John J. Xenakis

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World View: Pakistan Debates Sending Troops to Saudi Arabia

Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday categorically said that Pakistan was not sending its troops to Saudi Arabia or Bahrain. The denial came because of persistent and increasingly numerous rumors that Pakistan is sending 30,000 troops to Saudi Arabia for the defense shield force of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Mar 24, 2014 2:13 AM PT

World View - The 'New Normal': Russia, China Annex Other Countries' Territories with Impunity

Russia as a whole, and Putin in particular, are becoming increasingly nationalistic, and it's possible that Putin will conclude from the experience of annexing Crimea that Nato won't respond militarily even after a Nato country is invaded but will simply adopt new sanctions such as making it illegal for Russian politicians to visit Disneyland. Mar 22, 2014 2:20 AM PT

World View: Russia, West Plan Next Steps After Crimea Referendum

European Union leaders, supported by President Obama, plan to meet on Monday in Brussels to decide on sanctions against Russia. If Russia takes no further action in Ukraine, it's possible that the whole sanction plan will be abandoned and things will go back to business as usual, with Crimea's secession a fait accompli. However, it seems very likely that Russia will take further action. Mar 17, 2014 7:56 AM PT

World View: Ukraine Mobilizes Troops to Oppose Russia at Gas Facility

Ukrainian troops have been mobilized to oppose a Russian armed force attacking a gas facility in Ukraine's mainland, north of Crimea. The armed force consists of 80 Russian troops, backed by four helicopter gunships and armored vehicles. This comes amidst reports that the Russian military is moving surface to air missiles into Crimea. Mar 15, 2014 8:38 PM PT

World View: Kerry Threatens Sanctions Against Russia

On Sunday, Ukraine's Crimea peninsula will hold a Russian-sponsored referendum on whether Crimea should secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. With thousands of Russian troops in Crimea blockading all Ukrainian troops and arresting or beating anyone who demonstrates against the referendum, it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that the measure will pass. Mar 15, 2014 7:15 AM PT

World View: Russia Prepares to Annex Ukraine's Crimea - and More

The outcome of Sunday's Crimea referendum on seceding from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation as an independent republic seems now to be a foregone conclusion. Russia's parliament is rushing a special constitutional amendment to legalize the annexation of Crimea, and it's expected to be enacted within a day or two. Mar 14, 2014 2:22 AM PT

World View: Malaysia Accused of Coverup over Lost MH370 Airliner

The apparent stonewalling and confusion from Malaysia's government and air force are creating outrage among almost everyone – the passengers' families, officials of Vietnam and other countries participating in the search, and the public in Malaysia, Vietnam, and China. Mar 13, 2014 3:18 AM PT

World View: Accusations Fly as Israeli-Palestinian 'Peace Process' Nears Deadline

Pretty much everyone has known from the beginning that the Obama administration inspired 9-month Mideast "peace process" never had a chance of reaching an agreement, but now that the nine months are almost up and a deadline is approaching, all parties are positioning themselves to blame someone else when the talks collapse. Mar 12, 2014 3:01 AM PT

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