Verbal angst at the UN but no action on Burma in China’s backyard

Verbal angst at the UN but no action on Burma in China’s backyard

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler More than a month after the military overthrew Burma’s elected government, the situation in the South East Asian country aka Myanmar remains “fragile and fluid,” according to the UN’s  Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener. Addressing a General Assembly session on the percolating political and humanitarian situation in Myanmar, […]

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 […]

‘America is back’ in ‘transatlantic alliance’ — Did we ever leave?

‘America is back’ in ‘transatlantic alliance’ — Did we ever leave?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler “I’m sending a clear message to the world: America is back. The transatlantic alliance is back,” President Joe Biden affirmed to a high level assembly of European leaders.  I didn’t realize we had left. “The transatlantic alliance is a strong foundation, the strong foundation, on which our collective […]

From Keystone pipeline to ‘Brave New World’ on both sides of the Canadian border

From Keystone pipeline to ‘Brave New World’ on both sides of the Canadian border

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler When the new Biden Administration spoke grandly of  “restoring America’s place in the world,” that bold new relationship with Canada restarted with an insult.  Indeed, while the United States and Canada are among the world’s best neighbors, trading partners, and security allies, the governments in Washington and Ottawa […]

Was Beijing’s hand behind Burma’s military coup?

Was Beijing’s hand behind Burma’s military coup?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Burma’s military coup d’etat overthrowing the democratically elected government has provided the stage for a new morality play in Southeast Asia. We already know the players. On the one side we see the seemingly virtuous young democracy led by a Nobel Peace Prize laureate being pushed aside by […]

UN: Global economy facing biggest hit since Great Depression

UN: Global economy facing biggest hit since Great Depression

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Massive worldwide economic disruptions and setbacks continue as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, devastating commerce, industry and people’s livelihoods.  And even with modest economic gains expected this year in many developed countries, the virus and vaccines to counter COVID will ultimately set the agenda for success or […]

WHO’s back, chortles Dr. Fauci? But WHY?

WHO’s back, chortles Dr. Fauci? But WHY?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler [Note: Google’s algorithms are objecting to some articles about Covid, including this one, for unexplained reasons. Specific comments from credible human sources about the following content should be directed to the editors’ attention.] Look, WHO’s back in Washington’s good graces! Just a day after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, […]

One year later: Wuhan virus crisis has wrecked global health, stability

One year later: Wuhan virus crisis has wrecked global health, stability

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The global pandemic has devastated health standards, the economy, and through stress and the undertow of uncertainty and hardships has affected the sanity of citizens worldwide.  Lockdowns, arbitrary regulations, school closings are taking their toll on the social fabric. Now as a second wave of the Wuhan Covid […]

China’s Xi celebrates the year of the Wuhan virus, eyes a transformative 2021

China’s Xi celebrates the year of the Wuhan virus, eyes a transformative 2021

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler In a self-congratulatory and hubristic speech to the nation, China’s President and Communist Party supremo Xi Jinping praised the efforts of the People’s Republic to overcome the Wuhan virus and to create a powerful Chinese economy amid global downturns. Chairman Xi boasted that this is “the first major […]

Looking ahead to 2021; Jobama 3? A post-pandemic world?

Looking ahead to 2021; Jobama 3? A post-pandemic world?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Covid-19 changed everything.  Our Lives, our Health, the Economy, the Election, and certainly our Future. While the pandemic presents an enduring challenge to the world, events nonetheless move forward shrouded by the continuing health emergency and jolted by lethal socio/economic ramifications. Now, nearly one year into suffering from […]