Europe/Americas update: November 4-5 2017

LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS ASSHOLES There’s been a new massive leak from a big Caribbean law firm/offshoring factory akin to the 2015 Panama Papers leak. This new material, called the “Paradise Papers,” comes primarily from Appleby, a law firm that specializes in offshore tax havens and has several offices in the Caribbean and in… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 4-5 2017

Europe/Americas update: November 3 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE The rest of world, sans Donald Trump, is gearing up for a big climate meeting in Germany: Governments, scientists, industry groups and environmental campaigners are meeting in Germany next week to discuss implementing a global agreement to curb climate change, despite uncertainty over how the United States will figure into the effort.  … Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 3 2017

World update: November 2 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Eurasianet helpfully tries to counter the emerging media narrative that Uzbekistan is little more than ISIS’s training facility: Such instant analysis falls short, mainly because it has to oversimplify in order to make a pattern plausible, many regional scholars contend. Edward Lemon, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, warned… Continue reading World update: November 2 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 31-November 1 2017

NEW YORK Obviously the story that dominated the news over the past couple of days is Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan. Sayfullo Saipov, a 29 year old Uzbek immigrant who came to the US in 2010, drove a rented truck down a bicycle path Tuesday afternoon, killing eight people and injuring another 12, before… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 31-November 1 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 30 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE We did it everybody! We set a record! Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).   Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.   Researchers say a combination of human activities and… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 30 2017

World update: October 28-29 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Taliban attack on a checkpoint in Kunduz province killed at least 13 Afghan police officers on Sunday. Meanwhile, in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, the deputy governor of Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi, was reportedly kidnapped by…somebody. The Afghan Taliban denied involvement in the kidnapping, saying that they don’t do that sort… Continue reading World update: October 28-29 2017

World update: October 27 2017

MIDDLE EAST IRAQ/SYRIA I’m lumping these two together today because both Iraqi and Syrian forces are pushing ISIS back to a region that straddles the border, and ISIS appears to be consolidating in two towns–al-Bukamal on the Syrian side, and Qaʾim on the Iraqi side. Both the Syrian army and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces… Continue reading World update: October 27 2017