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Commentary > China Post > John Metzler
Calling for a major reappraisal of how the international community responds to a widening series of conflicts, and challenging policymakers to take a courageous look at a new template to maintain global peace and security, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, made a bold and far reaching appeal for Conflict Prevention initiatives.
 
The page has been turned. And the new U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff, Guterres stated, "I think we should have no illusions. We are facing very challenging times."
 
While Washington awaits the inauguration of a new president on Jan. 20, the United Nations has quietly passed its baton of leadership to a new secretary-general from Portugal. Addressing the U.N.
 
On Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was shocked and stunned from its nervous neutrality and thrust into the crucible of the Second World War.
 
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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