Home » John Metzler “John Metzler”

Say this for the French: Passionate about American popular culture

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.  / AP

John J. Metzler PARIS — One of the more common misperceptions in transatlantic relations is the near instinctive knee-jerk comment that “the French don’t like Americans.” That is unless you overlook much of the music on French radio which is American, a considerable segment of prime time TV are American programs, and a majority of [...]

August 16th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,France,John Metzler,Life,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Culture | Read More »

How to explain national performance at the Olympics?

China and both Koreas were in the top 5 medal winners as of Aug. 1. Gold medallists Kai Qin and Yutong Luo of China pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard final on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  /Adam Pretty/Getty Images

John J. Metzler PARIS — As the London Olympics set new records for athletic achievements, the Summer Games equally highlight global competitions, both in the field of sport and nationalism. And despite all the naysayers that the London Games would not be ready, the traditional British can-do attitude prevailed (as they did in London 1948), [...]

August 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,China,Columnists,COMMENTARY,England,Exclusives,France,John Metzler,NE Asia,South Korea,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Culture | Read More »

With Syria set to implode, Russia and China check UN action

Members vote during a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria on July 19 in New York.  /Don Emmert/AFP

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — These are tumultuous times in Syria. Civil war has engulfed the country, fierce fighting plagues the capital of Damascus, a bomb blast decimated the ruling regime’s top security chiefs, and the Arab League called on President Bashar Assad to step down. But as the world watches in suspended animation, [...]

July 25th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,China,Columnists,COMMENTARY,England,Exclusives,John Metzler,Mideast,NE Asia,Russia,Syria,Top Stories,United Nations,World Links | Read More »

Olympic uniform controversary brings bipartisan ‘gotcha moment’

U.S. Olympic athletes rower Giuseppe Lanzone, left, and swimmer Ryan Lochte are pictured wearing the 2012 US Olympic team uniforms, made by Ralph Lauren.  /Reuters

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With the London Summer Olympics fast approaching, the eyes of America are on Team USA, or more precisely on the manufacturer’s labels on their uniforms. What looked like a proud sporting moment when designer Ralph Lauren unveiled a really classy looking blue navy blazer, white pants and slightly improbable [...]

July 18th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,England,Exclusives,John Metzler,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Culture,U.S. Politics | Read More »

Desecration of cultural sites at Timbuktu: Does France care? The world?

Islamic groups destroyed Timbuktu shrines.  /ABC News

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The name Timbuktu conjures up mystery and the magic of a far off place seemingly untouched by modernity, lest alone violence. But the ancient city of Timbuktu, lost in the remote reaches of the Sahara has sadly been thrust into the headlines as an Islamic fundamentalist group has been [...]

July 5th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,France,John Metzler,Mali,Top Stories,United Nations | Read More »

As Syria spirals out of control, the U.S. under Obama can only watch

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Tamanna, near Idlib on June 22. The banner reads, "We kneel only for God".  /Shaam/Reuters

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — As the carnage against civilians continues across Syria, there’ a compelling humanitarian case for international intervention to stop the violence which has killed more than 10,000 civilians. Yet, what started as a political uprising against the authoritarian rule of Bashar Assad sixteen months ago, has morphed into a complex [...]

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Iran,John Metzler,Life,Mideast,Stateside,Syria,Top Stories,Turkey,U.S. Politics,United Nations | Read More »

Hot air about the Falkland Islands reaches the UN

Margaret Thatcher in 1983.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Falkland Island Road Show has come to the United Nations, with all the political trappings of drama, hyper-nationalism, and self-righteous moralizing. The focus remains on the future of this windswept British territory in the South Atlantic claimed by, and also once invaded by, neighboring Argentina. Now thirty years [...]

June 20th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Americas,Argentina,Columnists,COMMENTARY,England,Exclusives,John Metzler,Life,Top Stories,United Nations | Read More »

Moscow outmaneuvers U.S. diplomats at UN with Serbia win

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Shadows of the Cold War returned to the UN during the recent elections for President of the General Assembly where a previously agreed to candidate from Lithuania was challenged, and subsequently defeated, by a Russian-backed contender from Serbia. What was originally expected to be a consensus vote selecting a [...]

June 13th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,John Metzler,Lithuania,Russia,Serbia,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Politics,United Nations | Read More »

Britain’s Royal Jubilee — It’s about tradition not celebrity

Britain's Queen Elizabeth waves as she stands with Prince William, 2nd right, Prince Charles, left, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, right on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to mark her Diamond Jubilee in London on June 5.  /Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The world needs a good party and reason to forget, even fleetingly, the conflicts, crises and economic doldrums which have befallen us. Thus Britain’s Diamond Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II brings us that wistful respite but more importantly a lesson; that tradition trumps trendy, and often celebrity too. The [...]

June 7th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,England,John Metzler,Life,Top Stories | Read More »

Global censorship report reminds that much of the world is in the dark

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, 2nd right, is shown in undated picture released by the North's KCNA news agency in Pyongyang May 9.  /Reuters

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — When it comes to media censorship we think of the usual pantheon of dictators and autocrats who unashamedly shut down news outlets, stifle the free flow of information, and throw journalists in jail. And it’s in countries like North Korea, Cuba, and Islamic Republic of Iran where print and [...]

May 30th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Cuba,Eritrea,Exclusives,Iran,John Metzler,Mideast,NE Asia,North Korea,Syria,Top Stories,United Nations | Read More »

Real-Time News from Times247.com