John J. Xenakis

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World View: Forecasting the Ebola Endgame and Global Risk

Today, the biggest threat to US security by far is China, which is preparing as rapidly as possible for a preemptive massive missile attack on American cities, aircraft carriers, and military installations. Oct 18, 2014 8:32 PM PT

World View: Al-Qaeda and ISIS Struggle for Global Jihadi Terrorist Leadership

With the dramatic rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS or ISIL) in the past year, a generational competition is growing between ISIS, led by the youthful Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and headquartered in Syria, versus al-Qaeda, led by Ayman al-Zawahiri and other old geezers on the Afghanistan - Pakistan border. Oct 13, 2014 6:51 AM PT

World View: Turkey and America Play a Game of 'Chicken' over ISIS and Kobani

A real geopolitical drama is in progress, as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS or ISIL) attack on the Syrian city of Kobani, on the border with Turkey, may be close to victory. An ISIS victory would have potentially severe consequences for both America and Turkey. Oct 10, 2014 7:12 AM PT

World View: Ebola Expected to Reach France and Britain Within Three Weeks

The U.S. military has begun using Apache AH-64 attack helicopters to strike targets of the Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS or ISIL) in Iraq. In addition, the number 1,200 of US military personal on the ground in Iraq is expected to increase to 1,600 within the coming weeks, although the U.S. administration does not refer to these as "ground forces." Oct 7, 2014 7:21 AM PT

World View: ISIS Influence Spreads in Asia, as Pakistan Taliban Pledges Support

Only a few hundred exhausted pro-democracy protesters were in the streets on Monday morning, the deadline for the Hong Kong government's ultimatum to clear the streets. The protesters have withdrawn from protest sites that formerly were blocking access to government buildings, schools and businesses, and the government has so far not ordered the police to clear the remaining protest sites. Oct 6, 2014 7:25 AM PT

World View: Hong Kong Protesters Fear More Violence by China's 'Triad' Gangs

Hong Kong's protesting students were bloodied on Friday by attacks by thugs thought to be from criminal gangs known as "triads." Protesters have accused the HK police of ignoring or even supporting the triad attacks on protesters, charges that the police vehemently deny. Some protesters are suggesting that the Beijing government is paying triad gangs to attack the protesters. Oct 5, 2014 8:51 AM PT

World View: Iran's Supreme Leader Condemns 'American Islam'

The recent vote by Turkey's parliament to allow the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria to fight terrorist groups has drawn strong criticism from the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad. The intent, at the urging of the United States, was to allow Turkish troops to fight the Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS or ISIL) and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party). Oct 4, 2014 7:06 AM PT

World View: Five New Ebola Patients Become Infected Every Hour in Sierra Leone

The beaches of Cape Verde, Kenya, New Zealand, Jamaica, Morocco and other countries are changing from sandy resorts to masses of black dirt and stones. The reason is that sand miners are harvesting all the sand on these beaches, and selling it. It is used in the production of computer chips, plates and mobile phones. However, the biggest use is by far the construction industry. Global consumption of sand mining is estimated at 40 billion tons per year, with 30 billion tons of that used in concrete for the construction industry. Oct 3, 2014 7:34 AM PT

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