John J. Xenakis

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World View: Russia Appears poised to Invade Ukraine, Threatening War

Poland's prime minister Donald Tusk said on Wednesday that he's just received information that the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is "higher than it was several days ago." This comes after several days when Russia has been massing tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine's eastern border. Aug 7, 2014 12:41 PM PT

World View: Cyclic Anti-Semitism Surges in Europe

The figures show that there was a big spike in anti-Semitism during the 2009 war between Israel and Gaza and a new spike today with the Gaza war. But prior to the 1990s, there were relatively few anti-Semitic attacks, but the number has been growing steadily since then and accelerated after the year 2000. Aug 6, 2014 8:51 AM PT

World View: Syria War Spills into Lebanon as ISIS Attacks Town of Arsal

Militias from the Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS), which have gained control of large swaths of Syria and Iraq, joined with some militias from al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra to attempt to take control of Lebanon by attacking the town of Arsal in northern Lebanon. Aug 5, 2014 7:25 AM PT

World View: ISIS Captures Iraq's Biggest Hydroelectric Dam, Driving Back Kurds

Terrorists with the Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS) defeated Kurdish Peshmerga (militia) forces and took control of Iraq's biggest hydroelectric dam, located near Mosul. This gives ISIS control of the water supply and electricity of much of northern Iraq and also the ability to flood major cities, threatening Baghdad. Aug 4, 2014 7:44 AM PT

World View: Gaza Ceasefire Collapses with 'Game Changer' Abduction

The ceasefire has been a disaster. Israel's army kept destroying tunnels. Suicide bombers popped out of one hidden tunnels and killed two soldiers. Then, a team popped out of another tunnel, grabbed an Israeli soldier, Hadar Goldin, and dragged him back into the tunnel. The ceasefire ended in 90 minutes. Aug 2, 2014 1:39 PM PT

World View: Opening Rafah Border Key Goal of Hamas

Hamas's committed objective is to get the "siege" lifted, which would permit people and goods to flow freely out of Gaza. There are a few border crossings into Israel, but the most important aspect of this objective is opening the Rafah border crossing that connects Egypt and Gaza. Aug 1, 2014 8:25 AM PT

World View: The Gaza War Becomes Existential for Both Sides

Israel received almost worldwide condemnation on Wednesday for air strikes on a crowded Gaza marketplace and on a United Nations shelter, killing or wounding over 100 civilians, including women and children. On the other hand, Hamas released a taunting video of how they used one of their tunnels under the border fence between Gaza and Israel on Monday to surprise and kill five Israeli soldiers. Jul 31, 2014 7:54 AM PT

World View: Uighurs Launch Massive Knife-Wielding Terrorist Attack in China

Dozens of knife-wielding "thugs," presumed to be Muslim Uighur separatists, conducted a "premeditated and carefully planned" attack on a government building and police station in Ailixihu, a town in China's restive northwest Xinjing province. The terrorists killed dozens of Han and Uighur civilians and destroyed 31 vehicles, presumably because of their association with the local branch of the hated Beijing government. The police killed "dozens" of the attackers. Jul 30, 2014 5:53 AM PT

World View: Huge Fuel Depot Fire Threatens Tripoli with Explosion

A huge fuel depot near the airport in Libya's capital Tripoli is burning out of control and spreading. The tanks contains some 20 million gallons of petrol and fuel. If the fire is not brought under control, it could ignite liquid gas nearby, triggering a much larger explosion and causing a humanitarian and environmental disaster. Jul 29, 2014 7:36 AM PT

World View: Embassies in Tripoli Evacuated as Libya Sinks into Tribal War

The United States, Britain, Turkey, and other countries are closing their embassies in Tripoli, Libya, and asking their employees to flee as quickly as possible to the safety of neighboring Tunisia. Libya's government, such as it is, appears to have completely lost control of the country, and tribal battles are becoming more violent, especially in Tripoli and Benghazi. Jul 28, 2014 4:36 AM PT

World View: Israel Rejects 7-Day Ceasefire, Agrees to 12-Hour Ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been running around from country to country in the Mideast trying to sell a 7-day "give peace a chance" plan. The plan has already been rejected by both Hamas and Israel. The details of the plan were not published, but the issues are being widely discussed. Jul 26, 2014 8:43 AM PT

World View: Gaza War Splits Arab States into Competing Alliances

In a sense, Kerry and Ban are playing out of their league because, really, no one in the Mideast really cares at all what they think. The Gaza war is inflaming a powerful geopolitical fault line in the Mideast, and events are not under the control any politician or group of politicians. Jul 22, 2014 9:44 AM PT

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