Middle East update: January 29 2018

SYRIA Airwars has produced its first civilian casualty count of the Afrin conflict: A new rolling assessment published by Airwars has so far tracked 24 claimed civilian casualty events within Afrin blamed on Turkey – and a further nine events attributed to Kurdish forces.   From the start of operations on January 20th to January… Continue reading Middle East update: January 29 2018

Asia/Africa update: December 18 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS attacked a training ground for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security in Kabul on Monday. Fortunately nobody apart from the attackers appears to have been killed. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sacked Balkh Governor Atta Muhammad Nur on Monday. Technically Ghani’s people say he accepted Atta’s resignation–which must come as news to Atta, who’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 18 2017

World update: December 11 2017

ASIA MYANMAR The AP has conducted an in-depth investigation into the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar soldiers. It is absolutely chilling and should be read as widely as possible, so please go do that: The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar’s security forces has been sweeping and methodical, the Associated Press found in interviews… Continue reading World update: December 11 2017

World update: October 24 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Pardoned warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar recently gave a couple of interviews to the Guardian recently, in which he denied having committed any war crimes during the Afghan civil war (what, you believe your lying eyes?) and argued, seriously, that he could be a unifying force for Afghanistan. Hekmatyar claims to be in regular communication… Continue reading World update: October 24 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 11 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Moscow says it may order further staff cuts to the US mission in Russia, down to 300 persons. When the Russians ordered the US to cut its staff back to 455, the same as the number of Russian diplomatic personnel in the US, they decided to include people working for the Russian mission… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 11 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 6 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Moscow has started warning that it could retaliate for any harsh treatment its media outlets receive in the US by doing likewise to US outlets in Russia. RT is apparently being asked by the Trump administration to register as a foreign agent and disclose information on its employees, so you might expect to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 6 2017

Europe/Americas update: October 4-5 2017

ISIS I don’t want to spend a lot of time on the Vegas shooting unless/until some actual evidence emerges that ISIS was behind it, but I feel like this kind of thing needs to be rebutted: Just hours after Stephen Paddock unleashed a hail of bullets on a country music festival in Las Vegas, the… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 4-5 2017