John J. Xenakis

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World View: Sunni vs Shia Sectarian Clashes Grow in Northern Lebanon

Clashes between the largely Shia Lebanon army and Sunni jihadists in the northern Lebanon city of Tripoli, on the border with Syria, are entering their fourth day. The clashes are a spillover of the war in Syria, and are the worst violence in Lebanon since the war began. Oct 27, 2014 8:51 AM PT

World View: World Health Organization Declares a Global Polio Outbreak

The news that Craig Spencer, a physician with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) who was treating Ebola patients in Guinea, has himself contracted Ebola since returning to New York City (NYC), is triggering high anxiety and near-panic in some people in NYC, especially upon learning that Spencer took the subway and went to a bowling alley. Nonetheless, Spencer's situation appears to be a template for how the public can be kept safe from Ebola. Oct 25, 2014 10:11 AM PT

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


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