John J. Xenakis

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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

World View: Hamas Troop Numbers Grow as Israeli Ground Offensive Widens

In the meantime, militia factions in Gaza are increasing their military capabilities. Since the last war in 2012, the capacities of these militias have been enhanced through training exercises, following military training programs and curricula, including the development of special or commando forces. Jul 22, 2014 4:34 AM PT

World View: Multiple Simultaneous Crises Signal Deteriorating Geopolitics

On Thursday, the deterioration of the world's geopolitics took a giant step forward with two major new crises: A large passenger plane was shot down in east Ukraine by a missile that's widely believed to have been launched by pro-Russia separatists and obtained from Russia's armed forces. Israel began a ground invasion of Gaza that's expected to last for weeks. Jul 18, 2014 4:52 AM PT

World View: Sectarian Violence Continues to Grow in Central African Republic

For the last few months, sectarian violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been centered in the capital city, Bangui, in the southwestern region of the country. However, new reports indicate that the violence has been moving east and has now reached the region surrounding the central city of Bambari and farther east. Jul 17, 2014 1:14 PM PT

World View: Hamas Furious at Egypt's Cease-Fire Proposal as Violence Escalates

Hamas rejected, and Israel accepted, the cease-fire proposal offered by Egypt on Monday evening. The proposal called for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel to begin early Tuesday morning. Israel held off bombing Gaza for six hours to give Hamas a chance to consider the proposal, but during that time dozens of rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel. When it became clear that Hamas would not accept the proposal, Israel resumed bombing military targets in Gaza. Jul 16, 2014 8:49 AM PT


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