Iran accuses France of ‘biased’ policy as Hariri heads to Paris

Iran accuses France of ‘biased’ policy as Hariri heads to Paris

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran has criticized French policy in the Middle East, saying it is stoking regional crises because Paris is “biased and partisan.” The criticism on November 17 from Iran’s Foreign Ministry came a day after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused Tehran of “hegemonic” ambitions in […]

Quake was a disaster, but it canceled South Korea’s ‘examination hell’ which was even worse

Quake was a disaster, but it canceled South Korea’s ‘examination hell’ which was even worse

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — The aftershock of the great Pohang earthquake in South Korea has been dramatic, intense, and controversial. That’s a reference to the abrupt cancellation of the greatest event in the lives of thousands of Korean high school students, namely the examination that all of them have to take, […]

Trump’s Reaganesque speech in Seoul: ‘Tale of one people, but two Koreas’

Trump’s Reaganesque speech in Seoul: ‘Tale of one people, but two Koreas’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Donald’s Trump’s whirlwind trip to East Asia was fraught with both promise and peril; the promise of expanding commercial alliances and reinforcing military alliances, and the peril of confronting North Korea’s ominous nuclear threat. In Seoul, South Korea’s bustling and free capital, the […]

Report: Afghan opium production up 87 percent in 2017

Report: Afghan opium production up 87 percent in 2017

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A new report says opium production in Afghanistan increased by 87 percent to a “record level” of 9,000 tons this year, compared with 2016 levels. That’s according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released on Nov. 15 by the Afghan Ministry of Counternarcotics and the […]

Judging Judge Moore: Swamp’s moral authority is based on what exactly?

Judging Judge Moore: Swamp’s moral authority is based on what exactly?

Special to WorldTribune.com Jeffrey T. Kuhner The establishment is on the verge of destroying Judge Roy Moore. If they succeed, it establishes the playbook to demolish any Trump populist in the future. They are not interested in the truth — or justice. It’s about blunting the momentum of the America First movement, and preserving the […]

Hariri warns Iran’s controls put Lebanon at risk from Gulf Arab sanctions

Hariri warns Iran’s controls put Lebanon at risk from Gulf Arab sanctions

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Saad Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister last week, says his country faces the risk of sanctions being imposed by Gulf Arab nations because of the Iran-backed Hizbullah movement’s activities in Lebanon. Hariri made the comments in a television interview from Saudi Arabia on Nov. […]

French president says Iran tied to Yemeni missile launch, calls for talks

French president says Iran tied to Yemeni missile launch, calls for talks

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty French President Emmanuel Macron is blaming Iran for a ballistic missile launch by Yemeni rebels targeting Riyadh last weekend, and said it illustrates the need for negotiations with Tehran over its missile development. “The missile which was intercepted by Saudi Arabia launched from Yemen, which obviously […]

Disunited front in Beijing: Corruption czar toppled, Xi rises, dissident silenced

Disunited front in Beijing: Corruption czar toppled, Xi rises, dissident silenced

The state media in Beijing contrasts “stability” in communist China with the political “chaos” across the Pacific in the U.S. Behind the elaborate staging for President Trump’s visit, a vicious power struggle has broken out into the open, held in check only by the censoring of a wealthy, well-informed dissident who could only be silenced […]

Fog, policy divide prevented a shoulder-to-shoulder stand at DMZ

Fog, policy divide prevented a shoulder-to-shoulder stand at DMZ

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk At least Donald Trump gave it a shot. He really wanted to make it up to Panmunjom but was turned back by the weather. For most visitors, the fog that hung over the line between North and South Korea would not have been too much for a beautiful U.S. […]

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