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It's August in France, but Sarko's not taking it easy

It's August in France, but Sarko's not taking it easy

By John J. Metzler   PARIS — It’s vacation time here in France and next year’s presidential elections seem as remote as some good economic news.  Yet, it’s precisely because of  the sluggish economy and the continuing military imbroglio in Libya that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is taking absolutely nothing for granted politically in his run […]

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WORLD MATTERS: I was there when they built the Wall

WORLD MATTERS: I was there when they built the Wall

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Early Sunday morning the telephone rang in my Frankfurt apartment. “Off to the airport,” my managing editor instructed me. Drowsily I asked, “To Leopoldville?” For weeks I had been waiting for my marching orders to the former Belgian Congo to cover its civil war for the Associated Press. “No,” said “Schmitti,” my […]

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Euro currency — bridge to nowhere?

Euro currency — bridge to nowhere?

By John J. Metzler  PARIS — The albatross of the debt crisis continues to dominate headlines throughout the European Union and indeed the United States. While whopping budget deficits and massive social service obligations serve as a millstone to European economic recovery, many economists are nervously looking to the long term stability of the Euro […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Homobonide twaddle, the cause of Robert Gates’ frustration

WORLD MATTERS: Homobonide twaddle, the cause of Robert Gates’ frustration

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Who is to blame for Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ frustration with NATO? In one word: Homobonides. You don’t know what Homobonides are? Not to worry. I have just made up this term, translating the sardonic German expression, Gutmenschen, into English with a little help from Latin. So what are Gutmenschen? Not really […]

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As the world turns: Soap opera and the future of the IMF

As the world turns: Soap opera and the future of the IMF

 By Sol W. Sanders [In the interests of transparency: the writer was deputy chief of mission for the World Bank, Tokyo, 1970-72.] Whatever the outcome of the bizarre fall from grace of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the International Monetary Fund’s controversial role has been thrown into sharper focus. Had Mr. Strauss-Kahn departed voluntarily for loftier climes as […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Has Strauss-Kahn run amuck?

WORLD MATTERS: Has Strauss-Kahn run amuck?

By Uwe Siemon-Netto We have been treated to degrading images of the unshaved, handcuffed Dominique Strauss-Kahn (“DSK“) after his arrest for an alleged sex offense of a very serious nature. We have seen the head of the International Monetary Fund, gaunt and hollow-cheeked, before Judge Melissa Jackson who sent him to Rikers Island, where he […]

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WORLD MATTERS: A royalist dream – Harry, King of Saxony

WORLD MATTERS: A royalist dream – Harry, King of Saxony

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Pardon this outburst from an unreconstructed German monarchist: Scanning the Internet for news about the impending royal wedding has rendered me envious, morose and frustrated.  Never mind the uncomprehending sniggers by Bill O’Reilly about this display of allegedly antiquated glamour. O’Reilly might have many merits but he does not grasp the need […]

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Libya mission prompts transatlantic divide: The Paris option

Libya mission prompts transatlantic divide: The Paris option

By John J. Metzler   UNITED NATIONS — As NATO warplanes blast targets throughout Col. Gadhafi’s Libya and enforce a “No Fly Zone” over the North African desert, much of the collateral damage from the operation appears to be diplomatic; especially between the USA and the French/British allies flying most of the missions. After indecisive diplomatic […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Hugo Chávez, Simon Bolivar and the 'cult' of Maria Lionza

FAITH MATTERS: Hugo Chávez, Simon Bolivar and the 'cult' of Maria Lionza

By Uwe Siemon-Netto In the late 1970s, Princeton historian Bernard Lewis came across Ayatollah  Khomeini’s short book, “Islamic Government,” which later became known as the Islamic cleric’s “Mein Kampf.” It detailed what Khomeini planned  to do with his country once he came to power. “I tried to bring this to the attention of people here. […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Germany’s next vice chancellor – an Asian Christian in liberalism's 'post-secular' era

WORLD MATTERS: Germany’s next vice chancellor – an Asian Christian in liberalism's 'post-secular' era

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Germany’s next vice chancellor will most likely be a young man who does not fit the stereotype of a German. Philipp Rösler, 38, looks Asian because he is a native Vietnamese, and he has a wonderful sense of humor utterly devoid of the political correctness that is currently stifling the country’s cultural […]