Iran vs the 21st century: 85 children on death row

Iran vs the 21st century: 85 children on death row

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Simmering tensions in the Persian Gulf, resumed uranium enrichment  programs, and supporting proxy military operations in Syria’s civil conflict and Yemen headline the current impasse between the West and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Add the diplomatic deadlock in the wake of the United States […]

Grim reality: ISIS defeated but regrouping in Africa, Europe, Afghanistan

Grim reality: ISIS defeated but regrouping in Africa, Europe, Afghanistan

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Despite its territorial defeat in Syria and facing setbacks in Iraq and elsewhere throughout the Middle East, the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) is not yet beaten as a terrorist organization. That’s the grim but realistic assessment of the UN’s Counter-terrorism Chief Vladimir Voronkov who […]

The Arctic’s ‘new strategic significance’: President Trump was serious about Greenland

The Arctic’s ‘new strategic significance’: President Trump was serious about Greenland

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler New York — It’s the summer silly season in the media; see what purports to be serious news from the eternal campaigning for the Iowa Caucuses, to bizarre Washington antics. And then, there’s the wildest of all: Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland! Given that most of the […]

Get real: From Xinjiang to Hong Kong, Communist China won’t tolerate dissent

Get real: From Xinjiang to Hong Kong, Communist China won’t tolerate dissent

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler PARIS — It’s never polite to question the deteriorating human rights situation in China but let’s do it anyway. The hidden and systematic repression of ethnic Uighur Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang province and the high profile crackdown on pro-demonstrators in Hong Kong, many of them Christian, are […]

View from Paris: American English, powered by free market forces, wins battle of the languages

View from Paris: American English, powered by free market forces, wins battle of the languages

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler PARIS — A long linguistic battle between French and English appears to have been settled; English won. Some twenty-five years after legislation to specifically defend use of the French language, and protect its patrimony throughout the land, what’s known as the Toubon law has become a quaint footnote. […]

Paris when it sizzles

Paris when it sizzles

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler PARIS — A Summer heatwave has enveloped the French capital in a blanket of dry heat. Following a Winter and Spring of churning discontent from the Yellow Vests, Gilet Jaunes, anti-government demonstrations, the current vacation season should have come as a welcome respite to the protest weary French.  […]

July 20, 1969: As America was torn apart back home, its astronauts landed on the Moon

July 20, 1969: As America was torn apart back home, its astronauts landed on the Moon

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Bondville, VT — For those of us of a certain age, we vividly remember where we were on July 20, 1969 the date of America’s successful Lunar landing. On a cool July southern Vermont evening my parents and I visited friends to watch what was expected to be […]

Meanwhile in Venezuela, UN reports 4 million have fled the country

Meanwhile in Venezuela, UN reports 4 million have fled the country

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a stunningly stark report on the political and economic conditions in Venezuela, the UN’s Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet, outlined a troubling litany of continuing human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings, and economic privations characterizing the besieged Latin American country. The groundbreaking report by the […]

‘Handshake summit’: President Trump crosses the line yet again, this time Korea’s DMZ

‘Handshake summit’: President Trump crosses the line yet again, this time Korea’s DMZ

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In an extraordinary and spontaneous summit, President Donald Trump briefly met with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un inside North Korea.  The historic handshake and discussions between two adversaries, who rattled nuclear sabers merely two years ago, offered a highly symbolic but still decisive meeting on […]

Iran’s regime gets last free pass; Now what?

Iran’s regime gets last free pass; Now what?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid attacks on commercial shipping, threats to close the vital but vulnerable Straits of Hormuz, and the shooting down of an unarmed American reconnaissance drone, the drumbeat of impending conflict builds with Iran. The rhetoric has reached an incendiary crescendo. The opposing militaries are facing […]

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