Rushing to aid North Korean victims of a massive flood near China …. wait a minute; What?

Rushing to aid North Korean victims of a massive flood near China …. wait a minute; What?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk North Korea is truly a schizophrenic state. All in a day we hear about the need for generous foreign donors to come to the rescue of thousands of victims of flooding in the Onsong district in the hard-scrabble northeast where life is tough in the best of times. Then, in […]

Going down: Hillary Clinton has already lost

Going down: Hillary Clinton has already lost

Special to WorldTribune.com Jeffrey T. Kuhner Hillary Clinton is illegitimate. Whether or not she wins in November, Clinton has forfeited the political credibility and moral authority to be our next president. Hillary may not know it, but she has already lost. Polls now show Donald Trump is surging; Clinton is plummeting. A major reason for […]

U.S. admiral hopes personal ties will assure continued access to South China Sea

U.S. admiral hopes personal ties will assure continued access to South China Sea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON — The Chinese remain the great enigma when it comes to figuring out whether they’re friend or foe, honorable adversaries or dangerous rivals for power and influence from the Korean peninsula to the South China Sea and beyond. Nobody believes they’re doing much to discourage North Korea’s nuclear […]

The fizz is missing as UN Assembly convenes amid surging global woes, chaos

The fizz is missing as UN Assembly convenes amid surging global woes, chaos

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Presidents, Prime Ministers and Kings will convene in New York next week for the opening of the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations. The annual Autumn  session meets amid trying to solve or at least contain growing conflicts, a surge in refugees, terrorism and […]

America in its shadow: Unlike Pearl Harbor, the dark force behind the September 11 direct attack has yet to be defeated

America in its shadow: Unlike Pearl Harbor, the dark force behind the September 11 direct attack has yet to be defeated

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — On a picture perfect September morning, the Grim Reaper struck in New York. Hijacked aircraft slammed into the Twin Towers of the Word Trade Center shattering the myth that terrorism “can’t happen here.” Before long, the towers were like two belching black smokestacks set against […]

North Korea curses the world yet again and with more venom than ever

North Korea curses the world yet again and with more venom than ever

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk You have to credit the North Koreans with chutzpah ― the Yiddish word for “nerve,” brazen arrogance or insolence, all in untranslatable exclamation. The leaders of the world’s 20 strongest, most powerful nations were gathered in a solemn conclave in China, and in Pyongyang North Korea’s Supreme Leader did […]

Syria: What Obama hath wrought is about to become his successor’s nightmare

Syria: What Obama hath wrought is about to become his successor’s nightmare

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders It would be hard to exaggerate the mess in the Middle East that President Barack Obama is leaving his successor. While the five-year Syrian civil war continues unabated, pitting a number of different armed groups against each other with their foreign sponsors, Washington is caught in its own […]

Both Trump and Peña Nieto get the core value of the U.S.-Mexico political equation

Both Trump and Peña Nieto get the core value of the U.S.-Mexico political equation

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders President Enrique Peña Nieto’s invitation to the two U.S. candidates for president is one more instance of the growing role of Mexico in domestic American politics. There was a time, now long ago politically, when Mexican politicians preferred to ignore what they considered an embarrassment of the Mexican […]

A loyal son’s lonely crusade

A loyal son’s lonely crusade

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Time slowly erases the traces of those held in North Korea. The longer they’re there, the easier it is to forget them. Their families, reluctant to invest more psychic energy on those for whom they know the North Koreans have no mercy, give up the quest. As individuals move […]

Bratislava on the Danube — Central Europe’s quiet post-Soviet success story

Bratislava on the Danube — Central Europe’s quiet post-Soviet success story

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The majestic Danube River connects Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Just 40 miles downriver from Vienna, the historic city of Bratislava rises above the Danubian plain.  Still the turrets of Bratislava castle on the hill are more picturesque than forbidding but are usually missed in a […]

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