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No season of peace and joy for a record-breaking 57 million war victims

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Set to the backdrop of regional wars and simmering ethnic conflicts, the UN relief agencies made an unprecedented appeal for wider funding to address the current chaos in a score […]

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Going nuts up there in first class

KALangst

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com I know how she feels. You ask for nuts, you get pretzels, and that’s upsetting. That’s just the view from economy class. Up there in first class, you ask for nuts, and you’ve […]

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Why not a ‘Caribbean solution’ for the Israel-Palestinian issue?

Sec. of State John Kerry in Paris on March 30. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey All diplomatic efforts having failed, perhaps it’s time to look at a new solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry and Clinton and Indyk and Erekat and God knows how many others have failed. The […]

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Holiday cheer here, but gloom in Russia, as fuel prices dip and Obamacare Grinch lurks

Vladimir Putin

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The precipitous fall in petroleum prices has brought an unexpected holiday season bonus to oil and gasoline consumers throughout North America. And it’s not a moment too soon that the […]

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This film’s no joke to North Korea

Interview

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The North Koreans could not have come up with a better way to publicize a movie. Can anyone imagine a Hollywood comedy causing a diplomatic storm involving United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and […]

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Opium: Tragic tie that binds Afghanistan’s government, Taliban, warlords and people

Afghan poppy farmer

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The clock is ticking as American and NATO forces begin the countdown to military withdrawal from Afghanistan by year’s end. But as Taliban militants watch the clock and the calendar, […]

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Asian corruption: Despite investigative reporting exposes, it’s still going gangbusters

Imelda Marcos, right, with her children at the Supreme Court in Manila. / Aaron Favila / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA — The title was alluring: “The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.” For two days, experts regaled journalists from all over Asia on how to track down the secret stories, the purloined funds, […]

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It’s come to this: Time to impeach ‘Emperor Obama’

WhiteHouse

Special to WorldTribune.com By Grace Vuoto President Barack Obama is in open defiance of the U.S. Constitution. This week, in an address to the nation, he announced he is granting relief from deportation to approximately 4 to 5 million illegal […]

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UN committee resolution could refer North Korea rulers to International Criminal Court

NKRights

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s one of the tougher warnings the world community has sent to the neo-Stalinist regime in North Korea; a detailed condemnation of widespread human rights abuses in the reclusive communist […]

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‘Blessed are the meek’? Documentary slams Korean megachurch pastors

The documentary 'Quo Vadis' is directed by Kim Jae-Hwan.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The growth of megachurches worldwide is a phenomenon in which thousands of individual churches or parishes each claim more than 2,000 members. The Full Gospel Church in Yeoeuido is the world’s largest, with […]

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