Back in the USA and tracking the news on Interstate 40: North Korea? Where?

Back in the USA and tracking the news on Interstate 40: North Korea? Where?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas ― North Korea’s top gun will have to try harder if he expects his threats of another nuclear test will win serious consideration in a U.S. presidential election year. Driving through the American heartland, you hear hardly a thing about the latest threats from Pyongyang. […]

Why Russia’s Syria pullout is not what it seems

Why Russia’s Syria pullout is not what it seems

Special to WorldTribune.com Russia’s withdrawal from Syria “should not be taken at face value,” a former senior Israeli military official said. While President Valdimir Putin announced the pullout earlier this week, Moscow has decided to maintain major combat platforms in Syria, including the S-400 air and missile defense system. “We should remember the difference between […]

Red line: Israel tells Putin it won’t allow Iran on Israel-Syria border

Red line: Israel tells Putin it won’t allow Iran on Israel-Syria border

Special to WorldTribune.com Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told Russian counterpart Valdimir Putin that Israel will not allow Iran and Hizbullah to operate on the Israel-Syria border. The two met in Moscow on March 16 after Putin announced Russia’s withdrawal from Syria. Rivlin laid out Israel’s “red lines” in Syria, telling Putin the presence of any […]

Senior Saudi royal slams Obama’s lecture on sharing

Senior Saudi royal slams Obama’s lecture on sharing

Special to WorldTribune.com A Saudi royal ripped into U.S. President Barack Obama for “insulting” the kingdom by “telling us to share our world with Iran.” Prince Turki al-Faisal, the kingdom’s former intelligence chief and envoy to Washington, slammed Obama’s recent comments to The Atlantic magazine in which the president said the Saudis need to “share” […]

‘Hindus for Trump’: Reliable Indian-American Democrats rally behind frontrunner

‘Hindus for Trump’: Reliable Indian-American Democrats rally behind frontrunner

Special to WorldTribune.com Indian-Americans, the third-largest ethnic group in the U.S., can usually be counted on to pull the lever for Democrats in national elections. But 2016 is anything but the usual election. Indian-Americans this year are said to be trending overwhelmingly for GOP front-runner Donald Trump. Prior to this election year, as many as […]

Egyptian satellite monitoring construction of disputed Ethiopia dam, Africa’s largest

Egyptian satellite monitoring construction of disputed Ethiopia dam, Africa’s largest

Special to WorldTribune.com Egypt, fearing its access to the Nile river will be hindered, plans to use a new satellite to track Ethiopia’s construction of Africa’s largest dam. The Egysat, launched earlier this month, will monitor Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam by capturing high quality photos of the construction site along with other sources of the […]

Human rights crisis in Iran, Syria overlooked; Christians facing extinction

Human rights crisis in Iran, Syria overlooked; Christians facing extinction

Special to WorldTribune.com The world should not turn a blind eye to the plight of Christians in Syria and the increasing number of human rights violations in Iran, rights groups and religious leaders in the region say. Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, said on March 16 that two-thirds of Syria’s Christians have left […]

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 […]

Syrian linked by video to brutal killing is arrested in Sweden

Syrian linked by video to brutal killing is arrested in Sweden

Special to WorldTribune.com A Syrian rebel who was shown on video participating in the brutal execution of captured Assad regime soldiers has been arrested in Sweden. Haisam Omar Sakhanh was arrested on March 11 in the town of Karlskoga. Swedish authorities charged him with a crime against international law. Details of the mass execution of […]

Syrian jihadists’ morale ‘sky high’ as Russia withdraws

Syrian jihadists’ morale ‘sky high’ as Russia withdraws

Special to WorldTribune.com Anti-Assad regime rebels, jihadists and activists received a huge morale boost with the surprise withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria. Moscow’s move is also seen by the opposition as a major blow for the Damascus regime. “Our morale is sky high. The regime will not be able to survive alone,” said Raed al-Elewi, […]