Europe/Americas update: October 31-November 1 2017

NEW YORK Obviously the story that dominated the news over the past couple of days is Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan. Sayfullo Saipov, a 29 year old Uzbek immigrant who came to the US in 2010, drove a rented truck down a bicycle path Tuesday afternoon, killing eight people and injuring another 12, before… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 31-November 1 2017

World update: October 10 2017

I’m wrapping up early tonight to see if I can’t get a decent night’s sleep for a change. See you all tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST IRAQ Haider al-Abadi says ISIS should be defeated entirely in Iraq by the end of the year. Considering how quickly they’ve been losing ground since Mosul was liberated, this isn’t an… Continue reading World update: October 10 2017

Conflict update, April 26 2017

SYRIA UPDATE: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that there’s been an explosion and fire at Damascus International Airport. No cause has been suggested. As promised, the French government has produced proof that Bashar al-Assad’s government was behind the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun–and as expected, it’s somewhat less than meets… Continue reading Conflict update, April 26 2017

Conflict update: March 27 2017

A FEATURE, NOT A BUG: PART I At LobeLog, I look at the recent increase in US-caused civilian casualties in the Middle East, and the presumption, still denied by Washington in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary, that President Trump has told the Pentagon to stop worrying about civilian casualties and just blow… Continue reading Conflict update: March 27 2017

Conflict update: March 25-26 2017

THIS CAN’T BE REAL, CAN IT My capacity to believe that the current President of the United States will do insanely offensive, ridiculous shit is pretty vast, but I have to say I’m having a hard time believing this actually happened: Angela Merkel will reportedly ignore Donald Trump’s attempts to extricate £300bn from Germany for… Continue reading Conflict update: March 25-26 2017