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

Asia/Africa update: March 25 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. I’m also, in case you haven’t noticed, returning from an unplanned week away due to the flu. As with… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 25 2019

World update: October 20-21 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 11 people were killed on Sunday by a roadside bomb in Nangarhar province. There’s been no claim of responsibility. The attack came a day after at least 36 people were killed in over 120 attacks across the country that were intended to impede the parliamentary election. The bloodiest single attack killed… Continue reading World update: October 20-21 2018

World update: October 19 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghans will vote in their parliamentary election on Saturday under threat of violence from both the Taliban and ISIS. It very much remains to be seen how much the risk of violence will tamp down turnout, but in the lead up to the election nine candidates were assassinated and hundreds of people killed… Continue reading World update: October 19 2018

Asia/Africa update: October 18 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Eurasianet’s Peter Liakhov looks at how Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has managed to strengthen his position even though he’s a member of the increasingly discredited Republican Party: When parliamentarians from Armenia’s old guard joined forces in early October to try to block Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s ability to hold early elections, Pashinyan dubbed the move… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 18 2018

World update: October 17 2018

ASIA GEORGIA The Georgian Orthodox Church is apparently split internally over whether or not to recognize an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Politically this makes sense–while Georgia certainly has no love for Russia these days, it’s also in no position to antagonize Moscow. AFGHANISTAN A suicide bomber killed at least two Afghan civilians in an attack… Continue reading World update: October 17 2018

World update: October 15 2018

ASIA MYANMAR It’s been pretty well established by now that the Rohingya genocide was fueled in part by a massive Facebook campaign, but the New York Times reported Monday on just now much of that campaign was run directly by the Myanmar military: Members of the Myanmar military were the prime operatives behind a systematic campaign… Continue reading World update: October 15 2018