UN secretary general bemoans refugee tsunami, appeals for consideration and assimilation

UN secretary general bemoans refugee tsunami, appeals for consideration and assimilation

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In an impassioned appeal to the media, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres decried the rising tide of refugees worldwide, but advised that ultimately political solutions to the crises remain the key to stem the tide creating chaotic human displacements. While more than 65 million people […]

UN Security Council merry go round selects rights abuser

UN Security Council merry go round selects rights abuser

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The annual election to choose five new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council produced both the expected and the near preposterous. The elections, actually selections by the 193 member General Assembly, saw no opposition for any of the two- year Council terms. Candidates were […]

U.S. prosecutors to detail ‘high-level’ conspiracy to evade Iran sanctions

U.S. prosecutors to detail ‘high-level’ conspiracy to evade Iran sanctions

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. prosecutors said they will show that a Turkish-Iranian gold trader coordinated an illegal scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions with people at “high levels” in Turkey and Iran. During a pretrial hearing in a Manhattan district court on April 24, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis […]

Pence warns North Korea not to test U.S. ‘resolve’

Pence warns North Korea not to test U.S. ‘resolve’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test President Donald Trump’s resolve, saying that “all options are on the table” in curbing Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear weapons programs. Pence said during a press conference in Seoul on April 17 that recent U.S. military […]

A century after the ‘war to end all wars’, U.S. faces high stakes in Syria, Korea standoffs

A century after the ‘war to end all wars’, U.S. faces high stakes in Syria, Korea standoffs

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The parallel crises of Syria and North Korea has forced policymakers to simultaneously concentrate on two geopolitical challenges over which big power interests coincide and may collide. China, Russia and the USA, the primary Powers, along with Britain and France in the chorus, are entrenched […]

Time to once and for all solve Syria as the bloodshed enters seventh year

Time to once and for all solve Syria as the bloodshed enters seventh year

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Syria’s bloody conflict has entered its seventh year with unrelenting killings, displacements and bombardments being “one of the largest man-made humanitarian and protection crises in the world.” As the UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council, “Hundreds of thousands of people have been […]

Global economy, porous borders provide ‘business model’ for unchecked human trafficking

Global economy, porous borders provide ‘business model’ for unchecked human trafficking

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Modern slavery is tragically thriving in the Twenty-first Century! While ethnic, religious and military conflicts seem to be the grist of news headlines, the quiet and brutal backstory from this global violence regards the vulnerable millions who have been displaced as migrants and refugees. Ironically […]

North Korean defector living in Russia fights potentially fatal deportation

North Korean defector living in Russia fights potentially fatal deportation

Special to WorldTribune.com By Farangis Najibullah, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Choe Myong Bok has lived in Russia since 1999, has carved out a living working odd jobs, and resides in St. Petersburg with his partner and their two young children. But the North Korean defector’s life in Russia has been one on the […]

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 […]

U.S. calls urgent UN Security Council meeting over Iran missile test

U.S. calls urgent UN Security Council meeting over Iran missile test

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The United Nations Security Council scheduled an urgent meeting for January 31 to discuss an Iranian ballistic missile test at the request of the United States. “In light of Iran’s January 29 launch of a medium-range ballistic missile, the United States has requested urgent consultations of […]

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