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Vaclav Havel: The passing of a Renaissance man

Vaclav Havel: The passing of a Renaissance man

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Author, Playwright, and former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel has died at age 75. Havel, as literary figure and a political dissident, confronted the tyranny of the former Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and oversaw the country’s peaceful transition to democracy and a free market economy. Havel was a […]

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Nuggets of common sense at the UN

Nuggets of common sense at the UN

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In the midst of a fractious and sometimes near farcical General Assembly debate, there a have been surprisingly candid and common sense comments from the marble rostrum of the United Nations. Though the perennial political, economic, security and humanitarian themes have characterized discussions, all seemingly packaged in a […]