Tillerson’s stealth diplomacy in Qatar, host to largest U.S. overseas air base

Tillerson’s stealth diplomacy in Qatar, host to largest U.S. overseas air base

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― We hear so often about tight U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia that we forget the Saudis kicked out the last U.S. troops in the early 2000’s. Seems they regarded the U.S. presence as an affront to Islam more than a decade after U.S. forces drove Saddam Hussein’s […]

U.S., Japan and India take part in joint naval drills seen as signal to China

U.S., Japan and India take part in joint naval drills seen as signal to China

by WorldTribune Staff, July 12, 2017 The U.S., Japanese and Indian navies have each dispatched aircraft carriers to the Bay of Bengal to take part in an exercise which analysts say is aimed at checking China’s increased presence in the region. The USS Nimitz of the U.S. Navy, INS Vikramaditya of the Indian Navy and […]

Home nuclear bunkers in demand as Japan prepares for the unthinkable

Home nuclear bunkers in demand as Japan prepares for the unthinkable

by WorldTribune Staff, June 27, 2017 Television stations throughout Japan are airing instructions for citizens in the event of a nuclear attack by North Korea. Earlier this year, Japan informed its citizens to expect just a ten-minute warning if the Kim Jong-Un regime launches a nuclear missile. Reports also noted there has been a spike […]

Report: Ship that hit the USS Fitzgerald was on autopilot; No crew on bridge?

Report: Ship that hit the USS Fitzgerald was on autopilot; No crew on bridge?

by WorldTribune Staff, June 23, 2017 The Philippine-flagged cargo ship that hit a high tech U.S. destroyer was under control of a computerized navigation system when the incident occurred in the sea off the coast of Japan, U.S. Navy officials said. Investigators say they have found no evidence the impact with the USS Fitzgerald, in […]

Collision? Ramming of the USS Fitzgerald has raised serious questions, few answers

Collision? Ramming of the USS Fitzgerald has raised serious questions, few answers

by WorldTribune Staff, June 19, 2017 Delayed and distorted reporting from authorities and the media of the “collision” between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged container ship raise questions about what transpired in the sea off the coast of Japan in the early morning hours of June 17. The incident “still being misreported as a […]

Sleeping sailors on U.S. destroyer had little time to react after collision near Japan

Sleeping sailors on U.S. destroyer had little time to react after collision near Japan

by WorldTribune Staff, June 18, 2017 The bodies of seven U.S. sailors were recovered after the USS Fitzgerald sustained significant damage in a collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant ship on Saturday around 2:20 a.m. in the sea off Japan, reports said. The seven sailors didn’t make it out of the berthing area, the Navy said. […]

Mattis delivers warning on North Korea crisis; Drone spied on THAAD installation

Mattis delivers warning on North Korea crisis; Drone spied on THAAD installation

by WorldTribune Staff, June 13, 2017 North Korea’s ongoing pursuit of weapons of mass destruction is a “clear and present danger to all,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said. Because of the fast pace of its development of those weapons, the Kim Jong-Un regime represents the most urgent threat to peace and security in the […]

Peace through hot air: Talking in circles at the ‘Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity’

Peace through hot air: Talking in circles at the ‘Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk JEJU ― Gary Samore of the Belfer Center at Harvard, formerly with the Obama administration, suggested at the annual Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity that resolution of North Korea’s nukes-and-missiles program may be insoluble. That sense weighs heavily on policy-makers in Seoul and Washington. How can Koreans and […]

Report: Latest N. Korea missile flew 30 minutes, landed between Russia and Japan

Report: Latest N. Korea missile flew 30 minutes, landed between Russia and Japan

by WorldTribune Staff, May 14, 2017 North Korea on May 14 tested a ballistic missile that went further and higher than an intermediate-range missile it tested earlier this year, a report said. Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile could be a new type. It flew for 30 minutes before dropping into the sea […]

Having sworn to ‘forever renounce war’, Japan still alone in a tough neighborhood

Having sworn to ‘forever renounce war’, Japan still alone in a tough neighborhood

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk TOKYO ― The shadows of war lengthen over Japanese society in thrall to Article 9 of a “peace constitution” foisted under the “occupation” led by the victorious World War II Pacific commander, Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Much as the “rightist” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might want to do away with […]

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