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Potsdam-Honolulu-Bordeaux: A musical arc

By Uwe Siemon-Netto  Some Anglo-Saxon linguists claim that there is something oddly Germanic about certain Hawaiian words. The consonant “w” is often pronounced like a “v”. According to George Kanahele, author of “Hawaiian Music and Musicians,” this seems to be the “fault” of one Heinrich August Wilhelm Berger (1844-1929) who taught folks in Honolulu to […]

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Suicidal urgings in the West: From Walter Cronkite to Michael Steele

 By Uwe Siemon-Netto  I have arrived at a period of my biological and professional life when rummaging through my archives and library seems in order. And so I am rereading books that were of formative value for my career as a journalist, especially as a war correspondent.    The following passage on page 113 of […]

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Author: Iraq War reshaped thriving post-WWII trans-Atlantic partnership

Author: Iraq War reshaped thriving post-WWII trans-Atlantic partnership

See the new book “Trans-Atlantic Divide: USA/Euroland rift?”, by FreePressers.com correspondent and WorldTribune.com columnist John Metzler. “Is Europe’s close political relationship with the USA really over?  Hardly, but given the epic political events in Europe itself, from 1989 to the aftermath of the Iraq war in 2003, the ties  have fundamentally changed and been redefined. This […]

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A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

By John J. Metzler  It’s once again that time of year to consult the crystal ball and to try to peer into the future. In this case I’m peering into a cloudy snow globe which stresses meteorology over geopolitics, but here goes with some predictions to inform, advise, and muse over the international situation. War […]

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U.S. drone missiles kill 25 in Pakistan

U.S. drone missiles kill 25 in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A barrage of U.S. missiles targeted Pakistan’s Khyber district on Friday for a second consecutive day, killing 25 militants as Barack Obama urged Islamabad to do more to root out terror havens. NATO forces in the Afghan theater of conflictPakistani officials said three drone strikes destroyed targets in Khyber, the tribal district […]

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Global-warming summit in 54-degree weather in … Cancun

Global-warming summit in 54-degree weather in … Cancun

The irony: As negotiators from nearly 200 countries met in Cancun to strategize ways to keep the planet from getting hotter, the temperature in the seaside Mexican city plunged to a 100-year record low of 54° F. Climate-change skeptics are gleefully calling Cancun’s weather the latest example of the “Gore Effect” — a plunge in […]

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Cable provided country-by-country list of critical infrastructural sites

Cable provided country-by-country list of critical infrastructural sites

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com A leaked U.S. cable from the secretary of state to all foreign posts identifies critical U.S. national security infrastructure and those elements located overseas that could impact U.S. security. The list of facilities was produced as part of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan that identifies key domestic sectors for protection […]

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U.S., allies, plot North Korea strategy — without China

U.S., allies, plot North Korea strategy — without China

North Korean soldiers march during a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation’s ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Oct. 10. / AP /Vincent Yu  The Japanese, South Korean and U.S. foreign ministers meet on Monday to plot strategy toward an increasingly provocative North Korea in the face of […]

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Japan, U.S. to conduct biggest ever military drill

Japan, U.S. to conduct biggest ever military drill

TOKYO – Japan and the United States will hold their biggest ever joint military drills just days after a US and South Korean show of force amid tensions on the Korean peninsula, officials said Thursday. The previously announced “Keen Sword” drills, which were planned before North Korea’s artillery barrage of a South Korean island last […]

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China issues warning ahead of U.S.-South Korea drills

China issues warning ahead of U.S.-South Korea drills

SEOUL – China warned on Friday against military acts near its coastline ahead of U.S.-South Korean naval exercises that North Korea, days after shelling a South Korean island, said risked pushing the region toward war. Beijing’s warning came as the Seoul government named a career soldier as its new defense minister amid mounting criticism of […]