Europe/Americas update: March 17-18 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The experts said it couldn’t be done, but Vladimir Putin proved them all wrong. Through nothing but his indomitable force of will, a deep love for the Russian people, a complete lack of a credible opposition, and nearly total control of state media, Putin eked out an upset win in Russia’s presidential election… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 17-18 2018

Shithole update #3 (Europe/Americas): January 11-12 2018

EUROPE UKRAINE Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed on Thursday as Kiev and eastern Ukrainian separatists accused one another of ratcheting up the violence in the Donbas. POLAND In an effort to prove to the European Union that it really stands for democracy and isn’t just trying to amass power, Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party… Continue reading Shithole update #3 (Europe/Americas): January 11-12 2018

World update: January 10 2018

ASIA MYANMAR The Myanmar military has admitted that its soldiers murdered ten Rohingya prisoners in September, during its excessive crackdown/ethnic cleansing campaign. It’s one of the few instances in which they’ve allowed that perhaps some of their soldiers acted inappropriately during the episode that saw mass atrocities committed against the Rohingya community. CHINA Beijing’s Belt… Continue reading World update: January 10 2018

Europe/Americas update: November 27 2017

Obviously I’ve been away for a bit. I’m not going to even begin to cover everything that’s happened in the past week, but I will try to get caught up on a few major things. ENVIRONMENT Keep eating French fries–it turns out your fast food addiction could be saving the planet: Fatty acids released into… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 27 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 16-17 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA The Atlantic Council has compiled a list of European political parties believed to be in cahoots with Vladimir Putin in his evil plan to irradiate all the gold in Fort Knox steal hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bearer bonds from the main vault in Nakatomi Plaza send an unstoppable cyborg back… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 16-17 2017

Middle East/Europe/Americas update: November 15 2017

It’s a bit of an odd day for the blog in that there was huge news from Africa and comparatively not so much news from the Middle East, so I’ve rejiggered our regular format to try to keep everything at a reasonable length. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA There’s been considerable fighting over the past two days… Continue reading Middle East/Europe/Americas update: November 15 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 7-8 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA/UKRAINE Ukraine is apparently thinking about cutting all diplomatic ties with Russia, a move that the Kremlin told reporters on Wednesday would not be in either country’s interests. LITHUANIA Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis expects NATO to agree to permanently station anti-aircraft defenses in the Baltics and/or Poland at its 2018 summit. HUNGARY Viktor Orbán’s fixation… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 7-8 2017