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Saluting the ‘doughboys’ who 100 years ago entered WWI, ending American neutrality

Saluting the ‘doughboys’ who 100 years ago entered WWI, ending American neutrality

By John J. Metzler St. NAZAIRE, France — “Lafayette, we are here,” became the clarion call upon the arrival of the American Expeditionary Force to France in 1917. The USA had just entered the hostilities, three years into the Great War, and now the battle hardened U.S. General John Pershing was in a sense returning […]

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France feels calmer, safer year after terror attacks

France feels calmer, safer year after terror attacks

By John J. Metzler PARIS — A year ago France was on edge. Islamic Jihadi terrorists had killed 86 people with a truck ramming incident at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice. Shortly thereafter a elderly priest was murdered as he said Mass. These attacks following a spate of earlier shootings in Paris killing over […]

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Why communist China’s first foreign military base? Location, Location, Location

Why communist China’s first foreign military base? Location, Location, Location

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Nearly six hundred years ago, huge Chinese fleets plied the Indian Ocean sailing as far as Arabia and the East African coast. The epic seaborne expeditions carried out between 1405 and 1432 under Adm. Cheng Ho and during the glorious Ming Dynasty were larger and far more encompassing […]

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Helmut Kohl, 87: Architect of German reunification, American friend

Helmut Kohl, 87: Architect of German reunification, American friend

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Thirty years ago this week in 1987, President Ronald Reagan visiting Berlin, made his famous challenge, “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall.” Alongside the American President stood German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. A few years earlier I met Helmut Kohl campaigning in his native Rheinland. Kohl, a towering but […]

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Lacking Thatcher’s steel, Terrorized UK’s May now seen as ‘weak and wounded’

Lacking Thatcher’s steel, Terrorized UK’s May now seen as ‘weak and wounded’

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s political May Day for Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May after what appeared as a massive miscalculation in calling a general election which she narrowly won. Though the ruling Conservative party gained the largest share of seats and votes in the 650 seat Parliament, the party fell short […]

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The French election runoff is no American rerun

The French election runoff is no American rerun

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Though the political setting of the upcoming French presidential election bears superficial comparison to the U.S. election of 2016, the contest is anything but an American rerun. While an establishment favorite is opposing a firebrand nationalist, the jarring reality remains that this is the first runoff election in […]

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New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The page has been turned. And the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff Guterres stated, “I think we should have no illusions. […]

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Year in preview: World stage set for more dramatic tension in 2017

Year in preview: World stage set for more dramatic tension in 2017

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s once again time to consult the crystal snow globe and peer ahead into what events 2017 may bring. After a surprising, tumultuous and truly roller-coaster year just past, we certainly can hope for a more stable period. But should we? Despite the unprecedented electoral triumph of Donald […]

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65 million migrants worldwide are among the issues facing incoming UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

65 million migrants worldwide are among the issues facing incoming UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While Washington awaits the inauguration of a new U.S. president on Jan. 20, the United Nations has quietly passed its baton of leadership to a new Secretary-General from Portugal. Addressing the General Assembly in the midst of the current global chaos, Antonio Guterres warned candidly, “Our most serious […]

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Seventy-five years after the ‘day of infamy,’ a new challenge from the Far East

Seventy-five years after the ‘day of infamy,’ a new challenge from the Far East

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — On December 7, 1941, the United States was shocked and stunned from its nervous neutrality and thrust into the crucible of the Second World War. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor instantly changed the narrative for American involvement in WWII which had already been raging in both in […]

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