World update: November 18-19 2017

Reserving the right to pop back up if something major happens, and of course barring some kind of unforeseen problem on the back end, this is going to be our last set of updates until Monday, November 27. Thanksgiving is going to be extra challenging this year for a myriad of family reasons, and so… Continue reading World update: November 18-19 2017

Asia/Africa update: November 16-17 2017

ASIA CAUCASUS Under the radar, there seems to have been a bit of recent progress in peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh: With relative quiet continuing on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact, bilateral negotiations were set to resume a full month after Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev held talks in Geneva, Switzerland, described as “constructive”… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 16-17 2017

World update: November 9 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN One man was killed and two others injured by a suicide bomber in Balkh province on Thursday. The dead man was Abdul Ghani, described as a former militant turned businessman. Meanwhile, the UN says it believes at least 10 civilians were killed in an American airstrike in Kunduz province on Saturday, which is… Continue reading World update: November 9 2017

World update: October 27 2017

MIDDLE EAST IRAQ/SYRIA I’m lumping these two together today because both Iraqi and Syrian forces are pushing ISIS back to a region that straddles the border, and ISIS appears to be consolidating in two towns–al-Bukamal on the Syrian side, and Qaʾim on the Iraqi side. Both the Syrian army and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces… Continue reading World update: October 27 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: August 14-15 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Uzbekistan may be liberalizing just a little bit: Uzbek authorities are removing large numbers of people from its blacklist of potential militants and political dissidents, state officials and media said, in a move likely to raise hopes for a more liberal climate in the ultra-secretive ex-Soviet republic. Western countries and rights activists have… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: August 14-15 2017

World update: August 12-13 2017

ASIA DEATH BY FARMING Lately I almost find myself reassured by stories on our collapsing environment, in the sense that however bad we might fuck up the human race, at least we might not be around to see the results. Wait, that’s not reassuring at all. But it is possible. To wit: The use of… Continue reading World update: August 12-13 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update (with Bonus Blob Rant): July 6 2017

As I said on Sunday, this week was going to be a little abbreviated around here, and in that vein today’s updates will be our last until Sunday evening. Thanks for reading! NORTH KOREA To recap: North Korea has a functioning intercontinental ballistic missile, one that would potentially allow Pyongyang to strike the United States… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update (with Bonus Blob Rant): July 6 2017