Europe/Americas update: November 7-8 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA/UKRAINE Ukraine is apparently thinking about cutting all diplomatic ties with Russia, a move that the Kremlin told reporters on Wednesday would not be in either country’s interests. LITHUANIA Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis expects NATO to agree to permanently station anti-aircraft defenses in the Baltics and/or Poland at its 2018 summit. HUNGARY Viktor Orbán’s fixation… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 7-8 2017

Asia/Africa update: November 7-8 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Gunmen affiliated with ISIS attacked the Shamshad TV station in Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least one person and triggering a three hour battle with Afghan police. The station, to its credit, went back on the air within minutes after police had secured the building. KASHMIR Indian forces pursuing Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Maulana Masood Azhar… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 7-8 2017

Middle East update: November 8 2017

SYRIA There’s been no official confirmation as I write this, but “pro-government sources” are saying that the Syrian army and its allied militias (including at least one–Kataib Hezbollah–that has crossed into Syria from Iraq) have captured al-Bukamal, the last ISIS position of any significance in eastern Syria and along the Syria-Iraq border. If true, this means… Continue reading Middle East update: November 8 2017

Middle East update: November 7 2017

This is going to be our only update tonight. I’ll double up on the rest of the world tomorrow. IRAQ Per Musings on Iraq, Turkmen forces responsible for looting and violence in Tuz Kharmato during the Iraqi advance on Kirkuk last month are trying to claim that it was the retreating Kurds who damaged and… Continue reading Middle East update: November 7 2017

World update: November 6 2017

Just a short one tonight. I am genuinely exhausted. ASIA AFGHANISTAN An American investigation has found that US airstrikes thankfully killed no civilians in Kunduz last week. Whew, I was a little worried that it might. I guess those civilians who reported dozens of people killed in those airstrikes were, uh, hallucinating? On an Ambien… Continue reading World update: November 6 2017

Middle East update: November 6 2017

IRAQ This is a bit “oh, now you tell us,” but on Monday Iraq’s Supreme Court ruled that no part of the country can legally secede. It’s unlikely any other Iraqi region would have made the attempt after seeing what happened to the Kurds, but the ruling opens the door to an even more robust… Continue reading Middle East update: November 6 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 4-5 2017

LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS ASSHOLES There’s been a new massive leak from a big Caribbean law firm/offshoring factory akin to the 2015 Panama Papers leak. This new material, called the “Paradise Papers,” comes primarily from Appleby, a law firm that specializes in offshore tax havens and has several offices in the Caribbean and in… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 4-5 2017