John J. Metzler

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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 […]

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Sounds of convening General Assembly: Bombast, peace talk, hammers

Sounds of convening General Assembly: Bombast, peace talk, hammers

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid the arrival of presidents, prime ministers and kings, the UN General Assembly has opened in New York.   The 65th annual session of the UN’s main membership body will debate issues ranging from battling global poverty to promoting human rights and international security. Yet the setting will be […]

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Crisis overload hobbles Pakistan relief efforts

Crisis overload hobbles Pakistan relief efforts

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Both crisis overload and donor fatigue have hobbled global relief efforts in humanitarian crises.  The devastating Haiti earthquake in January and the ongoing floods in Pakistan have challenged the global giving system to the breaking point — not so much for lack of funds and compassion, but a […]

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'Turning the page' in Iraq: And now, chapter II.

'Turning the page' in Iraq: And now, chapter II.

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In an near emotionless and vapid address from the Oval Office, President Barack Obama told Americans that the “page has been turned” and American combat units have been withdrawn from Iraq. Thus seven years after the start of the contentious war in Iraq, we were happily heading home. […]

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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 […]