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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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Global econ: Asia boom, minus numbers down South, anti-Trumpism slows U.S. growth

Global econ: Asia boom, minus numbers down South, anti-Trumpism slows U.S. growth

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The world economy is slowly improving with a forecast for 2.7 percent global growth, but there’s still a way to go to reach pre-recession levels. That’s part of the prognosis of the UN’s World Economic Situation midterm report for 2017 which cites stronger economic recovery in many developed […]

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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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China and Iran are world leaders in executions; Data on North Korea is lacking

China and Iran are world leaders in executions; Data on North Korea is lacking

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS—The People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran top the global charts for executions according to a newly released report by Amnesty International. Iran accounted for 55 percent of all recorded death sentences according to Amnesty. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan are tragically part of this gruesome […]

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Time to once and for all solve Syria as the bloodshed enters seventh year

Time to once and for all solve Syria as the bloodshed enters seventh year

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Syria’s bloody conflict has entered its seventh year with unrelenting killings, displacements and bombardments being “one of the largest man-made humanitarian and protection crises in the world.” As the UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council, “Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and million […]

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Global economy, porous borders provide ‘business model’ for unchecked human trafficking

Global economy, porous borders provide ‘business model’ for unchecked human trafficking

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Modern slavery is tragically thriving in the Twenty-first Century! While ethnic, religious and military conflicts seem to be the grist of news headlines, the quiet and brutal backstory from this global violence regards the vulnerable millions who have been displaced as migrants and refugees. Ironically in the midst […]

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Economic Freedom Index: U.S. dropped to 17th in 2016

Economic Freedom Index: U.S. dropped to 17th in 2016

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The American economy slipped yet again to a lower ranking in 2016 as a result of a combination of regulatory burdens, large public debt and business taxes according to a watchdog survey of global economic freedoms. The annual Heritage Index of Economic Freedom saw the U.S. economy slip […]

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Trump’s clear message to the nation also alerted the world: ‘America is once again ready to lead’

Trump’s clear message to the nation also alerted the world: ‘America is once again ready to lead’

By John J. Metzler WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a powerful and optimistic address to the nation, President Donald Trump made his case for the road forward in his new presidency. Labelled a “Reset” by some and “reaching for higher ground” by others, the speech before a joint session of the U.S. Congress made a renewed […]

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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 […]