Burundi: one (small) step forward, one (pretty big) step back

On Thursday, Burundi took a step towards forming a much-needed national unity government, to try to heal the rift that exists over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office (which, of course, he won, in part because everybody else boycotted the election). Agathon Rwasa, the leader of one of Burundi’s… Continue reading Burundi: one (small) step forward, one (pretty big) step back

The Roger Ailes Primary

Veteran Roger Ailes Expert Gabriel Sherman wrote last week about the most distasteful aspect of this two-part Fox News debate on Thursday: the fact that Roger Ailes is essentially winnowing the Republican field down to 10 candidates at his own whim: As everyone knows by now, Fox has said that only 10 of the 17… Continue reading The Roger Ailes Primary

Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq invades Kuwait (1990)

It took just under 2 years from the end of the Iran-Iraq War for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to irrevocably destroy his relationships with his two biggest allies, Kuwait and the United States. Yes, that’s right, today is the anniversary of Saddam’s decision to invade Kuwait and officially kick off the Gulf War, aka “The… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq invades Kuwait (1990)

Nobody could possibly have seen this coming

If you’re a fan of morbid humor, you undoubtedly took some notice back in early July, when Secretary of Defense Ash Carter testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Carter told the committee that, so far, the half-a-billion-dollar US effort to train a force of vetted, moderate Syrian rebels, the centerpiece of America’s plan to… Continue reading Nobody could possibly have seen this coming

Here’s your “opposition to the Iran deal” update

LobeLog has really been blanketing the coverage of the opposition to the Iran deal this week, so if you’re interested you should check out a few of their recent pieces. Ali Gharib, for example, had a lot of fun picking apart Leon “why is this man still getting paid writing gigs” Wieseltier’s anti-deal argument (assuming… Continue reading Here’s your “opposition to the Iran deal” update

Good news on the Ebola front

Potentially huge progress has been made in terms of developing an Ebola vaccine: When Ebola flared up in a village, researchers vaccinated all the contacts of the sick person who were willing – the family, friends and neighbours – and their immediate contacts. Children, adolescents and pregnant women were excluded because of an absence of… Continue reading Good news on the Ebola front