World update: March 30-31 2019

Please don’t forget that tomorrow I’m moving to Substack! I’ll be posting both here and there next week, but after that this site is going to go dark. Head to Substack and sign up today so you won’t miss anything! ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum survived an assassination attempt on Saturday that left… Continue reading World update: March 30-31 2019

Middle East update: March 30-31 2019

Please don’t forget that tomorrow I’m moving to Substack! I’ll be posting both here and there next week, but after that this site is going to go dark. Head to Substack and sign up today so you won’t miss anything! SYRIA The Kurdish YPG militia attacked a Turkish military position in Afrin with mortars on Sunday,… Continue reading Middle East update: March 30-31 2019

World update: March 29 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban attacked a couple of police checkpoints in the city of Ghazni early Friday morning, killing… Continue reading World update: March 29 2019

Middle East update: March 29 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. SYRIA Al-Monitor’s Amberin Zaman reports that Arab tribes aligned with the Syrian Democratic Forces have been trying to cut… Continue reading Middle East update: March 29 2019

Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

The city of Thessaloniki (formerly Thessalonica) always struck me as one of the ultimate urban runners up in history. It became the most important city in Macedonia…right before the Romans showed up. It became an important Roman city…because it was a way point on the main route from Rome to Byzantium. When the Roman Empire… Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

World update: March 28 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. CLIMATE CHANGE Great news: a new report from the World Meteorological Society says the effects of climate change are… Continue reading World update: March 28 2019