John J. Metzler

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'Indisputable': China stakes claim to South China Sea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Claiming “indisputable sovereignty” over the South China Sea, the People’s Republic of China has roiled the political, strategic and diplomatic waters throughout Southeast Asia. Beijing’s recent claim that over one million square miles of sea, including the busy commercial sea lanes of communication used by a score of […]

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UN appoints veteran French Socialist to tackle Somali pirates

UN appoints veteran French Socialist to tackle Somali pirates

By John Metzler In the midst of the ongoing struggle against Somali piracy along the Horn of Africa,  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a veteran French socialist politician to offer legal formulae to tackle the seaborne buccaneers. Jack Lang, longtime Socialist party political luminary,  has been given the title  Special Advisor on Legal […]

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Radio: Still critical in the worldwide marketplace of ideas

Radio: Still critical in the worldwide marketplace of ideas

Sudan halted Monday BBC broadcasts in Arabic on FM radio frequencies. / (AFP/File/Nicolas Asfouri By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The familiar words, “BBC World Service and now the news…” became a near iconic radio sign-on for generations around the world, during the Cold War. The British Broadcasting Corporation was one of a few […]

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UN — checked by China — offers only words of concern as Darfur crisis worsens

UN — checked by China — offers only words of concern as Darfur crisis worsens

By John Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Security Council has unanimously renewed the peacekeeping mandate for Sudan’s embattled Darfur region. In the meantime, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague has slapped charges of genocide on Sudan’s ruler. This comes amid continuing violence in the troubled region against both helpless civilians and the UN […]

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Pakistan: From hell to worse and, once again, it is the U.S. that is leading aid effort

Pakistan: From hell to worse and, once again, it is the U.S. that is leading aid effort

By John Metzler Bennington, VT — The chaos which had befallen modern Pakistan is near unrivaled. Ethnic and inter-religious strife, terrorism, natural disasters and all ineffective governance, all marinated in callous corruption characterize this teetering state. While the Obama Administration has looked to and supported Pakistan as a tenuous but vital anchor in a region […]

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