John J. Xenakis

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World View: Growing U.S.-Iran-Hezbollah Relationship Alienates Israel

As the nuclear arms talks with Iran proceed, Israeli leaders are increasingly distrustful of the administration of president Barack Obama who, they fear, will continue to make numerous concessions to Iran and in the end will still allow Iran to continue development of nuclear weapons. Mar 9, 2014 3:23 AM PT

World View: Russia Prepares Invasion, Arab States Have Major Split

Absurdly, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Lavrov continued to insist that there were no Russian troops in Crimea. He said that they were all ethnic Russian militias over which he has no control. If Lavrov can sit there and make such a ridiculous lie, then assume that everything else he and Putin say is a lie. Mar 6, 2014 12:41 AM PT

World View: Russian Troops in Ukraine Raise Fear of 'Abkhazia Scenario'

The "Abkhazia scenario" refers to Russia's 2008 invasion of Georgia, after which Russia annexed two of Georgia's provinces, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Indeed, Russia appears to be following exactly the same pattern that it followed prior to the Georgia invasion. Mar 1, 2014 6:30 AM PT

World View: Pakistan Plans Large-Scale Military Attack on Taliban

In a major policy reversal, the government of Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif is planning to launch a full-scale military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban - TTP). The attack will be focused in the Taliban strongholds in the tribal area that borders Afghanistan. Feb 28, 2014 9:51 AM PT

World View: Russia Masses Troops on Ukraine Border as Ethnic Russians and Tatars Clash

Long-dormant World War II hatreds came alive again Wednesday, when ethnic Russians clashed with ethnic Tatars outside of Crimea's parliament building in Simferopol in southern Ukraine. Thousands of Tatars demonstrated in front of the Crimean parliament Wednesday to block deputies from passing any legislation that would support the separation of Crimea from Ukraine. Feb 26, 2014 10:58 PM PT

World View: Ukraine's 'Separatist' Talk Threatens Ethnic Tatars

As we've discussed several times, western Ukraine is mostly populated by Ukrainian-speaking ethnic Ukrainians, while eastern Ukraine is mostly populated by Russian-speaking ethnic Russians. However, even eastern Ukraine isn't entirely Russian, and although the Russian language is spoken there, it's spoken with a Ukrainian accent. Feb 26, 2014 1:54 AM PT

World View: US, IMF, EU Facing Bailout Requests from Ukraine, Greece

Ukraine says that it's going to need a $35 billion bailout for 2014 and 2015. It seems likely that the U.S., the IMF, and the European Union are going to be asked to provide that bailout. At the same time, the "Troika" of organizations bailing out Greece -- the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) -- are in a bitter dispute with Greece's government over the amount of bailout money needed by Greece. Feb 25, 2014 7:59 AM PT

World View: Mass Murderer Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe Has 90th Birthday

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who has been president since 1980, celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday. Mugabe's party, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), operate as de facto enforcers of government policies and commit assault, torture, rape, extralegal evictions and executions without fear of punishment. Feb 24, 2014 1:50 AM PT

World View: Europeans Broker 'Peace Agreement' in Ukraine

With violence growing in Ukraine and the country becoming increasingly lawless and ungovernable, foreign ministers from Poland, France, and Germany brokered a Ukraine peace agreement between president Viktor Yanukovych and the leaders of the opposition. The opposition signed because European leaders warned them that the alternative was martial law. Feb 22, 2014 6:01 AM PT


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