John J. Xenakis

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World View: Pakistan's Taliban Names 'Butcher of Swat' as Leader

Fazlullah has gotten the name "Butcher of Swat" because he led the Taliban in 2007-2009 to create rivers of blood with terrorist acts and a reign of terror in the Swat Valley of northwestern Pakistan, which used to be a beautiful tourist and ski resort. Nov 8, 2013 4:42 AM PT

World View: John Kerry Condemns Israeli Settlements

In a desperate attempt to salvage the latest collapsing Mideast "peace process," U.S. Secretary of State met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and said: "Let me emphasize at this point the position of the United States of America on the settlements is that we consider now, and have always considered, the settlements to be illegitimate." Nov 7, 2013 2:37 PM PT

World View: Plans for Syria 'Peace Conference' in Geneva Collapse

Plans for an international "peace conference" on the war in Syria collapsed on Tuesday. The peace conference was originally the idea of the Obama administration and the Russians, who, in May, proposed the conference for June. With one delay after another, it was hoped that the peace conference would be held in November. But with Tuesday's announcement, the conference will be postponed to next year. Nov 6, 2013 2:49 PM PT

World View: Iranians Commemorate 34th Anniversary of Storming U.S. Embassy

Tens of thousands of demonstrators chanted "Death to America!" outside the former U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran on Monday, as they celebrated the 34th anniversary of Iran's takeover of the embassy in 1979. This was the beginning of the hostage crisis, an event still imprinted on many American minds, as 52 Americans were held for 444 days. Nov 5, 2013 4:24 PM PT

World View: Syria's Refugees Overwhelm the Mideast

Syria's civil war has driven some two million people into neighboring countries as refugees, and some 600,000 of these refugees have poured into Jordan. Jordan's King Abdullah II said on Sunday that Jordan's resources are being depleted by the huge number of refugees. Nov 4, 2013 11:07 AM PT

World View: United Nations Celebrates M23 Rebel Militia Defeat in Congo

United Nations and African officials are celebrating the victory by the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC or DR Congo) over the M23 militia and rebel group in eastern DRC. Officials are hopeful that this will finally bring peace to eastern DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda for the first time since the end of the horrific Rwandan genocide of 1994. Nov 1, 2013 7:36 AM PT

World View: Madagascar Faces a Locust Invasion of Biblical Proportions

Madagascar seems to be facing one Biblical affliction after another. Last February, at the height of summer in the southern hemisphere island-nation off the coast of Africa, Madagascar was struck by a huge tropical cyclone, destroying many crops just before harvest. The water also produced the perfect environment for the breeding of locusts, and recent swarms of locusts were so thick that they blocked out the sun. Oct 30, 2013 4:08 PM PT

World View: New Zealand, U.S. Resume Military Cooperation

America and New Zealand announced a resumption of military-to-military contacts for the first time since 1986, when Washington ordered a military embargo after New Zealand banned all nuclear-armed or nuclear-powered submarines from entering its waters. Oct 29, 2013 1:33 AM PT

World View: Iran Officials Order Removal of Anti-American Posters in Tehran

Iranian officials have ordered the removal of unauthorized anti-American posters. The posters referred to the proposed negotiations between Americans and Iranians, and graphically implied that Americans would be dishonest. The implication is that the real American goal in the negotiations is to attack Iran militarily. Oct 28, 2013 1:29 AM PT

World View: Japan, China Exchange Threats as Relations Deteriorate

The dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku / Diaoyu islands has not been in the news for a few months, but tensions have continued to grow. On Friday, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that many nations in the region are looking to Japan to counter China's attempt to use military force to change the status quo in Asia Oct 27, 2013 1:39 AM PT

World View: Europe's Roma Gypsies Fear Increased Discrimination over Child Buying Case

For days, European officials have been wondering how to solve a problem like Maria, and they've finally succeeded. Maria is the light-skinned, blond, blue-eyed girl, about 5 years old, living with a Roma Gypsy couple in Greece until last week. That's when authorities decided that the dark-skinned Gypsy couple couldn't possibly be the parents of Maria, and they decided that they must have kidnapped her. Oct 26, 2013 6:47 AM PT

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