Europe/Americas update: October 10 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Finnish media is reporting that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin may meet in Helsinki again next spring. Hey, it was so much fun the first time around, why not? ROMANIA Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor warned at a conference on Wednesday that Russia “is using the Black Sea to project force in the eastern… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 10 2018

World update: October 1 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan security forces on Sunday night raided the home of Atallah Safi, a candidate for parliament in Kunar province, killing three of his bodyguards. Two additional people were reportedly arrested for some reason–no explanation for the raid has been forthcoming. PAKISTAN The Pakistani government has reduced the Chinese loan backing a major Belt and Road… Continue reading World update: October 1 2018

World update: September 27 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited the city of Ghazni on Thursday and was greeted by two Taliban rockets that landed near the facility where he was meeting with local officials. There’s been no report of any casualties. In happier news, the US used an F-35 in combat for the first time on Thursday… Continue reading World update: September 27 2018

Europe/Americas update: September 26 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Around 100 people protested on Wednesday in the city of Magas, capital of Russia’s Ingushetia region. The regional government has apparently cut a deal with the Chechnyan regional government over some sort of minor land swap, which triggered the correspondingly minor public outcry. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Secessionist Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik has suddenly… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 26 2018

Europe/Americas update: August 8 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The United States announced on Wednesday that it is imposing sanctions on Russia over the Sergei Skripol/novichok affair in the United Kingdom. At this point that amounts to “restrictions on the export of sensitive technology,” but if Russia doesn’t allow international inspections to determine whether or not it’s manufacturing chemical and biological weapons–which… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 8 2018

World update: February 17-18 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has now had a second provincial governor tell him to get bent when Ghani tried to sack him. Ghani tried, and has apparently failed, to can Abdul Karim Khadam, governor of Samangan Province. Khadam is a member of the Jamiat-e Islami party along with Atta Muhammad Nur, the governor of… Continue reading World update: February 17-18 2018

Europe/Americas update: February 14 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE Well folks, it’s been fun. I hope whatever supremely heat- and water-resistant creature inherits this planet does a better job with it than we did: A draft United Nations climate science report contains dire news about the warming of the planet, suggesting it will likely cross the key marker of 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 14 2018