Ukraine’s trauma continues; UN and NATO have no solution

Ukraine’s trauma continues; UN and NATO have no solution

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, July 17, 2024 As Ukraine’s war enters its third summer of fighting, there’s a morbid cadence to the conflict. The Russian invaders continue a bloody slugfest with a tough but worn-down Ukrainian army. Civilians throughout Ukraine are intended victims of indiscriminate Russian missile attacks. Clearly the international community […]

Global foreign investment falling warns UN report

Global foreign investment falling warns UN report

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, July 7, 2024 How does today’s climate of international chaos and uncertainty serve as a business barometer for foreign investment? Foreign investment has declined globally by 2 percent, to $1.3 trillion for 2023. Yet, in developing countries the dip was much deeper as investment flows fell by 7 percent […]

Living in ‘too interesting’ times: Credibility of the USA imploded as world watched

Living in ‘too interesting’ times: Credibility of the USA imploded as world watched

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, July 1, 2024 There’s said to be a Chinese curse which suggests, “May you live in interesting Times.” On the one hand it appears like a gesture of good fortune and happiness. It certainly can be. But what it subliminally implies is that you live in a world […]

Who cares about North Koreans’ human rights? China, Russia spurn UN Security Council consensus

Who cares about North Koreans’ human rights? China, Russia spurn UN Security Council consensus

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, June 19, 2024 North Korea’s ongoing human rights violations have been slammed and shamed by most members of the UN Security Council. In a powerful briefing by both diplomats and a high profile North Korean political defector, the fifteen-member Council underscored the noxious relationships between the regime’s massive […]

From Normandy’s spirit of courage, sacrifice and victory to a Biden-Macron spectacle

From Normandy’s spirit of courage, sacrifice and victory to a Biden-Macron spectacle

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, June 12, 2024 The somber but uplifting commemorations of the D-Day landings in Normandy, now eighty years ago, shed light on the historic Allied victory of arms, men and spirit. For American Presidents, D-Day serves as a talismanic singular moment in WWII which saw the successful Allied landings […]

Modi’s magic narrowly scores another electoral win in India

Modi’s magic narrowly scores another electoral win in India

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, June 5, 2024 This year has turned out be the time of major elections; Mexico, South Africa, Taiwan, European Union, Pakistan, Russia, soon the United Kingdom and in November the United States. And now India, probably the world’s most populous country, has just finished national elections for parliament,  […]

Why the South Pacific rumblings in New Caledonia? China

Why the South Pacific rumblings in New Caledonia? China

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, May 28, 2024 New Caledonia, a remote French overseas territory in the South Pacific, is not often in the news. It’s even less common when you see the truly unexpected cast of characters placing this small island group into an unwanted limelight. The trigger for the recent troubles […]

Palestine’s UN membership: Political theater continues

Palestine’s UN membership: Political theater continues

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, May 20, 2024 The United Nations General Assembly massively endorsed a plan which brings the State of Palestine one step closer to full membership in the 193-member multinational body. In a lopsided vote of 143 to 9 with 23 abstentions, the Assembly passed a resolution which seemingly puts […]

Chairman Xi in Paris: After the Cognac, a cool reception

Chairman Xi in Paris: After the Cognac, a cool reception

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, May 12, 2024 Paris in the Springtime! A perfect setting and venue for China’s Chairman Xi Jinping to visit to discuss geopolitics and commerce with French President Emmanuel Macron on whose politically pivotal position inside the European Union remains crucial. But first the pomp and splendor of his […]

Blinken blinkered in Beijing

Blinken blinkered in Beijing

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler, May 5, 2024 Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited China for whirlwind discussions with the People’s Republic political grandees in Shanghai and Beijing with the hope of “stabilizing the relationship” between both countries. So into the Beijing/ Washington political turbulence Sec. Blinken flew, to smooth the Sino/American political […]

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