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Six years after the West toppled Gadhafi, world still coping with a shattered Libya

Six years after the West toppled Gadhafi, world still coping with a shattered Libya

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Libya is a shattered land. Awash in weapons and explosives, riven by tribal and political rivalries, flooded by illegal migrants, and haven to lethal terrorist groups, Libya remains North Africa’s glaring tragedy, six years after an Anglo/French/American military effort toppled the Gadhafi regime. Now with a certain quiet […]

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UN Security Council merry go round selects rights abuser

UN Security Council merry go round selects rights abuser

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The annual election to choose five new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council produced both the expected and the near preposterous. The elections, actually selections by the 193 member General Assembly, saw no opposition for any of the two- year Council terms. Candidates were chosen based on […]

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Trump asks NATO to be ‘fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States

Trump asks NATO to be ‘fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump has scolded some members of the Atlantic Alliance for not paying their “fair share” in defense spending. Addressing the NATO Summit in Brussels, the American president followed in the footsteps of many of his predecessors in saying that some members of the North Atlantic Treaty […]

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Afghan civilian casualties from Muslim-on-Muslim attacks soared in 2016

Afghan civilian casualties from Muslim-on-Muslim attacks soared in 2016

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Afghanistan’s seemingly endless conflict continues as civilian causalities in the protracted war are nearly double what they were a decade ago. According to a UN report there were 11,418 conflict related causalities documented, which includes 3,500 killed. Over 900 children died and another 2,600 were injured in the […]

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New UN Chief calls for new priority: Conflict prevention

New UN Chief calls for new priority: Conflict prevention

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS— Calling for a major reappraisal of how the international community responds to a widening series of conflicts, and challenging policymakers to take a courageous look at a new template to maintain global peace and security, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, made a bold and far reaching appeal for conflict […]

 Freepressers

Demise of the West: Waiting for Act II, but the stage is empty

Demise of the West: Waiting for Act II, but the stage is empty

Gregory Copley, Global Information System It would be a mistake to think that the Western economic crisis is being managed toward a successful conclusion; that perhaps it can escape from disaster. Rather, most Western societies have moved closer to the brink of economic — and therefore political and social — instability because they have forgotten […]

 FreePressers Staff

Central America emerges as transhipment nexus for drugs flowing to USA

Central America emerges as transhipment nexus for drugs flowing to USA

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A generation ago many Central American countries faced death and destruction from aggressive left-wing insurgencies battling governments in places like El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Today while these countries have evolved into reasonably representative democracies, a new tide of violence “born of transnational organized crime and drug trafficking,” […]

 FreePressers Staff

WORLD MATTERS: U.S. conservatives poorly served by the Fox News media culture

WORLD MATTERS: U.S. conservatives poorly served by the Fox News media culture

By Uwe Siemon-Netto A nauseating remark by Donald Trump on Fox News about Germany this week made me wonder if today’s American and European conservatives are living on the same planet – assuming for the sake of an argument that this network is the authentic voice of conservatives in the U.S.A. Discussing the Euro crisis […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Proud, for once, to be a German

WORLD MATTERS: Proud, for once, to be a German

By Uwe Siemon-Netto It’s been more than two years since my last visit to Germany, my native land. This time I traveled home at the height of the Eurozone crisis. I returned to California just before Christmas filled with pride in my compatriots. Don’t get me wrong. I am not particularly proud of the fact […]

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Question not on the media radar screen: How will U.S. be impacted by growing EU crisis?

Question not on the media radar screen: How will U.S. be impacted by growing EU crisis?

By Sol W. Sanders An old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”, has become a bromide. I suspect those old Chinese savants were smarter: Confucius [and his St. Paul, Mencius] codified rules and ceremonies for all princes for all eternity, undoubtedly suspecting, rightfully, all eras would have many if not most of the […]