Asia/Africa update: December 13 2018

ASIA SRI LANKA Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Maithripala Sirisena violated the country’s constitution when he attempted to dissolve parliament last month so as to install Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister. At this point, it’s hard to see what legal choice Sirisena has left but to return Ranil Wickremesinghe to the PM job and… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 13 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 16 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani authorities’ response to the recent attempted murder of Ganja mayor Elmar Veliyev is bordering on the totally incoherent: Although the details of the case remain murky, the authorities were quick to blame “Islamic extremists” for the crime. They pointed to Yunis Safarov as a main suspect. Safarov is a Russian citizen of… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 16 2018

World update: April 13 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan is expected to be named prime minister on Saturday, the culmination of a political transition meant to extend Sargsyan’s time in power despite his having been term limited out of the presidency. Over the past several months, Sargsyan has engineered a constitutional change that makes Armenia’s premiership more powerful… Continue reading World update: April 13 2018

World update: March 21 2018

WATER A new report finds that water is getting scarcer and access to it more unequal: Water inequality is increasing in the world’s most environmentally stressed nations, warn the authors of a report that shows more than 800 million people need to travel and queue for at least 30 minutes to access safe supplies.  … Continue reading World update: March 21 2018

World update: March 6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least two people were killed in Nangarhar province on Tuesday by a sticky bomb attached to a fuel truck. At least three people were wounded, and a number of buildings seem to have been damaged. There’s been no claim of responsibility. INDIA Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited India a couple of weeks ago… Continue reading World update: March 6 2018

Europe/Americas update: December 8 2017

WAR ON TERROR The New York Times‘ Islamic extremism reporter, Rukmini Callimachi, has been tracking terrorist groups’ reactions to Donald Trump’s announcement that the US is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It’s been universally negative, with one interesting exception: The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has long been one of the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 8 2017

Asia/Africa update: November 3 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda wants to open a formal investigation into war crimes committed in Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is an ICC member, she can investigate the actions of American personnel even though the US is not an ICC member. Obviously she’ll also be looking at alleged crimes committed by the Taliban… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 3 2017