World update: March 28 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. CLIMATE CHANGE Great news: a new report from the World Meteorological Society says the effects of climate change are… Continue reading World update: March 28 2019

Europe/Americas update: February 23-24 2019

EUROPE EUROPEAN UNION The European Union is reportedly trying to expand its Libyan concentration camp model to the rest of Africa, but for some reason the African Union is resisting. The EU has an agreement with the Libyan government, such as it is, that allows it to return migrants from Libya, when picked up in… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 23-24 2019

Europe/Americas update: February 12 2019

EUROPE REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA The former Republic of Macedonia is now officially the Republic of North Macedonia. The country will roll out changes to documents, currency, license plates, etc. over the next few months. HUNGARY Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is offering to pay Hungarian women to have more Hungarian children: The latest example… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 12 2019

World update: January 21 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban carried out a devastating suicide attack against Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security training center in Maidan Wardak province on Monday, killing at least 126 people according to unconfirmed accounts. It was a major blow against the country’s primary intelligence agency and local militias who were being trained at the facility. Later… Continue reading World update: January 21 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 19-20 2019

EUROPE SERBIA An estimated 10,000 people, organized by an umbrella opposition group called “the Alliance for Serbia,” protested in Belgrade on Saturday night against the government of President Aleksandar Vučić. These rallies are organized by Vučić’s political opponents and so their ultimate goal is to oust him and his Serbian Progressive Party from power. But… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 19-20 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 18 2019

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian government is casting doubt on ISIS’s claims that it was behind a December 31 explosion in an apartment building in the city of Magnitogorsk. That explosion, which killed 39 people, was most likely caused by a gas leak–Russian infrastructure is generally quite old and in varying states of disrepair–but the terror… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 18 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 17 2019

EUROPE RUSSIA At LobeLog, Mark Katz wonders if the US withdrawal from Syria is helping push Gulf states toward Russia: Moscow, of course, is very pleased that, because of the potential U.S. withdrawal from Syria and the fear of what Iran may do there afterward, Gulf Arabs are more likely to view the Russian presence… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 17 2019