World update: March 23 2018

This will be the last update for March. I’m taking next week off and will return the first week of April. It’s also going to be an early and abbreviated update. Apologies. HUNGER The United Nations World Food Program boss, David Beasley, said on Friday that the number of “acutely hungry” people in the world–people… Continue reading World update: March 23 2018

Middle East update: August 31 2017

EID MUBARAK! Eid al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, begins/began at sundown today. It commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son (Ishmael or Isaac depending on your religious tradition–most Muslims believe it was Ishmael though the Quran doesn’t specify) at God’s command, and always immediately follows the completion of the first part of the Hajj,… Continue reading Middle East update: August 31 2017

Hard to get a straight answer

Amid the coverage of Europe’s refugee crisis has emerged a counter-criticism: why won’t those rich Gulf Arab states take in any Syrian refugees? Now, to a certain extent, this question is deliberately misleading and intended to steer the conversation away from the shamefully inadequate response to the refugee situation. The Gulf states have taken in… Continue reading Hard to get a straight answer