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Report: ‘Deep and disturbing decline in media freedoms’ … including in the USA and Europe


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Governments throughout the world seem increasingly nervous if not paranoid over a free press and media, according to a searingly poignant survey by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The annual survey […]

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U.S. backs UN measure to restore Western Sahara mission

UN vehicle drives past the headquarters of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), in Laayoune, the largest city of the disputed territory.  /AFP/Fadel Senna

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States is supporting a resolution to restore the UN mission in Western Sahara. The UN said the resolution addresses an “urgent need” to restore the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) […]

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Gulf states back Morocco over UN on Western Sahara issue


Special to WorldTribune.com Leaders of Gulf Arab states have pledged solidarity with Morocco in its dispute with the UN over the fate of Western Sahara. Morocco expelled dozens of UN staff from the mission in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, […]

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500 on overcrowded boat from Libya said lost at sea

Mowlid Isman, 28, from Somalia, left, speaks as Muaz Mahmud, 25, from Ethiopia looks on during a press conference organized by non-governmental organizations in Athens, Thursday, April 21, 2016. The two men say they are... (AP Photo/Theodora Tongas

Special to WorldTribune.com Two men who survived when an overcrowded boat sank in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy described the tragic events that led to the deaths of as many as 500 people. Muaz Mahmud Aymo, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, […]

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Khamenei: Missiles, not negotiations, are key to Iran’s future

Iran test fires a surface-to-surface Qiam missile in 2010.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that missiles, not negotiations, are the key to his country’s future. Khamenei’s remark, posted on his official website on March 30, came as Western […]

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Realism not rhetoric needed to defeat ISIL, warns Gates

Gates 2011

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates slammed both the Obama Administration and the presidential primary candidates calling for long-term realism in America’s fight against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) […]

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The foreign policy ‘vision’ at Obama’s last State of the Union cries for an opthalmologist

President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, the annual speech to a joint session of Congress, has emerged as more of a political pep rally than a clear overview […]

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Are Arab media correct? Is Obama really campaigning for top ‘messianic’ UN job?


Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders President Barak Obama repeatedly refers to the end of his time in office and claims he is no longer campaigning. There is more than a little ambiguity there, however, for his modus operandi […]

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2016: Light vs darkness, time to solve Syria, opportunity in Latin America, rising China threat


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s time to consult the crystal snow globe for a look at both the likely and unexpected events which will shape the New Year. Serious strife both in the Middle […]

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2015 GREATEST HITS, NO. 8 – Obama welcomes an Islamist Trojan horse: Consider who is selecting our refugees

Portuguese Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, informs during a news conference on the over one million Syrian refugee children, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The grim milestone announced by U.N. officials means as many Syrian children have been uprooted from their homes or families as the number of children who live in Wales, or in Boston and Los Angeles combined, said Guterres. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

Jeffrey T. Kuhner Nov. 24, 2015:  “President Obama is a threat to our country,” Donald Trump told me in a recent interview. He’s right. Mr. Obama now poses a clear and present danger to America. His stubborn insistence on resettling […]

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