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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Doomsday: UN’s 69th General Assembly meets amid ‘unprecedented crisis and troubles’

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By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Presidents, prime ministers, kings and potentates are gathering in New York for the 69th General Assembly of the UN. But as diplomats come together for the annual general debate which begins on Sept. […]

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In 1950, UN forces fought back; Of what use are today’s ‘peackeepers’

UN peacekeepers from the Philippines enter the Israeli sector of the Golan Heights on June 12, 2013.  /Menahem Kahana/AFP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The United Nations as a force for peace has never lived up to the hopes implicit in the name. You can’t blame a succession of secretary-generals for the failures of the UN The current secretary-general, Ban […]

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Remembering a Saint who helped change the geopolitical landscape

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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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