Apocalypse now or later: The fight For Dabiq puts the ISIL brand to the test

Apocalypse now or later: The fight For Dabiq puts the ISIL brand to the test

Special to WorldTribune.com By David Patrikarakos Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The town of Dabiq, in northern Syria, around 25 miles from Aleppo, with its population of just under 3,500, is an unimpressive site for a battle that is supposed to herald the Apocalypse. Yet, according to the Hadith (a collection of reports about […]

‘Terror and technology’: Israel’s Netanyahu hold court at Hudson Institute’s ‘Herman Kahn’ dinner

‘Terror and technology’: Israel’s Netanyahu hold court at Hudson Institute’s ‘Herman Kahn’ dinner

Sept. 22, 2016 The Plaza Hotel, New York Transcript excerpts of a dialogue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, recipient of the 2016 Herman Kahn Award by Roger Hertog. HERTOG: One of your greatest accomplishments was as finance minister in the early 2000s when you enacted truly extraordinary reforms that opened up the Israeli economy […]

New UN Secretary General faces a world of failed states, 65 million refugees

New UN Secretary General faces a world of failed states, 65 million refugees

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — White smoke has emerged from the Security Council, where the powerful fifteen member body, has selected a new UN Secretary General from among a dozen declared candidates. Intense diplomatic deliberations among the powers, hectic lobbying among the candidates, and rife speculation in the international community […]

Belarus holds energy talks with Iran, weighs options with West amid tariff dispute with Moscow

Belarus holds energy talks with Iran, weighs options with West amid tariff dispute with Moscow

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka says his country is negotiating with Iran about purchasing oil. Speaking at a session of parliament in Minsk on October 7, Lukashenka said talks with Tehran are under way amid differences with Russia on the importing of oil and gas. “We are […]

Remembering an era when journalists covered the government, rather than belonging to it

Remembering an era when journalists covered the government, rather than belonging to it

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The late Don Oberdorfer would surely have had qualms with the award named for him and presented by U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert to Noh Hyo-dong, the longtime diplomatic and Washington correspondent for Yonhap News Agency. Why would a top U.S. diplomat be handing out a prize in the name […]

The U.S.-Israel military assistance deal with Israel is a good one, except for one detail

The U.S.-Israel military assistance deal with Israel is a good one, except for one detail

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The defense assistance deal struck by Israel is a very good one,but the U.S. may not be able to afford it. Although the defense assistance agreement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed with the U.S. government has predictably led to political controversy, it is actually a very good deal, […]

Ex-Turkish intelligence official charges Turkey using ISIL as ‘geopolitical tool’

Ex-Turkish intelligence official charges Turkey using ISIL as ‘geopolitical tool’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is sponsoring Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), using the terror group as a “geopolitical tool to expand Turkey’s regional influence and sideline his political opponents at home, a former top Turkish counter-terror official said. Ahmet Sait Yayla, in interviews with a crowdfunded journalism […]

Saudis warn of ‘disastrous consequences’ after Obama’s veto of 9/11 bill overturned

Saudis warn of ‘disastrous consequences’ after Obama’s veto of 9/11 bill overturned

by WorldTribune Staff, September 30, 2016 A U.S. law allowing victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia will lead to “disastrous consequences,” the kingdom warned on Sept. 29. The House of Representatives approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) earlier this month. It was passed by the Senate […]

Trudeau, Li proclaim ‘golden decade’ for Canadian-Chinese economic ties; Really?

Trudeau, Li proclaim ‘golden decade’ for Canadian-Chinese economic ties; Really?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Justin Trudeau, Canada’s media star Prime Minister, in his first address to the General Assembly, presented a wide-ranging tableaux of liberal platitudes and glowing feel good commitments. Proclaiming an almost theological commitment to diversity, an acceptance of Syrian refugees, and climate change policies, Trudeau presented […]