John J. Xenakis

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World View: India Tests Nuclear-Capable Long-Range Missile

India has successfully conducted the second test flight of the indigenously developed Agni ("Fire") V nuclear-capable long-range missile. The missile was launched from a mobile launcher and is capable of reaching deep into China and as far as Europe when it's deployed in 2014 and 2015. Sep 16, 2013 6:34 AM PT

World View: Hindu Nationalist Nominated as India's Prime Minister

A strong populist movement in India has resulted in the selection of Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist who in 2005 was banned from entry into the United States, as the candidate for prime minister for the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sep 15, 2013 1:32 AM PT

World View: Philippine Troops in Clashes with al-Qaeda Linked Terrorists

Tens of thousands have been driven from their homes by Muslim terrorists in the mostly Christian city of Zamboanga on the Philippine island of Mindanao. An estimated 180 terrorists from the al-Qaeda linked separatist group Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are holding as many as 180 hostages. The army says that it has the situation "contained," but it is feared that the fighting will spread. Sep 13, 2013 6:14 AM PT

World View: North Korea Apparently Restarting Its Nuclear Reactor

Satellite images from August 31, 2013, show white steam rising from a building near the reactor hall that houses the gas-graphite reactor’s steam turbines and electric generators. The white coloration and volume are consistent with steam being vented because the electrical generating system is about to come online, indicating that the reactor is in or nearing operation. The reactor is capable of producing plutonium that can be used in nuclear weapons. Sep 12, 2013 5:55 AM PT

World View: Pakistan's Attempts at Peace with Taliban Seem Doomed to Failure

Nawaz Sharif, the new PM of Pakistan, made a campaign promise that he would negotiate with the Pakistan Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan - TTP), so that TTP would stop terrorist bombing strikes on Pakistani targets (and presumably leaving them free to focus on terrorist attacks on Nato and Afghan government sites in Afghanistan). At the time, I indicated that Sharif's campaign promise was a dream. Sep 11, 2013 6:55 AM PT

World View: Would America Not Defend Israel After All?

Since WW II, we've signed mutual defense treaties with numerous countries, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand (ANZUS treaty), the Philippines, Israel, Europe, Iceland, and others. Sep 8, 2013 12:16 AM PT

World View: U.S. and Russia Bitterlyn Split over Syria Intervention

It was U.S. President Barack Obama versus Russian President Vladimir Putin on the last day of the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Both of them were ranting, but Obama accused Putin of paralyzing the international community, and Putin accused Obama of violating international law. Sep 7, 2013 6:02 AM PT

World View: Former Syria Defense Minister Defects to Turkey

There have been numerous defections from al-Assad's government since 2011, but almost all of them have been Sunni Muslims. Habib's defection would be significant because he's a Shia/Alawite, so he could potentially represent the Alawite community in a deal to end the war. Sep 6, 2013 3:58 AM PT

World View: France Promises Military Response to Syria's Chemical Weapons Attack

It was just a week ago when it was thought that Britain, France, and the United States would form a coalition for military action against the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad in response to the regime's use of chemical weapons. But then Britain's parliament rejected any involvement, and President Barack Obama reversed his position, delaying any strike and leaving the decision to Congress, putting American foreign policy into chaos. Sep 3, 2013 7:37 AM PT

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