World update: May 24 2018

ASIA PAKISTAN A mob of people stormed and destroyed a 100 year old Ahmadi mosque in the city of Sialkot overnight. The Ahmadiyah is an Islamic faith that grew out of a 19th century revivalist movement led by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (d. 1908), who claimed to be the Mahdi. They are a small-ish (anywhere from hundreds… Continue reading World update: May 24 2018

World update: April 27 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Interim Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan refused to meet with opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on Friday to try to ease the country’s ongoing political turmoil. He later complained that Pashinyan and the opposition have been “monopolising the political process.” Karapetyan’s Republican Party has led the Armenian government since 1999, just to provide some context to that statement.… Continue reading World update: April 27 2018

Europe/Americas update: December 16-17 2017

EUROPE FAR-RIGHT Leaders of Europe’s various Nazi cosplayer parties gathered in Prague on Saturday to praise Donald Trump and denounce the European Union. That must have been a real fun time. They wanted to make it clear to people that they “are not xenophobes” (a real thing that Marine Le Pen said), they just hate… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 16-17 2017

Middle East update: December 14 2017

SYRIA United Nations-brokered peace talks in Geneva–stop me if you’ve heard this one before–collapsed on Thursday having made no progress. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura laid the blame squarely on Damascus, saying that its delegates were “not willing to meet anyone who has a different opinion” and had squandered “a golden big opportunity.” That last… Continue reading Middle East update: December 14 2017

Middle East update: October 25 2017

IRAQ The Iraqi military has started dropping leaflets on the western Anbar towns of Qaim and Rawa, and their environs, in what sure seems like the prelude to a resumption of their offensive in that part of the country. The leaflets say, in part, that “your security forces are now coming to liberate you.” The… Continue reading Middle East update: October 25 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 3 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian government says that American authorities “broke in” to locked residential areas in its now-abandoned San Francisco consulate. The State Department says its people were just walking through the facility to make sure it had been vacated by the October 1 deadline it had given the Russians to clear out. This probably… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 3 2017

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 23-25 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A car bomber attacked a NATO convoy in Kabul on Sunday, wounding several people but killing nobody (at least as yet). Increasing Taliban activity in Afghanistan’s southern Oruzgan province has forced the closure of all or nearly all of the province’s medical facilities. The provincial government says the Taliban threatened the facilities unless… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 23-25 2017