Europe/Americas update: October 3 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian government says that American authorities “broke in” to locked residential areas in its now-abandoned San Francisco consulate. The State Department says its people were just walking through the facility to make sure it had been vacated by the October 1 deadline it had given the Russians to clear out. This probably… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 3 2017

Europe/Americas update: September 18 2017

ENVIRONMENT New science suggests that the Paris climate agreement’s pie-in-the-sky 1.5 degrees Celsius limit might not be so pie-in-the-sky after all: The 1.5C target was set as an aspiration by the global Paris climate change deal in 2015 to limit the damage wreaked by extreme weather and sea level rise. It was widely seen as… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 18 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 30 2017

I know it’s a little early this evening, but I’m beat and so I’m deciding to call it a night barring some major thing happening. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Two incidents of note on Friday. In western Afghanistan’s Farah province, Taliban fighters attacked a police outpost, killing six Afghan police officers in a battle that also saw… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 30 2017

Emergency Brexit

His work (?) done, would-be UK prime minister Boris Johnson is slinking out the back door instead of, as expected, campaigning to replace David Cameron: The battle for the Conservative leadership was dramatically transformed today after Boris Johnson ruled himself out of the race. It followed the shock declaration from Michael Gove that he would throw his… Continue reading Emergency Brexit

Was anything about the “Leave” campaign not a con?

Hopefully this will be the last you hear from me on Brexit except insofar as it impacts US foreign policy and/or the parts of the world I usually cover. The truth is, while I knew the referendum was happening and I’d read enough about it to be basically informed, I haven’t been keeping a close… Continue reading Was anything about the “Leave” campaign not a con?