World update: July 12 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A likely Taliban attack on a military post in Kunduz province killed at least 15 Afghan soldiers on Thursday, though some estimates had the toll as high as 30. A separate likely Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in Farah province left four police officers dead. Additionally, a US service member died of… Continue reading World update: July 12 2018

Europe/Americas update: July 7-8 2018

EUROPE REPUBLIC OF NORTH (?) MACEDONIA Several thousand people turned out in Skopje on Sunday in an opposition-organized protest against the Macedonian government’s deal to change the country’s name to the “Republic of North Macedonia” in order to appease the Greek government and potentially advance its membership bids for both the European Union and NATO.… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 7-8 2018

Europe/Americas update: July 6 2018

EUROPE Migration is the issue that’s been roiling European politics for weeks months years now. It’s the issue that inspired Italians to elect a government full of reactionary racists, that inspired Austrians to elect a government full of neo-Nazis, and that recently almost took down Angela Merkel’s already weak coalition in Germany. But according to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 6 2018

Europe/Americas update: June 9-10 2018

EUROPE POLAND The Polish government says that it has stopped trying to negotiate with the European Union over its judicial reforms: Jacek Sasin, an aide to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, said the government has “run out of concessions” and expects the European Commission to withdraw its threats to punish Poland over the changes that give… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 9-10 2018

World update: June 2-3 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN An archeologist was killed and four other people wounded on Saturday by a roadside bomb near the Mes Aynak dig site. No group has claimed responsibility but the goal may be to delay or undermine plans to mine copper at the site. Mes Aynak contains Afghanistan’s largest copper reserves but it’s also a… Continue reading World update: June 2-3 2018

World update: May 25 2018

ASIA INDIA If the possibility of an Indian-Chinese war worries and/or excites you, then you may want to pay attention to recent Chinese mining activity in areas around the highly disputed border between the two nations. The area is believed to contain tens of billions of dollars worth of precious metals, so there’s definitely an… Continue reading World update: May 25 2018

World update: April 19 2018

ASIA KYRGYZSTAN The government of Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sapar Isakov lost a very lopsided confidence vote in parliament on Thursday. The move is less about his government’s performance, though it’s hit a couple of rough patches, than about the fact that Isakov is a close ally of former President Almazbek Atambayev. This made him unpalatable to current President… Continue reading World update: April 19 2018