Conflict update: April 28 2017

NORTH KOREA This is kind of late-breaking so I don’t have much detail, but North Korea tested a ballistic missile of some kind early Saturday morning (local time). The test appears to have failed, but failure is just another step toward success, or something. This is definitely a new provocative step by Pyongyang, but as provocations… Continue reading Conflict update: April 28 2017

Ukraine reminds everybody that it’s still there and still at war

Per Vox’s Zach Beauchamp, it looks as though violence is back on the rise in eastern Ukraine: The resumption of hostilities in Ukraine, with exchanges of machine gun and mortar fire across the front line up to levels not seen since last summer, suggests a willingness by Russia, which supports the rebels in eastern Ukraine,… Continue reading Ukraine reminds everybody that it’s still there and still at war

Ukraine’s old habits die hard

Among the Euromaidan’s many complaints about the government of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s government was over the fact that it was really, really corrupt. Don’t take my word for it; it’s right here on their blog: The spark that lit the Ukrainian revolution was Yanukovych’s rejection of a trade pact with the European Union,… Continue reading Ukraine’s old habits die hard