Asia/Africa update: October 31-November 1 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN The big story of the day is obviously the aftermath of Tuesday’s terror attack in New York, and we’ll get to that later but here I wanted to try to say something about the US media’s immediate obsession with Uzbekistan. The attacker, alleged I guess, was an Uzbek national named Sayfullo Saipov, and… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 31-November 1 2017

Middle East update: October 31-November 1 2017

IRAQ Well this is probably bad news: Iraq says negotiations with the Kurds over the deployment of federal forces along the borders of their autonomous region have failed. The body overseeing Iraq’s security forces said Wednesday that Kurdish forces had delayed talks in an effort to strengthen their defenses, and that as a result, both… Continue reading Middle East update: October 31-November 1 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 30 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE We did it everybody! We set a record! Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).   Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.   Researchers say a combination of human activities and… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 30 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 30 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 15 Afghan police officers were killed on Monday in two separate Taliban attacks, one Ghazni province and the other in Zabul. Also on Monday, the Taliban said that Kevin King, an American professor it kidnapped from Kabul University in August 2016, is gravely ill with heart and kidney problems. Stimson’s Ali… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 30 2017

Middle East update: October 30 2017

IRAQ Masoud Barzani’s supporters didn’t take the news of his kind-of-resignation very well: Barzani’s statements incited his followers in Irbil, Zakho and Dohuk to attack opposition politicians, storm the parliament building, and go after the media and political offices. First, parliamentarian Rabum Maruf of Change was attacked while he was giving a speech to reporters… Continue reading Middle East update: October 30 2017

World update: October 28-29 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Taliban attack on a checkpoint in Kunduz province killed at least 13 Afghan police officers on Sunday. Meanwhile, in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, the deputy governor of Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi, was reportedly kidnapped by…somebody. The Afghan Taliban denied involvement in the kidnapping, saying that they don’t do that sort… Continue reading World update: October 28-29 2017

Middle East update: October 28-29 2017

IRAQ You don’t have Barzani to kick around anymore (sort of): The president of Iraq’s self-ruled northern Kurdish region, Masoud Barzani, dissolved his powers as president Sunday, distributing them between the Kurdish prime minister, Parliament and the judiciary, a Kurdish official told The Associated Press.   Barzani also informed parliament that he will not seek an… Continue reading Middle East update: October 28-29 2017