As Syria spirals out of control, the U.S. under Obama can only watch

As Syria spirals out of control, the U.S. under Obama can only watch

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — As the carnage against civilians continues across Syria, there’ a compelling humanitarian case for international intervention to stop the violence which has killed more than 10,000 civilians. Yet, what started as a political uprising against the authoritarian rule of Bashar Assad sixteen months ago, has morphed into a complex […]

Jihad day care: Gaza kindergartners learn how to be terrorists

Jihad day care: Gaza kindergartners learn how to be terrorists

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — The Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad has moved into education and social welfare in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said Jihad has been opening kindergartens, day care centers and charities as part of an effort to expand its base in the Gaza Strip. The sources said the campaign has been funded […]

Tips from Al Qaida: How to start forest fires in the West

Tips from Al Qaida: How to start forest fires in the West

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Al Qaida has urged Muslims to torch forests as part of the Islamic war against the West. Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has called on followers to set fires in forests in enemy states as part of what the network termed holy war. AQAP, deemed the greatest threat to […]

Solving Syria: Instead of blue helmets, why not Russian and Chinese boots on the ground?

Solving Syria: Instead of blue helmets, why not Russian and Chinese boots on the ground?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sumantra Maitra, FreePressers.com Over a hundred people, most of them children and women were bayoneted to a slow, systematic and horrific death ostensibly by pro-governmental forces in the Syrian city of Houla, a few days back. According to the UN Monitors, fewer than twenty people died from shelling and the others […]

Election year petro-politics: Obama, Iran and the Saudis

Election year petro-politics: Obama, Iran and the Saudis

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M. Downing, FreePressers.com A few months ago, Saudi Arabia lowered oil production and attributed it to excess world supply. Oil experts saw this as odd because Libyan and Syria production were way down and Nigerian production was thought in jeopardy from bombing incidents. Some thought the long awaited “twilight in […]

Report: Arafat’s successor has gotten rich by skimming millions in Western aid

Report: Arafat’s successor has gotten rich by skimming millions in Western aid

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is believed to have siphoned off tens of millions of dollars of Western aid meant for his regime in the West Bank, a report said. The Gatestone Institute — citing the former financial adviser of the late Yasser Arafat, Mohammed Rashid — asserted that Abbas […]

U.S. ties Israel aid to Iron Dome technology access

U.S. ties Israel aid to Iron Dome technology access

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has conditioned aid for Israeli missile and rocket defense to propriety rights in the new Iron Dome system. Congress has stipulated that U.S. aid for the production of Israeli missile defense systems would be linked to access to technology. The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, in […]

Piracy still a thrivng business in Somalia, backed by international financiers

Piracy still a thrivng business in Somalia, backed by international financiers

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Despite a sharp drop in the success rate, hundreds of Somalis continue to engage in piracy in the Red Sea and Gulf. A senior U.S. official said hundreds of Somalis continue to be employed as pirates and target merchant vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Thomas Kelly, […]

High stakes at the 5+1 Iran talks: The threat of a ‘big war’ that could involve Russia

High stakes at the 5+1 Iran talks: The threat of a ‘big war’ that could involve Russia

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sheda Vasseghi, FreePressers.com On April 14, 2012, representatives from the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany (“5+1”) met with officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran in Istanbul to discuss its nuclear ambitions. Discussions were preliminary and introductory, and expectations for the parties to come to any agreement were low. […]