Overshadowed by Ukraine’s war, Syria’s tragedy remains greatest humanitarian crisis

Overshadowed by Ukraine’s war, Syria’s tragedy remains greatest humanitarian crisis

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Our world is beset by unthinkable tragedy; brash military aggression, widening instability and grinding humanitarian suffering. We know the places ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, yet governments and relief agencies face overwhelming crisis fatigue as we lurch from Kabul to Kyiv in less than six months.  Cause, effect, […]

Putin’s next moves: From chess to ‘nuclear catastrophe’?

Putin’s next moves: From chess to ‘nuclear catastrophe’?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler It’s often said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a brilliant chess player. Various geopolitical analysts and Think Tank acolytes somberly assert this “truism” with requisite well stocked bookcases behind them.  Yet has Putin’s war against Ukraine, started during the Winter, proved a stroke of genius by the […]

Moment of truth for the UN Security Council: Could the 21st century see WWIII?

Moment of truth for the UN Security Council: Could the 21st century see WWIII?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Many people ask, “What’s the UN been doing to stop the Ukraine war?” That’s a fair question given that the conflict has been raging more than two months creating Europe’s most costly  conflict and humanitarian crisis since WWII. So where is the UN or more specifically Secretary General […]

Not ‘back in the USSR’: Vermonters no longer harbor warm and fuzzy feelings for Moscow

Not ‘back in the USSR’: Vermonters no longer harbor warm and fuzzy feelings for Moscow

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Bennington, VT — Some will smirkingly label the policy showdown as the Mouse that Roared. But in a small but significant step to condemn the ongoing war in Ukraine, the state of Vermont has taken steps, which in the words of Gov. Phil Scott, respond to what he […]

French election countdown: Macron vs Le Pen; Davos vs farmers markets

French election countdown: Macron vs Le Pen; Davos vs farmers markets

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler France faces a dilemma. Does a successful and prosperous West European state wish to gamble with its future? Or does that state, feeling the popular anxiety from high food and fuel prices, crime and a constricting COVID pandemic, still hold to the status quo? Now with the second […]

At UN 93 nations rebuked Russia, down from 140; Backers increased from 4 to 24

At UN 93 nations rebuked Russia, down from 140; Backers increased from 4 to 24

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler For the third time in a month, the UN General Assembly has resoundingly rebuked Russia for its actions in Ukraine. A tough resolution supported by 93 countries versus 24 backing Moscow, suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council. The move was as overdue as it proved poetic justice to oust […]

Looking East, beyond Ukraine: North Korea exploits a lapse in U.S. leadership

Looking East, beyond Ukraine: North Korea exploits a lapse in U.S. leadership

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler As Ukraine’s conflict churns on, most countries remain fixated on the deadly clash between the Russian invaders and heroically spirited Ukrainian defenders. This war in Europe after all has reawakened political and strategic attention along the old East/West axis. Yet thousands of miles beyond the widening tragedy in […]

Russia again rebuked by UN, NATO; Ukraine faces ‘Syria scenario’

Russia again rebuked by UN, NATO; Ukraine faces ‘Syria scenario’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The second salvo of diplomatic condemnation slammed into Russia as the UN General Assembly once again soundly and overwhelmingly condemned Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. The first Assembly vote came a few weeks ago condemning the Russian invasion; the second rebuke focused on the humanitarian catastrophe caused by Vladimir […]

The West gets a rude wake up call on energy dependency

The West gets a rude wake up call on energy dependency

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler We knew it was coming. We planned for it. But then we calmly dozed off again. The rude jolt of the alarm followed the news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Our second thought followed; What about our energy supplies? Western Europe, including our NATO allies, have become dangerously […]

Ukraine’s humanitarian exodus is largest since World War II

Ukraine’s humanitarian exodus is largest since World War II

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered a rising tsunami of refugees fleeing their beleaguered homeland and heading for neighboring Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. As the winds of war sweep across the Ukrainian steppe, this growing humanitarian wave of civilians, young and old with legions of children among them, […]

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