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Fidel hell: USSR is dead, but Castro’s iron grip on Cuba endures

Fidel hell: USSR is dead, but Castro’s iron grip on Cuba endures

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — For as long as I can remember, the phrase Castro’s Cuba was synonymous with a Caribbean island ruled by one Family. Indeed for sixty years the phrase had a certain, if unfortunate, political ring. So when Raul Castro, the second member of the ruling dynasty, stepped down from […]

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‘Red alert’: A world of hope and challenges in 2018

‘Red alert’: A world of hope and challenges in 2018

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Consulting my crystal snow globe reveals a blizzard of events, many of them unpredictable which await us in the New Year. And after 2017’s roller coaster and often bizarre political events, it’s difficult to believe that 2018 may hold many unexpected surprises. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres implored, […]

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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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UN Security Council merry go round selects rights abuser

UN Security Council merry go round selects rights abuser

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The annual election to choose five new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council produced both the expected and the near preposterous. The elections, actually selections by the 193 member General Assembly, saw no opposition for any of the two- year Council terms. Candidates were chosen based on […]

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Flashpoint South: ‘Progressive’ Venezuela slides into chaos

Flashpoint South: ‘Progressive’ Venezuela slides into chaos

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Storm clouds are buffeting the coast of Venezuela, the once rich South American state which is sliding into economic chaos and combustible political confrontation. Mass demonstrations have rocked the capital Caracas. As democratic opposition protesters confront the riot police and paramilitary forces of the entrenched socialist dictatorship, the […]

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Economic Freedom Index: U.S. dropped to 17th in 2016

Economic Freedom Index: U.S. dropped to 17th in 2016

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The American economy slipped yet again to a lower ranking in 2016 as a result of a combination of regulatory burdens, large public debt and business taxes according to a watchdog survey of global economic freedoms. The annual Heritage Index of Economic Freedom saw the U.S. economy slip […]

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Trump world: What The Donald inherits

Trump world: What The Donald inherits

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Chaos, Conflict and Crisis are some of the words describing the combustible global situation the new American President Donald J. Trump inherits from his predecessor. Far from a stable world order, Donald Trump is entering a complex foreign maze in which he must decipher, decode and often defuse […]

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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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Deathwatch for dictator a timebomb in Venezuela

Deathwatch for dictator a timebomb in Venezuela

Global Information System CARACAS — Venezuela’s ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party: PSUV) has, since mid-December 2012, been working on devising a plan to initiate President-elect Hugo Chávez Frias’ new term in office without the president necessarily being physically able to govern. By the beginning of January 2013, there was a growing […]

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Remembering Vaclav Havel, who inspired freedom fighters from Europe to N. Korea, China

Remembering Vaclav Havel, who inspired freedom fighters from Europe to N. Korea, China

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — One year ago the renowned author, playwright, and former  President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel died at age 75. In tribute to this extraordinary European Renaissance Man, I’m reissuing my column in the spirit of memory and the season. “Havel’s career as literary figure, intellectual and a […]