John J. Xenakis

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World View: Russia, U.S. Exchange Accusations as East Ukraine Unrest Escalates

Violence is escalating in large cities in east Ukraine along the border with Russia, where pro-Russian protesters have stormed and looted government buildings, demanding secession from Ukraine to become part of the Russian federation. According to Ukraine's Security Service, separatists armed with explosives and other weapons were holding 60 people hostage. Apr 9, 2014 7:52 AM PT

World View: Russia's Vladimir Putin Courts European Far Right, Ultranationals

One of the ironies of the Ukraine crisis is that, on the one hand, Russia's president Vladimir Putin is referring to Kiev's government as "fascists," while on the other hand, Putin is courting European politicians with views that range from center-right to far right to ultranational to fascist. Apr 3, 2014 2:21 AM PT

World View: Egypt's Terror Cells Get Training in Syria and Explosives from Libya

On March 19, Egyptian security forces raid a major bomb factory in the village of Arab Sharkas, on the outskirts of Cairo. In addition to a large cache of weapons and explosive belts, five tons of explosives were found, enough to destroy the dams that control the flow of the Nile river into the Delta. Eight terrorist cell members were arrested. Apr 2, 2014 2:28 AM PT

World View: Russia Demands a 'Federal Model' for Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was willing to agree to almost anything on Sunday, during his failed four hour conversation with Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, to convince the Russians to remove the tens of thousands of Russian troops from the Ukrainian border. Apr 1, 2014 1:55 AM PT

World View: France's President Francois Hollande Suffers Election Debacle

Sunday's nationwide municipal elections in France have dealt a stunning blow to president François Hollande and his governing Socialist party. Turnout was low, and it's thought that the reason is that his supporters, furious that he's not left-wing enough and embarrassed by his scandals, stayed home without bothering to vote. Mar 31, 2014 12:04 AM PT

World View: Christians Versus Muslims in Central African Republic

Articles on current events in the Central African Republic (CAR) such as the one I posted two days ago often generate a great deal of commentary. Last year, Muslim Seleka militias killed tens of thousands of Christians and drove 400,000 from their homes. This year, Christian anti-balaka militias have retaliated with vengeance, massacring hundreds of thousands of Muslims and driving millions more from their homes -- so far. Mar 29, 2014 7:03 AM PT

World View: Pentagon Concerned Russia About to Invade Ukraine

U.S. officials are saying that Russian troops have been flooding into the region along the border with Ukraine in the last few days. The estimates of the number of troops range from 30,000 to 80,000, with Ukrainian officials claiming that the number is as high as 100,000. Mar 28, 2014 2:17 AM PT


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