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

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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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The joys of enforcing the Cuba embargo during the Reagan years

Special to WorldTribune.com [Following is a second excerpt from the new book, DIPLOMARINE]. See first excerpt: Terrorism and cocktail parties.] Timothy C Brown, PhD. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of books on America’s foreign policies as seen from virtually every […]

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Throwing a Christmas bone to Communist tyrannies: 1978 and 2014

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — One of the last legacies of the Cold War has ended with Washington reestablishing diplomatic ties with Cuba after a fifty-three year break in relations. Yet another enduring legacy of […]

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Putin kicks off Latin tour in Havana, recalling the Cold War chill

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a big statement aimed at the United States by choosing Cuba as his first stop on a 6-day visit to Latin America. However, Putin’s Cuba trip is not just […]

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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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While UN’s Ban was making nice in Havana, the Cuban delegation punished NGOs back in NYC

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, right, with Cuba’s Raul Castro in Havana.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — If it’s Tuesday, this must be Havana. Given UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s peripatetic global travels, the two-day visit to Cuba, especially in the midst of a frigid New York Winter, seemingly made sense. […]

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The UN’s Human Rights Council farce: U.S. silent as brutal regimes take seats

Chen Guangcheng: “China wants to join the UNHRC not to promote human rights, but rather to prevent democracies from questioning their human rights record.” /South China Morning Post/Reuters

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — You can’t make this up. In recent elections for the UN’s 47 member Human Rights Council, (UNHRC) some of the winners of the coveted seats are ironically the countries who are among the major […]

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Targeting Sen. Menendez: Obama’s push to ‘normalize’ U.S.-Cuban ties made strange bedfellows

Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Cuba.  /celebuzz.com

Special to WorldTribune.com Global Information System/Defense & Foreign Affairs The seemingly unrelenting wave of media “revelations” in the United States against one of the key strategic policy officials in the government, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (Democrat, New […]

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U.S. files felony charges against HSBC bank for laundering rogue states’ funds

HSBC’s record penalty caps a year in which U.S. regulators have fined UK banks $3.4 billion.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that a British bank helped money-laundering with Iran, Libya and Sudan. Federal prosecutors filed charges against Britain’s HSBC Holdings for allegedly violating international sanctions on several countries deemed by Washington […]

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The politics of Romney’s non-Asian world view

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Sometimes you have to wonder what the Asian half of the world means to Americans. How could a serious candidate for president make a whole “foreign policy” address and leave out America’s allies […]

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