World update: June 22 2018

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA ISIS’s Amaq news agency is claiming that ISIS carried out an attack against Syrian Democratic Forces personnel in Raqqa on Thursday, which if true would be the group’s first attack in the city since leaving it last October. So far I’ve seen no independent confirmation of anything like this having happened. Meanwhile,… Continue reading World update: June 22 2018

Europe/Americas: January 29 2018

EUROPE EUROPEAN UNION Donald Trump seems to be itching for a trade war with the European Union, and the EU says it will give him one if it comes to that: Brussels has warned that it stands ready to retaliate and potentially open up a transatlantic trade war if the US delivers on apparent threats… Continue reading Europe/Americas: January 29 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

World update: September 15 2017

UNITED KINGDOM At least 29 people were injured on Friday when an improvised explosive device went off on a London metro train at the Parsons Green station. The device only “partially” exploded, apparently, so things could have been substantially worse. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, and British authorities raised their terror alert level to… Continue reading World update: September 15 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 6 2017

As I said on Sunday, this week was going to be a little abbreviated around here, and in that vein today’s updates will be our last until Sunday evening. Thanks for reading! EUROPE CYPRUS Reunification talks do not seem to be progressing toward a deal and in fact may be sliding backwards: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 6 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 26 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS Cypriot leaders and UN representatives are meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday for “open-ended” talks to try to settle the island’s reunification issues once and for all. As nobody has yet proposed a way to break the main deadlock that currently separates the two sides–Greek Cypriots want Turkey to remove its troops from the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 26 2017

Asia/Africa/Europe update: May 16-17 2017

AFGHANISTAN Afghan forces were able to recapture the Qala-i-Zal district of Kunduz province on Tuesday, ten days after it fell to the Taliban. Meanwhile, in eastern Afghanistan, ISIS claimed credit for an attack on the state TV broadcaster in the city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, in which six people were killed in addition to the… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Europe update: May 16-17 2017