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40 million enslaved by human trafficking: ‘Cops and clergy’ join forces

40 million enslaved by human trafficking: ‘Cops and clergy’ join forces

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The challenge is growing. The risk is widening. The stakes are stark. Those are some of the key takeaways from a UN press briefing on an expanding and dangerous global challenge; human slavery and sex trafficking where forty million lives hang in a precarious balance between enslavement and […]

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China blocks UN relief for Burma’s 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

China blocks UN relief for Burma’s 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid continuing destruction of villages, attacks on children and a widening displacement of refugees, members of the UN Security Council visited Burma and neighboring Bangladesh to assess the widening humanitarian carnage. The officially dubbed Mission to Myanmar, as the country is officially known, offered diplomats a “vivid and […]

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The overlooked Iranian people and a broken deal’s billion dollar questions

The overlooked Iranian people and a broken deal’s billion dollar questions

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Just days after the global sigh of relief regarding the upcoming United States-North Korea Summit, world opinion swung back into bitter criticism over the Trump Administration’s announcement that it was scrapping America’s participation in the Iran Nuclear Deal, the penultimate diplomatic legacy of the Obama Administration. Indeed the […]

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The summit that could end a 65-year Cold War: Great expectations, greater ifs . . .

The summit that could end a 65-year Cold War: Great expectations, greater ifs . . .

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid startling twists, turns and tribulations, the United States is preparing for a once improbable Summit meeting with North Korea to defuse Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile threat. Earlier in the year the “experts” and those who instinctively know better were predicting a probable war between the […]

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What Macron said about French-American ties (page A10 in the NY Times)

What Macron said about French-American ties (page A10 in the NY Times)

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Stressing the shared values and security interests which have united France and the United States for over two centuries, French President Emmanuel Macron visited Washington, D.C. This first formal State Visit of the Trump presidency was reserved for the USA’s oldest European ally, not to mention enduring friend […]

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Fidel hell: USSR is dead, but Castro’s iron grip on Cuba endures

Fidel hell: USSR is dead, but Castro’s iron grip on Cuba endures

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — For as long as I can remember, the phrase Castro’s Cuba was synonymous with a Caribbean island ruled by one Family. Indeed for sixty years the phrase had a certain, if unfortunate, political ring. So when Raul Castro, the second member of the ruling dynasty, stepped down from […]

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Chemical weapons use in Syria posed challenge to U.S./UN credibility

Chemical weapons use in Syria posed challenge to U.S./UN credibility

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Cold War winds swirled throughout the week at the United Nations where a series of emergency meetings brought the fifteen member Security Council into a dangerously confrontational mode in the aftermath of the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons killing 48. Accusations, allegations, and […]

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China seeks ‘new chapter’ with resource-rich Zimbabwe: Different leader, same access

China seeks ‘new chapter’ with resource-rich Zimbabwe: Different leader, same access

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The setting was all about renewing an old friendship between a political pariah and the People’s Republic of China, its longtime patron. So in his first state visit outside of the African continent, Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa visited China to reaffirm and re-enforce the close political and […]

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Comrade Kim goes to China: Did he have a choice?

Comrade Kim goes to China: Did he have a choice?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The political choreography was classic. The staging was epic. But the outcome remains unpredictable. North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong-Un and his entourage secretly rolled into Beijing on a special armored train later to be greeted and then feted by the Supreme Leader of the People’s Republic of […]

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‘Family-friendly’ Hungary favors baby boom to stop demographic decline

‘Family-friendly’ Hungary favors baby boom to stop demographic decline

  By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Migration is not the solution to demographic problems,” warned Katalin Novak, Hungary’s Minister of State for the Family. Though conceding the European continent faces a significant “demographic decline” and the undertow of a falling population, individual states can counter the “inevitability” through focused family friendly policies such […]