Conflict update: February 18-19 2017

Trumplandia Say, this seems nice: On any given weekend, you might catch President Trump’s son-in-law and top Mideast dealmaker, Jared Kushner, by the beachside soft-serve ice cream machine, or his reclusive chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, on the dining patio. If you are lucky, the president himself could stop by your table for a quick… Continue reading Conflict update: February 18-19 2017

Conflict Update: January 22 2017

So our guests left a short time ago, whereas I thought they were staying another day for some reason. Leaving on Sunday makes a lot more sense, now that I think about it, but anyway that leaves me free to do a little Bad News Digest tonight. Iraq OK, the news isn’t all bad. Eastern… Continue reading Conflict Update: January 22 2017

Conflict update: January 20 2017

Site Update The rest of January is going to be a difficult one for regular blogging. We have guests in from out of town who are participating in tomorrow’s march in DC, and while things will return to normal early next week, I’ll be traveling at the end of the week for family reasons. Tonight’s… Continue reading Conflict update: January 20 2017

Conflict update: January 15 2017

Yeah, I know I originally put the wrong date on yesterday’s post. Don’t @ me. Trumpland Donald Trump has told the London Times that he wants to do a deal with Russia to trade sanctions relief for Russia’s agreement to cut nuclear weapons “very substantially.” This might actually be good news, but let’s hold off… Continue reading Conflict update: January 15 2017

Conflict update: January 14 2017

Iraq Iraqi commanders are saying that their forces have seized control of Mosul University from ISIS, a major step toward the full liberation of eastern Mosul. ISIS had been using the university as a base of operations, so now that’s denied to them, and the campus sits in a tactically significant position overlooking a big… Continue reading Conflict update: January 14 2017

Conflict update: December 9

Tonight’s roundup is going to be short and to the point (and a little earlier than usual), my apologies. Iraq The Iraqi military says that it captured another neighborhood in eastern Mosul today, in the process destroying (via airstrike) three facilities where ISIS has been manufacturing car bombs. In Baghdad, meanwhile, multiple bombing attacks today… Continue reading Conflict update: December 9

Surprise election results: West African edition

Recently the Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog published a piece discussing the findings of a 36 nation African survey that asked people for their views on the importance of democracy and the degree to which their own countries were democratically governed. The report found that, while fewer people view democracy positively than did in similar… Continue reading Surprise election results: West African edition