John J. Xenakis

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World View: Drug Cartel Networks Move to Honduras from Mexico, Colombia

Because of counter-narcotics policies in Colombia and Mexico organized crime syndicates have been forced relocate to other Latin American countries, where they're meeting a lot less resistance. The model is Venezuela, where deals between drug gangs and Hugo Chávez turned Venezuela into a narcostate. Oct 2, 2013 3:36 AM PT

World View: Algeria Cracks Down on Jihadists Headed for Syria

As I've written many times, the civil war in Syria, in which Shia/Alewite Bashar al-Assad is being supplied with heavy weapons, which he uses along with chemical weapons to massacre and torture Sunni women and children, is serving as an enormous recruiting opportunity for Sunni jihadists in South Asia, the Mideast, the Maghreb (northern Africa), and the Caucasus. Sep 30, 2013 9:06 AM PT

World View: Violence in Afghanistan Surges in September

In an extraordinary move, Greece's police have arrested the leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, and formally charged him with belonging to a criminal organization. Dozens more members have been arrested as well, including four MPs (holding seats in Greece's parliament). The charges include homicide, attempted homicide, money laundering, blackmail, grievous bodily harm, and other serious crimes. Sep 29, 2013 5:48 AM PT

World View: U.N. Security Council Passes Irrelevant Resolution on Syria

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that requires Syria to eliminate its arsenal of chemical weapons. Unfortunately, if the Syrian regime's psychopathic president Bashar al-Assad simply ignores the threat and goes on ordering the rape, mutilation and massacre of innocent women and children on a large scale, then the only "punishment" that the resolution specifies is a threat to hold another Security Council meeting. Sep 28, 2013 7:47 AM PT

World View: How Hezbollah's Reluctant Foray into Syria Changed the Mideast

The Mideast changed dramatically on April 30 of this year, when Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanon-based Shia terror group Hezbollah, gave a televised speech saying that Hezbollah would militarily enter the fight in Syria, on the side of the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, and then followed up by winning an overwhelming victory against Syria's opposition in Qusair. Sep 27, 2013 2:22 AM PT

World View: Venezuela's Economy Approaches Full-Scale Hyperinflation

According to the latest figures, inflation in Venezuela reached the hyperinflationary level of 45.4% in August. Since the bolivar currency was introduce in January 2008, total inflation has been 323%. The country is plagued by shortages of everything from milk and cooking oil to toothpaste and toilet paper. The astronomically high inflation of the past few years turned into hyperinflation this year because of an August 2012, explosion at the government-owned Amuay Refinery, killing 42 and reducing Venezuela's oil exports by 25%. Sep 26, 2013 6:27 AM PT

World View: Kenya and Israel Strengthen Ties over Mall Attack

Though not saying so publicly, Israel has taken a leading role in aiding Kenya in the fight against al-Shabaab terrorists at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. Kenya and Israel have long-standing close relationships, involving everything from commercial interests to sharing intelligence. Sep 24, 2013 6:47 AM PT

World View: Syria Turns over Inventory List of Chemical Weapons

Much to the surprise of a number of people (including me), Syria submitted an inventory list of items in its chemical weapons stockpile on time on Saturday. U.S. officials said they were pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the initial submission, and said that it was more complete than anticipated. Sep 22, 2013 4:47 AM PT

World View: Syria Moves Its Stockpiles of Chemical Weapons for 'Unknown Reasons'

Starting on September 14, the exact day that Syria signed on to the Russian-American agreement that Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles be destroyed, the Syrian regime began moving around its chemical weapon stockpiles. U.S. satellites observed truck convoys moving in and out of storage sites starting on that day. The official explanation is that the regime is consolidating its stockpiles so that they can be more easily classified and tabulated. However, U.S. intelligence officials are skeptical, believing that it's more likely that they're moving the stockpiles around to conceal them. Sep 20, 2013 11:32 AM PT

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