U.S. Congress passes ‘Global Magnitsky Rights’ defense bill in jab at Putin

U.S. Congress passes ‘Global Magnitsky Rights’ defense bill in jab at Putin

Special to WorldTribune.com By Mike Eckel, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The U.S. Congress has backed legislation giving the president new, broader authority to impose sanctions on human rights abusers worldwide, building on an earlier law that has infuriated the Kremlin. The measure, formally known as the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, passed […]

Seventy-five years after the ‘day of infamy,’ a new challenge from the Far East

Seventy-five years after the ‘day of infamy,’ a new challenge from the Far East

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — On December 7, 1941, the United States was shocked and stunned from its nervous neutrality and thrust into the crucible of the Second World War. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor instantly changed the narrative for American involvement in WWII which had already been raging […]

U.S. military and both Korean armies on alert as ‘progressives’ flood the streets of Seoul

U.S. military and both Korean armies on alert as ‘progressives’ flood the streets of Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The many thousands of protesters who’ve been marching toward the walls of the restored palace of Korea’s dynastic kings toward the Blue House of latter-day presidents have been ignoring a likely target. That’s the American embassy, looming large, brightly lit and carefully protected by hundreds of policemen and dozens […]

Geostrategy-Direct: Panic in China at early signals from Trump administration

Geostrategy-Direct: Panic in China at early signals from Trump administration

“China has been ripping the U.S. off left and right, and we are going to push back without any hesitation,” said Donald Trump as the GOP presidential candidate. As President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominee team takes shape, Beijing is beginning to panic over an imminent new reality: The new administration’s reaction against China will be swift […]

Women’s Basij leader demands prosecution of women’s rights activists in Iran

Women’s Basij leader demands prosecution of women’s rights activists in Iran

Special to WorldTribune.com By Golnaz Esfandiari Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The woman who leads female volunteers in Iran’s hard-line conservative militia, the Basij, has identified a new foe. Minu Aslani has reportedly called the promotion of gender equality illegal and demanded that the country’s powerful judiciary take action against people who speak out […]

Iran senior official: 50 student volunteers killed fighting in Syria

Iran senior official: 50 student volunteers killed fighting in Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The press agency for Iran’s hard-line conservative volunteer militia, the Basij, has quoted a senior official as saying that 50 Iranian student volunteers have been killed while fighting in Syria. Basij Press quoted Daud Gudrazi — the head of the Student Basij Organization, a branch of […]

Letter from Riyadh: Gas is 25 cents/gallon, princes on edge but hopeful about Trump era

Letter from Riyadh: Gas is 25 cents/gallon, princes  on edge but hopeful about Trump era

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Last week a Geostrategy-Direct editor was in Riyadh to discuss U.S.-Saudi relations, including the implications of Donald Trump’s election for the future of those relations. The meetings were hosted at the King Faisal Center, the leading research center in Saudi Arabia which is directed by Prince Turki […]

Trump’s election is bad news for Iran, great news for Israel

Trump’s election is bad news for Iran, great news for Israel

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The post-election period in the U.S. has been every bit as weird as the election itself, with the exception of one important fact: so far president-elect Trump has made a number of unremarkable and generally highly-qualified appointments. The weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of […]

Iran’ Rouhani to Obama: Veto extension of sanctions or else

Iran’ Rouhani to Obama: Veto extension of sanctions or else

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged U.S. President Barack Obama not to sign a 10-year extension of U.S. sanctions approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate. In a speech to Iran’s parliament on December 4, Rohani said the bill violates a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and […]

Trump’s call with Taiwan sparks international crisis . . . with U.S. ‘experts’ on China

Trump’s call with Taiwan sparks international crisis . . . with U.S. ‘experts’ on China

by WorldTribune Staff, December 4, 2016 “Donald Trump took the call. The voice on the other end of the line was Taiwan’s president [Tsai Ing-wen] congratulating him,” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Browne in Taipei, Taiwan. Why the furor that subsequently erupted in the U.S. media? “No president-elect, or president, has spoken to a […]