John J. Xenakis

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World View: Japan Announces Military Buildup to Counter China

Japan has announced a plan to change its military strategy from "pacifism" to "proactive pacifism," and to increase defense spending and transform its military from a largely land-based force to a new amphibious assault force. Dec 18, 2013 12:25 AM PT

World View: U.N. Makes Biggest Funding Request Ever, for Syria

The United Nations on Monday made the biggest appeal for emergency aid in its history, a total request of $12.9 billion, half of which is for victims of Syria's war. According to the U.N., 9.3 million people inside Syria require aid. Dec 17, 2013 2:12 AM PT

World View: Syria's Air Force Drops 'Barrel Bombs' on Aleppo Neighborhoods

Syrian government aircraft have dropped at least 25 barrel bombs on neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo, targeting three districts and a school, killing dozens of civilians and at least 15 children. A "barrel bomb" is a barrel containing hundreds of pounds of explosives, designed to cause massive damage on impact. Dec 16, 2013 1:22 AM PT

World View: China Naval Vessel Confronts U.S. Warship in International Waters

A Chinese naval vessel confronted the USS Cowpens, a guided missile warship, in international waters on December 6, forcing the U.S. vessel to take evasive action to avoid a collision. The Chinese action was deliberate, and was apparently taken to prevent the U.S. warship from conducting surveillance on China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. Dec 15, 2013 1:14 AM PT

World View: India Announces Travel Restrictions as Taliban Targets Polio Workers in Pakistan

The Taliban have imposed an "official ban' on polio vaccinations, and they've been murdering doctors and nurses who administer the vaccines. The result is that polio is endemic in Pakistan, as well as in Afghanistan and Nigeria. India has become the first country to implement a ban on travelers from Pakistan who have not been immunized against polio. Dec 14, 2013 7:37 AM PT

World View: Russia Prepares for Chechen Jihadists' Return from Syria

Thousands of ethnic Chechens have come from Chechnya, Russia's southern province, or from Europe, and have gone to Syria to fight against the army of Syria's genocidal monster president Bashar al-assad. Russian officials are finally beginning to worry that these Chechens, battle-hardened from the war in Syria, will return to Russia and join Sunni militants who are fighting violent separatist movements in the Caucasus. Dec 13, 2013 12:32 AM PT

World View: U.S., Britain Halt 'Non-Lethal Aid' to Syria's Rebels

The United States and Britain are suspending shipments of "non-lethal military aid" to the Syrian rebels opposed to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad. The decision to end this aid came when the Islamic Front last week stormed and took control of several warehouses filled with American supplies. Dec 12, 2013 2:12 AM PT

World View: Purge of Kim Jong-Il's Uncle Signals N. Korean 'Reign of Terror'

Jang Song-thaek, the 67-year-old uncle of the child dictator Kim Jong-un, has been removed from power, and that two of his closest associates were executed in public last month, as we reported last week. It was unconfirmed at that time, but now Jang's humiliation has been publicly televised, showing two green-uniformed guards grabbing him by the armpits and pulling him away from a Workers' Party meeting. Dec 11, 2013 1:43 AM PT

World View: World Trade Agreement Permits India to Stockpile Rice, Wheat

You never know what nonsense is going to come out of a meeting of 159 politicians like the meeting of the World Trade Organization in Bali this week. In between sunnin' and surfin', the representatives of 159 companies came up with an agreement that WTO chief Roberto Azevedo described as "historic," but which is little more than a list of promises that will never be fulfilled. Dec 8, 2013 1:36 AM PT

World View: Bodies Pile Up in Central African Republic as French Arrive

Hundreds of bodies are littering the streets of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, as French troops began to arrive on Friday in the former colony. France's deployment was sped up out of fear that the situation would completely spiral out of control. Some 400,000 people have already fled their homes to escape the fighting. Dec 7, 2013 5:36 AM PT

World View: Hezbollah Commander Assassinated in Increasingly Violent Lebanon

Hezbollah commander Hassan al-Laqqis was shot to death by gunmen with silencers as he arrived home late on Tuesday evening in Beirut, Lebanon. This was a new shock for the Shia terrorist militia organization, because al-Laqqis was supposed to be well protected from such attacks. Dec 5, 2013 1:25 AM PT

World View: Vice President Joe Biden Backs Japan as He Heads for China

As tensions continue to be high after the recent announcement by China of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) encompassing much of the East China Sea, including regions belonging to Japan, American vice president Joe Biden is renewing the U.S. commitment to Japan. Dec 4, 2013 1:37 AM PT

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