Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2019

EUROPE POLAND It’s nice to see Polish media keeping it classy: A Polish-language weekly, Only Poland, was reportedly spotted at Poland’s Parliament on Wednesday with a front-page offering to inform readers “How to spot a Jew.” Listed were markers such as “Names, anthropological features, expressions, appearances, character traits, methods of operation” and “disinformation activities.” The… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 16 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE So the good news is that the Trump administration has its very own plan to deal with climate change, one that will replace that dummy Barack Obama’s climate plan. Which is fine, Obama’s climate plan wasn’t nearly as drastic as the situation requires. The problem, though, is that Donald Trump’s plan to deal… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 16 2019

Europe/Americas update: December 17 2018

EUROPE POLAND The European Court of Justice upheld its own interim ruling on Monday ordering the Polish government to immediately suspend a law, passed in April, that lowers the mandatory retirement age for Polish judges from 70 to 65. Poland’s right-wing government pushed that law through in order to purge the judiciary of uncooperative judges… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 17 2018

Europe/Americas update: October 9 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE A new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds that we’re all careening very rapidly toward disaster: On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a daunting report, suggesting that we are currently on track for around 3 degrees Celsius of warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The IPCC… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 9 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: September 21 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday effectively accused the US of using sanctions policy as a way to force other countries to buy US weapons. And hey, I know it’s Russia and we hate them now or whatever, but he’s got a pretty strong case. ROMANIA Romanian Social Democratic Party boss Liviu… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 21 2018

Europe/Americas update: August 28 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA I’m sure this is fine. Really, just very OK and normal: Russia is mobilizing for its biggest military exercise since the height of the Cold War, the Kremlin says, citing a tense international climate that is “frequently aggressive and unfriendly towards us.” The exercises, which are set to involve nearly 300,000 Russian troops,… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 28 2018