U.S. arrest of Iranian trader shakes Turkish government, markets

U.S. arrest of Iranian trader shakes Turkish government, markets

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The U.S. arrest of Iranian-born Reza Zarrab reverberated in Turkey on March 22 as the well-connected gold trader was at the center of a bribery scandal that once engulfed Turkey’s leadership. The U.S. charges that Zarrab helped the Iranian government and businesses get around economic sanctions […]

Out of Pakistan: Former President Musharraf leaves three years after he returned in bid to regain power

Out of Pakistan: Former President Musharraf leaves three years after he returned in bid to regain power

Special to WorldTribune.com Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former president who is facing a litany of charges including high-treason, left the country on March 18 three years after returning from exile and vowing to regain power. Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup and a staunch U.S. ally after the 9/11 attacks, was removed from the […]

U.S. student to 15 years of hard labor in N. Korea for ‘college-style prank’

U.S. student to 15 years of hard labor in N. Korea for ‘college-style prank’

Special to WorldTribune.com An American tourist, accused of attempting to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel room, has been sentenced by a North Korean court to 15 years of hard labor. Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia student who was arrested while visiting the country in January, was sentenced on March 16 for […]

U.S. House votes 393-0 to declare ISIL atrocities ‘genocide’

U.S. House votes 393-0 to declare ISIL atrocities ‘genocide’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The U.S. House overwhelmingly condemned as genocide the atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant extremist group (ISIL) against Christians, Yazidis, and other groups in Iraq and Syria. The 393-0 vote on March 14 came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry considers […]

Washington’s growing China problem is becoming impossible to ignore

Washington’s growing China problem is becoming impossible to ignore

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders The U.S.’ confrontation with an increasingly powerful and incipiently aggressive China is getting much more complicated. There is no question of its high priority among the U.S.’ foreign policy issues. But were you a Chinese strategist attempting to measure an American opponent’s intentions, the contradictory U.S. positions might […]

How to answer the ‘unprecedented’, increasingly overheated North Korean rhetoric?

How to answer the ‘unprecedented’, increasingly overheated North Korean rhetoric?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Ho hum, here we go again. That seems to be the response to the latest rhetorical blasts from Pyongyang as U.S. and South Korean forces dive into their annual war games. A “preemptive nuclear strike”? Destruction of “bases of aggression”? Incineration of Seoul in “a sea of fire […]

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 […]

Obama: Hillary’s Libya plan ‘didn’t work’ and now the country is ‘a mess’

Obama: Hillary’s Libya plan ‘didn’t work’ and now the country is ‘a mess’

Special to WorldTribune.com Libya is “a mess” and the plan pushed by Hillary Clinton that ended in the overthrow and death of long-time dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi “didn’t work,” President Barack Obama said. Sources have said that Obama leaned against intervention but was ultimately persuaded by then-secretary of state Clinton. “We got a UN mandate, […]

Capital ownership crisis: U.S. voters face choice between rage-fear and envy-resentment

Capital ownership crisis: U.S. voters face choice between rage-fear and envy-resentment

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The U.S. presidential election reflects forces that will tear Western society apart unless capital ownership expands beyond the elite. There is a bitter joke in the U.S. that every two years the American people are asked to choose between the stupid party and the evil party, which is which […]

Moment of truth: Tim Cook’s interests vs revealing San Bernardino plot

Moment of truth: Tim Cook’s interests vs revealing San Bernardino plot

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com They used to say the walls have ears. That was in a bygone era when eavesdroppers strained through ceilings and doors, peepholes and cracks to catch the incriminating words of enemy agents, political foes and adulterous spouses. Plenty of old-time movies revolve around scenes such as these. We […]