UN Assembly opens amid widening global turbulence

UN Assembly opens amid widening global turbulence

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Presidents, Prime Ministers, Potentates and Kings have assembled in New York for the opening sessions of the 77th UN General Assembly.  The annual event, which was sidelined and subdued by the COVID pandemic, seems to be back in stride but lacking a bit of the buzz and expectations […]

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, […]

Obama team which targeted Syria is now running 2nd U.S. proxy war with Russia

Obama team which targeted Syria is now running 2nd U.S. proxy war with Russia

Analysis by WorldTribune Staff, April 25, 2022 Who really is running U.S. foreign policy these days? The same Obama administration operatives responsible for the Benghazi disaster and who targeted Syria with one of the most expensive covert wars in history are now directing Joe Biden’s multi-billion dollar proxy war with Russia, this time in Ukraine. […]

Hungary helping embattled Christian communities in Mid-East, Africa

Hungary helping embattled Christian communities in Mid-East, Africa

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The Christmas Season is upon us. Seasonal cheer is everywhere. Christmas trees, wreaths and pine bunting abound. Lights and displays on stores and homes glisten reflecting the Advent joy as our weary world celebrates its second Covid Christmas. While there’s certainly cause for celebration and family gatherings, let’s […]

Report: U.S. military convoy of 45 trucks enters Syria from Iraq

Report: U.S. military convoy of 45 trucks enters Syria from Iraq

by WorldTribune Staff, March 17, 2021 A convoy of U.S. military vehicles loaded with logistic materials entered Syria on March 13, according to a March 14 report by Syria’s SANA news agency. Local sources told SANA the U.S. convoy entered Syria’s Hasaka countryside on Saturday, crossing over from the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. […]

Syria’s decade of despair: 500,000 dead as conflict churns on

Syria’s decade of despair: 500,000 dead as conflict churns on

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler A decade ago, winds of change and calamity blew across the Middle East.  From Tunisia to Egypt, Syria, and later Libya, entrenched autocracies were challenged politically by what became known as the Arab Spring, a series of popular and quasi-democratic uprisings which shook the status quo and smashed […]

Convoy of U.S. troops enters Syria from Iraq

Convoy of U.S. troops enters Syria from Iraq

by WorldTribune Staff, January 22, 2021 A large convoy of U.S. military personnel entered northeaster Syria on Thursday, crossing the border from Iraq, Syrian state media reported. The convoy of 40 trucks and armored vehicles was backed from the air by helicopters. The U.S. personnel entered Syria from Iraq via the al-Waleed crossing to bring […]

From Arab spring to Syrian winter as Russia-China veto blocks aid to millions

From Arab spring to Syrian winter as Russia-China veto blocks aid to millions

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler There’s a special kind of Hell which befalls refugees and displaced persons during a harsh winter.  And now as that season approaches, Syria stands at the brink after a decade of conflict and calamity and with no genuine end in sight. Regional cease fires and optimism over intermittent […]

Russia and China veto humanitarian aid for starving Syria twice in a week, with the click of a mouse

Russia and China veto humanitarian aid for starving Syria twice in a week, with the click of a mouse

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler A devastating decade old war, a deteriorating humanitarian situation, and a deplorable inability of the international community to stop the conflict, underscores Syria’s tragic fate. The failure of the UN Security Council to ease the suffering, callously blocked by Russia and China, tragically highlights the shared international shame […]

U.S. sanctions Syria’s Assad and wife, turns up heat for political solution

U.S. sanctions Syria’s Assad and wife, turns up heat for political solution

by WorldTribune Staff, June 17, 2020 The Trump administration has imposed sweeping new sanctions on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, his government, and his wife. The U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced new penalties on Syria, which personally target Assad and his wife Asma Assad as Syira faces a deepening economic crisis and rare protests in […]

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