30 years ago, the wall came tumbling down

30 years ago, the wall came tumbling down

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Thirty years ago on Nov. 9 1989, the world suddenly changed.  Mass civil and religious demonstrations rocking East German cities created a political tsunami which soon reached Berlin. Berlin, the divided city and German capital at the epicenter of the Cold War, would see an unexpected […]

Rise of China, demise of INF seen prompting missile migration on world’s chessboard

Rise of China, demise of INF seen prompting missile migration on world’s chessboard

by WorldTribune Staff, August 4, 2019 After the Trump administration on Aug. 2 pulled the United States out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, analysts say the U.S. may now seek to prioritize deployment of conventional medium-range missiles near China rather than Russia. The United States “has made it very clear” it is concerned […]

Reports: U.S. halts F-35 shipments to Turkey

Reports: U.S. halts F-35 shipments to Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, April 2, 2019 The United States on April 1 said it has stopped the delivery of F-35 fighter jet parts to Turkey following the Turkish government’s decision to purchase the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system. The U.S. said it was immediately halting the delivery of F-35 parts and manuals as the first […]

Still the cornerstone of Trans Atlantic security, NATO celebrates 70th birthday

Still the cornerstone of Trans Atlantic security, NATO celebrates 70th birthday

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Responding to the Berlin Blockade, the communist coup in Czechoslovakia, and the looming threat from the Soviet Union, the U.S. and Western European states formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). On 4 April 1949, the foreign Ministers of twelve countries including the USA, Britain, […]

China rebuffs Germany on joining nuclear arms control agreement

China rebuffs Germany on joining nuclear arms control agreement

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct China made official its longstanding rejection of treaties that would control its nuclear weapons on Feb. 16 at the 55th Munich Security Conference. The most senior Chinese Communist Party leader to attend this annual conference, Politburo Member Yang Jiechi, rejected German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s request that China join the 1987 […]

Putin probes Ukraine’s sea lanes, sovereignty

Putin probes Ukraine’s sea lanes, sovereignty

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Russian Navy has harassed and seized three Ukrainian vessels in the narrow waters linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov. The surprise incident in the Kerch Strait off occupied Crimea has reignited tensions between the two neighbors and refocused diplomatic attention on […]

NATO sets ‘biggest military exercise since the end of the Cold War’

NATO sets ‘biggest military exercise since the end of the Cold War’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Rikard Jozwiak, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty BRUSSELS — NATO is launching its largest military exercise since the collapse of the Soviet Union, mustering tens of thousands of troops in what the head of the Western alliance called a “strong display” of its capability, unity, and resolve at a time […]

New NATO: After Trump confronted allies in June, major exercise heralds new lease on life

New NATO: After Trump confronted allies in June, major exercise heralds new lease on life

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Considered by many historians as the most successful alliance in history, the 89-year-old North American Treaty Organization has a new lease on life. NATO’s largest war games in more than 16 years, the Trident Juncture exercise in Norway, Oct. 25-Nov. 10, will include more than 45,000 Alliance troops […]

U.S. carrier group heading to Norway for largest NATO drill in 16 years

U.S. carrier group heading to Norway for largest NATO drill in 16 years

by WorldTribune Staff, October 10, 2018 NATO’s largest wargames since 2002 will be held on Russia’s doorstep. The Trident Juncture exercise in Norway will include more than 45,000 troops from across the alliance and will combine land, air and sea elements. About 150 aircraft, more than 60 ships and 10,000 rolling or tracked vehicles are […]

‘Fort Trump’? Poland says military base would counter Russia threat

‘Fort Trump’? Poland says military base would counter Russia threat

by WorldTribune Staff, September 19, 2018 President Donald Trump on Sept. 18 said he is considering a request for a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland. Trump, who said he shares the NATO ally’s concerns about Russian aggression, told reporters that “We’re looking at it very seriously, I know Poland likes the idea very much, […]

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