John J. Xenakis

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World View: China Admits That 20% of Its Farmland Is Polluted

A previously top secret report has emerged from China's Environmental Protection Ministry showing that 19.4% of China's farmland is contaminated with heavy metals, particularly cadmium, nickel, and arsenic. The toxins come from factories and mining. Rice crops are particularly vulnerable, since rice paddies are flooded with water, so the soil can be contaminated by a mine that's miles away. Apr 19, 2014 6:03 AM PT

World View: Russia Flip-Flops on Eastern Ukraine

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov announced that an agreement had been reached between Russia, Ukraine and the West to deescalate the situation. In particular, the agreement called for protesters to leave illegally seized buildings. As we reported yesterday, Russia's ambassador to the Soviet Union said that any such call would be "betraying" the people of eastern Ukraine. Apr 18, 2014 7:36 AM PT

World View: Iran Says Ukraine Crisis Is 'a Divine Blessing'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has previously declared the need to adopt a "resistance economy," to defeat the Western sanctions. Expediency Discernment Council Secretary and former IRGC (Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps) Commander Mohsen Rezaei discussed the "resistance economy." Apr 17, 2014 4:39 AM PT

World View: East Ukraine Clashes Become Dangerous as Kiev Strikes Back

A day later than originally threatened, Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov announced the beginning of an "anti-terrorist operation" by Ukraine's army to strike back at pro-Russian separatist activists in cities in eastern Ukraine. Later, Turchynov said the airbase at Kramatorsk had been "liberated" from "terrorists." Apr 16, 2014 2:39 AM PT

World View: Russia, U.S. Exchange Accusations as East Ukraine Unrest Escalates

Violence is escalating in large cities in east Ukraine along the border with Russia, where pro-Russian protesters have stormed and looted government buildings, demanding secession from Ukraine to become part of the Russian federation. According to Ukraine's Security Service, separatists armed with explosives and other weapons were holding 60 people hostage. Apr 9, 2014 7:52 AM PT

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