The day that was: February 25 2016

Hi. It’s late, I know. Today was one of those days where I just didn’t feel like writing anything, but I made myself do it. For you. Message: I care. Today we noted that some enterprising Egyptian tried to sell his or her president on eBay, and that somebody was willing to pay 6 figures… Continue reading The day that was: February 25 2016

The day that was: February 24 2016

Today on the blog… I explained why, in my humble opinion, even a crappy, doomed Syrian ceasefire is better than the alternative, which is people continuing to starve to death with no chance of humanitarian aid. We visited Lebanon (which, full confession, would be my favorite Arab country if I weren’t such a sucker for… Continue reading The day that was: February 24 2016

The day that was: February 23 2016

Today I dug in to the Syrian ceasefire agreement and was left thinking that it’s probably not going to last too long. We looked at the recent uptick in fighting in eastern Ukraine and the Ukrainian government’s inability to deal with its staggering corruption problem, and how those two things may be connected via Moscow’s… Continue reading The day that was: February 23 2016

The day that was: February 22 2016

I feel like the blog was a little light on original content today, and I do apologize for that. In my defense, I: a) tried checking out this thing called a “gym” for the first time in weeks, which probably means I’ll be mostly immobile tomorrow, and b) I got asked around lunchtime to appear… Continue reading The day that was: February 22 2016

The weekend that was: February 20-21 2016

Some weekends are quiet around here, but this one wasn’t, so in case you missed anything: Yesterday we commemorated the Battle of Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, which took place from February 19-25, 1943 and was a technical, though fleeting, Axis success. Also I sent you off to read Buzzfeed’s excellent look inside Boko Haram, per… Continue reading The weekend that was: February 20-21 2016

The day that was: February 18 2016

Today we looked at the troubling precedent at stake in the fight between Apple and the FBI over Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone. I gave Pope Francis a pat on the back (I’m sure it was the highlight of his day) for relaxing the Church’s proscription on artificial birth control for women in Latin America who… Continue reading The day that was: February 18 2016

The day that was: February 17 2016

I got a late start today, but your content was thankfully unaffected. Message: I care. Today I pointed you toward a new piece I’ve written for LobeLog, on reports that ISIS is now demanding to be paid in US dollars only. That’s quite a statement about the group’s finances and also carries a bit of… Continue reading The day that was: February 17 2016