John J. Xenakis

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World View: Russia's Vladimir Putin Courts European Far Right, Ultranationals

One of the ironies of the Ukraine crisis is that, on the one hand, Russia's president Vladimir Putin is referring to Kiev's government as "fascists," while on the other hand, Putin is courting European politicians with views that range from center-right to far right to ultranational to fascist. Apr 3, 2014 2:21 AM PT

World View: Egypt's Terror Cells Get Training in Syria and Explosives from Libya

On March 19, Egyptian security forces raid a major bomb factory in the village of Arab Sharkas, on the outskirts of Cairo. In addition to a large cache of weapons and explosive belts, five tons of explosives were found, enough to destroy the dams that control the flow of the Nile river into the Delta. Eight terrorist cell members were arrested. Apr 2, 2014 2:28 AM PT

World View: Russia Demands a 'Federal Model' for Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was willing to agree to almost anything on Sunday, during his failed four hour conversation with Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, to convince the Russians to remove the tens of thousands of Russian troops from the Ukrainian border. Apr 1, 2014 1:55 AM PT

World View: France's President Francois Hollande Suffers Election Debacle

Sunday's nationwide municipal elections in France have dealt a stunning blow to president Fran├žois Hollande and his governing Socialist party. Turnout was low, and it's thought that the reason is that his supporters, furious that he's not left-wing enough and embarrassed by his scandals, stayed home without bothering to vote. Mar 31, 2014 12:04 AM PT

World View: Christians Versus Muslims in Central African Republic

Articles on current events in the Central African Republic (CAR) such as the one I posted two days ago often generate a great deal of commentary. Last year, Muslim Seleka militias killed tens of thousands of Christians and drove 400,000 from their homes. This year, Christian anti-balaka militias have retaliated with vengeance, massacring hundreds of thousands of Muslims and driving millions more from their homes -- so far. Mar 29, 2014 7:03 AM PT

World View: Pentagon Concerned Russia About to Invade Ukraine

U.S. officials are saying that Russian troops have been flooding into the region along the border with Ukraine in the last few days. The estimates of the number of troops range from 30,000 to 80,000, with Ukrainian officials claiming that the number is as high as 100,000. Mar 28, 2014 2:17 AM PT

World View: Central African Republic Peacekeepers Call Christians 'Enemy Combatants'

The 6,000 man African Union peacekeeping force, known by its acronym Misca, has designated the Christian "anti-balaka" militias in Central African Republic as "terrorists" and "enemy combatants," following a wave of anti-balaka attacks on Misca soldiers and the killing on Monday of a Misca peacekeeping soldier from the Republic of Congo. Mar 26, 2014 11:00 PM PT

World View: Vietnam, Philippines Unite to Confront China in South China Sea

Vietnam and the Philippines are natural allies in the face of China's belligerent actions in the South China Sea. China is threatening to use its massive military force to annex the entire South China Sea, including regions that have historically belonged to Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Mar 26, 2014 2:31 AM PT

World View: Pakistan Debates Sending Troops to Saudi Arabia

Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday categorically said that Pakistan was not sending its troops to Saudi Arabia or Bahrain. The denial came because of persistent and increasingly numerous rumors that Pakistan is sending 30,000 troops to Saudi Arabia for the defense shield force of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Mar 24, 2014 2:13 AM PT

World View - The 'New Normal': Russia, China Annex Other Countries' Territories with Impunity

Russia as a whole, and Putin in particular, are becoming increasingly nationalistic, and it's possible that Putin will conclude from the experience of annexing Crimea that Nato won't respond militarily even after a Nato country is invaded but will simply adopt new sanctions such as making it illegal for Russian politicians to visit Disneyland. Mar 22, 2014 2:20 AM PT

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