John J. Xenakis

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World View: Israel/Turkey Relations Poisoned Further by Spy Revelation

According to a report by David Ignatius in the Washington Post, at the height of the mutual bitterness over the Mavi Marmara incident, Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT), transmitted to Iranian intelligence the identities of up to ten Iranians who had been working with Israel's Mossad intelligence agency. Oct 19, 2013 10:22 AM PT

World View: Sicily Declares State of Emergency as African Migrants Flood In

Sicily's governor Rosario Crocetta declared a state of emergency on Tuesday because of difficulty coping with daily arrivals of migrants from Africa and Syria. Calls for action have grown after two tragic shipwrecks last week in which more than 400 Eritrean, Somali and Syrian refugees drowned. Oct 16, 2013 6:31 AM PT

World View: Aetna CEO Predicts Obamacare IT Failures Until 2017

Mark Bertolini, the CEO of insurance company Aetna Inc., has been personally involved in the implementation of Obamacare from the beginning, from both a policy and an IT perspective, and he's always been a supporter of Obamacare. Bertolini was interviewed on CNBC on Monday, and his technical assessment of the Obamacare websites is that they're so bad they won't be fully working until 2017. Oct 15, 2013 7:56 AM PT

World View: IT Systems a Continuing Disaster

I had expected Obamacare to collapse for purely economic reasons, just as Nixon's wage-price controls collapsed for economic reasons. But what I hadn't foreseen is that a critical factor in the collapse of Obamacare may well be the IT systems. President Obama is calling them "glitches" that will be repaired soon, but many people are wondering whether they can be repaired. Oct 14, 2013 4:18 PM PT

World View: Israel and Saudi Arabia Furious over Talk of US/Russia/Iran Deal on Syria

There's been a flurry of "diplomacy peace moves" recently: President Obama having a phone call with Iran's president Hassan Rouhani; Secretary of State John Kerry congratulating Russia on having a positive, cooperative approach to Syria; Kerry saying he's "very pleased" with Syria's positive, cooperative approach to the chemical weapons inspectors. Oct 12, 2013 6:10 AM PT

World View: France's Anti-Muslim Anti-Immigrant Surges in Polls

France's far-right National Front party is leading the two mainstream political parties in recent polls. (The term "far right" has different meanings in Europe and America.) A new poll finds that NP is leading with 24%, while the center-right UMP part of former president Nicolas Sarkozy has 22%, and the governing Socialist party of president François Hollande is at 19%. Oct 11, 2013 1:21 AM PT

World View: U.S. to Cut Off Military Aid to Egypt

Reports indicate that the U.S. will announced on Wednesday a decision to cut off military aid to Egypt. Egypt currently receives $1.5 billion in US aid annually, $1.3 billion of which is designated for the military. The aid includes military equipment, including F-16s. Oct 9, 2013 4:05 AM PT

World View: Suicide Bombers Target Egypt's Police

ver since Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi was deposed in an army coup on July 3, the Egyptian people have hoped that the level of violence would settle down, but that doesn't appear to be happening. Oct 8, 2013 2:19 AM PT

World View: Two U.S. Military Strikes Target Libya, Somalia Jihadists

U.S. Navy Seals conducted a raid of the al-Shabaab jihadist group in Somalia early Saturday morning. The raid was conducted with soldiers rather than using drone strikes, in the hope that some "high-profile targets" could be captured and brought to trial. Oct 6, 2013 2:31 AM PT


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