World update: January 14 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A car bombing near the international area of Kabul killed at least four people and wounded another 90 on Monday. There’s been no claim of responsibility. The Taliban later claimed responsibility. Further talks between US and Taliban representatives are now at risk over the site of the negotiations. The Taliban, which has a diplomatic… Continue reading World update: January 14 2019

World update: December 3 2018

OPEC OPEC members are meeting in Vienna on Thursday, and most expectations are that they’ll agree on a 500,000 barrel per day cut in oil production in order to boost prices. If they do it probably won’t go over well with Donald Trump, and OPEC members have to be cognizant of his mood swings as… Continue reading World update: December 3 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 8-9 2018

Shanah Tovah to any readers celebrating the Jewish New Year this evening. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Dozens of people were killed in multiple attacks across Afghanistan over the weekend. In one attack, Taliban fighters overran a military installation in Baghlan province, killing as many as 40 Afghan security officers. Another Taliban attack killed 10 Afghan police officers… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 8-9 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 30 2018

ASIA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Indo-Pacific Business Forum on Monday that the United States is prepared to shell out a whole $113 million for infrastructure projects across the Indo-Pacific region. If you’re looking for a simple explanation as to why China’s Belt and Road Initiative is so popular despite the fact that… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 30 2018

World update: July 28-29 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Attackers stormed a midwife training center in the city of Jalalabad on Saturday, killing at least three of its employees and wounding several other people before themselves being killed during a more than six hour battle with police. ISIS later claimed responsibility. That US meeting with Taliban representatives in Doha a few days… Continue reading World update: July 28-29 2018

Asia/Africa update: July 25-26 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Taliban suicide bomber attacked an Afghan intelligence convoy in Kabul early Thursday morning. Casualty reports have varied, but at least one report said that four people were killed. Meanwhile, on Tuesday Afghan officials said that the Taliban overran and captured two districts in Paktika province over the weekend. Typically Afghan forces are… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 25-26 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: July 18-19 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Georgia is run as a fiefdom by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who served one term as the country’s prime minister in 2012-2013 but prefers to operate behind the scenes to remain as unaccountable as possible. Earlier this year he stepped back into the spotlight a bit, returning to his previous post as head of the… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: July 18-19 2018