From Normandy’s spirit of courage, sacrifice and victory to a Biden-Macron spectacle

From Normandy’s spirit of courage, sacrifice and victory to a Biden-Macron spectacle

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, June 12, 2024 The somber but uplifting commemorations of the D-Day landings in Normandy, now eighty years ago, shed light on the historic Allied victory of arms, men and spirit. For American Presidents, D-Day serves as a talismanic singular moment in WWII which saw the successful Allied landings […]

Modi’s magic narrowly scores another electoral win in India

Modi’s magic narrowly scores another electoral win in India

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, June 5, 2024 This year has turned out be the time of major elections; Mexico, South Africa, Taiwan, European Union, Pakistan, Russia, soon the United Kingdom and in November the United States. And now India, probably the world’s most populous country, has just finished national elections for parliament,  […]

Why the South Pacific rumblings in New Caledonia? China

Why the South Pacific rumblings in New Caledonia? China

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, May 28, 2024 New Caledonia, a remote French overseas territory in the South Pacific, is not often in the news. It’s even less common when you see the truly unexpected cast of characters placing this small island group into an unwanted limelight. The trigger for the recent troubles […]

Palestine’s UN membership: Political theater continues

Palestine’s UN membership: Political theater continues

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, May 20, 2024 The United Nations General Assembly massively endorsed a plan which brings the State of Palestine one step closer to full membership in the 193-member multinational body. In a lopsided vote of 143 to 9 with 23 abstentions, the Assembly passed a resolution which seemingly puts […]

Chairman Xi in Paris: After the Cognac, a cool reception

Chairman Xi in Paris: After the Cognac, a cool reception

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, May 12, 2024 Paris in the Springtime! A perfect setting and venue for China’s Chairman Xi Jinping to visit to discuss geopolitics and commerce with French President Emmanuel Macron on whose politically pivotal position inside the European Union remains crucial. But first the pomp and splendor of his […]

Blinken blinkered in Beijing

Blinken blinkered in Beijing

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, May 5, 2024 Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited China for whirlwind discussions with the People’s Republic political grandees in Shanghai and Beijing with the hope of “stabilizing the relationship” between both countries. So into the Beijing/ Washington political turbulence Sec. Blinken flew, to smooth the Sino/American political […]

Ukraine: Missiles, morale and credibility

Ukraine: Missiles, morale and credibility

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, April 28, 2024 After months of hesitation, political infighting and rancorous debate, the U.S. Congress passed a massive Ukraine funding bill with a bi-partisan majority. The deal was done and a dangerously divided Republican majority smiled nervously. The Democrats and the Biden Administration cheered, many holding little blue […]

An unusually direct message to Congress from Japan’s PM: ‘All hands on deck’

An unusually direct message to Congress from Japan’s PM: ‘All hands on deck’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, April 18, 2024 It’s not often an American ally and partner addresses the U.S. Congress; but when they do, it’s time to listen. That was certainly the case when Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida spoke before a joint session of Congress in Washington to both thank America for […]

Myanmar/Burma’s cycle of violence spills over into Southeast Asia

Myanmar/Burma’s cycle of violence spills over into Southeast Asia

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, April 14, 2024 Burma is no stranger to conflict nor endemic ethnic clashes. Tragically the isolated Southeast Asian state, aka Myanmar, has been in the cross hairs of strife for generations, as a churning cycle of violence creates civil confrontation, refugee exodus, and a widening humanitarian disaster plagues […]

UN committee investigating North Korea closes shop after Russia’s veto

UN committee investigating North Korea closes shop after Russia’s veto

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, April 7, 2024 In a classic under the political radar ploy, Russia has vetoed a UN committee investigating North Korean nuclear, missile, and banking sanctions violations. The low profile but highly significant sanctions 1718 Committee regularly monitors illicit actions by the Pyongyang communists to develop, improve and implement […]

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