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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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Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Tis’ the season in the General Assembly for  some serious if generally overlooked work and reports.  An Assembly committee has soundly condemned the continuing human and political rights abuses in three global transgressors; Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, […]

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As Syria's humanitarian crisis worsens, UN — checked by Russia and China — fails to act

As Syria's humanitarian crisis worsens, UN — checked by Russia and China — fails to act

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Syria’s ongoing civil war has shadowed the current UN General Assembly both with the danger of a widening regional humanitarian crisis and the challenge of a  politically deadlocked UN Security Council. The eighteen month conflict between the Damascus rulers and a wide coalition of opposition forces has seen […]

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Quebec clings to separatist sentiments and Ottawa's subsidies

Quebec clings to separatist sentiments and Ottawa's subsidies

By John J. Metzler MONTREAL — Political uncertainty shadows Quebec in the aftermath of a contentious provincial election campaign.  Now in the wake of the vote, the specter of separatism has re-emerged in the multi-ethnic Canadian province where the political rhetoric by the French-language focused Parti Quebecois could return economic instability and undermine fragile business […]