Europe/Americas update: May 29 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who had to flee to Ukraine in 2016 in the face of death threats because of his criticism of the Russian government, died on Tuesday in Kiev of natural causes. Well, “natural causes” for a critic of Vladimir Putin–he was gunned down outside his apartment building. An investigation is underway… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 29 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 12 2018

EUROPE EUROPEAN UNION European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is taking a lot of heat for appointing his personal aid, Martin Selmayr, to be the commission’s secretary-general. Needless to say the appointment smacks of nepotism at a time when euroskepticism is already high, though defenders say that Selmayr is qualified for the job. RUSSIA OK, I am prepared… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 12 2018

World update: February 16 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN This is sure to go over well: Azerbaijan’s president has claimed that large parts of Armenia’s territory are Azerbaijan’s “historic lands,” vowing to return to them. The fraught assertion threatens to derail any progress, however slight, in peace talks between the two countries in recent months.   “Yerevan is our historical land and… Continue reading World update: February 16 2018