John J. Xenakis

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World View: Russia Takes the Lead in Foreign Policy for 2014

In 2011, Russia was very unhappy that they'd abstained in the U.N. Security Council resolution allowing military action in Libya, because they felt that the U.S. and Nato had taken advantage of the situation to go much farther than they had said they would. Jan 1, 2014 3:21 AM PT

World View: Another Volgograd Explosion Throws Russia's Sochi Olympics into Doubt

Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners were released from Israeli jails in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the third batch of a total of 104 prisoners who committed terrorist acts prior to the 1994 Oslo accords, and are to be released according to rules for the current "peace process" negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis. Dec 31, 2013 2:41 AM PT

World View: Saudi Arabia Pledges $3 Billion to Lebanon's Army

A couple of days after the murder of moderate Sunni leader Mohammad Shatah in the heart of downtown Beirut, Saudi Arabia is pledging $3 billion for the Lebanese army. In the same announcement, France's President François Hollande is offering to sell to Lebanon's army any weapons it wishes to buy. Dec 30, 2013 7:16 AM PT

World View: Bethlehem Celebrates Roman Catholic Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve

Thousands of Palestinians and Israelis, as well as international pilgrims and tourists, arrived in Bethlehem on Tuesday to witness the Roman Catholic midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity, where it's thought that Jesus Christ was born. Visitors included Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and European Union foreign minister Catherine Ashton. Dec 25, 2013 4:37 AM PT

World View: Jihadist Group Ansar Jerusalem Kills Eleven in Egypt Car Bomb Attack

A car bomb attack early Tuesday on a police headquarters in Mansour, a Nile Delta city north of Cairo, killed 11 people, and injured dozens. The attack comes a day after al-Qaeda linked Sinai terrorist group Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis or Champions of Jerusalem) issued a statement calling on Egypt's police and army to desert because they were supporting a secular government. Dec 23, 2013 8:34 PM PT

World View: China Denounces Japan's Planned Military Expansion

China is denouncing Japan's change in military strategy from "pacifism" to "proactive pacifism. Japan plans substantial increases in defense and military spending, especially to create a new amphibious assault force, in response to China's surging military strength and nationalistic aggression. Dec 22, 2013 3:25 AM PT

World View -- Positions Harden in US/India Diplomatic Debacle

Devyani Khobragade, an Indian diplomat, was arrested for underpaying her nanny, also an Indian, and for lying about the pay on her visa application. Indians are furious because Khobragade was arrested, strip searched, and forced to sit in a lockup with drug users for several hours, which the New York City police say is standard procedure. Dec 21, 2013 5:58 AM PT


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