World update: May 30 2018

I’ll be out most of the late afternoon/evening so you’re getting a short midday update today. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Turkish media declared on Wednesday that US and Turkish officials have reached a deal to remove the YPG from Manbij. Getting the Kurds out of Manbij would avoid a potential Turkish assault on that town, which… Continue reading World update: May 30 2018

Asia/Africa update: October 3 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Uzbekistan seems to be going through a bit of an identity crisis these days. Since taking over as president last year, Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been taking steps to loosen up the country’s ultra-repressive political environment, for example by releasing political prisoners like activist Azam Farmonov, who was freed on Tuesday. He’s presumably doing this to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 3 2017

World update: September 15 2017

UNITED KINGDOM At least 29 people were injured on Friday when an improvised explosive device went off on a London metro train at the Parsons Green station. The device only “partially” exploded, apparently, so things could have been substantially worse. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, and British authorities raised their terror alert level to… Continue reading World update: September 15 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 7 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The AP is reporting on a letter its reporters have seen that seems to suggest there’s some kind of power struggle going on within ISIS-Khorasan, between the group’s Uzbek contingent and its Pakistani contingent. The dispute basically seems to revolve around the degree of collaboration between Pakistani ISIS members and, you guessed it,… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 7 2017

Conflict Update: January 22 2017

So our guests left a short time ago, whereas I thought they were staying another day for some reason. Leaving on Sunday makes a lot more sense, now that I think about it, but anyway that leaves me free to do a little Bad News Digest tonight. Iraq OK, the news isn’t all bad. Eastern… Continue reading Conflict Update: January 22 2017