World update: February 2-3 2019

ASIA KASHMIR Between the security measures and the general strike called by separatists, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir on Sunday virtually shut down the province. Modi was there to kick off a slate of development projects meant to somehow make the Kashmiri people appreciate being governed by India despite the frequent security… Continue reading World update: February 2-3 2019

Europe/Americas update: December 13 2018

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian government has expelled a “military attache” from the Slovak embassy in Moscow. This is in retaliation for the Slovakian government’s decision to expel a Russian diplomat last month on espionage allegations. The captains of at least two of the three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia last month say they’re refusing… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: December 13 2018

World update: November 30 2018

G20 I was trying to figure out why there seems to have been less news than usual over the past couple of days, and then it hit me: it’s the G20. With most of the worst human beings in the world gathered together in Buenos Aires to irritate one another, they’re forced to leave the… Continue reading World update: November 30 2018

World update: November 15 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 30 Afghan security personnel were killed in several Taliban attacks in Farah province on Wednesday and Thursday. The Taliban has been very active in Farah for the past several months, which Afghan officials have attributed to aid from both Iran and Pakistan. More than 50 Afghans were killed in the province… Continue reading World update: November 15 2018

World update: November 14 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 9 Afghan soldiers were killed in Maidan Wardak province and 3 Afghan police officers were killed in Takhar province late Tuesday in separate Taliban attacks. Meanwhile, at least 7000 Hazara are believed to have been displaced by recent Taliban advances in Ghazni province’s Jaghori and Malistan districts. They’ve gone either to… Continue reading World update: November 14 2018

World update: November 13 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Trump administration, led by Afghanistan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, may ask Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to postpone next year’s presidential election so as to minimize disruptions as it seeks to engage the Taliban in peace talks. Of course suspending the election would itself be a huge political disruption that could lead to protests… Continue reading World update: November 13 2018

World update: November 1 2018

MIGRATION Thanks to assholes like Donald Trump, Viktor Orbán, and Matteo Salvini, the global discussion about migration generally revolves around how supposedly dangerous and destabilizing they are. But it’s worth considering just how desperate migrants have to be when the act of migrating is as dangerous as it is: An Associated Press tally has documented… Continue reading World update: November 1 2018