John J. Xenakis

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World View: U.S. and Russia Bitterlyn Split over Syria Intervention

It was U.S. President Barack Obama versus Russian President Vladimir Putin on the last day of the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Both of them were ranting, but Obama accused Putin of paralyzing the international community, and Putin accused Obama of violating international law. Sep 7, 2013 6:02 AM PT

World View: Former Syria Defense Minister Defects to Turkey

There have been numerous defections from al-Assad's government since 2011, but almost all of them have been Sunni Muslims. Habib's defection would be significant because he's a Shia/Alawite, so he could potentially represent the Alawite community in a deal to end the war. Sep 6, 2013 3:58 AM PT

World View: France Promises Military Response to Syria's Chemical Weapons Attack

It was just a week ago when it was thought that Britain, France, and the United States would form a coalition for military action against the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad in response to the regime's use of chemical weapons. But then Britain's parliament rejected any involvement, and President Barack Obama reversed his position, delaying any strike and leaving the decision to Congress, putting American foreign policy into chaos. Sep 3, 2013 7:37 AM PT

World View: Obama Administration Lays Out Case for Syria Intervention

President Barack Obama says that he has not yet made a decision on Syria, but he's set several "red lines," and failed to do anything when the red lines were breached. Thus, many analysts believe Obama has no choice but to launch an American attack on Syria, and they expect an attack this weekend, possibly with some support from France and Turkey. Aug 31, 2013 7:05 AM PT

World View: Israel Braces for Counter-Strike if U.S. Hits Syria

Both Syria and Hezbollah are promising to respond to an American attack on Syria with a counter-attack on Israel. In Israel, civilians flooded gas mask distribution centers spurred on by fears that any Western military response to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria could ensnare their own country in war. Aug 28, 2013 3:00 AM PT

World View: The Drums of War Beat over Syria

The horrific videos of Wednesday's chemical weapons attack in Syria have been streaming in, and Syria continued until the last week to bomb and shell the site of the attack, in order to degrade and destroy the evidence. Aug 27, 2013 12:51 AM PT

World View: U.S. Hints at Cruise Missile Strikes Against Syria

Senior American Defense Department officials are acknowledging that the U.S. is considering various options for military intervention in Syria, including a list of targets for possible cruise missile strikes. At the same time, the U.S. Navy is putting more forces into the area in preparation for a possible cruise missile strike. Aug 24, 2013 7:29 AM PT

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