John J. Xenakis

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World View: Jubilation in Tehran over Iran's Nuclear Deal

Iranians cheered foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on his return to Tehran, after successfully negotiating the nuclear deal in Geneva. He was praised as an "ambassador of peace", and chants rang out, "No to war, sanctions, surrender and insult." Nov 26, 2013 3:29 AM PT

World View: China Demands to Control Air Space over Japan's Senkaku Islands

In a major escalation of tensions with Japan, China has announced the creation of an "East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone," which says that China’s Ministry of National Defense will have administrative responsibility for the entire East China Sea region, including the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands that have historically belonged to Japan. Nov 24, 2013 1:22 AM PT

World View–JFK: We Shall Pay Any Price, Bear Any Burden for the Success of Liberty

He was in the generations that had seen massive famine and genocide. He had seen American soldiers tortured, mutilated and killed on the Bataan death march, or shot down like fish in a barrel on the beaches of Normandy. He had seen America and its allies kill millions of civilians, women and children, with huge firebombs and nuclear weapons. He had seen human beings at their worst, worse than the most vicious animals. And he was saying that America must pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship to keep it from happening again, because he knew that paying that price was a tiny fraction of the cost of not paying it. Nov 22, 2013 8:04 PM PT

World View: New American Drone Strike Stirs Outrage in Pakistan

At least two senior Haqqani network leaders, along with three Taliban leaders, were killed by an American drone strike in Pakistan on Thursday. The drone strike targeted a madrassa run by the Haqqani network, which has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Nov 22, 2013 3:21 AM PT

World View: Cholera Epidemic Spreads from Haiti to Cuba to Mexico

Mexico is reporting 176 confirmed cases of cholera, including one death. Mexico had an outbreak of cholera between 1991 and 2002, which was finally extinguished. The new outbreak has been traced back to the United Nations soldiers from Nepal, where cholera is endemic, who were sent to Haiti to aid people following the huge Haiti earthquake in 2010. Nov 17, 2013 7:34 PM PT

World View: Albania Refuses Syria Chemical Weapons Destruction

In what is being described as a snub to the United States, Albania has rejected a request to allow the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons to take place on Albania's soil. Albania was considered to be a good choice to host the destruction, since the country destroyed tons of its own chemical weapons in 2007 and 2012. Nov 16, 2013 6:41 AM PT

World View: China Snubs Philippines on Humanitarian Aid, Backtracks

China has been forced by international pressure to reverse a previous decision and send much more humanitarian aid than it originally intended to the Philippines. Following the total destruction of many Philippine cities and the deaths of thousands of people from Typhoon Haiyan, the worst typhoon on record, China pledged only $100,000 in aid in an obvious snub to the Philippines. Nov 15, 2013 2:22 PM PT

World View: Human Rights Watch Says Syria Using Russian-Made Incendiary Weapons

An investigation by Human Rights Watch finds that the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad has been using incendiary weapons to torture and kill Syrian civilians. There has been limited international condemnation because al-Assad has also been using chemical weapons to kill civilians. Nov 13, 2013 1:37 AM PT

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