Modern slavery: Silent scourge that reduces humans to commodities is a $150 billion business

Modern slavery: Silent scourge that reduces humans to commodities is a $150 billion business

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Calling for an end to “human trafficking and other forms of human slavery,” British Cardinal Vincent Nichols presented a stunning testimony against the “resurgence of slavery” where up to 21 million people are affected by the scourge. As Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Nichols has led […]

China closely watching as Burma evolves from a socialist winter

China closely watching as Burma evolves from a socialist winter

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A new dawn has come to Burma. At long last the political pariah state, also known as Myanmar, has ushered in a new civilian government in which Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has a strong if not formal hand at the democratic […]

Cultural barbarians for the ages: ISIL, Taliban, Chairman Mao

Cultural barbarians for the ages: ISIL, Taliban, Chairman Mao

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The modern day barbarians have been routed from the ancient city of Palmyra, but the destruction left in the wake of the nearly year long Islamic State occupation has been near catastrophic. After five years of conflict, war torn Syria sees the fruits of limited […]

The long, global thread of jihadi terror extends to Brussels

The long, global thread of jihadi terror extends to Brussels

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The tide of hate has come to Brussels with three terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital. Islamic State (ISIL) jihadi militants carried out coordinated bombings on the Brussels Airport as well as the Metro killing at least 31 people and wounding hundreds of civilians. Coincidentally […]

One year after premature U.S. withdrawal, Afghans again struggle for ‘survival’

One year after premature U.S. withdrawal, Afghans again struggle for ‘survival’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It came as a stunning reality check which many diplomats knew but did not expect to hear. In 2016, “survival will be an achievement for the National Unity Government” in war torn Afghanistan. The words came as a blunt assessment by the UN’s new political […]

Libya sinks further into chaos as terror, crime groups put down ‘deep roots’

Libya sinks further into chaos as terror, crime groups put down ‘deep roots’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Five years after the Arab Spring revolutions which swept the Middle East, the expansive North African country of Libya has descended into a dangerous downward spiral in which competing governments, militias, and terrorist elements are all part of a chaotic witches’ brew on the doorstep […]

Showdown looms as UN Security Council sanctions North Korea

Showdown looms as UN Security Council sanctions North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council has tightened the economic sanctions noose on North Korea in response to the Pyongyang regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation. The fifteen member Council voted unanimously to slam a wide range of economic, scientific and trade bans on the reclusive communist […]

Obama’s election year priority: Closing Guantanamo and possibly returning it to Cuba

Obama’s election year priority: Closing Guantanamo and possibly returning it to Cuba

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama promised yet again to fulfill his election pledge in closing the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo, Cuba. This time he means it. With less than a year ticking on the presidential time clock, Obama plans to release some of the 95 remaining […]

Bush lied, people died: Donald Trump pulls out the Left’s playbook on Iraq

Bush lied, people died: Donald Trump pulls out the Left’s playbook on Iraq

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Despite some recent military successes against the Islamic State (ISIL) forces, both the security and the humanitarian situation in Iraq remain fragile and precarious. That’s the assessment from Jan Kubis, the UN special representative in a sobering report to the Security Council on the road […]

Argentina rejoins the real world

Argentina rejoins the real world

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Reversing the trend of economic mismanagement, ending a fifteen year debt impasse with foreign lenders, calming a percolating political crisis over the disputed Falkland/Malvinas islands in the South Atlantic, and overcoming the image of unpredictability, Argentina’s new conservative government faces serious obstacles in reintroducing Argentina […]

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