John J. Xenakis

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World View: Yazidis, Mosul Christians Hold Obama Responsible for ISIS

Thousands of college students in Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, joined by hundreds of faculty members, boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's reneging on the 1997 agreement under which Hong Kong as a British colony reverted to Chinese control. Sep 23, 2014 6:50 AM PT

World View: Yemen's Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Occupy Sanaa

Yemen's Houthi (Ansarullah) anti-government militias took control of many government buildings in Sanaa, Yemen's capital city, on Sunday, and then agreed to a United Nations sponsored peace agreement to end the fighting. However, some reports indicate that the fighting is continuing as before. Sep 22, 2014 7:41 AM PT

World View: Yemen Violence May Be Proxy Between Iran and Muslim Brotherhood

Violence continued on Friday in Sanaa, the capital city of Yemen, between Houthi militias from north of Sanaa versus Yemen's army backed by pro-government ethnic groups. Houthis have been camped out in Sanaa since mid-August, paralyzing government offices and businesses. The Houthis have been demanding a restoration of fuel subsidies that were cut in July, increasing gasoline prices by 60% or more. Sep 20, 2014 7:23 AM PT

World View: Will Ebola Become a Worldwide Pandemic?

Here's a question I received from a web site reader, commenting on yesterday's World View article, in which I concluded on the subject of Ebola with, "It seems likely that the pandemic will have to run its course, meaning that almost all people in Liberia will sooner or later become sick with the disease, and either survive or not". Sep 18, 2014 6:28 AM PT

World View: President George W. Obama Pledges to 'Degrade, Destroy' ISIS

It was very hard to escape the impression, listening to President Obama's speech on Wednesday evening, that he would rather have all his teeth pulled out than have to give that speech, which could have been given by President George W. Bush if he had had two more terms. Sep 12, 2014 6:10 AM PT

World View: Scotland's Independence Referendum Encouraging Catalonia's Separatists

Scotland's vote for independence is already energizing separatist movements all over the world, and that's particularly true in Spain, where activists in the Catalonia region are seeking independence, with a referendum scheduled for a month from now, on November 9. The Spanish government considers the referendum to be illegal, but it's going ahead anyway. Sep 11, 2014 7:22 AM PT

World View: Ukraine Conflict and Rise of ISIS put Russia's Caucasus at Risk

The "rogue trader" Jérôme Kerviel was released from French prison on Monday, after serving part of a three-year sentence from his 2010 conviction on charges of breach of trust, forgery and entering false data. He'll serve out the rest of his sentence under partial house arrest. Sep 9, 2014 6:25 PM PT

World View: ISIS and al-Qaeda in a Generational Struggle for India

In the past few days, we're discussed the Mideast realignment following the Gaza war and the effect of ISIS on the Mideast realignment. However, the meteoric rise of the Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS) is firing the excitement and imagination of young Muslim men around that world, giving ISIS an effect that goes well beyond the Mideast. Sep 5, 2014 2:52 PM PT

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