John J. Metzler

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UN answers N. Korea's neutrons-over-nutrition policy with food aid

UN answers N. Korea's neutrons-over-nutrition policy with food aid

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — In the midst of severe food shortages affecting perhaps a quarter of the population, to the backdrop of horrific human rights abuses,  and in the shadows of an expanding and costly nuclear weapons program,  the United Nations has responded to this dangerous situation inside North Korea with both […]

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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 […]

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Politics trumps human rights on Ban Ki-Moon's re-election campaign stop in China

Politics trumps human rights on Ban Ki-Moon's re-election campaign stop in China

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — When UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon made a campaign swing (oops, official visit) through South East Asia and China, few even cynical observers assumed that the China stopover promoting a “harmonious world” would turn into a typhoon of controversy.   Though the Secretary General’s visit for the official closing […]

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Former PM: Putin 'can't understand people who have values'

Former PM: Putin 'can't understand people who have values'

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Calling for Washington’s diplomatic and commercial relations with Moscow to  “be less pragmatic and more value based,”  former Russian Prime Minister and now opposition figure Mikhail Kasyanov, stressed the role of the foreign community in supporting democratic change.  Stating bluntly that Russia is, “not a democracy at all” […]

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How much do Americans really want to learn from the French?

How much do Americans really want to learn from the French?

 By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The French are used to a pleasant lifestyle, cushioned by beaucoup benefits, and why not? But unlike the old tune, “C’est si bon,” sung by Yves Montand, this lifestyle comes at a high economic price. It’s is now challenged by the rising cost of these entitlements and naturally […]

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Hardball at the UN Security Council

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s always room for a surprise in politics, especially in the global hot house of the United Nations. So when both Germany and Portugal won two-year stints on the UN Security Council, even many insiders were stunned by the outcome. In the General Assembly’s annual election for the […]

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A Nobel Peace Prize hits the target

A Nobel Peace Prize hits the target

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Jailed dissident and human rights campaigner Liu Xiaobo has won the Nobel Peace Prize despite the seething fury of Beijing’s ruling Marxist mandarins.  The somewhat surprising announcement, awarding the 54 year old academic who has called for multi-party democracy and respect for human rights in China, was as […]

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Nuggets of common sense at the UN

Nuggets of common sense at the UN

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In the midst of a fractious and sometimes near farcical General Assembly debate, there a have been surprisingly candid and common sense comments from the marble rostrum of the United Nations. Though the perennial political, economic, security and humanitarian themes have characterized discussions, all seemingly packaged in a […]

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Georgia, on the rebound, challenges Moscow to take down 'new Iron Curtain'

Georgia, on the rebound, challenges Moscow to take down 'new Iron Curtain'

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Two years after an invasion, the threat of annihilation and partial occupation by neighboring Russia, the small but spunky Georgian Republic has not only survived but thrived and succeeded against all odds.  That was the upbeat assessment of Georgia’s once-embattled President Mikheil Saakashvili in an impressive and stirring […]

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Iran leader again pushes the envelope with UN speech

Iran leader again pushes the envelope with UN speech

  By John J. Metzler  UNITD NATIONS —   In a bizarre and rambling rant before the sonorous UN General Assembly afternoon session, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad broke the political sound barrier by raising a number of crackpot conspiracy theories concerning the September 11, 2001 attacks on America.   In what can only be described as a […]