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China and Iran are world leaders in executions; Data on North Korea is lacking

China and Iran are world leaders in executions; Data on North Korea is lacking

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS—The People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran top the global charts for executions according to a newly released report by Amnesty International. Iran accounted for 55 percent of all recorded death sentences according to Amnesty. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan are tragically part of this gruesome […]

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Afghan civilian casualties from Muslim-on-Muslim attacks soared in 2016

Afghan civilian casualties from Muslim-on-Muslim attacks soared in 2016

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Afghanistan’s seemingly endless conflict continues as civilian causalities in the protracted war are nearly double what they were a decade ago. According to a UN report there were 11,418 conflict related causalities documented, which includes 3,500 killed. Over 900 children died and another 2,600 were injured in the […]

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South Asia boom, new Trump initiatives are the good news for sagging global economy

South Asia boom, new Trump initiatives are the good news for sagging global economy

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Modest global economic recovery is expected, but a return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive, according to the World Economic Situation Report, the UN’s barometer of international economic trends. The current survey states that while the world economy grew by a a modest 2.2 percent in 2016, […]

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Unreported: The Pakistan time-bomb and a potential solution

Unreported: The Pakistan time-bomb and a potential solution

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Although the Obama Administration may well not recognize it, Pakistan is turning into the number one problem in fighting worldwide Islamic terrorism. The massacre of 79, many of them children, by an Islamic terrorist group aiming at Christians on a community playground on Eastern Sunday – large numbers […]

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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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Peace talks again in Afghanistan and this time the Taliban may deal

Peace talks again in Afghanistan and this time the Taliban may deal

By Brian M Downing There are new reports of impending talks with the Afghan Taliban. Previous reports have either been baseless or talks took place but led nowhere. The outcome of today’s reports is of course uncertain but there are reasons why the Taliban may now be more willing to seek a negotiated settlement than […]

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What was that you said, Mr. Obama, about the return of U.S. prestige globally since 2009?

What was that you said, Mr. Obama, about the return of U.S. prestige globally since 2009?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The killing of the American Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens, along with three other American diplomats, the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and the tearing down of the flag replacing the stars and stripes with a black banner, all allegedly in response to an […]

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The U.S.-Pakistan rapprochement: Thank geopolitical reality, not diplomacy

The U.S.-Pakistan rapprochement: Thank geopolitical reality, not diplomacy

By Brian M Downing Just a few months ago, U.S.-Pakistani relations were abysmal, perhaps even at a crisis point. An American airstrike had killed 25 or more Pakistani soldiers and Pakistan retaliated by closing off U.S./ISAF supply lines into Afghanistan.  Tensions increased and many worried of more border skirmishes along the Af-Pak border and even […]

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Pearl Harbor, 9-11 and the neo-isolationist temptation

Pearl Harbor, 9-11 and the neo-isolationist temptation

By Sol W. Sanders Chief Political Correctness High Priestess Diane Rehm, with one of her often-biased radio panel discussions, recently carried this ancient back to the late 1930s’ Great Debate, framed as “isolationism” vs. “interventionism” in foreign policy. (Full disclosure: I was a teen-age member of William Allen White’s Committee for Defending America by Aiding […]

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Pakistan and Central Asia greet 2012 in a stark landscape minus U.S. strategic dominance

Pakistan and Central Asia greet 2012 in a stark landscape minus U.S. strategic dominance

Gregory Copley, Global Information System By the start of 2012,  the U.S. had seen a precipitous decline in its real strategic dominance of the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf, and in its ability to reach and influence Central Asia. It had taken less than two decades for the U.S. to lose […]

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