Hypocrisy on parade: Revealing UN votes on human, religious rights

Hypocrisy on parade: Revealing UN votes on human, religious rights

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Tis the Season of blatant political hypocrisy.  This is the point where the UN General Assembly is quickly moving through its agenda items and voting on and adopting a series of draft resolutions relating to human rights and religious freedoms. It’s all a bit pro forma until you […]

As world focuses on the White House, Turkey’s Erdoğan is on the move

As world focuses on the White House, Turkey’s Erdoğan is on the move

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler While the world was looking elsewhere and embroiled in the American presidential campaign, a long simmering territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan reignited in late September. An unexpected ground war in the remote Caucasian mountains followed, pitting two former Soviet territories Armenia and Azerbaijan against each other to […]

Winner of the 2020 election: The Wuhan, China virus

Winner of the 2020 election: The Wuhan, China virus

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The experts got it wrong again.  The pundits, the pollsters and the mainstream media once again assured Americans of the predictable Trump and Republican rout on election day.  An inevitable Biden Blue Wave from sea to shining sea looked plausible to those who instinctively know better and who […]

UN report: Covid ‘could exacerbate entrenched human rights violations’ in North Korea

UN report: Covid ‘could exacerbate entrenched human rights violations’ in North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler In a scathing but measured account, a report by the UN”s Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) produced an update on North Korea.   The annual survey drills down on the DPRK’s continuing practices of forced labor, a void for […]

The foreign policy debate that wasn’t and the Trump successes that were

The foreign policy debate that wasn’t and the Trump successes that were

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Turn down the shouting, tone down the hype and tune in for a serious moment on U.S. foreign policy. In the closing stages of the seemingly perpetual U.S. Presidential election campaign, the final debate was slated to cover foreign policy — it really didn’t. But let’s first focus […]

No, corporate media, the Chinese global pandemic is not just a U.S. problem

No, corporate media, the Chinese global pandemic is not just a U.S. problem

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler While recent flareups of the coronavirus have been spreading across large parts of the USA, Americans are hardly alone in facing the deadly pandemic. Though virus outbreaks are often presented by mainstream media outlets as a political validation of the contentious mask debate, leading European countries such as […]

Despite growing global outrage over Hong Kong, ‘re-education’ camps, China wins seat on Rights Council

Despite growing global outrage over Hong Kong, ‘re-education’ camps, China wins seat on Rights Council

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Beijing’s widening human rights and political crackdowns in both Xinjiang Province and Hong Kong have underscored the People’s Republic of China’s pavlovian reaction involving any opposition towards the ruling communist regime. Though suppressing religious and political dissent is nothing new on the Chinese Mainland, its scope and intensity […]

30 years after German reunification, ‘Danke to the American people’

30 years after German reunification, ‘Danke to the American people’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Germany’s reunification is now history. It seemed not so long ago that the Berlin Wall had fallen in 1989, Central European countries had regained their sovereignty through the freedom tsunami sweeping Europe, and unimaginably on Oct. 3, 1990, West and East Germany, the front line frontier of a very […]

Covid crisis clouds United Nations Assembly

Covid crisis clouds United Nations Assembly

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Since March the world has been battered by the Covid-19 virus. Over a million people have died and many more have been sickened by this “invisible enemy.” From its origins in China, through its spread into Europe, the United States and Latin America, the virus has ravished societies and […]

UN General Assembly opens — without live sessions and debate about its covid role

UN General Assembly opens — without live sessions and debate about its covid role

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Presidents, Prime Ministers and Kings are attending the opening debate of the UN General Assembly; but online. The 75th anniversary session of the Assembly was planned as a gala gathering of chiefs of state and government but shall now be relegated to a series of virtual sessions. The […]

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