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Realism not rhetoric needed to defeat ISIL, warns Gates

Gates 2011

Special to By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates slammed both the Obama Administration and the presidential primary candidates calling for long-term realism in America’s fight against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) […]

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The foreign policy ‘vision’ at Obama’s last State of the Union cries for an opthalmologist

President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, the annual speech to a joint session of Congress, has emerged as more of a political pep rally than a clear overview […]

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Are Arab media correct? Is Obama really campaigning for top ‘messianic’ UN job?


Special to By Sol W. Sanders President Barak Obama repeatedly refers to the end of his time in office and claims he is no longer campaigning. There is more than a little ambiguity there, however, for his modus operandi […]

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2016: Light vs darkness, time to solve Syria, opportunity in Latin America, rising China threat


Special to By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s time to consult the crystal snow globe for a look at both the likely and unexpected events which will shape the New Year. Serious strife both in the Middle […]

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2015 GREATEST HITS, NO. 8 – Obama welcomes an Islamist Trojan horse: Consider who is selecting our refugees

Portuguese Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, informs during a news conference on the over one million Syrian refugee children, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The grim milestone announced by U.N. officials means as many Syrian children have been uprooted from their homes or families as the number of children who live in Wales, or in Boston and Los Angeles combined, said Guterres. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

Jeffrey T. Kuhner Nov. 24, 2015:  “President Obama is a threat to our country,” Donald Trump told me in a recent interview. He’s right. Mr. Obama now poses a clear and present danger to America. His stubborn insistence on resettling […]

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2015 GREATEST HITS, NO. 10 – UN report: ISIL runs ‘slave bazaar’ in which girls are stripped and traded as livestock


Special to May 11, 2015: A United Nations report has revealed shocking details of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) brutality includes a “slave bazaar” in which young rape victims are stripped naked before being sold and […]

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UN’s Ban reflects on year of ‘horror’ in ‘Afro/Mid-East centric’ crisis zone, sets $20 billion for humanitarian relief

Macedonia, Gevgelija, 26 August 2015
Migrants cross the Greek border into FYR of Macedonia, on their way to seek a new life in Europe. Thousands of people cross the border each day seeking refuge from conflict and insecurity in countries like Syria. The Red Cross is providing food, water and medical care at the border.

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Calling 2015 a year which has brought “both breakthrough and horror,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented a global report card of sorts on a “pivotal year” in which the […]

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U.S. presses for UN enforcement action over Iran missile test

The launch of an Iranian Imad missile on Oct. 11.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The United States is pressing for enforcement action against Iran after a United Nations report on December 15 found Tehran violated UN sanctions against testing nuclear-capable missiles. U.S. Ambassador to the […]

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El Nino hits Ethiopia, on rebound from socialism after generous U.S. aid

El Nino's impact extends to South Africa's Mfolozi River which has dried up in the worst drought in more than 30 years. / AFP

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — More than thirty years ago, back in the Summer of 1985, the world came together to help famine stricken Ethiopia. The Live Aid Concerts in London and Philadelphia, raised both […]

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IAEA report: Iran’s work on a nuclear weapon continued after 2003

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano.

Special to By Golnaz Esfandiari, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The UN’s atomic watchdog says it believes Iran conducted activities relevant to developing nuclear weapons at least until the end of 2003 but that its activities didn’t go […]

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