World update: May 8 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Nikol Pashinyan, seen below with a megaphone in front of his face, was elected Armenia’s new prime minister on Tuesday, one week after failing to secure the post and several days after agreeing to call off the protests caused by his failure to secure the vote last week. Pashinyan won by a 59-42… Continue reading World update: May 8 2018

Asia/Africa update: February 7 2018

ASIA KASHMIR Al Jazeera has a video report on Kashmiri villagers who say their homes have been destroyed by Pakistani artillery fire in recent weeks: MALDIVES The political crisis in the Maldives is already taking on geopolitical overtones. Former President Mohamed Nasheed asked India to step in and stabilize the situation, and now China is… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 7 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 1-2 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is going to run for a fourth term in October. I know you were all wondering if he would so I thought I’d let you know. AFGHANISTAN An American drone strike in Ghazni province earlier this week reportedly struck a Taliban “meeting” and killed at least 26 of the group’s… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 1-2 2018

World update: January 20-21 2018

GUINEA WORM Thanks in large part to the work of the Carter Foundation, Guinea Worm may soon be a thing of the past. Just 30 cases of the condition were reported in 2017, half of them from a single outbreak in Ethiopia and the rest in isolated parts of Chad. Who says we can’t have… Continue reading World update: January 20-21 2018

Asia/Africa update: November 7-8 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Gunmen affiliated with ISIS attacked the Shamshad TV station in Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least one person and triggering a three hour battle with Afghan police. The station, to its credit, went back on the air within minutes after police had secured the building. KASHMIR Indian forces pursuing Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Maulana Masood Azhar… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 7-8 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 4-5 2017

ASIA PAKISTAN At least 20 people were killed on Thursday in Jhal Magsi, a small village in southwestern Pakistan, when an ISIS suicide bomber struck a local Shiʿa/Sufi shrine. The Pakistani military spent part of the day on Thursday parsing the difference between “having connections to” and “supporting” terrorist groups. Which seems like an excellent… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 4-5 2017

Asia/Africa update: August 31 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A mine killed three police officers in Afghanistan’s western Farah province on Wednesday, while another mine in the country’s eastern Paktya province killed a man trying to disarm it on Thursday. Fortunately, help (?) is on the way, I guess. US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday signed orders sending more American soldiers to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 31 2017