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China uses hard cash loans to surpass U.S. trade ties with Latin America

XiBling

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Prospecting for new trading partners, pressing for political influence in a vast region increasingly ignored by the United States, and possessed by a near unquenchable thirst for natural resources,the People’s […]

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Obama administration intervened in Argentine probe of Iranian leader, Jewish center bombing

Ali Akhbar Velayati.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The United States pressed Argentina to end its investigation of Iranian complicity in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in which nearly 100 people were killed. Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President […]

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Getting the band back together: Putin’s victory march through Latin America

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s First Lady Rosario Murillo, right, in Managua, on July 11.  /AFP/Presidencia de Nicaragua/César Pérez

UNITED NATIONS — It’s been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup football tournament in Russia as well as […]

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Israeli defense firms find thriving market in South America

Elbit Systems' Hermes-450

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has sought to expand its defense market in South America. Israel has offered a range of new and surplus combat platforms to a range of countries in South America. This includes fighter-jets, unmanned […]

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Gibraltar rocks again: Spain threatens anti-UK alliance with Argentina

Spain plans to close airspace for flights using Gibraltar airport.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Exactly 300 years after the Treaty of Utrecht settled the century-long royal spat between Spain and England, the last remaining territorial issue between the two countries flared up again in recent weeks. At […]

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What would the Iron Lady have done about North Korea?

Another Iron Lady? South Korean President Park Geun-Hye delivers her inaugural address in Seoul.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Memories and images of Margaret Thatcher and her legacy as displayed in the media this week evoke an obvious question: What would the Iron Lady have done about North Korea? The answer would […]

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Pope Francis I and the Vatican’s shift from an increasingly Godless West

Pope Francis I, appearing at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony.  /Getty Images

Jeffrey T. Kuhner The Roman Catholic Church has chosen a new leader: Pope Francis I. The Holy See has a new kind of pope. He is the first South American and Jesuit to occupy the office. He is the shepherd […]

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God not a Marxist: Leftist prayers for a Red Pope went unanswered

Pope Francis.  /Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Cliff Kincaid Tuesday night’s NBC News story, “America’s Hopes for a New Pope,” was typical of how the liberal media tried to force the Roman Catholic Church further to the left. The tone of the coverage […]

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South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

The UN Security Council.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s the annual diplomatic ritual when the 193 member UN General Assembly elects five of its members to serve for two-year stints on the powerful Security Council. As would be imagined the competition is […]

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Hot air about the Falkland Islands reaches the UN

Margaret Thatcher in 1983.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Falkland Island Road Show has come to the United Nations, with all the political trappings of drama, hyper-nationalism, and self-righteous moralizing. The focus remains on the future of this windswept British territory in […]

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