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On a surreal and tragic day, POTUS was in N.Y. but only the UN Security Council was engaged

Members of the security council unanimously adopt a resolution at United Nations headquarters on July 21.  /Seth Wenig/AP

UNITED NATIONS — Truth is often stranger than fiction. The horrific events over eastern Ukraine, that of a civilian airliner being shot out of the skies by a high altitude Sam 11 missile, seem almost the improbable grist of a […]

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Major rally against ‘Obama’s tyranny’ rocks liberal Massachusetts

Anti-illegal immigration rally in Boston on July 26.  /Twitter/Marc Lombardo

Special to WorldTribune.com By Grace Vuoto On a sweltering Saturday in July, approximately ten thousand protesters gathered on the steps of the Massachusetts state legislature and beyond in order to send a message to Gov. Deval Patrick and President Barack […]

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‘Accidents’ and collateral killings in a world still lacking adult supervision

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un watches a missile test.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The news from Ukraine and the Middle East carries grave implications for Northeast Asia, notably the Korean Peninsula. Just think of all those missiles and artillery shells fired by North Korea over the east […]

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Getting the band back together: Putin’s victory march through Latin America

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s First Lady Rosario Murillo, right, in Managua, on July 11.  /AFP/Presidencia de Nicaragua/César Pérez

UNITED NATIONS — It’s been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup football tournament in Russia as well as […]

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The world according to China: Obama and Xi Jinping’s latest phone call

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com China’s President Xi Jinping makes a careful distinction between U.S. President Obama and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It’s OK to talk to the former, just not the latter. And so Xi and […]

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Syria’s 21st century ‘International Brigades’ could sow domestic terror worldwide

Video footage of the gunman who killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

NEW YORK — A 22 year old Florida man sets off a suicide bomb in Syria. Seven Dutch jihadis are killed in combat with Syrian army units. A Frenchman, just returned from Syria, kills four people at a Jewish museum […]

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Next time you see that ‘made in China’ label, ask yourself where it came from

Chinese inmates at a labor camp in Fujian province.  /RFA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com President Park Geun-Hye and China’s President Xi Jinping agreed on three core topics when they met last week in Seoul. North Korea should give up its nukes, China and Korea should vastly expand […]

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Afghan transition a ‘pivotal moment’ in wake of Iraq meltdown

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul.  /Wakil Kohsar/ AFP/Getty Images

UNITED NATIONS — Set to the backdrop of continuing violence, growing narcotics production, and fear about the future following the pullout of international forces, the recent round of Afghanistan’s presidential elections have become all the more crucial to produce a […]

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Shifting short-term alignments in NE Asia may have long-term consequences

South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye welcomed China’s President Xi Jinping on his 2-day visit beginning July 3.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Alliances and policies have a way of shifting quickly, at opportune or even inopportune moments. What’s China’s President Xi Jinping doing in Seoul this week, and why are the Japanese talking to the […]

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Going global: World Cup exhilaration and soaring national pride

U.S. fans in San Francisco watch the 2014 World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany on June 26.  /Jeff Chiu/AP

NEW YORK — Finally some good global news! The World Cup in Brazil continues to captivate international audiences with a mix of amazing soccer and increasingly surprising results. Paradoxically, early in the tournament the powerhouse teams were nearly all knocked […]

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