Asia/Africa update: June 21 2018

ASIA UZBEKISTAN Voice of America’s Navbahor Imamova believes that the US should help bolster what increasingly appears to be a genuine reform effort underway in Uzbekistan: Americans stand to benefit from progress in the largest country in Central Asia. Just north of war-torn Afghanistan, a successful Uzbekistan would be a more reliable partner, not just in… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 21 2018

World update: May 2 2016

Sorry, we’ve got another relatively brief update today. It’s been a busy day at HQ and your blog host isn’t feeling well to boot. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Rebels controlling an enclave near Homs said on Wednesday that they have reached agreement with Damascus and Russia to evacuate that area, surrender their heavy weapons, and relocate north near… Continue reading World update: May 2 2016

Ready on Day One

Ryan Cooper of The Week offers a clarifying and frightening look at the surveillance and assassination operation that Barack Obama is about to bequeath to Donald Trump: Let’s review what has been built over the last years and decades. There is the dragnet surveillance program at the NSA, built by Bush and expanded by Obama,… Continue reading Ready on Day One

About to be proven wrong

Folks, in times past on this here web log, and at Medium, yours truly has maybe had a little fun at the expense of one Senator Rand Paul (R-VonMisesInstitute), and some of his more ardent fans. Specifically, I might have mentioned the fact that the senator’s brave and principled (and very public) stand against America’s… Continue reading About to be proven wrong

Soft power means having to say you’re sorry

In Yemen, when Al-Qaeda screws up, they apologize: Qassim al-Rimi, commander of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, said in a video posted on militant websites that the attackers were warned in advance not to enter the hospital within the complex, nor a place for prayer there. But he said one fighter did. “Now we acknowledge… Continue reading Soft power means having to say you’re sorry

Soft power doesn’t usually involve a body count

In the past I’ve labeled the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) as “neo-conservative,” and that was perhaps…well, actually it was pretty accurate. But even a stopped clock is right twice a day, and way back in January WINEP published a smart piece on Al-Qaeda’s activity in Yemen. Its author, Daniel Green, seems to… Continue reading Soft power doesn’t usually involve a body count