 'Great Power Impotence'

Gregory Copley and Yossef Bodansky, Global Information System Rarely in the past six decades has global context counted for as much in strategic forecasting trend analysis as it does at the dawn of 2012. Reliance on stove-piped analysis of strategic sectors such as economic and financial issues, security issues, politics, geopolitics, resources and energy, sociology […]

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In pursuit, globally, of the elusive soft-landing

In pursuit, globally, of the elusive soft-landing

By Sol W. Sanders The new year’s worldwide economic downturn has an interlocking effect: every national economy is searching to accommodate itself politically as well as economically to what looks to be an extended period of low growth. After longer or shorter periods of historically unrivaled prosperity, they are feeling for a “bottom” — a level […]

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The Euro is dead, long live the euro!

The Euro is dead, long live the euro!

By Sol W. Sanders In the spring of 1947, I was on deck as one of that dying breed of transatlantic liners was tugged into Le Havre. Despite decades of experience there was incredible confusion as French stevedores hassled over tying up ropes. A rail companion, a French Jewish refugee returning from American wartime refuge, […]

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Boom! Welcome to the shale gas revolution

Boom! Welcome to the shale gas revolution

By Sol W. Sanders While the Obama Administration has been busy lining the pockets of its campaign  contributors with solar power handouts, an energy revolution is taking place even the Washington Luddites and GOSplanners can’t buck. American technology, borrowing offshore deep-water drilling techniques, has started exploiting huge deposits of natural gas buried deep in the […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Hugo Chávez, Simon Bolivar and the 'cult' of Maria Lionza

FAITH MATTERS: Hugo Chávez, Simon Bolivar and the 'cult' of Maria Lionza

By Uwe Siemon-Netto In the late 1970s, Princeton historian Bernard Lewis came across Ayatollah  Khomeini’s short book, “Islamic Government,” which later became known as the Islamic cleric’s “Mein Kampf.” It detailed what Khomeini planned  to do with his country once he came to power. “I tried to bring this to the attention of people here. […]

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UN Security Council reform: Brazil, Germany, India and Japan seek permanent status

UN Security Council reform: Brazil, Germany, India and Japan seek permanent status

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Reform and redesign of the UN Security Council has long been on the diplomatic drawing boards.  Few countries will argue its wisdom or necessity, but most will balk at the specific details.  So when Barack Obama descended upon New Delhi in a official visit and told a joint […]