Europe/Americas update: July 9 2018

EUROPE NATO With a NATO summit starting on Wednesday in Brussels, leaders from member states are trying to figure out how best to handle Donald Trump: The allies see the President Trump of 2018 as different from the one who came to NATO last year — more aggressive, less willing to be moderated or guided… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 9 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

World update: January 19 2018

THE TERRORISM COLA WARS Al-Qaeda, or at least individual al-Qaeda branches, are reportedly trying to take advantage of ISIS’s misfortunes by undertaking recruitment efforts to poach fighters away from the newer upstart. This phenomenon has been reported in North Africa, the Sahel, Syria, and Yemen. So far it doesn’t appear to have borne much fruit,… Continue reading World update: January 19 2018

World update: December 6 2017

ASIA NEPAL Voters in southern Nepal are heading to the polls on Thursday for the second stage in the country’s legislative election. The first stage, in northern Nepal, was held late last month. It’s Nepal’s first election since 1999. NORTH KOREA The United States has begun flying B-1B bombers over South Korea along with F-22s… Continue reading World update: December 6 2017

Middle East update: November 10 2017

Best wishes to any readers who are commemorating Arbaʿeen. and/or Veteran’s Day (which is actually tomorrow, I know, but Saturday is typically attwiw’s rest day so I most likely won’t be here). SYRIA Well, it’s happening. With al-Bukamal now in Syrian hands, Bashar al-Assad’s army and its allies have turned their attention toward the Syrian… Continue reading Middle East update: November 10 2017

Middle East update: November 2 2017

IRAQ Iraqi forces captured western Anbar’s large Akkas gas field from ISIS on Thursday. Akkas hasn’t yet entered production so while this is a significant recovery for the Iraqis it’s not a huge loss for ISIS–they weren’t selling the gas. As for the Kurdish situation, little has changed since Baghdad declared an end to talks… Continue reading Middle East update: November 2 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 4-5 2017

ASIA PAKISTAN At least 20 people were killed on Thursday in Jhal Magsi, a small village in southwestern Pakistan, when an ISIS suicide bomber struck a local Shiʿa/Sufi shrine. The Pakistani military spent part of the day on Thursday parsing the difference between “having connections to” and “supporting” terrorist groups. Which seems like an excellent… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 4-5 2017