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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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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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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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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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U.S. Amb. Nikki Haley in debut hits Russia on Ukraine, Europe’s forgotten conflict

U.S. Amb. Nikki Haley in debut hits Russia on Ukraine, Europe’s forgotten conflict

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The rumble of artillery and the cracks of Kalashnikovs shatter the Winter chill. The refugees, the displaced and the injured have become part of the broken landscape which reflects the agony of previous battles. Yet the wider silence is broken by the unwavering voices who remind us that […]

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South Asia boom, new Trump initiatives are the good news for sagging global economy

South Asia boom, new Trump initiatives are the good news for sagging global economy

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Modest global economic recovery is expected, but a return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive, according to the World Economic Situation Report, the UN’s barometer of international economic trends. The current survey states that while the world economy grew by a a modest 2.2 percent in 2016, […]

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Brave new cyber-spy world: From Moscow with love-hate

Brave new cyber-spy world: From Moscow with love-hate

By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – Once upon a time, in an era that’s faded into the near-forgotten history of The Cold War, Moscow was the enemy, and those who believed otherwise were labeled “comsymps” for Communist sympathizers. The phenomenon of “the Red scare,” meaning the fears inflicted by the specter of “commies” taking over the […]

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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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Rogue states search Trump tweets for clues as Oval Office awaits new occupant

Rogue states search Trump tweets for clues as Oval Office awaits new occupant

By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump will be flexing America’s muscles against both China and North Korea from almost the moment he sits down in the Oval Office of the White House, at least to judge from his recent tweets. “China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the […]

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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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