John J. Xenakis

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World View: Egypt's Morsi Endorses Syria Rebels

Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi announced on Saturday the end of all diplomatic ties with the Syrian regime led by Bashar Al-Asaad, and that "the Egyptian people and army are supporting the Syrian uprising." Jun 16, 2013 11:38 AM PT

World View: Hezbollah Promises to Keep Fighting for Assad in Syria

As we've been reporting, the recent announcement by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, and his subsequent actions in providing thousands of fighters to help Bashar al-Assad's Syrian army, has resulted in a harsh Sunni/Shia divide throughout the Mideast, with Arab Sunni Muslims vitriolically condemning and threatening all Shias, especially after the stunning al-Assad/Hezbollah victory in Qusair. Jun 15, 2013 6:44 AM PT

World View: Reform Candidate Rouhani Advances in Iran's Presidential Polls

On Friday, voters in Iran's presidential election will have a choice of five hardline candidates, and only one who is considered "centrist" or "reformist." It's a question just how reformist he is, since he's a cleric who's close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Jun 13, 2013 1:16 AM PT

World View: Deja Vu in Turkey as Riots Threaten Erdogan Regime

What began as peaceful protests by a few dozen people in Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey, two weeks ago have now grown to anti-government protests by tens of thousands of people in Istanbul's Taksim Square, with additional protests in cities across Turkey. Jun 12, 2013 1:35 AM PT

World View: Russia Considers Putting Troops on Israel-Syria Border

Russia is considering putting Russian troops into the Golan Heights on the Israel-Syria border as peacekeepers. Russia made the suggestion last week after the Austrians announced that they would pull their troops out of the U.N. peacekeeping force, but the U.N. rejected the suggested because of a 1974 agreement between Syria and Israel that no permanent members of the U.N. Security Council could serve there as peacekeepers. Jun 11, 2013 1:12 AM PT

World View: The Deafening Silence Following the Xi/Obama Summit

Prior to the two-day meeting of China's president Xi Jinping and U.S. president Barack Obama, both of them bubbled with enthusiasm, and talked about a "new model" of cooperation between China and the U.S. Now that's it's over, a U.S. official has described it as "unique, positive and constructive." Jun 10, 2013 2:24 AM PT

World View: UN Rejects Russian 'Peacekeepers' for Israel-Syria Border

There was a bit of humor on Friday, when Russia's president Vladimir Putin offered Russian troops to replace the Austrian troops that are pulling out of the peacekeeping force on the border between Syria and Israel because it's become too dangerous there, as we reported yesterday. Jun 8, 2013 6:53 AM PT

World View: Greece's Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party Popularity Grows

The next 3.3 billion euro installment in the bailout of Greece is due at the end of June if Greece is to avoid going bankrupt, and so representatives of the "troika" of organizations bailing out Greece -- the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) -- are returning to Greece to turn the screws and make sure that the government meets its previous promises and commitments. Jun 4, 2013 12:13 AM PT

World View: China's Premier Visits India, Fails to Solve Any Problems

With China's new government in power, led by president Xi Jinping, the new prime minister Li Keqiang chose India as his first international visit, with the nominal objectives of reducing tensions in at least three areas: India/China border disputes, trade and commercial relations, and China-Pakistan relations. Jun 3, 2013 1:51 AM PT


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