John J. Xenakis

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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

World View: Central African Republic Peacekeepers Call Christians 'Enemy Combatants'

The 6,000 man African Union peacekeeping force, known by its acronym Misca, has designated the Christian "anti-balaka" militias in Central African Republic as "terrorists" and "enemy combatants," following a wave of anti-balaka attacks on Misca soldiers and the killing on Monday of a Misca peacekeeping soldier from the Republic of Congo. Mar 26, 2014 11:00 PM PT

World View: Vietnam, Philippines Unite to Confront China in South China Sea

Vietnam and the Philippines are natural allies in the face of China's belligerent actions in the South China Sea. China is threatening to use its massive military force to annex the entire South China Sea, including regions that have historically belonged to Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Mar 26, 2014 2:31 AM PT

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


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