John J. Xenakis

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World View: Russia's Ruble Currency Drops to Record Low Against the Dollar

Apparently the European and American sanctions on Russia for the latter's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea are having some effect, after all. The value of the ruble currency has fallen over 20% against the dollar this year. The ruble is now at the lowest point since it was restructured during Moscow's traumatic 1998 debt default. Oct 1, 2014 6:06 AM PT

World View: Central African Republican Government Asks UN to Lift Arms Embargo

Saudis are preparing for a double-dose of danger at this year's Hajj on October 2-7, when millions of Muslims from around the world arrive for their once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Hajj pilgrims will be asked to wear face masks this year to reduce the risks of spreading MERS-CoV (the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus) or Ebola. Sep 28, 2014 8:46 AM PT

World View: Nigeria's Army Sees a Turning Point as Boko Haram Fighters Surrender

Nigeria's military says that the the leader of Boko Haram has been killed, and that some 270 militants have surrendered to the army and are being questioned. It is hoped that this will be a turning point that will lead to the safe recovery of the almost 300 schoolgirls that were abducted in April. Sep 25, 2014 7:00 AM PT

World View: Iran Brags that Sanaa, Yemen is the Fourth Arab Capital They Control

Iran-backed Shia Houthis celebrated with fireworks on Monday after signing a UN-brokered "peace agreement" that required the government to resign, replacing it with one that gives power to the Houthis. It's believed that they will follow the same path as Hezbollah in Lebanon -- using a power-sharing agreement combined with military power with weapons and money supplied by Iran to take majority control of Yemen's government. Sep 24, 2014 6:59 AM PT

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

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