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Legalistic Iran accord missed the whole point of the diplomatic exercise

September talks included Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, second from right and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, right.  /European External Action Service/Flickr

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The interim accord between the P5+1 states (the P5 or five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely United States, Russia, People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany) and Iran, signed in Geneva on Nov. 24, to constrain Iranian [...]

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The UN’s Human Rights Council farce: U.S. silent as brutal regimes take seats

Chen Guangcheng: “China wants to join the UNHRC not to promote human rights, but rather to prevent democracies from questioning their human rights record.” /South China Morning Post/Reuters

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — You can’t make this up. In recent elections for the UN’s 47 member Human Rights Council, (UNHRC) some of the winners of the coveted seats are ironically the countries who are among the major global human rights transgressors. This hypocrisy ironically evokes the old adage of the foxes guarding [...]

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Asia joins world economy’s new normal as China loses its edge

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John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Asia Pacific economic economies will see subdued growth in 2013 after last year’s sharp slowdown caused by external factors,” is the prognosis from a recent UN survey. “Economic growth in the developing countries of Asia and the Pacific slowed to 5.5 percent in 2012 as a result of the [...]

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Korean Vortex: Reading the tea leaves

Uneasy times for all Koreans, South and North (above in Pyongyang).  /David Guttenfelder/AP

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The increasingly ballistic bluster pouring out from Pyongyang and threatening South Korea, Japan and the USA, with nuclear attacks has jolted East Asia into “paying attention.” Perhaps that’s the real intent of Kim Jong-Un, the new and untested Marxist monarch of the quaintly titled “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.” [...]

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Obama’s Alice-in-Wonderland foreign policy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at live fire exercise in southwest North Korea on March 13. /AP

Sol W. Sanders   That clanking and screeching you hear out of Washington, almost drowning out the caterwauling of the budget debate, is the Obama administration making a 180-degree turn on Pacific Ocean anti-missile defense. As usual with the cloying mainstream media, the significance of this complete reversal of strategy has been obfuscated at the [...]

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Pyongyang’s communist prince plays with fire while his people endure a totalitarian hell

Dennis Rodman hugs "awesome guy" Kim Jong Un.  /KCNA/Reuters

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — When the Security Council passed a package of uncharacteristically tough sanctions on North Korea over the communist regime’s nuclear weapons tests and missile proliferation, the Pyongyang leadership went rhetorically ballistic. Pyongyang’s pro forma rants and raves towards South Korea and the United States were notched up to include scrapping [...]

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China, the forgotten signatory of the Korean War armistice

Chinese Communist commander Peng Dehuai signs the Korean War armistice at Kaesong. /Eastphoto

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com There’s no mystery as to why the owners of North Korea are calling the Korean War armistice “null and void.” They want to replace it with a peace treaty with the U.S. — a deal that would freeze out South Korea, which they consider a U.S. client, a [...]

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Who’s paying and not paying their fair share at the UN?

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John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s long been an economic truism that the United States pays the lions share of the UN budget. Moreover the European Union (EU) countries contribute the largest bloc of dues of the 193 member organization. Well, there’s good and bad news. The USA’s budget assessment is no longer as [...]

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North Korea pushes the envelope again, but this time with China

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un poses with officers in this undated picture released by North Korea's official news agency on Nov. 27, 2012.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Oops, they did it again,” to paraphrase the old Britney Spears song. Indeed North Korea’s baby-faced dictator Kim Jong-Un decided to test another nuclear weapon, and thrust his reclusive but reckless country back into the headlines. In terms of political disruption, Kim’s tantrum seemed to have worked, but in [...]

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Pyongyang poker: N. Korea ups the ante with the U.S., Japan, S. Korea and China

Kim Jong-Un with soldiers of the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division of the Korean People's Army.  /AFP

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Shortly after the Security Council unanimously condemned the recent North Korean missile launch and demanded that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea abandon nuclear testing, Pyongyang’s rulers decided to up the political ante. They announced that they are on the verge of a third nuclear test and for good [...]

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