John J. Xenakis

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World View: Hamas Cracks Down on Political Enemies in Gaza

The Palestinian factions Hamas and PA/Fatah have been bitter enemies since Hamas defeated Fatah in a 2008 war that wrested complete control of Gaza from Fatah. Theoretically, Fatah and Hamas have reconciled and are part of a "unity government," but unity has always been a fantasy, and the Gaza war has split them further. Aug 19, 2014 7:26 AM PT

World View: West Africa at Significant Economic Risk as Ebola Panic Intensifies

With travel bans increasing, the Ebola panic is almost reaching the point where West Africa is being quarantined and cut off from the rest of the world. Airlines are suspending flights to some West African cities. The Ebola crisis could also create shortages of food, fuel and other supplies because the nearest big port, Abidjan in Ivory Coast, has announced a ban on all ships from the Ebola-affected countries Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Aug 16, 2014 10:03 AM PT

World View: Russia Employing Army of 'Trolls' on Social Media

According to documents examined by an analyst firm, since April a Russian firm called the Internet Research Agency, with a 2014 budget of $10 million, has been hiring hundreds of "internet trolls" to challenge any online article critical of Russia. Aug 15, 2014 7:31 AM PT

World View: Western Countries Struggle with Whether to Send Troops to Iraq

The Obama administration flip-flopped on Wednesday on whether to send troops to Mount Sinjar in Iraq to save tens of thousands of members of the ancient Yadizi sect. At first, the US said that 130 troops would be landing on Mount Sinjar to aid the evacuation, but then late in the day said that troops would not be necessary since the air strikes had been successful. Aug 14, 2014 7:50 AM PT

World View: Iraq's PM al-Maliki Orders Troops and Tanks into Baghdad

Security forces, tanks, and Shia militia have surged into the streets of Baghdad after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gave a surprise nationally televised speech accusing President Fuad Masum, a Kurd, of attempting a coup to prevent him from running for a third term. Al-Maliki has been under tremendous international pressure to step down, because he's been a divisive figure in his harsh treatment of Sunnis since the withdrawal of American forces in December 2011. Aug 11, 2014 9:51 AM PT

World View: Hamas Is at War with Egypt More Than Israel

The ceasefire in Israel's war with Hamas ended at 8 am local time on Friday morning, and Hamas launched a barrage of rockets at targets in Israel a short time later. Israel walked out of the peace talks in Egypt and re-launched its air attacks on Hamas targets in Gaza. So the Gaza war is back in full force. Aug 9, 2014 9:23 AM PT

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

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