John J. Xenakis

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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

World View: Fears of Terrorism at Sochi Russian Olympics Soar

Russian police have been handing out fliers to hotels, warning them of a "Black Widow" terror suspect who may be planning terrorist attacks during the Sochi Olympics. The name "Black Widow" originally was applied to women who were avenging the deaths of their husbands during the 1990s Chechnya wars, but in recent years the term has referred to any of the increasing numbers of female suicide bombers. Jan 21, 2014 2:42 AM PT

World View: Mob Rule in Central African Republic as Christians Crave Revenge

On Sunday morning, a Christian mob in Bangui, the capital city of Central African Republic, lynched two Muslims, hacked them to pieces, and then burned their bodies in an act of rage. Scenes of this sort are being reported across CAR, but this one was different because there's a video of the act that's so horrifying that it's drawing worldwide attention. Jan 20, 2014 2:21 AM PT

World View: Aftermath of Egypt's Referendum Vote Will Affect U.S. Aid

Before the coup, Egypt was receiving $1.5 billion in U.S. aid annually, $1.3 billion of which is designated for the military. The aid included military equipment, including F-16s. For months, the Obama administration carefully refrained from using the word "coup" to describe Morsi's ouster, since American law requires aid to be cut off to a country that overthrows a democratically elected leader in a coup. Jan 17, 2014 6:00 AM PT

World View: China Threatens Military Seizure of South China Sea Island from Philippines

A Chinese media article published over the weekend says that China is preparing for a military invasion of the second-largest of the Spratly Islands. Pagasa Island is administered by the Philippines. China calls it the Zhongye Island and claims ownership and has threatened to use its vast military power to threaten and subdue any neighboring nation that disobeys its orders. Jan 16, 2014 12:34 PM PT


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