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South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s the annual diplomatic ritual when the 193 member UN General Assembly elects five of its members to serve for two-year stints on the powerful Security Council. As would be imagined the competition is intense to gain real political power and the global limelight on the fifteen member […]

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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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France's pendulum swing to the left jolts a continent's fault lines

France's pendulum swing to the left jolts a continent's fault lines

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Tone, tenor, and style separate Nicolas Sarkozy from Francois Hollande as much as clear political ideology divided the two contenders for the French presidency. But sentiments like voter discontent, backlash and anti-austerity describe the mood French voters were in when they elected the Socialist candidate. Francois Hollande’s victory […]

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High stakes at the 5+1 Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

High stakes at the 5+1  Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

By Sheda Vasseghi On April 14, 2012, representatives from the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany (“5+1”) met with officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran in Istanbul to discuss its nuclear ambitions.  Discussions were preliminary and introductory, and expectations for the parties to come to any agreement were low. According to UK representative […]

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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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Voices of experience from the Soviet bloc offer counsel to Arab Spring leaders

Voices of experience from the Soviet bloc offer counsel to Arab Spring leaders

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A seamless political thread running through the current General Assembly debate has been that of the “Arab Spring”, the movement which shifted the political sands throughout the Middle East. Yet, amongst the often self-congratulatory messages praising the Arab Spring, some former East Bloc states have offered sage socio/political […]

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On a hopeful note, China's slave soldiers may not cooperate with the plan to conquer the world

On a hopeful note, China's slave soldiers may not cooperate with the plan to conquer the world

By Lev Navrozov France was the country of Napoleon, and in alliance with England, it defeated Germany in WWI. But during WWII, Hitler’s occupation of France, with the British troops that were in France to help it defend itself, was a short pleasure trip for Hitler’s army. Many came to believe that he would conquer […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Tsunami-inspired, angst-driven landslide in Germany

FAITH MATTERS: Tsunami-inspired, angst-driven landslide in Germany

By Uwe Siemon-Netto “Angst is a bad counselor,” a German axiom says. Angst has just caused a landslide in the most prosperous state of Europe’s richest nation. Angst fed by the nuclear disaster 5,900 miles away in Japan has ended the Christian Democrats’ 58-year rule in Baden-Württemberg, home of industrial giants such as Daimler-Benz, the […]

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EuroCrisis, Part II: Spain now, Portugal later and Germany on the hot seat

By Sol W. Sanders  The crisis of the European Union’s common currency goes into its second act, replete with a Spanish fandango as the curtain rises with the biggest peripheral Euro player downstage. Spain’s economy is almost twice as large as the combined early crisis victims – Greece and Ireland and waiting in the wings, […]

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UN Security Council reform: Brazil, Germany, India and Japan seek permanent status

UN Security Council reform: Brazil, Germany, India and Japan seek permanent status

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Reform and redesign of the UN Security Council has long been on the diplomatic drawing boards.  Few countries will argue its wisdom or necessity, but most will balk at the specific details.  So when Barack Obama descended upon New Delhi in a official visit and told a joint […]