Asia/Africa update: July 23 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Russian media has started portraying Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan as a “carbon copy” of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, which is obviously fighting words in Russia. Pashinyan has been trying to reassure Moscow that his accession as PM isn’t going to change the Russia-Armenia relationship, but he also went to the NATO summit two… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 23 2018

World update: June 23-24 2018

I’m going to be away for most of the next two weeks so these will be our last major updates until July 5. ASIA AFGANISTAN Though the Taliban declined to extend their recent mutual ceasefire with Kabul, there is hope among some analysts that the brief truce may have improved the conditions for negotiating a… Continue reading World update: June 23-24 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: June 16-18 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Former Georgian Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze is the country’s new prime minister. He was named on Monday to replace Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who resigned last week over disagreements with their Georgian Dream party leader, Bidzina Ivanishvili. Bakhtadze plans to shrink the Georgian government–quite explicitly, from 14 ministries to 11. He’s also looking to integrate Georgia into… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: June 16-18 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 5 2018

There are new things on the horizon here, at my Patreon site, and elsewhere. Please check it out! ASIA PAKISTAN Two ISIS suicide attackers killed three Pakistani police officers on Tuesday in Mastung, a town in Baluchistan province. The Diplomat has more on Sunday’s attack against a meeting of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement in South Waziristan.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 5 2018

World update: June 1 2018

I’m planning to do something crazy later today and have a nice evening with my family, so we’re shortening things up a bit today. If anything huge happens, please check back later for possible updates. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA According to Rudaw, the YPG is claiming to have attacked two Turkish military bases in Afrin on… Continue reading World update: June 1 2018

Asia/Africa update: May 31 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN An Afghan special forces operation in Helmand province early Thursday morning reportedly freed 103 people being held in two Taliban prisons there. The Afghan military says that four Taliban fighters were killed. Meanwhile, the US military says that Taliban leaders are engaged in secret peace talks with Afghan officials and other parties to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 31 2018

World update: May 8 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Nikol Pashinyan, seen below with a megaphone in front of his face, was elected Armenia’s new prime minister on Tuesday, one week after failing to secure the post and several days after agreeing to call off the protests caused by his failure to secure the vote last week. Pashinyan won by a 59-42… Continue reading World update: May 8 2018