Shrinking Europe: Turkey votes to be more like the Middle East

Shrinking Europe: Turkey votes to be more like the Middle East

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s troubling news from across the Bosphorus, the narrow slip of water separating Europe from Asia-minor. In a decisive but dividing referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly gained the political blessing he sought by winning 51 percent of the nationwide vote. Erdogan’s divisive victory […]

China and Iran are world leaders in executions; Data on North Korea is lacking

China and Iran are world leaders in executions; Data on North Korea is lacking

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS—The People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran top the global charts for executions according to a newly released report by Amnesty International. Iran accounted for 55 percent of all recorded death sentences according to Amnesty. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan are tragically part […]

When Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton say ‘I take responsibility’, what are they talking about?

When Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton say ‘I take responsibility’, what are they talking about?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders We may never get to the end of the Susan Rice story. History tells us that Rice rattled off a false tale on several networks after the attack and death of Four Americans – including the ambassador to Libya — in the Benghazi. Her detailed lie was that […]

This is not Syria: Tens of millions could die in Korean War II

This is not Syria: Tens of millions could die in Korean War II

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk POHANG – An array of heavy-duty, sophisticated gear spread over the beaches here shows the incredible military might of the U.S. and South Korea. Far offshore, way beyond the horizon, the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson leads a “strike force” of warships. Watching the display of U.S. strength on the […]

A century after the ‘war to end all wars’, U.S. faces high stakes in Syria, Korea standoffs

A century after the ‘war to end all wars’, U.S. faces high stakes in Syria, Korea standoffs

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The parallel crises of Syria and North Korea has forced policymakers to simultaneously concentrate on two geopolitical challenges over which big power interests coincide and may collide. China, Russia and the USA, the primary Powers, along with Britain and France in the chorus, are entrenched […]

Mar-a-lago menu: THAAD and Kim Jong-UN; Powerpoints and hot air

Mar-a-lago menu: THAAD and Kim Jong-UN; Powerpoints and hot air

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk From the outset, the idea of implanting a Star Wars weapon capable of zapping an enemy missile 150 kilometers above the earth’s surface had to be controversial. The real problem from the South Korean viewpoint initially was, what for ― what we really need are short and mid-range missiles […]

Susan Rice and all the president’s men: The unmasking of Barack Obama

Susan Rice and all the president’s men: The unmasking of Barack Obama

Special to WorldTribune.com Jeffrey T. Kuhner Susan Rice must be indicted. And she should spend years in prison. Former President Obama’s national security advisor is in the middle of a political firestorm. Numerous media outlets report that Rice oversaw a spying operation on Donald Trump that lasted for nearly a year beginning in January 2016. […]

Time to once and for all solve Syria as the bloodshed enters seventh year

Time to once and for all solve Syria as the bloodshed enters seventh year

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Syria’s bloody conflict has entered its seventh year with unrelenting killings, displacements and bombardments being “one of the largest man-made humanitarian and protection crises in the world.” As the UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council, “Hundreds of thousands of people have been […]

Profiles in Korean corruption: First female president may be seen later as tragic figure

Profiles in Korean corruption: First female president may be seen later as tragic figure

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The prospect of Park Geun-Hye going to jail in the most sweeping political scandal in modern Korean history inspires invidious comparisons. Who, actually, was the most corrupt president since promulgation of the “democracy constitution” in 1987 at the height of demonstrations as massive as those we have witnessed in […]

Memo to the president: The swamp is not your friend

Memo to the president: The swamp is not your friend

Special to WorldTribune.com Jeffrey T. Kuhner The failure of Ryancare is a watershed in Donald Trump’s presidency. Trump is now at a crossroads: Continue down the dead-end road with the establishment GOP or ditch House Speaker Paul Ryan. If early signs are an indication, the president has learned the wrong lessons from Ryan’s decision on […]

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