World update: April 9 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev should win another seven year term on Wednesday, particularly given that his opposition is boycotting the election. Aliyev, who is amazingly only 56 even though it seems like he’s been in power in Azerbaijan since the late Middle Ages (it’s been 15 years) is running against seven other candidates… Continue reading World update: April 9 2018

Europe/Americas update: June 19-20 2017

BELGIUM This is still sort of breaking so it goes first: Belgian soldiers have shot a man suspected of being a would-be suicide bomber at Brussels Central Station, officials say. He was shot after reportedly setting off a small explosion and no-one else is believed to have been injured. Prosecutors later said the man had… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 19-20 2017

Middle East update: June 3-4 2017

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Hackers have apparently compromised the personal email account for Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the US, and leaked its contents to several media outlets including The Intercept and Huffington Post. There’s some serious stuff in this leak. Otaiba, for those who don’t know, is one of the most active ambassadors in… Continue reading Middle East update: June 3-4 2017

Europe/Americas update: May 12-15 2017

WANNA CRY? The weekend’s big news was the huge WannaCry cyber attack that hit an estimated 300,000 computers across 150 companies, locking them up and demanding ransom payments for releasing them. Major corporations and government offices–in particular Britain’s National Health Service–were crippled for much of the weekend. The outbreak appears to have been brought under control… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 12-15 2017

Conflict update: May 2 2017

AFGHANISTAN UPDATE/BREAKING: Right after I hit post on this, as often happens, I saw this Reuters report that a “large explosion” had reportedly occurred in central Kabul, near the American embassy. Al Jazeera is reporting that it was a suicide attack and that there are “several” casualties. Earlier, a suspected Taliban attack in Faryab province late on Monday reportedly killed five… Continue reading Conflict update: May 2 2017

Conflict update: April 29-30 2017

COMMITMENT TO HUMAN RIGHTS The Trump administration’s commitment to human rights is so vast, so resolute, that its UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, strong-armed the UN Security Council into holding a special session on the topic just a couple of weeks ago. How is America championing human rights today? Let’s check: When President Trump called President Rodrigo Duterte… Continue reading Conflict update: April 29-30 2017

Conflict update: April 25 2017

SYRIA This morning, Turkish aircraft struck Kurdish targets in Iraq’s Sinjar region and around the town of Derika (also known as Dayrik and al-Malikiyah) in northeastern Syria. The Syrian YPG militia says that 20 of its fighters were killed in the strikes, while Turkey claims that it killed 70 “militants” across both targets. The Iraqi… Continue reading Conflict update: April 25 2017