Mexico’s murder rate spiked in 2016 due to ‘ongoing shifts in the underworld’

Mexico’s murder rate spiked in 2016 due to ‘ongoing shifts in the underworld’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Allan Wall, MexiData.info The analysis of Mexican murder statistics is a grisly business because these statistics are not just numbers, but represent real people who were homicide victims. According to the Mexican government’s own statistics, the Mexican murder total in 2016 was 20,792, the highest it’s been since 2012. (Enrique Peña […]

Covering the ‘Hermit Kingdom’: An impossible task for real reporters

Covering the ‘Hermit Kingdom’: An impossible task for real reporters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk To the rest of the world North Korea is an enigma. No one knows what’s happening among the elite who govern the country. There’s no telling what people are really thinking and saying on the streets of Pyongyang and other cities, much less in remote regions. All we get […]

American journalist angered Seoul by exposing huge payment to North Korea for ‘Sunshine’ summit

American journalist angered Seoul by exposing huge payment to North Korea for ‘Sunshine’ summit

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Following is an excerpt from a book by WorldTribune and Geostrategy-Direct columnist Donald Kirk and the Korean author Kim Ki-Sam, “How South Korea’s Kim Dae-Jung bought his Peace Prize and financed Kim Jong-Il’s nuclear program”. While the governments of South Korea and the United States helped suppress publication of […]

Trump’s clear message to the nation and the world: ‘America is once again ready to lead’

Trump’s clear message to the nation and the world: ‘America is once again ready to lead’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a powerful and optimistic address to the nation, President Donald Trump made his case for the road forward in his new presidency. Labelled a “Reset” by some and “reaching for higher ground” by others, the speech before a joint session of the U.S. Congress […]

Giant Chinese firm reported set to plead guilty in Iran sanctions case

Giant Chinese firm reported set to plead guilty in Iran sanctions case

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Reuters is reporting that giant Chinese telecom company ZTE is expected to plead guilty to U.S. criminal charges that it sold restricted technology to Iran. The company has not yet signed a plea deal with U.S. enforcement agencies, Reuters reported on March 2, but ZTE is […]

Forgotten takeaway from the killing of Kim Jong-Nam: North Korea’s bio-chemical WMD threat

Forgotten takeaway from the killing of Kim Jong-Nam: North Korea’s bio-chemical WMD threat

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The poisoning of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un should make everyone painfully aware of a category of “weapons of mass destruction” that’s overlooked in the controversy over nuclear devices. In all the negotiations, recriminations, talk and double-talk about North Korea’s nuclear menace, little is said about […]

New UN head calls for ‘decisive action’ as expanding famine stalks millions in Yemen, Africa

New UN head calls for ‘decisive action’ as expanding famine stalks millions in Yemen, Africa

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “More than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria are going hungry, and facing devastating levels of food insecurity,” warned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. In a stunning and passionate plea for famine relief in the drought and conflict ridden regions, […]

Report: Japan to offer Russia economic plan for disputed island chain

Report: Japan to offer Russia economic plan for disputed island chain

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Japan is ready to propose a specific plan to Russia for the joint economic development of an island chain that both countries claim, The Nikkei Asia Review reports. According to the report published February 25, the Japanese government will propose that it promote the small, windswept […]

Trump: ‘If countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack’

Trump: ‘If countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested he wants to strengthen the U.S. nuclear arsenal, saying the country must ensure it is “at the top of the pack” of nuclear-armed nations. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters on February 23, argued that the United States has […]