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 […]

In stark contrast: Pandemic paranoia vs September 11 resolve

In stark contrast: Pandemic paranoia vs September 11 resolve

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Viewing the sorrowful September 11 commemorations, I was instantly transported back nineteen years to the terrorist attacks on America.  As I wrote back then, “On a picture perfect September morning, the Grim Reaper visited New York…it would be our generation’s Pearl Harbor.” A mournful, nervous but resolute time. […]

Chinese military’s rising red tide can no longer be ignored

Chinese military’s rising red tide can no longer be ignored

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The rising tide of China’s military modernization, expansion, and force projection capabilities has long haunted policymakers from the United States to East Asia. But while many Washington politicians were premised on the paradigm of China’s “peaceful rise” and a world of global commerce with only occasional political friction, […]

The one constant amid pandemic’s political haze: Mainstream Media mendacity

The one constant amid pandemic’s political haze: Mainstream Media mendacity

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Nearly six months into the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States remains mired in the nebulous haze of the “invisible enemy,” suffering greatly both physically and emotionally.  We have been battered and bruised economically and most of all psychologically.  And all this in the midst of a contentious presidential […]

Taiwan basks in good health despite global pandemic

Taiwan basks in good health despite global pandemic

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler A visit by an American Secretary of Health to an East Asian ally would seemingly not register much media attention, especially during the Summer.  But in the age of global Corona and the deadly spread of the Covid-19 virus, health certainly matters. So, when U.S.  Secretary of Health […]

Tears for Lebanon: Trump-Macron call for ‘independent inquiry’

Tears for Lebanon: Trump-Macron call for ‘independent inquiry’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The massive double blast which rocked Beirut harbor brought near cataclysmic damage to the Lebanese capital.  Yet as the dust settled on this tragedy, with 200 dead and 5,000 injured, the political and economic reverberations of the explosion have shaken Lebanon to the core and threatened to turn […]

Beijing hackers target Vatican, ramp up attack on all faiths

Beijing hackers target Vatican, ramp up attack on all faiths

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The story comes right out of a Dan Brown mystery thriller in which Vatican secrets are targeted by State sponsored computer hackers.  Yet according to cyber security sources, the intrusion into sensitive Vatican diplomatic traffic is not fiction, but a cold hard fact of modern espionage. The Recorded […]

Turkey’s Erdogan sparks controversy with Hagia Sophia conversion

Turkey’s Erdogan sparks controversy with Hagia Sophia conversion

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Its very name Hagia Sophia evokes the ancient mysteries of Byzantium. Its setting along the Golden Horn on the majestic Bosphorus joining Europe and Asia in itself serves as a beacon for uniting world religions. Yet this magnificent church which has weathered the march of time and the shift of […]

AG Barr’s searing indictment of China’s communists did not spare Hollywood, Silicon Valley

AG Barr’s searing indictment of China’s communists did not spare Hollywood, Silicon Valley

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler In a sweeping, scathing and searingly poignant speech, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr swept back the curtain on China’s communist regime in a tour de force rarely seen. His focus centered not only on China’s rulers menacing their own people and those of East Asia, but also specifically […]

Russia and China veto humanitarian aid for starving Syria twice in a week, with the click of a mouse

Russia and China veto humanitarian aid for starving Syria twice in a week, with the click of a mouse

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler A devastating decade old war, a deteriorating humanitarian situation, and a deplorable inability of the international community to stop the conflict, underscores Syria’s tragic fate. The failure of the UN Security Council to ease the suffering, callously blocked by Russia and China, tragically highlights the shared international shame […]

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