John J. Xenakis

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World View: Cholera Epidemic Spreads from Haiti to Cuba to Mexico

Mexico is reporting 176 confirmed cases of cholera, including one death. Mexico had an outbreak of cholera between 1991 and 2002, which was finally extinguished. The new outbreak has been traced back to the United Nations soldiers from Nepal, where cholera is endemic, who were sent to Haiti to aid people following the huge Haiti earthquake in 2010. Nov 17, 2013 7:34 PM PT

World View: Albania Refuses Syria Chemical Weapons Destruction

In what is being described as a snub to the United States, Albania has rejected a request to allow the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons to take place on Albania's soil. Albania was considered to be a good choice to host the destruction, since the country destroyed tons of its own chemical weapons in 2007 and 2012. Nov 16, 2013 6:41 AM PT

World View: China Snubs Philippines on Humanitarian Aid, Backtracks

China has been forced by international pressure to reverse a previous decision and send much more humanitarian aid than it originally intended to the Philippines. Following the total destruction of many Philippine cities and the deaths of thousands of people from Typhoon Haiyan, the worst typhoon on record, China pledged only $100,000 in aid in an obvious snub to the Philippines. Nov 15, 2013 2:22 PM PT

World View: Human Rights Watch Says Syria Using Russian-Made Incendiary Weapons

An investigation by Human Rights Watch finds that the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad has been using incendiary weapons to torture and kill Syrian civilians. There has been limited international condemnation because al-Assad has also been using chemical weapons to kill civilians. Nov 13, 2013 1:37 AM PT

World View: Iran's Statement on Syria Shows Signs of Desperation

A statement by Iran's foreign minister, Mohamed Javad Zarif, to a BBC interviewer is so completely full of falsehoods that it sounds like desperation. Zarif expressed outrage at terrorism and extremism by Sunni jihadists, while totally ignoring 30 years of Iranian Shia terrorism through the Revolutionary Guard Corp and through direct funding of Hezbollah and other violent terrorist groups. Nov 12, 2013 12:11 PM PT

World View: Saudi Arabia's Plans for Syria Intervention Face Many Obstacles

Following Saudi Arabia's nasty split with the United States -- following President Obama's public flip-flop on Syria, and the administration's new rapprochement with Saudi's arch-enemy Iran -- the Saudis are struggling to find a way to use their almost unlimited funds to do something to end the intolerable genocidal slaughter of innocent civilian Sunni Arabs by Syria's psychopathic president Bashar al-Assad, supported by Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Nov 11, 2013 4:09 AM PT

World View: China Implements 'Skynet' Surveillance Program to Control Protests

To provide better and more thorough control over the population, and to try to prevent everything from protests to terror attacks, China's government has installed as many as 130 million security cameras around the country, with 800,000 in Beijing alone. Facial recognition software is being installed so that the movements of any citizen can be tracked automatically by computer systems. China is calling this the "Skynet" program. Nov 9, 2013 7:36 AM PT

World View: Pakistan's Taliban Names 'Butcher of Swat' as Leader

Fazlullah has gotten the name "Butcher of Swat" because he led the Taliban in 2007-2009 to create rivers of blood with terrorist acts and a reign of terror in the Swat Valley of northwestern Pakistan, which used to be a beautiful tourist and ski resort. Nov 8, 2013 4:42 AM PT

World View: John Kerry Condemns Israeli Settlements

In a desperate attempt to salvage the latest collapsing Mideast "peace process," U.S. Secretary of State met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and said: "Let me emphasize at this point the position of the United States of America on the settlements is that we consider now, and have always considered, the settlements to be illegitimate." Nov 7, 2013 2:37 PM PT

World View: Plans for Syria 'Peace Conference' in Geneva Collapse

Plans for an international "peace conference" on the war in Syria collapsed on Tuesday. The peace conference was originally the idea of the Obama administration and the Russians, who, in May, proposed the conference for June. With one delay after another, it was hoped that the peace conference would be held in November. But with Tuesday's announcement, the conference will be postponed to next year. Nov 6, 2013 2:49 PM PT

World View: Iranians Commemorate 34th Anniversary of Storming U.S. Embassy

Tens of thousands of demonstrators chanted "Death to America!" outside the former U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran on Monday, as they celebrated the 34th anniversary of Iran's takeover of the embassy in 1979. This was the beginning of the hostage crisis, an event still imprinted on many American minds, as 52 Americans were held for 444 days. Nov 5, 2013 4:24 PM PT

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