Britain’s prince of steadfastness

Britain’s prince of steadfastness

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler A page has turned on the House of Windsor. Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died at 99 just short of his hundredth birthday. The long serving consort to the Queen has lived a notable and indeed remarkable, if sometimes controversial life.  The Queen (94) […]

Beheadings are back as ISIS attacks town near LNG site on Mozambique’s coast

Beheadings are back as ISIS attacks town near LNG site on Mozambique’s coast

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Storm clouds are gathering along Mozambique’s northern coast.  Islamic State militants launched a coordinated and deadly assault on the town of Palma, nearby a multi-billion dollar natural gas complex being built by France’s Total energy. The recent attack underscores escalating violence against civilians and foreign workers has triggered […]

Covid knocked world for a loop but one year later, it’s still in orbit

Covid knocked world for a loop but one year later, it’s still in orbit

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler More than a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, the world remains shocked and numb to the effects of this “once in a century” virus. Millions have already died, economies have been wrecked, and unemployment and despair is rife. Yet the panacea of vaccines is helping many countries at long […]

China’s ‘Congress’ aims for great high tech leap past U.S.

China’s ‘Congress’ aims for great high tech leap past U.S.

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Amid the theatrical fanfare and political pomp, China’s annual “National People’s Congress” met in Beijing to dutifully endorse the ruling Communist Party’s (CCP) vision for the future.  Nearly 3,000 delegates surrounded by the red and gold trappings of the People’s Republic and energized by the musical choreography of […]

Verbal angst at the UN but no action on Burma in China’s backyard

Verbal angst at the UN but no action on Burma in China’s backyard

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler More than a month after the military overthrew Burma’s elected government, the situation in the South East Asian country aka Myanmar remains “fragile and fluid,” according to the UN’s  Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener. Addressing a General Assembly session on the percolating political and humanitarian situation in Myanmar, […]

Syria’s decade of despair: 500,000 dead as conflict churns on

Syria’s decade of despair: 500,000 dead as conflict churns on

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler A decade ago, winds of change and calamity blew across the Middle East.  From Tunisia to Egypt, Syria, and later Libya, entrenched autocracies were challenged politically by what became known as the Arab Spring, a series of popular and quasi-democratic uprisings which shook the status quo and smashed […]

‘America is back’ in ‘transatlantic alliance’ — Did we ever leave?

‘America is back’ in ‘transatlantic alliance’ — Did we ever leave?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler “I’m sending a clear message to the world: America is back. The transatlantic alliance is back,” President Joe Biden affirmed to a high level assembly of European leaders.  I didn’t realize we had left. “The transatlantic alliance is a strong foundation, the strong foundation, on which our collective […]

From Keystone pipeline to ‘Brave New World’ on both sides of the Canadian border

From Keystone pipeline to ‘Brave New World’ on both sides of the Canadian border

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler When the new Biden Administration spoke grandly of  “restoring America’s place in the world,” that bold new relationship with Canada restarted with an insult.  Indeed, while the United States and Canada are among the world’s best neighbors, trading partners, and security allies, the governments in Washington and Ottawa […]

Was Beijing’s hand behind Burma’s military coup?

Was Beijing’s hand behind Burma’s military coup?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Burma’s military coup d’etat overthrowing the democratically elected government has provided the stage for a new morality play in Southeast Asia. We already know the players. On the one side we see the seemingly virtuous young democracy led by a Nobel Peace Prize laureate being pushed aside by […]

UN: Global economy facing biggest hit since Great Depression

UN: Global economy facing biggest hit since Great Depression

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Massive worldwide economic disruptions and setbacks continue as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, devastating commerce, industry and people’s livelihoods.  And even with modest economic gains expected this year in many developed countries, the virus and vaccines to counter COVID will ultimately set the agenda for success or […]

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