Report: Afghan opium production up 87 percent in 2017

Report: Afghan opium production up 87 percent in 2017

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A new report says opium production in Afghanistan increased by 87 percent to a “record level” of 9,000 tons this year, compared with 2016 levels. That’s according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released on Nov. 15 by the Afghan Ministry of Counternarcotics and the […]

NATO to deploy 3,000 additional troops to train Afghan army

NATO to deploy 3,000 additional troops to train Afghan army

by WorldTribune Staff, November 8, 2017 NATO said it will add 3,000 troops at the start of 2018 to its mission to train Afghanistan’s army. According to a Nov. 7 report by Reuters, the new personnel will not have a combat role but NATO hopes the troops can train the Afghan army and its newly-formed […]

Gloom: A world of uncertainty and in America, a union that may not hold

Gloom: A world of uncertainty and in America, a union that may not hold

Special to WorldTribune.com Editor’s Note: The following analysis echoes assessments heard last week in Washington from normally upbeat insiders. One former CIA analyst who held senior posts in an Democrat administration wonders if the U.S. will survive and doesn’t want to eywitness its demise. Another veteran warrior, in but not of the “Swamp”, suggested that […]

EU unites against Trump and for Iran deal as key to saving ‘norproliferation architecture’

EU unites against Trump and for Iran deal as key to saving ‘norproliferation architecture’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty European Union foreign ministers have closed ranks in support of the Iran nuclear agreement, warning that U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to abandon the multinational accord jeopardize efforts to find a peaceful solution to the nuclear standoff with North Korea. “At a time of acute nuclear […]

Time for Germany to add some muscle to its global leadership

Time for Germany to add some muscle to its global leadership

Special to WorldTribune.com By Dr.Fariborz Saremi, August 28,2017 Since the Second World War German leaders have, understandably, shrunk from the idea that their country can exercise leadership on the global stage. The view in Bonn and then Berlin was that German power should be exercised through Europe. But the EU is no longer enough. Foreign […]

Spain hunts driver who killed 13 In Barcelona; Authorities foil related bomb plot

Spain hunts driver who killed 13 In Barcelona; Authorities foil related bomb plot

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The death toll from two suspected militant attacks in Spain on August 17 rose to 14 people as the hunt continued for the main culprit in one of the attacks — the driver of a van who rammed into crowds in the center of Barcelona. Thirteen […]

Pentagon alarmed by Turkey’s plan to buy Russian S-400 air defense system

Pentagon alarmed by Turkey’s plan to buy Russian S-400 air defense system

by WorldTribune Staff, August 3, 2017 The United States has raised concerns over NATO ally Turkey’s plan to purchase an advanced air defense system from Russia. Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told a press briefing in Washington on July 31 that the S-400 system Turkey plans to buy may have inconsistencies with other equipment used […]

Putin travels to Finland for talks amid naval exercises

Putin travels to Finland for talks amid naval exercises

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit neighboring Finland on July 27 on a one-day trip. Putin will hold talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and the two leaders will attend celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence from the Russian Empire. Putin’s visit comes as […]

Who is Vladimir Putin? Dealing with the ex-spy who came from nowhere to lead Russia

Who is Vladimir Putin? Dealing with the ex-spy who came from nowhere to lead Russia

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Marcus Wolf, “the man without a face”, infamous East German intelligence operative who once put a Communist spy into West German Chancellor Willy Brandt’s bed, has commented pithily on Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Wolf doubts Putin lived in Dresden for 15 years as liaison between the Soviet […]

Trump hails ‘triumph of Poland’s spirit’, rallies West against militant Islam and bureaucracy

Trump hails ‘triumph of Poland’s spirit’, rallies West against militant Islam and  bureaucracy

Special to WorldTribune , July 6, 2017 President Donald Trump delivered the following speech from Warsaw’s Krasiński Square after being introduced by first lady Melania Trump: Thank you very much. That’s so nice. The United States has many great diplomats, but there is truly no better ambassador for our country than our beautiful First Lady, […]

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