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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North Korea exploits a lapse in U.S. leadership

Thousands of miles beyond the widening tragedy in Ukraine, a new threat has reemerged on the Korean peninsula with a provocative long-range missile test by communist North Korea.

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Russia again rebuked by UN, NATO; Ukraine faces 'Syria scenario'

The second salvo of diplomatic condemnation slammed into Russia as the UN General Assembly once again soundly and overwhelmingly condemned Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s humanitarian exodus is largest since WWII

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered a rising tsunami of refugees fleeing their beleaguered homeland and heading for neighboring Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.

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‘Belt and Road’ advances: Beijing fills void in Argentina created by American ambivalence

For nearly a decade now, China’s “Belt and Road” commercial infrastructure initiative (BRI) has been expanding globally.

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Should we expect a Sochi replay, this time by China?

The ongoing Beijing Winter Olympics have averted our attention from a possible geopolitical clash of titans.

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Biden's UN bail out of state sponsor of terror Iran

In a truly bizarre twist of international diplomacy which would have baffled even the denizens of Monty Python, the Islamic Republic of Iran whose UN membership dues were in arrears and thus barring the country’s General Assembly voting rights, was figuratively bailed out by an unlikely source, a hidden hand.

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A mid-winter game of geopolitical chess

Russian tanks and mechanized infantry are churning dangerously close to Ukraine’s borders.

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Taliban war booty tops military spending of Germany, Japan

When the Taliban forces overran Afghanistan a few months ago, not only did they capture a country continuously in conflict since the initial Soviet invasion in 1979, but they equally seized huge stockpiles of American supplied weapons provided to the defeated Afghan military.

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Afghans to ‘pay twice’ after Taliban takeover

Following the Taliban’s lightning takeover of Afghanistan and America’s humiliating withdrawal, the remote South Asian country soon morphed into the political netherworld.

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Migrants as pawns in Putin’s hybrid warfare

The setting is remote. The players are highly improbable. Yet in the deep and forgotten forests along the Belorussian/Polish frontier, thousands of migrants from far off Syria, Iraq, and even Afghanistan are massing and milling trying to enter Poland.

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Could life in North Korea get even worse?

The ongoing global COVID pandemic combined with a shroud of secrecy and indifference has hidden the fast-deteriorating human rights situation in North Korea.

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Sudan coup jolts country’s fragile comeback

Here we go again; Another military coup in Sudan.

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China’s 'widespread and systematic' rights abuses in Xinjiang'

China’s ongoing human rights abuses against its Muslim minority in Xinjiang have again been chastised by a key UN committee. Forty-three countries strongly condemned the Beijing regime’s widespread human rights violations against the Uyghur minority in what has become a systematic state policy in China’s western Xinjiang region.

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Beijing’s dangerous bullying of free Taiwan

Beijing’s communists are good at bullying; look at political crackdowns in prosperous Hong Kong, the suppression of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, and of course China’s ongoing military harassment of Taiwan, a democratically ruled island which the communists claim as part of the People’s Republic of China.

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20 years later: The 'Legion of the Silent' are gone

We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001. We all remember with sheer disbelief watching the unfolding horror and the realization that “it could happen here.”

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