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Remembering a Saint who helped change the geopolitical landscape


UNITED NATIONS — John Paul II, the Pope from Poland, has been declared a Catholic Saint. According to Catholic canon law, the Pope performed the requisite miracles and was thus then canonized by the Vatican. Yet, one unspoken miracle of […]

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100 countries at UN rebuff Russia on Crimea; See below who backed Moscow

A monitor displayed the vote in the General Assembly on March 27. [CLICK ON IMAGE TO ZOOM] / NPR

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a resounding rebuff to Russia, the UN General Assembly has reaffirmed Ukraine’s territorial integrity and has characterized the recent referendum which incorporated the Crimean peninsula into Russia as “invalid.” While President Vladimir Putin […]

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UN swamped by a ‘Perfect Storm’ of humanitarian disasters


John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Faced with the ongoing civil war in Syria, the natural disaster in the Philippines, and a spreading civil conflict in the Central African Republic, the UN humanitarian agencies are confronting a near perfect storm […]

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As Putin’s global popularity soars, Georgia’s outgoing president warns of a new ‘Soviet Union’

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.  /AFP/Stan Honda

Special to WorldTribune.com By Aaron Kovac Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been notorious for his criticism of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. As he prepares to leave office at the end of his term this month, many wonder whether his successor will […]

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Drones seen going where peackeepers can’t to monitor Sudan border

UN envoy to South Sudan Hilde Johnson.  /UN Photo/Tim McKulka

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Nations has been urged to procure unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor the disputed border area between Sudan and South Sudan. UN special envoy to South Sudan Hilde Johnson said UAVs could help help […]

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Into the breach: UN peacekeepers mostly succeed in a dangerous game

UN peacekeeper soldiers at training ceremony in Lima Peru on Dec. 22, 2008.  /Karel Navarro/AP

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Peacekeeping is fraught with risk, but it is also filled with promise, stated UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “Our Blue Helmets bring hope to millions of people in some of the most troubled parts […]

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U.S.-Morocco crisis: Major exercise canceled over W. Sahara

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Morocco and the United States have been plunged into a crisis that led to the cancellation of a major military exercise. Diplomats said Rabat and Washington underwent a sharp decline in diplomatic and military relations […]

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UN survey cites rise of the Global South

Brazil's economy is now bigger than Great Britain's.  /Felipe Dana/AP

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “The rise of the South is unprecedented in its speed and scale…when dozens of countries and billions of people move up the development ladder as they are doing today, it has a direct impact […]

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Who’s paying and not paying their fair share at the UN?


John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s long been an economic truism that the United States pays the lions share of the UN budget. Moreover the European Union (EU) countries contribute the largest bloc of dues of the 193 member […]

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Will ignoring West Africa’s drug hub curse world with another Somalia?

Soldiers in the Guinea-Bissau capital, Bissau, on Oct. 21.  /AFP/Getty Images

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It should come as no surprise that a country haunted by the aftermath of civil war, challenged by military coups, mired in corruption, and facing the undertow of poverty would be a prime candidate […]

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