John J. Xenakis

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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

World View: Russia Prepares to Annex Ukraine's Crimea - and More

The outcome of Sunday's Crimea referendum on seceding from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation as an independent republic seems now to be a foregone conclusion. Russia's parliament is rushing a special constitutional amendment to legalize the annexation of Crimea, and it's expected to be enacted within a day or two. Mar 14, 2014 2:22 AM PT

World View: Malaysia Accused of Coverup over Lost MH370 Airliner

The apparent stonewalling and confusion from Malaysia's government and air force are creating outrage among almost everyone – the passengers' families, officials of Vietnam and other countries participating in the search, and the public in Malaysia, Vietnam, and China. Mar 13, 2014 3:18 AM PT

World View: Accusations Fly as Israeli-Palestinian 'Peace Process' Nears Deadline

Pretty much everyone has known from the beginning that the Obama administration inspired 9-month Mideast "peace process" never had a chance of reaching an agreement, but now that the nine months are almost up and a deadline is approaching, all parties are positioning themselves to blame someone else when the talks collapse. Mar 12, 2014 3:01 AM PT

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


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