Europe/Americas update: January 12-13 2019

EUROPE SERBIA Thousands of people took to the streets of Belgrade to protest against Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić for the sixth Saturday in a row this weekend. Demonstrators are demanding that Vučić and his Serbian Progressive Party stop stifling press freedoms and attacking opposition leaders, and they’re preemptively expressing opposition to any deal Vučić might… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 12-13 2019

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: December 13 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian government has expelled a “military attache” from the Slovak embassy in Moscow. This is in retaliation for the Slovakian government’s decision to expel a Russian diplomat last month on espionage allegations. The captains of at least two of the three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia last month say they’re refusing… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 13 2018

World update: November 7 2018

Happy Diwali to those who are celebrating! ASIA PAKISTAN Asia Bibi, whose 2010 blasphemy conviction was tossed out in court last week, has reportedly been released from prison. Which may not be great news for her, given that she and her family have almost certainly become targets for Islamist extremists. Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, has been… Continue reading World update: November 7 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

Europe/Americas update: November 2 2018

EUROPE POLAND Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters at a news conference on Friday that he too wants out of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Poland joins the United States, Hungary, and most recently Austria and the Czech Republic in either withdrawing from the accord or expressing an intent to withdraw. SPAIN… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 2 2018

Europe/Americas update: September 18 2018

G’mar Tov to those who are observing Yom Kippur. EUROPE GERMANY Because he’s by all accounts heavily in the bag for the Nazi-lite Alternative for Germany party, the now former head of the country’s BfV domestic spying agency, Hans-Georg Maaßen, was promoted on Tuesday to a higher position within the interior ministry. While this is a… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 18 2018