John J. Xenakis

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World View: Muslim World Split by Boko Haram Abductions

It's a common Western complaint of Islam that Muslim officials and clerics rarely condemn the acts of Islamist terrorists, or that any such condemnations are rarely as aggressive as Christian condemnation of a terrorist act by other Christians. May 14, 2014 2:19 PM PT

World View: China Rams Vietnamese Ships in South China Sea

Eight Vietnamese boats have been "rammed, hit or sprayed with high-pressure hoses [by Chinese boats]... damaging Vietnamese vessels and injuring their crew members" since Saturday, according to Vietnamese officials. The Vietnamese ships were attempting a blockade to prevent China from deploying a mobile drilling rig to search for oil and gas in regions that have historically belonged to Vietnam. May 8, 2014 2:04 PM PT

World View: Iran's Navy Chief Says He Can Sink an American Aircraft Carrier in 50 Seconds

A couple of weeks ago, Iran announced that it would be running military war games involving attacks on mock-ups of American warships and aircraft carriers, including replica of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. On Monday, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Ali Fadavi announced that their tests have been successful. May 6, 2014 7:52 PM PT

World View: Violence in Odessa Revives Memories of Nazi Massacre of Jews

Jews living in Odessa are considering an emergency evacuation under the expectation that violence will grow considerably next week. Jews haven't been directly affected by the violence so far, but the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews have prepared a fleet of 70 buses and are considering renting a holiday camp to house 600 Jews away from Odessa next weekend. May 6, 2014 9:59 AM PT

World View: Car Bombing in Nigeria, 200 Kidnapped Girls Still Missing

With the annexation of Ukraine's territory pushing the poll ratings of Russia's President Vladimir Putin astronomically high into the 80s, on Thursday, Moscow staged the first May Day parade in decades. According to Moscow's mayor, more than 100,000 people marched in the parade. "This is not by chance, because there is a patriotic uplift and a good mood in the country," he said. There were also large pro-Putin May Day parades in other Russian cities, as in Simferopol, the capital of the annexed Crimea region. The holiday will continue all weekend. May 3, 2014 10:42 AM PT

World View: President Obama Accuses Vladimir Putin of Being a Liar

Obama pointed out that pro-Russian activists shot down helicopters using sophisticated surface-to-air missiles that could only have been obtained from Moscow, and that neutral observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have been abducted, with the conclusion that Putin's statements lacked "honesty and credibility." May 2, 2014 7:46 PM PT

World View: 3 Dead, 79 Injured in Terrorist Attack on Chinese Railway Station

Three people were confirmed dead and 79 others were injured, including four seriously injured, in the terrorist attack Wednesday evening at a railway station in Urumqi, capital of China's northwest province Xinjiang. Knife-wielding mobs slashed people at the exit of the South Railway Station of Urumqi and set off explosives. A similar attack took place on March 1 at a railway station in southwestern China, killing 29 civilians and injuring another 143. Both attacks are assumed to have been perpetrated by Uighur separatists from Xinjiang province. Apr 30, 2014 8:09 PM PT

World View: Evidence Suggests Syria's Bashar al-Assad Used Chlorine on Civilians

Chemical warfare experts have examined soil samples taken from the scene of three recent helicopter attacks by the army of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad which showed sizeable and unambiguous traces of chlorine and ammonia present at the site of all three attacks. In some cases, the chemical weapons were delivered in canisters marked with their contents. Apr 30, 2014 9:28 AM PT

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