Europe/Americas update: May 9 2018

EUROPE Having yet again been treated to the back of Donald Trump’s hand, the European Union is scrambling to try to salvage the Iran nuclear deal–but it sounds like it’s going to be a tough sales job: A day after the US president broke with the landmark 2015 agreement and warned he would seek to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 9 2018

World update: May 8 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Nikol Pashinyan, seen below with a megaphone in front of his face, was elected Armenia’s new prime minister on Tuesday, one week after failing to secure the post and several days after agreeing to call off the protests caused by his failure to secure the vote last week. Pashinyan won by a 59-42… Continue reading World update: May 8 2018

World update: May 5-6 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenians who are struggling to make ends meet are hoping that whatever government emerges from this week’s parliament vote can do a better job of managing the country’s economy: AFGHANISTAN The Taliban’s spring offensive continues to be an active one. On Saturday, Afghan forces, helped by US air support, defended a major highway… Continue reading World update: May 5-6 2018

Europe/Americas update: April 24-25 2018

EUROPE ALBANIA Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama headed to Berlin on Wednesday to begin European Union accession talks and, in addition to warning that Brussels’ failure to expand into the Balkans could leave the region open to Russian influence, had a message for right-wing European populists: From Britain to Hungary, populist parties have made electoral gains… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: April 24-25 2018

Middle East update: March 19 2018

SYRIA Monitoring groups and journalists reported on Monday that Turkey’s Syrian proxy forces have been looting Afrin in the aftermath of the YPG’s retreat from that city: Pictures showed soldiers flying a Turkish flag from a building, and rebels tearing down a statue of the Kurdish hero Kawa Haddad.   AFP news agency journalists in… Continue reading Middle East update: March 19 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 16 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA US officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said on Thursday that Russian hackers have been engaged in what appears to be a very serious effort to penetrate major US infrastructure: “Since at least March 2016, Russian government cyber actors” have targeted “government entities and multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors,”… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 16 2018

Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2018

EUROPE NATO Four more NATO members have cleared the alliance’s informal two percent of GDP defense spending target for 2018. Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania all joined Britain, Estonia, and Greece–who met the target in 2017 and again this year–and the United States, which annually spends approximately 473 percent of its GDP on defense (I might… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: March 14-15 2018