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Flood of undocumented migrants ‘a test of historic proportions’ for Europe

Merkel on migrants

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The almost Biblical scenes of mass humanity surging through Europe from the Balkans to the Baltic have created jarring images as we see a mass movement of displaced Syrians and […]

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Civilization vs China and Russia: TPP is more than just a trade deal

South Korean President Geun-Hye Park and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — The Trans-Pacific Partnership carries implications far beyond the commercial benefits that President Obama and others claim would result from it. Arguments pro and con in terms of the advantages and disadvantages […]

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Slavs vs Muslims: Putin’s Syria gambit and his rapidly expanding ‘Syria’ back home

Ramzan Kadyrov.

Special to Sol W. Sanders Hovering over Vladimir Putin’s reckless adventurism in Syria is the Muslim demographic shadow threatening his Russian Federation. The Russians’ mushrooming Muslim population is part and parcel of the Russian leader’s whirling-dervish act to try […]

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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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Still forgetting the ‘Forgotten War’ after all these years

David Halberstam of the New York Times, Malcolm Browne of AP, and Neil Sheehan of UPI between helicopter lifts in the Mekong Delta in 1963. / AP / Wide World Photos.

Special to By Donald Kirk, WASHINGTON ― You know how forgotten is the Korean War when you see a documentary about the young correspondents who battled U.S. officialdom in the early years of the Vietnam War and hear […]

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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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Obama welcomes Xi: A matter of ‘optics’ and not much else


Special to By Donald Kirk, WASHINGTON ― China President Xi Jinping’s meeting with President Obama Friday is sure to be an exercise in double-and-triple talk that will sorely test the skills of both of them in papering over, […]

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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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The grim 14th anniversary of September 11: America awaits a new, informed world view

This photo was taken from Rt. 27 moments after the photographer witnessed the American Airlines 757 jetliner crash into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. / Steve Riskus

Special to Sol W. Sanders Fourteen years after a massive and highly sophisticated attack on multiple critical targets in the United States from a foreign invader, the outlook is grim: The instantaneous rally of the American people in one […]

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Where’s the international pressure on China to accept refugees . . . from N. Korea?

N. Korean Refugees

Special to By Donald Kirk, The spectacle of mass migrations is a permanent phenomenon of our times. Images of refugees risking lives to escape oppressive regimes, starvation, war and mayhem are embedded in our subconscious. Think of the […]

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