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New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The page has been turned. And the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff Guterres stated, “I think we should have no illusions. […]

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Year in preview: World stage set for more dramatic tension in 2017

Year in preview: World stage set for more dramatic tension in 2017

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s once again time to consult the crystal snow globe and peer ahead into what events 2017 may bring. After a surprising, tumultuous and truly roller-coaster year just past, we certainly can hope for a more stable period. But should we? Despite the unprecedented electoral triumph of Donald […]

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65 million migrants worldwide are among the issues facing incoming UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

65 million migrants worldwide are among the issues facing incoming UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While Washington awaits the inauguration of a new U.S. president on Jan. 20, the United Nations has quietly passed its baton of leadership to a new Secretary-General from Portugal. Addressing the General Assembly in the midst of the current global chaos, Antonio Guterres warned candidly, “Our most serious […]

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Seventy-five years after the ‘day of infamy,’ a new challenge from the Far East

Seventy-five years after the ‘day of infamy,’ a new challenge from the Far East

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — On December 7, 1941, the United States was shocked and stunned from its nervous neutrality and thrust into the crucible of the Second World War. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor instantly changed the narrative for American involvement in WWII which had already been raging in both in […]

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Shame! The world’s silence at the execution of an 85-year-old French priest is inexcusable

Shame! The world’s silence at the execution of an 85-year-old French priest is inexcusable

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders The almost total absence of public mourning for an 85-year-old Christian priest whose throat was slit by Islamicist terrorists while he led prayer in a small church in Normandy, France, is a scandal. Even the French have demonstrated less feeling for this horrendous deed than one would expect […]

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Addressing global terrorism on a day when it was everywhere

Addressing global terrorism on a day when it was everywhere

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Hydra-headed challenge of global terrorism continues as the multi-faceted threat changes and mutates in response to increasingly effective counter-measures. Few countries have been in the cross hairs of violence as has been Pakistan, so it should come as no surprise that in the Security Council’s urgent meeting […]

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Terror crisis in Mali with desecration in Timbuktu and the suppression of millions: The world shrugs

Terror crisis in Mali with desecration in Timbuktu and the suppression of millions: The world shrugs

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Regions of  a vast landlocked country, remote but strategic, has fallen under the control of Al Qaida terrorists and fundamentalist forces. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled a regime which persecutes women, imposes stringent Sharia law, and desecrates and destroys ancient towns and even mosques. The outside […]

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UN report predicts likely global economic downturn in 2013

UN report predicts likely global economic downturn in 2013

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The global economy risks sliding back into recession.  That’s the sober assessment from the UN’s World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013, which cites weak economic growth in 2012, and an anemic expected expansion over the next two years.  And while economic woes in the United States, Europe and […]

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2013: Get ready world, here it comes!

2013: Get ready world, here it comes!

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s time once again to look at the crystal ball, or snow globe, and attempt to peer ahead at the global political and economic horizon as we enter the New Year.  The political landscape offers both promise and peril but so many of the outcomes of each and […]

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Europe get the prize: Sixty years of peace, if not prosperity

Europe get the prize: Sixty years of peace, if not prosperity

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The European Union, the concert of 27 countries ranging from the Bay of Biscay to the Baltics and the Balkans  has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Some may smile, others may smirk, and many, when they think about it for a second time, may […]

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