The United States is showing…restraint?

It’s now been a few days since US cruise missiles destroyed three Yemeni radar installations controlled by the Houthis and their pro-Saleh allies in retaliation for two attempted missile strikes against a US destroyer in the Red Sea. Well, yesterday the other shoe dropped: The UN special envoy for Yemen has announced the plan for… Continue reading The United States is showing…restraint?

Academia at its finest

There’s a wonderful tribute to the long-deceased University of Chicago scholar Marshall Hodgson in The New York Times Magazine today. Hodgson founded the year-long Islamic history course that Chicago still offers to this day, and the text he wrote to accompany it, the three-volume Venture of Islam, is still required reading for that course. The… Continue reading Academia at its finest

Afghan warlord in from the cold, again

In a twist 20 years in the making, former Afghan prime minister and long-time war criminal Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hizb-i Islami militia, just cut a deal with an Afghan government that previously wanted him dead: The Afghan government signed a draft peace deal on Thursday with a small insurgent faction led by a… Continue reading Afghan warlord in from the cold, again

Well this seems…like good news actually (?)

Ukraine, reeling from being snubbed on Donald Trump’s “I AM A BIG BOY RESPECTABLE CANDIDATE” tour of the UN General Assembly, nevertheless appears to have announced some good news today: Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists agreed on Wednesday to withdraw troops from three small towns on the front line in eastern Ukraine, a pilot de-escalation project… Continue reading Well this seems…like good news actually (?)

Crisis of faith averted?

There are signs–tentative signs–that Iran and Saudi Arabia are going to settle their beef enough for Iranian pilgrims to make this year’s Hajj after all: Saudi Arabia said talks on Wednesday with visiting Iranian delegates on arrangements for hajj pilgrims from the Islamic republic have been “positive”. Earlier this month, Tehran said “arrangements have not… Continue reading Crisis of faith averted?

History in horse shit

You’re reading that title and expecting some kind of rant, I can tell. But there’s no rant here, just a pretty cool story. I assume you’ve heard of Hannibal, yes? What? No, not that Hannibal. I’m talking about the other Hanniba- That’s the same Hannibal played by a different actor. Look, do I have to… Continue reading History in horse shit

Pope Francis does something nice

Pope Francis said something important earlier today: Inserting himself into the Republican presidential race, Pope Francis on Wednesday suggested that Donald J. Trump “is not Christian” because of the harshness of his campaign promises to deport more immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border. “A person who thinks only about… Continue reading Pope Francis does something nice