John J. Xenakis

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World View: Israel Masses Troops on Gaza Border as Violence Escalates in Jerusalem

Israel is facing escalating violence on two fronts -- barrages of rockets from Gaza and street violence in Jerusalem -- a day after a Palestinian teen was abducted, burnt, and killed, possibly in revenge by Israeli settlers for the abduction and deaths of three Israeli teens. Both the Israeli and Palestinian populations are expressing deep anger and a desire for retribution and revenge. Jul 4, 2014 4:44 AM PT

World View: Ukraine's Forces Assault Pro-Russian Separatists as Cease-Fire Ends

Both Ukraine government forces and pro-Russian separatists in ease Ukraine appear to be digging in for a protracted conflict, as a dozen or so people were killed on Tuesday in firefights between the two groups. The government forces began an assault on the pro-Russian separatist positions after Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an end to a 10-day old cease-fire. Jul 2, 2014 4:49 AM PT

World View: Nigeria's Boko Haram Attacks a Church but Flees from Bees and Snakes

Terrorists, assumed to be Boko Haram, killed dozens of people on Sunday in an attack on three villages in northeast Nigeria, including one targeting worshippers at a church. That attacks took place only a few miles from Chibok, where Boko Haram abducted over 200 schoolgirls several weeks ago. Jun 30, 2014 3:07 PM PT

Sarajevo Serbs Unveil Monument to Gavrilo Princip, The Assassin Who Triggered WWI

In the Balkans, a monument to Gavrilo Princip was unveiled on Saturday in East Sarajevo by Nebojsa Radmanovic, the Serb leader in the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Exactly one hundred years ago, on June 28, 1914, Princip shot and killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, and his pregnant wife, Sophie. Jun 28, 2014 8:00 PM PT

World View: USS Bataan with 1,000 marines to Join Six Other Warships in the Persian Gulf

CNN is reporting that the USS Bataan is being sent to the Persian Gulf with 1,000 marines on board. There is no word of a planned invasion. That will make seven warships there -- the USS Arleigh Burke, the USS Truxton, the USS Gunston Hall, the USS George HW Bush, the USS O'Kane, the USS Philippine Sea, and the USS Mesa Verde -- along with helicopters and warplanes that can be used for an invasion or for an evacuation of US citizens. Jun 28, 2014 7:46 AM PT

World View: Ukraine to Sign Trade Deal with European Union on Friday

The event that triggered the violent crisis besetting Ukraine for the last seven months was the last-minute flip-flop by then-president Viktor Yanukovych, who had promised to sign a trade deal with the European Union, only to ditch the EU deal and go with a trade deal with Russia. Jun 26, 2014 11:17 AM PT

World View: Ebola Virus Is 'Out of Control' in Western Africa

Doctors Without Borders is calling the Ebola epidemic in western Africa "out of control." There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March. The outbreak has spread to 60 different locations in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Jun 24, 2014 7:37 AM PT

World View: With Syria Destabilizing, Number of Refugees Back to WWII Levels

For the first time since World War II, the number of refugees that have been forced to leave their homes because of violence or persecution exceeds 50 million. During 2013, there were about 10.7 million individuals who became new refugees. Fully half of the new refugees were children, and the large preponderance were mothers and children. Jun 21, 2014 7:19 AM PT

World View: President Obama Orders More U.S. Military Involvement in Iraq

President Barack Obama set as his highest priority is to be able to brag that he left office with all U.S. wars ended. Because his only foreign policy doctrine was to be the anti-Bush, he's had one disastrous foreign policy debacle after another. Now concerns are being raised that there's another foreign policy debacle in the making. Jun 20, 2014 7:05 AM PT

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