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Report: ‘Deep and disturbing decline in media freedoms’ … including in the USA and Europe

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Governments throughout the world seem increasingly nervous if not paranoid over a free press and media, according to a searingly poignant survey by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The annual survey […]

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Presidential primary circus does New York

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK CITY — The seemingly never ending presidential primary circus came through New York with the predictable partisan name calling and puerile political promises. For much of the campaign the political charges […]

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Modern slavery: Silent scourge that reduces humans to commodities is a $150 billion business

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Calling for an end to “human trafficking and other forms of human slavery,” British Cardinal Vincent Nichols presented a stunning testimony against the “resurgence of slavery” where up to 21 […]

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China closely watching as Burma evolves from a socialist winter

Leader of National League for Democracy party (NLD) and Myanmar's new Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, right shakes hands with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A new dawn has come to Burma. At long last the political pariah state, also known as Myanmar, has ushered in a new civilian government in which Nobel Peace Prize […]

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Cultural barbarians for the ages: ISIL, Taliban, Chairman Mao

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The modern day barbarians have been routed from the ancient city of Palmyra, but the destruction left in the wake of the nearly year long Islamic State occupation has been […]

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The long, global thread of jihadi terror extends to Brussels

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The tide of hate has come to Brussels with three terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital. Islamic State (ISIL) jihadi militants carried out coordinated bombings on the Brussels Airport as […]

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One year after premature U.S. withdrawal, Afghans again struggle for ‘survival’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It came as a stunning reality check which many diplomats knew but did not expect to hear. In 2016, “survival will be an achievement for the National Unity Government” in […]

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Libya sinks further into chaos as terror, crime groups put down ‘deep roots’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Five years after the Arab Spring revolutions which swept the Middle East, the expansive North African country of Libya has descended into a dangerous downward spiral in which competing governments, […]

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Showdown looms as UN Security Council sanctions North Korea

South Korean broadcast shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Seoul, on March 4, 2016.

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council has tightened the economic sanctions noose on North Korea in response to the Pyongyang regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation. The fifteen member Council voted unanimously […]

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Obama’s election year priority: Closing Guantanamo and possibly returning it to Cuba

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama promised yet again to fulfill his election pledge in closing the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo, Cuba. This time he means it. With less than a year […]

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