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USA economic freedoms again slip in global survey

EcFreedom

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While recessionary winds continue to buffet the world economy, many countries are still prospering due to innovative policies which have embraced economic growth and expanded economic opportunities and grown the […]

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From Arab winter to Persian spring?

ArabSpring

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Five years after the onset of the pro-democracy revolts against authoritarian rulers in much of the Middle East, the heady warm breezes of the Arab Spring have been replaced with […]

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Realism not rhetoric needed to defeat ISIL, warns Gates

Gates 2011

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates slammed both the Obama Administration and the presidential primary candidates calling for long-term realism in America’s fight against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) […]

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The foreign policy ‘vision’ at Obama’s last State of the Union cries for an opthalmologist

President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, the annual speech to a joint session of Congress, has emerged as more of a political pep rally than a clear overview […]

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North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un starts 2016 with a bang

NK nuclear test

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Not one week into the New Year, the North Koreans jolted global concerns as well as the Richter scale with a nuclear weapons test. While the underground blast shook the […]

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2016: Light vs darkness, time to solve Syria, opportunity in Latin America, rising China threat

Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s time to consult the crystal snow globe for a look at both the likely and unexpected events which will shape the New Year. Serious strife both in the Middle […]

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UN’s Ban reflects on year of ‘horror’ in ‘Afro/Mid-East centric’ crisis zone, sets $20 billion for humanitarian relief

Macedonia, Gevgelija, 26 August 2015
Migrants cross the Greek border into FYR of Macedonia, on their way to seek a new life in Europe. Thousands of people cross the border each day seeking refuge from conflict and insecurity in countries like Syria. The Red Cross is providing food, water and medical care at the border.

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Calling 2015 a year which has brought “both breakthrough and horror,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented a global report card of sorts on a “pivotal year” in which the […]

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Comrade Xi’s excellent African safari

XiMugabe

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — China’s President Xi Jinxing visited southern Africa both to build upon booming business relations and improve cozy political ties between the People’s Republic and key regional states. Beijing is already […]

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El Nino hits Ethiopia, on rebound from socialism after generous U.S. aid

El Nino's impact extends to South Africa's Mfolozi River which has dried up in the worst drought in more than 30 years. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — More than thirty years ago, back in the Summer of 1985, the world came together to help famine stricken Ethiopia. The Live Aid Concerts in London and Philadelphia, raised both […]

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UN slams North Korea human rights record as its Korean Secretary General sets visit

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a stern and sweeping rebuke to North Korea’s human rights abuses, a UN Committee has slammed the repressive communist regime in an annual report on “The Situation of human […]

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