Report: ‘Deep and disturbing decline in media freedoms’ … including in the USA and Europe

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Governments throughout the world seem increasingly nervous if not paranoid over a free press and media, according to a searingly poignant survey by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The annual survey of the global media in 180 countries, the French-based monitor report underscores a gradual deterioration […]

Presidential primary circus does New York

Special to By John J. Metzler NEW YORK CITY — The seemingly never ending presidential primary circus came through New York with the predictable partisan name calling and puerile political promises. For much of the campaign the political charges and arguments resembled peeved sandbox kicking kindergarten kids more than serious adults running for the […]

Modern slavery: Silent scourge that reduces humans to commodities is a $150 billion business

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Calling for an end to “human trafficking and other forms of human slavery,” British Cardinal Vincent Nichols presented a stunning testimony against the “resurgence of slavery” where up to 21 million people are affected by the scourge. As Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Nichols has led […]

China closely watching as Burma evolves from a socialist winter

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A new dawn has come to Burma. At long last the political pariah state, also known as Myanmar, has ushered in a new civilian government in which Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has a strong if not formal hand at the democratic […]

Cultural barbarians for the ages: ISIL, Taliban, Chairman Mao

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The modern day barbarians have been routed from the ancient city of Palmyra, but the destruction left in the wake of the nearly year long Islamic State occupation has been near catastrophic. After five years of conflict, war torn Syria sees the fruits of limited […]

The long, global thread of jihadi terror extends to Brussels

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The tide of hate has come to Brussels with three terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital. Islamic State (ISIL) jihadi militants carried out coordinated bombings on the Brussels Airport as well as the Metro killing at least 31 people and wounding hundreds of civilians. Coincidentally […]

Showdown looms as UN Security Council sanctions North Korea

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council has tightened the economic sanctions noose on North Korea in response to the Pyongyang regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation. The fifteen member Council voted unanimously to slam a wide range of economic, scientific and trade bans on the reclusive communist […]

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