Back from the brink, again

Back from the brink, again

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — An eagerly anticipated UN Security Council meeting came in the nervous aftermath of America’s targeted killing of Iranian terrorist kingpin Qasem Soleimani by an armed U.S. drone. The rhetorical crescendo was building all week following Soleimani’s funeral cortege which wove its way across Iraq and […]

Iran’s impeachment miscalculation

Iran’s impeachment miscalculation

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A lethal lightning bolt pierced the Baghdad sky, as an American drone strike killed the terrorist Qasem Soleimani in an instant. The feared general of Iran’s infamous Revolutionary Guards external operations Quds force, was vaporized by the U.S. in retaliation for the unsuccessful attack on […]

Looking ahead to 2020: Standoffs, abuse, hope

Looking ahead to 2020: Standoffs, abuse, hope

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Peering into the crystal snow globe, it’s time to predict, prognosticate and presage into the year ahead.  Without a pun we need the proverbial 2020 vision to decipher the political and security landscape that awaits us in the new year with both long running static […]

Impeachment brinksmanship? Pyongyang is back to issuing nuclear threats as UN pushes back

Impeachment brinksmanship? Pyongyang is back to issuing nuclear threats as UN pushes back

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While dictator Kim Jung-Un is huffing and puffing about arbitrary deadlines to diplomatic negotiations between the United States and North Korea concerning Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation, the UN Security Council met to deliver a unified call for peace and disarmament on the divided […]

Afghanistan: A deal with the ‘relentless and violent’ Taliban

Afghanistan: A deal with the ‘relentless and violent’ Taliban

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump put Afghanistan back in the news again after his surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops stationed in the embattled South Asian country. Besides bringing holiday cheer for American forces serving in the eighteen-year long conflict, the President again offered a conditional olive […]

Unreported: UN symposium gives voice to victims of global Christian persecution

Unreported: UN symposium gives voice to victims of global Christian persecution

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The stunning silence of the mainstream media which often overlooks  ongoing anti-religious violence has become a sad barometer of our secular societies. Clearly, while most of the attacks are “somewhere else” be it the Middle East, Africa or South Asia, the media template seems preset […]

45 UN members — but not South Korea — back harsh resolution on North Korean rights, missiles

45 UN members — but not South Korea — back harsh resolution on North Korean rights, missiles

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Though out of the limelight for nearly a year, North Korea’s quiet and covert push for intercontinental ballistic missile capability along with the communist regime’s continuing political crackdown on its own population has not abated. While tough American diplomacy has pressured Kim Jong-Un’s regime from […]

30 years ago, the wall came tumbling down

30 years ago, the wall came tumbling down

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Thirty years ago on Nov. 9 1989, the world suddenly changed.  Mass civil and religious demonstrations rocking East German cities created a political tsunami which soon reached Berlin. Berlin, the divided city and German capital at the epicenter of the Cold War, would see an unexpected […]

Here, there, everywhere: Global rage boils over

Here, there, everywhere: Global rage boils over

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — From Hong Kong to Barcelona, and from Beirut to Bolivia and Chile, a global rage seems to be boiling over. It ranges from Hong’s Kong’s pro-democracy pushback to Beijing’s dour diktats, to Spain’s Catalonia region’s revived separatism against the central government, to Beirut’s crowds protesting […]

‘Risk of renewed genocide’ for the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma

‘Risk of renewed genocide’ for the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a stunningly gloomy presentation, UN human rights experts reviewed the situation in Myanmar/aka Burma, the Southeast Asian country where the government  continues to persecute, harass and eliminate members of minority religious groups, especially the Muslim Rohingya. An already bad human rights situation deteriorated two […]

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