Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017

Obviously I’ve been away for a bit. I’m not going to even begin to cover everything that’s happened in the past week, but I will try to get caught up on a few major things. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan’s next general election is scheduled for July, and as you may know Ashraf Ghani just canned the… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017

Asia/Africa update: September 9-10 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN People are still outraged over those unintentionally (?) offensive leaflets that US forces dropped over Parwan province on Tuesday. Here, by the way, is what they look like: Some brain genious in the US military thought it would be appropriate to distribute this as propaganda to Afghan civilians — derek davison (@dwdavison9318)… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 9-10 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: June 28-29 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN One of Uzbekistan’s more charming features is the annual enslavement of much of its population to pick cotton, which remains one of the country’s most important products. The World Bank has implemented projects in Uzbekistan that are meant to diversify its agricultural sector away from cotton, but a new Human Rights Watch investigation… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: June 28-29 2017

Conflict update: January 3 2017

Happy New Year, everybody! I had some grand vision of leaping right back into blogging today, but some car trouble (a false alarm, luckily) and a little “I need a vacation from my vacation” syndrome combined to stifle most of those plans. It is a new year though, so I assume that all the bad… Continue reading Conflict update: January 3 2017

Conflict update: December 13, 2016

Lots to cover today, unfortunately. Syria Russia’s UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, told the UN Security Council today that the Syrian government is now fully in control of Aleppo and that military operations in the city have stopped. Now, this is the second or third, or tenth or whatever, time that the Russians have said the… Continue reading Conflict update: December 13, 2016

Sudan’s other war crimes

It’s probably safe to say that you’ve heard of Darfur, the site of some of the 21st century’s most egregious war crimes, courtesy of Sudan’s unfortunately not arrested President Omar al-Bashir. Twelve years after Bashir’s government decided to deal with unrest in Darfur by pretty much depopulating the place (300,000 people were killed), many people… Continue reading Sudan’s other war crimes

Sudan’s Bashir free to commit more war crimes

For a short while over the weekend it looked like we might all be witness to the rarest of things, an actual case of justice being done. Omar al-Bashir, who’s been “president” of Sudan since 1989 (after 26 years, it’s probably safe to call him a dictator, yes?), was legally detained while attending the African… Continue reading Sudan’s Bashir free to commit more war crimes