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Wisconsin Gov. Walker survived? It was an earthquake

Gov. Scott Walker / Fox

“Walker Survives Wisconsin Recall Vote,” read the tepid headline in Wednesday’s New York Times. Governor Scott Walker, however, did much more than survive. He defeated his rival, Tom Barrett, convincingly. His lieutenant governor did the same in her recall election. Significantly, this election marks the beginning of the end for dominance of state, county and [...]

June 7th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,U.S. Culture,U.S. Politics,United Nations | Read More »

The Burma Road back to normalcy is long and uncertain

Burma's parliament includes a fresh crop of military representatives.  /Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is on the road to Burma to witness a “critical moment” in the isolated Southeast Asian state’s slow but sure transition to a more open political system which may bring democracy, or could legitimize the long-ruling military regime. Recently, British Prime Minister David Cameron visited [...]

April 25th, 2012 | Posted in China,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,John Metzler,Myanmar,NE Asia,Top Stories,United Nations | Read More »

Missile fizzle: Fitting symbol of a bizarre failure in top-down government


John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In the bizarre ritual of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a recent rocket launch was intended to put the icing on the dynastic cake of the centennial birthday celebrations of the late dictator Kim Il-Sung. The world press had been invited to the reclusive neo-Stalinist state, and the [...]

April 18th, 2012 | Posted in Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,John Metzler,Life,NE Asia,North Korea,Top Stories,United Nations | Read More »

Sucker: Pyongyang hits U.S. with a one-two punch

Veteran North Korean negotiator Kim Kye-Gwan.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — No doubt about it, United States negotiator Glyn Davies got suckered into one of the all-time negotiating tricks when he fell for the deal with North Korea’s veteran double-talker Kim Kye-Gwan on Feb. 29 in which Kim convinced him, really, this time North Korea would honor [...]

April 17th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,NE Asia,North Korea,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Politics,United Nations | Read More »

West answers N. Korea launch preparations with a barrage of hot air

North Korean technicians work at the control room of the Tongchang-ri space center, on April 8. N.Korea's long-range rocket is on its launch platform, AFP reporters saw on April 8.  /Pedro Ugart/AFP

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — North Korea’s determination to fire a long-range missile sometime between Wednesday and next Monday is leaving the United States and its allies in the humiliating position of issuing rhetorical threats with no real chance of carrying them out. The helplessness of the U.S. position was clear [...]

April 11th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Life,NE Asia,North Korea,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Politics,United Nations | Read More »

Sapped by its major ally China, Burma reaches out to the West and Japan

A Burmese worker paints the trimming at a condominium complex under construction earlier this month in Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar).  /Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a world beset by war, ethnic conflict and humanitarian disasters, Burma seems one of those rare places where diplomats can say they are making a positive difference. Maybe that’s precisely because this Southeast Asian land, was until recently a pariah state, suffering from the self- inflicted wounds of [...]

February 29th, 2012 | Posted in China,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Japan,John Metzler,NE Asia,United Nations,World Links | Read More »

Russia vows to continue arms deliveries to Syria: ‘no restrictions’

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly  Antonov.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to MOSCOW — Russia said it intends to complete additional weapons deliveries to the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Kremlin said Moscow would fulfill several unidentified defense contracts with Syria in 2012. Officials said Russian weapons exports to Damascus have not been banned by the United Nations. “As of today [...]

February 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,Mideast,Russia,Syria,Top Stories,United Nations | Read More »

Financing foreign development or dependency?

Shoppers in Seoul, South Korea.  /Park Ji-Hwan/Agence France-Presse

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Recently UN member states turned their attention to the need for Financing for Development, or put more plainly, stressing the still pressing need for development assistance to assist the plethora of poor nations. Fortunately foreign assistance donor states have not significantly cut their budgets, but rather sharpened their focus [...]

December 13th, 2011 | Posted in Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,John Metzler,NE Asia,South Korea,Top Stories,United Nations,World Links | Read More »

New Burma Road: Watch for the geopolitical landmines

Burma's military government has been relocated hundreds of miles to the remote capital city Naypyidaw. The modern city is populated only by government employees forced to relocate and laborers.  /Independent

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With the historic visit of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Burma, the highest profile American diplomatic contact in fifty years, the United States has entered a high stakes geopolitical chess game in Southeast Asia. Burma, a political pariah state has long been courted by China, coveted by India, [...]

December 7th, 2011 | Posted in China,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Japan,John Metzler,Life,NE Asia,North Korea,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Politics,United Nations,World Links | Read More »

UN Assembly opens amid ‘shifting sands’ in an uneasy world

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS, September 19, 2011 — Amid the arrival of presidents, prime ministers and kings, the 66th annual session of the UN General Assembly debate will open in New York, Sept. 21. But the session hardly starts in a celebratory mood as much as a reflection and reappraisal of a series [...]

November 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Columnists,John Metzler,United Nations,United Nations,United Nations | Read More »

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