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Commentary > China Post > John Metzler
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.
 
Presidents, prime ministers and kings will convene in New York next week for the opening of the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations.
 
On a picture perfect September morning, the Grim Reaper struck in New York. Hijacked aircraft slammed into the Twin Towers of the Word Trade Center, shattering the myth that terrorism "can't happen here." Before long, the towers were like two belching black smokestacks set against the azure blue sky. America was under direct attack.
 
The majestic Danube River connects Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Just 40 miles downriver from Vienna, the historic city of Bratislava rises above the Danubian plain.
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A vital American ally has gone geopolitically adrift in the wake of Turkey's failed military coup and the subsequent crackdown on all forms of domestic political dissent by the strongman ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The bloody coup in which hundreds died, nonetheless served as a tragic backdrop for what appears to be a pre-planned crackdown by Erdogan loyalists on a wide swath of opposition forces.
 
The recurring terrorist attacks which have plagued France seem to have no bounds nor mercy.
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What's beginning to look like this year's Republican presidential primaries in the U.S. has morphed into a political scramble for the U.N. secretary general's seat.
 
An international tribunal has rejected and rebuffed many of mainland China's claims regarding exclusive sovereignty and rights in the disputed South China Sea.
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In a sense, NATO has been a victim of its own success. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also known as the Atlantic Alliance, has rested on its post-Cold War laurels and basked in the afterglow of the fall of the Berlin Wall and political freedom throughout Eastern Europe.
 
The annual round of musical chairs in the U.N. Security Council came early this year as elections for five new non-permanent members to the 15-member council were held as to give prospective countries more time to prepare for their two-year tenure beginning in January. But while the timing may have been shifted from the usual October vote, the broad political substance was largely unchanged.
 
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