Europe/Americas update: February 26 2018

EUROPE GREECE Somebody tossed a grenade at an Athens police station overnight, causing one minor injury. A left wing anarchist group apparently took credit for the attack in an online posting. HUNGARY The surprise outcome of Sunday’s mayoral election in the city of Hódmezővásárhely has opposition parties wondering if Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party might… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 26 2018

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

World update: May 22 2017

UNITED KINGDOM Normally I would lead this with whatever lunacy just broke in the Trump mess, but unfortunately something genuinely terrible appears to have happened in Manchester this evening: A number of people have died and others have been injured following a reported explosion at Manchester Arena. Witnesses said they heard two loud bangs, reported… Continue reading World update: May 22 2017

Conflict update: April 22-23 2017

FRANCE You may have heard that there was a little presidential election in France today. Well, after a lot of uncertainty and polling and analysis and more polling and oh man that one dude is coming on, what does that mean, this is so unpredictable…it looks like Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will be… Continue reading Conflict update: April 22-23 2017

Conflict update: April 19 2017

Hey! So, instead of finishing this and posting it at 11:58 like I usually do, tonight I’m going to try, you know, not doing that, and hopefully being asleep at 11:58 instead. I’d like to make that the new normal with these posts going forward, but we’ll see. SYRIA At The Nation, James Carden asks whether… Continue reading Conflict update: April 19 2017

Happy Brexit Eve

As you no doubt know, the big Brexit referendum is tomorrow. I have no basis to even hazard a guess as to how this will go, but I will note that in a relatively similar and relatively recent referendum, the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum, the remain/status quo option significantly (by 5% or more depending on… Continue reading Happy Brexit Eve

Corrections, 10 Downing Street Edition

I have to cop to a failure here: on Tuesday, when I tried to very superficially summarize the Panama Papers leak, I noted that the two biggest stories coming out of the document dump so far were the revelations about Vladimir Putin’s potentially massive illicit financial network and the resignation of Iceland’s prime minister. But… Continue reading Corrections, 10 Downing Street Edition