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Trump’s clear message to the nation also alerted the world: ‘America is once again ready to lead’

Trump’s clear message to the nation also alerted the world: ‘America is once again ready to lead’

By John J. Metzler WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a powerful and optimistic address to the nation, President Donald Trump made his case for the road forward in his new presidency. Labelled a “Reset” by some and “reaching for higher ground” by others, the speech before a joint session of the U.S. Congress made a renewed […]

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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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As the world watches, Aleppo descends into Dante’s Inferno

As the world watches, Aleppo descends into Dante’s Inferno

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’ s not often a senior UN official leaves a prepared and rigid script to emotionally describe a situation to delegates in the Security Council.  But when Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien told diplomats, “I am more or less at my wit’s end as a human being” in describing […]

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Meanwhile, in the Mideast, President-elect Trump is inheriting a meltdown

Meanwhile, in the Mideast, President-elect Trump is inheriting a meltdown

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The tumultuous events which have swept the Mideast like a malevolent sandstorm have hardly abated; crises and conflict are now nearly entrenched. Thus looking back at the results of President Barack Obama’s two-term legacy, its clear we are facing a Mideast meltdown with dangerous and far reaching consequences […]

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Syria: What Obama hath wrought is about to become his successor’s nightmare

Syria: What Obama hath wrought is about to become his successor’s nightmare

By Sol W. Sanders September 5, 2016 It would be hard to exaggerate the mess in the Middle East that President Barack Obama is leaving his successor. While the five-year Syrian civil war continues unabated, pitting a number of different armed groups against each other with their foreign sponsors, Washington is caught in its own […]

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The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Donald Trump’s much ballyhooed foreign policy speech was a minor disaster. Not only did Trump fail to set out a succinct foreign policy philosophy and agenda, but the speech itself [even with a teleprompter] was a failure in his effort to move to a more “presidential” persona. One […]

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Christian genocide: The U.S. White House and State Department remain stubbornly silent

Christian genocide: The U.S. White House and State Department remain stubbornly silent

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Among the many anomalies of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy, none appear so anachronistic as its refusal to label the persecution and annihilation of Christians in the Middle East as genocide. Granted that the term has been too often thrown around carelessly, used incorrectly as a synonym for […]

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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 […]