The greatest show on earth? Now for the follow through

The greatest show on earth? Now for the follow through

Special to WorldTribune.com Commentary by Donald Kirk SINGAPORE — The summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un wound up in a victory of style and image over real substance. Trump, hours after his historic meeting with Kim, defended the vague final declaration in a show of bluff and bluster in which he sought to […]

Reality check: The overlooked hurdles for a North Korean transformation

Reality check: The overlooked hurdles for a North Korean transformation

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders There is a good deal of dangerously false thinking about results to be expected from the summit meeting between President Donald K. Trump and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un. Kim presides over one of the world’s most cruel and inefficient regimes. North Korea now lives off the bounty […]

UN Security Council merry go round

UN Security Council merry go round

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual membership rotation, the UN General Assembly has chosen five new members; Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, Dominican Republic and South Africa, who will serve two-year stints on the powerful fifteen-member Security Council. The election, or more properly selection, is based both on geographical and […]

Trump tariffs target friends first, China later?

Trump tariffs target friends first, China later?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In the midst of an expanding American economy, record low unemployment rates, and buoyant consumer confidence, the Trump Administration has inadvertently planted the seeds of a global commercial slowdown and political showdown. The steel and aluminum tariffs slapped on imports from our key Transatlantic trading […]

What is tough guy Kim Yong-Chol’s game and what happened in China on his way to NY?

What is tough guy Kim Yong-Chol’s game and what happened in China on his way to NY?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk It does look like Singapore is on again. You can’t have so many emissaries going back and forth, between Pyongyang and New York, between Washington and Singapore, between Pyongyang and Singapore, between Manila and Panmunjeom, without thinking these guys are serious, something’s up. What, between Manila and Panmunjeom? What’s […]

40 million enslaved by human trafficking: ‘Cops and clergy’ join forces

40 million enslaved by human trafficking: ‘Cops and clergy’ join forces

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The challenge is growing. The risk is widening. The stakes are stark. Those are some of the key takeaways from a UN press briefing on an expanding and dangerous global challenge; human slavery and sex trafficking where forty million lives hang in a precarious balance […]

Ridding the culture of Roseanne Barr: A closer look

Ridding the culture of Roseanne Barr: A closer look

Special to WorldTribune.com Jeffrey T. Kuhner The firing of Roseanne Barr is a cultural watershed — a major victory for the progressive Left and political correctness. It also exemplifies the hideous hypocrisy and double-standard at the heart of modern liberalism. Decent people everywhere should be outraged. ABC executives canceled the hit sitcom, “Roseanne,” after its […]

Stakeholders agree: Trump and Kim simply must sit down and talk

Stakeholders agree: Trump and Kim simply must sit down and talk

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL – If there’s anything the presidents of the U.S. and South Korea and the leader of North Korea are sure about, it’s the need for two of them, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-Un, to meet in the very near future. Trump reaffirmed the need for the […]

I would put down my money on the summit, and here’s why

I would put down my money on the summit, and here’s why

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk It is time now to calculate the odds on whether President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un meet up even if not quite as scheduled on June 12 in Singapore. I’ve heard just about everything ― from 99 to 1 in favor to 99 to 1 against […]

What next on Korean summit? Pyongyang, White House, columnist left guessing

What next on Korean summit? Pyongyang, White House, columnist left guessing

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — President Donald Trump ignited another firestorm of controversy with his shock decision to call off his summit with Kim Jong-Un as planned for June 12 in Singapore. At the same time, the possibility lingered that he might still go back to a summit. Inside his administration, key […]