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‘Third World War’: Jordan’s king warns radical Islam thrives on ‘apathy of moderates’


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Among the 193 Presidential and Ministerial speeches being made during the UN General Assembly debate, most will present politically pedantic and often droning restatements of the obvious; that war, terrorism, […]

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Two shepherds with flocks of 1.2 billion each pay first visits to U.S., UN

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Both Pope Francis and China’s President are visiting the United States at the same time. Two men whose paths will nearly intersect, but not touch, in New York at the […]

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UN session begins under clouds of war and crisis


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Dark war clouds swirl from the Middle East, humanitarian crises worsen in Sub-Saharan Africa, and as refugees pour fourth into the developed world, the UN General Assembly is set to […]

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Syrian migrant wave to Europe shames rich Arabs


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The scenes of Syrians fleeing their homeland and pouring on to the roads and rail links of Greece and the Balkans create an almost Biblical image. Exodus comes to mind. […]

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China blues: CCP Chairman Xi hopes to change the subject

Black Monday at the Shanghai Index

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The reverberations of China’s economic jolt are being felt worldwide from New York, to London, Frankfurt and Tokyo. It’s the fear of a slowdown in the once-supercharged Chinese economy which […]

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Syrian circles of Hell: Is a political solution even possible?


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Syria continues to descend into the inferno while the international community stands transfixed. A political solution seems elusive as ever, the civil war grinds on having killed over 250,000 people, […]

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Moscow gets a cash settlement but not its promised Mistral carriers from France


Special to By John J. Metzler St. Nazaire, FRANCE — As the high-speed TGV train from Paris slowed down coming into St. Nazaire passing the sprawling shipyard alongside, a little boy in in the seat in front of us […]

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Russia says ‘nyet’ at UN to MH-17 downing tribunal


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a callous but not unexpected move to block an international inquiry on the fate of Malaysian flight #17 which was shot down over Ukraine just a year ago, Russia […]

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ISIL’s and Iran’s expanded power loom as legacy of Obama’s military exit from Iraq


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Since last summer’s onslaught by terrorists of the so-called ISIL, Iraq has been living through one of the most difficult phases of its modern history,” said Jan Kubis, the UN’s […]

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Iran deal is done, Obama’s legacy is set, money starts to flow, who laughs last?


Special to By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — A rhetorical tsunami followed the signing of the landmark nuclear limitation deal between Iran and six world powers in Vienna. On the one hand President Barack Obama and his tireless […]

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