Category: Op/Ed by Metzler

UN Assembly; What a Difference a Year Makes!

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS -Contrary to last year’s General Assembly, the looming threat of a possible nuclear war with North Korea did not dominate the sessions. Rather Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cautiously praised the ongoing process in defusing in tensions on the Korean pen-insula where both the U.S. and South

World Cup Football and Politics

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer HAMBURG—Witnessing the early stages of the World Cup Football extravaganza offers an amazing sporting experience. Indeed the enthusiasm is palpable and contagious as the early matches kicked off in a near carnival atmosphere. For a full month, soccer games across Russia will lead to the coveted World

Comrade Kim Goes to China

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – The political choreography was classic. The staging was epic. But the outcome remains unpredictable. North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong-un and his entourage secretly rolled into Beijing on a special armored train later to be greeted and then feted by the Supreme Leader of

Separatist Fault Line Stretches From Spain to Ukraine

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – A dangerous and potentially riveting political fault line stretches from Spain across Europe to Ukraine as smoldering separatist movements have gained new strength and standing. From Catalonia in Spain to the eastern regions of Ukraine with Corsica in between, the nationalist rift runs through

Hungary Helps Embattled Mid-East Christians

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – One of the silent tragedies among the conflicts raging in the Middle East, concerns the fate of the ancient and now persecuted Christian communities. Concerns for the forgotten and once vibrant Christian minorities especially in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are often politely air brushed

UN Secretary General Decries Rising Tide of Refugees

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – In an impassioned appeal to the media, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres decried the rising tide of refugees worldwide, but advised that ultimately political solutions to the crises remain the key to stem the tide creating chaotic human displacements. While more than 65 million

May Day For Britain’s Theresa May

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer NEW YORK—It’s political May Day for Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May after what appeared as a massive miscalculation in calling a general election which she narrowly won. Though the ruling Conservative party gained the largest share of seats and votes in the 650 seat Parliament, the party

Global Growth Improving, But Still Woes

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS -The world economy is slowly improving with a forecast for 2.7 percent global growth, but there’s still a way to go to reach pre-recession levels. That’s part of the prognosis of the UN’s World Economic Situation midterm report for 2017 which cites stronger economic recovery

Venezuela’s Slide Into Chaos

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS -Storm clouds are buffeting the coast of Venezuela, the once rich South American state which is sliding into economic chaos and combustable political confrontation. Mass demonstrations have rocked the capital Caracas. As democratic opposition protesters con-front the riot police and paramilitary forces of the entrenched

Sultan Erdogan’s Uneasy Turkish Turban

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS—There’s troubling news from across the Bosphorus, the narrow slip of water separating Europe from Asia-minor. In a decisive but dividing referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly gained the political blessing he sought by winning 51 percent of the nationwide vote. Erdogan’s divisive victory (51/49

Syrian Bloodshed Enters Seventh Year

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – Syria’s bloody conflict has entered its seventh year with unrelenting killings, displacements and bombardments being “one of the largest man-made humanitarian and protection crises in the world.” As the UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council, “Hundreds of thousands of people have

Human Trafficking & Slavery Byproduct of Global Conflicts

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS -Modern slavery is tragically thriving in the Twenty-first Century! While ethnic, religious and military conflicts seem to be the grist of news headlines, the quiet and brutal backstory from this global violence regards the vulnerable millions who have been displaced as migrants and refugees. Ironically

Storm Clouds Swirl Over Korean Peninsula

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS -Thunder clouds are swirling over the Korean peninsula as a perfect storm of political instability and regional geopolitical challenges rumble through South Korea. North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, as well as Chinese bullying, have thrust the region into a dangerous cycle which could affect

Ukraine—Europe’s Forgotten Conflict

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS -The rumble of artillery and the cracks of Kalashnikovs shatter the Winter chill. The refugees, the displaced and the injured have become part of the broken landscape which reflects the agony of previous battles. Yet the wider silence is broken by the unwavering voices who

“Trump World” What The Donald Inherits

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – Chaos, Conflict and Crisis are some of the words describing the combustable global situation the new American President Donald J. Trump inherits from his predecessor. Far from a stable world order, Donald Trump is entering a complex foreign maze in which he must decipher,