World update: November 11-12 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Concern is mounting in Afghanistan over the Fatemiyoun Division, an Iranian-created force made up of Afghan Shiʿa currently fighting in Syria (and allegedly Yemen). Afghan officials fear that Iran may reorganize veterans of that force once they’re back in Afghanistan, both to serve as an Iranian proxy and for the protection of Afghanistan’s… Continue reading World update: November 11-12 2017

Conflict update: February 7 2017

OK, so…this could get long. Sorry. That’s what happens when I’m away for a few days. #ThanksTrump I almost feel like I should start each of these with a quick roundup of the miscellaneous ways Donald Trump is fucking up around the world. For example: When President Trump makes a formal state visit to the… Continue reading Conflict update: February 7 2017

Conflict update: January 31 2017

After yesterday’s marathon catch-up session, I’m going to try to keep this one relatively short. Ukraine Fighting in and around the town of Avdiivka, in the northern part of Donetsk, has reached a level serious enough to move the UN Security Council to express its collective “grave concern.” At least eight people were reportedly killed… Continue reading Conflict update: January 31 2017

It’s a bad time to be a separatist leader in Ukraine

Notwithstanding whatever arrangements European leaders are concocting in their occasional summit meetings, the conflict in eastern Ukraine is still very much alive, albeit frozen. Literally, come to think of it, given the approach of another Ukrainian winter. Separatists in the Donbas are tired after three years of war, but they’re entrenched, and they’re still getting… Continue reading It’s a bad time to be a separatist leader in Ukraine

What is it with Putin and the Olympics?

Just in case you’d lost track of the conflict in Ukraine amid all the other conflicts around the world, things are starting to get tense again around Crimea. Russia is claiming that it foiled a Ukrainian plot to infiltrate Crimea and carry out terrorist attacks against Crimean infrastructure over the weekend. A couple of Russian… Continue reading What is it with Putin and the Olympics?

Ukraine reminds everybody that it’s still there and still at war

Per Vox’s Zach Beauchamp, it looks as though violence is back on the rise in eastern Ukraine: The resumption of hostilities in Ukraine, with exchanges of machine gun and mortar fire across the front line up to levels not seen since last summer, suggests a willingness by Russia, which supports the rebels in eastern Ukraine,… Continue reading Ukraine reminds everybody that it’s still there and still at war

Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine looks worrisome

Fighting in Ukraine has been escalating again over the past ~10 days: Fighting between government forces and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine has escalated sharply in recent days, with each side blaming the other for the violence. At least nine people were killed in artillery strikes on Monday in villages and towns on both sides… Continue reading Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine looks worrisome