John J. Xenakis

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World View: Coup Possible in Pakistan After Night of Violence

Tens of thousands of activists in Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement are threatening an "Occupy Central" civil disobedience protest on Sunday. Threatened actions could include a boycott of university classes, wildcat street protests, strikes and a mass refusal to pay taxes. Aug 31, 2014 12:00 PM PT

World View: Russia Widens Its Invasion of Ukraine

Troops, tanks, and weapons from Russia's army are pouring into Ukraine in support of anti-government militias in a new war front in the country's southeast. The initial Russian invasion conquered and annexed the peninsula of Crimea, which is insulated and extends south into the Black Sea. Aug 29, 2014 8:56 AM PT

World View: Europe Tries to Deal with Increasing Flood of Migrants from Africa

The number of migrants leaving Africa on unsafe smugglers' boats hoping to reach Europe has been surging this year. This year, 110,000 people have been rescued from drowning on the unsafe trip, hoping to reach the southern tip of Sicily. That figure is up from 42,000 in all of 2013. Some 1,900 others have died this year during the perilous crossing. The numbers have surged this year because of the unrest in Syria and Libya. Aug 28, 2014 10:09 AM PT

World View: Israel, Hamas Extend Gaza Truce 24 Hours to Negotiate Deal

There are massive celebrations on the streets of Gaza on Tuesday, as leaders of Hamas declared "victory" over Israel in the recent war, claiming that Israel was forced to agree to a ceasefire since Hamas rockets could strike anywhere in Israel and could force Israel's airport in Tel Aviv to shut down. Aug 27, 2014 5:40 AM PT

World View: AQAP Announces Support for Islamic State

A union between Islamic State and AQAP has been feared by analysts, because it would make the highly sophisticated bomb-making capabilities of AQAP available to Islamic State and to the thousands of young European and American men with clean passports who have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic State. Aug 25, 2014 1:11 PM PT

World View: Russia Moves Trucks, Troops, Artillery into Ukraine

Politicians in Washington are scrambling to explain why they didn't foresee the rise of the Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS). Apparently the White House talking points are that when President Obama referred in January to Islamic State as "a JV [junior varsity] team," it's because no one could foresee what would happen in the eight months since then. Aug 23, 2014 2:08 PM PT

World View: Hamas Says It Didn't Intend to Start the Gaza War

The current Gaza war was triggered by events following the abduction of three Israeli teenagers on June 10. They were the subject of an extensive manhunt throughout the West Bank, during which hundreds of Palestinians, mostly members of Hamas, were arrested. Aug 22, 2014 12:49 PM PT

World View: Australian MP Clive Palmer Shocks Country with Anti-China Rant

MP and business mogul Clive Palmer has shocked Australia with some rather raw remarks about the Chinese. He was appearing on a TV talk show and was asked about a corruption charge by a Chinese company. He said, "It's not true, it's false," and said the Chinese wanted to take over Australian ports and control Australian resources, adding: "I don’t mind standing up against the Chinese bastards and stopping them from doing it." Aug 21, 2014 5:41 AM PT

World View: Hamas Cracks Down on Political Enemies in Gaza

The Palestinian factions Hamas and PA/Fatah have been bitter enemies since Hamas defeated Fatah in a 2008 war that wrested complete control of Gaza from Fatah. Theoretically, Fatah and Hamas have reconciled and are part of a "unity government," but unity has always been a fantasy, and the Gaza war has split them further. Aug 19, 2014 7:26 AM PT

World View: West Africa at Significant Economic Risk as Ebola Panic Intensifies

With travel bans increasing, the Ebola panic is almost reaching the point where West Africa is being quarantined and cut off from the rest of the world. Airlines are suspending flights to some West African cities. The Ebola crisis could also create shortages of food, fuel and other supplies because the nearest big port, Abidjan in Ivory Coast, has announced a ban on all ships from the Ebola-affected countries Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Aug 16, 2014 10:03 AM PT

World View: Russia Employing Army of 'Trolls' on Social Media

According to documents examined by an analyst firm, since April a Russian firm called the Internet Research Agency, with a 2014 budget of $10 million, has been hiring hundreds of "internet trolls" to challenge any online article critical of Russia. Aug 15, 2014 7:31 AM PT

World View: Western Countries Struggle with Whether to Send Troops to Iraq

The Obama administration flip-flopped on Wednesday on whether to send troops to Mount Sinjar in Iraq to save tens of thousands of members of the ancient Yadizi sect. At first, the US said that 130 troops would be landing on Mount Sinjar to aid the evacuation, but then late in the day said that troops would not be necessary since the air strikes had been successful. Aug 14, 2014 7:50 AM PT

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