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Commentary > China Post > John Metzler
When Fidel Castro died at age 90, perhaps the greatest achievement of Cuba's communist Commandante was to have outlasted 10 American presidents and five decades of American opposition. During his 57 years in undisputed power, Castro excelled in playing the role of a socialist David facing the gringo Goliath. Now it is up to Fidel's "kid brother" Raul (aged 85) to run the revolution.
 
It' s not often a senior U.N. official leaves a prepared and guarded script to emotionally describe a situation to delegates in the Security Council.
 
A powerful U.N. committee has scathingly criticized the systematic human rights abuses in North Korea. In a damning 10-page resolution, the Third Committee has offered a detailed and precise indictment of a deteriorating human rights situation in the quaintly titled Democratic People's Republic of Korea, (DPRK) aka North Korea.
 
A jarring electoral earthquake has rocked America with a stunning upset win by Donald J. Trump, the Republican insurgent candidate.
 
The tumultuous events that have swept the Mideast like a whirling sandstorm have hardly abated; crises and conflict are now entrenched. Thus, looking back at the results of President Barack Obama's two-term legacy, it's clear we are facing a Mideast meltdown with dangerous and far-reaching consequences for the region and the world at large.
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Autumn brings falling temperatures, chill winds, and mournful memories which swirl like fallen leaves on the historical landscape.
 
In early October, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti. Torrential rains and high winds devastated parts of the already impoverished island, creating a humanitarian nightmare not seen since the 2010 earthquake.
 
In a quiet but contentious campaign, countries are competing for new openings on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council. Many of the contenders for membership on the Geneva-based body include the political Who's Who of authoritarian regimes who are noteworthy abusers of the very human rights they would be slated to protect.
 
White smoke has emerged from the Security Council, where the powerful 15-member body, has selected a new U.N.
 
Justin Trudeau, Canada's media star prime minister, in his first address to the General Assembly, presented a wide-ranging tableau of liberal platitudes and glowing feel good commitments.
 
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