World update: March 30-31 2019

Please don’t forget that tomorrow I’m moving to Substack! I’ll be posting both here and there next week, but after that this site is going to go dark. Head to Substack and sign up today so you won’t miss anything! ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum survived an assassination attempt on Saturday that left… Continue reading World update: March 30-31 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 16 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE So the good news is that the Trump administration has its very own plan to deal with climate change, one that will replace that dummy Barack Obama’s climate plan. Which is fine, Obama’s climate plan wasn’t nearly as drastic as the situation requires. The problem, though, is that Donald Trump’s plan to deal… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 16 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 15 2019

EUROPE EUROPEAN UNION US and European Union negotiators will begin talking about trade issues later this year, but it already looks like they’re going to have a pretty rough time reaching an accord: The EU’s executive body will meet Tuesday to firm up the bloc’s parameters for talks expected to launch later this year. It… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 15 2019

Europe/Americas: January 11 2019

EUROPE ESTONIA The Estonian government has for some time been concerned about the possibility that Vladimir Putin might make a move against its predominantly Russian east a la Crimea. In order to help develop that part of the country and keep the people there happy, the Estonian government has begun investing in the arts in… Continue reading Europe/Americas: January 11 2019

Europe/Americas update: December 18 2018

Tonight’s updates will unfortunately have to be our last of 2018. I had hoped to continue for a couple more days before breaking for the holidays but between holiday plans, travel plans, and other commitments my attention and stress levels have reached the breaking point. Owing in part to a strange winter break schedule for… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 18 2018

Europe/Americas update: December 17 2018

EUROPE POLAND The European Court of Justice upheld its own interim ruling on Monday ordering the Polish government to immediately suspend a law, passed in April, that lowers the mandatory retirement age for Polish judges from 70 to 65. Poland’s right-wing government pushed that law through in order to purge the judiciary of uncooperative judges… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 17 2018

Europe/Americas update: November 5-6 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The US State Department said on Tuesday that it is preparing another wave of sanctions against Russia over the Sergei Skripal attack in the United Kingdom. The Trump administration invoked the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act back in August, imposing an initial round of sanctions while giving Russia a 90… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 5-6 2018