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Russia says ‘nyet’ at UN to MH-17 downing tribunal

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a callous but not unexpected move to block an international inquiry on the fate of Malaysian flight #17 which was shot down over Ukraine just a year ago, Russia […]

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Stormy weather in the South China Sea: Manila, Washington, Seoul weigh the options

Korean T50s.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA ― War clouds hang over the South China Sea. The question is whether they’ll burst into a storm or simply cast a menacing shadow and eventually blow away. The outlook for clear […]

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ISIL’s and Iran’s expanded power loom as legacy of Obama’s military exit from Iraq

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Since last summer’s onslaught by terrorists of the so-called ISIL, Iraq has been living through one of the most difficult phases of its modern history,” said Jan Kubis, the UN’s […]

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Spyware that targeted Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi deployed against Kim Jong-Un?

Silvio Berlusconi

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Cyber espionage is the cutting edge of modern warfare. Think of all the great stuff intelligence agents learn from monitoring the conversations of just about everyone. The only problem is how […]

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Reading Kim Jong-Un’s mind as he reads the fine print of Iran nuclear agreement

The North Korea-Iran strategic partnership that is rarely mentioned.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Greeks made a deal to reform their free-spending ways and stay in the European Union, while the Iranians agreed to restrain their nuclear ambitions and crawl out from under onerous sanctions. Can […]

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Iran deal is done, Obama’s legacy is set, money starts to flow, who laughs last?

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — A rhetorical tsunami followed the signing of the landmark nuclear limitation deal between Iran and six world powers in Vienna. On the one hand President Barack Obama and his tireless […]

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China’s premier goes shopping in Paris

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler PARIS — China’s Premier Li Keqiang descended upon Paris for a shopping spree; signing contracts and making deals which will energize the still anemic French economy. The French put on the Ritz as […]

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Reporters vs editors: Paul Morton’s story is finally told

Toronto Star correspondent Paul Morton.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Fights between reporters and editors are classic. Reporters don’t trust editors, and editors don’t trust reporters. That little observation is by way of commenting on what has to be about the worst reporter-editor […]

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Why conservatives should take a closer look at Mike Huckabee

Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. / Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Grace Vuoto The GOP has a tested, vetted candidate who won Iowa in 2008 and finished runner-up to eventual nominee Sen. John McCain in the delegate count. In the public arena of noisy, well-funded information campaigns, […]

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Best of Lev, 2012: China demonstrating will to dominate as West loses the will to resist

A mass choir singing Mao-era communist songs in Chongqing, July 2011. / Chinafotopress / Getty Images

Lev Navrozov From Moscow, the capital of the slave country founded in 1917, I came to New York, to the 21st floor of a skyscraper. The owners of the slave country had created their radio and television and even their […]

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