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UN slams North Korea human rights record as its Korean Secretary General sets visit

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a stern and sweeping rebuke to North Korea’s human rights abuses, a UN Committee has slammed the repressive communist regime in an annual report on “The Situation of human […]

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Hollande calls for unified war against ‘jihadist terrorism’ that threatens ‘the whole world’

French Resolve

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Again the forces of terror and hate have attacked Paris. Again, and for the second time in a year, we stand in solidarity and weep for the victims. And as […]

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Obama’s Keystone pipe dream helps rogue states and harms environment, U.S. workers and Canada

Keystone pipeline.

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama has cancelled the Keystone XL, ending a seven year saga in which the pipeline from Alberta, Canada would have provided 800,000 barrels of oil to the USA […]

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What does Iran’s grim human rights status portend for its expanded international status?

Executions in Iran have been increasing at an alarming rate.

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran remains dire despite a number of diplomatic breakthroughs and an overall thaw in relations between the Tehran regime and the […]

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A closeup look at the UN Human Rights council explains its betrayal of rights victims


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Elections and selections among candidates to the UN Human Rights Council have again highlighted a glaring flaw in a system where politically authoritarian regimes such as Ecuador, Ethiopia, United Arab […]

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Canada is cool again with return to trendy Trudeau-mania


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The sweeping electoral victory of Canada’s Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau after ten years of Conservative party government, sets a new agenda and political template for Canada. But beyond retail […]

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Addition of Japan, Egypt, Ukraine to UN Security Council is boost for U.S.

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual selection process, the full General Assembly has picked five countries to serve as non-permanent members on the UN Security Council. Importantly, Egypt, Japan and Ukraine as well […]

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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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‘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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