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Strong economy helps Trump go head-to-head with China on trade

Strong economy helps Trump go head-to-head with China on trade

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid the global gallop towards economic protectionism, there’s the political temptation to use tariffs which undeniably produce a feel good factor for politicians and polemists, but whose bottom line is paid by the consumers. The current trade tensions between the United States and China has all the ingredients […]

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‘Genocide’ of Christians: Report details PC silence; North Korea ‘most dangerous’

‘Genocide’ of Christians: Report details PC silence; North Korea ‘most dangerous’

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — From the appalling murders of 300 Sri Lankan Christians celebrating Easter, to the killings of Coptic Egyptians, Syrian Catholics, and Nigerian faithful, the grisly wave of anti-Christian violence worldwide is rising. Add the formal state repression of Christianity in places like China, North Korea and Pakistan and one […]

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Russia regaining foothold in Korea?

Russia regaining foothold in Korea?

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Attempting to revive political links with Russia, endeavoring to break the “Big Brother” syndrome with China, and seeking diplomatic standing after its failed summit with the USA, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un met with Vladimir Putin. The meeting in the gritty Far Eastern port of Vladivostok was Pyongyang’s […]

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China scores first ‘Silk Road’ beachhead in the Mediterranan as Xi tours Europe

China scores first ‘Silk Road’ beachhead in the Mediterranan as Xi tours Europe

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Beijing’s ambitious “Belt and Road” infrastructural initiative has scored its first significant beachhead in the Mediterranean, as Italy has signed on to the expansive Chinese globe-spanning project. China’s President Xi Jinping was feted in Rome with a grandiosity fit for an visiting Emperor as the Italian […]

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Neutrons over nutrition: Half of North Koreans need humanitarian aid

Neutrons over nutrition: Half of North Koreans need humanitarian aid

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Following the failed Hanoi Summit with the USA, North Korea is now sending mixed messages concerning its denuclearization and missile testing intentions. Pyongyang’s deliberately cryptic policy is likely meant to sow confusion and gain a negotiating advantage with the U.S. over Washington’s efforts to denuclearize North Korea. Nonetheless, […]

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Venezuela’s tears as rogue powers block relief at UN

Venezuela’s tears as rogue powers block relief at UN

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The devastating double veto cast by both Russia and China to derail a U.S Security Council draft resolution providing humanitarian aid for impoverished Venezuelans reflected the latest round in a widening standoff between the socialist Caracas regime and the democratic opposition. And while the international […]

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A new crisis erupts in Kashmir between nuclear powers India and China-backed Pakistan

A new crisis erupts in Kashmir between nuclear powers India and China-backed Pakistan

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A deadly terrorist bombing in the disputed Indian province of Kashmir has reignited tensions between both India and Pakistan. In the broader sense, the suicide bomb attack by the Islamic militant Jaish-e-Mohammed which killed 44 Indian para-military police, has brought the nuclear armed neighbors to a renewed level […]

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‘Choose greatness’: A soaring State of the Union scored with 76 percent, poll finds

‘Choose greatness’: A soaring State of the Union scored with 76 percent, poll finds

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Addressing a deeply divided nation, reflecting upon a tumultuous two years in his own presidency, but seeking a break in the political storm clouds over Washington, Donald Trump called upon the equally divided U.S. Congress to “choose greatness” and embrace a “moment of unlimited potential” for the United […]

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Argentina’s potential still thwarted by legacy of Peron and Evita

Argentina’s potential still thwarted by legacy of Peron and Evita

By John J. Metzler BUENOS AIRES — Nobody strolling the streets or riding along the massive tree-lined avenues of this amazing city can fail to be impressed by the size, vitality, and the pulse of the Argentine capital. Moreover so much of Argentina conjures the word — potential: its size, resources, and traditions. Yet modern […]

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Brazil, Argentina and U.S. put the heat on Venezuela’s ‘dictator’

Brazil, Argentina and U.S. put the heat on Venezuela’s ‘dictator’

By John J. Metzler BUENOS AIRES — Two of Latin America’s political heavyweights have put the squeeze on Venezuela’s increasingly authoritarian regime. In a meeting between Argentine President Mauricio Macri and his new Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsanaro, the leaders of the region’s two largest economies have stepped up pressures on Venezuela for democratic change. The […]

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