Europe/Americas update: February 6 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA It was reported earlier this week that Russia has moved some nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, which raised some eyebrows at, among other places, NATO. On Tuesday, the Kremlin politely reminded everybody that what it does with its missiles on its territory is its business, nobody else’s. And that’s fair, but sticking potential nukes… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 6 2018

World update: February 3-4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan election officials say they’re ready to hold parliamentary elections but that they likely won’t be able to do so until at least October due to security concerns. And hey, there’s no rush. Technically they don’t need to hold this vote until, uh, [checks notes] July 2015. So they have plenty of time.… Continue reading World update: February 3-4 2018

World update: December 9-10 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters killed three Afghan soldiers on Saturday in an attack on a checkpoint in Ghazni province. INDIA The first stage of voting took place on Saturday in regional elections in India’s Gujarat state. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has campaigned heavily to ensure that his Bharatiya Janata Party retains the majority in the… Continue reading World update: December 9-10 2017

World update: December 2-3 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A suicide bomber struck a soccer stadium in Jalalabad on Sunday, killing at least six people. There has been no claim of responsibility, but given that the attack took place in Nangarhar province ISIS is a strong possibility. On the plus side, Afghan authorities say their forces killed Mullah Shah Wali, the commander of… Continue reading World update: December 2-3 2017