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The under-reported stealth war on Mideast Christians

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The spate of brutal and systematic attacks on Christian communities in Syria, Iraq and Egypt by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has surged. Yet despite this targeted violence, […]

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Once beyond hope, Africa’s Sahel region is now targeted by terror

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The vast swath of nine countries bordering the southern reaches of the Sahara desert are marked by poverty, drought and chronic instability. Yet these oft-forgotten lands are increasingly making the […]

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Darfur, 2015: Hell without the cameras

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In recent years there’s been a dearth of media coverage of Darfur’s humanitarian crisis. What had once been a focus for both diplomatic and high profile celebrity efforts to detail […]

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Disturbing Freedom House report: As USA weakens, repression expands

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s been a disturbing decline in global freedoms over the past year with a clear erosion of political rights for the ninth consecutive year. These are among the dire findings […]

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Ukraine crisis overlooked amid Mideast turmoil: ‘Onus is on Russia’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While America seems transfixed on a spate of six separate Middle East crises, there’s been far less attention paid on the brewing storm in Europe. Thus as politico/military efforts are […]

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Obama’s fuzzy State of the World no substitute for American resolve

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Proclaiming an end to the American economic recession and declaring that “the shadow of crisis is past,” President Barack Obama addressed a skeptical Republican-controlled Congress in the annual State of […]

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Shameful: 70 years after Liberation of Paris rally, U.S. president was absent

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — More than a million people along with forty-four world leaders rallied in Paris to proclaim liberty and call for press freedoms in the wake of the radical Islamist media massacre […]

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French terror attack was no isolated incident

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The appalling attack on the offices of a satirical magazine in Paris by Islamist militants which killed twelve, was a deliberately focused and targeted hit not only to stun and […]

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2015: A third of Lebanon’s population are refugees; energy prices drop

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Bennington, VT — It’s time once again to peer into the crystal snow-globe to try to decipher and predict what we may expect ahead in 2015. After a dangerously tumultuous past year, the […]

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Damning UN consensus building on North Korean rights abuses

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A growing global wave of criticism, concern and consternation continues as both the UN General Assembly and now the Security Council have firmly condemned North Korea’s communist regime for human […]

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