Meanwhile at the UN, another upcoming election is also hotly contested

Meanwhile at the UN, another upcoming election is also hotly contested

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — What’s beginning to look like this year’s Republican presidential primaries in the USA has morphed into a political scramble for the UN Secretary General’s seat. With a dozen prospective candidates, the race for the new Secretary General has now overshadowed much of the work at […]

Beijing responds to landmark ruling on the South China Sea by landing airliners on militarized islets

Beijing responds to landmark ruling on the South China Sea by landing airliners on militarized islets

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a major legal setback for Beijing, an international tribunal has rejected and rebuffed many of Mainland China’s claims regarding exclusive sovereignty and rights in the disputed South China Sea. The landmark ruling in the Hague, by the Permanent Court of Arbitration stated there was […]

NATO 2.0: More important now than ever

NATO 2.0: More important now than ever

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a sense NATO has been a victim of its own success. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also known as the Atlantic Alliance, has rested on its post Cold War laurels and the afterglow of the fall of the Berlin Wall and political freedom throughout […]

Musical chairs at UN Security Council as world faces ’40 conflicts and 11 full blown wars’

Musical chairs at UN Security Council as world faces ’40 conflicts and 11 full blown wars’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The annual round of musical chairs in the UN Security Council came early this year as elections for five new non-permanent members to the fifteen member council were held as to give prospective countries more time to prepare for their two-year tenure beginning in January. […]

The Iran-Boeing deal: Business as usual with a state sponsor of terrorism

The Iran-Boeing deal: Business as usual with a state sponsor of terrorism

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s a deal! The Islamic Republic of Iran is set to buy 100 American made Boeing civilian airliners for a price tag near $25 billion. The sale which has been quietly in the works for some months now, can be directly linked to last Summer’s […]

Out of control: Post-Gadhafi Libya goes from murderous chaos to worse

Out of control: Post-Gadhafi Libya goes from murderous chaos to worse

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a country awash with automatic weapons, overwhelmed by warring militias, and lacking an effective central government, there’s little wonder why global terrorist groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have found fertile ground for expansion. In the aftermath of the […]

Ukraine’s faultline: Baltics looks for support to U.S. where campaigns are ignoring foreign policy

Ukraine’s faultline: Baltics looks for support to U.S. where campaigns are ignoring foreign policy

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The artillery rumbles like a rolling late spring storm. Small arms fire reaches a staccato, only to fall silent just as quickly. And hapless civilians on both sides of an arbitrary divide endure and suffer as the forgotten slow burner conflict in eastern Ukraine continues […]

Report on Syria: ‘Labyrinth of Hell which has no apparent exit’

Report on Syria: ‘Labyrinth of Hell which has no apparent exit’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Words cannot begin to describe the devastation and suffering which has befallen Syria, now in its fifth year of civil war. Upon his return from the ravaged country, the UN’s Humanitarian chief, Stephen O’Brien, solemnly told the UN Security Council, “I have run out of […]

Except for south Asia, the global economy is stalling as government spending soars

Except for south Asia, the global economy is stalling as government spending soars

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Economic activity in the world economy remains lackluster, with little prospect for a turnaround in 2016,” cites the gloomy prognosis by the World Economic Situation and Prospects Update for 2016. The UN survey cautions that weak global growth “continues to linger,” posing a serious challenge […]

At UN debate, platitudes about terrorism and near silence about state sponsors

At UN debate, platitudes about terrorism and near silence about state sponsors

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Stressing that terrorism “can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach” involving the active participation and collaboration of all States, the UN Security Council hosted an open debate on developing a counter-narrative campaign to in effect dissuade, discourage and ultimately defuse this widening […]

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