John J. Xenakis

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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

World View: ISIS and Saudi Arabia in the Mideast Realignment

In yesterday's posting ( "3-Sep-14 World View -- Mideast realignment continues following the Gaza war"), I used a Generational Dynamics analysis to outline how the Mideast is realigning itself around a growing fault line separating Israel plus Egypt plus Saudia Arabia versus the Palestinians plus Qatar plus Turkey, with vitriolicly anti-American Iran increasingly aligning itself with America and the West. More needs to be said about the rise Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS), and its place in the Mideast realignment. Sep 4, 2014 2:52 PM PT

World View: India, Japan Leaders Meet to Counter Rise of China

India's prime minister Narendra Modi met with Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Monday, supposedly to improve economic ties, but it was clear that the threats posed by China were high on the agenda. Their joint statement said, "The two prime ministers reaffirmed the importance of defense relations between Japan and India in their strategic partnership and decided to upgrade and strengthen them." Sep 2, 2014 7:00 AM PT

World View: Coup Possible in Pakistan After Night of Violence

Tens of thousands of activists in Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement are threatening an "Occupy Central" civil disobedience protest on Sunday. Threatened actions could include a boycott of university classes, wildcat street protests, strikes and a mass refusal to pay taxes. Aug 31, 2014 12:00 PM PT

World View: Russia Widens Its Invasion of Ukraine

Troops, tanks, and weapons from Russia's army are pouring into Ukraine in support of anti-government militias in a new war front in the country's southeast. The initial Russian invasion conquered and annexed the peninsula of Crimea, which is insulated and extends south into the Black Sea. Aug 29, 2014 8:56 AM PT

World View: Europe Tries to Deal with Increasing Flood of Migrants from Africa

The number of migrants leaving Africa on unsafe smugglers' boats hoping to reach Europe has been surging this year. This year, 110,000 people have been rescued from drowning on the unsafe trip, hoping to reach the southern tip of Sicily. That figure is up from 42,000 in all of 2013. Some 1,900 others have died this year during the perilous crossing. The numbers have surged this year because of the unrest in Syria and Libya. Aug 28, 2014 10:09 AM PT

World View: Israel, Hamas Extend Gaza Truce 24 Hours to Negotiate Deal

There are massive celebrations on the streets of Gaza on Tuesday, as leaders of Hamas declared "victory" over Israel in the recent war, claiming that Israel was forced to agree to a ceasefire since Hamas rockets could strike anywhere in Israel and could force Israel's airport in Tel Aviv to shut down. Aug 27, 2014 5:40 AM PT

World View: AQAP Announces Support for Islamic State

A union between Islamic State and AQAP has been feared by analysts, because it would make the highly sophisticated bomb-making capabilities of AQAP available to Islamic State and to the thousands of young European and American men with clean passports who have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic State. Aug 25, 2014 1:11 PM PT

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