John J. Xenakis

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World View: Al-Qaeda Rubs Hands with Glee' at Snowden Disclosures

We have no way of knowing whether the massive intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden have made our missile defenses helpless against a missile attack by China, since neither the U.S. nor the Chinese government are talking about things like. Apr 27, 2014 3:12 AM PT

World View: Russian Jets Fly over Ukraine's Air Space

Russian military aircraft entered Ukrainian airspace several time on Thursday and Friday, raising tensions in eastern Ukraine. Earlier, pro-Russian separatists seized a bus carrying international military observers near the eastern Ukraine town of Sloviansk, which is under control of the activists. Talks are underway to free them. Apr 26, 2014 7:05 AM PT

World View: Crimean Tatars and Ukraine Seek Help from Sunni Muslim Countries

Ukraine is applying to join the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as an associate member as a move to protect the 300,000 Tatars living in 300 Muslim communities on the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia. The OIC was established in 1969 "to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world." It has a membership of 57 states. Russia, with a population of 27 million Muslims, is an associate member. Apr 25, 2014 8:13 AM PT

World View: Obama Says U.S. Will Defend Japan over Senkaku Islands

A few weeks ago we reported that U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, visiting Japan, failed to reaffirm its mutual defense treaty with Japan and that the U.S. would defend Japan if China attacked the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. But on Wednesday, President Obama, visiting Japan, explicitly said that the U.S. would honor the mutual defense treaty. Apr 24, 2014 7:40 AM PT

World View: MERS Virus Cases Surge in Saudi Arabia, Spread to Greece, Jordan

The fear is that MERS-CoV (the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus) has mutated in some way that's going to make it easier to spread from one person to another. Saudia Arabia has confirmed more than 50 cases of the virus in the past week, with 13 new cases reported on Monday alone. Apr 22, 2014 2:27 AM PT

World View: Palestinian President Abbas, 79, Faces Life After 'Peace Talks' Collapse

The Mideast "peace talks" between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, set up last year by the Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry, have never been anything but a joke, but at least they were something to talk about as supposedly providing "hope for a lasting Mideast peace, with Israel and Palestine as two separate and equal nations living side by side in peace forever." Apr 21, 2014 2:47 AM PT

World View: China Admits That 20% of Its Farmland Is Polluted

A previously top secret report has emerged from China's Environmental Protection Ministry showing that 19.4% of China's farmland is contaminated with heavy metals, particularly cadmium, nickel, and arsenic. The toxins come from factories and mining. Rice crops are particularly vulnerable, since rice paddies are flooded with water, so the soil can be contaminated by a mine that's miles away. Apr 19, 2014 6:03 AM PT

World View: Russia Flip-Flops on Eastern Ukraine

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov announced that an agreement had been reached between Russia, Ukraine and the West to deescalate the situation. In particular, the agreement called for protesters to leave illegally seized buildings. As we reported yesterday, Russia's ambassador to the Soviet Union said that any such call would be "betraying" the people of eastern Ukraine. Apr 18, 2014 7:36 AM PT

World View: Iran Says Ukraine Crisis Is 'a Divine Blessing'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has previously declared the need to adopt a "resistance economy," to defeat the Western sanctions. Expediency Discernment Council Secretary and former IRGC (Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps) Commander Mohsen Rezaei discussed the "resistance economy." Apr 17, 2014 4:39 AM PT

World View: East Ukraine Clashes Become Dangerous as Kiev Strikes Back

A day later than originally threatened, Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov announced the beginning of an "anti-terrorist operation" by Ukraine's army to strike back at pro-Russian separatist activists in cities in eastern Ukraine. Later, Turchynov said the airbase at Kramatorsk had been "liberated" from "terrorists." Apr 16, 2014 2:39 AM PT

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