The overlooked Iranian people and a broken deal’s billion dollar questions

The overlooked Iranian people and a broken deal’s billion dollar questions

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Just days after the global sigh of relief regarding the upcoming United States-North Korea Summit, world opinion swung back into bitter criticism over the Trump Administration’s announcement that it was scrapping America’s participation in the Iran Nuclear Deal, the penultimate diplomatic legacy of the Obama […]

The summit that could end a 65-year Cold War: Great expectations, greater ifs . . .

The summit that could end a 65-year Cold War: Great expectations, greater ifs . . .

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid startling twists, turns and tribulations, the United States is preparing for a once improbable Summit meeting with North Korea to defuse Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile threat. Earlier in the year the “experts” and those who instinctively know better were predicting a probable […]

Comrade Kim goes to China: Did he have a choice?

Comrade Kim goes to China: Did he have a choice?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The political choreography was classic. The staging was epic. But the outcome remains unpredictable. North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong-Un and his entourage secretly rolled into Beijing on a special armored train later to be greeted and then feted by the Supreme Leader of the […]

Black market nation: North Korea uses false flag vessels for illegal trade

Black market nation: North Korea uses false flag vessels for illegal trade

by WorldTribune Staff, March 1, 2018 The Kim Jong-Un regime is evading international sanctions by using ships which change names and take on new flags to export and import goods, a UN report said. “North Korea earned almost $200 million in the first nine months of last year from banned commodity exports, providing crucial foreign […]

Lawyers appeal to UN on behalf of conservative South Korean leader

Lawyers appeal to UN on behalf of conservative South Korean leader

by WorldTribune Staff, February 28, 2018 Lawyers representing impeached South Korean President Park Geun-Hye are asking the UN to help secure her release after prosecutors called for a 30-year sentence and a court in Seoul extended her detention by six months. “The UN is looking at our application urgently and the South Korean authorities need […]

Nikki Haley to Palestinians and the UN: ‘I will not shut up’

Nikki Haley to Palestinians and the UN: ‘I will not shut up’

by WorldTribune Staff, February 21, 2018 U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said she will continue to “speak hard truths” after the Palestinian Authority’s top negotiator had told her to “shut up.” Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian negotiator, had said last month that Haley “needs to shut up and realize the Palestinian leadership is not […]

Have the 2018 Winter Games become the ‘Pyongyang Olympics’?

Have the 2018 Winter Games become the ‘Pyongyang Olympics’?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With a spectacular and sparkling opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics, South Korea has predictably excelled in showcasing both sports and setting. Yet, given that security concerns on the divided peninsula dominated the nervous countdown to the Winter Games, the Seoul government at least in […]

Iranian Christians appeal Islamic Court convictions reached without juries, defense lawyers or evidence

Iranian Christians appeal Islamic Court convictions reached without juries, defense lawyers or evidence

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Three Iranian Christians are due to appear before Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court on Feb. 4 to appeal against their 2017 convictions on charges of “conducting evangelism” and carrying out “illegal church activities.” Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, Amin Afshar Naderi, and Hadi Asgari each received a provisional […]

U.S. support needed in Mali, a nexus for Sahel terror and people-smuggling

U.S. support needed in Mali, a nexus for Sahel terror and people-smuggling

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The landlocked West African state of Mali remains a critical crossroads for both international people smuggling and a nexus of radical Islamic terrorism in the Sahel, the vast arid region on the southern reaches of the Sahara desert. Here amid ancient caravan routes, porous borders, […]

Iran’s smoldering fuse in 1979 and again in 2018

Iran’s smoldering fuse in 1979 and again in 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Surging crowds thronged the streets of Tehran and cities across Iran screaming Death to the Shah, Death to America. A situation brewing for a few years reached its boiling point with the return of an obscure Ayatollah from exile. The old order collapsed as the […]

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