Asia/Africa update: September 12 2017

ASIA AZERBAIJAN The Azerbaijani government is threatening to stop cooperating militarily with Western nations unless those Western nations cram it with respect to Azerbaijan’s lousy human rights record. Unfortunately for Baku, Azerbaijan’s military assistance just isn’t that crucial to Western interests. Officially it’s helped out with peacekeeping missions in the Balkans and Afghanistan, and its… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 12 2017

World update, August 29 2017

I’m going to be out this evening so you’ll have to make do with a compressed afternoon news update today. MIDDLE EAST IRAQ Iraqi forces are clearing out Tal Afar while also pressing their advance against the remaining ISIS forces in the nearby town of Ayadiyah. It’s still too early to say what kind of… Continue reading World update, August 29 2017

World update: August 16 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Former US ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann writes that, outward appearances to the contrary I guess, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is reforming the country, starting with its top military brass. The issue, Neumann says, is that the country is so corrupt that Ghani can’t tackle all the challenges at once and progress will… Continue reading World update: August 16 2017

Asia/Africa update: August 10-11 2017

NORTH KOREA How are America and North Korea careening toward a nuclear exchange today, you ask? The answer: more pointlessly aggressive rhetoric from the more reckless of the two nations’ leaders, which in a strange turn of events happens currently to be the president of the United States: President Donald Trump says the US military… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 10-11 2017

Asia/Africa update: August 8 2017

NORTH KOREA Tensions continue to escalate between the US and North Korea thanks largely to, and I have to be perfectly frank here, some monumentally irresponsible rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang. A couple of days ago, in response to new UN Security Council sanctions, the North Koreans threatened to turn the US into “an unimaginable… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 8 2017

Asia/Africa update: August 2 2017

ASIA TURKMENISTAN Here in America we’re just getting used to having a man-child president who likes to play with cool toys and do real manly stuff to show what a big boy he is. This kind of thing: The President's in a big-boy truck beep beep: https://t.co/46hYzarIrj pic.twitter.com/i2Hsero1ML — Deadspin (@Deadspin) March 23, 2017 Needless… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 2 2017

Asia/Africa update: August 1 2017

You may have noticed that I’ve been away for a couple of weeks. While I’m absolutely not going to try to catch you up on everything that’s happened while I’ve been away, I will be interspersing the usual daily news with a few stories that developed over that time. ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 29 people… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 1 2017