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As UN convenes, N. Korea is only one crisis: Consider China-backed Burma’s ethnic cleansing

As UN convenes, N. Korea is only one crisis: Consider China-backed Burma’s ethnic cleansing

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid the backdrop of global conflicts and humanitarian crises, presidents, prime ministers, and potentates from 193 member states have gathered in New York for the 72nd annual General Assembly of the United Nations. The Autumn Assembly comes at a time of renewed political and humanitarian […]

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Adios Fidel, hola Cuba libre?

Adios Fidel, hola Cuba libre?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — When Fidel Castro died at age 90, perhaps the greatest achievement of Cuba’s communist Commandante was to have defied ten American presidents and five decades of American opposition. During his 57 years in undisputed power, Castro excelled in playing the role of a socialist David facing the Gringo […]

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U.S. global competitiveness ranking: From 1 to 7th since 2007

U.S. global competitiveness ranking: From 1 to 7th since 2007

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — As the seemingly interminable election campaign nears the finish line, there are a few glaringly missing topics which  remain almost untouched. The first deals with an issue affecting nearly everyone and the other one which may determine America’s future scientific prowess and potential. Gasoline prices.  Here we have […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Trivializing evil is a GOP mistake

FAITH MATTERS: Trivializing evil is a GOP mistake

By Uwe Siemon-Netto It is disconcerting that probably the most compelling statement made in this year’s disagreeable U.S. election campaign has received virtually no public attention. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois warned Catholic voters of planks in the Democratic Party Platform “that explicitly endorse intrinsic evils.” He meant abortion and same-sex marriage. […]

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Quebec clings to separatist sentiments and Ottawa's subsidies

Quebec clings to separatist sentiments and Ottawa's subsidies

By John J. Metzler MONTREAL — Political uncertainty shadows Quebec in the aftermath of a contentious provincial election campaign.  Now in the wake of the vote, the specter of separatism has re-emerged in the multi-ethnic Canadian province where the political rhetoric by the French-language focused Parti Quebecois could return economic instability and undermine fragile business […]

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Polar opposites: Canada counters Russian claims to energy-rich Arctic

Polar opposites: Canada counters Russian claims to energy-rich Arctic

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper will tour the Arctic to mark that country’s resolve in protecting its claims in the region, increasingly threatened by Russia, a country that has emerged as the most aggressive in recent years to challenge Canada’s arctic and polar claims. The Arctic tundra that Canada claims […]

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Memorializing the D-Day beaches at Normandy

Memorializing the D-Day beaches at Normandy

By John J. Metzler PARIS — The Normandy Beaches which witnessed the epic 6 June 1944 Allied landings leading to the liberation of France and Nazi-occupied Europe, have been etched in the annals modern history. Now in a move supported by the French government, the  landing beaches would be inscribed into UNESCO’s World Heritage List, […]

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Laughter the best medicine for Montreal's linguistic and cultural divide

Laughter the best medicine for Montreal's linguistic and cultural divide

By John J. Metzler MONTREAL — It’s takes a comedian to break the ice in the often frosty linguistic debate in Montreal, the cosmopolitan Canadian city where the French-speaking majority jealously and legally holds the linguistic high ground.  So when an Indo/Canadian immigrant Samir “Sugar Sammy” Khullar brought a hilarious comedy show in Franglais, a […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Proud, for once, to be a German

WORLD MATTERS: Proud, for once, to be a German

By Uwe Siemon-Netto It’s been more than two years since my last visit to Germany, my native land. This time I traveled home at the height of the Eurozone crisis. I returned to California just before Christmas filled with pride in my compatriots. Don’t get me wrong. I am not particularly proud of the fact […]

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Keystone XL: A pipeline to …well, almost …eternity

Keystone XL: A pipeline to …well, almost …eternity

By Sol W. Sanders Camouflaged by Congressional political badminton and President Barack Obama’s demagoguery, the Keystone XL Pipeline Project represents solutions to economic and security issues far exceeding its general appreciation. Half truths on all sides have obscured the project’s underlying fundamentals. Some are only emerging as additional research and technology is applied — most of […]