Separatist fault line stretches from Spain to Ukraine

Separatist fault line stretches from Spain to Ukraine

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A dangerous and potentially riveting political fault line stretches from Spain across Europe to Ukraine as smoldering separatist movements have gained new strength and standing. From Catalonia in Spain to the eastern regions of Ukraine with Corsica in between, the nationalist rift runs through the […]

Running with the nuclear football: Is acting crazy the best way to deal with Kim Jong-Un?

Running with the nuclear football: Is acting crazy the best way to deal with Kim Jong-Un?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Donald Trump at times engages in such flights of rhetorical fancy that a lot of people think he’s crazy or anyway unpredictable. How can you be sure of a president who talks about destroying North Korea, who holds out “the military option” ― but professes to want to avoid […]

South Korea’s pro-North Left can’t believe the leader they backed appears to collude with Trump

South Korea’s pro-North Left can’t believe the leader they backed appears to collude with Trump

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL —South Korea’s outspoken radicals and leftists can hardly hide their dismay. To the consternation of organizers of the candlelight crusade that brought down the government of the conservative Park Geun-Hye, ousted and jailed on a wide range of offenses, their one-time hero, Moon Jae-In, elected president as Park’s […]

Only Iran reaping geopolitical benefits as Syria crisis is sidelined at UN

Only Iran reaping geopolitical benefits as Syria crisis is sidelined at UN

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Perhaps it’s the dangerous global threat from North Korean nukes. Maybe it’s political fatigue and crisis overload. Or it could be the escalating ethnic cleansing in Burma. But the long running and brutal Syrian civil war has become largely an afterthought for many delegates at […]

North Korea’s 200th declaration of war has a new wrinkle

North Korea’s 200th declaration of war has a new wrinkle

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk North Korea has been crying wolf so often it’s hard to get too excited by the “declaration of war” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho made in New York this week. Did not the North Koreans declare war after the release of the film “The Interview” three years ago […]

Hungary only nation in West to formally act on behalf of endangered Mideast Christians

Hungary only nation in West to formally act on behalf of endangered Mideast Christians

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — One of the silent tragedies among the conflicts raging in the Middle East, concerns the fate of the ancient and now persecuted Christian communities. Concerns for the forgotten and once vibrant Christian minorities especially in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are often politely air brushed out […]

‘Pathetic’: NFL teams stood for ‘God save the Queen’ in London but not for the ‘Star Spangled Banner’

‘Pathetic’: NFL teams stood for ‘God save the Queen’ in London but not for the ‘Star Spangled Banner’

Special to WorldTribune.com Jeffrey T. Kuhner Trump is right. It’s time fans take a stand against the NFL’s multimillionaire thugs, who are protesting by kneeling during the national anthem. Their actions are not just disrespectful, but obscene and grotesque. The National Felon’s League has made a fatal mistake: It believes it has become bigger than […]

‘Decorum’ at UN wrecked by ‘provocative’ N. Korean tests, Trump’s ‘substance’

‘Decorum’ at UN wrecked by ‘provocative’ N. Korean tests, Trump’s ‘substance’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Truth has become stranger than fiction even here at the United Nations where the recently concluded annual debate of world leaders was both clouded by threats of conflict in Korea and to a backdrop of natural calamities from Caribbean hurricanes to earthquakes. Clearly a week […]

Playing defense: Who are Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump kidding with their war of words?

Playing defense: Who are Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump kidding with their war of words?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk It wasn’t exactly a declaration of war, but it did come close. What else to make of President Trump’s remark that the U.S. might “totally destroy North Korea”? It was one thing to belittle Kim Jong-Un as “rocket man” but quite another to threaten annihilation of a country torn […]

Confronting Elizabeth Warren: The question she fears most

Confronting Elizabeth Warren: The question she fears most

Special to WorldTribune.com Jeffrey T. Kuhner Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren a hypocrite? That’s the question I recently posed to the liberal Democrat outside of the WRKO studio. Her response was telling: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. In other words, I touched a very raw nerve. First, let me explain about the confrontation that […]