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 NAIONS — 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 […]

Here, there, everywhere: Global rage boils over

Here, there, everywhere: Global rage boils over

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — From Hong Kong to Barcelona, and from Beirut to Bolivia and Chile, a global rage seems to be boiling over. It ranges from Hong’s Kong’s pro-democracy pushback to Beijing’s dour diktats, to Spain’s Catalonia region’s revived separatism against the central government, to Beirut’s crowds protesting […]

‘Risk of renewed genocide’ for the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma

‘Risk of renewed genocide’ for the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a stunningly gloomy presentation, UN human rights experts reviewed the situation in Myanmar/aka Burma, the Southeast Asian country where the government  continues to persecute, harass and eliminate members of minority religious groups, especially the Muslim Rohingya. An already bad human rights situation deteriorated two […]

‘Utterly appalling’: UN Human Rights Council selects Venezuela, Libya, Sudan, Mauritania

‘Utterly appalling’: UN Human Rights Council selects Venezuela, Libya, Sudan, Mauritania

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — You can’t make this up. Venezuela, a state marred by widespread human rights abuses, one whose government has created humanitarian violations and then callously blocked international humanitarian aid, has won a contested seat on the UN’s Human Rights Council in a three-way race for two […]

Cash flow problems at the UN: China now 2nd largest contributor

Cash flow problems at the UN: China now 2nd largest contributor

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Is the United Nations going broke?  Well yes and no. The 193-member multinational organization is facing a serious cash crunch which has hampered the day to day operations of the world body but nonetheless may be resolved relatively soon when the United States, the major […]

Hungary takes stand for persecuted Christian minorities, applauds Trump policy

Hungary takes stand for persecuted Christian minorities, applauds Trump policy

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Sustained and increasing attacks on Christian minorities from the Middle East to West Africa are often tragically overlooked by the mainstream media, underscoring an aura of hypocrisy and double standards towards the free practice of religion.  Yet, some are  pushing back to this indifference and […]

Trump at the UN: ‘We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy’

Trump at the UN: ‘We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy’

Special to WorldTribune, September 24, 2019 Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this grand hall. I addressed the threats facing our world, and I presented a vision to achieve a brighter future for all of humanity. Today, I stand […]

Tensions ‘boiling over’: Global crisis overload as UN convenes

Tensions ‘boiling over’: Global crisis overload as UN convenes

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Potentates are assembling in New York for the 74th General Assembly. During this annual rite of Autumn, delegations from the UN’s 193 member states shall debate, discuss and hopefully find some common ground on a plethora of global crises ranging from […]

Iran vs the 21st century: 85 children on death row

Iran vs the 21st century: 85 children on death row

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Simmering tensions in the Persian Gulf, resumed uranium enrichment  programs, and supporting proxy military operations in Syria’s civil conflict and Yemen headline the current impasse between the West and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Add the diplomatic deadlock in the wake of the United States […]

Meanwhile in Venezuela, UN reports 4 million have fled the country

Meanwhile in Venezuela, UN reports 4 million have fled the country

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a stunningly stark report on the political and economic conditions in Venezuela, the UN’s Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet, outlined a troubling litany of continuing human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings, and economic privations characterizing the besieged Latin American country. The groundbreaking report by the […]

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