John J. Xenakis

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World View: Russia Contemplates Military Action in Ukraine After Sochi

The question of military intervention is being actively discussed during prime time on Russian state TV channels. A former adviser to Russian president Vladimir Putin, political scientist Andrey Illarionov, is frequently heard discussing preparations for a military invasion: "Ukraine is a failed state, and the historic chance for reunification of all the Russian lands can be lost in the next couple of weeks, so we mustn’t put off the solution to the Ukrainian Question." Feb 6, 2014 7:30 PM PT

World View: Pakistan 'Peace Process' Collapses on First Day

Tuesday was to be a "historic day" for Pakistan, for this was the day that Pakistan's government would open peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban - TTP) to end the endless bombings and other terror attacks that the TTP perpetrates almost daily. Feb 5, 2014 4:19 AM PT

World View: Torture of Ukraine Dissident Polarizes U.S.-Russia Relations

The news of the torture of Dmytro Bulatov was a bombshell that hit in the middle of a long-scheduled security conference being held in Munich. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with opposition leaders and said on Saturday in Munich that the U.S. and the European Union supported the people of Ukraine as they sought a stronger democracy, and should not be coerced into associating with one country (Russia). Feb 2, 2014 4:29 AM PT

World View: Army Strongman Al-Sisi May Be Egypt's Next President

Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on Monday gave its permission for army leader Abdel al-Fattah al-Sisi to become a civilian and run for president. This followed an announcement promoting al-Sisi from General to Field Marshal. According to reports, al-Sisi will announce within the next couple of days his resignation from the army and enter the upcoming presidential elections as a civilian candidate. Jan 28, 2014 2:22 AM PT

World View: Hungary's 'Fascist' Jobbik Party Leader Gabor Vona Speaks in London

Gabor Vona, described as "one of Europe's most electorally successful fascists" spoke on Sunday to UK-based sympathizers of his Hungarian Jobbik Party. Demonstrations by anti-fascist campaigners prevented Vona from giving his speech at the planned venue, so he ended up speaking to around 100 supporters at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park. Jan 27, 2014 3:17 AM PT

World View: China Increases Military Force in South China Sea

China is continuing its "Lebensraum" policy of using its vast military power and threats of military force to take control of vast portions of the South China Sea, including islands and regions that have historically belonged to Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Jan 24, 2014 6:41 AM PT


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