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U.S. support needed in Mali, a nexus for Sahel terror and people smuggling

U.S. support needed in Mali, a nexus for Sahel terror and people smuggling

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The landlocked West African state of Mali remains a critical crossroads for both international people smuggling and a nexus of radical Islamic terrorism in the Sahel, the vast arid region on the southern reaches of the Sahara desert. Here amid ancient caravan routes, porous borders, and weak governance, […]

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‘Red alert’: A world of hope and challenges in 2018

‘Red alert’: A world of hope and challenges in 2018

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Consulting my crystal snow globe reveals a blizzard of events, many of them unpredictable which await us in the New Year. And after 2017’s roller coaster and often bizarre political events, it’s difficult to believe that 2018 may hold many unexpected surprises. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres implored, […]

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Global bodies are rhetorically bled dry, but North Korea prevails

Global bodies are rhetorically bled dry, but North Korea prevails

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A riveting Security Council session condemned North Korea for its Nuclear proliferation and illegal ballistic missile firings. The meeting at the Ministerial level saw Foreign Ministers and delegates nearly universally condemn Pyongyang’s provocative actions which have brought the world to the brink of conflict. Now what? UN Secretary […]

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Africa’s Sahel region ‘sinking into chaos’ as terror spreads

Africa’s  Sahel region ‘sinking into chaos’ as terror spreads

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The recent killing of four U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers in Niger tragically highlighted a quiet but lethal conflict in sub-Saharan Africa’s Sahel region. Here in the confluence of the arid and largely forgotten lands of Mali, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania lay a vast land plagued […]

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Separatist fault line stretches from Spain to Ukraine

Separatist fault line stretches from Spain to Ukraine

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A dangerous and potentially riveting political fault line stretches from Spain across Europe to Ukraine as smoldering separatist movements have gained new strength and standing. From Catalonia in Spain to the eastern regions of Ukraine with Corsica in between, the nationalist rift runs through the European Union to […]

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Only Iran reaping geopolitical benefits as Syria crisis is sidelined at UN

Only Iran reaping geopolitical benefits as Syria crisis is sidelined at UN

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Perhaps it’s the dangerous global threat from North Korean nukes. Maybe it’s political fatigue and crisis overload. Or it could be the escalating ethnic cleansing in Burma. But the long running and brutal Syrian civil war has become largely an afterthought for many delegates at […]

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Six years after the West toppled Gadhafi, world still coping with a shattered Libya

Six years after the West toppled Gadhafi, world still coping with a shattered Libya

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Libya is a shattered land. Awash in weapons and explosives, riven by tribal and political rivalries, flooded by illegal migrants, and haven to lethal terrorist groups, Libya remains North Africa’s glaring tragedy, six years after an Anglo/French/American military effort toppled the Gadhafi regime. Now with a certain quiet […]

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Terrorism’s Grim Reaper returns to open borders Europe: ‘They will not terrorize us’

Terrorism’s Grim Reaper returns to open borders Europe: ‘They will not terrorize us’

By John J. Metzler PARIS — The hateful hand of terrorism struck in Barcelona, as a van driven by a Jihadi militant plowed into scores of strollers on the city’s celebrated Ramblas promenade, killing 14 and injuring 130. The starkly simple but devastating attack method was used in Nice, France a year earlier at a […]

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Saluting the ‘doughboys’ who 100 years ago entered WWI, ending American neutrality

Saluting the ‘doughboys’ who 100 years ago entered WWI, ending American neutrality

By John J. Metzler St. NAZAIRE, France — “Lafayette, we are here,” became the clarion call upon the arrival of the American Expeditionary Force to France in 1917. The USA had just entered the hostilities, three years into the Great War, and now the battle hardened U.S. General John Pershing was in a sense returning […]

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France feels calmer, safer year after terror attacks

France feels calmer, safer year after terror attacks

By John J. Metzler PARIS — A year ago France was on edge. Islamic Jihadi terrorists had killed 86 people with a truck ramming incident at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice. Shortly thereafter a elderly priest was murdered as he said Mass. These attacks following a spate of earlier shootings in Paris killing over […]