Middle East update: June 19 2018

We're a little early today because in addition to being Juneteenth we also have a family birthday to celebrate. I'll catch you all up tomorrow. SYRIA The Syrian army is once again dropping leaflets on southwestern Syria asking civilians to expel the rebels who currently control most of Daraa province and part of Quneitra province. … Continue reading Middle East update: June 19 2018

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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: December 12 2017

Happy Hanukkah to those readers who are celebrating! Now on to the bad news: SYRIA Syrian opposition negotiators say the government's negotiating team is refusing direct talks and will not engage on any issue at all other than "combatting terrorism." Which, under Damascus's definition, presumably includes everybody in the opposition delegation. Obviously there's no particular … Continue reading Middle East update: December 12 2017