Taliban war booty exceeds military spending of Germany, Japan, South Korea, Australia

Taliban war booty exceeds military spending of Germany, Japan, South Korea, Australia

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler When the Taliban forces overran Afghanistan a few months ago, not only did they capture a country continuously in conflict since the initial Soviet invasion in 1979, but they equally seized huge stockpiles of American supplied weapons provided to the defeated Afghan military. The unexplained and reckless U.S. […]

Afghans to ‘pay twice’ after Taliban takeover

Afghans to ‘pay twice’ after Taliban takeover

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Following the Taliban’s lightning takeover of Afghanistan and America’s humiliating withdrawal, the remote South Asian country soon morphed into the political netherworld. The U.S. war was over, the Taliban Islamic fundamentalists had won, and the long-suffering Afghan people were relegated to the tragic club of conflict-wrecked countries that […]

Migrants as pawns in Putin’s hybrid warfare

Migrants as pawns in Putin’s hybrid warfare

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The setting is remote. The players are highly improbable. Yet in the deep and forgotten forests along the Belorussian/Polish frontier, thousands of migrants from far off Syria, Iraq, and even Afghanistan are massing and milling trying to enter Poland. Why? Because Poland forms the easternmost frontier of the […]

How could life in North Korea get even worse? Meet the Covid-19 Communism variant

How could life in North Korea get even worse? Meet the Covid-19 Communism variant

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The ongoing global COVID pandemic combined with a shroud of secrecy and indifference has hidden the fast-deteriorating human rights situation in North Korea. Now yet another report by the UN’s Rapporteur on Human Rights in the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), underscores a grim reality […]

Sudan coup jolts country’s fragile comeback hours after U.S. envoy’s visit

Sudan coup jolts country’s fragile comeback hours after U.S. envoy’s visit

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Here we go again; Another military coup in Sudan. The army takeover in one of Africa’s largest if most unstable countries, underscores the growing economic, social and political turmoil between a new civilian-led government and the restive military who’s been in and out of the shadows since the […]

China’s ‘widespread and systematic’ rights abuses in Xinjiang: S. Korea, most Muslim states fail to sign UN statement

China’s ‘widespread and systematic’ rights abuses in Xinjiang: S. Korea, most Muslim states fail to sign UN statement

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler China’s ongoing human rights abuses against its Muslim minority in Xinjiang have again been chastised by a key UN committee. Forty-three countries strongly condemned the Beijing regime’s widespread human rights violations against the Uyghur minority in what has become a systematic state policy in China’s western Xinjiang region. […]

After exiting under President Trump, U.S. returns to UN’s surreal Human Rights Council

After exiting under President Trump, U.S. returns to UN’s surreal Human Rights Council

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The United States has been elected to the UN’s Human Rights Council, the controversial Rights assembly the Biden Administration rejoined earlier in the year. In non-contested elections or should we say selections, Washington won a spot along with seventeen other states ranging from free nations including Finland and […]

‘Ripple effect from U.S. surrender in Afghanistan; Beijing’s bullying of free Taiwan shakes East Asia

‘Ripple effect from U.S. surrender in Afghanistan; Beijing’s bullying of free Taiwan shakes East Asia

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Beijing’s communists are good at bullying; look at political crackdowns in prosperous Hong Kong, the suppression of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, and of course China’s ongoing military harassment of Taiwan, a democratically ruled island which the communists claim as part of the People’s Republic of China. Over the […]

Berlin Blues; Whither Germany as Angela Merkel finally exits?

Berlin Blues; Whither Germany as Angela Merkel finally exits?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Angela Merkel is leaving the political stage. After sixteen years as Germany’s Chancellor presiding over amazing growth and stability, her Christian Democratic coalition CDU/CSU hardly gained from her political coattails in the recent national elections. Rather her Christian Democrats suffered their biggest electoral drubbing since 1949. Part of […]

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