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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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As West falters, Asia Pacific region emerging as new global economic engine

As West falters, Asia Pacific region emerging as new global economic engine

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Despite the persistent economic headwinds which are expected to slow economic expansion this year, “growth in the Asia and the Pacific area remains better than in any other region; continuing as an anchor of stability and a new growth pole for the world economy.” That’s the guardedly optimistic […]

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Syria unravels: Russia and China stand by its bloody regime, UN stands by

Syria unravels: Russia and China stand by its bloody regime, UN stands by

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — As the ongoing conflict in Syria churns out a ghastly humanitarian  carnage, diplomatic efforts to halt the violence are shadowed by last year’s Libyan intervention, which morphed into a six month long military operation to topple a tyrant. So when the UN Security Council met again on Britain’s […]

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Missing from Iran's bizarre UN rant: Arab spring and deep-rooted protests back home

Missing from Iran's bizarre UN rant: Arab spring and deep-rooted protests back home

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Even by the politically paranoid standards of his past speeches, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s address to the UN General Assembly, brought the term bizarre to a whole new level.  His venomous rant to assembled delegations, accusing those countries “who  used the mysterious September 11th  incident as a pretext […]

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UN relief chief calls for 'urgent access' after reports of killings in Libya

UN relief chief calls for 'urgent access' after reports of killings in Libya

By George Okore  The top United Nations relief official Sunday called for urgent humanitarian access to Misrata in western Libya following reports of violence and killing in the area.  “Humanitarian organizations need urgent access now. People are injured and dying and need help immediately,” said Valerie Amos. “I call on the authorities to provide access […]

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UN formally ends 'dark era of Saddam Hussein'

UN formally ends 'dark era of Saddam Hussein'

By John J. Metzler  United Nations — A lingering set of political and economic sanctions, most dating from Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and its aftermath, have finally been lifted from Iraq. A high-level Ministerial meeting of the fifteen member UN Security Council, decided to repeal the residue of remaining restrictions on Iraqi petroleum […]

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Top U.S. lawmaker vows 'hardball' with Iran, N. Korea

Top U.S. lawmaker vows 'hardball' with Iran, N. Korea

US congresswoman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, seen here in 2009. Ros-Lehtinen, the incoming House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, said the United States must force reforms at the United Nations and play “hardball” with Iran and North Korea. / (AFP/Jose Cabezas WASHINGTON – The United States must force reforms at the United Nations and play “hardball” with […]

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UN answers N. Korea's neutrons-over-nutrition policy with food aid

UN answers N. Korea's neutrons-over-nutrition policy with food aid

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — In the midst of severe food shortages affecting perhaps a quarter of the population, to the backdrop of horrific human rights abuses,  and in the shadows of an expanding and costly nuclear weapons program,  the United Nations has responded to this dangerous situation inside North Korea with both […]

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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 […]

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Crowd attacks UN investigators of Hariri assassination in Beirut

Crowd attacks UN investigators of Hariri assassination in Beirut

BEIRUT – A crowd “violently attacked” a team of U.N. investigators gathering evidence Wednesday in the death of a former Lebanese prime minister and stole several items from them, authorities said. The two investigators and an interpreter received medical attention, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The […]