John J. Xenakis

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World View: The Size of Iraq Catastrophe Continues to Unfold

ISIS has about $450 million in cash, after raiding the central bank in Mosul. This is in addition to billions of dollars' worth of dozens of tanks, humvees, helicopters, and other heavy weaponry, mostly American, that they got from weapons stores in Mosul that the Iraqi army was supposed to be guarding. Jun 16, 2014 3:58 AM PT

World View: Iran Asks U.S. to Intervene in Iraq, Offers Help

Here's a Saturday afternoon BBC interview with Professor Fawaz Gerges, London School of Economics, that I transcribed, in which both the interviewer and the interviewee expressed utter astonishment at the day's news. Jun 15, 2014 3:58 AM PT

World View: U.S. and Iran Move to Help Iraq's al-Maliki Stop ISIS

The "blitzkrieg" attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on cities and villages across Iraq is panicking residents of Baghdad as the fighting draws near. Most of the cities captured by ISIS so far have large Sunni Muslim populations that are disaffected and furious because of the contemptuous treatment they've received from the government of Shia president Nouri al-Maliki, and because of their abandonment by the US forces that they worked hard with to drive out Al-Qaeda in Iraq during the 2007 Anbar Awakening. Jun 14, 2014 6:01 AM PT

World View: President Obama Considers Military Action in Iraq

President Obama is facing a dilemma about responding to the collapse of what he considered a major achievement, ending the war in Iraq. Islamic Emirate in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has executed a "blitzkrieg" in Iraq, giving it control of huge swaths of land, millions of dollars of money stolen from banks, and huge volumes of heavy weapons stolen from weapons stores. Jun 13, 2014 2:56 AM PT

World View: Russia Forced to Change Tactics after Ukraine's Election

Polls have indicated for some time that even the Russians living in eastern Ukraine do not eastern Ukraine to be part of Russia. After the revolution that ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich, replacing him with an interim government Kiev, most of these same Russians don't like or trust the Kiev government either. Jun 8, 2014 1:28 AM PT

World View: Pentagon Issues Annual Report on China's Military

China is developing a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple nuclear warheads as part of a large-scale military buildup, according to the "Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China." Jun 7, 2014 7:04 AM PT

World View: Indonesia Increases Defense Spending to Combat China

Of the nations (Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines) whose sovereign territory China is annexing via military force, Indonesia has tried to stay out of the disputes with China and to concentrate on its own problems -- internal terrorist attacks and separatist movements. Jun 6, 2014 7:10 AM PT

World View: History Repeating Itself in China and Vietnam

Vietnam is in a generational Awakening era. Vietnam beat the U.S., then beat China in a brief war, and my guess is that they're thinking that they can beat the Chinese again in some way. It would be interesting to understand exactly what thought process the Vietnamese leaders are going through these days. Jun 5, 2014 9:14 AM PT

World View: Vietnam Develops Increasingly Dangerous Strategy to Counter China

China's belligerent military actions in the South China Sea, annexing regions that have historically belonged to Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, have drawn worldwide criticism, and caused Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines to form a military alliance to oppose China. Jun 4, 2014 2:24 AM PT

World View: Polio Continues to Flare in Nigeria, Pakistan

The terrorist group Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of deaths through terrorist attacks in northeastern Nigeria, and is still holding hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls, possibly as sexual slaves. But Boko Haram is posing an additional danger to Nigeria and the entire region by making it almost impossible to administer polio vaccines. Jun 3, 2014 1:27 AM PT

World View: Hagel Sets 'Red Line' for China in South China Sea

As we reported yesterday, Japan's president Shinzo Abe spoke on Friday at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Asian security issues. He announced enhanced military relationships with Vietnam and the Philippines, and demanded that China abide by international rules and laws, rather than coercion and threats. Jun 1, 2014 3:27 AM PT

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