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UN slams North Korea human rights record as its Korean Secretary General sets visit

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a stern and sweeping rebuke to North Korea’s human rights abuses, a UN Committee has slammed the repressive communist regime in an annual report on “The Situation of human […]

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Xi Jinping regime fires back at Hillary Clinton’s ‘China-bashing’ tweet

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets China's then Vice-President Xi Jinping in Beijing on May 3, 2012.

Special to WorldTribune.com Xi Jinping’s Chinese Communist Party regime did not care for a tweet by Democrat front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton, seeking her party’s 2016 presidential nomination, tweeted on Sept. 27: “Xi hosting a meeting on women’s rights at […]

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Korea vs. Japan: 70 years after WWII, can we just move on? Apparently not

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Maybe Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, should have kept his mouth shut. No matter what he might have said on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender, he would be the […]

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Neutrons over nutrition: Food shortages stalk up to 70 percent of North Koreans


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s an urgent food crisis in communist North Korea, where shortages affect up to 70 percent of the population. According to an alarming new UN humanitarian report, some 18 million […]

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UN committee resolution could refer North Korea rulers to International Criminal Court


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s one of the tougher warnings the world community has sent to the neo-Stalinist regime in North Korea; a detailed condemnation of widespread human rights abuses in the reclusive communist […]

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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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


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 […]

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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, […]

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