World update: June 7 2018

G7 Because he is actually President Baby, the World’s Most Colicky Head of State, Donald Trump is real mad about having to go all the way to Canada for this weekend’s G7 summit just to hang out with a bunch of boring losers (well, he’s got a point there actually). And as fussy babies are wont… Continue reading World update: June 7 2018

Asia/Africa update: April 20 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Anti-Serzh Sargsyan protests hit Yerevan yet again on Friday. A week into these demonstrations, their momentum behind them seems to be growing, not lagging: With larger rallies, spontaneous acts of civil disobedience, escalating numbers of arrests, and nonstop honking, the protests in Armenia’s capital continued to metastasize throughout the city on April 20.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: April 20 2018

Asia/Africa update: March 14-15 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Another likely Taliban attack on a checkpoint in Farah province on Wednesday killed 10 members of the Afghan security services. Farah’s provincial council has requested reinforcements from Kabul to help stabilize the province. Additionally, a truck bombing on Wednesday in Helmand province reportedly killed at least two Afghan border guards. PAKISTAN The Pakistani… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 14-15 2018

Asia/Africa update: February 26 2018

ASIA PAKISTAN In a real curiosity, the BBC has apparently found three men who still speak Badeshi, an Indo-Iranian language spoken in Pakistan’s Bishigram valley that was previously believed to have gone completely extinct three generations ago. Obviously it’s still on its way out, but nevertheless it’s an interesting story and might mean that linguists… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 26 2018

World update: February 22 2018

Lots going on here today so I’m going to try to get through everything in one post. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Turkish government expects to start facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to Afrin just as soon as it takes that enclave from the YPG. Which should happen, uh, any day now, I’m sure. I… Continue reading World update: February 22 2018

World update: February 16 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN This is sure to go over well: Azerbaijan’s president has claimed that large parts of Armenia’s territory are Azerbaijan’s “historic lands,” vowing to return to them. The fraught assertion threatens to derail any progress, however slight, in peace talks between the two countries in recent months.   “Yerevan is our historical land and… Continue reading World update: February 16 2018

World update: February 15 2018

It’s been a bit of a long day so I’m going to try to keep things brief and contained to one post tonight. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Reuters is reporting that over 300 Russian mercenaries were killed or injured in last week’s US airstrike in Deir Ezzor. Around 100 of them were killed. This is the… Continue reading World update: February 15 2018