John Metzler

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John J. Metzler is a longtime U.N. correspondent who has reported from fifty-five countries and regularly visits Europe and the Far East to observe national elections, conflicts, and economic development.

He is the author of Divided Dynamism; The Diplomacy of Separated Nations Germany, Korea and China (University Press of America, 1996). Mr. Metzler writes weekly for Free Press International.

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Despite its many human rights atrocities, China wins a seat on the UN Human Rights Council

FPI / October 16, 2020 By John J. Metzler Beijing’s widening human rights and political crackdowns in both Xinjiang Province and Hong Kong have underscored the People’s Republic of China’s pavlovian reaction involving any opposition towards the ruling communist regime. Though suppressing religious and political dissent is nothing new on the Chinese Mainland, its scope […]

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‘Danke to the American people’: Germany marks 30 years since reunification

FPI / October 8, 2020 By John J. Metzler Germany’s reunification is now history. It seemed not so long ago that the Berlin Wall had fallen in 1989, Central European countries had regained their sovereignty through the freedom tsunami sweeping Europe, and unimaginably on Oct. 3, 1990, West and East Germany, the front line frontier […]

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Covid crisis clouds United Nations Assembly

FPI / October 1, 2020 By John J. Metzler Since March the world has been battered by the Covid-19 virus. Over a million people have died and many more have been sickened by this “invisible enemy.” From its origins in China, through its spread into Europe, the United States and Latin America, the virus has […]

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UN General Assembly opens — without live sessions and debate about its covid role

FPI / September 24, 2020 By John J. Metzler Presidents, Prime Ministers and Kings are attending the opening debate of the UN General Assembly; but online. The 75th anniversary session of the Assembly was planned as a gala gathering of chiefs of state and government but shall now be relegated to a series of virtual […]

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In stark contrast: Pandemic paranoia vs September 11 resolve

FPI / September 17, 2020 By John J. Metzler Viewing the sorrowful September 11 commemorations, I was instantly transported back nineteen years to the terrorist attacks on America. As I wrote back then, “On a picture perfect September morning, the Grim Reaper visited New York…it would be our generation’s Pearl Harbor.” A mournful, nervous but […]

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Chinese military’s rising red tide can no longer be ignored

FPI / September 11, 2020 By John J. Metzler The rising tide of China’s military modernization, expansion, and force projection capabilities has long haunted policymakers from the United States to East Asia. But while many Washington politicians were premised on the paradigm of China’s “peaceful rise” and a world of global commerce with only occasional […]

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Pandemic’s political haze and media mendacity

FPI / September 3, 2020 By John J. Metzler Nearly six months into the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States remains mired in the nebulous haze of the “invisible enemy,” suffering greatly both physically and emotionally. We have been battered and bruised economically and most of all psychologically. And all this in the midst of a […]

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China’s pandemic casts U.S. ally Taiwan in a whole new light

FPI / August 20, 2020 By John J. Metzler A visit by an American Secretary of Health to an East Asian ally would seemingly not register much media attention, especially during the Summer. But in the age of global Corona and the deadly spread of the Covid-19 virus, health certainly matters. So, when U.S. Secretary […]

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‘Independent inquiry’ demanded as blast shakes Beirut to its core

FPI / August 16, 2020 By John J. Metzler The massive double blast which rocked Beirut harbor brought near cataclysmic damage to the Lebanese capital. Yet as the dust settled on this tragedy, with 200 dead and 5,000 injured, the political and economic reverberations of the explosion have shaken Lebanon to the core and threatened […]

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CCP hackers take aim at Vatican diplomatic intel

FPI / August 9, 2020 By John J. Metzler The story comes right out of a Dan Brown mystery thriller in which Vatican secrets are targeted by State sponsored computer hackers. Yet according to cyber security sources, the intrusion into sensitive Vatican diplomatic traffic is not fiction, but a cold hard fact of modern espionage. […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan sparks controversy with Hagia Sophia conversion

FPI / July 30, 2020 By John J. Metzler Its very name Hagia Sophia evokes the ancient mysteries of Byzantium. Its setting along the Golden Horn on the majestic Bosphorus joining Europe and Asia in itself serves as a beacon for uniting world religions. Yet this magnificent church which has weathered the march of time […]

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Barr’s indictment of CCP did not spare Hollywood, Silicon Valley

FPI / July 23, 2020 By John J. Metzler In a sweeping, scathing and searingly poignant speech, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr swept back the curtain on China’s communist regime in a tour de force rarely seen. His focus centered not only on China’s rulers menacing their own people and those of East Asia, but […]

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Russia and China veto humanitarian aid for starving Syria twice in a week, with the click of a mouse

FPI / July 17, 2020 By John J. Metzler A devastating decade old war, a deteriorating humanitarian situation, and a deplorable inability of the international community to stop the conflict, underscores Syria’s tragic fate. The failure of the UN Security Council to ease the suffering, callously blocked by Russia and China, tragically highlights the shared […]

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Hong Kong now ‘just just another communist-run city’

FPI / July 10, 2020 By John J. Metzler Beijing’s tightening noose on Hong Kong foretells many things both in the successful city state as much as throughout the opaque vastness of China itself. Clearly, the widening communist political crackdown on Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms was expected given the successful city-state’s thriving democracy. Despite […]

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FDR overlooked Korea; Solving ‘forgotten war’ key to Asian peace

FPI / July 3, 2020 By John J. Metzler Seventy years ago, on June 25, 1950, North Korean troops attacked South Korea launching an unexpected military blitz. Kim Il-Sung’s communists had as their aim the forcible reunification of the divided Korean peninsula, itself a recent legacy of Japan’s defeat in WWII. The South was stunned […]

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