North Korean actions speak loudly as world leaders say little

North Korean actions speak loudly as world leaders say little

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — As a North Korean medium range Pukguksong missile arched across the sky landing menacingly in the Sea of Japan, the intended political target of the nuclear capable rocket was the visit of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States. The rash gambit by […]

Afghan civilian casualties from Muslim-on-Muslim attacks soared in 2016

Afghan civilian casualties from Muslim-on-Muslim attacks soared in 2016

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Afghanistan’s seemingly endless conflict continues as civilian causalities in the protracted war are nearly double what they were a decade ago. According to a UN report there were 11,418 conflict related causalities documented, which includes 3,500 killed. Over 900 children died and another 2,600 were […]

U.S. Amb. Nikki Haley in debut hits Russia on Ukraine, Europe’s forgotten conflict

U.S. Amb. Nikki Haley in debut hits Russia on Ukraine, Europe’s forgotten conflict

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The rumble of artillery and the cracks of Kalashnikovs shatter the Winter chill. The refugees, the displaced and the injured have become part of the broken landscape which reflects the agony of previous battles. Yet the wider silence is broken by the unwavering voices who remind us that […]

South Asia boom, Trump initiatives are the good news for a sagging global economy

South Asia boom, Trump initiatives are the good news for a sagging global economy

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Modest global economic recovery is expected, but a return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive, according to the World Economic Situation Report, the UN’s barometer of international economic trends. The current survey states that while the world economy grew by a a modest 2.2 […]

Trump world: What The Donald inherits

Trump world: What The Donald inherits

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Chaos, Conflict and Crisis are some of the words describing the combustible global situation the new American President Donald J. Trump inherits from his predecessor. Far from a stable world order, Donald Trump is entering a complex foreign maze in which he must decipher, decode […]

New UN Chief calls for new priority: Conflict prevention

New UN Chief calls for new priority: Conflict prevention

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS— Calling for a major reappraisal of how the international community responds to a widening series of conflicts, and challenging policymakers to take a courageous look at a new template to maintain global peace and security, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, made a bold and far reaching […]

New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The page has been turned. And the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff Guterres stated, “I think we should […]

2016 was then: World stage set for more dramatic tension

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s once again time to consult the crystal snow globe and peer ahead into what events 2017 may bring. After a surprising, tumultuous and truly roller-coaster year just past, we certainly can hope for a more stable period. But should we? Despite the unprecedented electoral […]

65 million migrants worldwide are among issues facing new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

65 million migrants worldwide are among issues facing new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While Washington awaits the inauguration of a new U.S. president on Jan. 20, the United Nations has quietly passed its baton of leadership to a new Secretary-General from Portugal. Addressing the General Assembly in the midst of the current global chaos, Antonio Guterres warned candidly, […]

Seventy-five years after the ‘day of infamy,’ a new challenge from the Far East

Seventy-five years after the ‘day of infamy,’ a new challenge from the Far East

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — On December 7, 1941, the United States was shocked and stunned from its nervous neutrality and thrust into the crucible of the Second World War. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor instantly changed the narrative for American involvement in WWII which had already been raging […]

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