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Tragedy in Ramadi, denial at the White House and a seismic shift in the balance of power

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The fall of the critically important city of Ramadi to terrorists, the widening humanitarian crisis throughout the country involving millions of displaced persons, and the continuing pressures on a still-fragile […]

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Rubio outlines a compelling foreign policy vision in sharp contrast with Obama’s

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — In a stirring and substantive foreign policy address, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) presented his presidential vision for a new America. Calling for transformative leadership in the 21st century, the Republican […]

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British conservatives defy the media prognosticators but now face tough realities

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Defying dire polls, deflating many media pundits, and derailing a left-wing lurch from the Labor Party, Prime Minister David Cameron Conservative Party swept back into power for a second term […]

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We’re in a new millennium, but press freedom is in rapid decline worldwide

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The targeted killings of journalists, the suffocating censorship in many countries, and the widening governmental controls on media activities, characterize the contemporary media landscape in large parts of the world. […]

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China’s $46 billion economic corridor to Gwadar buys Pakistan key spot on chessboard

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The rhetoric reached the heights of the Himalayas, the pomp and pageantry evoked that of an operetta, but the political optics delivered a clearly focused political message: Pakistan has a […]

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Saigon 1975 — Imagine a different ending

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s been forty years since the wars in Indochina ended and the curtain dropped ushering in a new period of darkness for the people of Vietnam and Cambodia. Four long […]

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Neutrons over nutrition: Food shortages stalk up to 70 percent of North Koreans

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s an urgent food crisis in communist North Korea, where shortages affect up to 70 percent of the population. According to an alarming new UN humanitarian report, some 18 million […]

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Ranking U.S. officials missed UN special session on genocide of Mideast Christians

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Throughout the chaos, calamity and conflict which has befallen the Middle East, there are few groups which have come under such intense attack as Christians and minority ethnic communities. As […]

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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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