World update: May 25 2018

ASIA INDIA If the possibility of an Indian-Chinese war worries and/or excites you, then you may want to pay attention to recent Chinese mining activity in areas around the highly disputed border between the two nations. The area is believed to contain tens of billions of dollars worth of precious metals, so there’s definitely an… Continue reading World update: May 25 2018

Europe/Americas update: April 4 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian military started a three day live-fire missile drill on Wednesday in Latvian economic waters that shut down part of Latvia’s commercial airspace. Rude, I guess? How this is any different from the US and South Korea running joint military drills in North Korea’s backyard is beyond me, but it’s Russia so… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: April 4 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2018

EUROPE NATO Four more NATO members have cleared the alliance’s informal two percent of GDP defense spending target for 2018. Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania all joined Britain, Estonia, and Greece–who met the target in 2017 and again this year–and the United States, which annually spends approximately 473 percent of its GDP on defense (I might… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2018

World update: December 21 2017

While I never say never around here, I feel pretty strongly that tonight’s updates will be attwiw’s final ones for 2017. We’re hosting Christmas here and then traveling to visit family, so I need a bit of time to prepare and then most of next week will just be logistically impossible. The blog won’t go… Continue reading World update: December 21 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 7-8 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA/UKRAINE Ukraine is apparently thinking about cutting all diplomatic ties with Russia, a move that the Kremlin told reporters on Wednesday would not be in either country’s interests. LITHUANIA Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis expects NATO to agree to permanently station anti-aircraft defenses in the Baltics and/or Poland at its 2018 summit. HUNGARY Viktor Orbán’s fixation… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 7-8 2017

Europe/Americas update: September 23-25 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Because we live in bar-none the stupidest time in all of human history, there are a lot of Russian people who are very angry with Morgan Freeman. The actor. How can anybody be mad at the guy who narrated March of the Penguins, you ask? Well, Freeman, for some reason, lent his voice and… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 23-25 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 30 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA I’ve stopped even pretending to keep up with every new turn in Russiagate, but the latest one seems like a pretty big problem for Donald Trump: while he was running for president and taking every opportunity to sing Vladimir Putin’s praises, Trump was also angling for a real estate deal in Moscow: The… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 30 2017