John J. Xenakis

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World View: Australia Joins Japan, Vietnam, Philippines in Opposing China

Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have been forming an alliance against China, as China has been moving to annex other countries' territories in the South and East China Seas. Relations between Vietnam and China have become particularly hostile since China deployed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Jul 11, 2014 5:56 AM PT

World View: Israel and Hamas Accuse Each Other of War Crimes

The rhetoric appears to be heating up to the extent that neither side is giving itself a way to back down. Tensions are rising and events are moving quickly in the Mideast. It's still possible that things will settle down and return to the usual status quo, but it's also possible that we'll be seeing a major war within a week or two. Jul 10, 2014 8:07 AM PT

World View: Mideast War or Peace? Depends on What Hamas Wants

In the last weeks, we've seen young Israelis call for "Death to Arabs" on social networking sites, and we've seen what are undoubtedly younger generations of Palestinians rioting in the West Bank and shooting off rockets in Gaza. Jul 9, 2014 6:29 PM PT

World View: Israeli Police Hold Six Suspects in Murder of Palestinian Teen

Israeli officials are hoping that the swift action by police in identifying the killers of the Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir within four days of his murder will cool off the tension between Israelis and Palestinians. Six young Jewish males were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of having perpetrated the crime. Jul 7, 2014 5:12 AM PT

World View: Activists Demand Restoration of Kingdom of Hawaii

Activists in Hawaii are demanding that the federal government return the land taken from the descendants of the original Polynesian inhabitants of Hawaii after the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893. Hawaii was annexed by the United States in 1898 as a territory. Hawaii was bombed by the Japanese in 1941, and citizens there played a crucial role in the Pacific war, raising national sentiments to make it a state. It became a state in 1959. Jul 5, 2014 5:51 AM PT

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

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