John J. Xenakis

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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

World View: Drug Cartel Networks Move to Honduras from Mexico, Colombia

Because of counter-narcotics policies in Colombia and Mexico organized crime syndicates have been forced relocate to other Latin American countries, where they're meeting a lot less resistance. The model is Venezuela, where deals between drug gangs and Hugo Chávez turned Venezuela into a narcostate. Oct 2, 2013 3:36 AM PT

World View: Algeria Cracks Down on Jihadists Headed for Syria

As I've written many times, the civil war in Syria, in which Shia/Alewite Bashar al-Assad is being supplied with heavy weapons, which he uses along with chemical weapons to massacre and torture Sunni women and children, is serving as an enormous recruiting opportunity for Sunni jihadists in South Asia, the Mideast, the Maghreb (northern Africa), and the Caucasus. Sep 30, 2013 9:06 AM PT

World View: Violence in Afghanistan Surges in September

In an extraordinary move, Greece's police have arrested the leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, and formally charged him with belonging to a criminal organization. Dozens more members have been arrested as well, including four MPs (holding seats in Greece's parliament). The charges include homicide, attempted homicide, money laundering, blackmail, grievous bodily harm, and other serious crimes. Sep 29, 2013 5:48 AM PT

World View: U.N. Security Council Passes Irrelevant Resolution on Syria

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that requires Syria to eliminate its arsenal of chemical weapons. Unfortunately, if the Syrian regime's psychopathic president Bashar al-Assad simply ignores the threat and goes on ordering the rape, mutilation and massacre of innocent women and children on a large scale, then the only "punishment" that the resolution specifies is a threat to hold another Security Council meeting. Sep 28, 2013 7:47 AM PT

World View: How Hezbollah's Reluctant Foray into Syria Changed the Mideast

The Mideast changed dramatically on April 30 of this year, when Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanon-based Shia terror group Hezbollah, gave a televised speech saying that Hezbollah would militarily enter the fight in Syria, on the side of the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, and then followed up by winning an overwhelming victory against Syria's opposition in Qusair. Sep 27, 2013 2:22 AM PT

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