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UN speeches in review: Moralizing, demonizing and occasional common sense

UN speeches in review: Moralizing, demonizing and occasional common sense

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a week of speeches which swirled from the sublime to the ridiculous or were simply just boring, the recent UN General Assembly debate reached some notable exceptions. Among the sonorous drone of 193 addresses, either restating the obvious or repeating by rote the contemporary global mantra of […]

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Europe’s woes are much larger than the Donald

Europe’s woes are much larger than the Donald

By John J. Metzler PARIS — The American mainstream media template, dutifully reflected and jaded by most of the European press, paints a tempestuous picture of the relationship between our European partners and what is presented as a capricious and domineering Trump Administration. Rifts over NATO defense spending, the Iran nuclear deal, and trade and […]

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‘Family-friendly’ Hungary favors baby boom to stop demographic decline

‘Family-friendly’ Hungary favors baby boom to stop demographic decline

  By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Migration is not the solution to demographic problems,” warned Katalin Novak, Hungary’s Minister of State for the Family. Though conceding the European continent faces a significant “demographic decline” and the undertow of a falling population, individual states can counter the “inevitability” through focused family friendly policies such […]

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Will Vatican kowtow to Beijing on church freedoms?

Will Vatican kowtow to Beijing on church freedoms?

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Imagine an agency of the United States government directly choosing and appointing the Catholic Bishops of Washington D.C., St. Louis, Denver and Boston. In other American dioceses there’s close coordination between the fictional “American Religious Affairs Council” and the Vatican on choosing a particular prelate. Though this practice […]

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Memo to the sheep being prepared for slaughter: You are living in ‘Absurdistan’

Memo to the sheep being prepared for slaughter: You are living in ‘Absurdistan’

By Alexander Maistrovoy At a Party meeting the Party leader addresses the audience: “All of you will be hung tomorrow. Do you have questions? Silence. The Party leader: “I will repeat the question. Tomorrow you all will be hung. Does anybody want to say anything?” A timid voice is heard from the audience: “Shall we […]

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Flashpoint South: ‘Progressive’ Venezuela slides into chaos

Flashpoint South: ‘Progressive’ Venezuela slides into chaos

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Storm clouds are buffeting the coast of Venezuela, the once rich South American state which is sliding into economic chaos and combustible political confrontation. Mass demonstrations have rocked the capital Caracas. As democratic opposition protesters confront the riot police and paramilitary forces of the entrenched socialist dictatorship, the […]

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Can Judeo-Christian civilization co-exist with Islam? The showdown has begun

Can Judeo-Christian civilization co-exist with Islam? The showdown has begun

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders The most difficult political and cultural debate since the decision of the Western alliance to destroy fascism in 1939 or the American decision to help resurrect Europe in 1945 has begun. The discussion will be an intense examination of Islam and its role in the modern world. It […]

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A sad day for James Comey, the FBI and the United States of America

A sad day for James Comey, the FBI and the United States of America

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders For almost 150 years, the United States avoided having a national police force. The Founders, for the most, had eschewed the whole issue when under pressure from Thomas Jefferson and his Virginia constitutions adopted that colony’s Bill of Rights as the first amendments to the federal constitution. The […]

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Hillary’s e-mails: What is obvious, but not openly discussed

Hillary’s e-mails: What is obvious, but not openly discussed

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Not a lot that is being said by the talking heads makes sense in the case of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. First of all, everything would tell us that any domestic or foreign political figure would be interested in the very fact that a specific subject had reached the […]

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Agenda item for the next president: Repair the U.S.-British ‘special relationship’

Agenda item for the next president: Repair the U.S.-British ‘special relationship’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders There are important lessons for the U.S. in the apprehension in Belgium, after four months, of one of the chief perpetrators of the Nov. 13, 1915 Paris massacre which took the lives of 130 innocents. This security lapse has its parallel in the current state of relations between […]

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