UN Secretary General calls for ‘bold leadership’ in a world facing ‘calamity’

UN Secretary General calls for ‘bold leadership’ in a world facing ‘calamity’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a sweeping and sobering tour of the world crises and trouble spots, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of a dire global situation plagued with “protracted conflicts and the spread of terrorism.” Stressing that, “We face a Gordian knot in the Middle East and […]

Iran’s smoldering fuse in 1979 and again in 2018

Iran’s smoldering fuse in 1979 and again in 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Surging crowds thronged the streets of Tehran and cities across Iran screaming Death to the Shah, Death to America. A situation brewing for a few years reached its boiling point with the return of an obscure Ayatollah from exile. The old order collapsed as the […]

‘Red alert’: A world of hope and challenges in 2018

‘Red alert’: A world of hope and challenges in 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Consulting my crystal snow globe reveals a blizzard of events, many of them unpredictable which await us in the New Year. And after 2017’s roller coaster and often bizarre political events, it’s difficult to believe that 2018 may hold many unexpected surprises. UN Secretary General […]

‘The United States will remember this day’: A closer look at the UN Assembly Jerusalem vote

‘The United States will remember this day’: A closer look at the UN Assembly Jerusalem vote

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The USA and Israel suffered a nasty diplomatic slap when the 193 member UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the Trump Administration’s plan to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem. But while the mainstream media and the usual chorus of critics presented this lopsided […]

Global bodies are rhetorically bled dry, but North Korea prevails

Global bodies are rhetorically bled dry, but North Korea prevails

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A riveting Security Council session condemned North Korea for its Nuclear proliferation and illegal ballistic missile firings. The meeting at the Ministerial level saw Foreign Ministers and delegates nearly universally condemn Pyongyang’s provocative actions which have brought the world to the brink of conflict. Now […]

Upcoming Winter games in PyeongChang taking place in world’s foremost hot zone

Upcoming Winter games in PyeongChang taking place in world’s foremost hot zone

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Olympic Games should be entirely about sport, sportsmanship and solidarity. Yet they rarely are. Every four years the athletes of the world, or at least most of them, meet in an exotic locale plagued by political controversy, cost overruns, corruption, and doping concerns. The […]

As global migrant crisis continues, Hungary pushes back

As global migrant crisis continues, Hungary pushes back

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The global surge of refugees and economic migrants continues unabated. Both the scourge of civil and ethnic conflicts, as well as the pull of economic betterment, have seen millions of people on the move to both the USA and the European Union. As countries scramble […]

‘Theatre of the absurd’? World powers trade insults over rights abuses in Iran, North Korea

‘Theatre of the absurd’? World powers trade insults over rights abuses in Iran, North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A key UN Committee has condemned Iran’s widespread use of the death penalty and has urged the Islamic Republic to eliminate “all discrimination and rights violations against women and girls.” In a separate resolution, the Third Committee roundly chastised North Korea’s grave human rights situation […]

Trump’s Reaganesque speech in Seoul: ‘Tale of one people, but two Koreas’

Trump’s Reaganesque speech in Seoul: ‘Tale of one people, but two Koreas’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Donald’s Trump’s whirlwind trip to East Asia was fraught with both promise and peril; the promise of expanding commercial alliances and reinforcing military alliances, and the peril of confronting North Korea’s ominous nuclear threat. In Seoul, South Korea’s bustling and free capital, the […]

Africa’s Sahel region ‘sinking into chaos’ as terror spreads

Africa’s  Sahel region ‘sinking into chaos’ as terror spreads

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The recent killing of four U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers in Niger tragically highlighted a quiet but lethal conflict in sub-Saharan Africa’s Sahel region. Here in the confluence of the arid and largely forgotten lands of Mali, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania lay a […]