John J. Xenakis

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World View: Gaza War Splits Arab States into Competing Alliances

In a sense, Kerry and Ban are playing out of their league because, really, no one in the Mideast really cares at all what they think. The Gaza war is inflaming a powerful geopolitical fault line in the Mideast, and events are not under the control any politician or group of politicians. Jul 22, 2014 9:44 AM PT

World View: Hamas Troop Numbers Grow as Israeli Ground Offensive Widens

In the meantime, militia factions in Gaza are increasing their military capabilities. Since the last war in 2012, the capacities of these militias have been enhanced through training exercises, following military training programs and curricula, including the development of special or commando forces. Jul 22, 2014 4:34 AM PT

World View: Multiple Simultaneous Crises Signal Deteriorating Geopolitics

On Thursday, the deterioration of the world's geopolitics took a giant step forward with two major new crises: A large passenger plane was shot down in east Ukraine by a missile that's widely believed to have been launched by pro-Russia separatists and obtained from Russia's armed forces. Israel began a ground invasion of Gaza that's expected to last for weeks. Jul 18, 2014 4:52 AM PT

World View: Sectarian Violence Continues to Grow in Central African Republic

For the last few months, sectarian violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been centered in the capital city, Bangui, in the southwestern region of the country. However, new reports indicate that the violence has been moving east and has now reached the region surrounding the central city of Bambari and farther east. Jul 17, 2014 1:14 PM PT

World View: Hamas Furious at Egypt's Cease-Fire Proposal as Violence Escalates

Hamas rejected, and Israel accepted, the cease-fire proposal offered by Egypt on Monday evening. The proposal called for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel to begin early Tuesday morning. Israel held off bombing Gaza for six hours to give Hamas a chance to consider the proposal, but during that time dozens of rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel. When it became clear that Hamas would not accept the proposal, Israel resumed bombing military targets in Gaza. Jul 16, 2014 8:49 AM PT

World View: Will Israel Win the Next War Between Arabs and Jews?

In reading the Mideast press, I get the strong impression that the Israeli people are way overconfident, and are certain they can't lose. This is in contrast to Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who gives me the feeling that he's in a state of panic. From the Palestinian leaders, I get the impression of gritty determination that this time they're going to win. Jul 13, 2014 6:43 AM PT

World View: Gaza Tunnels Make Israeli Ground Offensive Dangerous but Necessary

Israel's bombing campaign in Gaza is targeting Hamas military installations, but it is also targeting farms or bare land and even greenhouses. The reason is that the Palestinian militias have learned important lessons in previous wars with Israel and have set up sophisticated defenses in the form of an extensive network of tunnels, some as much as 30 meters deep. Jul 12, 2014 5:54 AM PT

World View: Australia Joins Japan, Vietnam, Philippines in Opposing China

Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have been forming an alliance against China, as China has been moving to annex other countries' territories in the South and East China Seas. Relations between Vietnam and China have become particularly hostile since China deployed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Jul 11, 2014 5:56 AM PT

World View: Israel and Hamas Accuse Each Other of War Crimes

The rhetoric appears to be heating up to the extent that neither side is giving itself a way to back down. Tensions are rising and events are moving quickly in the Mideast. It's still possible that things will settle down and return to the usual status quo, but it's also possible that we'll be seeing a major war within a week or two. Jul 10, 2014 8:07 AM PT

World View: Mideast War or Peace? Depends on What Hamas Wants

In the last weeks, we've seen young Israelis call for "Death to Arabs" on social networking sites, and we've seen what are undoubtedly younger generations of Palestinians rioting in the West Bank and shooting off rockets in Gaza. Jul 9, 2014 6:29 PM PT

World View: Israeli Police Hold Six Suspects in Murder of Palestinian Teen

Israeli officials are hoping that the swift action by police in identifying the killers of the Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir within four days of his murder will cool off the tension between Israelis and Palestinians. Six young Jewish males were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of having perpetrated the crime. Jul 7, 2014 5:12 AM PT

World View: Activists Demand Restoration of Kingdom of Hawaii

Activists in Hawaii are demanding that the federal government return the land taken from the descendants of the original Polynesian inhabitants of Hawaii after the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893. Hawaii was annexed by the United States in 1898 as a territory. Hawaii was bombed by the Japanese in 1941, and citizens there played a crucial role in the Pacific war, raising national sentiments to make it a state. It became a state in 1959. Jul 5, 2014 5:51 AM PT

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