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Fidel hell: USSR is dead, but Castro’s iron grip on Cuba endures

Fidel hell: USSR is dead, but Castro’s iron grip on Cuba endures

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — For as long as I can remember, the phrase Castro’s Cuba was synonymous with a Caribbean island ruled by one Family. Indeed for sixty years the phrase had a certain, if unfortunate, political ring. So when Raul Castro, the second member of the ruling dynasty, stepped down from […]

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2013: Get ready world, here it comes!

2013: Get ready world, here it comes!

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s time once again to look at the crystal ball, or snow globe, and attempt to peer ahead at the global political and economic horizon as we enter the New Year.  The political landscape offers both promise and peril but so many of the outcomes of each and […]

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As Syria's humanitarian crisis worsens, UN — checked by Russia and China — fails to act

As Syria's humanitarian crisis worsens, UN — checked by Russia and China — fails to act

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Syria’s ongoing civil war has shadowed the current UN General Assembly both with the danger of a widening regional humanitarian crisis and the challenge of a  politically deadlocked UN Security Council. The eighteen month conflict between the Damascus rulers and a wide coalition of opposition forces has seen […]

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Obama at UN addressed the Arab Street and U.S. voters, spurning other global concerns

Obama at UN addressed the Arab Street and U.S. voters, spurning other global concerns

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s speech before the UN General Assembly was directed to two domestic audiences. One Main Street USA where outrage and anguish over the killing of American diplomats, the trashing of diplomatic property throughout the Middle East, and the seething resentment towards America is viewed as a […]

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UN report card cites 'progress' in post-surge Iraq

UN report card cites 'progress' in post-surge Iraq

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — “Iraq continues to make progress in consolidating its young democracy, strengthening the rule of law, developing its institutions and addressing the economic and social challenges,” states Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a progress report on the strife ridden Middle Eastern country.  Yet in this periodic survey of Iraq, […]

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Unifying the Chinas across the Taiwan straits despite warring political systems

Unifying the Chinas across the Taiwan straits despite warring political systems

By John J. Metzler  TAIPEI, Taiwan — An amazing and interlocking network of cross straits commerce has brought both sides of the Taiwan straits closer together socially and economically despite a lack of political links.  Indeed, while the People’s Republic of China and its political rival the Republic of China on Taiwan are formally separated, […]

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East Asian economies booming as U.S. engine losing steam

East Asian economies booming as U.S. engine losing steam

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Global economic growth continues to sputter, the American economy falters, and chances for recovery are not on the immediate horizon. But while the USA and much of Europe continues to feel the undertow of recession, large economies in Brazil, China, India nonetheless continue to grow. “After a year […]

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China buying up resource-rich Africa, Zimbabwe in particular

China buying up resource-rich Africa, Zimbabwe in particular

By John J. Metzler   UNITED NATIONS — The People’s Republic of China has gone on a buying spree on the resource-rich but economically underdeveloped African continent. And central to the plan has been massive investments into raw materials as well as political influence in a number of key African states, notably Sudan, Angola, and Zimbabwe. The […]

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Dictators and the sizzle factor: Being evil is not enough

Dictators and the sizzle factor: Being evil is not enough

By John J. Metzler    UNITED NATIONS — As the international forces enforce a No Fly Zone against Col. Gadhafi’s Libya which has now morphed into a No Tank Zone, and which resembles a No Plan Zone, the Obama Administration’s conflict by coalition has leveled the Libyan playing field, but has equally strained the NATO alliance, […]

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Time to return the favor to Japan, one of the world's top first responders to catastrophes

Time to return the favor to Japan, one of the world's top first responders to catastrophes

By John J. Metzler     UNITED NATIONS — The massive earthquake and tsunami which rocked and ravaged large parts of northern Japan, has caused near apocalyptic devastation to the land and the environment.   The 8.9 Richter scale shock, the largest ever to hit in the earthquake-prone country’s history, was brutally enhanced by a massive Tsunami tidal […]