John J. Xenakis

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World View: Violence in Odessa Revives Memories of Nazi Massacre of Jews

Jews living in Odessa are considering an emergency evacuation under the expectation that violence will grow considerably next week. Jews haven't been directly affected by the violence so far, but the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews have prepared a fleet of 70 buses and are considering renting a holiday camp to house 600 Jews away from Odessa next weekend. May 6, 2014 9:59 AM PT

World View: Car Bombing in Nigeria, 200 Kidnapped Girls Still Missing

With the annexation of Ukraine's territory pushing the poll ratings of Russia's President Vladimir Putin astronomically high into the 80s, on Thursday, Moscow staged the first May Day parade in decades. According to Moscow's mayor, more than 100,000 people marched in the parade. "This is not by chance, because there is a patriotic uplift and a good mood in the country," he said. There were also large pro-Putin May Day parades in other Russian cities, as in Simferopol, the capital of the annexed Crimea region. The holiday will continue all weekend. May 3, 2014 10:42 AM PT

World View: President Obama Accuses Vladimir Putin of Being a Liar

Obama pointed out that pro-Russian activists shot down helicopters using sophisticated surface-to-air missiles that could only have been obtained from Moscow, and that neutral observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have been abducted, with the conclusion that Putin's statements lacked "honesty and credibility." May 2, 2014 7:46 PM PT

World View: 3 Dead, 79 Injured in Terrorist Attack on Chinese Railway Station

Three people were confirmed dead and 79 others were injured, including four seriously injured, in the terrorist attack Wednesday evening at a railway station in Urumqi, capital of China's northwest province Xinjiang. Knife-wielding mobs slashed people at the exit of the South Railway Station of Urumqi and set off explosives. A similar attack took place on March 1 at a railway station in southwestern China, killing 29 civilians and injuring another 143. Both attacks are assumed to have been perpetrated by Uighur separatists from Xinjiang province. Apr 30, 2014 8:09 PM PT

World View: Evidence Suggests Syria's Bashar al-Assad Used Chlorine on Civilians

Chemical warfare experts have examined soil samples taken from the scene of three recent helicopter attacks by the army of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad which showed sizeable and unambiguous traces of chlorine and ammonia present at the site of all three attacks. In some cases, the chemical weapons were delivered in canisters marked with their contents. Apr 30, 2014 9:28 AM PT

World View: Al-Qaeda Rubs Hands with Glee' at Snowden Disclosures

We have no way of knowing whether the massive intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden have made our missile defenses helpless against a missile attack by China, since neither the U.S. nor the Chinese government are talking about things like. Apr 27, 2014 3:12 AM PT

World View: Russian Jets Fly over Ukraine's Air Space

Russian military aircraft entered Ukrainian airspace several time on Thursday and Friday, raising tensions in eastern Ukraine. Earlier, pro-Russian separatists seized a bus carrying international military observers near the eastern Ukraine town of Sloviansk, which is under control of the activists. Talks are underway to free them. Apr 26, 2014 7:05 AM PT

World View: Crimean Tatars and Ukraine Seek Help from Sunni Muslim Countries

Ukraine is applying to join the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as an associate member as a move to protect the 300,000 Tatars living in 300 Muslim communities on the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia. The OIC was established in 1969 "to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world." It has a membership of 57 states. Russia, with a population of 27 million Muslims, is an associate member. Apr 25, 2014 8:13 AM PT

World View: Obama Says U.S. Will Defend Japan over Senkaku Islands

A few weeks ago we reported that U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, visiting Japan, failed to reaffirm its mutual defense treaty with Japan and that the U.S. would defend Japan if China attacked the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. But on Wednesday, President Obama, visiting Japan, explicitly said that the U.S. would honor the mutual defense treaty. Apr 24, 2014 7:40 AM PT

World View: MERS Virus Cases Surge in Saudi Arabia, Spread to Greece, Jordan

The fear is that MERS-CoV (the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus) has mutated in some way that's going to make it easier to spread from one person to another. Saudia Arabia has confirmed more than 50 cases of the virus in the past week, with 13 new cases reported on Monday alone. Apr 22, 2014 2:27 AM PT

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