Upcoming Winter games in PyeongChang taking place in world’s foremost hot zone

Upcoming Winter games in PyeongChang taking place in world’s foremost hot zone

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Olympic Games should be entirely about sport, sportsmanship and solidarity. Yet they rarely are. Every four years the athletes of the world, or at least most of them, meet in an exotic locale plagued by political controversy, cost overruns, corruption, and doping concerns. The […]

Budding nuclear power Turkey casts a darkening shadow over Middle East

Budding nuclear power Turkey casts a darkening shadow over Middle East

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Turkey is rapidly developing into a threat to peace and stability in the Middle East. The regime of President [formerly Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP Justice and Development Party are increasingly authoritarian. Their effort to obtain nuclear power with its military offshoots would make it […]

‘Theatre of the absurd’? World powers trade insults over rights abuses in Iran, North Korea

‘Theatre of the absurd’? World powers trade insults over rights abuses in Iran, North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A key UN Committee has condemned Iran’s widespread use of the death penalty and has urged the Islamic Republic to eliminate “all discrimination and rights violations against women and girls.” In a separate resolution, the Third Committee roundly chastised North Korea’s grave human rights situation […]

Trump’s Reaganesque speech in Seoul: ‘Tale of one people, but two Koreas’

Trump’s Reaganesque speech in Seoul: ‘Tale of one people, but two Koreas’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Donald’s Trump’s whirlwind trip to East Asia was fraught with both promise and peril; the promise of expanding commercial alliances and reinforcing military alliances, and the peril of confronting North Korea’s ominous nuclear threat. In Seoul, South Korea’s bustling and free capital, the […]

Report: Afghan opium production up 87 percent in 2017

Report: Afghan opium production up 87 percent in 2017

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A new report says opium production in Afghanistan increased by 87 percent to a “record level” of 9,000 tons this year, compared with 2016 levels. That’s according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released on Nov. 15 by the Afghan Ministry of Counternarcotics and the […]

Storm clouds in the Far East: In China, a coronation; In Japan, an election

Storm clouds in the Far East: In China, a coronation; In Japan, an election

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The political optics could not have been more contrasting as China selected its leader and Japan elected its Prime Minister. In a grandiose and stunning setting, draped in the trappings of crimson and gold, 2,300 Chinese Communist Party (CCP) grandees predictably anointed Xi Jinping as […]

Meanwhile at the UN: Another Human Rights Council election farce

Meanwhile at the UN: Another Human Rights Council election farce

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Truth is often stranger than fiction. Indeed elections for new members of the UN’s 47-member Human Rights Council proved yet again that some of the least qualified and most repressive regimes would win coveted seats on the watchdog committee tasked with monitoring human rights and […]

Dangerous linkage: Iran will act on lessons learned from U.S.-North Korea showdown

Dangerous linkage: Iran will act on lessons learned from U.S.-North Korea showdown

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct After vowing at the United Nations to “completely destroy” North Korea if necessary and following that verbal brinksmanship with the harshest economic sanctions ever imposed by the United States government, President Donald Trump has set U.S. policy on a seemingly inevitable collision course with the Hermit Kingdom. […]

Only Iran reaping geopolitical benefits as Syria crisis is sidelined at UN

Only Iran reaping geopolitical benefits as Syria crisis is sidelined at UN

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Perhaps it’s the dangerous global threat from North Korean nukes. Maybe it’s political fatigue and crisis overload. Or it could be the escalating ethnic cleansing in Burma. But the long running and brutal Syrian civil war has become largely an afterthought for many delegates at […]

‘Decorum’ at UN wrecked by ‘provocative’ N. Korean tests, Trump’s ‘substance’

‘Decorum’ at UN wrecked by ‘provocative’ N. Korean tests, Trump’s ‘substance’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Truth has become stranger than fiction even here at the United Nations where the recently concluded annual debate of world leaders was both clouded by threats of conflict in Korea and to a backdrop of natural calamities from Caribbean hurricanes to earthquakes. Clearly a week […]

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