World update: May 1 2018

ENVIRONMENT New data from the World Health Organization shows that air pollution is killing seven million people per year–and naturally, poor nations are being hit hardest: “There are cities and regions where improvement is happening,” said Sophie Gumy, one of the authors of the report. “But even if things have started to move, they aren’t… Continue reading World update: May 1 2018

World update: April 18 2018

OK, so. WordPress has been down most of the day so I prepared a short update in case it came back online at some point. As you can undoubtedly tell, it is back, but it’s too late and I’m too fried to write anything else today so this will have to do. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA… Continue reading World update: April 18 2018

Europe/Americas update: October 31-November 1 2017

NEW YORK Obviously the story that dominated the news over the past couple of days is Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan. Sayfullo Saipov, a 29 year old Uzbek immigrant who came to the US in 2010, drove a rented truck down a bicycle path Tuesday afternoon, killing eight people and injuring another 12, before… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 31-November 1 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 2 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA As expected–he really didn’t have much choice considering Congress could’ve and would’ve overridden his veto–President Trump signed into law a bill levying sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korean on Wednesday. While I would argue that the bill has greater ramifications with respect to Iran–it designates the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 2 2017

This is boots on the ground

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the US mission against ISIS has changed somewhat, along the lines of what he called “the three R’s”: Raqqa, Ramadi, and raids. In Syria, the US will focus its mission on backing a mostly-Kurdish offensive to dislodge ISIS from Raqqa, the groups “capital.”… Continue reading This is boots on the ground

Are we nearing Peak Gibberish on Iraq?

I realize that there is no such thing as “peak gibberish,” even when it comes to Iraq, and that with the 2016 campaign literally just getting started we’re in for layer upon layer of new gibberish almost by the day for the next 18 months or so. But it’s already getting pretty bad out there.… Continue reading Are we nearing Peak Gibberish on Iraq?

There is absolutely no way this could go wrong

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) is proposing legislation that would authorize the president to engage the Islamic State militarily. Well, the Islamic State and pretty much anybody else, anywhere, at any time: Wolf on Wednesday told The Hill that when Congress returns from its vacation, he would introduce legislation that would override the 2001 AUMF and… Continue reading There is absolutely no way this could go wrong