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China may be the real winner in Cambodian election

China may be the real winner in Cambodian election

By John J. Metzler PARIS — The very name Cambodia evokes tragic memories and historical passions. This small Southeast Asian land which was ravaged by the communist Khmer Rouge genocide a generation ago, then occupied by neighboring Vietnam, and later, resuscitated back to life by a long forgotten United Nations peacekeeping and electoral mission in […]

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Global scorecard for innovation: Switzerland at top, China rising, N. Korea and Cuba unlisted

Global scorecard for innovation: Switzerland at top, China rising, N. Korea and Cuba unlisted

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Not surprisingly the countries leading in Research & Development are among the world’s most successful economies. Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Sweden top the list among the top ten global innovation economies which also include the United Kingdom, Singapore, the United States, Finland, Germany and Ireland. The release of […]

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China blocks UN relief for Burma’s 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

China blocks UN relief for Burma’s 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid continuing destruction of villages, attacks on children and a widening displacement of refugees, members of the UN Security Council visited Burma and neighboring Bangladesh to assess the widening humanitarian carnage. The officially dubbed Mission to Myanmar, as the country is officially known, offered diplomats a “vivid and […]

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UN Secretary General calls for ‘bold leadership’ in a world facing ‘calamity’

UN Secretary General calls for ‘bold leadership’ in a world facing ‘calamity’

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a sweeping and sobering tour of the world crises and trouble spots, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of a dire global situation plagued with “protracted conflicts and the spread of terrorism.” Stressing that, “We face a Gordian knot in the Middle East and potential nuclear catastrophe […]

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As UN convenes, N. Korea is only one crisis: Consider China-backed Burma’s ethnic cleansing

As UN convenes, N. Korea is only one crisis: Consider China-backed Burma’s ethnic cleansing

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid the backdrop of global conflicts and humanitarian crises, presidents, prime ministers, and potentates from 193 member states have gathered in New York for the 72nd annual General Assembly of the United Nations. The Autumn Assembly comes at a time of renewed political and humanitarian […]

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Obama's 'Asia pivot', 6-hour Burma layover, causes heartburn in Beijing

Obama's 'Asia pivot', 6-hour Burma layover, causes heartburn in Beijing

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The historic visit of  U.S. President Barack Obama  to Burma, the highest profile American diplomatic contact ever to this long isolated political pariah state, saw the United States enter a high stakes geopolitical chess game in Southeast Asia. Thus amid the shimmering golden temples and pagodas of Rangoon, […]

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When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The spectacle of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh did more to lay bare the problems, conflicts and paradoxes of relations among the region’s wildly different and widely scattered nations than to resolve them. The fact that at least three of the leaders at this year’s ASEAN summit won’t be around […]

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Speakers list at UN for a world in tumult: Obama, Hollande, Ahmadinijad, Chavez, Mugabe

Speakers list at UN for a world in tumult: Obama, Hollande, Ahmadinijad, Chavez, Mugabe

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly has opened amid global storm clouds and economic gloom. Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Potentates gather in New York for the 67th annual session to the backdrop of  spreading violence in the Middle East, a looming nuclear weapons program in Iran, a humanitarian crisis […]

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The Burma Road back to normalcy is long and uncertain

The Burma Road back to normalcy is long and uncertain

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is on the road to Burma to  witness a “critical moment” in the isolated Southeast Asian state’s slow but sure transition to a more open political system which may bring democracy, or could legitimize the long-ruling military regime.  Recently, British Prime Minister David Cameron […]

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Beijing uneasy about Burma's drift toward West, plans 'dollar diplomacy' initiative

Beijing uneasy about Burma's drift toward West,  plans 'dollar diplomacy' initiative

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese Communist Party leadership is set to use dollar diplomacy to prevent the Yangon (Rangoon) regime from falling into the embrace of the United States. Beijing’s uneasiness toward the liberalization policies of Burma’s President Thein Sein has been reflected in its low-key reaction to the landslide victory that Aung San […]