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The fix is in? Iran ‘deal’ may be just that

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Obama Administration and the tireless Secretary of State John Kerry endlessly strive to reach a nuclear “deal” with Iran. Diplomats are searching to reach an agreement with the Islamic […]

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Brightened Afghan prospects challenged by ISIL ‘foothold’, Taliban terror, weak economy

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Afghanistan’s long and tortuous road to peace and reconciliation still seems a near mirage as an entrenched terrorist insurgency continuously rebuffs political and security gains made by the Kabul government […]

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Barbarians inside the gates at the cradle of civilization

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The barbarians are inside the gates of Nimrud, the ancient Assyrian city in northern Iraq now being plundered, pillaged, and bulldozed by the forces of Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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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 under-reported stealth war on Mideast Christians

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The spate of brutal and systematic attacks on Christian communities in Syria, Iraq and Egypt by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has surged. Yet despite this targeted violence, […]

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Once beyond hope, Africa’s Sahel region is now targeted by terror

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The vast swath of nine countries bordering the southern reaches of the Sahara desert are marked by poverty, drought and chronic instability. Yet these oft-forgotten lands are increasingly making the […]

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Darfur, 2015: Hell without the cameras

UN investigators interview Darfour alleged rape victims in 2014.

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In recent years there’s been a dearth of media coverage of Darfur’s humanitarian crisis. What had once been a focus for both diplomatic and high profile celebrity efforts to detail […]

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Disturbing Freedom House report: As USA weakens, repression expands

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s been a disturbing decline in global freedoms over the past year with a clear erosion of political rights for the ninth consecutive year. These are among the dire findings […]

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Ukraine crisis overlooked amid Mideast turmoil: ‘Onus is on Russia’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While America seems transfixed on a spate of six separate Middle East crises, there’s been far less attention paid on the brewing storm in Europe. Thus as politico/military efforts are […]

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Obama’s fuzzy State of the World no substitute for American resolve

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Proclaiming an end to the American economic recession and declaring that “the shadow of crisis is past,” President Barack Obama addressed a skeptical Republican-controlled Congress in the annual State of […]

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