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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. — […]

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


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 […]

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